Coro Piñeiro visits the MRCYB Adapted Sailing School

· The General Secretary of Social Policy of the Xunta de Galicia visited the students who participate in one of the adapted sailing courses that the Consellería de Traballo e Benestar decided to launch in the Baionese club

· The initiative, in which the Redondela Care Center for People with Disabilities participates, aims to improve the quality of life of these people through the practice of a recreational sports activity

· The Monte Real Adapted Sailing School is the only nautical school for people with disabilities that operates throughout the year in Galicia

Baiona, May 26, 2015.- The General Secretary of Social Policy of the Xunta de Galicia, Coro Piñeiro, today visited the facilities of the Monte Real Yacht Club to see first-hand the activity of its Adapted Sailing School.

The person in charge of the regional administration shared a few moments with the students who are taking part in one of the courses that her department decided to launch at the facilities of the Baiona club, with the aim of bringing people with disabilities closer to the world of sailing.

During the visit, the boys and girls from the Redondela Center for People with Disabilities were able to teach Piñeiro everything they had learned at Monte Real in recent weeks. A few days in which they approached the marine world, they were introduced to the different navigation techniques and discovered the variety of flora and fauna of the Bay of Baiona.

The MRCYB Adapted Sailing School

The Redondela CAPD course is part of the activities of the Adapted Sailing School of the Monte Real Yacht Club, created a couple of years ago with the aim of bringing the world of sailing closer to people with disabilities, and the only one in Galicia which provides this type of training throughout the year.

After a few years serving associations and groups in Val Miñor, Tomiño and A Guarda, it is currently expanding with the aim of being able to offer these adapted navigation courses to centers throughout the community.

In addition, important works have been carried out in the club in order to adapt the facilities to the needs of people with all kinds of disabilities, both physical and intellectual.

The elimination of a large part of the architectural barriers and the acquisition of boats adapted for people with disabilities allowed Monte Real to become, last year, the only Spanish yacht club to receive a special distinction from the Association for Environmental and Consumer Education (ADEAC) for its social integration work.

During her visit to the club in Baiona, the Xeral Secretary was accompanied by the Xeral Deputy Director for the Promotion of Equality, Carmen Orgeira; the General Deputy Director of Residential Resources and Day Care of the Xunta de Galicia, Mª Carmen Calviño; the mayor of Baiona, Jesús Vázquez; the councilor for accessibility of Baiona, Policarpo Vilar and the vice-commodore of Monte Real, Alejandro Retolaza.