- Name: Iker Martinez (ESP) I’m Racing
- Nationality: Spain
- Residence: Hondarribia
- Date of Birth: 1977-06-16
Over the years there has been a lack of front runners for the WMRT title from Iberia, but with a Tour Card at his disposal, Iker Martinez will truly be a wild card in the hunt for the World Championship title. With a new M32 catamaran to train on and solid sponsors backing his campaign he will be a force to reckoned with from the start of the 2017 WMRT season.
The Spaniard who burst on to the scene in Copenhagen last season, finishing second in his first ever WMRT event, will be one of the most decorated skippers on the tour. With multiple Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, World Championship titles and Olympic medals in skiff sailing no one can dispute his talent.
“We have been looking at the World Match Racing Tour for several years but the timing has not been right. With the change to multihulls and the new format we felt that now is the time.” Martinez commented. His team will be made up of talent mainly from Spain and they have based
themselves in Calanova, Mallorca where they have been training against Ian Williams and young Måns Holmberg. Martinez continued; “For us this works out great and we will come in to the season a lot better prepared than last year. Getting time in the boat will be crucial for our performance and now that we have our own boat in good training conditions we can catch up quickly.”
Maybe Spain has been a dark spot on the World Match Racing Tour map but perhaps the Spaniards will get something to cheer for this year because they definitely have a serious contender for the Match Racing World Championship title.
Iker Martinez (Skipper)
Real Club Maritimo Del Abra Real Sporting Club
Juan Ignacio Maegli (TACTICIAN)
Anton Paz (Main Trimmer)
Fidel Turienzo (CODE and TRIMMER)