King Juan Carlos I will compete in the 31st Prince of Asturias Trophy

The monarch emeritus will race this weekend in the 6m class aboard José Cusí’s Gallant, a 1947 sailboat considered a true jewel of the sea

· The trophy organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Escuela Naval Militar de Marín will bring together more than 550 sailors and will include the competition ¡HELLO! Ladies Cup

· The Olympic athlete Támara Echegoyen will collect one of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards that will be delivered on Saturday in Baiona

King Juan Carlos I will participate this year in the 31st Prince of Asturias Trophy, which will be held on September 2, 3 and 4 in the Vigo estuary and Bay of Baiona. The emeritus monarch will compete in the 6m class aboard the Gallant, owned by owner José Cusí, a 1947 sailboat considered by sailing enthusiasts to be a “true jewel of the sea”, with a track record that highlights a World Championship and a European Championship.

Don Juan Carlos will be accompanied by his friend and usual sailing companion, the Galician Pedro Campos, who will act as a tactician on board the boat. They will be two of the more than 550 sailors who are expected to compete this year in the thirty-first edition of the Prince of Asturias Trophy, organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona and the Escuela Naval Militar de Marín with the sponsorship of Storax, Terras Gauda , HI THERE! and Galician Sports and the collaboration of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and the Galician Sailing Federation.

In the regatta program there are three days of tests, in which boats from different divisions of ORCs, classics, 6m and one-design J80s and Figaros will compete, the latter exclusively in the ¡HOLA! Ladies Cup. The first honk will be heard at five minutes to four on Friday the 2nd for the first race of the ORCs, a coastal one that will be held at the Cíes Islands anchorage. The J80s and the Figaros of the competition HELLO! Ladies Cup will sail inside the Bay of Baiona starting at twenty-five past four.

On Saturday, September 3, the Open, the Classics and the 6m will also take to the water, among which King Juan Carlos I will compete. His date on the water with a coastal regatta is from twelve twenty-five, half an hour after start the windward/leeward courses designed by the race committee for the ORCs, J80s and HELLO! Ladies Cup.

On Sunday the 4th, the last day of the 31st Prince of Asturias Trophy, all the boats will compete at the same time, starting at five minutes to twelve. The awards ceremony for the winners, at six in the afternoon at the Monte Real Yacht Club, will put an end to a new edition of one of the most prestigious regattas on the Spanish nautical scene.

In 2016, the Príncipe de Asturias Trophy is also the Spanish Cruise Championship, the second round of the Xunta President Trophy, and the third and last round of the IV Atlantic Cruise Circuit. In Baiona, the Conde de Barcelona Trophy will also be awarded, which rewards the best Portuguese boat. This year, as a novelty, the special Mary Woodward award will also be given to the best boat in the J80 class.

In addition to the traditional sports events, the trophy will include other parallel activities such as breakfasts, radio programs, dinners, parties and even fireworks. An extensive program of events held thanks to the sponsorship of Storax, Terras Gauda, HELLO! and Galician Sport, and the collaboration of numerous firms such as Coca Cola, April Oils, Gadis and Solventis, among many others.

The Prince of Asturias Trophy was presented this morning at a press conference attended by the General Secretary for Sports of the Xunta de Galicia, José Ramón Lete; the President of the Naval Regatta Commission of the Naval Military School of Marín, Vicente Rubio; the General Director of Bodegas Terras Gauda, Enrique Costas; the Councilor for Sports of Baiona, María Jesús Martíns; and the President of the Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde.

The competition HELLO! Ladies Cup will bring together the best female crews in Baiona

The competition HELLO! Ladies Cup 2016 is an exclusively female regatta that will bring together in Galician waters the best patron saints from Spain and Portugal, who will compete during the Prince of Asturias Trophy under equal conditions, with crews with the same number of sailors and in 6 identical one-design boats, of the Beneteau First Fígaro type, owned by Monte Real.

Among the participants will be Amparo Mollá and Nada Pahor, from the Madrid Sailing Federation; Conchi de Pedro, from the Real Club de Regatas de Alicante; Paloma Gil, from the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, the Portuguese Marta Ramada, with the BBDouro We Do Sailing team; and Genoveva Pereiro leading the women’s team of the Monte Real Club de Yates.

The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards, an appointment with the best of nautical

Coinciding with the Prince of Asturias Trophy, the Monte Real Yacht Club will host, on the night of Saturday, September 3, the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards ceremony, awards that distinguish those people and institutions that , throughout the year, worked to promote and promote the world of sailing from different areas.

On this occasion, the winners are the Olympic athletes Támara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos, as the best women’s regatta team; the also Olympian Arturo Montes, as the best Paralympic athlete of the year; the Rats on Fire, as boat of the year and the canary Rayco Tabares as best skipper. ABANCA will receive the sponsor of the year award and MARCA the Mariano Aguado communication award.

An integrating boat for people with disabilities

For the second consecutive year, a team made up of people with some type of disability will participate in the Prince of Asturias Trophy. On this occasion they are a group of students from the Juan María de Nigrán Center for people with intellectual disabilities, who will sail in the regattas scheduled for the Open class aboard a boat provided by the Monte Real Yacht Club.

It is an initiative with which the Baiona club intends to continue with the integration work that, throughout the year, it develops through its Adapted Sailing School for people with disabilities, in which hundreds of people with disabilities have already sailed. disability throughout Galicia.