Widespread Victories At The Mediterranean Fixed Bench SUMA League Regatta
On Sunday 24th April, the sun beamed down on Valencia and anticipation mounted when 600 athletes from seventeen clubs along the Levantine coast gathered to participate in the penultimate regatta of the Mediterranean Fixed Bench SUMA League. As the horn sounded and the audience roared in excitement, the event began with the departure of 23 boats from the veterans groups, opening what was to be a great competition.
Did someone mention Victory?
The women’s team of the Real Club Náutico Denia led their test while the Real Club Regatas Alicante achieved its second consecutive victory in the men’s task. In the men’s cadet event the Alicante club won, giving them their fourth consecutive victory.
Looking at the women’s successes, the girls from the Santa Pola Yacht Club finished first in their heat and the Real Club Náutico Gandía women’s youth team maintained their run of victories in the League tests by finishing first. The regatta also featured the Benidorm Yacht Club in the SCM category (formed by people who have overcome Breast Cancer) and the Mixed Promotion category, dominated by the team from the Real Club Náutico Gandía. Real Club Náutico Dénia prevailed in the men’s sleeve. The victory in Mixed Gender Promotion went to the Real Club Náutico Valencia team.
The regatta closed with the start of the absolute category, in which the Club Deportivo de Mar Clot de L’illot El Campello won the women’s event, crossing the finish line in 7 minutes and 9 seconds, ahead of the representatives of Real Club Regatas Alicante and Real Club Náutico Calp. The victory in the men’s heat went to the Secció Esportiva Universitat d’Alacant, completing the route in 6 minutes 27 seconds, only two ahead of Real Club Náutico Valencia; leaving a suspenseful ending for all. Real Club Náutico Dénia completed the podium.
The mounting anticipation and eagerness for the winners to be revealed amongst participants and viewers of the event are high, many look forward to the next and final event in the SUMA Mediterranean League, next Sunday May 1st, which will be held at the Real Club Náutico Denia.
Report by Emma Rowland
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