Last bars of Baitra J80 Winter League

 

  • After five days of tests held since last February in the Bay of Baiona this Saturday the Baitra J80 Winter League comes to an end
  • The Fibra Coruña of the champion of Finn Miguel Fernández Vasco (RCN A Coruña) leads the classification with 15 points and could take the laurels
  • The Alboroto of the current J80 champion Juan Carlos Ameneiro and the Solventis of Malalo Bermúdez go second and third with options to the final victory
The J80s could compete on trapezoids if conditions allow – Photo José Ramón Louro

This weekend the Baitra J80 Winter League comes to an end, which has been taking place since last February in the Vigo estuary and Baiona Bay under the organization of the Monte Real Club de Yates and the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales .

After five days of testing and with the score very close at the top of the standings, this Saturday starting at three in the afternoon the last bars of a competition that has been very close since its inception will sound.

If the weather allows it, the race committee will lead the crews to the Cíes anchorage, where they hope to prepare a route in the shape of a trapeze, a formula that will be used in the class World Championship for which a large part of the fleet of J80 is preparing.

If the conditions were not propitious, the race course will be drawn inside the bay of Baiona, as was done in previous days, in which batons of the windward-leeward type were disputed.

The winter league of this 2023 was one of the most fought over in recent years – Photo José Ramón Louro

With 15 points, Fibra Coruña led by Finn’s champion Miguel Fernández Vasco, from the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña, leads the table. It is closely followed, just one point behind, by Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, from the Monte Real Club de Yates and current Spanish champion of the class.

Another of the boats with the possibility of winning the final day is Solventis, also owned by MRCYB, skippered by Malalo Bermúdez de Castro. He is 7 points behind the leader and 6 behind second, and if things go well for him, he could make a splash or at least stay in the top positions.

Somewhat further apart from the first classified, Marías de Manel Cunha appears on the list, with 30 points; Joaquim Moreira’s 4 Jotas, with 37 points and Santiago Estévez’s Spaco, with 39 points.

Once the competition is over, the facilities of the Monte Real Club de Yates will host the awards ceremony for the winners and a skewer for all the crews and attending authorities.

The last bars of the Baitra J80 Winter League this Saturday in Baiona – Photo José Ramón Louro

TOP10 classification after 5 days (7 tests)

  1. FIBER A CORUÑA · MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ VASCO · RCN A CORUÑA · 15 POINTS
  2. RIOT · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · MRCYB · 16 POINTS
  3. SOLVENTIS · MALALO BERMÚDEZ DE CASTRO · MRCYB · 22 POINTS
  4. MARÍAS · MANEL CUNHA · MRCYB · 30 POINTS
  5. 4 JACKS JOAQUIM MOREIRA CV ATLÁNTICO 37 POINTS
  6. SPACO · SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ · MRCYB · 39 POINTS
  7. MIUDO · MARGA CAMESELLE · MRCYB · 46 POINTS
  8. MAIJA CASTOR ALONSO MRCYB 52 POINTS
  9. TIRED FERNANDO YÁÑEZ MRCYB 56 POINTS
  10. WAIKIKI · ANDRÉS GÓMEZ · MRCYB · 58 POINTS

 

 

Fibra Coruña unseats Alboroto from the leadership of the Baitra J80 Winter League

 

· The boat of the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña skippered by the champion of Finn Miguel Fernández Vasco was placed at the head of the classification this Sunday

· An offline in the penultimate test held cost the current Spanish J80 champion Juan Carlos Ameneiro the first place in the table

· Solventis led by Malalo Bermúdez de Castro is third and the Portuguese Marías and 4 Jotas complete the Top 5 of the winter league

· The one design championship organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates will return to the water on May 27 to contest the sixth and final stage

Part of the J80 fleet in front of the Parador de Baiona – Photo Carlos Rúa

After staying at the top of the standings since the start of the competition, the current Spanish J80 champion, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, from Monte Real Club de Yates, lost the lead this Sunday at the hands of Fibra Coruña led by Miguel Fernández Vasco , of the Royal Nautical Club of A Coruña.

An out of line of the Alboroto in the penultimate test played, together with the entry into play of a discard, which allowed the crews to eliminate their worst result from the classification, were the key elements of this and other changes that occurred in the table .

Despite the ups and downs of this last day, there are five boats that continue to stand out above the rest of the fleet in the Monte Real one-design group. They are two Portuguese, Manel Cunha’s Marías and Joaquim Moreira’s 4 Jotas; and the three Spaniards, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, Malalo Bermúdez’s Solventis and Miguel Fernández Vasco’s Fibra Coruña.

They all fought again, this Sunday, the three tests disputed. And it is that after the disappointment experienced on Saturday with the weather, which did not allow the celebration of the day, this Sunday the conditions were adequate and the J80 went out with more desire than ever to the water.

The race committee made a first attempt to get closer to the Cíes Islands course to place the route there, but there was a lot of swell and a lot of waves, and finally they decided to hold the tests inside the Bay of Baiona.

In that location, with a slightly rough sea but with a fairly stable northwesterly wind, which kept blowing between 10 and 12 knots, it was possible to start three windward-leeward type tasks, since the area does not allow, for its dimensions, a suitable trapezoidal design.

The J80s competed today three sleeves of the windward-leeward type – Photo Yago Crespo

The first race featured 4 Jotas, Marías, Solventis, Alboroto and Bica de Chisco Catalán, skippered on this occasion by Luis Pérez Canal. Everyone maintained their options for a good part of the tour, but the final victory went to Marías.

In the second sleeve of the day, in which the wind dropped somewhat in intensity and the course was sniped to make it somewhat shorter, there were several out of lines. The most outstanding, for what they implied for the final classification, were those of Alboroto, Solventis and Marías, who were playing for the top positions in the table and with this penalty they were in danger of losing them.

The test, the sixth of the competition, also caused a discard to come into play, which made things even more exciting for the last round of the day, the third, in which the fiercest fight was staged by Alboroto de Ameneiro and the Fibra Coruña of Fernández Vasco.

The positions of honor were at stake, they knew it, and they went for it all, staying very close to each other throughout the journey. Finally, those from A Coruña managed to cross the finish line first and jump from third to first position, placing themselves as leaders of the competition with 15 points.

Fibra Coruña led by Miguel Fernández Vasco was the leader of the Winter League – Photo José Ramón Louro

Just one point away, with 16, the Rampage appears with the provisional silver; and Solventis, with 22, holds the bronze. The Portuguese Marías and 4 Jotas close the Top 5, with 30 and 37 points respectively.

Thus, after having crossed off the calendar the first five days (of which only three could be navigated) of the Baitra J80 Winter League, the competition only has the final stage left, for which we will have to wait until the end of May. It will be on the 27th when the last three tests of the winter league will be put into play, conditions permitting, and in which the prizes will be awarded to the winners.

The J80 fleet playing today the penultimate day of the Baitra J80 Winter League in Baiona – Photo Rubén Álvarez

Before that, the Monte Real Club de Yates will put its first two trophies of the season on the line, the CdeC Trophy, on April 22; and the Repsol Trophy, on April 29 and 30 and May 1.

In both competitions, for which the Notice of Regatta has already been published and the registration period is open, the J80s will once again have their own category in which to compete in real time and continue preparing for the World Championship next September.

 


 

BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE 2023
TOP10 classification after 5 days (7 tests)

1. FIBER A CORUÑA · MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ VASCO · RCN A CORUÑA · 15 POINTS
2. RIOT · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · MRCYB · 16 POINTS
3. SOLVENTIS · MALALO BERMÚDEZ DE CASTRO · MRCYB · 22 POINTS
4. MARÍAS · MANEL CUNHA · MRCYB · 30 POINTS
5. 4 JACKS JOAQUIM MOREIRA CV ATLÁNTICO 37 POINTS
6. SPACO · SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ · MRCYB · 39 POINTS
7. MIUDO MARGA CAMESELLE MRCYB 46 POINTS
8. MAIJA CASTOR ALONSO MRCYB 52 POINTS
9. TIRED FERNANDO YÁÑEZ MRCYB 56 POINTS
10. WAIKIKI ANDRÉS GÓMEZ MRCYB 58 POINTS

 

Double appointment with the J80 this weekend in Baiona

 

· The Monte Real Club de Yates puts into play this weekend in the waters of the Bay of Baionesa the fourth and fifth days of the Baitra J80 Winter League that enters its final stretch

· Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto remains at the top of the standings with 9 points followed closely by Malalo Bermúdez de Castro’s Solventis, Miguel Fernández Vasco’s Fibra Coruña and Manel Cunha’s Marías

· On Saturday the tests will start at three in the afternoon and the Sunday session will be a little more early with the first start horn scheduled for eleven in the morning

More than 25 crews fight for the victory of the competition – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The J80 fleet that has been taking part in the Baitra J80 Winter League in Baiona since last February has a double date this weekend in the waters of the bay with the celebration of the fourth and fifth days of the championship.

They are the penultimate and penultimate phases of a competition that this year, in which the class World Cup is held in the fishing village of Val Miñor, has acquired a special emotion, with great competitiveness among the crews.

With three stages held and another three pending, the League crosses the equator this weekend with six events on the programme, three per day, on Saturday from three in the afternoon and on Sunday from eleven in the morning.

Baiona will be the scene this weekend of a double day of J80 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

There will be six new opportunities for the teams to give a new movement to a classification that is led by the current Spanish J80 champion, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, with 9 points.

In second, third and fourth position, in a handkerchief, barely one point apart, are Solventis led by Malalo Bermúdez de Castro (14 points), Fibra Coruña led by Miguel Fernández Vasco (15 points) and Marías led by Portuguese Manel Cunha. (16 points).

After the celebration of the fourth and fifth days, there will only be one more to finish the League – Photo © Rosana Calvo

With just four races held in the three previous days, in which the wind made navigation difficult for the sailboats, there are still nine more races ahead with which to try to turn the classification around.

As of the sixth round, which is expected to take place this weekend, the teams will be able to discard their worst result, something that will almost certainly redefine the scoring table.

For this Saturday the weather forecast announces a very good wind, from the south, above 15 knots and with gusts that could reach up to 30 knots. On Sunday, despite the fact that less intensity is expected, the reports indicate that the wind will not drop below six knots.

