The Monte Real Yacht Club will fill 2022 with competition, fun and spectacle

 

· The club from Baiona is preparing to launch a sports season with competition, fun and entertainment as the main ingredients

· The arrival next May in Baiona of the prestigious 52 SUPER SERIES will undoubtedly be the nautical event of the year in Galicia

· Monte Real will also organize the J80 Spanish Championship and the Galician Two-Handed Championship in 2022

· The club’s four classics also return: the Príncipe de Asturias Trophy, the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, the Repsol Trophy and the Comunica Trophy

Monte Real is the first club to bring the 52SS to Galicia – Photo © Nico Martínez

The Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona is finalizing the details to start, in just a few days, its 2022 sports season, in which competition, fun and entertainment will be the main ingredients.

The most outstanding event on its calendar is, without a doubt, the celebration, next May, of the prestigious 52 SUPER SERIES , one of the most important nautical events in the world, considered the “Formula 1 of the sea” . From May 23 to 28, between 10 and 12 teams of more than 8 nationalities with sailors from 5 continents will compete in the Rías Baixas aboard unique boats with the most cutting-edge technology.

Another of the events that will focus the attention of sailing lovers in Galicia will be the Spanish Championship of the J80 class , which will be held in Baiona from September 15 to 18. The most important event of the 8 meters at a national level returns to Baiona four years after having been organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates, which owns the most important fleet of these monotypes in the northwest of the peninsula.

Baiona organized the Spanish J80 Championship in 2018 and will repeat it in 2022 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The club chaired by José Luis Álvarez also repeats, in this case for the eleventh consecutive year, in the organization of the Galician A Two Championship , which on June 11 will bring together some of the most intrepid sailors in the community to prove their worth with crews reduced to the maximum.

In 2022, the club’s four great classics will also return: the Prince of Asturias Trophy , which will once again include the delivery of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards ; the Conde de Gondomar Trophy , with the legendary climb of almost 100 miles to Carrumeiro Chico; the Repsol Trophy , during the first weekend of May; and the Comunica Trophy , at the end of April.

The MRCYB sports calendar for 2022 includes 12 major events – Photo Lalo R Villar

There will also be 11 exclusive competition days for the J80, which will be divided into two leagues: the Baitra Winter League , from January to April; and the Fall League , from October to December.

After the successful participation of the previous edition, Monte Real will repeat the Route through the Rías Baixas , a non-competitive journey destined to travel the Camino de Santiago by sea and win the Jubilee. And this year, as a novelty, Monte Real will also organize a Laser class qualifier.

It will clearly be an intense year for the club from Baiona, in which, in addition to competition, fun and spectacle, there will also be a place for solidarity and social responsibility actions, most of them promoted through its School Sailing Adapted .

Monte Real will reaffirm, once again, its social commitment to people with disabilities, offering, throughout the year, courses and activities aimed at promoting their inclusion and allowing them to navigate under equal conditions. Since it was launched a decade ago, this section of the club has only grown, and what was initially limited to people with different disabilities (physical, sensory, intellectual or mental) has been extended to people elderly, children in care, children with behavior problems and women victims of gender violence.

The commitment to women will be another of the axes of the 2022 season of Monte Real, with various proposals to promote their participation in competitions and events. In addition, the club will once again organize the Final of the National Women’s Sailing League , which will be held next fall.

Light sailing and cruising courses within the framework of the MRCYB Sailing School , coaching and team building activities for groups and companies, and talks and clinics for sailors are other proposals offered by the Monte Real Yacht Club in what will be its first year as a member of the International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) , of which it has been a member since last December along with the 44 most prestigious clubs in the world.

 

January 22, February 5 and 19, March 5 and 19, April 2
BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE

April 23rd
COMMUNICATE TROPHY

April 29 and 30, May 1
REPSOL TROPHY

May 23 to 28
52 SUPER SERIES – BAIONA SAILING WEEK

11th of June
GALICIAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF TWO

July 5 to 10
RÍAS BAIXAS ROUTE

July 22 to 25
COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY

September 2 to 4
PRINCE OF ASTURIAS TROPHY

September 15 to 18
J80 SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP

October 8 and 22, November 12 and 26, December 17
J80 FALL LEAGUE

November 5 and 6
LASER QUALIFYING RACE

Date yet to be determined
FINAL OF THE NATIONAL FEMALE SAILING LEAGUE

 

>>> DOWNLOAD THE MRCYB 2022 CALENDAR FROM HERE

The Prince of Asturias Trophy successfully closes its thirty-sixth edition

 

· Solventis, Aceites Abril, Maracaná I, Bosch Service Solutions, Marcolfo, Salseiro, Etnia Barcelona and Erizana are the eight winners of the prestigious appointment of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona

· With the presentation of trophies this Sunday, the final touch was put on an intense weekend of competition in the waters of the Rías Baixas in which the quarter century of life of the Ladies Cup was also celebrated

· Adapted sailing was once again the protagonist in the trophy with the participation of a boat manned by members of ASEM Galicia, the Galician Association against neuromuscular diseases

Baiona put an end to one of the most anticipated events of the cruise season in Galicia this Sunday. The Prince of Asturias Trophy closed its thirty-sixth edition this Sunday in the Rías Baixas, and it did so successfully after three intense days in which the wind did not make it easy for both the committee and the participating fleet. With the latest tests completed, Solventis, Aceites Abril, Maracaná I, Bosch Service Solutions, Marcolfo, Salseiro, Etnia Barcelona and Erizana are the brand new winners of the event organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Naval Military School with the sponsorship of BANK.

The ORCs said goodbye to the Prince with two tests – Photo Lalo R Villar

In the Aceites Abril ORC 1 category, the fleet disputed two heats this Sunday in which Solventis led by Malalo Bermúdez de Castro (MRCYB) did not give their rivals a chance by winning the two partial victories of the day. With these results, the Bermúdez team wins its fourth Prince of Asturias in one of the most competitive classes this year. In second place was Xekmatt by José Carlos Prista (AN Lisboa) and in third was Magical by Julio Rodríguez (RCN Vigo).

The Solventis crew of Malalo Bermúdez de Castro, champion in Oils April ORC 1- ©️ Lalo R Villar

Two more tests were also added for the Nacexa ORC 2 class. With three victories in the four races completed during the weekend, the Aceites Abril of Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal, of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, became the winner of the event in Baiona ahead of the Yess Racing of Rui Ramada (MRCYB ), who took second place on the podium on the final day, and Marías de Manel María Cunha (MRCYB), who finished third. The Red Devil team also took the ABANCA Special Award to the winner of the general classification of the ORC 1-2-3-4 , which was the icing on the cake for a brilliant season for the Pérez Canal brothers after having also won the Conde de Gondomar Trophy and the Rías Baixas Regatta .

The April Oils of the Pérez Canal brothers take the victory in Nacexa ORC 2 and in the ORC general – ©️ Lalo R Villar

In the Volvo Autesa ORC 3 class, the Bosch Service Solutions of Ramón Ojea (CM Canido) made full of victories and took the triumph of the Prince of Asturias, accumulating a total of three titles (2018, 2019 and 2021). Fran Edreira’s Urbapaz (CM La Penela) followed on the podium and Carlos Sampedro’s Eleko-Mambo (CM La Penela) was in third place.

In the Martin Miller ORC 4 category, Luis Suárez’s Maracaná I (Marítimo de Panxón) sentenced the queen of Monte Real, taking the final victory. In second and third position were Javier Pérez’s Orión (MRCYB) and Nito Enríquez’s Sadamar Alma do Mar (CM La Penela).

Ramón Ojea’s Bosch Service Solutions wins with full victories in Volvo Autesa ORC 3 – ©️ Lalo R Villar

In Gadis ORC 5 , the third and final day was difficult. With a coastal route that had to be shortened due to the fall of the wind, only Antonio Gómez’s Marcolfo (RCN Vigo) managed to complete the test within the time limit, and was proclaimed the winner of the Prince of Asturias in his category for the first time. Behind, second place was finally taken by José Rey’s Chispa Nejra (CN Beluso) and third place was Iñaki Carbajo’s Cinco Islas Albariño, also representing the Beluso Yacht Club.

