“Nerves and a lot of desire” among the ten skaters of the Volta a Menorca 2022

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From left to right, in the top row, Andreas Bredendiek, Oriol Castelló, Kristoff Delobelle, Nina Esteba and Quim Esteba. In the lower row: Jordi Giménez, Marc Morillo, Jordi Obach Rafel, Víctor Oliva, and David Sainz.

(23-6-2022). “Nerves and a lot of desire” are the sensations that they have recognized that flood most of the ten skaters who will take part in the Volta a Menorca 2022 in sailboat. Eight are Catalan, one is Belgian and the other is German. Only one woman is among them, the renowned Nina Esteba. They all have about 85 miles ahead of them.

The ten skaters who will take part in the Volta a Menorca 2022- Trofeu Lluís Gay are currently making the final preparations before their imminent trip to the island of Menorca to take part in the eighth edition of the return to said island that will take place next week, from Monday, June 27, to Friday, July 1.

The expeditionary team of this eighth edition is made up of the following skaters:

Andreas Bredendiek (Segel Surf Club Kempen / Germany) 1st Oriol Castelló (Club Marítim Cubelles) 1st Kristoff Delobelle (Twins Club / Belgium) 1st Nina Esteba (Club Nàutic Tamariu) 1st Quim Esteba (Club Nàutic Tamariu) 1st Jordi Giménez (Club Natació Badalona ) 1st Marc Morillo (Club Marítim Cubelles) 2nd Jordi Obach Rafel (Club Marítim Cubelles) 1st Víctor Oliva (Club Patí Vela Barcelona) 2nd David Sainz (Club Mar i Vent Canet) 1st

In short, an expedition made up of nine men and one woman. Of these, eight are Catalan, while one is German and the other Belgian. Also, of the ten skaters, eight are first category and the remaining two, second.

All of them have recognized that the main attraction of this Volta a Menorca 2022- Trofeu Lluís Gay is, in the first instance, to do it enjoying the landscapes, coves, beaches and cliffs of the Menorcan coast, as well as enjoying the experience of sharing the adventure with nine companions with whom, in most cases (except the Estebas), they have hardly ever lived before.

Everyone knows that there will be good moments and, perhaps, others not so much, but the novelty and the exciting expectations that this unique experience opens up causes them, as several of them recognized this morning to CMDsport, “a lot of nerves and a lot of desire to ‘get into work’”.

FIVE STAGES

Despite the fact that the Volta a Menorca is essentially a personal and sporting experience, rather than a competition, the eighth edition of the Volta, as has already happened in most of its previous editions, will contemplate both aspects. In this way, as stated by the Technical Director of the Volta, Rafel Figuerola, it is planned that the five scheduled stages will be distributed at the rate of two thirds of each day sailing the entire fleet canned and that the last third will be a regatta-cruise about two or three miles.

The planned stages are as follows: June 27: Mahón Naval Base – Fornells (20 miles). June 28: Fornells – La Vall (12 miles). June 29: La Vall – Cala Galdana (23 miles). June 30: Cala Galdana – Cala en Porter (15 miles). July 1: Cala en Porter – Mahón Naval Base (15 miles).

Each day the corresponding classification of said section will be carried out and, logically, the one who achieves the best positions will be the winner of this Volta a Menorca 2022, succeeding the last winner of this round, who was the sailor Jordi Servat, from the Swimming Club. Badalona.

It should be remembered that the list of winners of this Volta a Menorca in skate sailing has well-known figures who never revalidated victory, despite the fact that in the first years there were skaters who did revalidate experience.

The winners so far have been:

After the conclusion dinner of the Volta a Menorca 2022- Trofeu Lluís Gay that will take place at Bodegas de Binifadet on Friday, July 1, at night, the expedition members will hold an exhibition regatta in the Bay of Mahón on Saturday, 2 July, in the morning.

ORGANIZATION

The Volta a Menorca 2022 has a budget of around 20,000 euros. The main sponsors of the event are 3LG and the Ufec Foundation. Likewise, the Club Patí Vela Barcelona and the Museu Marítim de Barcelona participate decisively in its organization; this last one contributes the pailebote Santa Eulalia.

On the other hand, the special collaboration of the Consell Insular de Menorca is noteworthy, which has facilitated obtaining permits for the stranding of skates on the beaches where they land, as well as special permits from the Captaincy because it is a competition-cruise that is developing along the Menorcan coast and, also, the permit to be able to sail through the bay of Mahón.

Likewise, it is worth mentioning the collaboration of the Lieutenant Commander, Miguel Ángel Company, who has provided the necessary permits so that the skates can leave on Monday, June 27, from the Naval Base of the port of Mahón and complete the return there, as well as that the Santa Eulalia, can moor at its dock.

The expedition members will be accompanied throughout the journey by the aforementioned Santa Eulalia paileboat, where if they wish they can spend the night, as well as by three boats commanded, respectively, by the president of the Volta a Menorca, Gerard Esteva; its technical director, Rafel Figuerola; and by Lluís Gay, CEO of 3LG.

Next Sunday, at 8:00 p.m., the ten expeditionary skaters will be received by the organizers of the Volta in the so-called Fonduco area of ​​the port of Mahón where they will be welcomed.


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