“With the arrival of the SUPER SERIES, Monte Real returns to the path of international circuits”

“We will see who wins the competition. The best will win, for sure. But those of us who have already won with the arrival of the 52 SUPER SERIES are the club, Baiona and Galicia”

“Bringing Baiona to the TP52s means fulfilling one of the most important commitments I made to the partners I represent. It is a dream come true”

“We are a club with small facilities but we have a very good human team, with long and proven experience in organizing events”

 

Alejandro Retolaza (left), vice president; and José Luis Álvarez (right), president of the MRCYB – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

One of José Luis Álvarez’s commitments to the members of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona when he assumed the presidency of the club was to once again organize an international regatta at the highest level. The Baionese club, one of the most prolific in terms of sports on the Spanish nautical scene, had been organizing all kinds of competitions practically since its creation, but international events had been significantly reduced in its program of events.

This changed in 2020, in the midst of the COVID pandemic, when in a press conference with masks and safety distances, the club announced that it had managed to become the venue for the 52 SUPER SERIES. After months of negotiations and hard work to meet all the requirements demanded by the organization, Monte Real finally achieved the goal of bringing Baiona to the prestigious TP52.

The date of the event was set for the summer of 2021, but the complications derived from the coronavirus forced it to be postponed for a year, a period that the club took advantage of to seek financial support. He found them in two regular collaborators of Monte Real, the financial entity ABANCA and Turismo de Galicia through Xacobeo, who decided to join the adventure.

 

The ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – BAIONA SAILING WEEK will be held from May 23 to 28 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

Thus, the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – BAIONA SAILING WEEK was born, destined to put Galicia back in the spotlight of world attention, in which it had not stood out since the start of the Sailing Tour of the World from Vigo, in 2005.

Today, 17 years after that milestone, Galicia once again writes a new page in the history of sailing with the celebration of the Super Series, something that fills the president of Monte Real with pride, with whom we spoke a few hours after the start the competition.

 

What does the arrival of the 52 SUPER SERIES mean for the club in general and for you in particular?

For the Club it represents returning to the path of the great international circuits. For me in particular, fulfilling one of the most important commitments with the partners I represent. Of course, with the invaluable work of my colleagues on the Board of Directors.

The club has been organizing multiple regattas throughout its history, its calendar is today one of the most complete of the Spanish clubs, but the truth is that it has been a long time since they organized a competition at this level. How do you take on this challenge?

With great enthusiasm and optimism. Organizing an event of these characteristics is complex. And it also requires significant resources. We must not forget that we have gone through a series of years of economic crisis and that the priorities were different.

What do you expect from Baiona Sailing Week? What are we going to find at the event?

I expect a great event for the world of sailing. The fact of having among us the best sailors in the world with the best boats in their category, will make all fans and non-fans of this sport enjoy a few unparalleled days.

The president of the Monte Real Yacht Club of Baiona, José Luis Álvarez, together with the TP52 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Organizing a competition of this type involves great organizational, economic, logistical, personnel complications… Was Monte Real prepared for the arrival of the SUPER SERIES or did they have to make a special effort? What have been the biggest difficulties?

That’s right, I’m sure we all understand how complex it is to organize this type of competition. It is also true that the MRCYB human team has a long and accredited experience in organizing events of the highest level. As you know, we are a Club with small facilities. Space is a handicap that we find ourselves with, but we use everything we have to the millimeter. Regarding the economic section, we have the collaboration of the sponsors. They make these events possible. From here, my thanks on behalf of all the members of the Club.

It is not the first time that ABANCA and the Xunta de Galicia support them in their initiatives. They have been collaborating hand in hand for years, in a period in which getting sponsorships is not as easy as it used to be. What does the club offer its collaborators so that they continue betting on it?

Both ABANCA and the Xunta de Galicia (Galician Tourism through Xacobeo), as well as the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council have been and are a very important support throughout these years. When the MRCYB organizes events of these characteristics, we think of the enormous repercussion that projecting our companies abroad has. There is no doubt that putting our Galician community and the Rias Baixas in particular in the international spotlight has a very direct impact on tourism with high purchasing power. This benefits us all.

Along with you, one of the key figures in the organization of the event has been, without a doubt, the club’s vice president, Alejandro Retolaza, who has been involved from the greatest to the smallest details. Tell us, how does the Álvarez-Retolaza tandem work?

I would not have enough space to express what the figure of Vice President Retolaza represents not only for me, but for the Club. The communication and communion of ideas with him is so fluid that sometimes we are surprised. It seems that we think the same things at the same moment. He knows the Club down to the last corner and in matters of logistics, he is always ahead of all of us. Every day I learn something new with him. In this sense, I also want to highlight the sincere commitment that the Board of Directors has with the Club. A team that dedicates many hours and many days of the year to develop the different areas as much as possible. I think I have people by my side who give their best and I always say that they make everything flow with great professionalism. For me a gift.

In recent days there has been a lot of talk about the astronomical figures on which the event revolves, in which boats of 2.5 million euros participate with sports campaigns that exceed one million euros… but we are more interested in knowing the economic impact that going to have in Baiona and its region. There is talk of more than 2 million euros. Is it a realistic figure?

So is. From my point of view and knowing the figures that we usually manage for each person who in one way or another participates in the event, that figure will probably be exceeded.

To finish, we would like you to “get wet” and tell us which team or teams are your favorites and who you think will win in Baiona. Do you dare?

I, like everyone else, have my favourites, but the level of the sailors is so high that I don’t dare to make a prediction. Any of them could be, but in the world of sailing nothing is predictable. The sea, the wind etc… gives many surprises. I’m sure the best will win.

The TP52s that will compete in the Baiona Sailing Week on the pontoons of Monte Real – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

It is an interview with Rosana Calvo, head of communication at the MRCYB

The 52 SUPER SERIES hoist the sails of their tenth anniversary in Baiona

 

· The Monte Real Club de Yates hosted this Friday the official presentation of the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · BAIONA SAILING WEEK that will be held in the Rías Baixas for a whole week starting this Saturday

· Three American teams, two English, one German, one Turkish, one South African and a ninth Thai will compete in the first round of the season of the most important monohull circuit in the world

· The nine sailboats valued at more than 22 million euros are waiting in the waters of the bay of Baiona for the crews to take them out this weekend to carry out the first training sessions prior to the regattas

· Some of the teams have recruited the most outstanding strategists of the Galician nautical scene to help them better understand the navigation area, the winds and conditions that can be found

· The economic impact that this sporting event sponsored by ABANCA and Turismo de Galicia through the Xacobeo will have in the Val Miñor region is valued at more than two million euros

Two years after the announcement that Galicia would be the new venue for the circuit and after having overcome the worst moments of the COVID pandemic, which forced its celebration to be postponed for a year, the most important monohull circuit in the world, the prestigious 52 SUPER SERIES , hoists its sails in Baiona.

Starting tomorrow, Saturday and for a whole week, the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · Baiona Sailing Week, organized and officially presented this Friday by the Monte Real Club de Yates, will bring together nine international teams : three North Americans (Sled, Quantum Racing and Interlodge), two English (Alegre and Gladiator), one German (Platoon), one Turkish (Provezza) and one Thai (Team Vayu).

The nine sailboats that will enter the competition, each valued at more than two and a half million euros, will be led by their millionaire owners, businessmen from different sectors united by their love for sailing and top competition. They are Doug DeVos, Austin and Gwen Fragomen, Takashi Okura, Andy Soriano, Tom Langley, Ergin Imre, Hasso Platner, and Tom and Kevin Whitcraft.

In each of the SUPER SERIES campaigns in which they participate, these owners They invest close to two million euros , which they allocate to research and development of technologies for their boats and to hire the best sailors, including Olympic medalists, world champions and America’s Cup winners.

Among this select group of athletes there is a small but outstanding number of Spanish sailors . People like Xabi Fernández (Gladiator), Joan Vila and Pedro Mas (Interlodge), Juan Meseguer, Joan Fullana and Nacho Postigo (Provezza), and Jordi Calafat, Javier Plaza, Víctor Mariño and Pablo Torrado (Platoon). These last two, Mariño and Torrado, will act as ambassadors in their land, since they are both Galician.

Galicia will be present in the competition through them and also thanks to the signing, by certain teams, of some of the best regatta strategists in the Galician estuaries , such as Pablo Iglesias, Gonzalo Araujo or Antonio Otero, among others. They will be in charge of giving the teams that have hired them the keys to better understand the navigation area, the winds and the conditions that can be found in the Cíes Islands anchorage.

The Atlantic Islands National Park will be the main venue for the tests, which will last from next Tuesday the 24th to Saturday the 28th, after the free practice sessions on Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd; and the official training on Monday 23.

The nine boats in competition will compete in windward-leeward tasks between buoys , with four sections (two upwind and two downwind), and a total distance that will move between one and a half miles and two nautical miles.

There is also the possibility that one day the windward-leeward will be changed for a coastal regatta through the Rías Baixas, with a route yet to be determined. Both in one type of test and in the other, the boat that completes them first wins, without any type of time compensation.

This real-time competition , without any type of final adjustment, is the one that most attracts the crews and the one that will make the regattas more attractive and exciting for the public. With practically identical boats, which follow fixed measurement rules (sail area, length, beam, displacement, draft, mast height and weight), the innovations that have been applied to the boats and the expertise of the crews will be the ones that mark the differences, although these will be practically minimal and the victories will be very disputed.

The ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · Baiona Sailing Week, presented this Friday at the Monte Real Club de Yates, will be theThe first of the five TP52 events in 2022 : Baiona in May, Cascais (Portugal) in June, Puerto Portals in July, Scarlino (Italy) in September and Barcelona in October. It will also be the first time that the competition has landed in Galician waters, and it will do so in a very special year, a decade after its creation, in 2012.

The sporting event, sponsored by ABANCA and Turismo de Galicia through Xacobeo , and supported by the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council, will leave an economic impact on the Val Miñor region valued at 2 million euros. Accommodation, restaurants, facilities, transport, logistics, nautical or design companies are some of the sectors that have benefited from the arrival of the 52 SUPER SERIES in Galicia.

“When I was chosen to preside over Monte Real, I assumed with our partners the commitment to rewrite a new chapter in the history of Spanish sailing, and that is precisely what we are doing here today, bringing to Galicia one of the most important circuits of the world. Organizing the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · BAIONA SAILING WEEK has been a challenge for the club. Our people have been doing their best for months so that everything turns out perfect, and we have no doubt that it will. The responsibility and commitment that characterize Monte Real, and the unique environment that Baiona, the Rías Baixas and Galicia will offer are, without a doubt, guarantees of success. We’ll see it in a few days and I’m sure we’ll remember it for years to come.”

José Luis Álvarez President of the Monte Real Yacht Club

“Baiona is a very attractive place for the owners of the SUPER SERIES because it is a new place in which they have not competed and because the area is spectacularly beautiful. Those were two of the main reasons why we chose the Monte Real proposal to celebrate one of the circuit’s phases here, the inaugural stage of our tenth anniversary. The logistics have not been easy, but we are sure that it will be a great show. Sailing conditions at this time of year are good and the crews are ready to give everything on the water”

“From ABANCA we have been collaborating with the Monte Real Yacht Club for years and this time, with this great event, it was not going to be less. The tenacity, professionalism and rigor with which they always do things in this club will allow us to transmit the best image of Galicia to the whole world. We understand the sport in a transversal way, from the grassroots to top-level competitions like this one, and we are proud of them. This occasion is even more special, if possible, because we will not only spread the sporting potential of our country, but also the rest of the wonders of our land”

Gabriel González Eiroa Executive Director ABANCA Commercial Network

“Sailors from all over the world, from the five continents, participate in this event and will be great ambassadors of the Xacobeo, of the Camino de Santiago and of our land in their countries of origin and in the ports where they sail. Many visit us for the first time and I have no doubt that they will soon return to Galicia accompanied by their family and friends”

Marta Fernández-Tapias Delegate in Vigo of the XUNTA DE GALICIA

“The Monte Real is now a benchmark not only at a national level but also worldwide and the Pontevedra Provincial Council could not fail to support it, as we have always done. Our commitment to sport is constant and with this type of event we not only position ourselves at the world epicenter of sailing, but we also project the best image of Galicia”

Gorka Gómez Deputy for Sports of the PONTEVEDRA COUNCIL

“Thanks to the 52 SUPER SERIES for having trusted the Monte Real Club de Yates and for having opted for Baiona, the most beautiful town in the world. This competition is a great challenge for the club and also for Baiona and we will be up to it. The future is up to us to write it ourselves, and we will do it together”

Carlos Gómez · Mayor of the CITY COUNCIL OF BAIONA

“Anyone who wants to can enjoy the competition because there will be a large screen installed in the area of La Palma to see the end of the SUPER SERIES in virtual reality and a shipping company that will offer the possibility of going out to sea to watch the regattas . What we want is everyone to have the opportunity to see this event that is unique in the world”

Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui Commodore of the MRCYB

((( Photos: Antía Martínez )))

How to follow the 52 SUPER SERIES?

(Photo: Nico Martinez)

All those who wish to follow the development of the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – BAIONA SAILING WEEK , from May 23 to 28, know that you will have several options.

FROM THE MOBILE, TABLET OR COMPUTER: VIRTUAL REALITY

Through the website of the 52 SUPER SERIES ( www.52superseries.com ) and thanks to a virtual reality system, you will be able to follow each and every one of the tests live, every day of competition from the start of the same (scheduled for 12:30)

FROM GROUND: GIANT SCREEN

As of Friday 27 there will be a village installed in the area of La Palma, in Baiona, so that anyone who wishes can see the outcome of the competition through a large screen that will reproduce the latest tests in virtual reality.

FROM THE SEA: CATAMARAN

A Naviera Nabia catamaran will follow the test from the sea on May 26, 27 and 28. The boat will leave from the Baiona maritime station and will approach the regatta area. It will be in the water for approximately 4 hours and passengers will be able to follow the tests with live comments. The price of the tickets is 15 euros for adults and 10 euros for children.

FROM THE SEA: PRIVATE BOATS

People who have their own boat and want to approach the regatta area must meet a series of requirements. It must be located more than 200 meters from the starting line or more than 100 meters from the windward buoy. Those who want to position themselves between one point and another must always stand outside the lay line, at least 200 meters away.

 

The container unloading operation of the 52 SUPER SERIES begins

 

This afternoon began in Baiona the operation of unloading and placing the 18 containers of the crews and organization of the 52 SUPER SERIES that arrived in Vigo last week aboard the same freighter that brought the TP52.

The logistics operation, led by the international company Peters & May, will last throughout the day and tomorrow, Tuesday, all the containers are expected to be perfectly installed in the parking lot of the Monte Real Yacht Club.

Operation of unloading and placement of the containers of the Super Series in the MRCYB – Photo © Jacobo Bastos

It is a complicated operation due to the limited space and because it is an area of special heritage interest. Also due to the need to avoid disturbances in traffic flow in Baiona.

“The difficulty of this logistics operation for the 52 SUPER SERIES is to regulate the traffic of the trucks so that the town is not blocked. We have a truck inside the Parador and another outside working, and on the outskirts of Baiona there will also be a filtering area for trucks so that they enter little by little and their circulation has the least impact. Inside the Monte Real, where the containers are being unloaded and placed, is the critical point of the operation, since the space is very small and everything is calculated to the millimeter” , Justo Gosalbes, manager of Peters & May for Spain and Portugal and responsible for this operation, told us.

Each crew has a container and the organization has several – Photo © Jacobo Bastos

With the placement of the containers and the installation of the village tents in the Monte Real gardens, the club will be practically ready to host the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week.

Aerial view of the Monte Real Yacht Club with the Super Series container unloading operation – Photo © Jacobo Bastos

Countdown to Baiona Sailing Week

 

The ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week will premiere the 2022 season of the prestigious 52 SUPER SERIES from May 23 to 28

· The Monte Real Club de Yates will host the nine teams of the circuit that will make their debut in the surroundings of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia

Víctor Mariño, from Vigo, crew member aboard the double world champion Platoon, is eager to compete in the waters in which he learned to navigate

· The president of the MRCYB assures that the arrival of the SUPER SERIES in Baiona will be a milestone in the history of sport in Galicia

· The event will be officially presented next Friday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Monte Real Club de Yates facilities

The TP52 in action – Photo © Nico Martínez

The countdown begins for the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week. The popular Galician fishing village will host the first round of the 52 SUPER SERIES season from May 23 to 28, and will bring together the nine candidates for the 2022 title.

In Baiona, the German Platoon owned by Harm Müller-Spreer will compete; the Americans Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos), Interlodge (Austin and Gwen Fragomen) and Sled (Takashi Okura); the British Alegre (Andy Soriano) and Gladiator (Tom Langley); Turkish Provezza (Ergin Imre); the South African Phoenix 11 (Hasso Platner); and the Thai Team Vayu (Tom and Kevin Whitcraft).

It will be the first regatta in which they will face each other since the Rolex TP52 World Championship, with which the 2021 season closed last November with the Sled as TP52 world champion, champion of the 52 SUPER SERIES and team to beat in 2022.

The Sled will defend both crowns this year against the likes of Quantum Racing (four-time circuit champion and three-time world champion, who finished just one point behind Sled in 2021) or Platoon (two-time world champion and third in 2021, two points behind the winner), although given the quality of the crews on board each of the TP52s and the fine-tuning of the boats during the winter, it is early to speak of clear favorites.

For the Baiona event, the TP52s arrived at the port of Vigo aboard a Peters & May freighter and are now resting on the pontoons of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona (MRCYB) finalizing preparations to start training next weekend (Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 have free training).

The TP52 ready to go into play in less than a week – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The competition program will begin with the traditional official training regatta on Monday, May 23. This non-scoring test will act as a dress rehearsal for the organization and participants for the five days of competition that will complete the sports program of the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week between Tuesday 24 and Saturday 28 May.

An impressive regatta field and an excited Galician

The Regatta Committee led by the Spanish María Torrijo will establish the battlefield in front of the majestic archipelago of the Cíes Islands, turning the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia into a spectacular backdrop for the action of the TP52.

Víctor Mariño in regatta – Photo © Max Ranchi

Víctor Mariño, from Vigo, a crew member aboard the double world champion Platoon, is excited to compete in the waters in which he learned to navigate: “I’m looking forward to the 52 SUPER SERIES being held in my home waters, it’s kind of a dream come true. The weather is quite unstable at this time of year depending on the systems, one week can be bad and another good. At the end of May, the usual wind is from the northwest with an average of around 15-16 knots. It’s a very even race course, so there’s no real advantage I can give from my local knowledge. I don’t feel the pressure of having to perform well in my waters with the Platoon, but we are aware that if we sail at our best we can achieve a good result. What I feel is pressure for us to have good weather.”.

