Closure of the adapted sailing course 2014-2015

THE MONTE REAL YACHT CLUB CLOSES THE ADAPTED SAILING COURSE 2014-2015

· At the closing of the course, the Minister of Labor and Welfare, Beatriz Mato, highlighted the great work carried out by Monte Real to make Galicia a more inclusive society

· The president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, Gabriel Baltar, thanked Fundación Repsol for its support in making this initiative a reality

· The president of Portos de Galicia and the mayor of Baiona were in charge of raising the blue flag that will fly over the club for the next year

Baiona, June 17, 2015.- The Regional Minister of Labor and Welfare of the Xunta de Galicia, Beatriz Mato, presided this morning in Baiona at the closing ceremony of the 2014-2015 Adapted Sailing Course of the Monte Real Yacht Club, in which students from various associations of disabled people participated of Redondela and the Val Miñor.

In her speech, Beatriz Mato, who was accompanied by the General Secretary for Social Policy, Coro Piñeiro, highlighted the great work carried out by Monte Real to achieve -she said- that Galicia is a more inclusive society. The head of the Xunta also had a special memory for the former president of the club, Rafael Olmedo, who died last February.

The president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, Gabriel Baltar, spoke on behalf of the club, thanking Fundación Repsol for its support in making this initiative a reality, and encouraged public administrations and other companies and institutions to join the project with the aim of can be maintained over the years.

As explained by the vice president of the club, Alejandro Retolaza, the Monte Real Adapted Sailing School was born in 2012 under the motto of “a sea of everyone and for everyone ” and with the aim that people with physical and mental disabilities could practice sailing under equal conditions. Currently, he recalled, there are several associations in the region that participate in the initiative, and the club’s intention is to continue expanding it throughout Galicia with the support of companies and institutions.

Spanish Adapted Sailing Championship

As part of its plan to bring the world of sailing closer to people with disabilities and promote adapted sports, the Monte Real Club de Yates organizes next weekend in Baiona, with the sponsorship of Vitaldent, the Spanish Adapted Sailing Championship for the 2.4mR class. There will be three days of tests in which sailors with and without disabilities, coming from different parts of Spain, will compete under equal conditions.

The championship will begin on Friday the 19th with a training regatta prior to the scoring tests, which will be held on the weekend starting at noon. Two days of competition in the bay of Baiona that will culminate in the awards ceremony for the winners, on Sunday 21 at five in the afternoon at the Monte Real Club de Yates facilities.

I Solidarity Vertiathlon of Baiona

During the act, the vice-president of Monte Real, Alejandro Retolaza, announced the celebration, on September 12, of the I Solidarity Vertiathlon of Baiona. It is a test organized by the club and the town hall in which all athletes who wish to participate can participate. The money raised from the inscriptions will go entirely to the Adapted Sailing School of the Monte Real Yacht Club.

Blue flag to the Monte Real marina

The president of Portos de Galicia, José Juan Durán, and the mayor of Baiona, Jesús Vázquez, were in charge of hoisting, during the certificate delivery ceremony for the adapted sailing course, the blue flag that will fly in the club on next year.

The Association for Environmental and Consumer Education awarded the Monte Real marina this distinction for the environmental care of its infrastructure, the quality of its waters and the excellence of its nautical services.

The prestigious award, which has the support of UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization, recognizes the good management that the club carries out in its facilities through a specific environmental plan, which includes actions related to water, waste, energy consumption, safety or health, among other actions.

The councilors for accessibility and maritime activities of Baiona, Policarpo Vilar and Raúl Costas, were also present at the closing ceremony of the adapted sailing course and raising the blue flag of Monte Real.