The Bay of Cadiz continues to be populated with some of the best racers in the world, who have come to the waters of southern Europe to test out their equipment and who, through training, can acquaint themselves with the local sailing conditions.
The arrival on Monday of the Brazilian, Robert SCHEIDT, has increased the number of current title-holding champions that have decided to attend the venue for some familiarisation training, where they will compete for the ISAF World Sailing Championships 2003, from the 11 -25 September.
Scheidt, two times Olympic medallist (Gold in Atlanta '96 & Silver in Sydney 2000), and six times World Champion in the Laser Class, has also had the honour of being named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2001. He arrived at the venue locations in Puerto Sherry, Puerto de Santa Maria, accompanied by Spaniard Luis Martínez Doreste, a sailor from the Canary Islands, who holds 16th place in the ISAF rankings in the same class (Laser). The great friendship that unites these champions has brought them together to train at different events, on previous occasions.
Scheidt arrived in Cadiz after having triumphed at the ISAF Grade 1 SPA Regatta (Netherlands), a regatta in which he scored six firsts out of the ten races sailed. His presence in the Bay of Cadiz not only serves to acquaint him with the race areas where he will attempt to win his seventh world title, but also to take advantage of the presence of other Spanish competitors; Luis Martinez DORESTE, Julio Torres and Javier Hernandez, who are preparing to face their next international competition in Kiel.
Robert SCHEIDT(Laser), Luis Martínez DORESTE(Laser), Shirley ROBERTSON(Yngling), Iain PERCY & Steve MITCHELL(Star) and Xavier ROHART & Yannick ADDE (Star) among others, are turning the venue locations at Puerto Sherry and the Andalucian Sailing Federation into a truly high level training centre where many of the Andalucian racing crews have the opportunity to learn from those who are number one in the sailing world.