Jesus Rogel of RCNT, and belonging to the Olympic Sailing team, has completed the World Championship Laser Standard in the 40th position on a table of 168 sailors who have attended the world’s elite, a position that makes him the first Spanish finisher.
The event was sailed in the intercontinental waters of Boltenhagen (Germany) for seven days, under outstanding light but variable winds.
The first racing day did not get Jesus the desired results as he finished in 90th place, a fact that became a catalyst for our competitor, and from the second day he began to get good scores for each track. With a 9th on April 1st and 15thº and 3rd, as best split in the following three days, he went up 65 places and entered the Top 26 which earned him qualification to contest the finals, reserved for the 56 best sailors, the only Spanish who managed to make the cut.
In the final series, while still sailing very well and getting good results, an incident happend at a bouy with a Dutchman and he went outside the line, the second day of finals, he had lost a very good marginand went down many positions to finish 40th in the standings. If these two partial results would have been included, Jesus Rogel would have been located surely in the Top 20 of the World.
Despite being somewhat frustrated and disappointed, because although he has been the best rated Spanish sailor in the World Cup and the European Laser Standard is not part of the Spanish Olympic team that will compete in London 2012, Jesus tells us that he is satisfied with the mental progression and physics gained over the years of intensive preparation and would like to thank the support all Torrevejenses have shown and for the assistance received from the Real Club Náutico, the Hon. Torrevieja Town Hall through the Councillors for Sports and Tourism, the Tourist Board Costa Blanca, and the FVC Valencia, his Sponsors.