February 24, 2024

PALMA, 5 Aug. (from the particular envoy of EUROPA PRESS, Andrea Garcia Acuna) –

Maria Torrijo (Alicante, 1975) is the whole lot behind the crusing competitors. She just isn’t a prime competitors sailor, however with out her the regattas wouldn’t be attainable. In 2007, at simply 31 years outdated, she turned the primary girl on the planet to carry the titles of Worldwide Choose, Worldwide Umpire and Worldwide Race Official, one thing that solely 5 individuals have achieved to date.

“I don’t really feel like a reference, as a result of I feel there must be extra individuals doing this job. I take pleasure in it a lot that I don’t perceive why there aren’t extra doing the identical factor,” he instructed Europa Press from the Actual Membership Nautico de Palma (RCNP), the place Nowadays the Copa del Rey MAPFRE crusing is held.

Within the competitors that’s happening lately within the Bay of Palma, Torrijo is a member of the worldwide jury and arbitrator of one of many courses. “It’s going nice, to date this system has been fulfilled and we’ve had excellent situations. It’s been very aggressive. As a referee, I’ve had numerous motion within the water,” he reveals.

Amongst her quite a few achievements, the lady from Alicante, graduated in Chemistry however who directed her working life in direction of nautical sports activities, has served as regatta officer in two of the principle crusing competitions on the planet: the Copa America and the Olympic Video games.

In 2021, in New Zealand, Torrijo achieved the milestone of being the primary feminine regatta principal officer of the ‘Hundred Guineas Cup’. She was additionally directing the destinies of the athletes throughout Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Tokyo 2020; She solely missed the Rio 2016 Olympic occasion as a result of dying of her husband, the sailor Pablo Arandia.

For all these causes, Invoice O’Hara, chief regatta officer of The Ocean Race, the round-the-world crusing tour, and one of the vital embellished sailors in Olympic historical past, outlined her as “the very best regatta officer on the planet, man or girl.” girl, with out exception. “I used to be moved after I learn it, it was a pleasure,” says Torrijo.

Now, Torrijo desires of returning to the Copa America, which celebrates its subsequent version in Barcelona in 2024. “I’d like to be there,” he says. Earlier than, he’ll proceed to ship justice within the Copa del Rey MAPFRE and serving as a benchmark for all these that can come after it.