La Manga (Murcia)
La Manga del Mar Menor and with the Roc Doblemar hotel as the protagonist, is once again the scene of a Spanish championship. On this occasion, after the organizational success and participation in 2019 with the Laser Radial, it is now the turn of the Catamarans that, in a number close to 80 sailors, divided between the double Hobie Cat 16 and F18 classes and the individual Class A, they will fight in three intense days, from tomorrow Friday until next Sunday, September 27, for the national title in their respective classes.
High level in the Mar Menor, without distinction between the three classes already In each one of them the best have arrived, as reflected in the three lists of entries, although an Olympic champion stands out among them: Antón Paz (CN Vilagarcía), who competes in the powerful fleet of Class A, collecting up to 25 entries from from Andalusia, Galicia, Catalonia, the Region of Murcia and the Valencian Community, among them the Valencian Abdón Ibáñez (RCN Valencia) who won the World Cup title in 2017 in the Grand Master category. He also enters the podium pools, some of the best in this class, such as the Catalan Manuel Calavia (RCM Barcelona), although nobody disputes the enormous podium possibilities of the Andalusian Juan Luis Páez (CN Sevilla), who are joined by the 5 ships from the Region of Murcia, made up of Virgilio Bermejo, Mariano Martínez, Ángel Fernández, Michael Tood and Juan Antonio Ladrón De Guevara, all from CT Infanta Cristina.
Regarding the Hobie Cat 16 without a doubt the big favorite is Marc Jovani who is in tandem with Marta Porta from CN Cullera. In this class there is a clear color of the Valencian Community, since this crew is joined by others from the region that have a wide track record, in the case of the Dianense Jacobo Miquel, with Marcos Ortega (RCN Dénia) as proel or the father couple- son formed by Juan Antonio Llabrés and Tono Llabrés, who have just won the regional class of the class.
The F18s are not far behind. Very good crews, with very high-level skippers, in the case of Mitch and Rubén Booth (CV Palamós) and Toni Rivas accompanied by Jordi Sánchez (CN Garraf), to which must be added the powerful Andalusian and Catalan fleet, although they are discarded at the representatives of Galicia, the Canary Islands and the Region of Murcia.
The national event is held under strict health security measures, established by the government of the Region of Murcia and the municipality of San Javier, to which the Covid-19 protocol established by the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation, together with the Higher Sports Council, is joined.