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Fernando ECHAVARRI & Antön PAZ (ESP)

Fernando ECHAVARRI & Antön PAZ (ESP)Tornado sailors Fernando ECHAVARRI and Antón PAZ have had quite a year. They finished off 2004 with a second place at the Christmas Race in Palamos, Spain and began 2005 with victory, taking five bullets from the nine race series at the ISAF Grade 2 Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week in March.

Their performance through the season was consistent and really took off with a bang in May when they claimed the gold medal at the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta. They followed up this result with the ISAF Grade W Tornado World Championship title in June and then did the double in August claiming the European Championship title as well. Their achievements also paid dividends in their ISAF World Ranking position and through the nomination period they climbed steadily up to the top spot which they claimed on 29 June.

ISAF World Sailing Ranking at the end of the nomination period (3 August 2005) - 1

Tornado
2nd - Christmas Race, Dec 2004 - Ungraded
1st - Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week, March 2005 - ISAF Grade 2
4th - Princess Sofia Trophy, March 2005 - ISAF Grade 2
4th - Hobie Tiger World Championship, April 2005
9th - Semaine Olympique Française, April 2005 - ISAF Grade 1
1st - Holland Regatta, May 2005 - ISAF Grade 1
1st - Tornado World Championship, June 2005 - Grade W
1st - Tornado European Championship, August 2005 - Grade C1

IMS Movistar
1st - Malaga IMS, March 2005 (Echavarri = Tactician & Paz = Trimmer)
1st - Zegna Trophy, May 2005 (Echavarri = Tactician & Paz = Trimmer)
1st - Spanish IMS Championship, April 2005 (Echavarri = Tactician & Paz = Trimmer)
3rd - Rolex IMS World Championship, August 2005 (Echavarri = Tactician - Telefonica Movistar)
4th - Rolex IMS World Championship, August 2005 (Paz = Trimmer - Movistar)
1st - SAR Principe Felipe, September 2005 (Paz = Trimmer)
1st - Audi Challenge, September 2005 (Paz = Trimmer)
1st - Trofeo Presidente de la Xunta, September 2005 (Paz = Trimmer)
Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 - Training Movistar (Echavarri)

