Apart from Iker Martinez normal Olympic campaign and Ferdinand van West technical position with NACRA, these two Magic Marine teamriders decided to sail the Eurocat in Carnac and won convincingly in the F18. This annual catamaran race sets the stage for the year as it is the opening event. Iker and Ferdinand teamed up to help give Iker more hours on various catamarans.
Iker Martinez has been a long time Magic Marine teamrider from Spain in his 49er and Ocean racing campaigns and is now sailing with Tara Pacheco with the hopes for Gold in 2016. Iker and Tara (World Champion in 2011 in the 470 class) put their efforts together in March 2013 in order to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games and win a medal in the new mixed multihull class.
This new NACRA 17 catamaran is a very quick boat and very demanding, and it requires lots of work to develop it. Fernando Echavarri, Tornado Olympic Champion in Beijing, has been their coach during this season. Xabi is also helping them in their training base in Santander. The goal for the next season is the World Championship which will be held in Santander in September 2014.
Interview of the team can be found here: