The 44CUP arrives in Galicia in 2024

The prestigious international regatta circuit will stop in Galicia this year thanks to the efforts of the Monte Real Yacht Club of Baiona

Next May, the Galician Rías Baixas will host the second of the five events scheduled for the seventeenth edition of the 44CUP

The competition is one of the 11 events on the regatta calendar of the historic Baion club, which includes the classic Conde de Gondomar Trophy, Prince of Asturias Trophy and Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards.

The Monte Real Yacht Club of Baiona will once again place the focus of world yachting on Galicia thanks to the celebration, next May, of the 44CUP . The prestigious international regatta circuit will arrive in the Rías Baixas to celebrate one of the five events scheduled for its seventeenth edition.

The 44CUP arrives in Galicia in 2024 with the MRCYB – Photo Nico Martínez

The arrival of this competition in Galicia represents a new success in the efforts of the recently re-elected board of directors of Monte Real, headed by José Luis Álvarez and Alechu Retolaza as president and vice president; and the fulfillment of one of the objectives set: that of returning to the MRCYB the international prestige it once had.

After having managed to attract Baiona to the famous 52 SUPER SERIES in 2022 and having hosted the J80 class World Championship in 2023; This year it will be the RC44, another one-design, in a new commitment to the “One design”, with all the teams sailing in identical boats.

The Monte Real Yacht Club once again places the focus of world yachting on Galicia – Photo Nico Martínez

The sailboat, created by the considered best skipper in the history of the America’s Cup, the New Zealander Russell Coutts, is a highly competitive boat worth around one million euros. A sailboat built in carbon fiber, very light, 13.45 meters (44 feet), with a large sail area and the most advanced navigation systems.

At the head of these haggling machines are shipowners with great economic potential, who hire their crews by recruiting Olympic medalists, America’s Cup crew members and sailors from the Round the World Sailing Championship. A complete cast of professionals from all over the world who guarantee spectacular regattas wherever they go.

In 2024, this show represented by the RC44 and the 44CUP will stop in Baiona with all the impact that this implies, with the presence of some of the best names in world sailing and figures that speak of an economic return that exceeds one million euros in the venues.

The prestigious international regatta circuit will stop in Baiona in May – Photo Nico Martínez

It will be the most international and one of the most important events in the regatta calendar of the Monte Real Yacht Club in 2024, in which a prominent place is once again reserved for its historic Conde de Gondomar Trophy and Prince of Asturias Trophy, which this year They turn 49 and 39 years old respectively, and they will be celebrated, as is tradition, coinciding with the holiday of July 25 and the first weekend of September.

The Repsol Trophy It changes the month this year and moves forward to April (from the 26th to the 28th), so as not to coincide with the 44CUP; and also in April the CdC Trophy (April 20), which this year coincides with the Cíes League – Rande, a new competition organized by several clubs in the Rías Baixas, including Monte Real, with two versions, a winter one (April 20) and an autumn one (September 14).

June will be the month of Galician Championship of Two (June 15), which Monte Real will organize for the thirteenth consecutive year; and in July, in addition to competition with the Count of Gondomar (from the 25th to the 28th), there will be time for leisure with the fourth edition of the Rias Baixas Route, a Xacobean pilgrimage by sea.

The Prince of Asturias Trophy, within which framework the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards, will be held from September 6 to 8; and the J80 will once again have their two leagues own, the winter one (February 10 and 24, March 9 and 23 and April 6) and the autumn one (October 5 and 19, November 9 and 23 and December 14).

The organization of regattas is, along with the promotion of national and international nautical tourism, one of the main objectives of Monte Real, which has nautical training as its third line of action. So much so that the Sailing School will once again have, in 2024, a prominent role in the club’s programming, with dinghy sailing and cruising courses, and adapted sailing activities that will include actions and activities for people with functional diversity, women victims of sexist violence, warded children or people with behavioral problems, among others.

A wide range of proposals that anyone who wishes can discover through the club’s website, their social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) or by going, writing or calling their offices (Parador Nacional Campus – Baiona / / 986 385 000).