Name: Fernando ECHAVARRI Antón PAZ
ISAF Sailor ID ESPFE
Place of Birth: Santander, Spain Madrid, Spain
Date of Birth 26158 27980
Profession: Professional sailor Olympic sailor
Website: www.movistar.es/vela www.movistar.es/vela
What inspired you to take up sailing? I grew up in Galicia located in NW Spain. This is the place from which the next Volvo Ocean Race will start and it won't take long for participants, visitors and sailing afficionados to realize how ideal this spot is for sailing. My parents encouraged me to take sailing lessons in a local club in Galicia when they got a new job in a fishing village. Sailing in Spain is thought to be a nice, warm and friendly environment in which kids can fully develop social and physical skills. It was a great move that I will always appreciate. It changed my life completely.
What was the first boat you sailed? Age? Optimist Optimist
What was the first boat you sailed? Age? 8 years old 14 years old
How did you buy your first boat and what was it? A second hand Optimist my dad bought me because of my academic and sailing results. My dad called it 'Machaquito' a Spanish term that defines me pretty cutely and accurately (a person who won't give up). Yes, my father has a gift when naming boats! No wonder we had a fleet at home. Just after finishing my sailing lessons I got hooked with sailing and my parents bought me my first Optimist.
Name your first sailing club: Real Club Nautico Sanxenxo Club de Mar de Villagarcia
What was the first event you competed in? Year? Local race just after school in 1982 I remember it clearly, 'The Clamp Trophy' in the Portosin Nautic Club. A local race with great food! 1990
What was the first event you won? Year? Optimist local races. 1983 I won my first race in the Europe class (took me a while but I liked it a lot!). 1995
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? World and European Champion in 2005 in the Tornado Class. Competing in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games probably tops. It was a long time dream.
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? First in the ISAF Tornado Rankings. Winning the 2005 Worlds and Europeans in the Tornado.
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? Eurolympic circuit winner in Holland, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca and also podium in Hyeres. First in the ISAF Tornado Rankings is also a major achievement.
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? Olympic diploma in Athens 2004. However, there are other less valued results that I try to always remember because these smaller steps were the backbone for today's highlights, including being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. An honour that I highly value.
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? Sparring in the Tornado Spanish team in Sydney 2000
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? Spanish pre-Olympic member in the Laser class for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
What are you future sailing goals? Beijing 2008 Olympics Beijing 2008 and evey race in its way that may help to obtain an edge to the podium.
What are you future sailing goals? World's and European Championships and the Europlympic circuit races over the next three years minimum. Beijing 2008 and evey race in its way that may help to obtain an edge to the podium.
What are you future sailing goals? Some Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 legs sailing in the Telfonica Movistar sailing team. Beijing 2008 and evey race in its way that may help to obtain an edge to the podium.
What are you future sailing goals? Vacation soon after (hopefully!) Beijing 2008 and evey race in its way that may help to obtain an edge to the podium.
What does sailing mean to you? Sailing is the link that ties together my family. Professionally, I have two scientists and an economist as bothers and sister, however our common passion is sailing. I got to be the lucky one because I made of my passion my profession. My family guys are my biggest fans and always remind me to train hard and believe in myself. Right now competitive sailing is my profession, but also my passion and eventually a way to relax too. Basically my life revolves around sailing and I hope it continues this way.
Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing career and why? My parents who sacrificed their lives to educate us and whatever profession we choose always to do better. My family, no doubt, is my inspiration. I'm also grateful to all the coaches and rivals who have helped me to grow as an athlete. Finally, Fernando saw in me a potential as a professional crew. A potential that we are still learning and growing as a team.
Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing career and why? I still keep contact with the person who taught us to sail so long ago and all the coaches and fellow sailors who made me improve and grow as a sailor and a person. My family, no doubt, is my inspiration. I'm also grateful to all the coaches and rivals who have helped me to grow as an athlete. Finally, Fernando saw in me a potential as a professional crew. A potential that we are still learning and growing as a team.
Who is your sailing hero? Paul ELVSTRÖM (DEN) Barcelona 1992 was a major event for the Spanish Olympic sailing team and I was always impressed by its members. Natalia VIA DUFRESNE (ESP) was an inspiration because she won a medal in the Europe class when she was so young but still such an incredible sailor.
What other sports do you enjoy? Outdoor activities such as tracking, biking etc. Fishing really relaxes me big time, however I rather fish in fresh waters. Go figure! All sports in general, although I'm fond of athletics in which I excelled in the pole vault. Also, we have an important tradition of basketball players in my family.
What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2005 mean to you? Recognition and a sense of pride as fellow sailors recognize our merits. It is a great feeling that we get this recognition from the world governing body. Somehow it semms right after so many years of hard work and an exceptional season (not a very humble thought I know, but we have literally bled training out there). It also encourages us to work hard on achieving our dreams. I'm very, very grateful for the opportunity to be included in such a list of world reknowned sailors.
If you were voted as the winner, what would this mean to you? Again, recognition, proud and no doubt a responsibility, since young sailors may see us as role models. Also, I will give the Rolex timepiece to my dad as a present. Not that he asked, but I always felt like he gave up so much so I could fully develop my gift. A small contribution to balance my debt. The ultimate goal in any profession, I think, is to be recognized because of your career achievements. To grow old knowing that my name was linked to people such as Ben AINSLIE, Teresa ZABELL or Russell COUTTS (to name a few) thanks to the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards would be huge. Additionally, this would be the very first time a male Spanish crew wins, something that will surely help to inspire many young sailors that have at least as much potential as we had when young.
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