Updated:05/14/2020 11: 49h
The Murcian sailor from Santiago de la Ribera, who was part of the Spanish Olympic sailing team in Barcelona 92, and stayed at the gates of Atlanta 96, counting on an incredible and extensive sports record, tells us how we are going to return to the sports activity and it does so from its two aspects: sports and as a manager of the Real Club de Regatas de Santiago de la Ribera, its lifelong club.
In this small analysis, Martínez makes it clear that the Club will try to keep its schedule of races scheduled for this summer, although he clarifies that “Whenever possible and the different phases of de-escalation so allow it”, although it makes clear that the Snipe Armada Trophy in December at the moment there is no thought of any change.
It seems that little by little we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel… How does Carlos Martínez face this return to normality, both in sports and as a club manager?
Like all fans of this sport. Eager to go sailing and recover the activities of the club, both sports and social. And with the precautions established by the authorities.
As a member of the current Board of Directors of the RCR of Santiago de la Ribera, how has the Club conditioned and how is it facing this new situation?
Until the first phase of de-escalation, the club has remained practically without activity, carrying out surveillance, maintenance and disinfection tasks by the staff in minimum services. Now the basic conditions for resuming outdoor activities have been established in accordance with the recommendations written for this purpose by the Government, and the specifications of the Ministry of Transport and the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine, as well as the Higher Sports Council. Our athletes and sailing fans will be able to practice sailing according to these conditions and the internal regulations established by the Club for this purpose.
How has it affected the global, sports and economic structure of the RCR in Santiago de la Ribera?
Our Club is small in terms of infrastructure, administrative and economic dimension. In this sense, the impact of the health crisis has been minimal.
As for sports, we are a large Club, and the paralysis of competitions and training has affected many of our partners and technicians who usually have an extensive calendar on these dates. Everyone hopes to resume their activities as soon as possible, if the situation allows it.
According to the latest RFEV guidelines, official competitions are postponed until June 30. Does the Club plan, perhaps in the middle or end of July, or already in August, to be able to do some activity or competition locally?
Yes. We will maintain our traditional summer calendar, whenever possible and the different de-escalation phases allow it.
As an athlete … How have you lived through these months of confinement?
I live in an area where, due to weather conditions, outdoor sports can be carried out throughout the year. In this sense, confinement becomes especially desperate. It has been fought with roller and some gym. But it’s not the same.
And how do you see this new scenario to compete in the sport of sailing?
A parenthesis to gain new momentum. I guess little by little it will return to normal. It is what we all want.
Sailing in the Murcia Region was once again prominently located on the national and international scene. The pandemic has brought that growth to a halt. Do you think it is possible to return to that path and how can it be carried out in this current situation, at least in the remainder of 2020?
The situation does not have to affect the performance of our sailors. They have been preparing for years to reach the level they are today. Specifically, two junior sailors from our Club achieved great results in national regattas at the beginning of the year, being champions of the Spanish Cup and runner-up SUB 19 of the Spanish Laser Radial Championship, held in Torrevieja and Cádiz respectively. They are still very motivated and they will surely come back with the same force.
The most important regattas, both nationally and internationally, have been affected with suspensions or postponements. In many of them you had the intention of taking part in the Laser class, mainly. What plans or calendar do you have now for the remainder of 2020?
The European Laser Master Championship, to be held in Monte Carlo, has been postponed to October, the month in which the Spanish Championship will also be held. The BDO Laser Master in Barcelona has been postponed to September. The World Championship is canceled. We are waiting for the ILCA to restructure its schedule of international regattas
Does the Club keep the emblematic and relevant Snipe Armed Trophy at the beginning of December on your calendar today?
Yes. It is an emblematic regatta on our calendar.
And regarding the Centennial Light Sailing Trophy, as well as the regional regattas scheduled for July, or in the following months, does the Club maintain or does it intend to keep them on its calendar and carry them forward?
Our intention is to maintain the traditional and extensive regatta calendar, whenever possible. The Optimist, Laser, Snipe or Vela Latina classes know that they have an inescapable appointment in our Club.