Antonio Gómez’s Marcolfo wins his first Prince of Asturias in Gadis ORC 5 – Lalo R Villar

In the coastal one where the SH Robotics ORC Open was held, only the Salseiro crossed the finish line on time. The Real Club Náutico de A Coruña team led by Manuel Blanco was proclaimed the winner ahead of Nahela led by Víctor Manuel Álvarez (CN Alagua) and Villano led by Luis Bodelón (RCN Coruña), second and third respectively.

Salseiro de Manuel Blanco, winner in SH Robotics ORC Open – Lalo R Villar

At the Solventis J80 regatta course, after several hours of waiting and a failed first attempt, the regatta committee was able to complete a single test this Sunday in which Etnia Barcelona from Peru Múgica was the winner. With this result, the team representing the Real Club Marítimo de Santander achieved a tie for the lead with Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen (MRCYB), which was decided in favor of the Santander team, as they were the winners of the last race. The Okofen was second and the third position went to La Galera de Miguel Fernández Vasco (RCN Coruña).

Peru Múgica and his team win with Etnia Barcelona in Solventis J80 class – Lalo R Villar

For the six crews of the Gestilar Ladies Cup the wind did not come in on time and the general classification became final with the results of Saturday. Sara Carmo’s Hedgehog (Marina Burriananova – Som Vela) was proclaimed the winner of a category that celebrates its silver anniversary this year within the Prince of Asturias Trophy. Second place went to Serralleiras skippered by Eva González (RCM Santander) and third place went to the Tutatis sailors with Helena Alegre (RCN Palma) at the helm.

Sara Carmo’s Erizana won the Gestilar Ladies Cup – Photo Lalo R Villar

The awards ceremony was in charge of putting the finishing touch to this exciting edition. In addition to awarding the winners of each category, the prizes for the President of the Xunta Trophy for the best boats in the Try Elena Regatta of the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña, the Mar de Finisterre Regatta of the Real Club Náutico de Portosín and the Príncipe de Asturias de Baiona. In the ORC 0-1 class the prize went to Diego López’s Mirfak (CNR Ferrol), in ORC 2-3 the winner was Diego López’s Urbapaz (CM La Penela), and the victory of J80 went to Impression 3D Atlantic by Guillermo Blanco (RCN A Coruña)

The J80 were once again the largest class – Photo Lalo R Villar

A special prize was also awarded Mary Woodward for the best J80 of the season, which went to Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen; the award Count of Barcelona Don Juan de Borbón for the best boat with a Portuguese crew for Rui Ramada’s Yess Racing; and the Juan Sebastián Elcano Trophy to the winners of the 25th edition of the Gestilar Ladies Cup, the Erizana.

The Gestilar Ladies Cup brought together some of the best patron saints in Spain – Photo Lalo R Villar

They also received a special mention and great applause from the public, the students of the Monte Real Adapted Sailing School, who sailed aboard the Txole with a crew from ASEM Galicia, the Galician Association against neuromuscular diseases, as part of a social and sports inclusion project launched thanks to to the collaboration of Monte Real and the Ministry of Social Policy of the Xunta de Galicia.

The event was chaired by José Luis Álvarez, president of the MRCYB, and Pedro Cardona, Commander-in-Chief of the Naval School of Marín, and was attended by Gabriel González, director of the ABANCA commercial network; Javier García Valcárcel, president of Gestilar; Enrique Costas, General Manager of Terras Gauda; Gorka Gómez, deputy for sports; and Óscar Martínez, deputy mayor of Baiona, among other authorities.

