Pilgrims sailing loose moorings on Mount Real heading to Santiago

 

· Since the Monte Real Club de Yates became the departure port for the Xacobea Nautical Crossing, more than 100 boats have passed through the club on their way to Compostela

Sailing boats that carry out this new modality of the Camino de Santiago obtain a 15 percent discount on club fees

· The Xacobea Nautical Crossing is an initiative of the Xunta de Galicia, Portos de Galicia and ASNAUGA to promote the transit of sailboats through Galician ports

 

Over a hundred sailboats have arrived at the Monte Real Club de Yates in recent months ready to undertake the Xacobea Nautical Crossing, a new formula for a sailing pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela promoted by the Xunta de Galicia, Portos de Galicia and the Association of Galician Nautical Clubs (ASNAUGA).

Last July, after several months of works and remodeling to adapt the club to the arrival of new visitors, Monte Real became the port of departure for the journey. It was then that it began to receive the first pilgrims, who obtained in Baiona the first of the seals of their Jacobean credential, with which after completing 90 nautical miles under sail and arriving in Santiago, they will be able to obtain their compostela.

Among the main motivations that drive sailors to carry out the Xacobean Nautical Crossing are spiritual and religious incentives, adventurous desires and the desire to discover the Galician estuaries. And it is that, in addition to the Monte Real Yacht Club, which is the departure port of the southern route, another 13 ports distinguished with the Q for Tourist Quality are involved in the proposal, which touch practically the entire Galician coast.

Thus, the landing points are Vigo (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), Cangas (Royal Club Náutico de Rodeira), Sanxenxo (Club Náutico de Portonovo and Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo), San Vicente do Mar (Club Náutico de San Vicente do Mar ), Cabo de Cruz (Club Náutico de Boiro), Riveira (Club Náutico Deportivo de Riveira), Portosín (Royal Club Náutico de Portosín) and Noia. And from the north, Ribadeo (Royal Club Náutico de Ribadeo) Ares, Sada and A Coruña.

Many of them must be visited by pilgrims who, starting from Monte Real, want to reach Santiago and get their Compostela. And they will do so by obtaining a series of benefits or special discounts depending on the yacht clubs where they land.

In the case of the Monte Real Yacht Club, pilgrims obtain a 15 percent discount on the usual rates; and 25 percent if it is a woman who skippers the boat. These are some of the economic measures put in place to promote the initiative together with the actions carried out in the club’s facilities.

In addition, a 100% accessible ramp has been built to guarantee access to the terrace for people with functional diversity and the sanitary facilities have been renovated, adapting them to responsible consumption and energy saving protocols. All this thanks to a grant from the Consellería do Mar of the Xunta de Galicia through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (FEMP) and the Local Action Groups of the Fishing Sector (GALP).

The Monte Real Club de Yates continues to be, one more year, one of the marinas in Galicia with the most boat traffic in its facilities. So far this year, nearly 800 boats have called at Baiona, with the months of June, July and August being the busiest. Deseasonalize this tourist influx, which continues to prefer the summer months for its crossings, is another of the objectives behind the Xacobea Nautical Crossing.

De la Gándara strikes again

· The Okofen led by Javier de la Gándara consolidated its leadership in the AXA J80 Autumn League after winning on the second day held today in Baiona

· Despite not having his usual crew, the historic skipper managed to repeat victory and increase the margin of distance over his most direct rivals

· The J80 Autumn League organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club and sponsored by AXA Seguros resumes its tests on November 10

 

The AXA J80 Autumn League celebrated its second day this Saturday – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen consolidated its leadership in the AXA J80 Autumn League after winning on the second day held this afternoon in the bay of Baiona with complicated weather conditions, rough seas and an intense and shifting wind that forced the committee to modify the regatta course on several occasions.

The situation of the sea and the intensity of the wind complicated the navigation of the J80 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Despite the circumstances and not having its usual crew, in which Jaime de la Gándara and Hugo Ferreiro were absent, Okofen once again demonstrated why it is among the best J80 in Spain. He did it, as usual, with the tandem Javier de la Gándara – Diego Fernández at the head, and the support, this Saturday, of Javier Porto and Jaime García.

His results were not as regular as on the first day, in which he made full with three first; but the third, first and second places signed today, and the discard that came into play allowing him to erase his worst result from the classification, kept him in first position and further distanced him from his most direct rivals.

