Even the bay of Cádiz has changed the tone to bid farewell to the fleet participating in the RS: X World Championship, which leaves the last world championships as Olympic class in the hands of the Dutch Kiran Badloe and Lilian de Geus.
With about 10 knots to the west and on a practically sunny day, in addition to the men’s and women’s Medal Races, the rest of the fleet has also contested its last regatta, after which the Canarian Ángel Granda finished in 13th place, as the first Spanish of the classification. The next national sailor was the Andalusian Juan Manuel Moreno, 15, followed by Iván Pastor, 31, who did not compete today after having to retire yesterday after hurting his knee.
The entry of the fleet into the water plane displayed the farewell scenario in which, after days of maximum activity, the facilities of the Centro de Tecnificación Deportiva de Vela Bahía de Cádiz became this afternoon.
A farewell with a smile for the majority of the fleet, which is already counting the days until its reunion in Japanese waters, and in which, in addition, the great family of the RS: X class and the Spanish sail said goodbye to Iván Pastor in a special way , which closes its Olympic “era” with this World Cup.
The santapolero has been part of the Spanish pre-Olympic team until the appointment, a few weeks ago, of Ángel Granda as representative in Tokyo for the RS: X class. Iván Pastor could not match Josele Doreste in the number of Olympic Games under his belt, but he knew that he could close with satisfaction not only his Olympic stage, but his “era”, after having attended the 2004 Athens Games under the national colors. Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
With many plans for the future and without hanging the harness even if he says goodbye to the RS: X, Pastor has closed a chapter of his contribution to the sport surrounded by friends and with a luxury coach. Because he wanted to say goodbye in this World Cup, in a bay that is like his home, but the coach of his club could not attend and was forced to come alone. Iván Pastor did not count on the fact that his friends were not going to leave him alone and Marina Alabau, our gold medalist in RS: X in London 2012, offered to share her last competition as coach.
Always competitive, always looking to improve, Iván Pastor could not remain without taking stock of this latest performance: “I had come to this world championship to say goodbye to this cycle and the truth is that I have been a little” wow “. I would have liked to do better, but the equipment I was wearing and the conditions did not go well for me, in addition, yesterday I hurt my knee and had to retire. That is why I did not go out on this last day: so as not to hurt myself more ”.
From here, he fixes his gaze on the future and reveals some of the projects that have supplanted his Olympic dream: “Now I have other plans: to rest a lot, I need it and I have been giving my body a good beating for 20 years.
I would like to sail in IQ Foil, where I have already competed, and I would like to continue, although not in the Olympic campaign for Paris at the moment. Although I do want to be in the class, even as a coach. We have a training center in Santa Pola and I would like to give it a twist, and also spend more time with the family.
What I want is to always be linked to sport, which is what I am passionate about, what I like; I don’t know how I’ll do it, but I’ll be there “.
Good bow for one of the sailors with the longest Olympic journey and the most charismatic of Spanish sailing.