February 10 and 24, March 9 and 23 and April 6


April 20 (J80 and ORC)


April 20 (joint with the CdeC Trophy)


April 26 to 28 (J80 and ORC)

44 CUP

May 6 to 12


June 15 (J80 and ORC)


July 1 to 6


July 25 to 28 (J80 and ORC)


September 6 to 8 (Ladies Cup, J80 and ORC)


September 7th


September 14 (ORC)


October 5 and 19, November 9 and 23 and December 14

Spanish Cruise Championship: sailing for everyone at a national level

17 boats from 12 communities participate this weekend in Baiona in the Spanish Cruise Championship for teams and autonomous communities, organized by the RFEV and sponsored by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado

The availability of Figaro boats provided by the MRCYB together with other participation facilities open this national cruise ship to amateur teams from all over the territory

(Information: RFEV)

More than 100 sailors, divided into 17 teams that will represent 12 autonomous communities, will meet that weekend (October 7 to 9) in the Spanish Cruise Championship – State Lotteries and Bets Trophy that will be held at Monte Royal Yacht Club of Baiona.

Organized by the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation with the collaboration of the MRCYB and the Royal Galician Sailing Federation, this championship is committed to a structure that rewards participation in the territorial calendar and encourages competition among amateur crews. The different teams, proposed by each territorial federation, will enjoy a competition designed to promote and socialize cruising sailing in Spain.

Javier Sanz, president of the RFEV emphasizes the idea of “reward the effort and perseverance of the sailors who go sailing every week in their club”. “Being able to measure yourself against crews from all over Spain on equal terms is a unique opportunity that we hope will become the annual objective of any cruise team anywhere in our country”.

One of the novelties of the competition is that thanks to the sponsorship of Loterías y Apuestas del Estado and the financial support of the RFEV, the participants will not have to pay registration fees and their stay in Baiona will be covered by the organizers of the regatta. In addition, this Spanish Championship will have a parallel social offer, with a village dedicated to sailors in which food and drinks will be offered every night.

The note of color will be seen in the sea, where all the teams will wear custom lycras according to the autonomous community they represent. It should also be noted that the winner of the championship, in addition to the national title, will obtain recognition for the best autonomy in Spain for their territory.

The success of the proposal translates not only into a high participation in this first edition, 17 crews from 12 territorial ones, but also in the fact that these crews are made up of amateur sailors, teams that regularly sail in their club regattas and that have now the opportunity to measure your skills against others from different parts of Spain.

The regional federations represented by one or two teams in this Spanish Cruise Championship are: Andalusia, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, the Autonomous City of Melilla, the Valencian Community, Castilla la Mancha, Catalonia, Galicia, the Balearic Islands, the Principality of Asturias, the Region of Murcia , Basque Country.

The action will begin next Friday and will last until Sunday, sailing in the fleet of Benetau Figaro monotype boats, one more incentive that emphasizes equal conditions for all, as well as ease of participation.

More information:

Luis Pomar | Communication Director RFEV |
Macarena Lainez | RFEV Press Officer |







It will be borne by the Monte Real Club de Yates (Baiona – Galicia) and the Angra Iate Clube (Angra do Heroismo – Açores) with the authorization of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and the Portuguese Sailing Federation.



In general, monohulls with a minimum length of 10 meters and full crew . Participants must meet the eligibility conditions of World Sailing.


Cruisers will classify in ORC.



Baiona (Pontevedra, Spain) – Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira Island-Azores, Portugal)

Approximate distance: 865 miles

  • Start 1st Stage : Baiona, Sunday, July 1, 2018

From the bay of Baiona, with free moorings at the Monte Real Club de Yates from 7 days before departure.

  • Arrival 1st Stage: Angra do Heroísmo

The arrival will take place in the Angra do Heroísmo Marina, with free moorings until the start of the 2nd stage.


Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira Island-Azores, Portugal) – Baiona (Pontevedra, Spain)

Approximate distance: 865 miles

  • Start 2nd Stage: Angra do Heroísmo, Thursday, July 12, 2018

From the cove of Angra do Heroísmo.