The Baitra J80 Winter League crosses the equator this weekend – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 


BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE 2023
TOP10 classification after 3 days (4 tests)

1. RIOT · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · MRCYB · 9 POINTS
2. SOLVENTIS · MALALO BERMÚDEZ DE CASTRO · MRCYB · 14 POINTS
3. FIBER A CORUÑA · MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ VASCO · RCN A CORUÑA · 15 POINTS
4. MARÍAS · MANEL CUNHA · MRCYB · 16 POINTS
5. WAIKIKI ANDRÉS GÓMEZ MRCYB 22 POINTS
6. MIUDO MARGA CAMESELLE MRCYB 24 POINTS
7. MAIJA CASTOR ALONSO MRCYB 28 POINTS
8. 4 JACKS JOAQUIM MOREIRA CV ATLÁNTICO 30 POINTS
9. SPACO · SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ · MRCYB · 40 POINTS
10. ATLANTICO 3D PRINTING LUIS SAENZ RCN A CORUÑA 46 POINTS

 

 

The Fibra Coruña of the champion of Finn Miguel Fernández Vasco gives the bell in the Baitra J80 Winter League

 

· The sailboat of the recently bronze medalist in the Finn World Cup was the best of the third day of the Baitra J80 Winter League held this Saturday in Baiona with very good conditions

· The 38-year-old from A Coruña, with a crew made up of juniors from the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña Sailing School, achieved two first places and one third and climbed from tenth to third place

· At the top of the table is the current Spanish champion of the class, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, followed by Solventis and Fibra Coruña in second and third position respectively

·The Baitra J80 Winter League, which has the last three days of the six put in contention ahead, returns on the weekend of March 25 and 26

The J80 fleet that is taking part in the Baitra J80 Winter League was measured today in three tests – Photo Yago Crespo

Miguel Fernández Vasco’s Fibra Coruña gave the bell this Saturday in the third round of the Baitra J80 Winter League, played with very good wind conditions in Baiona Bay.

The boat from A Coruña, led by the recently bronze medalist in the Finn World Cup, and crewed by Esteban Martínez de la Colina, Enrique Vilariño and Pablo Mijares, achieved two first places and a third place in the three races held.

These results allowed it to rise from the tenth position, which it trailed from previous days, to third place in the standings, also making it clear that it is a team to be taken into account by the rest of the rivals in the Monte Real Club de Yates league. .

And it is that this 38-year-old from A Coruña, a regular in the Finn class, with 11 Spanish cups, 4 national titles, a gold in the 2022 European Championship, and a bronze in the 2023 World Cup, has begun to take hold of him. the trick also to the J80, and already looks ahead to the World Cup that will be held in Baiona next September.

Fernández Vasco will attend the World Cup event with his crew of junior boys and girls from the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña, and this J80 League is serving them all as training to get to the championship in the best possible shape.

Fibra Coruña led by Miguel Fernández Vasco gave the bell today – Photo José Ramón Louro

This third round of the 8-meter one-design group was held in Baiona Bay to avoid the somewhat harsher conditions in the vicinity of Cíes.

Despite everything, the conditions were very good, and the gusty wind from the south that blew throughout the afternoon always remained above 12 knots, with an average of 14, even reaching 20 per moment.

Five boats were the ones that stood out above the rest of the fleet on this day: Fibra Coruña by Miguel Fernández Vasco, Solventis by Malalo Bermúdez de Castro and Alberto Moro, Alboroto by Juan Carlos Ameneiro and the Portuguese Marías and 4 Jotas, by Manel Cunha and Joaquim Moreira.

They all tightened the nuts to the maximum and maintained tough confrontations in each of the disputed sleeves, going up and down in positions at times, but always managing to sneak into the Top 5 of the table.

After posting results, the classification varied a lot with respect to how it came from the previous days. Only the first position remained intact, in which the current Spanish champion of the class, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, remains, with 9 points.

Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto continues at the top of the table – Photo José Ramón Louro

Very close to each other although separated from him they pursue him, Solventis from second place with 14 points; Fibra Coruña from third with 15 points and Marías from fourth with 16 points. The fifth position is for Andrés Gómez’s Waikiki, with 22 points.

The Baitra J80 Winter League, which has the last three days of the six put in contention ahead of it, will return on the weekend of the 25th and 26th of this month with a double day, to be held on Saturday and Sunday.

 


BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE 2023
TOP10 classification after 3 days (4 tests)

1. RIOT · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · MRCYB · 9 POINTS
2. SOLVENTIS · MALALO BERMÚDEZ DE CASTRO · MRCYB · 14 POINTS
3. FIBER A CORUÑA · MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ VASCO · RCN A CORUÑA · 15 POINTS
4. MARÍAS · MANEL CUNHA · MRCYB · 16 POINTS
5. WAIKIKI ANDRÉS GÓMEZ MRCYB 22 POINTS
6. MIUDO MARGA CAMESELLE MRCYB 24 POINTS
7. MAIJA CASTOR ALONSO MRCYB 28 POINTS
8. 4 JACKS JOAQUIM MOREIRA CV ATLÁNTICO 30 POINTS
9. SPACO · SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ · MRCYB · 40 POINTS
10. ATLANTICO 3D PRINTING LUIS SAENZ RCN A CORUÑA 46 POINTS

 

 

The Galician J80, eager to continue scoring points in the Baitra J80 Winter League

 

· The J80 fleet that has been competing in Baiona in the Baitra J80 Winter League since last February hopes to be able to play the third day this Saturday

· After a first stage in which only one test could be held and a second stage suspended due to lack of wind, the J80s are eager to race

· Everything indicates that the weather will favor them this weekend and they will be able to continue scoring in the tests scheduled from three in the afternoon

The Galician J80 fleet hopes to be able to play, this Saturday, the third day of the Baitra J80 Winter League, which since it began last February, has barely been able to hold one of the six scheduled tests.

The whims of the wind, which in the initial two days did not blow with sufficient intensity, prevented the J80 from scoring beyond a single task held in the opening stage. It was won by Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, and it served the current Spanish champion of the class to place himself at the top of the table, where he has remained ever since.

The second day was completely blank, without wind, without tests and without new points in the table. And this is how it will arrive, this Saturday, at the third of the six phases that make up this 2023 winter league of the Monte Real Club de Yates.

A competition that is disputed by a total of 26 monotypes, the highest number of entries since the League has been held. And it is that the proximity of the J80 World Cup to be held in Baiona next September, has encouraged Galician shipowners and sailors to participate in these previous trophies, which serve as training for the World Cup event.

For this Saturday, the parties are more positive. They announce winds from the south that will blow with an average of about 12 knots and peaks that could approach or even exceed 20 knots.

After the first position of the table, which is occupied by the Rampage of Juan Carlos Ameneiro, Juan Lago, Javier Lago and Javier Aguado; In second and third position, the Maija, by Castor Alonso; and the Miudo, by Marga Cameselle.

The J80 Winter League of the Monte Real Club de Yates is celebrated, one more year, thanks to the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales.

 

The Monte Real Club de Yates explains to the most prestigious clubs in the world its work with the J80 fleet

 

· The commodore and the general director of the club, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui and Tatiana Arias, will participate from this Thursday to Saturday in Switzerland in the 9th ICOYC European and South American Conference

· The MRCYB was chosen as speaker of this biannual meeting of the members of the ICOYC (International Council of Yacht Clubs) that brings together the 45 main yacht clubs in the world

· The representatives of Monte Real explained to the attendees the work carried out by Monte Real with the J80 fleet since they decided to promote it 10 years ago until the achievement of the World Cup in 2023

The commodore and the manager of the MRCYB with the president of the ICOYC Leif Sigmond of the Chicaco Yacht Club

The Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona is participating these days in Switzerland as a speaker at the 9th ICOYC European and South American Conference, the forum that the members of the prestigious ICOYC (International Council of Yacht Clubs) celebrate biannually in different European countries.

The commodore of the club, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui, and the manager, Tatiana Arias, were in charge of exposing this Thursday to the participants in the event, which is held until Saturday in the Swiss city of Gstaad, the work carried out by Monte Real with the J80 fleet.

They explained how 10 years ago the club decided to bet on this type of 8-meter monodesign, understanding that it was a more economical, safer, fun and technical boat, easier to handle for beginners and ideal for professionals to perfect themselves.

Presentation by the general director of the Monte Real Club de Yates, Tatiana Arias

They also told how in a decade of work they managed to considerably increase the number of units, going from zero to more than twenty; Specific competitions were created for the J80 and their own categories for this fleet were included in the club’s most important trophies.

And they ended by narrating how the initiatives put in place and the great evolution registered allowed them to organize, in recent years, two Spanish Championships of the class; and to be chosen, in this 2023, to celebrate the J80 World Championship, becoming the first club in Galicia to achieve this milestone.

Another of the topics addressed at this biannual congress was the Club’s Adapted Sailing School, in which people with disabilities sail throughout the year in adapted boats and with specialized trainers.

The commodore of Monte Real Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui and the vice commodore of the Norddeutsche Regatta Verein Gero Brugmann

9The ICOYC (International Council of Yacht Clubs) is an association that brings together the 45 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 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).

The Monte Real Club de Yates managed to be accepted into the ICOYC in 2021 and since then has been chosen twice as a speaker at the biannual congresses.

The J80 return to the water this Saturday for the second round of the Baitra Winter League

 

· The Galician J80 fleet will face each other again in Baiona after a lackluster first day in which only one test could be held

· Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto leads the classification followed by Castor Alonso’s Maija and Marga Cameselle’s Miudo

· The Portuguese Marías de Manel Cunha will try to get back on the provisional podium after having lost third position due to a penalty

This Saturday the second day of the Baitra J80 Winter League will take place – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Galician J80 fleet that is taking part in the Baitra Winter League returns to the water this Saturday for the second round of a competition in which 26 sailboats from different parts of the community and also from the north of Portugal participate.

After a first day tarnished by the wind, in which only one test could be held, the crews aspire to be able to complete several more tasks and begin to move a classification led by Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, which this Friday will receive at the Gala de la Vela Gallega the award for Best J80 of the year after his victory in the 2022 Spanish Championship.

They are followed in the ranking by Maija de Castor Alonso, a regular in this type of league organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates, and Miudo headed by the board of directors of the Baionese club Marga Cameselle, which made its debut in the competition a fortnight ago with a very good performance.

Marías will try to recover the position lost the other day after his penalty – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Portuguese Marías, led by Manel Cunha, will try to get back on the provisional podium after having fallen from third to fifth position due to a penalty, for not showing up for the weigh-in control that the committee carried out once the first test was over.

For their part, the members of the committee aspire to be able to put into play the trapezoid-shaped routes that they failed to design on the opening day, in which the wind was not strong enough for this type of route.

The race committee will try to put trapeze courses into play – Photo © Rosana Calvo

For this second round, which will begin at two in the afternoon in the Vigo estuary, the weather forecasts announce a lot of clouds, some rain and neither the direction nor the intensity with which the wind will blow has yet to be clearly defined.

