Esteban Garcia, who is the founder of the Realteam project recaps on the 2013 season and tells us about his goals for 2014.
The Realteam sailors finished their first professional racing season on a high this year with a third place at the Vulcain Trophy and a fifth overall at the hard-fought Extreme Sailing Series.
Esteban Garcia reviews what has been an eventful season and discusses his vision and objectives for the coming year:
“Developing the team from amateur to professional takes time, organisation and hard work. The 2013 season has been one of transition and by the end of it Realteam had achieved some excellent results.
“I have supported this team since its launch, and a year ago, with the help of Jerome Clerc and Bruno Barbarin, it was a natural evolution to continue the adventure and develop a professional structure and a very good team.
“My support for the project is rooted in my love of sailing, although I don’t get to do it often enough due to a lack of time. This professional sailing squad provides a platform for young talented sailors from the Geneva region who need support to reach their goals and be able to compete at the very highest level of international sailing.
“Additionally, sailing and in particular Realteam, conveys values that everyone involved in the project shares and which are attractive to future sponsors and partners. It is thanks to precision and teamwork that we achieve our goals. The symbiosis of these elements leads to excellence.
“In 2014 the Realteam sporting objectives are to win the Vulcain Trophy and to achieve some good results in the Extreme Sailing Series. The most important goal of all is to endorse the organisation that we have worked hard to put in place this year and to continue to work to keep this sailing squad at the very highest level.”