  • Arrival 2nd Stage: Baiona

The arrival will take place at the Monte Real Club de Yates (Inlet of Baiona). The participating boats will be able to remain in the Marina of the Club until Monday, July 23, free of charge , one day after the trophy delivery ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, July 22.

The time limit established to complete each stage will be 9 days and 8 hours (224 hours).


The Baiona Angra Atlantic Race Regatta will be governed by:

a) The World Sailing Racing Regulations 2017 – 2020
b) The ORC Measurement Regulation in force
c) The Regulation for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (RIPAM)
d) The rules that each country requires for this navigation zone
e) The safety regulations of World Sailing Special Regulations, Category 2 Reduced.
f) Royal Decree 62/2008 of January 25, 2008.
g) The Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions when they are published

According to the indications of World Sailing, rule 6.01, WS safety training certificates for the crew will be mandatory.


6.1 Participants in the regatta may display advertising in accordance with rule 20 of the WS.

6.2 Pursuant to Regulation 20.3. d (i) of the RRV, participants may be required to display a sticker, with the logo indicated by the organization on the front 20% of the hull, on each side of the boat, as well as on the boom and backstay flags that will be provided by the organization.


Registrations can be made until June 1, 2018 (one month before departure). The maximum number of boats admitted will be 20.

The cost of registration, which includes a boat tracking system and satellite phone with (limited) calls, is:

Crewed Cruises

• One stage: €800
• Two stages: €1,200

If a boat has a satellite phone (Inmarsat or Iridium), the cost of registration will be reduced by €175 (fixed amount, regardless of the number of stages).

>>> Registrations made and paid until March 1, 2018 (included) will have a 25% discount.

Mount Royal Yacht Club
Parador Enclosure s/n
36300 Bayonne
phone + 34 986 385 000

The payment of the registration fees or deposit will be made in cash or by bank transfer to the name of Monte Real Club de Yates to the account:




a) Current insurance policy, which covers civil liability up to a minimum amount of €601,012.00, damages to third parties and crew accidents.
b) In case of displaying advertising, authorization from the corresponding national authority
c) List of crew members with passport or DNI number and contact telephone number on land and at sea, indicating the name of the first and second person in charge on board.
d) Certificate of inspection of the life raft.
e) Telephone number that the ships will carry on board.
f) Approval certificate of the radio beacon
g) Photocopy of the airworthiness certificate.
h) Declaration of responsibility signed by the ship’s skipper, as the ship and its crew comply with current regulations.
i) Photocopy of the ORC Measurement Certificate (International or Club).
j) Certificates of completion of the crew survival course according to WS regulations.



To carry out the event it will be necessary that, on May 10, 2018, there is a minimum of 15 participants duly registered . In the event that this requirement is not met, the organizing committee will have the power to cancel the event, in which case it will proceed to the full refund of the amounts paid by the participants registered up to that date.


8.1 The regatta will use a satellite boat positioning system that will be provided by the organization.

8.2 For the communication system, satellite telephones with IRIDUM and INMARSAT systems will be used.


9.1 Appendix A and the Low Point System described in RRS rule A 4.1 will apply. There will be no discards.


10.1 In ORC, the Ocean PCS compensation system will be applied.


The regatta prize list will be published in the TOA and on the regatta website before the start. At a minimum, the following will be awarded:

  • Winner of each stage in real time
  • Award for the record of the Baiona – Angra do Heroísmo crossing
  • Award for the record of the crossing Angra do Heroísmo – Baiona
  • Top qualifiers of each stage in ORC crews
  • Winners in general classification of each class Baiona – Angra Atlantic Race


12.1 In regatta it will be allowed to carry on board as many sails as the measurement certificate allows.
12.2 Security controls will be carried out prior to the start of each stage. In these controls, the elements that are detailed in the attached template will be reviewed and that may be independent and not exclusive of those that the regulations require for each boat and crew for this type of navigation.
12.3 The participating boats will be available to the organization, at least, from 48 hours before each respective departure, for their safety inspection.
12.4 Engines may be sealed.
12.5 Likewise, reviews and measurement checks of the participating boats may be carried out at any time during the regatta.


