Last weekend the Ilca 4 Canary Islands Championship – Naviera Armas Trophy 2023 – was held in Gran Canaria with the presence of three sailors from Club Deportivo Código Cero. Alonso Pérez Fernández, Guillermo Bravo from Laguna Ferrer and Adolfo Ron Acuña, accompanied by their coach Salvador Postigo Maldonado, were responsible for representing the Puerto Calero club before fifty great sailors from all over the Canary Islands.
The competition could not have started better for the sailors of the Lanzarote team who climbed to the first position with the victory of Alonso and his “Arriquitaun”, while the young Guillermo was in twelfth position and Adolfo was in seventeenth.
As the regattas went by, navigation became more complicated due to the harshness of the wind, which gradually increased until it reached gusts of 20 knots. Alonso Pérez managed to stay in the noble zone of the qualifying table, thanks to the victory achieved in the first regatta and two second positions. For their part, Guillermo Bravo de Laguna and Adolfo Ron settled in the upper half of the standings. Guillermo had added another twelfth place and a sixteenth place to what was achieved in the first regatta, while Adolfo improved one place, achieving a sixteenth position and twelfth in the remaining regattas on Saturday.
Sunday’s day had lower wind intensities than Saturday’s and that greatly harmed Lanzarote. Alonso would have problems staying in the top positions in the first two races of the day and achieved two eighth positions, while Guillermo signed a twenty-eighth and a twenty-fifth position that made him lose integers in the qualifying table. Things were not going well for Adolfo either, who achieved a twenty-first and a sixteenth position and also lost some position in the ranking.
Pol Núñez, in the absence of a regatta, was already champion of the Canary Islands, but it remained to be known who accompanied him on the podium, Alonso Pérez having options to get the runner-up. The man from Lanzarote achieved first position in the last regatta and secured second place in the regional ranking without depending on what the rest of the sailors did.
Guillermo Bravo de Laguna was also at stake for second place in the championship in the under 16 category, who had a face-to-face dispute with Izan Gómez from Tenerife, separated by only one point with the last regatta to go. Finally, the sailor from Radazul finished in nineteenth position, while the sailor from Puerto Calero was twenty-eighth, obtaining third position in the regional ranking.
Adolfo Ron had worse luck, who after quite good tests, fighting for the upper middle positions of the classification, saw how he obtained a non-disqualified disqualification that made him fall places to finish twentieth in the Ilca 4 Canary Islands Championship, a name that now obtains the previous Laser class 4.7
Alonso Pérez pointed out, once the Championship was over, that “The previous days I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know what level I was going to find myself at, but after having done the first test with a first place was the moment in which my coach Salvador and I really saw where we could be” . The sailor recounted, about his future, that “At the moment our goal is to reach the Spanish Championships” without forgetting “keep working and learn from mistakes”.
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