Baiona, looking forward to 52 SUPER SERIES and for everything to be perfect

Among the actions devised by the organizers of the event, the initiative to take the business out into the street and summon its people to a village installed in the park of La Palma, a few meters from the MRCYB, the operations center of the 52 SUPER SERIES, stands out. The village will be open to the public the weekend of May 26 to 28, and will have a giant screen where you can enjoy the best images of the competition and a wide range of entertainment and gastronomy.

José Luis Álvarez president of the Monte Real Yacht Club – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the opinion of José Luis Álvarez, president of the MRCYB: “Having been chosen by the SUPER SERIES to open the 2022 season is a source of pride for the club, but also a huge responsibility. Monte Real is used to organizing big events, but this competition is a new challenge for us, at all levels. The club’s staff has spent months making every effort to ensure that everything goes perfectly and we are sure that it will be what we want it to be: a milestone in the history of sport in Galicia, an unforgettable date for sailing lovers, a new opportunity to demonstrate how we do things at Monte Real and a unique opportunity to promote Baiona, the Rías Baixas and Galicia beyond our borders”.

The official presentation of the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week will be next Friday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Monte Real Club de Yates facilities.

The TP52 of the Super Series arrive in Baiona

 

· This morning the sailboats that will compete in the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES will arrive at the Monte Real Yacht Club throughout the day · Baiona Sailing Week

· They are TP52-type boats, monohulls built in carbon fiber, light and high performance, considered authentic “flying machines”

· The logistics company Peters & May was in charge of bringing them to Galicia from the port of Sagunto (Valencia), unloading them in the port of Vigo and will also be in charge of the logistics of moving the containers to Baiona

The TP52s this morning in Vigo before starting the unloading operation – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The port of Vigo hosted this morning one of the most peculiar unloading and unloading operations so far this year, that of the sailboats that at the end of this month will compete in the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week, organized by Monte Royal Yacht Club.

These spectacular boats, Transpac 52 or TP52, are carbon fiber monohulls, 15.85 meters long, with a large sail area and long, thin keels. Light and high-performance sailboats, considered authentic “flying machines” over the sea, the authentic “Formula One” of current cruising sailing.

The spectacular TP52 waiting to be unloaded in the Vigo estuary – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Under the supervision of the logistics company Peters & May, in charge of bringing them to Galicia from the port of Sagunto (Valencia) aboard a freighter, the sailboats were unloaded one by one until they touched the waters of the Rías Baixas.

“More than a complicated operation, it is a delicate operation due to the type of boats, which although they are easy to load and unload, are very delicate due to the carbon fiber with which the sailboats are built,” says the manager of Peters & May for Spain and Portugal, Justo Gosalbes.

Unloading operation of the TP52 in the port of Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

“The greatest difficulty in this type of operation -says Gosalbes- is customs, because all the teams are foreign, many of them are not European, and there is a lot of customs and port paperwork that is also very laborious”.

The first unloaded TP52 about to hit the water – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Today’s was the first contact of the TP52 with the Vigo estuary, in which in less than two weeks one of the most important nautical competitions on the planet will be held, an event that will bring to Galicia some of the most prestigious, including world champions and Olympic medalists.

In addition to the sailboats, which once unloaded continue their journey by sea to Baiona, this Wednesday the 18 containers of each of the crews and the organization are also unloaded in Vigo, which later, on the 16th, will be transferred by land to the Monte Real Yacht Club.

The 8 TP52s that arrived this Tuesday from Valencia to Galicia – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Its entry into Baiona will be another of the complicated phases of the logistics operation. “Here the difficulty -explains Justo Gosalbes, from Peters & May- It is in regulating the traffic of trucks so that the town is not blocked. We will have a truck inside the Parador and another outside working, and on the outskirts of Baiona there will also be another filtering area for trucks so that they enter little by little and their circulation has the least impact. Inside the Monte Real, where the containers will be unloaded and placed, will be another of the key points of the operation, since the space is reduced and everything is calculated to the centimeter”.

In Baiona they have been clearing and preparing the entire entrance surface of the Parador Nacional and the Monte Real Club de Yates for days to be able to place the containers there. In addition, the club’s marina has had to carry out a major restructuring of the boats in order to reserve an entire pontoon for the TP52s.

The freighter that brought the TP52s to Galicia this morning in the port of Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

A great organizational and logistical display for what will undoubtedly be one of the sporting events of the year in Galicia. In the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week, the teams Allegre (UK), Gladiator (UK), Interlodge (USA), Phoenix (South Africa), Platoon (Germany), Provezza (Turkey) will compete from May 23 to 28. , Quantum Racing (USA), Sled (USA) and Team Vayu (Thailand).

8 of the 9 TP52s that will compete in the Baiona Sailing Week aboard the freighter in Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Everything ready in Baiona to receive the 52 SUPER SERIES

 

· The countdown begins for the arrival in Galicia of the most important monohull circuit in the world that will open its season at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona

· From May 23 to 28, the Galician Rías Baixas will host the initial tests of a competition in which some of the best sailors from the 5 continents participate

· ABANCA and the Xacobeo 21-22 sponsor what will undoubtedly be the nautical event of the year in Galicia, for which everything is already prepared.

The countdown begins for the arrival in Galicia of the 52 SUPER SERIES, the most important monohull circuit in the world, which will open its regatta season at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona.

From May 23 to 28, the Galician Rías Baixas will host the initial tests of a competition in which some of the best sailors from the 5 continents participate. Allegre (UK), Gladiator (UK), Interlodge (USA), Phoenix (South Africa), Platoon (Germany), Provezza (Turkey), Quantum Racing (USA) and Sled (USA) are the teams that will compete in Galicia.

The 52 SUPER SERIES will arrive in Baiona from May 23 to 28 – Photo © Nico Martínez

To make their arrival in Baiona possible, the Monte Real Yacht Club has been working tirelessly for months. The organization of the event alone moves about 500 people, including crews and support staff, and at the club, despite being used to hosting massive events, they have had to deal with very complicated logistics.

In addition to the necessary restructuring of the mooring points in the club’s marina to be able to place these large sailboats, Monte Real has had to plan in detail the location of the large containers with which each team will arrive in Baiona.

The monohulls will sail in the vicinity of the Cíes Islands – Photo © Nico Martínez

They will all be located inside a historic site such as the Parador Nacional de Baiona, where the club is located, and to the technical and usability requirements of the organization and the different crews, the need to guarantee the protection of the place is added. , of high heritage value.

Aerial view of Baiona, one of the most spectacular fishing villages in Spain

The great technical and technological deployment of the event also implies the coordination of operations, the movement of trailers and cranes, the restructuring of spaces, the management of supplies, the preparation of the staging and an infinity of other tasks that Monte Real is carrying out, in addition, without paralyzing or altering its sports and social programming.

“If bringing SUPER SERIES to Baiona was a challenge, organizing the event while maintaining our usual activity is proving to be quite a challenge”, says the vice president of Monte Real, Alejandro Retolaza. “The organizational and logistical demands are enormous, but we will be up to the task of such an important event -assures-, and not only for all that it means for the club, but also because Baiona and Galicia will be the focus of international attention during those days. The responsibility is very great.”

The arrival of the 52 SUPER SERIES in Baiona thanks to the efforts of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the sponsorship of ABANCA and the Xacobeo 21-22 will undoubtedly be the nautical event of the year in Galicia. And in the small Galician fishing village they already have everything ready for the Baiona Sailing Week to cast off.

Aerial view of the Monte Real Yacht Club of Baiona

 

Baiona, Vigo and Combarro share the Repsol Trophy prizes

 

· The Magical of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, the Sagar V of the Ro Yacht Club of Combarro and the Secolite, the Yess, the Alboroto and the Bouvento of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona were the winners of the different classes in contention

The special sponsorship prize of 7,000 euros for the best J80 went to Javier Aguado’s Alboroto and Ángela Rodríguez’s Silleiro won the trophy for the best female crew

The weather was the protagonist of the 44th Spring Regatta, affecting the first two days with little wind and fog, and leaving the third and last stage blank, in which the planned test could not be held

· After the Repsol Trophy, the MRCYB is already focusing on its great event of the year: the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week, the most prestigious monohull circuit in the world that will stop in Galicia at the end of the month

The Magical by Julio Rodríguez of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Baiona, Vigo and Combarro shared out the prizes of the last edition of the Repsol Trophy held these days in the Rías Baixas, a competition in which the weather played a major role and marked the three days of regattas.

After a first day in which the scarce wind only allowed the holding of one of the three scheduled tests in the bay of Baiona and a second stage in which the fog forced the coastal route between Baiona and Combarro to be shortened and made it difficult for the the fleet; This Sunday, on the third and last day of competition, the lack of wind left the markers blank. The last test of the program, a coastal route between Combarro and Baiona, was canceled and the final classification was defined with two tests for the J80 class and a single test for the rest of the classes.

In ORC 1-2-3 , the winner was Julio Rodríguez’s Magical. Their victory just a few weeks ago in the Comunica Trophy and this new victory in the Repsol Trophy make it clear that the crew of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo will be one of the teams to take into account in the Galician regatta season. The Sailway by Rodrigo Ojea (CM Canido); and Aceites Abril, from Jorge Pérez Canal (RCN Vigo), were second and third respectively.

Julio Rodríguez’s Magical winner in ORC 1-2-3 – Photo © Antía Martínez

On ORC 4 , the Sagar V of Rolando Andrade, of the Ro Yacht Club of Combarro, took the laurels of a class in which the Deep Blue 2.1 of Vicente Cid (RCN Vigo) and the Maracaná of Carlos García (RCM Aguete), they made with silver and bronze.

