By Mário Urban
Ecuador, Salinas 7 to 17 of April, happened a Snipe Clinic promoted by FEVELA, Salinas Yacht Club and under the responsibility of Edgar Diminich and Juan Manuel . The coach invited to share his knowledge and experience was Mário Urban (Maru) from Brazil. Maru was top 10 at the last three world championship (8º Demark, 2º Brazil and 5º Italy) and top 10 at seven of nine Brazilian nationals. He is specialist from North Sails, race big boats and now he’s working for the Olympic Games with US Sailing team too. “I hope to return to sail snipe as soon as possible, but since the worlds in Talamone i did not run championships and the preview should be only after the Olympic Games”- said Maru.
The days in Salinas were amazing! Sun, light wind (5 to 10 knots) and the organization of the club and federation was the best. Edgar Diminich (North Sails Ecuador) organized his fleet with Juan Manuel and invite young guys and old sailors to have fun and come back to the class. The first three days Maru working with Edgar and Jaime to making some changes in his boat and different types of positions and tunings. This was part of the preparation of the WH&O 2016 in Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro. Then the last 5 days he worked with 8 crews from Salinas, Guayaquil and Manta.
In April 16th at night after the training, everybody had dinner at the club and the earth start to quake. At the beginning people didn’t understand what happened and in few seconds everybody starts to get out of the bar. The earthquake last like 1 minute and made people crazy. Salinas was lucky and nothing happened, but other cities had a lot of consequences. Manta was very near of the epicenter and the two crew needs to get out of the clinic to help their family! Nothing happened to them, but their house had a lot of problems.
THE DAY AFTER…
The last day – the day after the earthquake, had the best conditions and the sailor focuses were much better! There were two hours of practice (tacks, jibes, round marks and starts) and then three short races to training everything we did in the last four days. People were happy with their learning and get ready to continue sailing! “The sensation after the last race was amazing, everybody was very happy, want to sail more and looking forward for the next races!” – said Edgar. Juan make a nice trophy to everybody and say that he start his training for the Master Worlds in Bahamas.
Serious Sailing and Serious Fun!