 


BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE 2023
TOP10 classification after 1 day (1 test)

1. RIOT · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · MRCYB · 1 POINT
2. MAIJA CASTOR ALONSO MRCYB 2 POINTS
3. MIUDO MARGA CAMESELLE MRCYB 3 POINTS
4. WAIKIKI ANDRÉS GÓMEZ MRCYB 4 POINTS
5. MARÍAS · MANEL CUNHA · MRCYB · 5 POINTS
6. SOLVENTIS · MALALO BERMÚDEZ · MRCYB · 6 POINTS
7. TIRED ALEJANDRA SUÁREZ MRCYB 7 POINTS
8. SPACO · SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ · MRCYB · 8 POINTS
9. PICACHO · MIGUEL VIEJO · MRCYB · 9 POINTS
10. FIBER A CORUÑA · MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ VASCO · RCN A CORUÑA · 10 POINTS

 

 

 

The Rampage takes the lead in Baitra J80 Winter League premiere

 

· The crew led by Juan Carlos Ameneiro and current Spanish champion of the class finished first in the opening of the J80 winter championship

· The increase in sailboats in the competition, the continuous improvements of the fleet and the incorporation of outstanding sailors increased the excitement on the water

· The wind was the one that least wanted it this Saturday in the Vigo estuary since it was very shifty and the few times it struck it blew with little intensity

Start of the only test that could be played – Photo José Ramón Louro

El Alboroto was the leader this Saturday of the Baitra J80 Winter League, which premiered in the Vigo estuary with the participation of 26 armed sailboats manned by sailors from numerous points in Galicia, Asturias, Madrid and Portugal.

The team, led by Juan Carlos Ameneiro and current champion of Spain in the class, was victorious in the only test that could be held on a day of regattas marred by the wind, which was very shifty and the few times it started, it blew with little intensity.

It did not allow the regatta committee to put into play the three tests it had planned, nor did it set up a trapezoid-shaped field, which was one of the objectives of the day to offer the fleet the possibility of training the type of route to which, Predictably, they will face each other in the World Cup in September.

The sports director of the Monte Real Club de Yates, Roy Alonso, explained at the end of the regatta day that “To ride this type of layout, the wind needs to be level and this day it was not achieved. Need Alonso said. that the wind is stable in much more area than what is needed for the poles, and that is why on this day, with these conditions, we opted for this model. But the objective is still to find that trapeze so that they can train for the world championship ”.

In the only race held in the Carallones area, Maija, Alboroto and Marías were the three outstanding boats, and not only for finishing on the provisional podium, but for their great performance during the race. El Maija, with Castor Alonso at the controls, made a very good start and kept up the fight until the end, although first place escaped him at the hands of Alboroto.

El Alboroto managed to climb positions to take the lead – Photo José Ramón Louro

Those of Ameneiro, despite not starting in such a good position, were able to come back along the route and cross the finish line, leaving the rest of the fleet behind them, with which they will arrive at the head of the classification to the next day, scheduled for the 25th.

Another of the teams that staged a great comeback was the Portuguese Marías, led by Manel Cunha. The Portuguese crew saw almost a third of the fleet pass ahead during the first part of the tour, but in the second part they reminded the rest why they are one of the contenders for the title, passing almost all of them and finishing the test in third position.

The problem came to Marías when, once on land, the committee proceeded to weigh-in the crews and the team did not show up, with which the boat was penalized with two points, falling from third to fifth position.

And the Miudo rose from fourth to third place, in which two great sailors in Galicia made their debut in the league, Marga Cameselle and Víctor Mariño. Despite not being regulars in J80 competitions, both proved their worth and warned that they will fight in the coming days.

Before sending the fleet back to land and putting an end to the day, the race committee tried to start a second test but the wind did its thing again, with which the classification of the opening day was closed with a single score.

Arrival of part of the fleet at the windward buoy – Photo José Ramón Louro

 


BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE 2023
TOP10 classification after 1 day (1 test)

1. RIOT · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · MRCYB · 1 POINT
2. MAIJA CASTOR ALONSO MRCYB 2 POINTS
3. MIUDO MARGA CAMESELLE MRCYB 3 POINTS
4. WAIKIKI ANDRÉS GÓMEZ MRCYB 4 POINTS
5. MARÍAS · MANEL CUNHA · MRCYB · 5 POINTS
6. SOLVENTIS · MALALO BERMÚDEZ · MRCYB · 6 POINTS
7. TIRED ALEJANDRA SUÁREZ MRCYB 7 POINTS
8. SPACO · SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ · MRCYB · 8 POINTS
9. PICACHO · MIGUEL VIEJO · MRCYB · 9 POINTS
10. FIBER A CORUÑA · MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ VASCO · RCN A CORUÑA · 10 POINTS

The Galician J80s open their year of regatta in Baiona with their sights set on the World Cup

 

The Monte Real Club de Yates opens its 2023 sports calendar this Saturday with the Baitra J80 Winter League that will be held in 6 days until next May thanks to the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales

The Galician J80 fleet opens with this competition a year of racing that will be the protagonist with the celebration of the World Class Championship next September in Baiona

Among the novelties of this year: new schedules, new routes to train for the World Cup and the incorporation of prominent sailors such as Víctor Mariño, Alberto Viejo or Marga Cameselle, among others.

The one-design league is the first event in a sports calendar in which Monte Real once again includes its two great classics, the Prince of Asturias Trophy and the Conde de Gondomar Trophy

El Alboroto, current champion of Spain, will be one of those participating – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Monte Real Club de Yates opens its 2023 sports calendar this Saturday in Baiona with the celebration of the first day of the Baitra J80 Winter League, which will be played in 6 stages until next May thanks to the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales .

In addition to this Saturday, there will be tests on February 25, March 11, 25 and 26 and May 27. Three regattas per day are scheduled, so that, if conditions permit and everything goes according to plan, the one-design fleet will compete in a total of 18 sleeves.

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen was the winner of the last edition – Photo © Rosana Calvo

This year, the competition, which includes prominent sailors such as Víctor Mariño, Alberto Viejo or Marga Cameselle, among others; includes a couple of new features. The first is that the start time of the different phases is brought forward, which goes from three in the afternoon to two, with the aim of being able to take more advantage of the daylight time and not have the deadline time for the end of the tests, set to one hour before sunset.

The second novelty is that the usual double routes between buoys of the windward-leeward type are changed to layouts in the shape of an Olympic trapeze, a layout that will possibly be chosen for the world championships in September. What is sought with this change is that the fleet, which already knows the regatta field and the conditions of the Galician estuaries well, can now also get used to the type of World Cup route.

And it is that one of the aspirations of Monte Real as the organizing club of the world championship is that one of the more than 25 sailboats that will participate in the J80 winter league manages to sneak into the podium of the World Cup event, scheduled between the 18th and 24th of September.

Until then, many months ahead in which to train, not only in this competition but also in the rest of the trophies scheduled by the Bayonés club for this 2023, among which are its two great classics, the Conde de Gondomar Trophy (from July 22 to 25) and the Prince of Asturias Trophy (September 1 to 3), in which the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards will be presented again (September 2).

Before them will come the CdeC Trophy (April 22), the Repsol Trophy (April 29 – May 1), the Galician A Dos Championship – MRW Trophy (June 10) and then the J80 Autumn League (October 14 – December 16). There will also be room for non-competitive regattas, such as the III Ruta Rías Baixas (July 3-8), which was so well received in its first two calls.

 

MRCYB 2023 REGATTA SCHEDULE


BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE
February 11 and 25, March 11, 25 and 26, May 27


CDEC TROPHY
April 22 (ORC AND J80)


REPSOL TROPHY – 45th SPRING REGATA
April 29, 30 May 1
ORC SPORTBOAT NORTH SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP


MRW TROPHY – A2 GALICIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – RAFAEL OLMEDO MEMORIAL
June 10th


RÍAS BAIXAS ROUTE
from July 3 to 8


48th COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY
from July 22 to 25


38th PRINCE OF ASTURIAS TROPHY
from September 1 to 3
CUP OF SPAIN CRUISERS


WORLD J80 BAIONA 2023
from September 18 to 24


J80 FALL LEAGUE
October 14 and 28, November 11 and 25 and December 16


Presented at FITUR the World J80 BAIONA 2023

 

· Authorities of the Xunta de Galicia and directors of the Monte Real Club de Yates presented this Friday at FITUR the WORLD CUP J80 BAIONA 2023

· After passing through Denmark (2021) and the United States (2022), the J80 world championship arrives in Spain to be held for the first time in Galicia

· Scheduled for the week of September 18 to 24, it will be one of the most important nautical events to be held throughout this year

· The best J80 sailors in the world will compete in this great international event in 80 sailboats coming from different countries of the 5 continents

This Friday the most important nautical event to be held in Galicia and one of the most important in Spain throughout this year was presented at the International Tourism Fair (FITUR): the MUNDIAL J80 BAIONA 2023.
Under the organization of the Monte Real Club de Yates, the Galician Rías Baixas will bring together, from September 18 to 24, the best J80 sailors in the world, who will compete in this great international event in 80 sailboats from different countries of the 5 continents .

After passing through Denmark (2021) and the United States (2022), this will be the first time that the world championship of the class will come to Galicia, a community that has been betting on these one-designs for years, with one of the most important fleets of Spain.

The president of the MRCYB José Luis Álvarez presents the World J80 Baiona 2023 at FITUR – Photo Rosana Calvo

In the presentation of the event, the president of the Monte Real Club de Yates, José Luis Álvarez, said he felt a mixture of pride and responsibility after having been chosen to organize “such a prestigious event, which will put the focus of the sailing world in Galicia he said . “We will once again demonstrate our club’s ability to organize major events and Galicia’s potential to host top-level sports competitions, offering visitors a unique environment,” he assured.

The second vice president of the Xunta spoke of the World Cup as the nautical sports event of the year in Galicia – Photo Rosana Calvo

The second vice president of the Xunta de Galicia, Diego Calvo, highlighted in his speech the importance of Galicia having this competition for the first time. “Baiona will become the world epicenter of sailing next September and we will have a unique opportunity to project tourism in the community and the capacity of Galicia to host top-level sporting events,” said Diego Calvo. With regard to nautical tourism, he valued “the unbeatable conditions for navigation and to have competitions like this world championship” .

The tourist promotion of Galicia that will be carried out to the whole world through this event together with the deseasonalization of tourism and boosting the economy of the area were some of the aspects in which the Director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, had an impact. when talking about the J80 World Cup that will be held in Baiona.

