Baiona dresses up to deliver the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards

· The Monte Real Club de Yates delivered the National Sailing Awards tonight in Baiona in what was the twenty-eighth edition of the gala

· The winners were the Olympians Jordi Xammar and Nico Rodríguez, the Cantabrian skipper Pablo Santurde, the Alicante crew of the Tanit Medilevel, the Mallorcan photographer Nico Rodríguez, the juniors Conrad Konitzer and Fernando Rodríguez and the Galician team of the Abril Verde

Family photo of the winners – Lalo R Villar

Tonight in Baiona, the Monte Real Yacht Club hosted the National Sailing Awards gala, awards that the historic club has awarded for 28 years to the most outstanding athletes and teams on the Spanish nautical scene.

The event began, as is tradition, with the welcome speech by the president of Monte Real, José Luis Álvarez, who highlighted the importance of the act for promoting sailing. “We want and need to continue betting on sport and sailing, for the benefits and joys that it brings to all of us, not only those who compete, but also those who work and enjoy it, especially in this year that has touched us live,” he said. “It’s about ,” he continued. to highlight the work of sailors and teams that are an example of effort and improvement for all “ .

The president of the Monte Real Yacht Club José Luis Álvarez – Photo Lalo R Villar

The president of Bodegas Terras Gauda, sponsor of the event, succeeded at the microphone. “It is an honor for a Galician and a man of the sea like me to come to present these awards,” said José María Fonseca Moretón, who assured that “It is impossible to reward all the best, since many more would deserve it, but of course those who are here deserve it without a doubt”.

The president of Bodegas Terras Gauda José María Fonseca Moretón – Photo Lalo R Villar

After the welcoming speeches, the awards ceremony began. The Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Military School, Ignacio Cuartero, was in charge of presenting the first prize to Armando Gutiérrez, president of the J80 class, who collected it on behalf of the Cantabrian Pablo Santurde, national sailing award for the skipper of the year.

The crew of the Tanit IV Medilevel, represented on stage by its skipper Nacho Campos, received the prize for the ship of the year from the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; and the deputy for sports from Pontevedra, Gorka Gómez.

The gala continued with the Mariano Aguado Communication Award, which Pilar de Sas presented to the Mallorcan photographer Nico Martínez, for his contribution to the dissemination and promotion of nautical sports through his photographs. It was the first time in the 28-year history of the prestigious awards that this award went to a photographer.

The next prize to be awarded was received by Luis Pérez Canal from Ourense, skipper of the Abril Verde, recognized as the best one-design of the year for his Corinthian European champion title. It was presented to him by the Xunta de Galicia’s Secretary General for Sports, José Ramón Lete Lasa.

The commercial director of ABANCA, Gabriel González, did the same with Fernando Rodríguez, who received the award that distinguishes him and Conrad Konitzer as the best youth team of the year.

The last of the six awards this year was collected by Jordi Xammar and Nico Rodríguez from the president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, José Luis Álvarez; and the president of Bodegas Terras Gauda, José María Fonseca Moretón. They won the award that recognizes them as the Olympic team of the year for their outstanding performance in 2019, when they became world and European champions in the 470 class.

The 28th gala of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards was once again part of the celebration of the Prince of Asturias Trophy, which after two days of regattas, concludes tomorrow, Sunday, in the Rías Baixas with the latest tests and the award ceremony for the winners.