Baiona closes the 2015 sailing season with the J80 Class SabadellGallego League

· After the celebration of the Prince of Asturias Trophy last September, the Monte Real Club de Yates organizes a new competition for the autumn months

· The SabadellGallego Class J80 League will consist of 4 test days that will begin next Saturday the 17th and will continue on October 31 and November 14 and 28

· The championship, organized by the Baiona club with the sponsorship of SabadellGallego, Vitaldent and the Xunta de Galicia, will be held in the waters of the Bay of Baiona

Baiona closes the 2015 sailing season with the celebration of the SabadellGallego Class J80 League, a competition organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates with the sponsorship of SabadellGallego, Vitaldent and the Xeral Secretariat for Sport of the Xunta de Galicia.

The championship will begin next Saturday the 17th in the bay of Baiona with the first of the four scheduled days, which will continue on October 31 and November 14 and 28.

All the tests will begin at three in the afternoon and will consist of several routes that the regatta committee will determine depending on the weather conditions and the state of the sea on each occasion. They may be windward-leeward courses or coastal routes.

The boats will sail as a fleet, will compete in real time and will carry out a maximum of 3 tests per day. Each and every one of them will score for the final classification from which the winner of the league will come out, which will be known at the end of November.

To make the J80 class known to more sailors, the organization will allow the inclusion of a fifth crew member on board, who will be able to navigate only as an observer. He must stand behind the skipper and may not participate in the tactics or maneuvers of the crew.

At the end of November, at the end of the competition, the Monte Real Club de Yates will host the awards ceremony for the winners at its facilities.

Monte Real promotes the J80 class in Galicia

The SabadellGallego Class J80 League was presented this morning at the Monte Real Club de Yates, in a press conference attended by Manuel Prol, Director of Institutional Relations of SabadellGallego. In his speech, Prol highlighted the importance of Monte Real as one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in Spain, a reference for sailors – he said – and a stopover point for sailors from all over the world. With its support for the Baiona club league, SabadellGallego “positions itself as an entity that works to be present in the daily life of Galicians through sponsorships and collaborations that increase the visibility of initiatives as important as this one”, assured Prol.

On behalf of the Xunta de Galicia, the Head of Service of the Xeral Secretariat for Sport, Daniel Benavides, intervened, who congratulated Monte Real and SabadellGallego for working hand in hand to promote the sport of sailing, an idea in which he also influenced the acting mayor of Baiona, Ángel Rodal.

The SabadellGallego del Monte Real League will serve as preparation for the J80 fleet for the World Cup that will be held next year in Sotogrande, an event in which the sailors of this class in Galicia, represented at the press conference by Guillermo Caamaño They hope to achieve great results.

In this sense, the Vice President of the Monte Real Yacht Club, Alejandro Retolaza, highlighted the leadership assumed by the Baion club in promoting the J80 in Galicia, by organizing two exclusive championships for them and other regattas that include them as a class, with independent output and classification.

J80, a booming fleet throughout Spain

The J80 are a type of boat on the rise in Spain in recent years. The boost given to these monotypes by the National J80 Association and the different Spanish yacht clubs has allowed this type of boat to grow considerably, both in number and quality.

In Galicia, the fleets from A Coruña and Baiona especially stand out, as they have won a large part of the victories in the different competitions held in the autonomous community throughout 2015.

Last September, Pablo Martínez’s Marina Coruña, from the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña, won the Iberian J80 Championship. Enrique Porto’s Ferralemes and Miguel Lago’s Virazón, both from the Monte Real Club de Yates, won silver and bronze, respectively.

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