Since 2011 the most famous sailing schools in Europe have been competing in a regatta every year: the European Sailing Academies Cup. CVC is regularly invited to represent Italy and this year it will be represented by an exceptional coach, multiple world champion and Olympic medallist Roberto Ferrarese, who also holds the Master Stage course for the school.
Roberto, what kind of technical and sporting peculiarities does a tournament like the Esa Cup have?
-The Esa Cup is a technically complex race as the courses are atypical (wind angles) and also because part of the programme involves the use of match racing.
Because of these characteristics this race will require a great ability to quickly focus on the race course, constantly adapting to the priorities of the moment.
How are the teams at Centro Velico Caprera preparing?
-The Centro velico Caprera teams are preparing meticulously and with great motivation by training on two fronts:
1) completing courses similar to those they will face at MARS with the aim of effectively choosing the routes and modes that get them from one buoy to the next faster (e.g.: deciding whether to go down with a spinnaker and then go up without or the other way around)
2) learning the art of Match Race, which in addition to requiring considerable technical and tactical skills, also requires mental skills from all team members.
What are your expectations for this edition?
-The expectations of the Centro velico Caprera teams are to race calmly and efficiently, with professionalism, taking care promptly and coolly of all the aspects that lead to a "good performance".
This is the objective, because this is the message that Centro Velico Caprera wants to give to the entire sailing environment, both nationally and internationally. The result will follow this line of thought.
Who are the opponents to beat historically?
-Historical opponents such as France, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Germany, are great teams but the final result, as I said before, will not depend on them but on the performance of the teams at Centro Velico Caprera.
Apart fromthe sporting aspect, what kind of experience do you gain from competing in an international context?
-Racing in such an important and excellent international context is certainly for all the members of the Centro Velico Caprera teams an important opportunity for growth and a great privilege.
It is an opportunity that our sailors will face with the utmost professionalism and with the joy and gratification of showing the entire sailing world the elegance of excellent sailing.