Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (EFE).- The Olympic sailor from Gran Canaria Joel Rodríguez has been proclaimed champion of Spain in the ILCA 7 class in a regatta that has been held in the Bay of Cádiz, with two other Canarians on the podium: Joaquín Blanco , who has taken the silver, and Leo Barreto, who has hung the bronze medal.
As reported by the Canarian Sailing Federation, the islands competed in the ILCA 4 and ILCA 7 class championship with 21 sailors from four yacht clubs.
In ILCA 4, Pol Núñez (RCN de Gran Canaria) and Laura Benítez (RCN de Tenerife) achieved the best results for the Canary Islands, with fourth place in the absolute male category and another fourth place in the female under 16 category, respectively.
Joel Rodríguez, RCN de Gran Canaria sailor and member of the Spanish Olympic team in Tokyo 2020, was the leader of the regatta in the ILCA 7 class (the men’s Olympic class) from start to finish.
His regularity allowed him to rule out a 4 and a 5 and finish with 16 points just 5 behind his immediate follower, Joaquín Blanco, a clubmate and Olympian in Rio 2016, who has been proclaimed runner-up in Spain.
Third place went to Leo Barreto, from the RCN de Tenerife, who finished ninth overall, which includes participants of other nationalities who did not score for the national title.
“We have had good conditions and they have been good regattas, in addition, we have the participation of some foreign sailors of a good level, so they have been close regattas, good for our preparation for the season. And in my case, I am happy with my personal performance”, Joel Rodríguez assured. EFE