Barcelona Winter Series Act III Report

The third Act of the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona Winter Series saw good winds, sun, and three races. The racing took place in a shifty, northerly breeze blowing 10-17 knots with occasional gusts over 20+ knots. The offshore breeze made racing difficult to stay at the front of the pack as boats from behind would often over-run the leaders when large, streaky puffs landed on the race area. The highlight for the J/70 fleet has been the return to racing by the REBUFF team; they had been absent for the first two Acts of the series. Owner David Marco had the Spanish sailor Rayco Tabares from Las Palmas, Grand Canaria skippering the boat. Their strong performance stopped GUNTER, Javier Scherk’s team that had dominated the series to date. REBUFF won the first race of the day and added two seconds to dominate the weekend. GUNTER finished in fourth place for the weekend. The other two boats that scored a victory for the day were Luis Albert Solana’s PATAKIN and Massimo Rama’s JENIALE EUROSYSTEM. For the weekend, it was REBUFF first, then PATAKIN second and JENIALE third. For the provisional overall series, GUNTER still leads with 26 points, followed by PATAKIN with 30 points and JENIALE with 36 points. For more Real Club Nautico Barcelona Winter Series information, visit