The wind leaves the opening day of the Spanish Optimist Championship blank


· The 150 sailors from 10 Spanish communities who were going to dispute the opening day of the Optimist national in Baiona this Wednesday returned to land without being able to inaugurate the scoreboard

· The regatta committee kept the fleet in the water for several hours in the hope of being able to start at least one race, but the wind did not pick up nor was it strong enough to hold the regatta

· The Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club continues tomorrow, Thursday, starting at eleven in the morning with the second of the four scheduled days

The Optimists waited for patients for hours in the water but were unable to open markers – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The wind did its thing this Wednesday in Baiona (Galicia) and left blank the opening day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy, organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates by delegation of the Royal Galician Sailing Federation.

After several hours in the water, the 150 sailors from 10 autonomous communities who were going to compete in the first tests of this national light sailing race returned to land without being able to open the scoreboard.

The fleet returned to land without being able to have disputed a single test – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The regatta committee, with Cristofol Morales at the helm, maintained until the end the hopes of being able to start at least one test with which to open the classification, but the wind did not pick up nor did it pick up enough intensity to celebrate the regatta. Winds were recorded from all four quadrants and, when it seemed that the situation was going to stabilize, half a regatta field was laid, but the attempt was ultimately frustrated.

Measurement after measurement, the wind failed to catch or blow with sufficient intensity – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The opening of a championship that still has three more days on the program was thus watered down and the sights are already set on the weather forecasts for this Thursday, which are announced to be somewhat better. Quite a bit of cloudiness is expected and there is a high probability of rain, even heavy showers, but the wind will blow more intensely, which will make it easier for the Optimists to navigate. If the forecast holds true, it will blow from the southeast in the morning and from the southwest in the afternoon, with between 5 and 8 knots on average and gusts of up to 16.

The Optimist fleet returning towed to land in front of the replica of the Pinta caravel in Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The start time of the tests is set for eleven in the morning but the clock will be, as always, subject to what happens with the wind. In the water will be the 150 sailors from Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the Valencian Community, Catalonia, Murcia, the Basque Country, Cantabria, Madrid and also the Galicians, who act as hosts.

Galician team of the Optimist Spain Championship – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In dispute, the titles of national champions of Optimist in the categories SUB 16 and SUB 13, and also the Championship by Autonomies, which will reward the territorial federations that obtain the best results.

The 2021 Optimis Spanish Championship is held this year in Baiona organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and thanks to the sponsorship of the Cenor Group.







Baiona raises the curtain on the Cenor Regatta with sailing, games and theater


· More than 100 boys and girls from Galicia will participate starting tomorrow in the last Optimist qualifier prior to the national championship of the class

· In addition to the sports events, a dramatized track race has been organized so that the little ones have fun discovering Baiona

· The Baiona City Council, the Navigation Museum, the Baiona Theater Classroom, the Cenor Group and the Monte Real Yacht Club collaborate in the initiative.


Baiona raises the curtain on the Cenor Regatta tomorrow, Saturday, with a sailing and games program for the more than 100 young sailors who, coming from different parts of Galicia, will participate in the last Optimist qualifying round prior to the national class championship, a competition sponsored by the home appliances and technology group Cenor.

In addition to the usual sports events, which will start at half past one in the afternoon, the novelty of this competition will be a special entertainment program that the Baiona council has prepared, hand in hand with the Casa de la Navegación Museum and the Baiona Theater Classroom, so that children can have fun discovering Baiona.

It is a dramatized track race that will take the little ones through the main tourist attractions of the fishing village. A tour that, with the aim of solving a riddle, will allow you to discover the ins and outs of discovery, to figures as prominent as Diego Carmona, Vasco Gallego, Isabel la Católica or Pinzón; and places like the Church of Santa María, the Monolito de la Arribada, the nuns’ fountain or the Pinta caravel, among others.

To avoid crowds and be able to maintain COVID safety distances, the game will start at six in the afternoon, taking advantage of the forced closure of the hotel industry. It will start from the music box in Parque de la Palma, where an actress, symbolizing Baiona, will give the little ones the first clues to start playing.

Divided into teams, the children will have to solve different riddles that will take them through some of the most outstanding points of the fishing village, where there will be actors representing some of the most important characters in the history of Baiona. They will be the ones who, explaining different historical episodes, will give the participants the following clues to continue with the tour. The winning team will win an optimist candle courtesy of the company Filtros Navales Jesús Betanzos.

“It is the perfect combination of sport, tourism and fun” says the sports director of the Baiona city council, Javier F. López, who thanks the members of the Casa de la Navegación Museum and the Baiona Theater Classroom for having made possible. “For just over an hour, children will be able to discover the history and wonders of Baiona while having fun following clues and solving riddles” – he continues – “And this will only be the appetizer of what we will prepare at Easter for the Spanish Optimist Championship”.

Theatrical performance on board the caravel – Photo courtesy of the Baiona City Council

The dramatized track race will start once the sports program in the water has finished, which includes holding up to three tests if the weather permits. In them, more than 100 young sailors from the yacht clubs of Vigo, Coruña, Canido, Ribeira, Rodeira, Aguete, Oza, Sanxenxo, Panxón, Ferrol and Baiona will fight for the best results in order to move up in the Galician ranking. The first 20 athletes from that regional list will be automatically selected to represent Galicia in the Spanish Optimist Championship.



9:00 Opening of the race office
11:00 Meeting of coaches and team managers
13:30 Start of the first test of the day
18:00 Theatrical track race in Baiona


10:00 Start of the first test of the day
18:00 Awards ceremony


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