Rolando Andrade’s Sagar V winner in ORC 4 – Photo © Antía Martínez

In ORC 5 , two boats from Monte Real finished in first and second position: Javier Rey’s Secolite and Óscar José Comesaña’s Bouvento. Antonio Francisco Gómez’s Marcolfo, from the Vigo yacht club, took third place on the podium.

Javier Rey’s Secolite winner in ORC 5 – Photo © Antía Martínez

In ORC A2 , the good heads-up between the Portuguese Rui Ramada and the Galician Óscar Peixoto aboard the MRCYB’s Yess, allowed them to win and beat Luis Vidal and Eva Fernández’s Vagalume, who came second.

Rui Ramada and Óscar Peixoto winners in A Dos – Photo © Antía Martínez

In J80 , Javier Aguado’s Alboroto was crowned the deserved winner of the class, after signing two first places in the two races held. He left the silver and bronze to Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen and Alejandra Suárez’s Cansino.

The Rampage of Javier Aguado winner in the J80 class – Photo © Antía Martínez

In the Figaro category, Óscar José Comesaña’s Bouvento, Ángela Rodríguez’s Silleiro and Marta Quintáns’s Erizana finished first, second and third.

Óscar Comesaña’s Bouvento winner in the Figaro class – Photo © Antía Martínez

 

Special prizes for the best female crew and the best J80

In addition to the trophies in the different categories, two special prizes were up for grabs at this year’s Repsol Trophy. One, for the best female crew in the competition, went to the crew of Ángela Rodríguez’s Silleiro.

Ángela Rodríguez’s Silleiro best female crew – Photo © Antía Martínez

The other special prize, for the best J80, which was won by Javier Aguado’s Alboroto, consisted of a sponsorship of 7,000 euros so that the crew can attend the European Championship of the class that is being held this summer in France. With this initiative, the Monte Real Club de Yates intends to continue encouraging the J80 fleet ahead of the Spanish and world championships that the club will organize this year and next

The Rampage of Javier Aguado in front of the Cíes mountains covered in fog – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

Point and end to the Repsol Trophy and focus now on the SUPER SERIES

Thus, the Monte Real Club de Yates Spring Regatta said goodbye to its forty-fourth edition, reaffirming itself as one of the most interesting competitions on the Galician nautical scene, both for the number of participants and for the changes that are introduced year after year, which allows to give freshness to one of the most traditional regattas in Spain.

After culminating the nautical event with the awards ceremony for the winners, in which the manager and the head of Marine and Fishing of Repsol, Carlos Sánchez Nieto and Inés González Megido, participated; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; and the president and vice president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, José Luis Álvarez and Alejandro Retolaza; Monte Real is already focusing on its great event in 2022: the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · Baiona Sailing Week.

The most prestigious monohull circuit in the world will call at the Galician fishing village between the 23rd and 28th of this month and the Baion club already has everything ready for what will undoubtedly be the nautical event of the year in Galicia, sponsored by ABANCA and Xacobeo 21-22.

 

REPSOL TROPHY 2022 44th SPRING REGATTA
Final general classification after holding 2 tests

ORC CLASS 1-2-3

1. MAGICAL · JULIO RODRÍGUEZ · RCN VIGO · 1 POINT
2. SAILWAY RODRIGO OJEA CM CANIDO 2 POINTS
3. APRIL OILS JORGE PÉREZ CANAL RCN VIGO 3 POINTS

ORC-CLASS 4

1. SAGAR V ROLANDO ANDRADE RO YC 1 POINT
2. DEEP BLUE 2.1 VICENTE CID RCN VIGO 2 POINTS
3. MARACANÁ · CARLOS GARCÍA · RCM AGUETE · 3 POINTS

ORC-CLASS 5

1. SECOLITE · JAVIER REY · MRCYB · 1 POINT
2. BOUVENTO · OSCAR JOSÉ COMESAÑA · MRCYB · 2 POINTS
3. MARCOLFO · ANTONIO FRANCISCO GÓMEZ · RCN VIGO · 3 POINTS

CLASS A2

1. YESS RUI RAMADA + ÓSCAR GONZALEZ PEIXOTO MRCYB 1 POINT
2. VAGALUME · LUIS VIDAL + EVA FERNÁNDEZ · INDEPENDENT · 2 POINTS

J80 CLASS

1. ALBOROTO · JAVIER AGUADO · MRCYB · 2 POINTS
2. OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · MRCYB · 5 POINTS
3. TIRED · ALEJANDRA SUÁREZ · MRCYB · 9 POINTS

FIGARO CLASS

1. BOUVENTO · OSCAR JOSÉ COMESAÑA · MRCYB
2. SILLEIRO ANGELA RODRÍGUEZ MRCYB
3. ERIZANA · MARTA QUINTÁNS · MRCYB

 

SPECIAL PRIZES

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ALBOROTO · JAVIER AGUADO · MRCYB

AWARD FOR THE BEST FEMALE CREW OF THE REPSOL TROPHY:
SILLEIRO ANGELA RODRÍGUEZ MRCYB

The fog puts the Repsol Trophy fleet in check

 

The weather once again altered the development of the Repsol Trophy for the second consecutive day and the more than 40 sailboats competing in the competition in the Rías Baixas had to face intense fog this Saturday

· Julio Rodríguez’s Magical (RCN Vigo), Rolando Andrade’s Sagar V (Ro Yacht Club) and Javier Rey’s Secolite (MRCYB) were placed at the head of the different ORC categories

· In the A Dos competition, with reduced crews, Yess led by Rui Ramada and Óscar Peixoto (MRCYB) is leading; and in J80 Javier Aguado’s Alboroto (MRCYB) gets even closer to the final victory after signing a new victory today

· The Repsol Trophy – 44th Spring Regatta organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club will be decided this Sunday on a single card with the start of the return route from Combarro to Baiona

The fog put in check this Saturday the fleet of more than 40 boats that these days are competing in the Rías Baixas for the Repsol Trophy – 44th Spring Regatta organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club.

After an opening day in which it was the wind that put the crews to the test, in this second stage the sailboats had to deal with fog, which forced the regatta committee to delay the start time and reposition the start until Two occasions.

The fog forced the committee to move the exit to the Cíes area – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Despite the difficulties registered in the first moments, once the test began, the sailboats sailed without too many problems during the journey of just over 17 miles from the north of Cíes to the island of Tambo, inside the Pontevedra estuary.

The 5 or 6 knots on average that were registered in the first moments increased in intensity as the hours passed and already in the last sections, with the fog already dissipated, they reached 18 and 19 knots, which speeded up the end of the competition.

Start of the only race of the day between Cíes and Tambo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the ORC 1-2-3 class, the boats from Vigo and Canido went straight to the top of the standings. Julio Rodríguez’s Magical (RCN Vigo) was the fastest to complete the test, in 2 hours and 14 minutes, and holds provisional gold. In second position was Rodrigo Ojea’s Sailway (CM Canido); and Aceites Abril, skippered by Jorge Pérez Canal (RCN Vigo), is third.

Julio Rodríguez’s Magical is first in the ORC 1-2-3 class – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In ORC 4, Rolando Andrade’s Sagar V (Ro Yacht Club) scored the best score of the day, rising directly to first place. The list of the three best of the day is completed by Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue 2.1 (RCN Vigo) and Carlos García’s Maracaná (RCM Aguete).

The ORC 5 competition was resolved with a victory for Javier Rey’s Secolite (MRCYB). Óscar José Comesaña’s Bouvento (MRCYB) will face the last day from second position and Antonio Francisco Gómez’s Marcolfo (RNC) will come third in the final.

The crew made up of the Portuguese Rui Ramada and the Galician Óscar González Peixoto was the best in the ORC A2 class, which entered the fray with teams made up of only two people. The Vagalume by Luis Vidal and Eva Fernández is second.

The Yess of the Portuguese Rui Ramada and the Galician Óscar Peixoto won in A Two – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the J80 class, Javier Aguado’s Alboroto faced this second day from the lead position and did not disappoint. He sailed very well again and achieved a new victory that allows him to maintain his dominance and brings him even closer to his laurels. With 2 points in the provisional classification, he is far from the 5 that Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen has, second in the table; and of the 9 of Cansino by Alejandra Suárez, which occupies the third drawer.

Javier Aguado’s Alboroto consolidated its first position by winning for the second consecutive day – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the Figaro category , which although it competes within the ORC will receive prizes as its own class, Óscar José Comesaña’s Bouvento was the best. Ángela Rodríguez’s Silleiro and Marta Quintáns’s Erizana, all from Monte Real, are second and third.

The titles will be decided this Sunday to a single letter

After the celebration of the poles on Friday for the J80 and the regatta to Combarro this Saturday, the Repsol Trophy only has one day left to discover its winners. The titles will be decided this Sunday with a single letter, a single test of about 23 miles between Combarro and Baiona for the more than 40 crews aspiring to the different trophies.

Once the regatta is over, the Monte Real Club de Yates will host, starting at half past six in the afternoon, the awards ceremony for the winners. The Deputy Director and the Head of Marine and Fisheries of Repsol, Carlos Sánchez Nieto and Inés González Megido, will participate in it; and the president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, José Luis Álvarez. They will be accompanied by representatives of local, provincial and regional administrations.

The winners of the last edition of the Repsol Trophy were Rui Ramada’s Yess Racing (ORC 1-2), Ramón Ojea’s Bosch Service Solutions (ORC 3), Víctor Álvarez’s Nahela (ORC 4), Javier’s Q Talento Rey and Jorge Justo (A2), Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen (J80) and Miguel Montes’ Tutatis (Figaro).

