Monte Real bets on women’s sailing

  • The Monte Real Club de Yates launches a campaign to promote the presence of women in the nautical competitions of its 2018 sports calendar
  • One of the measures included in the plan foresees applying discounts of up to 50 percent in the registration fees of the different regattas
  • Next year, Monte Real will also organize an exclusive competition for women, the Ladies Cup , within the framework of the Príncipe de Asturias Trophy

The prominence that women have been acquiring in the world of sailing over the last few years is indisputable. Among the most recent milestones are the participation, last year, in the Volvo Ocean Race , run by an all-female team, the SCA Team ; and the fact that this year the tour of the world is being held in stages, one of the toughest and most demanding competitions today, with a total of 18 women.

Despite everything, the figures continue to show notable differences between men and women. In the Copa del Rey disputed this year, we only saw one team with a crew made up exclusively of women and only 5 skippered any of the 126 participating boats.

Given this reality, it is clear that “There is still a lot to do to achieve equality between men and women in the world of sailing”, as affirmed by the vice-commodore of the Monte Real Yacht Club, Genoveva Pereiro, who believes “that all clubs should get more involved in promoting women’s sailing, both in their schools and in the competitions they organize”.

In the case of Monte Real , “there is also a lot of work to be done,” acknowledges Pereiro. The figures of the club from Baiona are an extensible reflection to many other nautical entities in which sailing continues to be a markedly masculine field. At present, only 15 percent of the participants in the different events of Monte Real are women, and although in its Sailing School the percentage rises somewhat more, up to 36 percent, the separation between men is still very notable. and women.

Hence, the historic club has proposed, for 2018, to promote “women’s sailing”, launching a campaign to promote the presence of women in the nautical competitions included in its sports calendar.

“Encouraging the participation of female crews, whether exclusively or not, and for there to be more boats skippered by women, is one more way of betting on sport and women, and it is the path we have set out to follow,” says the vice-commodore of Mount Royal.

The club will launch the first actions to try to make this turn around from 2018, in each and every one of the nautical competitions that it organizes. Among other measures, still pending to specify, it will apply discounts of up to 50 percent in the registration fees of the regattas when the skipper of the boat is a woman. In addition, the participation of women in the different courses and training initiatives of the club will be promoted, in which they will be able to benefit from lower prices.

In addition, in 2018 Monte Real will once again organize, within the framework of the Príncipe de Asturias Trophy, the Ladies Cup , an exclusively female competition in which, on board 6 club boats, 36 sailors from different parts of Spain and Portugal.