The traditional spring regatta of the Baiona club celebrates its forty-second edition in 2019, sponsored for yet another year by Repsol
· The Vigo estuary will host the competition on May 1, 4 and 5 with different regattas in the bay of Baiona and the vicinity of the Cíes Islands
· 25 sailboats have already announced their participation in one of the most important races of the regatta season in Galicia
· After having been the J80 Spanish Championship in 2018, this year the Repsol Trophy will include the dispute of the J80 Luso Galaica Cup
Starting tomorrow, the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona is running a new edition of the Repsol Trophy, which this year will also be the J80 Luso Galaica Cup and will be held for three days in the Vigo estuary, with various regattas inside of the Bay of Baiona and the anchorage of the Cíes Islands.
The Baiona club officially presented the competition this morning at a press conference attended by the mayor of Baiona, Ángel Rodal; the person in charge of Marine and Fishing of Repsol, Inés González; and the president and vice president of Monte Real, José Luis Álvarez and Alejandro Retolaza.
The event detailed the characteristics of what is considered one of the most important tests of the heavy sailing season in Galicia, and in which 25 crews from different parts of the country have already announced their participation.
In front of the starting line there will be boats such as the Santorum & Martinez Group of the Club Náutico Deportivo de Riveira, with Javier Durán at the wheel; Jean Claude Sarrade’s Fend la Bise, which will race once again at the Monte Real Club de Yates; Nahela from Club Deportivo Alagua de A Guarda, recent winner of the Comunica Trophy; or the Starfighter by Julio Rodríguez, from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo.
In addition, in 2019 the winners of the previous edition will repeat, which were Ramón Ojea’s Bosch Service Solutions, winner in the cruiser-regatta class and in the general classification; and the Balea Dous de Rodeira, with Luis Pérez at the controls, winner of the cruiser class. Elena Raga, from Madrid, who won the Figaro class in 2018, will also return to Baiona.
In the J80 class, the fleet of boats of the Monte Real Club de Yates will be, once again, the most outstanding, with the presence, among others, of the two monotypes that have won the most recent competitions held in Galicia: the Okofen de Javier de la Gándara and El Cansino by Fernando Yáñez.
Five races in three days of racing
The Repsol Trophy of this 2019 includes in its program five tests divided into the three days that the competition will last.
The first day, tomorrow, Wednesday, the May Day holiday, will include a coastal route starting in the interior of the Bay of Baiona and passing in front of different sandy areas to the Tofiño Lighthouse, in the vicinity of the Galician Sea Museum, turning in the area to return back to the interior of the bay, where the finish line will be placed.
The competition will continue on the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May, with two stages that, although they will be completely defined based on the day’s weather forecasts, are expected to be a windward/leeward and a coastal route on Saturday , and two windward/leeward runs on Sunday. They will be the definitive tests in which the winners’ podiums will be defined and will be held in the vicinity of the Cíes Islands.
In dispute the J80 Luso Galaica Cup
After having been the Spanish J80 Championship in 2018, the 2019 Repsol Trophy will host the J80 Luso Galaica Cup, in which the different J80 participants will measure their strength. The cup will have as its program the same tests planned for the rest of the fleet, including two coastal tours of the Vigo estuary and several poles at the Cíes anchorage. The difference with the cruisers will be that, as usual, the J80, identical to each other, will compete in real time.
The 42 years of a unique event in Galicia
“ Few events are more long-lived in Galicia than the Monte Real Yacht Club Spring Regatta, which has been held with great success for more than 40 years” . This was highlighted this morning at the official presentation by the president of Monte Real, José Luis Álvarez, who thanked Repsol for the support it has given the club over all these years.
On behalf of the energy company, sponsor of the event, the person in charge of Marine and Fishing, Inés González, was present, who predicted a great success for the competition and encouraged all the sailors to participate in the trophy.
The presentation was also attended by the head of the sports service of the province of Pontevedra, Daniel Benavides, who highlighted the boost that having these high-level competitions would mean for Galicia; the mayor of Baiona, Ángel Rodal, who stressed the close relationship that Baiona always has with the sea; and the vice president of Monte Real, Alejandro Retolaza, who offered all the details of the trophy.
Dinners, concerts and tastings will complete the sports program
In addition to the water sports program, the 2019 Repsol Trophy includes several leisure activities for the participants, which they can enjoy at Monte Real once the tests are over. The club has prepared for them various seafood dinners, live music and tastings of Martin Miller Gin and Royal Bliss.
REPSOL TROPHY 42nd SPRING REGATTA MRCYB
Tuesday, April 30
12:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Confirmation of registrations and registration of participants
Wednesday, May 1st
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Presentation of documentation and delivery of Sailing Instructions
1:00 p.m. – Coastal route for all classes (departure in Baiona)
7:30 p.m. – Seafood dinner and tastings
Saturday, May 4
12:30 p.m. – Windward/Leeward in the Cíes Islands field or coastal route ending in the Baiona cove
7:30 p.m. – Seafood dinner and tastings
Sunday, May 5
12:00 noon – Windward/Leeward at the Regatta course near Cíes Islands
4:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony and later pincho