Visit of the Spanish Team of Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015

The Spanish Team that will compete in the next Volvo Ocean Race visited the Monte Real Yacht Club in Bayonne this afternoon.

The crew, headed by the General Director of the Spanish Team, Pedro Campos, and the Olympic champion Xabi Fernández, taught the boys and girls of the club’s Sailing School the ins and outs of the boat. They explained to them how they worked, ate and slept during the competition and encouraged them to continue training and enjoying sailing.

The mayor of Baiona, Jesús Vázquez Almuíña, was present during the visit, and he also got on board the VO65.

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The production company A Contracorriente will receive the Mariano Aguado Communication Award at the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards for its film “En Solitario”

· The award recognizes the diffusion that A Contracorriente Films made of the world of sailing through “ En Solitario ”, a story of friendship in the most extreme non-stop regatta in the world

· The film distributor and producer, one of the most important in the Spanish market, has specialized in European and independent cinema, with films such as the award-winning “Intocable”

· The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards will be presented on September 6 at a gala that will be held from 8:00 p.m. at the Monte Real Yacht Club in Bayonne

The film producer and distributor A Contracorriente Films will receive the 2013 Mariano Aguado Communication Award at the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards , which will be presented on September 6 at the Monte Real Yacht Club in Bayonne, as part of the celebration of the XXIX Prince of Asturias Trophy.

Born in 2010 with the aim of “ doing things in a different way ” A Contracorriente has been involved with European and independent cinema since its inception, promoting films such as the world-renowned and award-winning “ Intocable ”.

In 2013, two years after that great success, one of the most ambitious projects in European cinema hit the screens, “ En Solitaire ” (Solo), a Franco-Belgian-Spanish co-production (by Gaumont, Les Filmes du Cap, A Contracorriente Films and Scope Pictures) described by critics as “ an ode to the sea ”. Directed by Christophe Offenstein and starring François Cluzet, it tells the story of Yann, a sailor who unexpectedly manages to make his dream of participating in the Vendée Globe, a solo, non-stop sailing round the world, come true. The competition becomes an unforgettable human adventure when Yann is brought aboard his ship by a young stowaway who, in addition to forcing him to change his navigation courses, will change his way of seeing life.

With a budget that exceeded 17 million euros, this great story of friendship in one of the most extreme regattas served to spread and bring the world of sailing closer to the general public, something that the jury of the National Sailing Awards wanted to recognize Terras Gauda, by awarding A Contracorriente Films the 2013 Mariano Aguado Communication Award.

Those responsible for the production company will receive the award at a gala to be held on September 6 at eight in the afternoon at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayonne.

The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards will distinguish Solventis and Movistar as the best ORC boats of the 2013 sailing season

· The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards will distinguish Alberto and Pablo Moro’s Solventis in the ORC 0-1 class and Pedro Campos’ Movistar in the ORC 2-3 class as the best boats

· Both were made, during the past year, with the victories of a large part of the competitions in which they participated, both at regional and national level

· The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards will be presented on September 6 at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayonne, coinciding with the XXIX Prince of Asturias Trophy

The National Sailing Awards will distinguish Solventis and Movistar as the best ORC boats of the 2013 sailing season.

Solventis, owned by owners Alberto and Pablo Moro, achieved victory in almost all the regattas in which it participated in 2013, wearing the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayonne pendant.

Skippered by Malalo Bermúdez de Castro, the crew stood on the podium of their class in the Aguete Cruise Regatta, the Martín Códax Rías Baixas Regatta, the Infanta Elena Regatta, the Prince of Asturias Trophy, the El Corte Inglés Master Trophy and the President of the Xunta.

The boat, which Solventis has sponsored for 6 years, is characterized by maintaining a practically identical crew base, which gives the team great stability.

The Movistar of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo highlights, above all, the figure of Pedro Campos, a well-known from the National Sailing Awards, in which he has been awarded on numerous occasions, as owner, skipper and sailor.

During 2013, the boat became champion in the SM la Reina Trophy, the Copa del Rey MAPFRE and the Martín Códax Rías Baixas. With a pendant from the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, the crew also won the Infanta Elena Regatta, the Prince of Asturias Trophy, the El Corte Inglés Master Trophy and the Xunta President Trophy.

Solventis and Movistar will receive, next September 6 at the Monte Real Club in Bayonne, the prizes for the best boats in the ORC 0-1 and ORC 2-3 categories, respectively. It will be at the 2013 National Sailing Awards ceremony, which will be held within the framework of the XXIX Prince of Asturias Trophy.