Okofen continues to lead the AXA J80 Autumn League – Photo © Rosana Calvo

With 6 points, Okofen is still in the lead ahead of Marías – Casas do Telhado skippered by the Portuguese Manuel María Cunha, who has 12. Juan Luis Tuero’s Luna Nueva, which sailed very well today and managed to cross the finish line among the first, rose to third position and made it onto the provisional podium with 16 points. With 18 points, Pazo de Cea, led on this second day by Iago Alonso and with the addition of Juan Lago to the crew, is fourth in the standings.

Marías remains second in the standings – Photo © Rosana Calvo

From that fourth position, the distances of the rest of the fleet with respect to the J80 that are in the lead are already more pronounced. With 25 points, Bernardo Macedo’s Mondo is in fifth position, followed closely by Luis de Mira’s Namasté with 26.

Fernándo Yáñez’s Cansino closes the classification, dragging the lack of points from the first day in which he did not compete; Javier Martínez Valente’s Cunichán, who today could not score in one of the tests; and Cormorant II by Yago G. Robatto.

The AXA J80 Autumn League organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates with the sponsorship, once again, of AXA Seguros, will cross its halfway mark on November 10 with three new tests that will take the one-designs into the final stretch of the competition .

The Bay of Baiona was once again the scene of the AXA J80 Autumn League – Photo © Rosana Calvo

CLASSIFICATION DAY 2 (Top5) AXA J80 AUTUMN LEAGUE

1. OKOFEN · Javier de la Gándara · 6 points
2. MARÍAS – CASAS DO TELHADO · Manuel María Cunha · 12 points
3. NEW MOON · Juan Luis Tuero · 16 points
4. CEA MANOR Iago Alonso 18 points
5. MONDO · Bernardo Macedo · 25 points

 

AXA J80 Autumn League Second Round

This Saturday the second phase of the AXA J80 Autumn League is held in Baiona, led by Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen and Manuel María Cunha’s Marías

· The weather forecasts announce a complicated day due to the intensity of the wind that could reach up to 25 knots

· The competition organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates will end in November with the last two days in dispute and the awarding of prizes to the winners

The AXA J80 Autumn League will be played in the bay of Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

This Saturday the AXA J80 Autumn League of the Monte Real Club de Yates returns to the bay of Baiona, which resumes its tests after its inauguration, a fortnight ago, with the victory of Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen, who leads the classification followed by Marías – Houses of the Roof by Manuel María Cunha.

At three in the afternoon, the regatta committee, chaired by José Ángel Rodríguez, will start the first of the three tests set out in the competition programme, some windward-leeward routes in which the monotypes must complete two complete laps .

The weather forecasts announce a complicated day due to the intensity of the wind, which could reach up to 25 knots, especially in the first hours of navigation. As the afternoon progresses, its strength will decrease but the rain could also enter the scene. It will be, in any case, a cold day, with maximums that will not exceed 13 degrees.

The wind complicated the first day and could also complicate the second – Photo © Rosana Calvo

With these conditions, the J80 participants will draw the new outline of the provisional podium, which today is occupied by Okofen, Marías and Mondo, by Bernardo Macedo; first, second and third respectively. Stalking those top positions, Namasté by Luis de Mira, Pazo de Cea by Cristina González Cominges and Luna Nueva by Juan Luis Tuero appear later in the classification.

Crossing of Marías and Luna Nueva on the first day – Photo © Rosana Calvo

A little further down, they are followed by Javier Martínez Valente’s Cunichán; and Fernando Yáñez’s Cansino and Yago González-Robatto’s Cormorán II close the classification without scoring, having withdrawn from the competition on the first day.

 

The Monte Real Club de Yates becomes the starting port for the Xacobea Nautical Crossing, the Camino de Santiago by sea

 

· The Monte Real Club de Yates becomes the starting port of the Xacobea Nautical Crossing, a new pilgrimage route to Santiago that runs through the 13 Galician ports and marinas with the Q certification for Tourist Quality

· To obtain the Compostela, maritime pilgrims must sail 90 nautical miles, stamping their credential at the ports of passage, and finish the journey by land to the tomb of the Apostle Santiago.

