|© Oscar Pipkin/40 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Mapfre
|| Blanca Manchón
|Date of Birth
|| 6 March 1987
|Place of Birth
|| Sevilla, Spain
There is tough competition amongst the Spanish RS:X sailors and Blanca Manchón has demonstrated her style with a podium finish at all of the events she has entered this year.
The ISAF Sailing World Cup kicked off in Melbourne, Australia in December 2008 and Manchón laid down an early marker of her intent with an emphatic victory, picking up seven race wins from the eleven race series to win the gold medal.
As the tour moved on to Miami, Manchón claimed the bronze medal before a trip to Buzios, Brazil for the RS:X South American Championship where she picked up another bronze medal. Returning to the World Cup series for its third event in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Manchón was back on the top of the podium. Her performance in Palma, with six race wins, also secured her the 'Absolute Winner' trophy, presented to the sailor with the best results across all the classes.
A bronze medal in Hyères was quickly followed up by another gold at the fifth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik. The next event for the RS:X fleet was the European Championship in Israel and here Manchón dominated from day one. Leading the event from the outset, the gold only slipped away from her as heatstroke took hold, affecting her results. Advised by doctors not to sail she refused to be defeated, just needing to finish the last race to secure the silver.
With five events of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Manchón had achieved a fantastic 96 points from a possible 100 and had extended an almost unbeatable 34 point lead.
1 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth, GBR - Sep 2008
3 - OAMPS Sydney International Regatta, Sydney, AUS - Dec 2008 (open)
1 - Sail Melbourne, Melbourne, AUS - ISAF Grade 1 - Dec 2008
1 - New Year Race, Cádiz, ESP - Jan 2009
3 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - ISAF Grade 1 - Jan 2009
3 - RS:X South American Championships, Buzios, BRA - ISAF Grade C1 - Mar 2009
1 - Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - ISAF Grade 2 - Apr 2009
3 - Semaine Olympique Française, Hyères, FRA - ISAF Grade 1 - Apr 2009
1 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2009
2 - RS:X European Championship, Tel Aviv, ISR - ISAF Grade C1 - Jun 2009
What inspired you to take up sailing?
What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?
Name your first sailing club
Club Nautico Sevilla
What was the first event you competed in and in what year?
1997, Aloha World Championship in Poland, aged 10
What are you personal sailing career highlights?
World Champion in all the age status of Olympic windsurfing
What are your future sailing goals?
To win a gold medal in 2012 at the London Olympic Games
Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?
Participating in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens when I was just 17 had a very big impact.
Who is your sailing hero?
Alessandra Senini (ITA)
What other sports do you enjoy?
Surfing and snowboarding
What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?
I am very proud. It is great! It is the reward for training so hard everyday. Winning would be a gift for me and my family.