Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The reigning champion, Rayco Tabares from Islas Canarias (pictured here), will be racing HOTEL PRINCESA YAIZA- CANARY ISLANDS. Rayco's preparations for this year's Worlds included racing La Coruna Cup, the Spanish Championship. Rayco said. "We could not attend the J/80 Europeans and the reasons were economic, instead focusing all the resources we had to sure to be present at the Worlds in Newport." In the Spanish Championship in early July, Tabares had to fight some rivals that will be in the Worlds. As Rayco exclaims, "The level was very strong, three world champions in the class and prestigious sailors like Gonzalo Araujo and Chuni Bermudez. It was a pity that we could not do more races for lack of wind. With the best there, we would have loved more tests to measure ourselves against them." Rayco also wanted to speak to the current level of the Spanish fleet, not only of the representatives who will be in Newport, but also of his rivals at the international level. "The Spanish fleet is a world power and there are many boats that have chances of winning the World Cup. I believe that our fleet is the best in the world. Nevertheless, I have many friends in the American fleet, they are good, so we focus on our work and hopefully keep up with them! I have hope, and believe, that some Spanish team will again win the J/80 Worlds, however we have to prove again to the Americans who've spent many years practicing that the Spanish J/80 fleet has world-class sailors!" Follow all the action, photos and results for the J/80 Worlds.