Iker: "We have the opportunity to be on the podium"

Basque sailor Iker Martinez, who just turned 40, will debut on Wednesday in Palma with 'Movistar' in the Copa del Rey Mapfre and considered that "seeing the path" that have followed since may "have the opportunity to be in the podium, "Iker has achieved all titles that are available in the dinghy. Olympic champion in the 49er class. Athens 2004 and Beijing runner-up in 2008; triple world champion, European and gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in 1997, always with Xabi Fernández. It was introduced in ocean sailing competing in the Volvo Ocean Race with 'Telefónica' in editions 2005-2006 2008-2009 2011-2012 with the 'Mapfre' in 2014-2015. He also competed in the Barcelona World Race - Round the World Two- with 'Mapfre' in the 2010-2011 edition, achieving, with Xabi Fernández the second position. He trained in the Copa America in 2013 with catamaran AC72 'Luna Rossa' Italian and that first experience led him to compete in mixed catamarans Nacra 17, where he was European champion in 2014. Already since last season approached catamarans with 'foils' GC32, presenting his team campaign in the GC32 Racing Tour. In the two races held so far it has been sixth on Lake Garda (Italy) and fourth in Sardinia. To achieve high performance has formed an experienced crew, composed by the Galician Antón Paz (Mainsail trimmer), Olympic and world champion Tornado class; Fernando Rodriguez Rivero Gijón, European champion in the Star class world champion ORC cruise class; Portuguese Luis Brito (Maneuver), yachtsman GC32 in the Extreme Sailing Series and class cruiser and the Guatemalan Juani Maegli, Olympic diploma in the Olympic Laser class London 2012 and Rio 2016, plus coach. "The first race we did this year in Garda was crucial, and already in Sardinia change was huge. Our level was already high and that was in the water, staying just two points behind second-placed in the general" recalled . "Now, in the Cup, there will be more level and will be more complicated. We really rookies fleet with the Australian boat, so if we can reach the level of the podium would be a very good result and show the effort we have made these months, "said the Basque skipper. Among its competitors no shortage of winners of the first two rounds of the circuit GC32 Racing Tour, the Swiss "Realteam" and the American "Team Argo", although there is no doubt that each and every one of the ten participating units start with options taking the title "the GC32 are, with catamarans of the America's Cup, the most spectacular and difficult to maneuver the actual sailing. boats are very technical and every nuance you can improve a lot, so the first goal is to learn" he stressed. The truth is that the Spanish boat was third with more speed on Garda (24.45 knots) and the fastest in Sardinia 28.17 knots. Regarding the ship, the 'Movistar', ten meters long and six of manga, the GC32 is a flying style of the America's Cup but smaller and with longer foils catamaran, which makes it a boat more stability, easier to handle and can reach up to almost 40 knots. Designed by Martin Fischer, GC32 is made of carbon fiber, with a mast of 16.5 meters and a weight of 950 kg.cuenta dinghies with unique design.

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