Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
20 Dec 14
Australia's premier ocean race has always had an international flavour; Captain Illingworth, who started the whole Sydney Hobart thing was, after all, an Englishman.
Jim Gale, RSHYR media
|Name||Támara Echegoyen Domínguez
||Ángela Pumariega Menendez
||Sofia Toro Prieto-Puga|
|Date of Birth||17 February 1984||12 November 1984
||19 August 1990|
|Place of Birth||Ourense||Gijon, Asturias||A Coruna|
|Class sailed||Women's match racing|
|@xiquitasteam||Photo Gallery||View Photo Gallery Here|
Spain's Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofio Toro ripped apart the women's match racing form book at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition to win gold in spectacular style.
Their no holds barred approach and fearless style of match racing in the high pressure Olympic sailing environment saw the Spaniards, ranked #8 in the world, sail an emphatic round robin series where they picked up key victories against pre-event favourites. Thrown in at the deep end on the opening day, they breezed through their matches against 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor (GBR) and World #1 Anna Tunnicliffe and never looked back.
Light work was made of the experienced Claire Leroy (FRA) in the Quarter Finals and they overturned an early loss against Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) in the Semi Finals. They squared up against the Australian team in an epic big wind final where they elements played as much a part of the drama as their opponents.
The pendulum swung back and forth as the crews entertained 5,000 expectant spectators on the Nothe. With the scores locked at 2-2 it all came down to a nail biting winner takes all decider and Echegoyen, Pumariega and Toro held their nerve to take the ultimate prize.
12 - ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, Gothenburg, SWE - June 2012
8 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR - June 2012
7 - Semaine Olympique Française de Voile, Hyeres, FRA - April 2012
4 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - March 2012
6 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR Miami, USA - January 2012
12 - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, Perth, AUS - December 2011
6 overall - 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup
TE: My goals are to continue my Olympic career and to start ocean sailing
AP: I would like to do another Olympic campaign but I still don't know in which class. What is certain is that I will continue in match racing, an amazing event.
ST: I am thinking about this because match racing won't be in Rio 2016. I will continue to match race but I would like to sail in another Olympic class.
TE: Pablo Iglesias was my coach and he is now my best friend. We have been together for 17 years learning from each other every day. He has always been by my side in good and bad times.
AP: Felix Gancedo, when I was a junior sailor in the Snipe, I sailed with him for 2 years. I leaned a lot of things, he was very experienced sailor. He went to teh Olympics and was who told me to fight for my dream of being in London.
ST: My brother is the most important person in my sailing career because he always supports me and he gives me good advice.
TE: Rafa Trujillo
AP: Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez - I think they are the most complete sailoars.
ST: My sailing hero is Chuny Bermudez de Castro, because he's from my city and from my sailing club.
TE: Cycling, try doing some surfing and running events
AP: I like very much surfing and snowboarding - I practice every time I can!
ST: I like swimming and surfing.