· The Arroutado de Portosín, the Movistar de Sanxenxo and the Bunda de A Coruña won the coastal regatta contested by the largest boats in the fleet
· The Pazo de Cea del Monte Real won the J80 one-design competition and We Do Sailing’s HELLO FASHION MONTHLY in the ¡HOLA! Ladies Cup
· The Prince of Asturias Trophy continues tomorrow with the presence of the King Juan Carlos I fleet that will sail with Pedro Campos in the Storax 6m class aboard the Gallant
Great opening day of the thirty-first edition of the Prince of Asturias Trophy, which is being held these days in Baiona, organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Naval Military School of Marín. Despite the weather forecasts, which announced a difficult day due to lack of wind, all the classes called for this first stage were able to compete in their tests and begin to outline the provisional podiums of the trophy.
On time according to schedule, the ORCs coastal regatta began, which took place with a west-southwesterly wind of about 6 knots on average. In the Optica Studio ORC 1 class, the winner on this first day was the Arroutado from the Real Club Náutico de Portosín, with the 49er Rio 2016 Olympian Iago López Marra among the crew. The sailboat skippered by José Manuel Pérez took just over an hour to complete the six and a half miles of coastal route, which the regatta committee was forced to shorten due to a calm wind recorded at the end of the race. In second place was the Aceites Abril de Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal, from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo; and in third, the Xekmatt of the Cascalense José Carlos Prista, of the Lisbon Naval Association.
In the Aceites Abril ORC 2 class, victory after today’s first race went to the Movistar of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, with Willy Alonso leading the crew in the absence of Pedro Campos, who will sail tomorrow with His Majesty King Juan Carlos in the Storax 6m class. In second and third position of the ORC 2, two boats from the Monte Real Club de Yates, the Starfighter of Julio Rodríguez and the Solventis skippered by Malalo Bermúdez.
In the Gadis ORC 3 class, the Real Club Náutico de Coruña placed its flag in the highest position. Jacobo Solorzano’s Bunda won the stage after completing the 6.56-mile route in two hours. Behind the people from Coruña, after the opening day, are Luis Suarez’s Maracaná I, from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo; and the Fend la Bise by Jean Claude Sarrade, from the Monte Real Club de Yates.
The Solventis J80 class monodesigns sailed this afternoon in the interior of the Bay of Baiona, in real-time competition. They left punctually according to the scheduled time and took part in two races with a constant west-northwesterly wind of about 7 knots on average. On the provisional podium, three boats from the Monte Real Club de Yates, the Pazo de Cea by María Campos, the Okofen by Javier de la Gándara and the Alumisel by Willy Caamaño.
In the same regatta field, with identical wind and sea conditions, the HELLO! Ladies Cup, which started just five minutes apart from the J80. After two races, the victory went to the Portuguese Marta Ramada, from the We Do Sailing club, aboard the HELLO FASHION MONTHLY. The HELLO! of the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, skippered by Elena Saez, managed to place itself in second position and left third place for HELLO! by Conchi de Pedro, who competes for the Real Club de Regatas de Alicante.
After all the tests this Friday, the Prince of Asturias Trophy continues tomorrow Saturday with the second day and the entire fleet is already in the water. 80 boats and more than half a thousand sailors in competition will guarantee, if the wind allows it, the spectacle in the Vigo estuary.
Among them, King Juan Carlos I, who will sail in the Storax 6m class aboard the Gallant, one of the 5 sailboats built between 1929 and 1946 that participate in this thirty-first edition of the trophy.
Also making their debut tomorrow, together with the Storax 6m class, are the Coca Cola ORC 4 class boats, Bel and Bel Open and Vanguard Clásicos, in tests that will take place starting at noon in the bay of Baiona and the anchorage of the Islas Cies.
At night, the appointment is with the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards, in a gala that will be held from eight in the afternoon at the Monte Real Yacht Club. At the end of it, the Baionese club has prepared a party for all the participants, which will include a fireworks display starting at eleven o’clock.
The Prince of Asturias Trophy will end on Sunday with the last day of tests and the awards ceremony for the winners, in a ceremony that will be presided over by King Emeritus Juan Carlos I.
PRINCE OF ASTURIAS TROPHY CLASSIFICATION AFTER THE FIRST DAY
OPTICAL CLASS STUDIO ORC 1
- ARROUTADO – JOSÉ MANUEL PÉREZ – RCN PORTOSÍN
- APRIL OILS – LUIS AND JORGE PÉREZ CANAL – RCN VIGO
- XEKMATT – JOSÉ CARLOS PRISTA – AN LISBOA
CLASS OILS APRIL ORC 2
- MOVISTAR – WILLY ALONSO – RCN SANXENXO
- STARFIGHTER – JULIO RODRÍGUEZ – MRCYB
- SOLVENTIS – MALALO BERMÚDEZ – MRCYB
GADIS ORC 3 CLASS
- BUNDA – JACOBO SOLORZANO – RCN CORUÑA
- MARACANA I – LUIS SUÁREZ – RCN VIGO
- FEND LA BISE – JEAN CLAUDE SARRADE – MRCYB
SOLVENTIS J80 CLASS
- CEA MANOR – MARÍA CAMPOS – MRCYB
- OKOFEN – JAVIER DE LA GANDARA – MRCYB
- ALUMISEL – GUILLERMO CAAMAÑO – MRCYB
¡HELLO! LADIES CUP
- HELLO! FASHION MONTHLY – MARTA RAMADA – WE DO SAILING
- HELLO! – ELENA SAEZ – RCN BARCELONA
- HELLO! – CONCHI DE PEDRO – RCR ALICANTE