The thirty-sixth edition of this great sailing event in Galicia was held thanks to the sponsorship of ABANCA (Prince of Asturias Trophy), BODEGAS TERRAS GAUDA (National Sailing Awards) and GESTILAR (sponsor of the Ladies Cup); and had the support of the Xunta de Galicia through Galician Sports and Social Policy; the Provincial Council of Pontevedra, the City Council of Baiona and the Royal Spanish and Galician Sailing Federations. Zelnova Zeltia, Paradores, Vanguard, Gadis, Foxy, Onda Cero, Solventis, Volvo Autesa, Nacexa, HOLA!, Helly Hansen, SH Robotics, Grupo Solitium, Tactic Audiovisual, Tuypan, Coca Cola, Martin Miller and Aceites Abril also collaborated.

 

36th PRINCE OF ASTURIAS TROPHY
Monte Real Yacht Club Naval Military School

 

Class OILS APRIL ORC 1

1) SOLVENTIS · MALALO BERMÚDEZ DE CASTRO · MRCYB · 6 POINTS
2) XEKMATT JOSÉ CARLOS PRISTA AN LISBOA 11 POINTS
3) MAGICAL · JULIO RODRÍGUEZ · RCN VIGO · 12 POINTS

NACEXA ORC 2 class

1) APRIL OILS LUIS AND JORGE PÉREZ CANAL RCN VIGO 5 POINTS
2) YESS RACING RUI RAMADA MRCYB 11 POINTS
3) MARÍAS MANEL MARÍA CUNHA MRCYB 13 POINTS

VOLVO AUTESA ORC 3-Class

1) BOSCH SERVICE SOLUTIONS RAMÓN OJEA CM CANIDO 4 POINTS
2) URBAPAZ FRAN EDREIRA CM LA PENELA 9 POINTS
3) ELEKO-MAMBO CARLOS SAMPEDRO CM LA PENELA 11 POINTS

MARTIN MILLER ORC 4 class

1) MARACANÁ I · LUIS SUÁREZ · PANXÓN MARITIME · 8 POINTS
2) ORION · JAVIER PÉREZ · MRCYB · 13 POINTS
3) SADAMAR ALMA DO MAR · NITO ENRÍQUEZ · CM LA PENELA · 18 POINTS

GADIS ORC 5 class

1) MARCOLFO ANTONIO GÓMEZ RCN VIGO 3 POINTS
2) CHISPA NEJRA · JOSÉ REY · CN BELUSO · 9 POINTS
3) FIVE ALBARIÑO ISLANDS IÑAKI CARBAJO CN BELUSO 11 POINTS

SH-CLASS ROBOTICS ORC OPEN

1) SALSEIRO MANUEL BLANCO RCN CORUÑA 2 POINTS
2) NAHELA VÍCTOR MAUEL ÁLVAREZ CN ALAGUA 14 POINTS
3) VILLAIN LUIS BODELON RCN CORUÑA 15 POINTS

SOLVENTIS J80 Class

1) ETHNIC GROUP BARCELONA PERU MÚGICA RCM SANTANDER 14 POINTS
2) OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · MRCYB · 14 POINTS
3) LA GALERA · MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ · RCN CORUÑA · 22 POINTS

GESTILAR LADIES CUP class

1) ERIZANA SARA CARMO MARINA BURRIANANOVA/SOM VELA 6 POINTS
2) SERRALLEIRAS EVA GONZÁLEZ RCM SANTANDER 10 POINTS
3) TUTATIS HELENA ALEGRE RCN PALMA 12 POINTS

PRESIDENT OF THE XUNTA TROPHY

(INFANTA ELENA, SEA OF FINISTERRE AND PRINCE OF ASTURIAS REGATTAS)
MIRFAK DIEGO LÓPEZ CLUB NAVAL DE REGATAS DE FERROL WINNER ORC 0-1
URBAPAZ FRAN EDREIRA CM LA PENELA WINNER ORC 2-3
ATLANTIC 3D PRINTING · GUILLERMO BLANCO · RCN CORUÑA

COUNT OF BARCELONA TROPHY DON JUAN DE BORBÓN
(BEST BOAT WITH PORTUGUESE CREW)

YESS RACING RUI RAMADA MRCYB

MARY WOODWARD SPECIAL TROPHY
(BEST J80 BOAT OF THE SEASON)

OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · MRCYB

ADAPTED SAILING SPECIAL MENTION

ASEM GALICIA

 

 

Xammar and Rodríguez, best Olympic team

 

The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards recognize Jordi Xammar and Nico Rodríguez as the best Olympic team for the second consecutive year

· The bronze that the team made up of the Catalan and the Galician achieved at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has made them worthy of this new award

The athletes will go to Baiona on September 4 to collect the award and be honored at the gala organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club

The Galician and the Catalan giving it their all in Japanese waters – Photo © Sailingshots by María Muiña

Their youth, their effort and their enthusiasm predicted that the Terras Gauda National Sailing Award they received last year would not be the only one of their sports career, but possibly they themselves could not have imagined being able to repeat it so soon.

The Catalan Jordi Xammar (Barcelona, 1993) and the Galician Nico Rodríguez (Vigo, 1991) will receive a new National Sailing Award for the best Olympic team on September 4 at the Monte Real Club de Yates (Galicia).

The bronze medal that the men’s 470m crew achieved at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has made them worthy of the prestigious distinction for the second consecutive year, and both will be in Baiona to collect the award and receive tribute from the public.

Because the truth is that these young sailors do nothing but collect applause and admiration throughout the country, not only for their continuous chain of successes but also for their indisputable charisma.

Joy and tears after achieving bronze in Tokyo 2020 – Photo © Sailingshots by María Muiña

In the last 5 years of preparation for the Olympics, they have been the most regular of the Spanish squad, managing to get on the podium of all the world and European championships played since 2017. They got the bronze in the 2017 European Championship and in the 2018 World Cup; silver at the 2019 European and World Championships, and bronze and silver at the 2021 World and European Championships.

Trained by Gideon Kliger and Juan María de la Fuente, they arrived in Japan at the top of the world ranking and turned Enoshima into their litmus test. The Japanese bronze medal was the perfect culmination of all the years of effort of a duo that destiny brought together in 2016, years after having met for the first time when both were sailing in Optimist.

Since their farewell to Tokyo through the front door and their entry into Spanish Olympic history, they have been deserving of multiple recognitions and expressions of admiration wherever they have passed.

In Baiona they will surely repeat applause and ovations. They received them a year ago when they collected their first Terras Gauda National Sailing Award and they will receive them, without a doubt, on September 4, at a gala to which both have already confirmed their attendance.

 

 

Didac Costa will receive the National Sailing Award for the best ocean sailor for his second solo round the world

 

This year, the Catalan athlete became the first Spanish sailor to circumnavigate the planet twice without stopovers or external help

· In the last Vendée Globe, considered the most extreme competition in nautical sport, it managed to circle the globe in less than 100 days

· With three round-the-world trips, two of them solo, this firefighter by profession, a fan of regatta, has entered the history of sailing on his own merits.

Didac Costa after completing his second round the world solo – Photo ©Marc Gonzalez Aloma

The Vendée Globe is, for many, the most extreme competition in the sport of sailing. It involves going around the world alone, without stops, assistance or external help, a challenge within the reach of very few and that even fewer have been able to complete as amateur sailors.

One of those prodigies of navigation is Didac Costa, a 40-year-old Catalan firefighter who in 2021 became part of the history of sailing in Spain by becoming the first Spaniard to circumnavigate the planet alone twice.

He did it aboard the IMOCA60 “One Planet One Ocean”, a 21-year-old monohull, 18 meters long and just over 5 meters wide, with which he traveled the 24,840 nautical miles (46,004 km) that entails circling the planet from west to this with departure and arrival in the French coastal town of Les Sables d’Olonne.

In the competition, which has been held every four years since 1989 and is one of the most followed nautical events in the world, 33 boats participated, of which only 25 managed to finish. Costa was the only Spaniard in the regatta and managed to complete the test in 97 days, 6 hours, 27 minutes and 3 seconds, lowering his previous mark (from the 2016-2017 edition) in 11 days.

