50 years making history at sea

· The Monte Real Yacht Club celebrates half a century of life this Tuesday promoting international nautical tourism and the organization of regattas

· Since its birth, on March 24, 1965, the Baionese club has starred in some of the most important chapters in the history of sailing in Spain

· The Monte Real celebrates its golden anniversary with a notable absence, that of its emblematic president Don Rafael Olmedo, who died last February

The Monte Real Yacht Club celebrates half a century of life this Tuesday promoting international nautical tourism and the organization of regattas.

Since its birth, on March 24, 1965, the Baionese club has starred in some of the most important chapters in the history of sailing, which has allowed it to become an indisputable benchmark for this sport in Spain.

It was with the Discovery Regatta, in 1972, that the club began to make a name for itself in the nautical scene. Several editions of the Lymington-Baiona, European and World Championships, and numerous international Grade One Match Race regattas would follow, in which the best skippers in the world participated.

But it was undoubtedly the challenge to the Copa América, presented in 1989, that catapulted the Monte Real Club de Yates. The most prestigious competition in the world would finally have a Spanish representative. In 1992, Spain attended the Copa América for the first time, a feat that the Baionese club would repeat on two more occasions, in 1995 and 2000.

Currently, Monte Real is known worldwide for two of its regattas, which coincidentally are also celebrating their anniversary in 2015. They are the Prince of Asturias Trophy and the Count of Gondomar Trophy, which are celebrating their 30th and 40th anniversary respectively.

Some anniversaries that the Baionese club will celebrate with a notable absence, that of its emblematic president Don Rafael Olmedo, who died last February at the age of 99 after more than 40 years at the helm of the institution.