The sports section of the Jávea Nautical Club has organized virtual regattas in order to help sailors and fleet members continue to navigate in a manner on-line while the confinement is prolonged by the alarm status decree.
The Club, in application of the decree and the order of the Generalitat to suspend all sporting events, had to cancel the training sessions, but also the cruising class tests that were scheduled for this March, such as the Cabo San Antonio trophy that had to be disputed this Saturday.
Some tests that for the moment have been suspended pending what happens when the confinement is lifted. While this is coming, from the sports management they thought about what activities could be organized to do from home and make it compatible with the passion for sailing and the competitive spirit of all fleets and sailors. "We thought we could organize virtual regattas", pointed out the sports director, Javier Momparler.
This is how the idea arose, through the Virtual Regatta platform, to create a cup that will consist of three qualifying trophies and whose winner will receive their prize in the award ceremony of the Sailing Week, which is celebrated in the month of August. There will be three regattas: March 20 and 22, March 26 and 28 and April 2-4. There are already 40 virtual sailors.
Momparler explained that the first of the three trophies has already been disputed and the operation "It is the same as if the participants were on the high seas", there are two days of qualifying rounds with ten tests in total.
Of all those days, the best 18 will compete in a champion trophy from April 9 to 10, and from there will come the podium of winners who will receive their award during Sailing Week.
Among the conditions to participate in this virtual regatta: "Registrations are every day before 17:30 pm, allowing us to establish the different groups before the weekend", explains the sports director, "And also, on the day of the race they must enter with enough time to have the connection ready to race."
The game, according to Momparler, "It enlivens the afternoons and is very demanding and rigorous with the rules, which requires training hard to be able to be in the top positions. The first experience has been a complete success."