Quite a success for a non-professional sailor who never sought to win, but rather to complete the greatest challenge in ocean sailing. He made up for the lack of resources, poor training, and the age of his ship with determination, bravery, determination, and courage. He coped with breakdowns and breakages but never gave up. And in less than 100 days since his departure, he managed to return to the starting point with a new dream fulfilled.

Didac Costa – Photo ©Marc Gonzalez Aloma

A new line was written in the history of sailing in Spain thanks to the feat of a man who began to dream of circumnavigating the planet when he was just a child, when his parents told him about José Luis de Urgarte, the Basque navigator who completed the regatta in 1993.

That dream began to take shape in 2014, when he became the youngest sailor to participate in the Barcelona World Race around the world with Aleix Gelabert. As happens with great adventurers, at the end of the race (in fourth position), Didac already had a new challenge in mind: the Vendée Globe, in which he would participate for the first time in 2016.

Without a sponsor to finance the project, having to take out a mortgage and with multiple problems from the start of the race, the sailor managed to finish it by crossing the finish line in fourteenth position. He became the second Spaniard to complete the course and the dreams continued to grow.

Didac was already thinking about a new edition of the Vendée Globe and in 2020 he re-enrolled in the competition that has allowed him to become the only Spaniard to finish the legendary French regatta twice and has earned him the Terras Gauda National Sailing Award for best ocean sailor, which will be awarded at a gala on September 4 at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona (Galicia), within the framework of the 36th Prince of Asturias Trophy.

Didac Costa training at One Planet One Ocean for the Vendee Globe – Photo © Jean-Louis Carli

 

The National Sailing Awards recognize Joan Cardona as the best Olympic sailor

 

· The young Balearic athlete sealed his first participation in the Olympic Games with the bronze medal in the Finn class at Tokyo 2020

· With the Enoshima Cardona medal, he added one more line to a sports curriculum that includes victories in several European Championships

· The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards gala will be held on September 4 in Baiona as part of the 36th Prince of Asturias Trophy

Joan Cardona National Sailing Award for Best Olympic Sailor – Photo © Robert Deaves

He was the youngest of the Spanish team and was the last to join the squad of sailors who attended Tokyo 2020 representing Spain, but neither one thing nor the other prevented him from achieving his long-awaited dream of hanging an Olympic medal around his neck.

At just 23 years old, the Balearic athlete Joan Cardona, signed one of the great successes for Spanish sailing in Enoshima with his bronze and the echo of that victory has allowed him to be the protagonist of multiple tributes since his return from the Japanese country.

The next one will be received on September 4 at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona (Galicia), where the gala of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards will be held, in which Cardona will collect a new recognition, that of best Olympic sailor.

Joan Cardona in Action – Photo © Robert Deaves

It will be one more line for a sports curriculum that Cardona began to write from the Mahon Maritime Club when he was just 6 years old, when his father instilled in him his passion for sailing. He debuted at the age of 14 as the youngest of the Princesa Sofía Trophy and his evolution has been constant since then.

With a lot of training, perseverance and determination, little by little he rose in the rankings of the international events he attended and in his last major competitions prior to the Olympic Games he won two golds (2019 and 2021 U23 European Championships) and two silvers (2021 European and World Championship).

He added podiums in some preliminaries that predicted the success that Cardona finally managed to make a reality in Enoshima with Finn’s bronze medal. “I have always been very clear that I wanted to do this in my life and I did not see myself in any other way; I have left many things aside, giving priority to sailing because it was my goal and I wanted to reach this day, make this dream come true”declared the Balearic after having fulfilled his childhood dream.

Joan Cardona after winning the bronze in Tokyo 2020 – Photo © Sailingshots by María Muiña

 

The National Sailing Awards will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Galicia 93 Pescanova

· In the year in which their silver jubilee is celebrated, the crew that placed Galicia on the international sailing map will receive the Terras Gauda National Sailing Award for the best sports project

The Galicia 93 Pescanova will be distinguished for having achieved a podium position in the Whitbread Round the World 93-94 with an entirely Spanish team led by Javier de la Gándara from Vigo

· The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards will be presented on September 7 at the Monte Real Club de Yates, the place from which 25 years ago the Galicia 93 Pescanova left to make history

Javier de la Gándara at the helm of Galicia 93 Pescanova – Photo: Dury Alonso Archive

The gala of Premios Nacionales de Vela Terras Gauda will pay tribute next September 7 in Baiona to the Galicia 93 Pescanova, the boat that 25 years ago placed the Galician community on the international sailing map after achieving a podium position in the Whitbread Round the World 93-94.

