· The athlete from the Real Club de Regatas de Cartagena won the victory after winning the Vitaldent Adapted Sailing Regatta organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and held this weekend in Baiona
· The Andalusian Nacho Zalvide of the Real Club Marítimo de Punta Umbría and the Galician Fran Piñeiro of the Escota Sailing Club won silver and bronze in a competition included in the IV Iberdrola Paralympic Sailing Circuit
· The next sporting event of the Monte Real Yacht Club is one of the great nautical events of the year, the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race, which will start from the Galician fishing village next Sunday, July 3
Aboard the Samba Pati and with results that could hardly be improved, Antonio Maestre from Cartagena won the 2.4mR Class Iberian Championship this afternoon in Baiona, organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club by delegation of the Royal Spanish Federation of Candle.
The Paralympic athlete from the Royal Club de Regatas de Cartagena arrived in Galicia ready to improve the bronze he achieved last March in the national class, and he did it with might. He signed four first places and one second in the total of six races held throughout the weekend in the Vitaldent Adapted Sailing Regatta, included in the IV Iberdrola Paralympic Sailing Circuit.
It was, he says, “a very technical competition, with a regatta course that is somewhat complicated by the currents, which you have to know how to understand very well to get good results”. But despite these currents, and despite breaking the boom strut, Maestre finally won the competition at a club where, he says, he feels at home. “Coming to Baiona is always a pleasure, because of how beautiful all this is and because of how well we are treated at Monte Real. When sailors ask us where we want to go sailing, Baiona is a place that always comes out, because it is a place where we feel very comfortable”.
The Andalusian sailor and coach Nacho Zalvide, from the Real Club Marítimo y de Tenis de Punta Umbría, stayed three points away from victory. The one from Huelva reached the final day as the provisional leader after the first tests, but he could not keep up with Maestre and ended up falling from the top of the podium to the second drawer.
The gold went, therefore, to Murcia, the silver to Andalusia, and the bronze went to Galicia, in the hands of the sailor from the Club de Vela Escota de Vigo, Fran Piñeiro. The Galician made it clear on Saturday, with a fourth place, that he wanted a place on the podium of the competition, and this Sunday he finally got it.
Already on the ground, Piñeiro was very satisfied with the results and, above all, with the evolution he is achieving in the season. He himself admits that he started out a little slow, but that little by little he is picking up the pace. He also says that this is influenced by the fact that, for some time now, he enjoys sailing much more because, as he assures, once he has qualified for the Rio Olympics, there is once again a great atmosphere among the sailors.
The Iberian Championship of the 2.4mR Class – Vitaldent Adapted Sailing Regatta, included in the IV Iberdrola Paralympic Sailing Circuit, ended with the award ceremony for the winners, in which the mayor and the Baiona accessibility councilor, Ángel Rodal and Policarpo Vilar; Iberdrola’s delegate in Galicia, Francisco Silva; Repsol’s Marine and Fisheries Manager, Inés González Megido; and the president and vice president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, José Luis Álvarez and Alejandro Retolaza.
The next competition of the Monte Real Club de Yates is one of the great events on the nautical scene this year, the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race, an ocean regatta that will depart next Sunday, July 3, from the Galician fishing village towards Angra do Heroísmo, in the Portuguese archipelago of Azores.