Speech by the Director of Tourism of Galicia Nava Castro – Photo Rosana Calvo

“Our community is closely linked to the world of sailing, since we have been holding numerous competitions for many years, so holding a World Cup in our waters is the culmination of all the efforts made by both the Galician government and the yacht clubs. and the different actors in the sector”concluded Nava Castro.

MRCYB Commodore Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui explained some details of the World Cup – Photo Rosana Calvo

The J80 Baiona 2023 World Cup arrives at the Monte Real Club de Yates just one year after hosting the prestigious 52 SUPER SERIES. “Despite the notable differences between one fleet and the other, and one competition and the other, there are several links between the two that we particularly like -says the MRCYB commodore, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui-, and it is that they are one-designs that compete in real time and with short and intense tracks, in which the tests acquire great emotion and are disputed with great rivalry. The show is guaranteed”.

Authorities at the presentation of the J80 World Cup Baiona 2023 at FITUR – Photo Rosana Calvo

This morning’s staging at the Galicia FITUR stand included the projection of a promotional video for the event and the announcement of the launch of the specific website for the World Cup:

https://www.j80worldsbaiona2023.com/

 

It was the starting signal for an appointment that will be presented shortly at the Monte Real Club de Yates, in a call in which all the details of this great nautical event will be announced.

J80 Baiona 2023 World Presentation at FITUR – Photo Rosana Calvo

In addition to the vice president of the Xunta de Galicia and the director of Tourism of Galicia, who took part in the presentation, numerous authorities were present at the event such as the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; and some athletes also attended, such as the Spanish champion of the J80 class, Javier Aguado.

A large number of people attended the presentation of the J80 World Cup at FITUR – Photo Rosana Calvo

>> IMAGE GALLERY PRESENTATION OF THE J80 BAIONA WORLD CUP 2023 AT FITUR

 

 

WORLD J80 BAIONA 2023
Mount Royal Yacht Club
Baiona Rías Baixas Galicia
18 – 24 September 2023
https://www.j80worldsbaiona2023.com/
secretaria@mrcyb.com · 986 385 000

 

 

 

 

 

Aceites Abril achieves its sixth Conde de Gondomar Trophy in Baiona

 

· With the victory in this forty-seventh edition of the regatta, the boat skippered by the brothers Luis and Jorge Pérez-Canal equals the record of victories of the José Luis Freire Pairo saga

· The teams from Monte Real Yacht Club Yess and Unus were the winners of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy in the Open A and B divisions

· The Deep Blue 2.1 and the Marcolfo, both competing under the banner of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, were the winners of the Erizana Trophy in ORC 0-1 and 3-5

· In J80 and Fígaros the victory went to Alboroto and Bouvento

· The 47th Conde de Gondomar Trophy was organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club with the sponsorship of Zelnova Zeltia and Banco Sabadell

Historical victory for Aceites Abril de Luis and Jorge Pérez-Canal in the forty-seventh edition of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Zelnova Zeltia / Banco Sabadell Grand Prix. With the dispute over the last two batons of the competition, the boat led by the brothers from Ourense achieved its sixth title, equaling the record of victories held so far alone by José Luis Freire’s Pairo saga.

The fourth and last day of the event organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club once again summoned the more than forty boats to complete two windward-leeward format tests on the regatta course located in front of the Cíes Islands. With all the options open in practically all the participating categories, the fleet faced the end of the Conde with force and the Regatta Committee was able to comply with the planned program starting the competition after twelve noon.

Among the ORC teams who were playing for the Conde de Gondomar Trophy -for which both the last two batons and the Carrumeiro Chico challenge on Friday and the return to Ons on Sunday scored points-, the last two victories at stake were awarded to the Ifaclinic del Yate Clube do Porto, who with Joao Nuno Veloso had no rival on this last day in the waters of the Vigo estuary. The definitive victory and the long-awaited title of the Count of Gondomar was, however, for the Aceites Abril of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, who only had two second places to claim a comfortable victory with five and a half points over the second classified.

Already on the pontoons, Luis, the youngest of the Pérez-Canal brothers, highlighted the role of the crew as one of the keys to the milestone achieved with this sixth title in Baiona. “He is already the sixth Count of Gondomar and it is a luxury to have won it with this magnificent crew. We have been together for a lifetime and without a doubt the victory is thanks to them because they are the ones who have given us the victory. It is the best crew you can have and I congratulate them because they are fantastic“, he claimed.

Luis and Jorge Pérez-Canal, Eduardo Reguera, Pablo Iglesias, Carlos Sanmartín, Luis Sampedro, Pablo Espinosa, César Torné, Rafael Martínez-Almeida, Iago Carrera, Sebastián Martínez-Risco, Luis da Rocha and Juan de Cominges are the thirteen crew members who , aboard the Aceites Abril, have managed to match the number of titles in the saga of the Pairo owned by shipowner José Luis Freire.

From behind, second place went to Magical, also with a banner from Real Club Náutico de Vigo. A third and a fourth were the results of Julio Rodríguez’s team on this last day, finishing with a distance of two points over Alberto Moro’s Solventis (Monte Real Club de Yates), who closed the podium in third place.

In the Open A division, the conditions of the regatta field, which presented itself with a northwesterly wind of between eight and ten knots of intensity, favored the winner of the Carrumeiro stage, Yess de Rui Ramada (Monte Real Club de Yates), who scored his two last partial victories of the regatta to become the winner with a whopping ten points over his immediate rival, the Portuguese Racer de Januário Cruz, who took second place ahead of the also Portuguese team Five, skippered by Joao Tourigo.

In Open B , meanwhile, the local team commanded by Luis García, Unus, also closed a perfect Conde de Gondomar with plenty of victories in his locker. Behind Garcia’s, José Antonio Portas’s Narval finished seven and a half points representing the Club Náutico de Villagarcía and third was Jorge Carnero’s Ronáutica Marinas (Club Náutico San Telmo).

With respect to Hedgehog Trophy, in which the ORC, J80 and Fígaro fleets that disputed the coastal one on Saturday scored points, the clearest victory was that of Vigo’s Deep Blue 2.1 of Vicente Cid (Real Club Náutico de Vigo) in ORC 0-2, which the Count of Gondomar closed with four first positions in the four races completed. Those of Cid were followed by La Burla Negra by Juan José Martínez of the Club Náutico Castrelo de Miño in second place and Nahela by Víctor Álvarez, who were third representing the Club Náutico Alagua.

In ORC 3-4 , a great result also for Marcolfo of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo. The team led by Antonio Gómez managed to win the victory ahead of José Luis Ríos’ Bonaventure, also from the club from Vigo, and Alejandro Castro’s Esquío, from the Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas, second and third respectively.

In J80 , a ninth for Alboroto in the first baton tightened the classification to the maximum and it was not until the last test when Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s men were able to certify the definitive victory of the regatta after leading from the first day of competition. They were followed on the podium by Santiago Estévez’s Spaco in second place -winners of the first round of the day- and Chisco Catalán’s Hull Maxx in third place overall.

In Fígaro , for its part, the last day saw Diego Pérez and David Fontán’s Bouvento recover the lead and become category winners ahead of Gemma González’s Erizana and Elena Raga’s Tutatis, who finished in second and third position. The Erizana also won the prize for the best female crew in the Figaro class.

With the day now over, the gardens of Monte Real hosted at 6:30 p.m. the awards ceremony for the winners of the edition, thus putting the finishing touch to one of the most emblematic regattas of the Baiona club and which once again featured the sponsorship of Zelnova Zeltia and Banco Sabadell.

The event was attended by the president of the club, José Luis Álvarez; the delegate of the Xunta in Vigo, Marta Fernández-Tapias; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; the deputy for cooperation, Santos Héctor; Adrián Salgado, Marketing Director of Zelnova Zeltia; Rafael Mato, regional director of Banco Sabadell; and Joaquín Martínez, commercial director of Volvo Autesa.

Now, Monte Real is preparing for the 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy, which will be held between September 2 and 4 and will include, as every year, the award ceremony for the prestigious Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards on the night of Saturday day three.

 

 

47th COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY
GRAND PRIX ZELNOVA ZELTIA / BANK SABADELL

 

CARRUMEIRO SMALL TROPHY
It included 1 test: Ascent to Carrumeiro Chico

REAL TIME STAGE WINNER
Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB

ORC-CLASS
1. April oils Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal RCN Vigo
2. Solventis · Alberto Moro · MRCYB
3. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · RCN Vigo

OPEN A CLASS
1. Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB
2. Txole · Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui · MRCYB
3. Racer Januario Cruz SCA

OPEN B CLASS
1. Unus · Luis García Trigo · MRCYB
2. Narwhal · José Antonio Portas · Vilagarcía CN
3. Ronautica Marinas Jorge Carnero NPP San Telmo

 

COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY – ERIZANA
It included 4 tests: Coastal regatta + Return to Ons + 2 poles

ORC CLASS 0-1-2
1. Deep Blue 2.1 · Vicente Cid · RCN Vigo
2. The Black Burla · Juan José Martínez · CN Castrelo de Miño
3. Nahela · Victor Álvarez · CD Alagua

ORC CLASS 3-4-5
1. Marcolfo · Antonio Gómez · RCN Vigo
2. Esquio · Alejandro Castro · LM Bouzas
3. Bonaventure · José Luis Ríos · RCN Vigo

J80 CLASS
1. Fuss · Juan Carlos Ameneiro · MRCYB
2. Spaco Santiago Estévez MRCYB
3. Hull Max Chisco Catalán MRCYB

FIGARO CLASS
1. Bouvento · Diego Pérez · MRCYB
2. Erizana · Gemma González · MRCYB
3. Tutatis · Elena Raga · MRCYB

BEST FEMALE CREW
Erizana · Gemma González · MRCYB

 

COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY
It included 4 tests: Ascent to Carrumeiro Chico + Return to Ons + 2 poles

ORC-CLASS
1. April oils Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal RCN Vigo
2. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · RCN Vigo
3. Solventis · Alberto Moro · MRCYB

OPEN A CLASS
1. Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB
2. Racer Januário Cruz SCA
3. Five Joao Tourigo CWDS

OPEN B CLASS
1. Unus · Luis García Trigo · MRCYB
2. Narwhal · José Antonio Portas · Villagarcía CN
3. Marine Radionautics Jorge Carnero CN San Telmo

 

The return to Ons leaves the 47th Conde de Gondomar Trophy ready for sentencing

 

The penultimate day of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Zelnova Zeltia Banco Sabadell Grand Prix summoned the entire fleet this Sunday to complete a round trip to Ons that caused changes in the general

April Oils, Yess, Deep Blue 2.1, Alboroto, and Erizana are the five boats that will defend the provisional leadership in the last day of regatta scheduled for this Monday from noon at the Cíes Islands anchorage

· The Magical by Julio Rodríguez of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo was the fastest to cover the 32-mile route, spending five hours and three minutes to complete it

Excitement on the penultimate day of the 47th Conde de Gondomar Trophy- Zelnova Zeltia and Banco Sabadell Grand Prix, in which the entire participating fleet completed the classic Tour of Ons. 32 miles in total than the fastest of the fleet, the Magical of Julio Rodríguez (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), completed in five hours and three minutes.

