Monte Real pays tribute to Rafael Olmedo by naming him an honorary member and naming a regatta after him

· The members of the Baiona club have unanimously agreed to posthumously appoint their former president honorary member of the entity

· The Galician Solitaire Championship for two, which will be held on June 13 and 14, will also bear the name of I Memorial Rafael Olmedo

· Died on February 21 at the age of 99, Olmedo Limeses presided over the Monte Real Yacht Club for more than 40 years

Baiona, June 3, 2015.- The Monte Real Yacht Club has decided to honor its former president Rafael Olmedo by naming him posthumous honorary member of the entity. This is a special mention with which the club members intend to pay tribute to one of the most outstanding figures of Monte Real in its 50-year history.

Rafael Olmedo Limeses, who died on February 21 at the age of 99, presided over the Monte Real Yacht Club for more than 40 years. Under his direction, the Baionese club became one of the most prestigious international nautical organizations, an indisputable benchmark in the world of sailing.

Under the helm of Olmedo, Monte Real organized major cruise competitions, such as the Bermuda-Baiona Discovery Regatta, several Lymington-Baiona, several Spanish championships and a large number of Match Races. In addition, it became the first Spanish club to present, in 1989, a challenge in the oldest competition in the world, the Copa América de Vela, to which it would present itself on two more occasions.

The title of honorary member of the club is added to the long list of distinctions that different entities awarded Olmedo throughout his life. He was recognized, among others, with the Naval Merit Cross, the Gold Medal of the Spanish Sailing Federation, the Bronze Medal of Sports Merit or the Sports Merit Award.

Galician Singles and Twos Championship – I Memorial Rafael Olmedo

In addition to naming him an honorary member, the board of directors of the Monte Real Yacht Club has decided to honor the ex-president of the club by naming the Galician Solitaire Championship and two after him, which in 2015 will also be called the I Memorial Rafael Olmedo, instead of President Rafael Olmedo Cup, as up to now.

The competition will be held on June 13 and 14 in the waters of the Bay of Baiona, and the Vigo, Pontevedra and Arousa estuaries. Participants must complete a distance of about 60 miles sailing alone or with a single companion at most, which will add excitement to the test.

The route has several obligatory steps (the Carallones and La Negra beacons, the Cíes Islands, the Picamillo, Fajilda, Esqueiros and Ter marks, the Ons and Onza Islands and the Viños Islet) and the public can follow it from the Costa de la Vela and the O Grove peninsula.

The regatta will give lunch on Saturday the 13th at eleven o’clock in the morning and is scheduled to end at dawn on Sunday, with the arrival of the last boats on land. The duration of the test will depend on the ability of the crews and the weather conditions. On Sunday afternoon, the award ceremony for the winners will be held at the facilities of the Monte Real Club de Yates.

In the last edition of the Galician Singles Championship, the victory was won by the crew formed by the Portuguese Rui Ramada and Pedro Pinto. Aboard the Fifty they managed to complete a distance of 52 miles in just 7 hours.