The best women’s match race specialists worldwide will be competing for valuable match racing points.
On the first day, the eleven crews were welcomed at the club's premises for the final registration and the sailors' weighing.
Difficult weather conditions, heavy rain and cold temperatures, characterized the preliminary training sessions during which the crews had the chance to get to know the Tom 28 boats better, that will be used for the racing.
The Opening ceremony was held at the Salón Belliure of Real Club Náutico Calpe with the presence of local authorities and skippers, including last years' winner Claire Leroy. Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Cristina is the honorary president of the regatta.
Reaching the twelfth edition, the Criterium International is an ISAF Grade 1 event and proves to be one of the season's unmissable match-racing events, as confirmed by the presence of a top level lineup:
Skipper Nationality World Ranking
Caire Leroy France 2
Katie Spithill Australia 3
Anna Tunnicliffe United States 4
Silke Hahlbrock Germany 5
Anne-Claire Le Berre France 6
Klaartje Zuiderbaan Netherland 10
Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen Denmark 11
Camilla Ulrikkeholm Denmark 12
Samantha Osborne New Zealand 16
Margarita Cameselle Alvarez Spain 40
Tamara Echegoyen Spain 84
The event will consist of round robins, quarter finals, semi-finals and finals starting from 5 May.