For the teams that are playing for the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, this Sunday’s test was the second of the four scored, along with the climb to Carrumeiro Chico and the two poles scheduled for Monday. Julio Rodríguez’s men were the first in real time and also in compensated mode, and managed to score the stage victory.

The fleet of the Count of Gondomar leaving Baiona heading for Ons – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Thus, the team led by Julio Rodríguez rose one position and placed second overall in ORC, just two and a half points behind the defending champion, Aceites Abril, who will try to add their sixth victory to the Conde de Gondomar tomorrow. Behind, the third position of the provisional podium is now occupied by Alberto Moro’s Solventis, with a pendant from the Monte Real Yacht Club.

“The truth is that we are very happy with today’s regatta”, commented Andrés Gómez, Magical’s helmsman. “We started with a bit of a mess, but little by little we managed to accelerate until we overtook Aceites Abril and from then on we started stretching. There are still two races left tomorrow and it’s going to be complicated, the April is a tough rival but we’re going to try to do our best to win” .

Julio Rodríguez’s Magical with Andrés Gómez at the wheel ahead of Aceites Abril – Photo © Rosana Calvo

On a day that started promptly at eleven in the morning, with a cloudy sky and a light wind from the southwest, the Open division was decided in favor of Yess de Rui Ramada (Monte Real Club de Yates), which continues to lead of the general classification with an advantage of five and a half points over the second classified, Unus de Luis García, also from Baiona, and nine over the Narval of the Club Náutico de Vilagarcía, skippered by José Antonio Portas, who were also second and third respectively in the return to Ons.

Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue has many ballots to win the laurels – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The return to Ons also scored for the Erizana Trophy, in which ORC, J80 and Fígaros compete. In ORC the Deep Blue 2.1 of Vicente Cid (Real Club Náutico de Vigo) did not disappoint. He returned to add a first place and was closer to the definitive victory. Following behind this Sunday were the two boats that also occupy second and third place overall: La Burla Negra by Juan José Martínez (Club Náutico de Castrelo de Miño) and Nahela by Club Náutico Alagua with Víctor Martínez at the helm.

Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Rampage continues to lead the J80 fleet – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In J80 there were no surprises and the victory was repeated by Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Fuss, who is showing off in this edition of the Conde. Second and third place in the stage were shared between Santiago Estévez’s Spaco and Rosario García’s Ferralemes, respectively. With these results, Ameneiro’s men consolidate their leadership in the general standings ahead of Spaco, who storm the podium in second place, and Chisco Catalán’s Hull Max, who sneaks into third place, unseating Cansino.

The Bouvento lost the leadership of the Figaro class at the hands of the Erizana – Photo © Rosana Calvo

It was more difficult for the Figaros to complete the course, because around six in the afternoon the wind dropped completely and the fleet was forced to make every effort to cross the finish line. The first to do so was Gemma González’s Erizana, who managed to take the lead ahead of Diego González’s Bouvento, who is now second, and Ángela Rodríguez’s Serralleiras, who slipped into provisional third place after the third scored this Sunday .

For this Monday, the last day of the regatta, the Committee expects to complete two batons in front of the Cíes Islands, which will decide the winners of the two trophies that are still at stake: the Conde de Gondomar Trophy and the Erizana Trophy. The departure is scheduled for twelve noon, although everything will depend on the wind conditions.

Start of the third day of the Count of Gondomar 2022 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Once the regatta is over, the Monte Real will host the trophy ceremony for this forty-seventh edition of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Zelnova Zeltia Banco Sabadell Grand Prix at half past six in the afternoon. The event will be attended by the president of the club, José Luis Álvarez; the delegate of the Xunta in Vigo, Marta Fernández-Tapias; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; and the deputy for cooperation, Santos Héctor, as well as representatives of Zelnova Zeltia and Banco Sabadell, sponsors of the event. The Xunta de Galicia, the Baiona city council, the Volvo Autesa de Vigo dealer, the Martin Miller premium gin, the Terras Gauda winery and the Musto nautical clothing brand also collaborate in the competition.

Today they left Baiona and tomorrow, Monday, the fleet will compete at the Cíes anchorage – Photo © Jacobo Bastos

47th COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY
GRAND PRIX ZELNOVA ZELTIA / BANK SABADELL

 

CARRUMEIRO CHICO TROPHY (Completed)
1 test: Ascent to Carrumeiro Chico

TROPHY WINNER (ORC + OPEN)
Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB

FASTEST SHIP TO COMPLETE THE TRIAL
Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB

ORC-CLASS
1. April oils Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal RCN Vigo
2. Solventis · Alberto Moro · MRCYB
3. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · RCN Vigo

OPEN CLASS
1. Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB
2. Txole · Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui · MRCYB
3. Unus · Luis García Trigo · MRCYB

 

COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY – ERIZANA (Pendant of 2 canes)
Includes 4 tests: Coastal Regatta + Tour of Ons + 2 poles

ORC-CLASS
1. Deep Blue 2.1 · Vicente Cid · RCN Vigo
2. The Black Burla · Juan José Martínez · CN Castrelo de Miño
3. Nahela · Víctor Álvarez · CN Alagua

J80 CLASS
1. Fuss · Juan Carlos Ameneiro · MRCYB
2. Spaco Santiago Estévez MRCYB
3. Hull Max Chisco Catalán MRCYB

FIGARO CLASS
1. Erizana · Gemma González · MRCYB
2. Bouvento · Diego Pérez · MRCYB
3. Serralleiras Angela Aroa Rodríguez MRCYB

 

COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY (Pendant of 2 canes)
Includes 4 tests: Ascent to Carrumeiro Chico + Return to Ons + 2 poles

ORC-CLASS
1. April oils Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal RCN Vigo
2. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · RCN Vigo
3. Solventis · Alberto Moro · MRCYB

OPEN CLASS
1. Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB
2. Unus · Luis García Trigo · MRCYB
3. Narwhal · José Antonio Portas · Villagarcía CN

 

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Yess, Deep Blue, Alboroto and Bouvento, leaders of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy

 

· The Yess of the Portuguese Rui Ramada (MRCYB) was the fastest on the Corcubión rock climb and won the Carrumeiro Chico Trophy, one of the three up for grabs in this year’s edition of the Conde de gondomar

· The Deep Blue 2.1 of Vicente Cid (RCN Vigo) leads the Erizana Trophy, which opened this Saturday with a coastal regatta from Baiona to Subrido returning to the Cíes Islands

Manuel Blanco’s Salseiro (RCN A Coruña) was the fastest to complete the test and Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto (MRCYB) and Diego Pérez and David Fontán’s Bouvento were the best in the J80 and Fígaro classes

· The competition organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates with the sponsorship of Zelnova Zeltia and Banco Sabadell crossed its equator and is now heading into its last two days of regattas in which three new races will be held

The boats of the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Real Club Náutico de Vigo are being protagonists of the 47th edition of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, which is being held these days in the Galician estuaries under the organization of the Baion club and with the sponsorship of Zelnova Zeltia and Banco Sabadell.

After the celebration of the first two days of tests, three sailboats from Baiona and one from Vigo were placed at the head of the classification of the different classes of the competition, in which three trophies are at stake: the Trofeo Carrumeiro Chico, the Trofeo Hedgehog and the Count of Gondomar Trophy.

The Trofeo Carrumeiro Chico , which ended this Saturday after more than 20 hours of round trip navigation between Baiona and the mythical rock of Corcubión, closed with the final victory of the Yess of the Portuguese Rui Ramada. The Monte Real boat was the fastest to complete the test and the wide advantage it had over the rest of the boats allowed it to also win the overall victory once the times had been compensated.

Rui Ramada’s Yess was in first position at all times – Photo © Jacobo Bastos

The Yess won everything that could be won in the Open class, in which it competed, and the novelty introduced this year in the Conde de Gondomar. From the organization they decided to include this category to encourage the Galician fleet to participate in the great offshore regatta of Galicia, and this favored the return to competition of smaller boats such as the Unus, owned by Luis García Trigo, which had been unable for years take part.

The Unus heading to Carrumeiro Chico – Photo © Rosana Calvo

They broke the spinnaker and had a hard time finishing the test due to the lack of wind in the arrival area, but they put in a brilliant performance that allowed them to rise to third place in the Open standings, behind Txole, which came second. One of its crew members, Carlos Quintás, expressed his satisfaction at having been able to return to “one of the toughest tests but also one of the most beautiful of those held in Galicia” , he assured.

In the ORC class of the Carrumeiro, the podium boxes went to the three boats that gave the regatta the most excitement, sailing very close and without giving each other a break: the Aceites Abril of the Pérez Canal brothers, the Solventis of Alberto Moro , and Julio Rodríguez’s Magical.

The second of the trophies at stake, the Erizana Trophy , came to the fore this Saturday with a coastal regatta in which the boats that did not go up to the Carrumeiro on Friday participated. They left at eleven o’clock from the bay of Baiona and sailed to Subrido passing through Carallones, la Negra and Bondaña, to finish off the Cíes. It was an easy and fast regatta, which Manuel Blanco’s Salseiro (RCN A Coruña) completed in just over three hours.

Manuel Blanco’s Salseiro from RCN Coruña was the fastest to complete the test – Photo © Rosana Calvo

After compensating for the times, the stage victory in the ORC class went to Deep Blue 2.1 of Vicente Cid (RCN Vigo), who beat La Burla Negra of Juan José Martínez (CN Castrelo de Miño) and Nahela of Víctor Álvarez ( CD Alagua), second and third respectively.

Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue was the winner in ORC – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the J80 class, the best team was Alboroto, led by Juan Carlos Ameneiro, who was accompanied by his usual crew members: the former Spanish class champion, Javier Aguado; Juan Lake and Javier Lake.

Once on land, Ameneiro made a good balance of a regatta in which they participate with the aim of winning “and also to prepare for the Prince of Asturias Trophy and the Spanish Championship that will be held in September in Baiona and, above all, for the great event that will be the class world championship, which will also be held in Baiona in 2023”.