· An investment of more than 150,000 euros co-financed by Monte Real, the Consellería do Mar de la Xunta de Galicia through the FEMP and the GALP7 has allowed the club to improve its facilities to receive pilgrims

 

After several months of works and remodeling, everything is now ready at the Monte Real Yacht Club to receive sailors who are going to complete the Camino de Santiago by sea, a new version of the historic pilgrimage to Compostela promoted by the Xunta de Galicia of which the Baionese club is the port of departure.

The “Xacobean Nautical Crossing”, as this new route is called, seeks to offer sailing lovers the possibility of making the Camino de Santiago through the sea and to obtain the Compostela by stamping a pilgrim’s credential in the most outstanding marinas of Galicia.

Of the 45 marinas on the Galician coast with the capacity to receive boats in transit, only the 13 ports distinguished with the Q for Tourist Quality certification are part of the proposal, a selection that seeks to guarantee the pilgrim by sea the attention and services of the highest quality.

Due to its characteristics and historical trajectory, the Monte Real Club de Yates was chosen as the port of departure for the route in its southern version, and an investment of more than 150,000 euros co-financed by the club itself, the Consellería do Mar de la Xunta de Galicia Through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Local Action Groups of the Fisheries Sector (GALP), they allowed it to improve its facilities and services to receive the pilgrims at the beginning of the journey.

Several works aimed at minimizing the energy consumption of water and electricity, the application of a special discount of 25 percent to boats skippered by women and the construction of an access ramp to facilitate access for people with disabilities were some of the measures put into march within the framework of a plan whose axes were sustainable development, equality between men and women and non-discrimination. In addition to enjoying all the changes made in the club, the pilgrims who start the “Xacobea Nautical Journey” from Baiona will have a 15 percent discount on the usual rates.

Deseasonalize tourism in Galicia, promote nautical tourism and the activity of the community’s marinas and offer an alternative to the traditional pilgrimage routes are the main objectives of a proposal in which, in addition to the Xunta de Galicia, also participates Asnauga, the Association of Nautical Clubs of Galicia.

90 miles under sail between Baiona and Compostela

The Xacobean Nautical Crossing offers sailors the possibility of obtaining the Compostela in a very similar way to how pilgrims who go on foot to Santiago obtain it. Like them, they must travel a minimum distance, in this case 90 nautical miles; and stamp your pilgrim credential at each crossing point.

The Monte Real Club de Yates is the port of departure for the southern route, which passes through Vigo (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), Cangas (Royal Club Náutico de Rodeira), Sanxenxo (Club Náutico de Portonovo and Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo ), San Vicente do Mar (San Vicente do Mar Yacht Club) and Cabo de Cruz (Boiro Yacht Club).

From Boiro there are two possibilities to get to Santiago, either go up the Ulla River to Padrón or Pontecesures and from there continue by land to Compostela; or continue to Riveira (Club Náutico Deportivo de Riveira) and continue through Portosín (Real Club Náutico de Portosín) and Noia to continue from there to Santiago on foot.

In addition to the southern route, there is also a northern route from Ribadeo (Real Club Náutico de Ribadeo) passing through Ares, Sada, A Coruña and Portosín, with the same options for the end by land as the route from the south.

In both cases, the tomb of the Apostle Santiago is the goal of the Jacobean pilgrimage by sea and the Santiago Pilgrim’s Office is the place where sailors must present their stamped pilgrim credential to collect the Compostela.

>>> Xacobea Nautical Crossing Brochure

Okofen tops the AXA J80 Autumn League on its opening day

· Javier de la Gándara’s boat started as the favorite and did not disappoint, signing a full victories in the three races held this afternoon in Baiona

The Marías – Casas do Telhado of the Portuguese Manuel María Cunha was his most direct rival and took second place in the provisional classification

· The complicated weather conditions with a lot of waves and a wind that reached 25 knots caused two boats to withdraw from the competition

Opening day of the AXA J80 Autumn League – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Okofen was placed this Saturday as the leader of the AXA J80 Autumn League, the one-design competition of the Monte Real Club de Yates that held its opening day in Baiona this afternoon.

The crew led by Javier de la Gándara, who started as favourites, took the lead in the classification, signing a full victories in the three races held with a wind that reached 25 knots, complicating the navigation of the sailboats at times.

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen did not disappoint – Photo © Rosana Calvo

With Víctor Robleda at the controls, the regatta committee designed a windward-leeward double loop course for the participants, with almost 3 miles in each of the three tasks, with which the participants completed a distance of about 9 miles in this first day, which began punctually at three in the afternoon.