Óscar Peixoto aboard the Yess passing in front of some Cíes engulfed in fog – Photo © Rosana Calvo

REPSOL TROPHY 2022 44th SPRING REGATTA
Provisional classification after the second day

ORC CLASS 1-2-3

1. MAGICAL · JULIO RODRÍGUEZ · RCN VIGO · 1 POINT
2. SAILWAY RODRIGO OJEA CM CANIDO 2 POINTS
3. APRIL OILS JORGE PÉREZ CANAL RCN VIGO 3 POINTS

ORC-CLASS 4

1. SAGAR V ROLANDO ANDRADE RO YC 1 POINT
2. DEEP BLUE 2.1 VICENTE CID RCN VIGO 2 POINTS
3. MARACANÁ · CARLOS GARCÍA · RCM AGUETE · 3 POINTS

ORC-CLASS 5

1. SECOLITE · JAVIER REY · MRCYB · 1 POINT
2. BOUVENTO · OSCAR JOSÉ COMESAÑA · MRCYB · 2 POINTS
3. MARCOLFO · ANTONIO FRANCISCO GÓMEZ · RCN VIGO · 3 POINTS

CLASS A2

1. YESS RUI RAMADA + ÓSCAR GONZALEZ PEIXOTO MRCYB 1 POINT
2. VAGALUME · LUIS VIDAL + EVA FERNÁNDEZ · INDEPENDENT · 2 POINTS

J80 CLASS

1. ALBOROTO · JAVIER AGUADO · MRCYB · 2 POINTS
2. OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · MRCYB · 5 POINTS
3. TIRED · ALEJANDRA SUÁREZ · MRCYB · 9 POINTS

FIGARO CLASS

1. BOUVENTO · OSCAR JOSÉ COMESAÑA · MRCYB
2. SILLEIRO ANGELA RODRÍGUEZ MRCYB
3. ERIZANA · MARTA QUINTÁNS · MRCYB

 

Javier Aguado’s Alboroto leads the Repsol Trophy after a complicated first day

 

· The J80 built by Juan Carlos Ameneiro and skippered by the former Spanish 8-meter champion was placed this Friday at the head of the Repsol Trophy, the 44th Monte Real Club de Yachts Spring Regatta

· The 8-meter sailboats were the only ones that competed on the first day of the competition, in which the scarce wind only allowed the celebration of one of the three scheduled tests

· Tomorrow, Saturday, we will see the entire fleet on the water, more than forty crews that will compete in a coastal route of about 23 miles between Baiona and Combarro

Javier Aguado’s Alboroto was placed at the head of the Repsol Trophy this Friday after winning the first and only test that could be played on the opening day of the competition organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club.

The sailboat armed by Juan Carlos Ameneiro and skippered by the former Spanish champion of the class, sailed the double windward-leeward course designed by the regatta committee in a very solid way, always at the head of the fleet, without giving a second of truce to its rivals.

El Alboroto in a buoy crossing maneuver – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Manel Cunha’s Marías and Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen chased him tirelessly throughout the route, approaching him on multiple occasions, but although the distances were minimal at times, and despite both knowing how to read the wind very well and not they failed in the maneuvers, neither one was able to overcome it.

Manel María’s Marías was the closest to overcoming Alboroto – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Thus, the Alboroto is the first leader of the Repsol Trophy, a trophy that did not get off to a very good start due to the wind, which only allowed the holding of one of the three tests scheduled in the program. The sleeve was disputed with about 5 knots on average, even reaching 6, but little by little the wind dropped and it did not allow more tests to be put into play.

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen is third – Photo © Rosana Calvo

After Alboroto go Marías and Okofen, second and third respectively; and Manuel Jiménez’s Solventis and Chisco Catalán’s Hullmaxx close the ranking of the top five in a competition that still has two days to go.

The J80s were the undisputed stars of the day as they were the only ones to compete on this first day of the Repsol Trophy – 44th Spring Regatta. The 8 meters have more tests than the rest in this year’s competition as a formula for imposing the fleet ahead of the Spanish Championship that will be held next September in Baiona and the World Cup that the Galician fishing village will host in 2023.

In addition to the three trophies that will be awarded to the top finishers, the monotypes are also eligible for a special prize of 7,000 euros with which Monte Real will sponsor the trip and the competition of the winning boat to the European class to be held in July in France.

First day of the Repsol Trophy in the Bay of Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

On the second day of the trophy, which will begin at twelve noon this Saturday, we will be able to see the entire fleet on the water. The more than 40 registered will fight on a route of about 23 miles to Combarro. Among the participants, a whole cast of boats with high-level sailors who will guarantee the show in the Rías Baixas.

One of the winners of the previous edition, the Portuguese Rui Ramada, will go out on the water with the aim of winning a new trophy, although this time in the A Two category, in which he will compete aboard the Yess together with Óscar González Peixoto . They will face off against teams like those from Salaño Dos, led by Jacobo Vecino and Brenda Maure, recent winners of the Comunica Trophy; or the Vagalume, by Luis Vidal and Eva Fernández.

Ramada will no longer be a rival to beat in the ORC competition, in which there will be crews as powerful as those of the Aceites Abril of the brothers Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal; or the Magical by Julio Rodríguez, both from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo. The Portuguese Ifaclinic.com, by Joao Allen, from the Yacht Clube do Porto; the Bon III of Víctor Carrión, of the Club Náutico Punta Lagoa; Deep Blue 2.1 by Vicente Cid, from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo; or Victor Álvarez’s Nahela, from Club Deportivo Alagua, will be other teams that we will see tomorrow heading to Combarro.

The 6 Beneteau Figaros that the Monte Real Yacht Club brings out to competition with crews made up of students from its Sailing School, including some exclusively female, will compete within the ORC class, but will also be eligible for prizes as a specific category.

Once this test is over, the only one of the day, the Repsol Trophy will still have one last day ahead of it, on the Sunday of the first of May, in which the boats will be measured by completing the reverse route, from Combarro to Baiona.

REPSOL TROPHY 2022 44th SPRING REGATTA
Provisional classification after the first day (only for J80)

J80 CLASS

1. ALBOROTO · JAVIER AGUADO · MRCYB · 1 POINT
2. MARÍAS MANEL CUNHA MRCYB 2 POINTS
3. OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · MRCYB · 3 POINTS
4. SOLVENTIS MANUEL JIMÉNEZ MRCYB 4 POINTS
5. HULLMAXX CATALAN CHISCO MRCYB 5 POINTS

The rest of the classes (also including the J80) will go out to compete tomorrow, Saturday, on a coastal route between Baiona and Combarro that will start at noon.

Monte Real and Repsol recover the design of regattas between estuaries for the 44th Spring Regatta

 

· The classic event of the Monte Real Yacht Club in which more than 40 boats will participate recovers in 2022 the program of round-trip coastal regattas between the Vigo and Pontevedra estuaries linking Baiona and Combarro

· Another novelty of this competition, one of the most traditional events in the Spanish nautical calendar, is the inclusion of the windward-leeward courses that had been stopped in recent years

· The most outstanding crews from Galicia will participate in a trophy in which the J80 fleet will play, in addition to the title, a sponsorship of 7,000 euros to travel to the European class that takes place in July in French Brittany

Authorities attending the presentation of the Repsol Trophy – Photo Antía Martínez

The Monte Real Yacht Club and Repsol are putting together the classic Spring Regatta, one of the longest-running events on the Spanish nautical calendar, which this year celebrates its forty-fourth edition with the participation of more of 40 boats and novelties in its sports program.

Among the changes introduced in the competition, the first and most notable is that the round-trip coastal regattas between the Vigo and Pontevedra estuaries are recovered. The last competition with this design was held in 2016, with a navigation to Sanxenxo; and after years moving through the Vigo estuary and the Cíes and Ons archipelago, in this 2022 the Monte Real Yacht Club chose Combarro as the port of destination.

The participating crews will arrive at the picturesque town of Pontevedra from Baiona on Saturday, April 30, and a day later, on Sunday, May 1, they will make the reverse route, back to Monte Real, where the trophies of the different classes will be waiting for their respective winners.

The two coastal regattas will be held over the weekend, but the 2022 Repsol Trophy will include three more races on Friday afternoon. There will be three windward-leeward type routes in which only the J80 fleet will participate.

The return of the poles to the competition program is another novelty this year and the special prominence given to the 8-meter crews is motivated by the fact that this is one of the most numerous classes in the competitions held in Galicia, and due to the proximity of the Spanish Championship and the World Class to be held in Baiona.

Thus, the J80 that is the winner in the Spring Regatta will be sponsored with 7,000 euros by the Baiona club so that it can travel to the European class that takes place in July in French Brittany.

Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui, Commodore of the MRCYB – Photo Antía Martínez

The Commodore of Monte Real, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui, who is also part of the J80 fleet, assures that it is “a necessary boost for the Galician monotypes to continue growing and improving in the face of the big events in which Galicia will be the protagonist and in which we hope that our crews give the best of themselves and the best image for the world” .

Inés González Megido, Head of Marine and Fisheries at Repsol – Photo Antía Martínez

This was what he said at the official presentation of the event held this Thursday in Baiona, in which Repsol’s Head of Marine and Fisheries, Inés González Megido, highlighted “The close relationship the club and the company have been able to maintain over the years to consolidate a competition as important for Galicia as the Spring Regatta” .

The president of the MRCYB, José Luis Álvarez, in his speech at the presentation – Photo Antía Martínez

The president of Monte Real, José Luis Álvarez, influenced the same idea, for whom the Repsol Trophy is undoubtedly “one of the most important regattas of the club, not only because of its 44 years of life, but also because it has been with the same sponsor for more than 20 years, something unusual” that “makes us feel very proud -he said- of the trust placed by Repsol in us” .