The Rampage of Juan Carlos Ameneiro passing Carallones first – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the second position of the J80 was another boat from the MRCYB, the Cansino de Alejandra Suárez; and the third place went to the RCN of Portosín, by the Due of Rafael Blanco.

In the Figaros competition, which, like the J80s, competed in real time, the provisional podium was made up of Diego Pérez and David Fontán’s Bouvento, in first position; Gemma González’s Erizana, second; and Elena Raga’s Tutatis in third place.

Diego Pérez and David Fontán’s Bouvento won the Figaro class – Photo © Rosana Calvo

With the celebration, on Friday, of the Carrumeiro challenge and the dispute, this Saturday, of the coastal one for the rest of the boats that had not yet debuted in the competition, the entire fleet has already inaugurated markers and the Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Grand Prix Zelnova Zeltia / Banco Sabadell crosses its equator.

There are only two days and three tests ahead of us: the return to Ons, this Sunday from eleven o’clock; and two canes on Monday from noon. The weather forecast is good for both days and everything indicates that the planned program can be completed without problems.

The 47th Conde de Gondomar Trophy is sponsored by Zelnova Zeltia and Banco Sabadell; and has the special collaboration of the Pontevedra Provincial Council. The Xunta de Galicia, the Baiona city council, the Volvo Autesa de Vigo dealer, the Martin Miller premium gin, the Terras Gauda winery and the Musto nautical clothing brand also collaborate in the competition.

 

47th COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY
GRAND PRIX ZELNOVA ZELTIA / BANK SABADELL

CARRUMEIRO CHICO TROPHY (Completed)
Includes 1 test: Ascent to Carrumeiro Chico

TROPHY WINNER (ORC + OPEN)
Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB

FASTEST SHIP TO COMPLETE THE TRIAL
Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB

ORC-CLASS
1. April oils Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal RCN Vigo
2. Solventis · Alberto Moro · MRCYB
3. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · RCN Vigo

ORC OPEN CLASS
1. Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB
2. Txole · Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui · MRCYB
3. Unus · Luis García Trigo · MRCYB

COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY – ERIZANA (Pending celebration of 3 tests)
Includes 4 tests: Coastal Regatta + Tour of Ons + 2 poles

ORC-CLASS
1. Deep Blue 2.1 · Vicente Cid · RCN Vigo
2. The Black Burla · Juan José Martínez · CN Castrelo de Miño
3. Nahela · Víctor Álvarez · CN Alagua

J80 CLASS
1. Fuss · Juan Carlos Ameneiro · MRCYB
2. Tired · Alejandra Suárez · MRCYB
3. Due · Rafael Blanco · RCN Portosín

FIGARO CLASS
1. Bouvento · Diego Pérez · MRCYB
2. Erizana · Gemma González · MRCYB
3. Tutatis Elena Raga MRCYB

COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY (Pending 3 tests)
Includes 4 tests: Ascent to Carrumeiro Chico + Return to Ons + 2 poles

PROVISIONAL LEADER (ORC + OPEN)
Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB

ORC-CLASS
1. April oils Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal RCN Vigo
2. Solventis · Alberto Moro · MRCYB
3. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · RCN Vigo

OPEN CLASS
1. Yess Rui Ramada MRCYB
2. Txole · Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui · MRCYB
3. Unus · Luis García Trigo · MRCYB

 

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The Yess, first in the Carrumeiro

 

Rui Ramada’s Yess met all expectations and was the first sailboat to reach and tack the Carrumeiro Chico in the inaugural test of the 47th Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Zelnova Zeltia / Banco Sabadell Grand Prix

· The sailboat of the Monte Real Club de Yates is fighting against itself at this time to reach Baiona as soon as possible and try to break the record of the event that has remained unbeaten since 2011

Solventis by Alberto Moro, Aceites Abril by the Pérez Canal brothers and Magical by Julio Rodríguez maintained an exciting heads-up throughout the event

· The competition continues this Saturday with the second day of tests in which the rest of the fleet will compete in a coastal regatta along the Vigo estuary

Rui Ramada’s Yess fulfilled all the forecasts and expectations placed on it and was the first sailboat to reach and turn the Carrumeiro Chico in the inaugural test of the 47th Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Zelnova Zeltia Banco Sabadell Grand Prix, which came on stage this Friday in Galicia.

The 63-foot Hanse (just over 19 meters), armed and skippered by the experienced Portuguese navigator, and manned by Pedro Pinto, Nuno Campos, Pedro Azevedo and Óscar Peixoto), rounded the mythical rock of Corcubión at 18:15: 07, seven and a quarter hours after leaving Baiona.

The Portuguese Rui Ramada aboard the Yess was in the lead at all times – Photo © Jacobo Bastos

They chose a coastal navigation, stuck to land. They took advantage of the thermals of the estuaries and the result was satisfactory, managing to maintain an almost constant speed of between 8.5 and 9 knots. “Approaching land was, without a doubt, the best decision” , declared Rui Ramada after completing the ascent to the mythical rock. “At times we tried to move away and go a bit further out, but the wind was not so good and we decided to return to the track closer to the coast, which worked very well for us” .

Rui Ramada’s Yess is a spectacular 63-foot Hanse – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the second half of the test, which the Yess will take a few hours to complete, the direction of the wind is being key for the boat. With the wind blowing from the north and wearing an asymmetrical spinnaker, the boat will not reach the full speed that a northeast or northwest wind could offer them, and this could disadvantage them with respect to other crews.

In spite of everything, the separation of the Yess from the rest of the fleet is very great and right now it is only fighting against itself, to try to reach Baiona before 22:56, which would allow it to beat the stage record. del Carrumeiro, which Cenor & de Dietrich has held since 2011.

The Solventis was the second to tack the Carrumeiro Chico – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The second crew to reach the Corcubión rock was that of the Solventis, led by Alberto Moro, also from the Monte Real Club de Yates. He did it at 19:39:51, almost an hour and a half after the Yess. Throughout the tour, from the very beginning of the test, he maintained a tough hand in hand with the April Oils, of the brothers Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal; and Julio Rodríguez’s Magical; and finally managed to overtake them with a certain margin before reaching the key point of Carrumeiro.

April Oils, Solventis and Magical maintained an intense duel throughout the test – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The three are, without a doubt, clear contenders for the final victory in this edition of the Count of Gondomar; and all of them, like the Yess, chose to sail within the Cíes archipelago. Only two boats chose the outer layout; the Portuguese Five, by Joao Tourigo; and the Txole, by Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui, who defended the choice by assuring that “the wind was well established on the outside and there was good pressure, the winds on the inside being more doubtful” .

Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui’s Txole was one of the two boats that chose to go outside Cíes – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Of the 13 boats registered to participate in what is considered the queen of the trophy, only 11 finally came out to compete. The fastest boats are expected to complete the course around midnight and the race could be finished by early morning, or even Saturday morning.

It will be then when the names of the winners will be known, both in real time and in compensated time, in the different classes in contention, although for many of the participants, the real prize is to be able to complete the deep-sea regatta par excellence in Galicia and one of the the most attractive long-distance events on the Spanish nautical scene.

Trying to get to the free-marking buoy first – Photo © Rosana Calvo

After the Carrumeiro Chico stage, the Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Zelnova Zeltia / Banco Sabadell Grand Prix still has four races ahead of it. This Saturday there will be a coastal race along the Vigo estuary, on Sunday the classic Vuelta a Ons; and on Monday, the last day of competition, two poles at the Cíes anchorage.

Start of the Carrumeiro stage on the first day of the Conde de Gondomar 2022 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The 47th Conde de Gondomar Trophy is sponsored by Zelnova Zeltia and Banco Sabadell; and has the special collaboration of the Pontevedra Provincial Council. The Xunta de Galicia, the Baiona city council, the Volvo Autesa de Vigo dealer, the Martin Miller premium gin, the Terras Gauda winery and the Musto nautical clothing brand also collaborate in the competition.

 

47th COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY
GRAND PRIX ZELNOVA ZELTIA / BANK SABADELL

BOATS THAT AT THIS TIME (20:05) HAVE TURNED THE CARRUMEIRO CHICO

YESS RUI RAMADA MRCYB – 18:15:07
SOLVENTIS ALBERTO MORO MRCYB – 19:39:51
APRIL OILS LUIS AND JORGE PÉREZ CANAL RCN VIGO – 19:45:11
MAGICAL JULIO RODRÍGUEZ RCN VIGO – 19:59:32

 

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The Conde de Gondomar Trophy raises the curtain on its 47th edition

 

· The historic regatta of the Monte Real Club de Yates returns to the scene from this Friday until next Monday with more than 40 registered boats, four days of competition, five tests and three trophies at stake

The mythical Carrumeiro Chico climb, almost 100 miles round trip between Baiona and Corcubión, will once again be the queen of the trophy and the one in charge of opening the regatta program

· Two coastal regattas along the Rías Baixas and two batons around the Cíes Islands will complete the sports program of a Count of Gondomar who is once again the Zelnova Zeltia / Banco Sabadell Grand Prix

· Sanxenxo, Vilagarcía, Portosín, Castrelo de Miño, Tui, A Guarda, Portosín, Porto or Povoa de Varzim are some of the origins of the participating crews, Baiona and Vigo being the ones that will have the greatest representation

Official presentation of the 47th Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Photos © Antía Martínez

More than 40 registered boats, 4 days of competition, 5 tests and 3 trophies at stake. This is how the forty-seventh edition of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Zelnova Zeltia / Banco Sabadell Grand Prix is presented, the historic regatta of the Monte Real Club de Yates that raises the curtain this Friday in Galicia.

It will do so, as has become a tradition, with the mythical ascent to Carrumeiro Chico , almost 100 miles away . This route to the rock of Corcubión is one of the longest of the regatta season in Galicia, the great challenge of the trophy and the one in charge of opening the regatta program. And this year comes with news, as there will be two different classes: ORC and Open.

In the last edition, the fastest boat to complete the test was Julio Rodríguez’s Magical. He crossed the finish line after almost 13 hours (12 hours and 55 minutes) of navigation, and 21 minutes before Aceites Abril, who came second (21 minutes later) and ended up taking the stage victory thanks to time compensation .

Both crews, companions of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, are two of the 13 that have already confirmed their participation in this year’s Carrumeiro challenge , which will take place from eleven in the morning. We will also see in the water the largest ship in the entire fleet of the Count, the Yess de Rui Ramada (63 feet/19 meters), the Txole de Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui (MRCYB), the Narval de José Antonio Portas (CN Vilagarcía), the Marine Ronautics by Joaquín Carneiro (CN San Telmo) or the Portuguese Five by Joao Tourigo and Maximus by Jorge Leite, among others.

