Fernándo Echávarri and Tara Pacheco will collect the National Sailing Award for the best Olympic team in Baiona

· The Galician and the Canary Islander sealed a spectacular season this summer by winning gold at the Sailing World Cup and silver at the Nacra 17 European Championship

· The award especially recognizes their performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where they narrowly missed out on the Medal Race

· Echávarri and Pacheco will receive the award on September 2 at a gala organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates in the town of Baiona

Fernándo Echávarri from Galicia and Tara Pacheco from the Canary Islands will receive the Terras Gauda National Sailing Award for the Best Olympic Team next September in Baiona, an award that recognizes their spectacular sporting career throughout the last season.

After completing a great performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where they narrowly missed out on the Medal Race, Echávarri and Pacheco returned to Spain wanting to continue giving their all, and the podiums kept coming.

Last June, aboard their Nacra 17, they won the gold medal at the Sailing World Cup, held in Santander. It was his third gold of the season, after victories at the Trofeo Princesa Sofía and at the World Cup Series (SWC) in Hyéres (France).

Just a few days ago, in Kiel (Germany), the Echávarri-Pacheco tandem once again climbed onto the winners’ podium, this time as Nacra 17 European runners-up, in a competition that debuted in foil sailing.

With all these achievements behind him, Fernándo Echávarri, 44, from Pontevedra, Olympic champion with Antón Paz in the Tornado class; and the 28-year-old from Gran Canaria, Tara Pacheco, world and European 470 champion, will receive a well-deserved recognition for their most recent career next September.

The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards, organized once again this year by the Monte Real Yacht Club, will distinguish them as the best Olympic team. The gala will be held on September 2, coinciding with the 32nd Prince of Asturias Trophy.