The “MAPFRE Challenge” recognized as the Best Project of the year 2013 by the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards

· The Volvo Open 70 MAPFRE set a new record on Christopher Columbus’ Route of the Discovery of America, between Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) and San Salvador (Bahamas)

Directed by Pedro Campos from Galicia and captained by Fernando Echávarri, the crew spent 11 days, 7 hours, 38 minutes and 40 seconds crossing the Atlantic

· The awards ceremony will take place at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona on September 6 as part of the celebration of the XXIX Prince of Asturias Trophy

On February 22, 2013, 11 days 7 hours, 38 minutes and 40 seconds after leaving Palos de la Frontera, and 521 years after Christopher Columbus stepped on it in 1492, the Volvo Open 70 MAPFRE, with flags from the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo and the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona, arrived in San Salvador (Bahamas).

The crew did not shout the famous “Land in sight!”, but the sailors were aware of their feat. With 5,296 miles traveled at an average speed of 19.5 knots, the Desafio MAPFRE had fulfilled its objective.

The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation was in charge of registering, endorsing the times, and declaring the new Atlantic record on the Route of the Discovery of America achieved by the Desafío MAPFRE team. A crew led by the 14-time world champion Pedro Campos and captained by the Olympic champion Fernándo Echávarri, which also included the commodore of the Monte Real Yacht Club, Miguel Lago, who had already participated in the first edition of the Route Discovery in 1984, aboard the “Santa María”.

The MAPFRE Challenge was also an ambassador for the Colombian Peoples (Baiona, Santa Fe de Granada and Palos de la Frontera) candidacy for World Heritage status, promoted with the aim of giving international projection to the places of discovery and preserving their artistic and cultural heritage.

For all these reasons, the jury of the National Sailing Awards decided to distinguish Desafío MAPFRE as the Best Project of 2013. The crew of the Volvo Open 70 will collect the award at the ceremony that will take place on September 6 at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayonne, within the framework of the XXIX Trofeo Príncipe de Asturias.

Photo: Maria Muina

The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards will distinguish Alex Pella as the best ocean sailor of 2013

· The 41-year-old Catalan navigator and sailor won first place in the Tour of Europe “ Route des Princes ” and was second in the Transoceanic “ Transat Jacques Vabre

· Known by many as the “Diable Espagnol ”, Pella is the first and only Spaniard to win a stage in a solo transoceanic regatta, he has crossed the Atlantic up to 15 times and his next challenge is the Rum Route, a solo route of more than 3,000 miles

· The awards ceremony will be held at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona on September 6 as part of the celebration of the XXIX Prince of Asturias Trophy

The Catalan sailor and sailor Alex Pella, 41, will be recognized on September 6 at the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards as the best ocean sailor of 2013.

The jury of the awards decided to recognize Pella for her great successes during the past year, among which the first place in the Tour of Europe regatta ” Route des Princes “, aboard the trimaran ” Prince de Bretagne 80 ”, by Lionel Lemonchois. Pella was the only Spaniard to participate in this event in the Gallic country, where he is already known by the nickname ” Diable Espagnol “.

During 2013, Pella also achieved second place in the Transoceanic regatta “ Transat Jacques Vabre ”, aboard the “ Tales II ” owned by Gonzalo Botín from Santander, together with Pablo Santurde from Cantabria.

Currently, with more than 150,000 nautical miles sailed, the Catalan sailor is preparing to take part in the tenth edition of the Rum Route, a transatlantic crossing between the French port of Saint Malo and Point a Pitre, the capital of the Caribbean island from Guadalupe. A route of 3,540 nautical miles (about 6,560 kilometers), which Pella will face alone from next November 2.

The Rum Route will serve as a preparation for the Barcelona sailor for the Vendée Globe 2016-2017, the solo round the world trip without stops or assistance, in which Pella hopes to be able to participate. This will not be the first time that the sailor has sailed around the world. He already did it in the last edition of the Barcelona World Race, and has crossed the Atlantic on up to fifteen occasions.

Merits are not lacking for Alex Pella to be worthy of the prestigious award for Sailor of the Year 2013, which he will receive at the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards, to which he has already confirmed his attendance. The appointment, next September 6 at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona, within the framework of the XXIX Prince of Asturias Trophy.

(Image: Alex Pella receives from King Felipe VI the record trophy New York – Barcelona)

Interview with Alex Pella · 2013 Ocean Navigator Award

Alex Pella is one of the best sailors of his generation. There are those who say that he learned to navigate even before he learned to walk, and that the blue of his eyes has a bit of the blue of all the seas in the world through which he has sailed, which are not few. Born into a family of professional sailors, he has spent practically all his life on a boat. He has sailed around the world on a sailboat and crossed the Atlantic up to fifteen times. He accumulates trophies of all kinds, but he still aspires to achieve one of the ones he most desires, the Vendée Globe, a solo round-the-world trip without stops or assistance. Quite a sporting challenge, of overcoming and survival for which the “Diable Espagnol” has been preparing for years.

