Club Náutico de Jávea, the training base for Olympic sailors

Ángel Granada, Pedro Pascual and Thomas Goyard have trained in recent weeks in the bay of Xàbia

Thursday 10th June 2021 – PRESS RELEASE with Mike Smith

The Club Náutico de Jávea has been hosting a group of international windsurfers who will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics next month, who have been taking advantage of the great conditions for sailing and the particularity of the coast and its cliffs which are favourable to training in different wind conditions.

Ángel Granada (Spain), Pedro Pascual (USA), Thomas Goyard (French), Mateo Sanz (Switzerland) and Radek Furmanski (Poland) have enjoyed the logistical and technical support of the Sailing School staff at the club as well as those of Marinera, with coach Gonzalo Boronat acting as a link to ensure that their stay was adequate and to attend to all their requests.

Some of the athletes spoke about their experiences:

Ángel Granada (ESP 260) has stated that “during these two weeks of training in Jávea, we have been able to take advantage of a lot thanks to the weather conditions. We came looking for heat and waves and this has been the case these two weeks, and we also had a lot of wind.

Pedro Pascual (USA 11) has assured that “the training sessions in Jávea have been unbeatable. We have had all kinds of conditions that have allowed us to work on different necessary aspects. We have had very strong winds with perfect waves to work on control and technique as well as soft and gusty wind ideal to work on the tactics in regatta“.

The Club Naútico de Jávea has done an impeccable job in welcoming us and making us feel at home. The facilities are perfect for us and they have done their best to accommodate our needs. As well as being a perfect venue for our training sessions prior to the Tokyo games, the views and landscapes are unbeatable“.

He also stressed that they have visited “the viewpoints and the views of the Mediterranean are spectacular. Sailing so close to the rock cliffs is an incredible feeling. We are still organizing the next training sessions but hopefully we can come back in June for the last block before flying to Japan“.

Thomas Goyard (FRA 3) has recognized that training in Jávea “was something new for me: a new place, a new team, new goals. Everything went very well, thanks to the great reception at the CN Jávea. We were able to safely store my coach’s boat, my windsurfing gear and launch directly from the marina ramp“.

He also indicated that the conditions “for sailing were great, the classic south wind was working well, light in the morning and stronger until the conditions expected in the afternoon. With the great cliffs and the shape of the coast, the wind would accelerate or change according to where we located the place to train. Super interesting tactical situations have been generated and it made the training really cool. I really enjoyed the north wind too, challenging and wavy. The place is impressive to navigate with all the cliffs, caves, beaches, hidden corners. The interior is also full of nice places to bike and hike, I went to the top of Montgó with my coach, such a great view!” And he has announced that he will return to Jávea from June 21 to 30 for “the last training session before the Olympic games“.

After these training sessions, the sports director of the Club Náutico Jávea, Javier Momparler, has valued in a very positive way the feedback that the Club has received from the sailors. “We have achieved the objective that their only concern was training. It has been perfectly coordinated by Gonzalo Boronat, the Sailing School team and the entire Club staff “.

Momparler has acknowledged that the winds these days have “been perfect” for these training sessions and has been grateful that the sailors have chosen the Club Náutico Jávea as the basis for their preparation path for the most important event on the sports calendar.

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