The Mediterranean SUMA Fixed Bench League reaches its decisive stage with the VIII Regatta, the penultimate of the competition, which will take place on Sunday 2 May in Alicante. The excitement of rowing reaches the port area of the capital of Alicante, where rowers of cadet, youth, senior and veteran categories will meet in this regional championship organised by the Rowing Federation of the Valencian Community. The organising club of the event is the Real Club Regatas Alicante, with the collaboration of the Federation. Every point is decisive at this point in the season, as the final classification of the SUMA League decides both its winners and the teams that will represent Alicante and Valencian rowing at the Spanish Championships, to be held in May.
The starts of the different categories are distributed in heats and the final result is established by finishing times, taking into account the corresponding compensation in the veteran race. The regatta starts at 9 a.m., when the twelve boats of the male veterans will take the first strokes of the day. During the first two hours, the cadet teams, male and female, where five clubs compete in each category, as well as the female veterans, are scheduled to start. A total of fourteen boats are taking part in this event. In these two age groups, the course is 700 metres long and the athletes will have to make a tack.
Once these races are over, it will be the turn of the fourteen teams competing in the absolute men’s category. Next, the five clubs participating in the junior women’s category will row, while the thirteen representatives of the senior women’s category will close the regatta. Juniors and seniors will cover a distance of 1,400 metres and will have to complete three tacks.
In total, 68 teams from 15 clubs will take part in the regatta. The participating clubs are Club Náutico Alicante Costa Blanca, Real Club Náutico Calpe, Real Club Náutico Gandía, Real Club Regatas Alicante, Club Náutico Santa Pola, Real Club Náutico Torrevieja, Club Remo Torrevieja, Club Deportivo de Mar Clot de L’Illot El Campello, Club Náutico Benidorm, Club de Remo Ciudad de València, Real Club Náutico València, Secció Esportiva Universitat d’Alacant, Club Rem Denia, Real Club Náutico Denia and Club Náutico Altea.
Report by 24/7 Valencia team
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