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31 March 2013, 03:20 pm
Charles Twins Step Up From Youth Worlds To Sailing World Cup
The Spaniards celebrate at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds
The Spaniards celebrate at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds

ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma
Palma, Spain

Spanish twins David and Alex Charles are embarking on a senior journey at ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma having made the move from the 420 to the 470.
The pair won gold at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds in Dublin, Ireland with a final race bullet to seal the deal and enjoyed their time in Ireland. "It was the best event we had been to," they said. "It was a great experience to compete against the best sailors from each country and although the conditions were quite hard, we enjoyed it a lot."

With a 420 background it was natural for them to progress to the 470 and ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma will be their third regatta together following a 23rd at the 50-point Palamos Christmas Race and a ninth at the 50-point Andalusian Olympic Week. "We've been sailing 470 for five months and we are improving a lot but we have a lot more to improve."

Twelve Spanish 470 crews will make up the 69-boat fleet at ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma and the twins put their steady progression down to the teamwork involved, "There are a lot of new Spanish 470 crews and everybody is trying to improve together because teaming up with other boats is the best way to improve."

Whilst the Olympics is their goal, they are realistic in their short and long term aims with the competitiveness of the Men's 470, "Being in the senior fleet it is quite hard to get good results but we will be at the Junior Worlds and Junior Europeans so we hope to do better there.

"It is a long term project, we think we are quite young to go to Rio but one day we expect to go to an Olympic Games."

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