Carlos Manera, with the mini Varador 2000, has placed second in the mini class in the La Petrolera regatta that took place on March 19 and 20 on the Garraf coast. Federico Waksman (Like Crazy), winner of the regatta, and Tomàs Ruiz (Istuardo), third place, complete the podium. The regatta, organized by the Club Nàutic Garraf, completes 100 nautical miles with a route started in the Port of Garraf turning around on the port to the Casablanca extraction platform and returning to the starting point. 18 sailors took part in this year’s edition.
La Petrolera was marked by a northerly storm that conditioned the return, including a mandatory crossing point 10 miles to the SE of Torredembarra so that participants would not have the opportunity to log out of the account further. The weather has been very varied. The regatta started with heavy rains and little wind, with forward winds of between 8 and 18 knots NE, which caused many changes of sails in order to keep the speed of the boat heading straight gliding along.
Once they had surrounded the platform, participants found a very large NE current and seabed with a shorter surface wave and followed by N which made it very difficult to tighten, starting with 10 knots and ending with 22 knots most of the route, with very strong waves. In one of the strikes, the Varador 2000 lost the connection between the anemometer and the electronics, fact that caused that the rest of the regatta the boat moved without wind equipment.
This tightening was marked by many gusts of wind that required many turns causing very great physical wear and tear during the rest of the night. Mini class boats suffer from a lot of tightness with so many waves. “It’s like being in a washing machine“, says Carlos Manera. At the end of the route, the last 10 miles, the wave was already less crossed but the 20 tight knots remained until the finish.
Carlos Manera, from the Port de la Selva Nautical Club, will take part in the Mini Transat 2021 solo ocean regatta that will take place next September between Les Sables d’Olonne (France), the Canary Islands and the island of Guadaloupe (Caribbean). Before the Mini Transat, Manera will compete in several training regattas between April and July with the mini Varador 2000, both in Catalonia and in Brittany, France, to finish getting the boat ready. La Petrolera has been the first in its training calendar.