I was 10 yo when my parents gave me the best present ever: a sail boat. A Vaurien with furious red sails! Obviously, they wanted to know always where their little son was in the "dangerous" sea, but I felt really happy with my wonderful yacht. And committees were also very happy at the races starts :-)
Training Miguel Noguer (gold medal in FD in Moscou'80) in Hyeres
The Vaurien was followed by a catamaran, then Olympic Classes like 470, Finn, Flying Dutchman and after it for a long time in cruisers, which I combined with skiff sailing - just to enjoy their speed!
A skiing accident forced me to leave competitions and... I was really surprised when discovered that my real passion was to train sailors.
My results in competitions were not too bad, but not comparable to what my sailors achieved. I feel really very proud when I see them in podiums in the Worlds or the Europeans. When they come and share their happiness with me!
Florian Trittel, with me in the 2007 IDJM. Some
years later he became 29er World Champion
But I also love those moments during trainings when I see my sailors enjoying, progressing and becoming better sailors. It is fantastic to gain their trust and work as a team. Even when sometimes what I say may sound quite surprising to them, they follow my methods and learn. And some of them reach the top level...
Carla and Marta Munte 2014 29er World Champions
I was born in Barcelona, 1957, studied Economics in the University... but what actually counts for my job is my Official Coach tittle and my really large experience:) 17 years of training sailors, 3 of them as the 29er Spanish National Coach. I have also been many times the Optimist Spanish Team coach in international regattas and I have organized or taken part in lots of clinics and trainings with sailors from many different countries: Germany, Sweden, Norway, Netherland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Great Britain, etc.
I worked in boat preparation for some Olympic sailors and also took part in the developing of the N1 Foils XR for Optimist. I was part of the 29er XX tuning guide team, which was an Olympic candidate class for the 2016 Games.
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Besides I am the author of the "Tips'n'Tricks" for JSail, its tuning guide (which actually is also good for any Optimist sail brand), and I published many sailing technical articles in different magazines (find it in the site menu).
I also organize events, some of them were the Velanium International Trophy, the 29er Eurocup #1, the 2010 29er and 29erXX European Championships, the 2011 29erXX European Championships and the 2009 29er Spanish Nationals.
Some of the sailors I worked with are Carla and Marta Munté (ESP), 2014 29er World Champions; Maia and Ragna Agerup (NOR), 2013 29er World Champions; my own daughter Adriana, BronzeMedal in the ISAF Team Racing Worlds, J80 European Champion and 6 times National Champion; Florian Trittel (ESP) 2012 winner of the Worlds, Eurocup and European Champion; Nopakao Poonpat (THA), 2010 Optimist World Champion; Muri Schröder and Lea Einbrodt, 3rd in the 2014 29er European Championships.
Ragna and Maia Agerup, 2013 29er World Championst
sail to win!
Carla and Marta Munté, 2014 29er World Champions. Marta, the crew,