The General Secretary for Sport of the Xunta de Galicia José Ramón Lete Lasa – Photo Antía Martínez

The Repsol Trophy is part of the Monte Real “Sailing for Women” program and this will involve the participation of three crews made up exclusively of women. This boost to women in sailing was something that the General Secretary for Sport of the Xunta de Galicia highlighted in his speech. José Ramón Lete Lasa said that “the number of sports licenses grew by 12 percent last year and that of women by 33 percent, which reveals – he assured – the good work that Galician sport is doing in promoting women ” .

The Sports Deputy of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Gorka Gómez – Photo Antía Martínez

The increase in female crews also occupied part of the speech by the Sports Deputy of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Gorka Gómez, who pointed out the “nice coincidence” that it will mean seeing more women than usual competing on Mother’s Day, which will be celebrate this weekend. The head of provincial sports also wanted to recognize “the enormous effort and work done by the club and the administrations to keep the sport in very good health – he said – during the COVID years”.

The mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gomez, was in charge of closing the event – Photo Antía Martínez

The person in charge of closing the official presentation of the competition was the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez, who referred to the high level of competitions that Monte Real will include this year, in which it will bring to Baiona such prestigious events as the Super Series. “Our town – said the alderman – It will continue to be a clear benchmark at the international tourism level and with that ambition we work both from the club and from the town hall” .

Official presentation of the Repsol Trophy – 44 Spring Regatta – Photo Antía Martínez

The opening of the Repsol Trophy – 44th Spring Regatta is scheduled for this Friday at four in the afternoon, the time at which the starting horn will be given for the first of the day’s three races. On Saturday and Sunday the competition will start at noon, and the awards ceremony is scheduled for the last day at half past six in the afternoon.

 

REPSOL TROPHY 2022 44th SPRING REGATTA
Monte Real Yacht Club, April – May 2022

FRIDAY, APRIL 29

12:00 Regatta office: documentation and delivery of instructions
16:00 CANES – CLASS J80

SATURDAY, APRIL 30

10:00 Regatta office: documentation and delivery of instructions
12:00 COASTAL COURSE BAIONA – COMBARRO – ALL CLASSES
19:30 Tasting in Combarro

SUNDAY, MAY 1

12:00 COASTAL ROUTE COMBARRO – BAIONA – ALL CLASSES
18:30 Awards ceremony at the Monte Real Yacht Club

 

 

 

 

The boats of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo and the Monte Real prevail in the Comunica Trophy

 

· Julio Rodríguez’s Magical, Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue 2.1 and Jacobo Vecino and Brenda Maure’s Salaño 2, all from RCN Vigo won in the large boat categories

· Of the Monte Real fleet, Javier Aguado’s Alboroto won the J80 class and Javier Bernardez’s Bouvento won the Figaro class

· The victory in the regatta that was included as a novelty in this edition, between Combarro and Baiona, the winner was the Maracaná of Carlos García of the RCM Aguete

The crews arrived eager to compete in the Comunica Trophy – Photo © Rosana Calvo

A new edition of the Comunica Trophy of the Monte Real Yacht Club has successfully concluded, which this year extended routes and added collaborators to celebrate a double regatta with departures from Combarro and Vigo, both with arrival in Baiona.

The first to hear the initial honk was the test that started from Combarro, in which a single category, ORC, was put into contention. At twelve noon, the 7 boats registered to complete this route set out along the Pontevedra estuary.

The fastest to complete the test was the RCM Aguete’s Maracaná, skippered by Carlos García; and after the compensation of times, he was also the winner of the trophy that was put into play from the town of Pontevedra. Luis Pérez’s Balea Dous was in second place and Rolando Andrade’s Sagar V Ro Yachts closed the final podium in third place.

Julio Rodríguez’s Magical winner of ORC 1-2-3 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the Vigo-Baiona race, the first to cross the finish line was Julio Rodríguez’s Magical (RCN Vigo) who competed in the ORC 1-2-3 class. He was the fastest and also the winner of the category, ahead of Aceites Abril of the brothers Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal (RNC Vigo) and Bon III of Víctor Carrión, of CN Punta Lagoa, who came second and third.

The three, and in general all the crews, sailed at a very good pace with a wind that remained quite stable, blowing from the west with an average of 12 knots in the first few miles and a little less intensity as the competition progressed. Although the forecasts called for rain, the truth is that the weather was forgiving and the test took place without heavy showers, and with clouds and clearings for practically the entire route, which passed through Subrido, La Negra and Carallones.

The Deep Blue by Vicente Cid of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the ORC 4-5-6 class, the gold also went to the Real Club Náutico de Vigo in the hands of Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue 2.1. La Burla Negra by Juan José Martínez (CN Castrelo de Miño) and Nahela by Víctor Manuel Álvarez (CD Alagua) took silver and bronze.

After a general call the fleet had to repeat the start of the competition – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The triumph in the A Dos division went to the Salaño Dos of Jacobo Vecino and Brenda Maure, a great tandem and regulars on the podiums of this type of competition with reduced crews. They prevailed over their colleagues from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo del Bonaventure, José Luis Ríos and María Jesús Montes; and about Rodrigo Rodríguez and Rodrigo Rodríguez Campos aboard the Alalunga (CM Canido).

The Vigo estuary taking advantage of its maritime potential – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the J80 class, the largest with 15 registered units, the winner was Javier Aguado’s Alboroto (MRCYB), ahead of Rafael Blanco’s Due (RCN Portosín) and Santiago Estévez’s Spaco (MRCYB), second and third respectively. .

Among the Figaros, Javier Bernardez’s Bouvento rose to the top of the podium. Behind, second place was occupied by Zoe Ayestarán’s Tutatis and Julia Correa’s Serralleiras finished third. The three teams raced through the Monte Real Club de Yates.

The best female crew was that of Zoe Ayestaran’s Tutatis, which received a special award within the framework of the “Vela en Feminino” program at Monte Real, with which the club seeks to promote the figure of women and increase the number of women who compete in regattas.

Part of the fleet with the Rande bridge in the background – Photo © Rosana Calvo MRCYB

The finishing touch to this new format of the Comunica Trophy, a double test, was given by the awards ceremony for the winners, which was held in the afternoon at the facilities of the Monte Real Yacht Club. Participating in it, among others, were the president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, José Luis Álvarez; and Roberto Lira, the general director of Comunica Comunicación Visual, sponsor firm of the event. It is a company from A Guarda that offers printing services, signs, industrial design and acrylic articles throughout Galicia from the municipality of A Guarda, where its main headquarters are located.

During the event, the opening of the registration period for the Repsol Trophy, the next competition of the Baionese club, which will be held, as has become a tradition, around the May Day holiday, was announced. This year, the regatta days will be Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April, and Sunday 1st May. And just like what happened with the Comunica Trophy, the classic Monte Real Spring Regatta will also bring news in 2022. They will be announced next Thursday 28 at the official presentation of the competition.

COMUNICA TROPHY WINNERS VIGO – BAIONA

ORC CLASS 1-2-3

1. MAGICAL · JULIO RODRÍGUEZ · RCN VIGO
2. APRIL OILS · LUIS AND JORGE PÉREZ CANAL · RCN VIGO
3. BON III VICTOR CARRIÓN PUNTA LAGOA NPP

RCN Vigo’s Magical won in the class of large ships – Photo Carlos Hernandez

ORC CLASS 4-5-6

1. DEEP BLUE 2.1 VICENTE CID RCN VIGO
2. THE BLACK MOCK · JUAN JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ · CASTRELO DE MIÑO NPP
3. NAHELA · VICTOR MANUEL ÁLVAREZ · CD ALAGUA

Vicente Cid’s Depp Blue was the winner in the ORC 4-5-6 class – Photo Carlos Hernández

CLASS A2

1. SALAÑO 2 · JACOBO VECINO – BRENDA MAURE · RCN VIGO
2. BONAVENTURE · JOSE LUIS RÍOS – MARÍA JESÚS MONTES · RCN VIGO
3. ALALUNGA RODRIGO RODRÍGUEZ – RODRIGO RODRÍGUEZ CAMPOS CM CANIDO

Jacobo Vecino and Brenda Maure were the best in A Dos – Photo Carlos Hernández

J80 CLASS

1. ALBOROTO · JAVIER AGUADO · MRCYB
2. DUE · RAFAEL BLANCO · RCN PORTOSÍN
3. SPACO SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ MRCYB

El Alboroto skippered by Javier Aguado prevailed in J80 – Photo CARlos Hernandez

FIGARO CLASS

1. BOUVENTO · JAVIER BERNARDEZ · MRCYB
2. TUTATIS · ZOE AYESTARÁN · MRCYB
3. SERRALLEIRAS JULIA CORREA MRCYB

Javier Bernardez’s Bouvento took gold in the Figaro class – Photo Carlos Hernández

 

COMMUNICA TROPHY WINNERS COMBARRO – BAIONA

ORC-CLASS

1. MARACANA · CARLOS GARCÍA · RCM AGUETE
2. BALEA DOUS · LUIS PÉREZ · RCN RODEIRA
3. SAGAR V RO YACHTS ROLANDO ANDRADE RO YACHTS CLUB

The Maracaná de Aguete was the fastest and the winner of the regatta since Combarro – Photo Carlos Hernandez

The Comunica Trophy brings to the stage more than 40 boats through the Vigo and Pontevedra estuaries

 

Crews from Galicia and Portugal compete in the first major cruise regatta of the year organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona with the collaboration of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo and the Marina de Combarro

· The company from A Guarda Comunica Comunicación Visual sponsors for the sixth consecutive year a competition that will stage more than 40 boats through the Vigo and Pontevedra estuaries

· The two coastal regattas in which they will compete will leave at twelve noon from Combarro and at two in the afternoon from Vigo, both heading for Baiona with weather forecasts announcing good winds for the fleet

Start of a previous edition of the Comunica Trophy in front of the olive city – Photo © Rosana Calvo

More than 40 boats from Galicia and Portugal will compete in the first cruise competition that the Monte Real Club de Yates brings to the stage in 2022. The Comunica Trophy, which the club from Baiona organizes together with the Real Club Náutico de Vigo and the Marina de Combarro with the sponsorship of the company A Guarda Comunica Comunicación Visual, will include two coastal regattas that will cross the Pontevedra and Vigo estuaries.

