Baiona bids farewell to the 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy with wind and emotion


· Winds of more than 20 knots on average and gusts of almost 30 marked the last round of the star sailing regatta in Galicia

· Xekmatt, Marías, Urbapaz and Deep Blue 2.1 were the winners of the Príncipe de Asturias in the ORC divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4

In ORC 5 and Open, Cinco Islas Albariño and Salseiro were winners, and Silleiro took the laurels of the Gestilar Ladies Cup

· In J80 where the more than 30 participating units represented a record of participation, the GP Bullhound won the gold

The wind wanted to be the protagonist in the final day of the 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Naval School of Marín. The day was not easy for any of the fleets of the eight participating categories and neither for the regatta committees, although the harsh conditions did not prevent the last tests from being held to crown the new winners of the star regatta of Galician sailing.

The passage of a front through the Rías Baixas, which left sustained wind conditions of about twenty knots and points of almost thirty, forced the almost ninety participating teams to give one hundred percent in a final day in which all the leaders on Saturday ended up claiming the definitive victory.

The Xekmatt of the Lisbon Naval Association – photo Lalo R Villar

The Portuguese Xekmatt of the Naval Association of Lisbon, great winner of the Prince

The Aceites Abril of Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal (Real Club Náutico de Vigo) achieved a hard-fought first position in the only race held this Sunday in the ABANCA ORC 1 class with a second advantage over Xekmatt (Lisbon Naval Association). The Portuguese team led by Hugo and João Prista, however, was served by second place to proclaim themselves the winner of the Prince of Asturias Trophy ahead of Julio Rodríguez’s Magical from Vigo, who was second overall. The team of the Pérez-Canal brothers, meanwhile, closed the podium in the third drawer. In addition to the title in its category, the Xekmatt also won in this thirty-seventh edition the trophy for the absolute winner of ORC divisions 1 to 4 and the Count of Barcelona Don Juan de Borbón Award for the best Portuguese crew. A Prince, without a doubt, round for the Prista team, which, being a regular on the podium in previous editions, achieved its second overall victory after ten years.

Manel Cunha’s Marías won in Volvo Autesa ORC 2 – Photo Lalo R Villar

The grand prix of the Volvo Autesa ORC 2 stayed in Baiona with the Marías

In the Volvo Autesa ORC 2 division, the local team Marías de Manel María Cunha did not give in to their rivals and added a new victory that allowed them to claim the victory directly after leading from the first round of the championship. Behind, one point behind Marías, was José Manuel Pérez’s Arroutado (Royal Nautical Club of Portosín) in second position, and finally third was Diego López’s Mirfak, from the Ferrol Naval Regatta Commission.

The Urbapaz by Fran Edreira – Photo Lalo R Villar

Urbapaz sentenced the general in Oils April ORC 3

With four victories in five contested events, Fran Edreira’s Urbapaz, representing the Club Náutico de Cabanas, won the title of champion of the Príncipe de Asturias Trophy with three points over the second-placed team, the Sailway of the Club Marítimo de Canido. Ramón Ojea’s men, in turn, achieved a comfortable nine-point lead over Diogo Talone’s Milaneza, who closed the podium in third place.

The Deep Blue 2.1 took the laurels of the Martin Miller ORC 4 class – © Lalo R. Villar

Deep Blue 2.1 continues its hot streak and wins at Martin Miller ORC 4

Another victory for Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue 2.1 in Martin Miller ORC 4. The Real Club Náutico de Vigo team, which is having a brilliant regatta season, revalidated this Sunday the title of the last edition, although Orión did not make it easy for them. Javier Pérez’s team (Monte Real Club de Yates) added three partial victories in the last three contested races, but with a sixth in another partial, they stayed three points from victory and had to settle for second place. The bronze went to La Burla Negra by Juan José Martínez (Club Náutico de Castrelo de Miño).

Cinco Islas Albariño won in Gadis ORC 5 – © Lalo R. Villar

Iñaki Carbajo’s Cinco Islas Albariño won the final victory in Gadis ORC 5

For the fleets of the Gadis ORC 5 and Vanguard ORC Open classes, the Regatta Committee prepared this Sunday a new coastal regatta that finally had to be shortened due to the harsh conditions that were recorded during the route through the Vigo estuary. In ORC 5, Juan Carlos Sicre’s Salao (Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas) was the fastest of the day, but the second place achieved by Iñaki Carbajo’s Cinco Islas Albariño, earned the Beluso Nautical Club) to overtake them and gain the final victory. Antonio Francisco Gómez’s Marcolfo (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), winner of the last edition, was this time third overall in his division.

Salseiro from A Coruña winner in the Vanguard Open class – © Lalo R. Villar

The Vanguard ORC Open class grand prix goes to Coruña

Something very similar to what happened in the ORC 5 class happened at the Vanguard ORC Open. Fernando Rey’s Albarellos (Club Náutico de Portonovo) won Sunday’s test, but could not take the final victory and finished in second position behind Manuel Blanco’s Salseiro (Real Club Náutico Coruña), the definitive winner in general. The third position was awarded to the Portuguese Porto de Aveiro with Delmar Conde at the controls.