Ocean sailor, solo sailor, Diable Espagnol , lover of the sea and adventure… Who is Alex Pella and how do you like to be defined?

Well, honestly, it’s hard to define oneself… But I think there’s a bit of all that. I like the sea, ocean regattas, and I am passionate about solo sailing.

The “Diable Español” thing came during my stage in the Mini 650 Class, when I got two podiums and a stage victory in the mythical Mini-Transat. I think that today I am still the only non-French person with those results and the truth is that when they remind me of the “Diable Español” it brings back very good memories. I hope to repeat that this year on the “Route du Rhum” and get to Guadeloupe as soon as possible.

You were born into a family of sailors, in which practically everyone is related in one way or another to the world of sailing, how has this reality influenced your qualities as a sailor?

In almost all. In my house everyone surfs. Neither my brothers nor I have any knowledge of when we started sailing. For my parents, the normal thing is to go out to sea as a family and spend weekends and summer vacations on board the family boat.

Later, with my brothers, when we grew up, we began to join professional regatta teams, almost always due to our qualities of ” handymen ” and ” good sailors ” rather than great sailors. And there we began to train, first technically and then, as soon as the opportunity arose, sportingly. So my training is more like a “ shipyard ” than a “ high performance center ”.

In the Mini 650 stage, due to the lack of means, you rely a lot on family and friends. Now over time I realize that I was lucky to have a fantastic environment in that sense. It is clear that I would never have achieved anything alone, without the help and experience of my brothers David, Borja, and Nacho. Our friend Luis Guervós is also very much to blame for this and it was lucky to be able to count on him all those years.

2013 was, without a doubt, a great year for you. First place in the Tour of Europe regatta “ Route des Princes ” and second place in the Transoceanic regatta “ Transat Jacques Vabre ”. How do you rate these successes?

Last year was fantastic. I was a member of the French team of the Maxi-Trimaran ” Prince de Bretagne 80 “. I had never sailed in these fantastic boats before, and sailing at almost 30 knots averages over 24 hours on the open sea is amazing. The way of sailing these ships is absolutely different from all the ships in which I had sailed before.

Also, sharing a team with people like Lionel Lemonchois, Fred Le Petrec and Jean luc Nelias is a real luxury. I have to especially thank Lionel for calling me and giving me that opportunity, because it is very difficult for a Spaniard to become part of a crew in an oceanic Maxi-Trimaran.

Then jump to the ” TALES II “, a Class 40 entirely Spanish and of an extraordinary level. Armed by Gonzalo Botín, designed by his brother Marcelino, built by Ximo Lopez, and with the technical and sports management of Antonio Piris…almost nothing! We ran the Transat Jacques Vabre with Pablo Santurde with great success, and despite our stop in Coruña to repair our battered rudders, we managed to finish second, in the first year of the boat.

I think I can say that we were the sensation of the regatta. In Itají, port of arrival, all the best ocean racers passed by the boat, asking to visit it and asking all kinds of questions about the design, construction, driving and trim modes… A total success. I think that never before has a 100 percent Spanish boat made up entirely of Spaniards reached so high in a regatta of this type, almost always dominated by the French and English.

Everyone knows you for your facet as a navigator, but the truth is that you also did your first steps in the world of cinema, as a skipper and advisor on maneuvering and navigation issues on the Imoca 60, where some of the sequences of the film “In lonely”. How do you rate your cinematographic experience? Would you like to repeat?

For me it was a surprise and an honor that a Spaniard was called to take all the maritime themes and skipper the boat in a film about the Solo Round the World regatta “ Vendée Globe ”. It was undoubtedly an incredible experience, different from anything I had been doing in recent years, and very enriching.

I was working on this project for six very intense months, with great pressure and responsibility. You only have to watch the videos of the making of that are on YouTube to assess what that shooting was like. 50 days at sea, with 9 hours on the water each day, and with 18 crew members with all their work material on a boat designed for solo sailing. Now that was an adventure!

These super productions (17 million euros) require a very tight schedule, and at sea what rules are the weather conditions and the skipper of the boat, which in this case was me. That meant that I had a lot of responsibility for the safety and viability of the project.

I was very lucky because Jean Cottin, the producer, and François Cluzet, the main actor, fully trusted me when it came to making decisions and how far to push the limits of filming. It was honestly a great experience, but I don’t know if I would repeat it.

Returning to competitive sailing, among your next challenges is the tenth edition of the Rum Route, a solo transatlantic crossing of more than 3,500 miles. How does one prepare physically and psychologically to participate in a test of this type?

Physically the fitter I am the better, what happens is that due to the lack of means I don’t have a complete team and I have to do a little of everything. Sailing to understand the boat, to know where the limits are, and to know a little about everything, electronics, computers, ropes, sails, composite, energy…because then in the regatta I am completely alone and I have to know how to handle myself in any situation.