With the first three, Okofen was the clear winner after beating their most direct rival, Marías-Casas do Telhado of the Portuguese Manuel María Cunha, who entered the competition with a bang and ready to give De la Gándara a run for their money. Both led the fleet at all times and were the first to cross the finish line, but the Portuguese crew finally had to settle for three second places in the three races held and second place on the provisional podium of the AXA J80 Autumn League.

Marías is second in the AXA J80 Autumn League – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Among the rest of the boats, more equality and little difference in points in the following positions of the classification. With 14 points, Bernardo Macedo’s Mondo and Luis de Mira’s Namasté are third and fourth respectively. With 15 points, in the fifth and sixth boxes, they are followed by Cristina González Cominges’ Pazo de Cea, who suffered a lot from the wind in the first test and was unable to finish it; and the New Moon by Juan Luis Tuero.

Bernardo Macedo’s Mondo occupies the third position – Photo © Rosana Calvo

A little further down, with 19 points, they are followed by Javier Martínez Valente’s Cunichán; and Fernando Yáñez’s Cansino and Yago González-Robatto’s Cormorant II close the classification having withdrawn from the competition on this first day.

The AXA J80 Autumn League returns in 15 days with the second stage of tests, which will be held on October 27 on the same stage and with the same schedule as the opening stage held today.

The AXA J80 Autumn League will continue for 3 more days – Photo © Rosana Calvo

CLASSIFICATION (Top5) DAY 1 · AXA J80 AUTUMN LEAGUE

1. OKOFEN · Javier de la Gándara · 3 points
2. MARÍAS – CASAS DO TELHADO · Manuel María Cunha · 6 points
3. MONDO · Bernardo Macedo · 14 points
4. NAMASTE · Luis de Mira · 14 points
5. CEA MANOR Cristina González Cominges 15 points

 

Monte Real closes the 2018 regatta season with the AXA J80 Autumn League

 

· The one-design competition will put an end to the sailing calendar of Monte Real, one of the clubs that organized the most regattas in Galicia in 2018

· The league held with the sponsorship of AXA Seguros opens this Saturday and will last for four days in the months of October and November

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen, recent winner of the title of best J80 of the season in Galicia, will try to revalidate the victory achieved in 2017

 

 

After an intense sailing year in which it organized 10 regattas and a solidarity triathlon to promote adapted sailing in Galicia, the Monte Real Club de Yates closes its 2018 sports calendar with the celebration of the AXA J80 Autumn League.

The competition that will put an end to the season of the Baionese club will be held in four stages, during the months of October and November, starting this same Saturday the 13th with the first tests and ending on Saturday the 24th of November with the final day and the prize giving to the winners.

There will be four days in which the participants will be able to face two types of routes according to the weather conditions and what the regatta committee determines. They will be coastal paths, with obligatory steps through different points or beacons; or routes between buoys, of the windward leeward type, with two upwind and two stern.

J80 class sailboats will participate exclusively in the league, a type of boat that the Baiona club has been promoting for years, with the creation of an important fleet based in Baiona, to which monotypes from A Coruña have been added. , Vigo and Portugal.

For them, Monte Real programs two specific trophies every year, the autumn and winter leagues. In addition, in 2018, given the importance of the Galician J80 fleet, the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation delegated the organization of the Spanish J80 Championship to the club, which was held last April in Baiona.

In it, Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen had a special role, coming first among the Galician fleet and achieving third place on the national podium. The crew, who this year also won the title of best J80 of the season in Galicia will try to revalidate the victory achieved in 2017 in the AXA J80 Autumn League.

In the previous edition, De la Gándara’s men snatched the victory, on the last day, from Fernando Yáñez’s Cansino, who was leading the competition, and who had to settle for a meritorious second place. Enrique Porto’s Ferralemes closed the podium.

AXA J80 AUTUMN LEAGUE 2018

Saturday, October 13 15:00 First day of regattas
Saturday, October 27 · 3:00 p.m. · Second day of regattas
Saturday, November 10 · 3:00 p.m. · Third day of regattas
Saturday, November 24 · 3:00 p.m. · Final day of regatta
Saturday, November 24 20:30 Awards ceremony – dinner

 

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