The boat that wins this stage will win the Carrumeiro Chico Trophy, one of three that includes this year’s Zelnova Zeltia / Banco Sabadell Grand Prix . The other two trophies in contention are the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, which includes the Carrumeiro test, the return to Ons and two walking sticks; and the Conde de Gondomar – Erizana Trophy, in which they will score a coastal regatta, the return to Ons and two poles.

There will thus be five tests in four days of competition for the four categories in contention: ORC, Open, J80 and Fígaros. The first day, reserved for sailing to Carrumeiro Chico, will be followed by a coastal regatta on Saturday the 23rd starting at noon; the return to Ons on Sunday 24 from eleven in the morning; and two canes (windward/leeward) on Monday 25 from twelve noon. That last day, a holiday in Galicia, the prizes will be awarded to the winners of the competition in a ceremony scheduled for half past six in the afternoon in the gardens of the Monte Real Yacht Club.

Sanxenxo, Vilagarcía, Portosín, Castrelo de Miño, Tui, A Guarda or Portosín, from Galicia; and Porto or Povoa de Varzim, from Portugal; are some of the origins of the participating crews , Baiona and Vigo being the ones that will have a greater representation of sailboats in the competition.

The boats of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo will try to repeat the success achieved in the previous edition , in which they were winners in practically all categories. They took the podium of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy (April Oils, Marnatura and Magical), won in real time and compensated the climb to Carrumeiro (Magical and April Oils) and won the Erizana Trophy (Deep Blue).

In a special way, many of the sights will be set on the performance of the April Oils of the brothers Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal, who aspires to achieve his sixth victory in the Conde de Gondomar. His triumph in 2021 allowed him to overcome the four victories of the historic Ardora (Paz Andrade), Castrosúa (Willy Alonso) and Alaxe (Julio Martínez Gil); but the Ourensanos still have to win one more edition to tie (and two more editions to overcome) the different Pairos led by José Luis Freire, who have accumulated 6 wins.

The 47th Conde de Gondomar Trophy is sponsored by Zelnova Zeltia and Banco Sabadell; and has the special collaboration of the Pontevedra Provincial Council. The Xunta de Galicia, the Baiona city council, the Volvo Autesa de Vigo dealer, the Martin Miller premium gin, the Terras Gauda winery and the Musto nautical clothing brand also collaborate in the competition.

In the official presentation of the competition held this Thursday at the Monte Real Yacht Club, in addition to the president of the club, José Luis Álvarez; the CEO of Zelnova Zeltia, Juan Carlos Ameneiro; the institutional director of SabadellGallego, Adolfo García Ciaño; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; the Deputy for Sports of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Gorka Gómez; the territorial delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Vigo, Marta Fernández-Tapias; and the Commodore of the MRCYB, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui.

47 uninterrupted years of success THE DECLARATIONS

“We have been celebrating this great regatta successfully and without interruption for 47 years and for Monte Real it is a great pride to be able to continue summoning and gathering in the Rías Baixas the great fleet of boats and crews that year after year are encouraged to participate in the It is the high-altitude regatta par excellence in Galicia” – José Luis Álvarez, president of the MRCYB

“This will be the second consecutive year in which we have collaborated in a regatta that supports maritime culture, promotes nautical tourism and promotes the sport of sailing. At Zelnova Zeltia we are proud to once again be part of this family, the Real Club de Yates family, with which we share values of effort, teamwork, tradition and competitiveness and without which it would be impossible to carry out this regatta” – Juan Carlos Ameneiro, CEO of Zelnova Zeltia

“The 29 boats that set sail in 1976 for the Cabo Silleiro area in the first edition of the Conde de Gondomar had less technology than the current ones, but the collaboration between the men who make up the crews remains the same; and values such as solidarity and sportsmanship as well. And that is what unites us with this regatta. At Banco Sabadell we are a company and we want to support companies in Galicia. Decisions are made here, by professionals from here, and that is why we are present in the social life of this land” – Adolfo García Ciaño, Institutional Director of SabadellGallego

“If this regatta is special, it is not only because of the quality of the crews that participate in it, nor because of the 47 years that it has been held. It is also due to the human quality of all the people who are involved in its organization and for the support of two large companies that, before and now, and in difficult times, have wanted and have known how to support sport, as we have done since Provincial Council of Pontevedra. Thanks to them and thanks to Monte Real this great event can continue celebrating years” – Gorka Gómez – Deputy for Sports of the Pontevedra Provincial Council

“The Count of Gondomar is one of the most important competitions on the national scene and the most important offshore regatta in Galicia. There are plenty of reasons for this appointment, which crosses borders, to be one of the most anticipated on the Galician calendar. It is one of the emblems of our sports culture and a great challenge for the crews. From a technical point of view, the mythical ascent to Carrumeiro Chico is an exciting navigation; and at a competitive level, we will all be waiting to see if the test record is broken” – Marta Fernández-Tapias – Delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Vigo

“This club is history and Baiona is history, especially history related to the sea. And what we are presenting today is precisely a new edition of a historic regatta, the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, organized by the best sailing club in the world. A regatta that once again promotes sport and tourism and that continues to value our town. On behalf of the entire council, I want to welcome each and every one of the participants, wish them the best of luck and a very good wind during the weekend”– Carlos Gómez – Mayor of Baiona

“This year we have introduced some changes in the regatta with the aim of preserving the essence of the competition. What we want is to achieve a greater involvement of the crews and a greater participation of boats, and I think that with the modifications of this 2022 we will achieve it “ – Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui – Commodore of the MRCYB

 

47th COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY
GRAND PRIX ZELNOVA ZELTIA / BANK SABADELL
Monte Real Yacht Club (Baiona) July 22 – 25, 2022

Friday, July 22: Challenge of the Carrumeiro Chico
Saturday July 23: Coastal Regatta
Sunday July 24: Return to Ons
Monday, July 25: Windward/Leeward Poles

COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY

4 tests: Ascent to Carrumeiro Chico + Return to Ons + 2 poles
Classes : ORC + Open

CARRUMEIRO SMALL TROPHY

1 test: Ascent to Carrumeiro Chico
Classes: ORC + Open

COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY – ERIZANA

4 races: Coastal regatta + Tour of Ons + 2 poles
Classes: ORC + J80 + Figaros

 

Half a century of the historic Discovery Race

 

In 1972, the Monte Real Yacht Club organized the most important ocean regatta of those held until then in terms of the number of participants. 48 ships from 35 clubs from 11 countries with some 500 people on board left Bermuda on June 29 for Baiona with the aim of replicating the navigation that 479 years earlier, in 1493, had been carried out by La Pinta de Pinzón on its return to Spain. to announce a new continent, which would be called America. Known as the Discovery Regatta, Discovery Race or BB (Bermuda-Baiona), some of the most prominent American businessmen of the time participated in it, people such as the press magnate Beaver Brook; and a single Spaniard, Alfredo Lagos from Vigo, who with his presence helped to silence the comments of the press that branded the Spanish sailors as not very adventurous for not being part of the crossing. Today, 50 years after that competition, the archives of the organizers (MRCYB, New York Yacht Club, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and The Cruising Club of America) barely keep a few documents and photographs of its celebration but everyone remembers very well what was: one of the most important regattas in the history of navigation, with the highest number of participants to date.

It is a report by Rosana Calvo,
communication manager of the MRCYB

 

Pendants of the organizing clubs and route of the test (in red) and of the Pinta (blue)

 

“Battered the ship by the storms but not the hearts” . This is how the historical documents (and also the commemorative monolith erected in the fishing village of Baiona) describe the arrival, on March 1, 1493, of the Pinta caravel of Martín Alonso Pinzón to the Galician port with one of the most important news in history of mankind: the discovery of America.
479 years after that chapter, the Monte Real Club de Yates, one of the most outstanding clubs in Spain at that time, promoted the most important regatta of the time in his honor, a competition of more than 3,200 miles in which the participants would replicate the journey of the caravel across the Atlantic.

They called it, as it could not be otherwise, the Discovery Race, Discovery Race or BB (for Bermudas-Baiona), and in its organization they collaborated hand in hand with Monte Real, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and The Cruising Club of America.

It is difficult to attribute a paternity to the initial idea of the regatta. Many speak of Fernando Solano, who advanced in the sponsorship negotiations with Fraga and the organization with the clubs involved. Other names that appear in the records as main promoters are those of Richard B. Nye (chairman of the regatta committee), Hugh CE Masters (commodore and chairman of the committee of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club), and José María de Gamboa (chairman of the committee Spanish of the regatta).

They also promoted the celebration of the competition and the former mayor of Vigo, José Ramón Fontán, was part of the Spanish committee; one of the historical figures of sailing in Galicia, recently deceased, Fernando Massó; the patriarch of the Gándara, José de la Gándara; Jose Maria Padro; the Vigo industrialist Alfredo Lagos; the president of Monte Real until 1971, Alfredo Romero (who would be succeeded by Carlos Zulueta between 71 and 73); and the commodore of the Baionese club until 1971, Manuel Varela.

A regatta simmering for a decade

It was a regatta that was simmering for nothing more and nothing less than 10 years, since 1962, when people began to talk about its celebration; until 1972 when it was finally played. In between, the project was formally presented to the then Spanish Minister of Information and Tourism, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, who would end up approving its patronage; it was exposed to the American clubs that would finally be involved in the event together with the Monte Real (the New York Yacht Club and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club); and in 1969 the first official meeting with the Spanish Sailing Federation was held.

In 1970, two years before its celebration, there was already a propaganda brochure for the regatta, for which, initially, the name “The Race of Discovery for La Pinta Trophy TransAtlantic” was proposed, which would eventually be simplified to ” The Discovery Race” . In it all the details of the competition were explained. It would be a test of about 3,000 miles of route that would be carried out with the only condition that a minimum of 15 boats register for it.

The most important and massive regatta of the time

Participation forecasts, not very high at the beginning, ended up exceeding all expectations and the Discovery Regatta finally had a total of 57 registered (of which 48 ended up starting), becoming the most important regatta held to date. date, with the highest number of participants of all time.

 

Manuscript with data from some of the test participants

 

Among the boats entered, the majority between 40 and 60 feet (between 12 and 18 meters), the smallest was the French Penélope III, owned by Alain Maupas Trinidad, with a length of 40 feet / 12 meters; and Patrick E. Haggerty’s Beayondan, at 81 feet long / 24.6 meters, the largest.