The truth is that I try to stay in shape, living a healthy life and aerobic exercise a day. I go for a run, or to the gym, or take out the windsurf board. The latter is obviously what I like the most. Psychologically, the same. Ideally, go out to these regattas rested, and with your homework done.

I am also motivated by thinking that it may be the last regatta I will do, due to the difficulty of finding resources to prepare at this level. We are talking about trying to win regattas historically dominated by the French and English, and doing it from Spain.

The Rum Route is your next big date with the regattas, but you will already have your sights set on the Vendée Globe 2016-2017, one of your dreams since you were a child. Do you think it is possible to participate in that edition? How’s the sponsorship thing going?

Yes, it is clear that participating in the Vendée Globe is my goal. In the past I was very close. I was a substitute for the French skipper Kito de Pavant, with the boat “ Groupe Bel ”, and I was sailing with them all season, qualifying for the Vendée Globe 2012. Then I also made the movie “ Solo ”, so I was very close.

For the next edition I am, at the moment, pre-registered. I need to find sponsors and I’m working on it. This is undoubtedly the most difficult task for me. And I know that the moment is not right, but I’m going step by step. Now, for now, I have the Route du Rhum in front of me, and I’m going to try to go for it.

Next September you will collect in Baiona the award for Best Oceanic Sailor 2013 within the framework of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club. What does this recognition mean to you?

It is very nice for me to collect this award again. I was named “ Best Sailor of the year 2003 ” for my podium finish in the mythical Mini-Transat in my first participation, which was also the first podium finish for Spain in a Solo Transoceanic regatta.

Now, to receive this award from the Monte Real Club de Yates again, 10 years later, is a pride and an honor, for everything I have lived and sailed these years. I sincerely have to thank Monte Real and everyone who has supported me during these years in my career.

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A book… “Cañamin, an unexpected journey”

A movie… “Solo”

An album or song… “Valiente”, by Vetusta Morla

An unforgettable memory… The beginning of my sports career, in the Mini Class, with my brothers, friends. It is a class where camaraderie and the marine environment reign.

A scary moment… In my first big transoceanic race, running third, I almost lost my mast 200 miles from the finish…it was horrible.

A boat… The “Pepus IV”, a puma 34 from 1976, in which we spent the summer vacations and ran the club regattas with my parents and brothers.

A place to sail… Sariera, a cove in Begur, on the Costa Brava. It is our summer town and we sailed in everything that floats! Optimist (cruise version, with oars, fishing equipment…), windsurfing, Catalan skate, hobbie cat…

A place to anchor… Cala Tuent, on the north coast of Mallorca, between Sóller and Cabo Formentor. It was our beginning and end of vacation aboard the “ Pepus IV ”, and a bit of a secret corner in the seventies and eighties.

A feeling in the sea… Feeling the water pass under your feet… and a feeling of freedom.

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It is an interview with Rosana Calvo. The photograph is by Alex Pella (selfie between Azores and Fisterra).

The Monte Real Yacht Club will host the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards ceremony on September 6

· The awards, one of the most prestigious in the Spanish nautical scene, were created 22 years ago to recognize the work of people and institutions in favor of the world of sailing

· The delivery ceremony will take place at the facilities of the Baionese club during the celebration of the XXIX Prince of Asturias Trophy

· The winners will receive a reproduction of the Monte Real signal mast, which since last December bears the name of its president, Rafael Olmedo Limeses

Once again this year, the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayonne will host the awards ceremony Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards , awards created 22 years ago with the aim of recognizing the work of different people and institutions in favor of the world of sailing, as well as its human and sporting values.

The prizes will be awarded at the club’s facilities next Saturday, September 6, at a gala sponsored by Terras Gauda and part of the celebration of the XXIX Prince of Asturias Trophy .

In the previous edition the boats were awarded you elbowed and Cenor , for its relevant and successful participation in the main ORC cruising regattas; the Pontevedra Provincial Council , for its continuous work in promoting tourism through Rías Baixas Tourism; the Production Company Panorama , for its dedication and specialization in the coverage and dissemination of the sport of sailing; the Plis Play Team , for its successes in different national and international regattas; the Pakea Bizkaia , for promoting the defense of the natural environment, sustainable development and respect for the environment; and Tamara Echegoyen , for all her sporting successes, including the Olympic gold she won at the 2012 London Olympics.

The winners of this new edition of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards, whose names will be announced shortly, will receive as a trophy a reproduction of the central signal mast of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayonne, which since last December bears the name of its president, Rafael Olmedo Limeses.

The gala will be held on September 6 at eight in the afternoon at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayonne. At the end of the event there will be a dinner in honor of the winners.

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