Baiona opens this Saturday the 2016 sailing season with the Vitaldent Class J80 Trophy

· The championship organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates includes 6 days of regattas in the bay of Baiona during the months of January, February and March

· The competition will allow the Galician fleet of J80 to continue with its preparation for the World Championship that will take place in June in Sotogrande

· The Vitaldent Trophy is part of the J80 League of the Monte Real Yacht Club, which will continue from October with the Autumn Trophy

Baiona opens the 2016 sailing season this Saturday with the Vitaldent Trophy of the Monte Real Yacht Club, a competition organized exclusively for J80 class boats. The tests will begin at three in the afternoon in the bay area, where the participants are expected to compete in the first three races for the trophy.

Participating boats include, among others, the winners of the previous J80 competition organized by Monte Real last fall. They are Miguel Lago’s Virazón, Juan Luis Tuero’s Luna Nueva and Guillermo Caamaño’s Alumisel, who won the gold, silver and bronze of the trophy, respectively. Together with them, a new J80 boat recently acquired by the Baiona club, which will be skippered by Rui Ramada, will also compete.

After the first day of regattas this Saturday, another 5 stages are scheduled to be held on January 30, February 13 and 27, and March 12 and 13. All the tests will start at three in the afternoon, except for the last one, which will start at 11:00, and will include several windward-leeward routes, which the regatta committee will determine, on each occasion, depending on the weather conditions and the state of the sea

The boats, all of the J80 class, 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 emerge, which will be known in mid-March.

With the aim of making more sailors aware of this type of vessel, 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.

The J80 Monte Real Class Vitaldent Trophy will serve as preparation for the Galician J80 fleet for the World Championship to be held in Sotogrande from June 25 to July 2.