At twelve noon, a group of 8 crews will leave Combarro for Baiona with some 23 miles of track ahead of them. On the route, the sailboats will sail around the Ons and Cíes islands, and will have the La Negra and Carallones beacons as obligatory steps. Sailing from Combarro will be boats such as the Ronáutica Marinas by Jorge Carnero (CN San Telmo), the Maracaná by Carlos García (RCM Aguete), La Increible, by Manuel Cameans (Ro Yacht Club) or the Balea Dous by Luis Pérez (RCN Rodeira), among others.

At two in the afternoon the starting horn will be given to the fleet that Vigo chose as its starting point, a larger group made up of more than 30 teams. For them, the regatta instructions foresee different courses, among which the most suitable one will be chosen according to the wind and sea conditions, which according to the forecasts will be quite good.

The Comunica Trophy opens the Monte Real cruise calendar – Photo © Rosana Calvo

On the 13 to 20 mile route between Vigo and Baiona, boats such as Julio Rodríguez’s Magical (RCN Vigo), Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue 2.1 (RNC Vigo), Javier Rey’s Secolite (RNC Vigo) will compete in the ORC class. MRCYB), La Burla Negra by Juan José Martínez (CN Castrelo de Miño), Unus by Luis García Trigo (MRCYB), Nahela by Victor Manuel Álvarez (CD Alagua), or the Portuguese crew of Ifaclinic.com (Yate Clube do Porto), led by Joao Allen, among others.

4 boats have registered to compete in the A Dos category, with a skipper and a single crew member on board. They are the Salaño Dos by Jacobo Vecino and Brenda Maure (RCN Vigo), the Bonaventure by José Luis Ríos and María Jesús Montes (RCN Vigo), the Lacazán by Mariano Benavente and Roberto Telle (LM Bouzas) and the Alalunga by Rodrigo Rodríguez Gutierrez. and Rodrígo Rodríguez Campos (CM Canido).

All the ORCs will compete with compensated times and the one designs J80 and Fígaros will do so in real time. Among the 8-meter fleet will be the Miudo by Yago Marquina, the Namasté by Luis de Mira, the Spaco by Santiago Estévez, the Cansino by Alejandra Suárez, the Alboroto by Javier Aguado, the Pazo de Cea by María Campos, the ¡Ay Carmela ! by Juan Martínez-Pazo (LM Bouzas), or the Due by Rafael Blanco (RCN Portosín), among others.

And in the Figaro class, 6 monotypes owned by the Monte Real Yacht Club will compete with crews made up of students from the Club’s Sailing School, among which there will be some women’s teams. Monte Real continues one more year with its commitment to women’s sailing and in this competition it will award a special prize to the best boat manned by women.

After the competition in the water, the Comunica Trophy will end on land with the awarding of trophies to the winners of the different categories. It will be in an act scheduled for seven in the afternoon in which the general director of Comunica Comunicación Visual, Roberto Lira; accompanied by the president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, José Luis Álvarez; and authorities of the Xunta de Galicia, the Provincial Council of Pontevedra and the City Council of Baiona.

COMUNICA TROPHY APRIL 23, 2022

12:00 – Start of the COMBARRO regatta – BAIONA (22 miles)
14:00 – Departure regatta VIGO – BAIONA (15 miles)
19:00 – Awards ceremony at the Monte Real Yacht Club (Baiona)

The Comunica Trophy unfolds and will depart from Combarro and Vigo towards Baiona

 

· The Monte Real Club de Yates adds this year a new race starting in the Pontevedra estuary to the trophy with which it inaugurates the cruise season

· The participating sailboats will be able to choose the starting point from Combarro or Vigo and will converge in Baiona as the end point of the route

· The one-day regatta will be held on Saturday from noon and the awards ceremony will be held in the afternoon at Monte Real

Part of the fleet of the last edition of the Comunica Trophy in Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Monte Real Club de Yates inaugurates its 2022 cruise season this Saturday with the Comunica Trophy, which this year is split to include two different regattas, one from the Pontevedra estuary and the other from the Vigo estuary.

The participating boats will be able to choose between Combarro and Vigo as the starting point, but both options will converge at an intermediate point of the route and will coincide in the arrival, which will be located in the same place for the entire fleet.

The earliest test will be Combarro – Baiona, with departure scheduled for twelve noon near the Marina Combarro, which collaborates with Monte Real in organizing the event. From the coast of the picturesque town of Pontevedra, the sailboats will have a route of about 22 nautical miles ahead of them.

The sailboats that choose Vigo as a starting point will do less travel, for which it is estimated that it will be approximately 15 miles of journey. This test design, scheduled to leave at two in the afternoon from the vicinity of the port of Vigo, is the one that has traditionally been disputed thanks to the collaboration of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo.

If the regatta committee’s calculations are met, there will come a point where the sailboats coming through the Pontevedra estuary and those sailing through the Vigo estuary will group together, predictably around the Cíes Islands area. From there, the fleet will head to the same finish, near Baiona, and it will be at the Monte Real Club de Yates where the awards ceremony will be held starting at seven in the afternoon.

The Vigo and Pontevedra estuaries will be the scene this year of the Comunica Trophy – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Cruisers, Open class sailboats, and J80 and Figaros monotypes may participate in the regatta. If there are enough registered (there must be a minimum of 6 to form a class), an A2 category will also be created for those teams formed only by a skipper and a crew member.

In the last edition, in which more than 40 boats from Spain and Portugal participated, the winners were Rui Ramada’s Yess Racing (ORC 1-2), Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue (ORC 3-4), Víctor’s Nahela Manuel Álvarez (ORC Open) and the Bon III of Víctor Carrión and Horacio Pequeno (A2). In monotypes, the victory of the Fígaros went to Serralleiras de Paula Rey and in J80 it was won by Maija de José Luis Pérez.

Portuguese Rui Ramada’s Yess Racing was one of the winners of the last edition – Photo © Rosana Calvo

COMUNICA TROPHY APRIL 23, 2022

12:00 – Start of the COMBARRO regatta – BAIONA (22 miles)
14:00 – Departure regatta VIGO – BAIONA (15 miles)
19:00 – Awards ceremony at the Monte Real Yacht Club (Baiona)

 

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen wins its fifth J80 Winter League

 

The sailboat led by the historic sailor from Vigo and crewed by Diego Fernández and Jaime Gándara added a new title this Saturday (the fourth in a row) to those achieved in 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021

· El Alboroto by Juan Carlos Ameneiro and El Cansino by Alejandra Suárez won silver and bronze in a competition in which Spaco by Santiago Estévez and Marías by Manel Cunha closed the group of the 5 best

· The J80 Winter League held during these first months of the year in Baiona thanks to the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales once again highlighted the good health enjoyed by the 8 meters in Galicia

· With the closing of the one-design championship at the Monte Real Yacht Club, they are now preparing to open the cruise season that will begin this April with the celebration of the Comunica Trophy and the Repsol Trophy

Okofen won their fifth Winter League in Baiona this Saturday – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen once again demonstrated this Saturday why it is one of the best J80s in Galicia after winning, once again, the Winter League that the Monte Real Club de Yates organizes for the 8-meter monotypes.

The sailboat led by the historic sailor from Vigo and with Diego Fernández and Jaime Gándara as base crew, who were joined by different sailors in the different days, added its fifth title in the competition (the fourth consecutive) after those achieved in 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

He did it with a final balance of 14 points derived from almost perfect partials (1-2-1-3-1-1-1-1-1-1-1), from discarding his two worst results from the classification (a 4th place and one offline) and to beat the second and third classified by 12 and 29 points.

In addition to Javier de la Gándara, his son Jaime and Diego Fernández are regulars at Okofen – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The general director of Baitra Accesorios Navales, Juan Carlos González, was in charge, as sponsor of the event, of delivering the trophy to a team that will surely be talked about in the remainder of the regatta season, not only in the J80 leagues but also in the other competitions in which the 8 meters participate with their own class.

Javier and Jaime de la Gándara, from Okofen, collecting their prizes for winners of the Baitra J80 Winter League – Photo © Yago Crespo

After collecting his award, Javier de la Gándara was very satisfied with having achieved this fifth league victory, and if he did so, he said, “in a competition in which it is increasingly difficult to win because -as he assured- the quality of the crews has increased a lot and there are teams that sail very well” . For the sailor it was a “very complete league, with many tests and very good wind “, which allowed them to enjoy sailing.

The awards ceremony and subsequent fellowship dinner put an end to a day in which the nerves in the water were especially noticeable. Everyone wanted to adjust their positions as much as possible and improve their results for the final classification and they ended up forcing a general call in the first race and a couple of off-lines in the other two races.