As a curiosity, it should be noted that there were sailboats, such as the 43-foot / 13-meter New World, by North American Phillip Davies, which was built specifically for the regatta; and that in the test, which was attended by important American businessmen, the second Baron Beaverbrook, son of the well-known British press magnate William Maxwell Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook), founder of newspapers such as the Daily Express or the Sunday Express, also participated.

 

Alfredo Lagos (left) with Jim Pugh at the 1972 Discovery Regatta (Courtesy of the Lagos family)

 

Alfredo Lagos, the only Spaniard on board

Among all those registered there was only one Spaniard: the renowned industrialist from Vigo and experienced sailor Alfredo Lagos, son of the founder and director for more than 50 years of Astilleros Lagos, one of the most prestigious companies worldwide for its work in the construction and restoration of classic wooden boats.

With his presence as a crew member aboard the Dora, Lagos helped to silence the comments of the press of the time, which branded the Spanish sailors as “not very adventurous” for not wanting to participate in the regatta (or for not daring, as they even came say some, for “risk and fear” ).

 

Illustration of the Discovery Regatta with sailboats and caravels

 

A regatta marked by the weather

The Discovery Regatta was set to start on June 28, 1972 from the historic Gulf of Las Flechas (named for the arrows launched by members of the Ciguayos tribe against the Spanish in what is considered the first incident against the European invasion in America), just as the Pinta had done on January 16, 1493, but for technical reasons they ended up setting sail a day later from the port of Hamilton.

 

Bermuda before departure (Photo courtesy of the Lagos family)

 

Ahead, the 500 participants aboard 48 boats from 35 clubs from 11 countries, had a journey of 3,200 nautical miles / 5,926 kilometers (according to the official route), although everyone expected it to be more (about 4,000 / 7,408 km) per the winds and currents that would influence their journey. And the truth is that the weather ended up affecting, and a lot, the test.

En route from New York to Bermuda for the start of the race, some boats were hit by a typhoon, forcing four of them to abandon the competition and delaying the start for a day so that the rest could make some repairs. Later, once the journey had begun, the poor state of the sea made navigation difficult. And a few days later, more problems. There were several days of calm that would cause a considerable delay in the completion of the test.

 

The Nieto Antúnez fishing nautical school produced a brochure on meteorological factors

 

The Discovery Regatta was the first international competition that forced the crews to give their situation every day, something that, in addition to generating security, facilitated the tasks of the regatta committee to control the fleet and the work of the press of the time to narrate the evolution of the test. But what initially worked smoothly soon went awry. The participants stopped complying with the requirement because they also provided information to their rivals and the test was carried out practically in its entirety, with few exceptions, without real and continuous monitoring of the sailboats.

It is known, from the data provided in the early days, that the sailboats took three different navigation routes. Some opted for the shortest and most direct route, others went north in search of more favorable winds and the rest sailed south. But when they really began to distance themselves from each other, the calm ones arrived and the crews were unable to establish important advantages, practically all remaining grouped in a platoon while the lack of wind lasted.

Four days into the test, the radiograms sent to New York announced Tom Clark’s Buccaneer (New Zealand) in the lead. On the island of Flores (Azores), the only record set on the regatta’s transatlantic route (850 miles / 1,574 km from the finish line), Charisma captained by Jessie Phillips (Dayton, Ohio) was first, followed by Carina of Richard S. Nye and the Jubilee III, of the United States Naval Academy, captained by Commander Howard Randall.

In mid-July, a Canadair CL-215 seaplane from the Search and Rescue Service arrived in Vigo to carry out its first exploration operation within a radius of action of some 200 miles / 370 km. Baiona, but the results were negative. On a second outing he managed to locate one of the participants, the Solution, 6 miles / 11 km from A Guarda, but the crew had lowered sails and headed for the port of Vigo, implying that they had withdrawn from the competition. Somewhat further away, a group of fishing boats sighted, off the Berlengas Islands (north of Lisbon), the bulk of the crews.

The Blackfin, first. The Carina, winner.

Although the Discovery Regatta boats were scheduled to arrive in Baiona on July 14, it was not until July 18, at 12:15 when the Blackfin (US-flagged, sail number 8910, 73 feet long / 22 , 25m and 16 adventurers on board), led by Kenneth W. DeMeuse, crossed the finish line, an imaginary line that left the Prince’s Tower (where some of the snipe boys and cruisers like the Fontán brothers stood guard , Quico Arbones, Humberto Cervera and others) at 180º magnetic. With the exception of the calm one that was found at the exit of Bermuda, the sailboat sailed practically the rest of the route without problems, taking advantage of a wind channel. He did it alone, investing a total of 453 hours, and upon arrival, the 15 crew members threw their captain overboard to celebrate the victory.

 

The Blackfin, designed by Bill Tripp for Ken DeMeuse of San Francisco

 

DeMeuse, exhausted and with his hair messed up from the dip, called his country to say that he had arrived, ordered a cubalibre with lots of ice and attended to the media. He commented that the regatta “was not as difficult as it was long”, he explained that it became complicated at times when crossing with very strong winds or with no wind, but that both the crew and the boat ( “which is good and fast” , he assured) they worked very well.

 

News published in La Voz De Galicia on July 19, 1972

 

Hours later, around eight in the afternoon, the second ship, the Jubilee III, of the United States Naval Academy, a 22.25-meter sailboat and the number 1800 on its sails, arrived on the old continent. It was manned by 17 people, skippered by Commander Howard Randall and, as had happened to the Blackfin, it also played against the basses of Carallones.

On July 21, three days after the first boats had crossed the finish line, there were still sailboats to finish the journey and among them were some of those that could be proclaimed absolute winners (due to the time compensation system that would be applied for level out the differences between large and small boats). The last yacht to arrive, the Tanatara, did so on the 22nd, and it was then that the final classification of the competition was revealed.

 

Alfredo Lagos after the arrival of the Discovery Regatta in 1972 (Photo courtesy of the Lagos Family)

 

The winner of the 1972 Bermuda-Bayonne Discovery Regatta was the Class B Carina, skippered by Richard “Dick” S. Nye, in 391 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds. They were followed in the table by Prim (Gibbons Neff Jr.), from class B, with 344 hours, 44 minutes, 19 seconds; and the Aura (Wallace Stenhouse), also in class B, with 395 hours, 27 minutes, 19 seconds. The Blackfin, the first to arrive in the waters of Baiona on the 18th, was finally in 42nd place in the general classification.

Richard S. Nye (1904-1988) found his love of the sea late and knew little of sailing when he bought the Carina in 1945, but he soon began sailing and ended up competing in long-distance regattas, which became in his passion. He participated in a large number of them and came to win 7 transatlantic races, including the Bermuda Baiona, in which he won with the first of his three Carinas.

The skipper attributed (he always did) the success in this regatta and many others he won to the good work of his crew, made up of his son Richard B. Nye, as first officer, and other members of his family and close friends.

Those who knew him say that he did not sail to win, but because he was truly passionate about the sea. To posterity he passed his phrase: “Okay, boys, you can let the ship sink!” , pronounced after finishing the Fasnet Race of 1957 in a Carina badly damaged by the hard competition.

 

Richard S. Nye – Patron of the Carina

 

His victory in the Discovery Regatta had a great worldwide echo and in the final broadcast of the event, everyone agreed on the great success that the event had brought.

The Discovery Regatta, much more than a regatta

In a meeting with journalists, the president of the Monte Real Yacht Club and vice president of the Spanish committee in charge of organizing the arrival, Carlos Zulueta, highlighted the four most significant aspects of the regatta: economic, tourist, historical and sporting.

The competition, sponsored by the Ministry of Information and Tourism (understanding that it would serve to promote tourism at the highest level and offer the Rías Gallegas a high-ranking international sporting competition), had become the one with the greatest participation up to that time and accommodation reservations made in Baiona had repercussions on hoteliers with a figure that exceeded one million pesetas. Restaurants, taxi drivers and other businesses also made cash during the Americans’ stay in the fishing village.

Alfredo Lagos, the only Spaniard in the competition, complained, once it was over, about the little attention the national press and television had devoted to it. blamed “a hidden force that tries to minimize everything in Galicia, which takes us back to times before the Catholic Monarchs. You already know -Lagos said in a special report for the magazine Pesca y Náutica- that when a drop of water falls in Estaca de Bares, although we have an ideal day in Baiona, the phrase is “It rains in Galicia”. For many Galicia is very far away, the roads are very bad, there are many cows and the women carry the load on their heads. Those who only think this, it is much better not to come”.

 

José Ramón Fontán handing out souvenirs to the Apollo on the pontoons of the Monte Real Yacht Club

 

The truth is that everyone welcomed the crews with open arms and the sailors were able to enjoy the culture, landscape and gastronomy of Galicia for several days. In Vigo, in the gardens of the Pazo Quiñones de León, a dinner was organized for them, enlivened by folk groups. In Baiona, another dinner and a big dance.

They also attended the famous Mougás gigs and ate grilled sardines, empanada and octopus in a mountain refuge. And at the end, many of them took part in a cruise along the Galician estuaries from Baiona to Fisterra, sailing through the most touristic points of coastal Galicia and taking a bus trip to Santiago de Compostela.

 

In the rally through the Rías Baixas after the Discovery Regatta

 

Postmarks, brochures, commemorative plates, flags… recall one of the most important regattas in the history of navigation. A regatta that served for several clubs on both sides of the Atlantic to strengthen ties and promote what ended up being the most massive nautical competition organized to date.

 

Postmarks, information brochures and commemorative plates of the Discovery Regatta

 

Half a century after its celebration, at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona, the seed of the competition, they remember it as something historic, as one of those events worthy of having gone down in the history of world sailing along with other milestones of the club as the challenge to the America’s Sailing Cup.

And the same what “The noble town of Baiona, an ancient Celtic hedgehog, had the honor of being the first to announce, to the astonishment of the world, the miracle of the discovery of the Americas”, the Monte Real Club de Yates had the honor of being the first to organize a regatta in his honor, the most important of the time and one of those that will always remain in the memory.

It is a report by Rosana Calvo,
communication manager of the MRCYB

 

 

Boats of the Discovery Regatta at Monte Real Yacht Club – Tony Román File Photo
Jubilee III with seaplane arriving in Baiona – Discovery Regatta 1972 – Photo Archive Tony Román
The Dora IV back to America after the Discovery Regatta – Photo Archive Tony Román
The Buccaneer, the Etoile and other ships after their arrival in Baiona – Photo Archive Tony Román
The Dora IV in which Alfredo Lagos sailed in the Discovery Regatta in 1972 (Photo courtesy of the Lagos family)

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