The Monte Real Club de Yates presents its adapted sailing project before the prestigious ICOYC

 

· The club from Baiona was chosen as the speaker at the ICOYC 2021 EUROPEAN CONFERENCE to present the adapted sailing project that it has been developing for almost 10 years

· The ICOYC (International Council of Yacht Clubs) is an association that brings together the 44 main yacht clubs in the world with the aim of promoting sailing and improving the organization of activities and events

· The Commodore of Monte Real, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui, was in charge of explaining the different activities that Monte Real organizes for people with functional diversity

A moment from Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui’s speech at the ICOYC European Conference 2021 – Photo © Óscar Torveo

The Monte Real Club de Yachts de Baiona was chosen this year to participate as a speaker at the ICOYC 2021 EUROPEAN CONFERENCE, the forum that the members of the prestigious ICOYC (International Council of Yacht Clubs) celebrate biannually in different European countries.

Invited by the directors of the prestigious association that brings together the 44 main yacht clubs in the world, Monte Real went to Barcelona, the venue chosen this year for the forum, represented by the club’s commodore, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui.

It was he who was in charge of presenting to the delegates of the member clubs the different activities that Monte Real carries out within the framework of its program “Sailing for all” , launched almost a decade ago with the aim of offering people with functional diversity the possibility of practicing sailing under equal conditions.

A project that, although at first it was born only for people with different disabilities (physical, sensory, intellectual or mental), has been expanding over the years and currently also offers activities to older people, children in care and women victims of gender violence.

All these initiatives powerfully called the attention of the attendees, who raised numerous questions about their execution and results. The Monte Real, without a doubt, one of the most interesting talks on the event’s program, in which the promotion of women in sailing or the future of the Olympic classes, among other topics, was also discussed.

Once the ICOYC 2021 EUROPEAN CONFERENCE was over, the MRCYB Commodore was very satisfied with the experience. “Being present at one of the most important nautical forums in the world, such as the ICOYC, is an honor for the Monte Real Club de Yates. It means -he said- that the club continues to be very relevant on the international scene and that what we do from Baiona has an echo beyond our borders” .

The ICOYC (International Council of Yacht Clubs) is an association that brings together the 44 main yacht clubs in the world with the aim of promoting sailing and improving the organization of activities and events.

It includes, among others, the San Diego Yacht Club (USA), the Clube Naval de Cascais (Portugal), the Yacht Club de Monaco, the Societe Nautique de Marseille (France), the Royal Yhames Yacht Club (London), the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (New Zealand), the Royal Natal Yacht Club (South Africa) or the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (Canada).

In the list of member clubs there are two Spanish clubs: the Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona. It was precisely the latter who was in charge of organizing the ICOYC 2021 EUROPEAN CONFERENCE.

The Monte Real organizes this Thursday in Baiona the IV Seminar on Adapted Sailing

Several coaches from the Baiona club will explain their experience at the Monte Real Yacht Club Adapted Sailing School for people with disabilities

· The objective of the seminar is to offer specialized theoretical-practical training in sailing adapted to future sports technicians from Galicia and Portugal

· The seminar organized by Monte Real and Baiventura Galicia will be attended by students from Gondomar (Pontevedra), Porto do Son (A Coruña) and Viana do Castelo (Portugal)

Tomorrow, Thursday, in Baiona, the Monte Real Yacht Club is organizing the 4th Seminar on Adapted Sailing Education in Baiona, an initiative aimed at offering specialized theoretical-practical training to future sports technicians from Galicia and Portugal.

Several coaches from the Baiona club will be in charge of giving a seminar that will include theoretical-practical sessions from half past ten in the morning until six in the afternoon. Fifty students from the IES Terra de Turonio (Gondomar – Pontevedra), the IES Porto do Son (A Coruña), the IPVC Viana do Castelo (Portugal) and ASEM Galicia will participate in them.

In the exhibitions, round tables and baptisms of the sea, issues such as the importance of adapting the teachings to the needs of the user with functional diversity, the need to adapt infrastructures and sports elements or the use of specific teaching resources will be addressed.

And all under the prism of the Adapted Sailing School of the Monte Real Yacht Club, which since 2012 offers people with functional diversity the opportunity to learn and practice sailing under equal conditions.

Over the last six years, more than 300 students with physical, psychosocial, cognitive and sensory disabilities have sailed on the club’s adapted boats thanks to the inclusive sailing courses that Monte Real has organized with the support of Fundación Repsol and the Xunta de Galicia through the Department of Social Policy and Galician Sport.

Improving the physical and emotional level of people with disabilities, increasing their self-esteem, encouraging relationships between colleagues, generating motivation and making them enjoy direct contact with nature, bringing them closer to the sea, are the main benefits achieved with sailing activities adapted.

The Xeral Secretariat for Sport, committed to adapted sailing

 

· The General Secretary for Sport of the Xunta de Galicia renewed the support of her department to the Adapted Sailing School of the Monte Real Yacht Club

· Marta Míguez visited the Baionese club this afternoon to learn about the evolution of a project to which they have been committed for several years

· Created in 2012, the Baiona school brings people with all kinds of disabilities closer to the sea so that they can navigate under equal conditions

 

The Xeral Secretariat for Sport of the Xunta de Galicia will continue to support the Adapted Sailing School for people with disabilities of the Monte Real Yacht Club, as announced by the head of the department, Marta Míguez, after meeting with the president of the Baion club Jose Luis Alvarez.

Accompanied by the head of the Provincial Sports Service, Daniel Benavides, Míguez went to Baiona today to check the evolution of a school created almost six years ago with the aim of bringing people with disabilities closer to the sea and allowing them to navigate under equal conditions. The head of Sport at the regional level recognized the effort of Monte Real to maintain the activity of the school throughout the year and promised the support of her department during this 2018 so that it can continue advancing.

Since its creation, in 2012, the Adapted Sailing School of the Baiona club has not stopped growing, expanding both its program of activities and the number of users. It is used by people with physical, mental and sensory disabilities from associations such as the Center for Attention to People with Disabilities (CAPD) in Redondela, the Juan María de Nigrán Center, the Association of Parents of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Vigo (ASPAVI), the Galician Association against Neuromuscular Diseases (ASEM GALICIA) or the Association of Families with People with Cerebral Palsy (APAMP).

Theoretical classes, baptisms of the sea, environmental routes, sailing sessions and other activities related to the nautical world are some of the proposals in which nearly 100 people participated last year.

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