April Oils recovers bellows and wins the Conde de Gondomar Trophy

The Aceites Abril, owned by the brothers Jorge and Luís Pérez Canal, with a pendant from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, were proclaimed winners of the XXXVIII Conde de Gondomar Trophy, a regatta organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club of Bayonne, and which had the collaboration of Tourism of Galicia, Rías Baixas Tourism, Martín Códax, Swiss Jewelry, El Corte Inglés, Nea, Coca Cola, Nordés and the Royal Spanish and Galician Sailing Federations.

The boat from Ourense, which arrived at the last day with swords held high, very competitive with the Castrosua, until today leader from the first day, asserted its victory in the windward-leeward disputed in the Ría de Vigo. With just a few lengths difference, the Aceites Abril won the fourth test, tied at 6 points with the coachbuilder sailboat, but resolving in their favor, due to the success achieved in Sunday’s race.

In the ORC Division 0-1, after the Pérez-Canal, Castrosua, owned by Willy Alonso, remained in third place, Arroutado 2 from Porto, owned by José Manuel Pérez, from the Real Club Náutico Portosín, with 17 points.

This Division was the class that recorded the most breakdowns during the competition, including the leak that occurred today aboard the Cenor&Electrolux after a pantocazo of the waves that displaced its slide or speed guide. Withdrew to port by their own means, everything was in an initial scare.

In ORC 2 things were clearer from the beginning of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy. A Bosch Communication Center, well armed with crew by its captain and skipper, Ramón Ojea (CM Canido), won three of the four tests, also accumulating 6 points that gave it a lot of clearance compared to the rest of the boats in its class. The sailboat of the Sevillian shipowner Laura Moya, managed to place another of its boats in fifth place in this Division, Sailway 1, owned by Rubén Santiago. In second place was Cachete, owned by Francisco Edreira, from the Sada Yacht Club, with 13 points, and third was Codaste, owned by Roberto Fontán (MRCYB), with 14 points.

In ORC 3 there were circumstances similar to those of Group 2 in terms of regularity, with an unchanged podium since last Thursday, where the leader was always the Asturian Juan Luís Tuero, with Luna Nueva (MRCYB), who finished with 4 points, being surpassed on this day by Enxuto, who won the windward-leeward. Pablo Conde’s boat (CN Combarro) won silver, a second position in which only one point was the separation of steps. The bronze went to the Portuguese Margem do Azul, by Frederico Lopes (MRCYB), with 12 points.

The windward-leeward, the last race scheduled in the announcement of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, was held under intense sea and wind conditions. For the ORC 0-1 and 2, it was their fourth test, after the two in which the ascent and descent to Carrumeiro Chico last Thursday were divided, and the one traced yesterday Saturday with the return to the Onza and Ons Islands. For the ORC 3 it was their third task, the first being the turn to the Camouco Lighthouse, on the 25th, and the return to the Cíes Islands, as the second coastal task also traced on Saturday.

The Committee set up a regatta course in an area very close to the north mouth of the Ría de Vigo. They traced 8 miles in two beats and two sterns, with a southwest wind that hovered between 212 and 220, with peaks of 18 knots of intensity and 15 on average.

The awards ceremony was held at five in the afternoon, an act presided over by Rafael Olmedo, president of Monte Real, and accompanied by the mayor of Baiona, Jesús Vázquez Almuiña; the president of the Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde; the councilors for Maritime Activities and Mobility, Raul Costas and Policarpo Vilar, respectively; and the Vice Commodore of the Yacht Club, Alejandro Retolaza.

Draws were made courtesy of Jotún and Morfisa, with a Bonus from Paradores, and another, from Swiss Jewelry, consisting of a box of watches.

Monte Real recognized and rewarded the youngest sailor in the county trophy, Ignacio Klett, crew member of the Cenor&Electrolux (RCR Galicia), who at only 7 years old already disputed the ascent to the Carrumeiro Chico.

The silver tray of El Corte Inglés, which rewards the overall winner of the XXXVIII Conde de Gondomar Trophy, was delivered by Olmedo to Aceites Abril, with the entire crew in team formation.