Five decades after that feat, the team led by Javier de la Gándara from Vigo will receive a distinction for the best sports project at the Monte Real Club de Yates, the club that saw him leave Galicia to make history.

This is a new and well-deserved recognition for a major project that marked a before and after for sailing in Spain and for a crew that managed to conquer the seas aboard a WOR60 known as ” the flying fish” .

The boat, designed by Bruce Farr and built at the Armada de Vigo shipyards, brought together 16 sailors, 7 of them Galician, under the command of De la Gándara. Chuny Bermúdez from Coruña, Jaime Arbones, Marcos Iglesias, Juan Zarauza and Ñaco Eraso from Vigo, and Carlos Sampedro from Baiona; Barcelonans Jan Santana, Joan Vila, Nando Muñoz and Guillermo Altadill joined; Pichu Torcida and Toño Piris from Santander; Victor Unzueta from Cadiz, Paco Fernández from Alicante and Santi Portillo from Malaga.

Galicia 93 Pescanova, Terras Gauda National Sailing Award – Photo : Dury Alonso Archive

With the encouragement of the Galician Sailing Federation, the institutional support of the Xunta de Galicia through the Xacobeo and the sponsorship of Pescanova, on May 7, 1993, the launching of the ship was held in Vigo, with the Infanta Cristina as godmother. who would participate in the Whitbread Round the World 93-94. Days later, the Galicia 93 Pescanova left the Monte Real Club de Yates for La Rochelle to take part in the Tour of Europe, which it won; and later in the Fastet Race, where they achieved the first victory for Spain in the legendary regatta. They were “training” for his great goal, which was to win the world tour.

On September 25, from Southampton, the starting point of the sixth edition of the race, they began to forge the legend. Until then, Spain had only participated in a trip around the world on 3 occasions (with the Licor 43 in the 81-82 edition, with the Fortuna Lights in 85-86, and with the Fortuna Extra Lights in 89-90), but this was the first time he did it with an entirely Spanish project, with Spanish sponsorships and crew, which would manage to get on the podium.

Galicia 93 Pescanova – Photo : Dury Alonso Archive

Ahead, almost 32,000 miles that meant an adventure, or “madness” as many branded it. They finished the first stage in second place, in the second stage they suffered delamination of the ship’s hull, and despite the fact that some gave it all up for lost, they continued. They fell to fourth place in the classification and in the fifth stage they managed to climb to third position, in which they would finally finish the test.

They made history. And the Galicia 93 project will remain forever in the memory of sailing enthusiasts. His impact, both sporting and social, was immense and his tribute, 25 years later, more than deserved. They will receive it in Baiona, on September 7, at the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards gala, which is held within the framework of the 34th Prince of Asturias Trophy organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Military Naval School. They will receive the award for the best sports project.

FOLLOW THE TERRAS GAUDA NATIONAL SAILING AWARDS GALA LIVE

Galician Television will broadcast this afternoon live, through its website, the delivery of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards, which are delivered at the Monte Real Yacht Club at 8:00 p.m.

It can be followed, starting at 7:55 p.m., through the following link :

http://www.crtvg.es/deportes/directo/gala-dos-premios-nacionais-de-vela-desde-baiona

The Maserati boat, the ABC de la Náutica supplement, Fernando Echávarri and Tara Pacheco, the Spanish Impulse, Xabi Fernández and the Naval Military School of Marín will be distinguished this year as the best of the season and will receive awards that continue to have as a trophy a reproduction of the Monte Real signal mast, which bears the name of its former president, Don Rafael Olmedo.

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