María Diz from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo wins the I International Meeting of the Optimist Class held in Baiona

Sunday, May 12, 2013.- The young sailor from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, María Diz, became this weekend the great protagonist of the first International Meeting of the Optimist Class, held in the Bay of Baiona, under the organization of the Council of Baiona and Monte Real , with the coloring of the Galician Sailing Federation, the AGCIO (Galician Association International Class Optimist), Galician Sports of the Xunta de Galicia, Galician Tourism, Pontevedra Provincial Council, Rías Baixas Tourism, Novagalicia Banco, Carrefour, Coca Cola, Camping Bayona Playa, Baitra, Paradores and Panorama Vela.

Diz was the winner in the absolute category, among the almost 200 promises that during Saturday and Sunday have disputed the last qualifying regatta of the Galician ranking, and from which the future selection of the modality will come out in the community, representing the interests of Galicia before the national and international challenges. His grímpola partner, Jaime Lusquiños, has been the holder of the most important list of children’s sailing in Galicia, occupying the golden position in the podium drawer, the same one in which María was second. The third step in the ranking went to Jacobo García, from the Vilagarcía Casino Liceo.

In the second place of the Absolute was Martín Wizner, from the Vigo nautical team, winner in Category B, with Marcos Cordeiro, also from Vigo, winning the overall bronze.

The Real Club Náutico de La Coruña took second place in B, through its ambassador Roberto Bermúdez de Castro, and third place for Jacobo García, from the Vilagarcía Casino Liceo.

As for the Cs, the leader was Javier Jorge García, from the Real Club Náutico de La Coruña, with Miguel Viejo, from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, second. Third place was taken by Iago Castro, from the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo.

The I Optimist International Meeting, born from the twinning between the French city of Pornic and the Baiona City Council, also welcomed the School class, taking them out to sail in the vicinity of the entrance to the Yacht Club, taking part in the competition in Optimist and Omega. The first classified of the optimists was Yago Silva, the second Carlos Trapero, and the third Ainhoa Martínez, all of them from Monte Real, the same club to which the Omega team belongs that took the trophy of the modality, skippered by Pablo Carneiro, with Yago Marquina and Ángela and Jimena Rodríguez as crew members.

Special Mention went to Gonzalo Martínez, to whom his schoolmates paid a heartfelt tribute after finishing his time in the Optimist Class as a member of the Monte Real regatta team with the Meeting, a memory given to him by his coach Samuel Montouto.

The second day began with some delay, after the Committee decided to wait prudently on land, to observe the meteorological progression, depending on the evolution that the component would carry out in the bay of Baiona. At 12:00 noon the Delta flag was hoisted, with Ribeira beach full of small sailboats setting out to sea. An hour later, the PRO (Main Race Office) Lolí Camba, gave the Top start, validating the two sleeves that were pending to complete the sports program of the regatta. Wind of 325, with an average intensity of 12 knots.

The awards ceremony was presided over jointly by the mayor of Baiona, Jesús Vázquez Almuiña, and the president of Monte Real, Rafael Olmedo, who were accompanied by the president of the AGCIO (Galician Association International Class Optimist) Javier Casal; the Councilor for Maritime Activities, Raul Costas; the Director of Marketing and Business Development of Novagalicia Banco, Paz Comesaña; the General Director of Baitra, Juan Carlos González; the Delegate of the Galician Sailing Federation, Ignacio Campos; and the Commodore of Monte Real, Miguel Lago.

The next appointment of the Yacht Club with dinghy sailing will be on July 6 and 7, the date on which the Cadet Class Baitra Trophy will be held according to the official regatta calendar of the Galician Sailing Federation.