All those who participate in the Baiona – Angra Atlantic Race do so at their own responsibility and risk.

The organization or any body involved in the organization of the event reject any responsibility for loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that may occur to people or things, both on land and at sea, as a result of their participation.

Attention is drawn to fundamental rule 4, DECISION TO RACE, of part 1 of the RRS, which states:

“It is the exclusive responsibility of a boat to decide whether to participate in a test or continue in a regatta”

14. ACTS

• Reception prior to participants at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona on Friday, June 29, 2018.
• Reception for participants in Angra do Heroísmo on July 8, 2018.
• Farewell dinner and awards ceremony for the first stage on July 11 in Angra do Heroísmo.
• Reception and final awards ceremony at Monte Real Club de Yates (Baiona) on Sunday, July 22, 2018.


This Notice of Regatta could be modified with the approval of the RFEV.





Calendar MRCYB 2018


  • Among the 15 scheduled sports events is the J80 Spanish Championship that Monte Real will organize at the end of April in Baiona
  • The historic Baiona club returns in 2018 to international regattas with the second edition of the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race ocean race
  • The Prince of Asturias Trophy, the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, the National Sailing Awards or the Solidarity Vertiathlon are other scheduled events
  • The club will continue promoting sailing training for another year through its Sailing School and its Adapted Sailing School for people with disabilities


The Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona has just presented its sports calendar for 2018, an intense agenda that includes 15 nautical competitions at the highest level, which will be held in the Rías Baixas de Galicia from this January until next month of November.

Among the most important events, it is worth highlighting the Spanish Championship of the J80 class , which the Baionese club will organize by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation at the end of April. There will be 4 days of competition that will bring together the highlights of the Spanish nautical scene in the bay of Baiona. The event will be part of the celebration of one of the most classic regattas of Monte Real, the Repsol Trophy , which this year celebrates its forty-first edition.

Another novelty of the Baiona club for this new year is the return of the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race , the oceanic regatta that Monte Real promoted by the hand of the Angra Iate Clube in 2016 and that in July 2018 will experience its second edition. The competition scheme will be the same, with more than 1,700 miles of route divided into two tests, one going between Baiona and Angra do Heroismo (Ilha Terceira – Açores) and a second and last one back to Baiona.

July will also be the month of historical Count of Gondomar Trophy , which will be Spanish Height Championship and which will include, as usual, one of the most attractive sailing events in Galicia, the Baiona – Fisterra – Baiona route, over 100 miles long, rounding the mythical Carrumeiro Chico lighthouse

The first weekend of September will be the turn of the Prince of Asturias Trophy , considered one of the three great regattas currently held in Spain, and in which King Emeritus Don Juan Carlos has been participating for years. As on previous occasions, the competition, now in its thirty-third edition, will include the delivery of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards .

The 2018 Monte Real calendar also includes the celebration of the Galician Solitaire Championship and Dos – IV Rafael Olmedo Memorial , a medium-distance regatta in which the participants will test their strength competing alone or with the help of a single crew member. board. It will be held in June, sharing the month with the II Ria de Vigo Interclub Regatta .

In addition to the competitions open to different classes, the Monte Real has several exclusive regattas scheduled for some specific classes, such as the J80 or 6m monotypes. The former will be able to compete, in addition to the Spanish Championship, in the Infinitus Rent Trophy, which starts next week, and in the J80 Class Autumn League , which will be held from October.

The Comunica Trophy in April and a Radio Control Regatta in October are other appointments at Monte Real, which has also scheduled several tests for the youngest sailors, whom we will see compete in the Baitra Light Sailing Trophy and in the Final of the Baitra Social League MRCYB .

Beyond the competition, the historic club from Baiona will continue promoting, one more year, sailing training in Galicia through its Sailing School, in which light sailing and cruiser sailing classes are taught; and its Adapted Sailing School, in which people with some type of disability sail throughout the year, and for which it will once again organize, for the fourth consecutive year, the Solidarity Vertiathlon , next September 15.



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