With a north wind that blew with good intensity and a regatta field located between the Virgen de la Roca and las Estelas, the first two races were for Okofen and the third and last for Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, who finished second. overall and took the Winter League silver with 22 points.

The Rampage of Juan Carlos Ameneiro, second classified Baitra J80 Winter League – Photo © Yago Crespo

Manel Cunha’s Marías, who had all the ballots to close the winners’ podium, did not go out to compete this Saturday, and that caused him to lose all his options to hang a medal. He left Alejandra Suárez’s Cansino free to climb into the third drawer and hang the bronze with 43 points.

El Cansino by Alejandra Suarez finished third in the Baitra J80 Winter League – Photo © Yago Crespo

The group of the five best in the one design league was closed by Spaco de Santiago Estévez, fourth with 59 points; and the Portuguese Marías, fifth with 69. The trophies were delivered, in addition to the CEO of Baitra, Juan Carlos González; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; and the deputy for Economic Promotion of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Raquel Giráldez.

The Baitra J80 Winter League held during these first four months of the year in Baiona once again revealed the good health enjoyed by the 8 meters in Galicia. A state that is not only reflected in the progressive increase in units but also in the improvement that led to the arrival of coach Carlos Llamas among the crews to prepare the teams for the Spanish Championship and the World Cup that Baiona will host this year and the next. .

With the closing of the one-design league, the Monte Real Yacht Club is now preparing to launch its cruise season, which will begin this month of April with the celebration, on the 23rd, of the Comunica Trophy; and the Repsol Trophy on April 29 and 30 and May 1. The registration period for both competitions is now open through the club’s website.

BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE
Mount Royal Yacht Club
Final overall ranking Top 5

1. OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · 14 POINTS
2. ALBOROTO · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · 22 POINTS
3. TIRED · ALEJANDRA SUÁREZ · 43 POINTS
4. SPACO SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ 59 POINTS
5. MARÍAS MANEL CUNHA 69 POINTS
…up to 20 qualifiers.

 

The J80, ready for the outcome

 

· This Saturday is the sixth and last day of the Baitra J80 Winter League that the Monte Real Club de Yates organized for the Galician 8-meter fleet

· Except for last-minute surprises, everything points to victory going to Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen, who lead the standings with 12 points

· The rest of the podium will be disputed between Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto and Manel Cunha’s Marías, second and third separated by 7 points

The Baitra J80 Winter League is decided this weekend in Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Galician J80 fleet will compete this Saturday in Baiona for the final of the Baitra J80 Winter League, a competition that, after having lived through five previous stages, will be resolved with a sixth and final day of tests.

Starting at three in the afternoon, the twenty monotypes that have competed in the league since last January will face the last three rounds of the championship, three double-upwind and double-down sleeves that will put an end to the classification.

Except for last-minute surprises that involve a bump for the crew led by Javier de la Gándara from Vigo, Okofen will win the competition. With some partials of 1-2-1-3-1-1-4-1-1-1 in the previous days, the sailboat took all the ballots for the final victory. With 12 points, the 8 and 15 points ahead of the second and third classified will allow him to arrive without too many nerves at Saturday’s regattas.

The Alboroto and the Marías will fight for silver and bronze in the one-design championship – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The uncertainty of the podium appears in the rest of the positions, which are provisionally occupied by Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, in second place with 20 points; and Manel Cunha’s Marías, third with 27. Although the Alboroto has been more consistent than the Marías throughout the season, entering the top three in all tests except one; the truth is that the advantage over the Portuguese sailboat is not too wide and he will have to make an effort to secure silver.

The excitement of the final will undoubtedly be in seeing how that podium closes on a day in which it is also planned that a new discard will come into play. The possibility of eliminating, for the second time, their worst result from the table, will make the crews dance in the classification.

For the sixth and final day of testing, three windward-leeward tasks are planned – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Once the competition in the water is over, the Monte Real Club de Yates will hold the award ceremony for the winners. It will be at half past eight in the afternoon at the club’s facilities and the event will be attended by the general director of Baitra Accesorios Navales, Juan Carlos González, sponsor of the league; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; the deputy for Economic Promotion of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Raquel Giráldez and the vice-president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, Alejandro Retolaza.

Okofen, unstoppable, about to win the Baitra J80 Winter League

 

· The sailboat led by Javier de la Gándara signed two new victories this Sunday in the penultimate stage of the one-design championship

With 8 points away from their most direct rival, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Fuss, the Okofen crew is close to victory in the J80 Winter League

· On April 2, the competition will be resolved with the last three tests and the delivery of prizes to the winners

The sailboat led by Javier de la Gándara signed two new victories this Sunday – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Okofen was convincing this Sunday in the waters of Baiona in the penultimate day of the J80 Winter League, which the Monte Real Club de Yates has been organizing since last January with the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales.

The crew led by Javier de la Gándara signed two solid victories in the two races held and set the bar even higher for their most direct competitors, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto and Manel Cunha’s Marías, who are second and third respectively. .

There were no changes in the provisional podium in terms of positions, but there were changes in the score that separates the three candidates to win the championship, which is now much wider. The 12 points that Okofen has allow them to already dream of the laurels of the league, by taking an 8-point advantage over Alboroto, which has 20; and 15 to Marías, with 27.

Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s El Alboroto remains solid in second position – Photo © Rosana Calvo

As had happened on Saturday, the regattas this Sunday were also very complicated by the wind. A first test was started that had to be canceled on the first beat. After changing the regatta course, the fleet was able to sail a sleeve that ended up shortened but that allowed the day’s scoring to open. Okofen, Spaco and Cansino got the best score. In the second and last test of the day, which could be played in its entirety, Okofen repeated victory and Alboroto and Marías entered behind them.

With an off-line in the first test, Marías did not shine as well as expected today – Photo © Rosana Calvo

This being the case, and waiting for what happens on the last day, if Javier de la Gándara’s crew maintains the streak and the good work of the previous stages (in which they signed some partials of 1-2-1-3 -1-1-4-1-1-1), everything points to the final victory.

The crews that compete in the Monte Real one-design league will meet again on April 2, the day on which the sixth and final phase of the Baitra J80 Winter League is scheduled to be held.

That first Saturday of April, in addition to the competition being resolved, the Monte Real will deliver the prizes to the winners of the championship and will open the doors to the cruise competitions that will arrive in Baiona at the end of the month, with the celebration of the Comunica Trophy (April 23 ) and the Repsol Trophy (April 29 and 30 and May 1).

 

BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE MONTE REAL YACHT CLUB
Top 5 after the fifth day of regattas and in the absence of a final stage

1. OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · 12 POINTS
2. BUZZ · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · 20 POINTS
3. MARÍAS MANEL CUNHA 27 POINTS
4. TIRED · ALEJANDRA SUÁREZ · 43 POINTS
5. SPACO SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ 58 POINTS

De la Gándara continues to rule in the Baitra J80 Winter League

 

· The Okofen crew led by Javier de la Gándara remains leader of the Baitra J80 Winter League after the celebration of the fourth day

· Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto and Manel Cunha’s Marías hold the provisional silver and bronze with two stages remaining to finish the championship

· The Baitra J80 Winter League continues this Sunday with the fifth and penultimate phase and three tests scheduled starting at eleven in the morning

The fourth day of the Baitra J80 Winter League added two new tests to the classification – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The crew of the Okofen, skippered by Javier de la Gándara, remain leaders of the Baitra J80 Winter League of the Monte Real Club de Yates after the celebration, this Saturday, of the fourth stage of the competition.

The yacht, which finished the first round of the day with a fourth place, managed to come back in the second and cross the finish line first, which allowed it to continue at the head of a classification that it leads with 10 points.

With fifteen points, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Uproar remains in his wake, one of the outstanding teams on Saturday, in which he signed a brilliant first and third in the two contested races.

Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Rampage was one of the strongest on today’s day – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Therefore, there were no changes in the provisional gold and silver positions, nor in the bronze position, which continues to be occupied by Marías of the Portuguese Manel Cunha, with 19 points. Already at a greater distance appear the fourth and fifth classified, Cansino, by Alejandra Suárez, with 34 points; and the Spaco de Santiago Estévez, with 44.

This Saturday’s were two regattas that the committee, with Miguel Cons at the helm, was able to put into play, not without some complication. After being forced to delay its start due to the wind, which could not be established; Once the tests had started, he had to make a change of route in the first round, shorten the second, and cancel the third, for which the wind was already completely insufficient.

In the first race, Ameneiro’s Alboroto sailed with flying colors and was the first to cross the finish line, with a certain advantage over the rest of the fleet. In second position came the Propspeed of Chisco Catalán, with the brothers Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal and Ramón Ojea completing the crew; and third place went to the Portuguese from Marías.

The Portuguese crew of the Marías is third in the provisional general classification – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Gándara’s Okofen entered fourth, signing their worst result to date, but in the second race they did not forgive and returned to the lead. He finished first and is still first in the standings. In this second round, Marías and Alboroto finished second and third, reaffirming themselves as the two strongest rivals to stand up to Okofen.

The Baitra J80 Winter League continues this Sunday with the fifth day of tests starting at eleven in the morning. At that time, the first of the three scheduled sleeves will be put into play for what will be the penultimate stage of the competition, which is scheduled to end on April 2.

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen signed their worst result to date today but remains in the lead – Photo © Rosana Calvo

BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE
Top 5 after the fourth day of regattas

1. OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · 10 POINTS
2. ALBOROTO · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · 15 POINTS
3. MARÍAS MANEL CUNHA 19 POINTS
4. TIRED · ALEJANDRA SUÁREZ · 34 POINTS
5. SPACO SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ 44 POINTS

 

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