By: Miguel Salvador
The ESP NCA Cup was held in the Ullibarri-Gamboa lake (Vitoria) the days 7th and 8th of March. This is the place for the 2016 IOM European Championship.
This regatta scores for the ESP annual Ranking.
The weather forecast was good weather, sky clear and very light winds due to a high pressure in all the country. And this is what we had, a mirror lake in the morning and some wind in the afternoon.
The 32 participants were divided in two fleets and 16 races were run. Some of our French neighbours came to take part and know the venue. Big names as Guillermo Beltrí and Alexis Carre and brother Cedric Carre were in the participants list. Juan Marcos Egea was missing due to his new job.
The first day after the skippers briefing the races started with a light SSW wind. A lot of shifts made difficult to align the course. Some abandoned races, postponement signals and long waitings until the afternoon, when the normal North wind came and the races were run non-stop until 7pm. The same situation happened on Sunday.
Cedric Carre showed a very good performance with his new Ian Vickers V9 design. Jose Valverde (ESP NCA Chairman) is training a lot lately and the results are obvious. Guillermo Beltri used for the first time a Cheinz and went from lowest to highest. Alexis Carre had some good and bad races.
Saturday night there was a participant dinner in a well known restaurant in Vitoria town centre, Spanish Rioja Wine and tapas.