GP Bullhound, winner in Solventis J80 © Lalo R. Vill

Victory for the GP Bullhound in the Solventis J80 class, the most numerous in the trophy

They started and finished well. That could perfectly be the summary for the performance of Per Roman’s GP Bullhound, who competes under the banner of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club. The crew, of which the Galician Luis Bugallo was part, started the Principe with force, adding two victories and a second in the opening tests on Saturday. This Sunday, with two more races completed in which they scored a third and a new partial victory, Roman’s men became the new winners of the Prince of Asturias Trophy in the Solventis J80 class, a category that this year had more than thirty units in contention, mainly due to the proximity of the Spanish Championship, which will be held in Baiona in two weeks. With the victory, the GP Bullhound also won the Juan Sebastián Elcano Trophy for the best J80 of the edition. The Solventis J80 category podium was completed by Ignacio Camino’s Solintal (Real Club Marítimo de Santander) and Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen (Monte Real Club de Yates), second and third respectively.

The crew of the Silleiro, winner of the Gestilar Ladies Cup © Lalo R. Villar

Silleiro confirmed its dominance in the Gestilar Ladies Cup

In the exclusively female category, the Gestilar Ladies Cup, the Silleiro commanded by Carlota Hernández from Vigo and representing Marina Burriananova managed to defend the leadership this Sunday with a third and a first place. With these results they managed to proclaim themselves winners of the twenty-sixth edition of the Ladies Cup. Behind, second place went to Tutatis de Pilar Casares (Real Club Náutico de Puerto Pollensa) and third place went to the sailors from Serralleiras with Helena Alegre at the helm (Real Club Náutico de Palma).

Special mention to the students of the MRCYB adapted sailing school © Lalo R. Villar

The delivery of trophies, the final touch to a record edition

In addition to distributing the awards to the winners of the Prince of Asturias Trophy, the Gestilar Ladies Cup and the special mention to the students of the sailing school adapted to the students of the Juan María de Nigrán Center, during the act, the General Secretary for o Sport of the Xunta de Galicia, José Ramón Lete Lasa, presented the Xunta President Trophy to the best ORC 0-3, 4 and J80 boats in the three regattas that made up the circuit this year – the Infanta Elena Regatta, the Sea of Finisterre Trophy of Portosín and the Prince of Baiona-. Urbapaz by Fran Edreira, Orión by Javier Pérez and La Galera by Esteban Martínez won the silver botafumeiro this year.

The act, which was presided over by José Luis Álvarez, president of Monte Real and Captain Pedro Cardona, Commander-in-Chief of the Naval School of Marín; It was also attended by Gabriel González Eiroa, General Commercial Director of ABANCA; José María Fonseca Moretón, president of Terras Gauda; Javier García Valcárcel, president of Gestilar; Gorka Gómez, deputy for sports; Carlos Gómez, mayor of Baiona; and Fernando González Abeijón, General Director of Seniors and People with Disabilities.

The 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy was held under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Escuela Naval Militar and thanks to the sponsorship of ABANCA, the Xunta de Galicia through Xacobeo, Terras Gauda and Gestilar. The competition also had the collaboration of the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council; and the support of companies such as Solventis, Volvo Autesa, Aceites Abril, Zelnova Zeltia, Paradores, Vanguard Marine, Gadis, Foxy, Onda Cero, Musto, the Solitium group, HOLA, Tuypan, Coca Cola and Martin Miller’s Gin.



Monte Real Yacht Club Naval Military School
Baiona, 2-4 September 2022

ABANCA ORC 1 class

1. Xekmatt Hugo and João Prista Lisbon Naval Association
2. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo
3. April Oils Jorge and Luis Pérez Canal Real Club Náutico de Vigo


1. Marias Manuel Maria Cunha Monte Real Yacht Club
2. Arroutado · José Manuel Pérez · Royal Nautical Club of Portosín
3. Mirfak · Diego López · Ferrol Naval Regatta Commission


1. Urbapaz · José Francisco Edreira · Cabanas Yacht Club
2. Sailway · Ramón Ojea · Maritime Club of Canido
3. Milaneza Diogo Talone Atlantic Sailing Club


1. Deep Blue 2.1 · Vicente Cid · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo
2. Orion Javier Pérez Monte Real Yacht Club
3. The Black Burla · Juan José Martínez Silva · Castrelo de Miño Yacht Club

GADIS ORC 5 class

1. Five Albariño Islands Iñaki Carbajo Beluso Yacht Club
2. Salao · Juan Carlos Sicre · Bouzas Maritime Lyceum
3. Marcolfo · Antonio Francisco Gómez · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo


1. Salseiro · Manuel Blanco · Real Club Náutico Coruña
2. Albarellos · Fernando Rey · Portonovo Yacht Club
3. Porto de Aveiro · Delmar Conde


1. GP Bullhound · Per Roman · Royal Swedish Yacht Club
2. Solintal · Ignacio Camino · Royal Maritime Club of Santander
3. Okofen · Javier de la Gándara · Monte Real Yacht Club


1. Silleiro Carlota Hernandez Marina Burriananova
2. Tutatis Pilar Casares Royal Yacht Club Puerto Pollensa
3. Serralleiras · Helena Alegre · Royal Yacht Club of Palma