Baiona crowns the new Spanish Optimist champions

 

In the SUB 16 category, the winners were Fernando Benítez from the Canary Islands in the men’s section and Marisa Alexandra Vicens from the Balearic Islands in the women’s section.

· Ignacio Martín (RCN Palma) and Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia) were the best male and female sailors in the SUB 13 category

· In the competition for autonomies, the Balearic territorial federation prevailed over the rest, demonstrating that it has a fantastic pool of sailors

· The Monte Real Club de Yates was in charge of organizing the Spanish Optimist Championship 2021 – Cenor Trophy held during this Holy Week

 

The fishing village of Baiona, in Galicia, crowned the new champions of the Optimist class this Saturday after the celebration of the 2021 Spanish Championship – Cenor Trophy, which the Monte Real Club de Yates organized during Holy Week by delegation of the Royal Federation Española de Vela and with the sponsorship of Grupo Cenor.

The new champions of children’s sailing in Spain are the canary Fernando Benitez , from the 4 Winds Regatta Club (Las Palmas); and the Balearic Marisa Alexandra Vicens ( Club Nautic s’Arenal) in the SUB 16 category; and Ignacio Martin (RCN Palma) and Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia) in the SUB 13 category.

The four won the laurels of the competition after having completed, with the best results, the 5 tests held in the only two days -of the four scheduled- in which they could compete. The wind, very capricious throughout the championship, left the first and third stages blank, and the sailors were only able to score points on the second and last day of regattas.

Final day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Photo © Rosana Calvo

They did, yes, showing great potential in the water despite the complications of the weather and despite not having been able to sail, train or compete as usual in a very troubled season due to the COVID19 restrictions.

The Spanish Optimist Championship was sponsored by Grupo Cenor – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Cenor’s marketing director, Leticia Fernandez, was in charge of presenting the U16 Spanish champion plaque to Fernando Benitez , from Las Palmas. The Canarian managed to beat Tim Lubat (RCN Palma) and Roberto Aguilar (CNM Benalmádena), who had to settle for silver and bronze in the category.

U16 male winners – Photo © José Ramón Louro

The president of the Monte Real Club de Yates, José Luis Álvarez, did the same with the U16 women’s section, which had its best sailor in Marisa Alexandra Vicens (CN s’Arenal). The Balearic athlete was crowned the new champion of Spain after beating her clubmate Nicola Jane Sadler and the Andalusian María Castillo (CDN Punta Umbría).

Women’s SUB 16 winners – Photo © José Ramón Louro

The title of new champion of Spain SUB 13 of Optimist is held, from this Saturday, by the Mallorcan from the Real Club Náutico de Palma, Ignacio Martín . The sailors Rodrigo Luis Pérez (CDN Punta Umbría) and Fernando Echávarri (RCM Santander) stayed close to the great final victory. The Andalusian and the Cantabrian occupy the second and third position respectively.

Men’s SUB 13 winners – Photo © José Ramón Louro

Among the females, the best in the SUB 13 competition was the Valencian Blanca Ferrando , from the Real Club Náutico de Valencia. The second and third place for women’s SUB 13 went to Gabriela Morell from the Balearic Islands (RCN Palma) and Carla Lorenzo from the Canary Islands (RCN Tenerife).

Women’s SUB 13 winners – Photo © José Ramón Louro

In addition to revealing the names of the new Spanish Optimist champions, the championship held these days in Baiona revealed which are the best autonomous communities through a classification derived from the results of the top sailors in the ranking of each territorial federation.

The Spanish Optimist Championship was held this year in Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The winner of this championship by autonomies was, without a doubt, the Balearic community , which obtained the best results in the competition and convincingly demonstrated that it had a fantastic pool of sailors in its ranks. Andalusia and the Canary Islands were, with quite a difference in points, in second and third position.

Balearic Federation winner of the Spanish Autonomous Championship – Photo © José Ramón Louro

The territorial federations received their awards from the Mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez. The deputy for tourism of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Ana Laura Iglesias, and the president of the Royal Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde, also participated in the cast.

With the closing of the Optimist national, Monte Real puts an end to one of its star events in the children’s sailing season and, while it continues with its J80 one-design league, it is already preparing to open the heavy sailing season, which Its first milestones are the celebration of the Comunica Trophy, on the 24th; and the Repsol Trophy, the first weekend of May.

As for the Optimists, their sights are already set on the Spanish Cup to be held in Hondarribia (Basque Country) at the end of April. The two major international events of the year will follow: the European Championship in June and the World Cup in July, in which a selection of the best sailors from national competitions will participate.

 

OPTIMIST SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 · CENOR TROPHY

 

UNDER 16 MALE

1. FERNANDO BENITEZ 4VIENTOS RACING CLUB (LAS PALMAS) 17 POINTS
2. TIM LUBAT ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF PALMA 20 POINTS
3. ROBERTO AGUILAR · CLUB NÁUTICO MARÍTIMO DE BENALMÁDENA · 22 POINTS

SUB 16 FEMALE

1. MARISA ALEXANDRA VICENS · CLUB NAUTIC S’ARENAL · 8 POINTS
2. NICOLA JANE SADLER CLUB NAUTIC S’ARENAL 26 POINTS
3. MARÍA CASTILLO PUNTA UMBRÍA YACHT SPORTS CLUB 26 POINTS

UNDER 13 MALE

1. IGNACIO MARTIN ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF PALMA 31 POINTS
2. RODRIGO LUIS PÉREZ PUNTA UMBRÍA YACHT SPORTS CLUB 43 POINTS
3. FERNANDO ECHAVARRI ROYAL MARITIME CLUB OF SANTANDER 81 POINTS

SUB 13 FEMALE

1. BLANCA FERRANDO ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF VALENCIA 57 POINTS
2. GABRIELA MORELL ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF PALMA 78 POINTS
3. CARLA LORENZO · REAL CLUB NÁUTICO TENERIFE · 96 POINTS

AUTONOMY CHAMPIONSHIP

1. BALEARIC ISLANDS
2. ANDALUSIA
3. CANARY ISLANDS

 

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The wind steals the spotlight from the Optimists in the Spanish Championship

 

· The third day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy that was going to be held this Friday in Baiona was canceled due to lack of wind

· The 150 sailors participating in the competition will play for the laurels in the last stage that takes place tomorrow, Saturday, starting at eleven in the morning

· After the protests registered in the first tests there were some changes in the classification but the Balearic federation continues to command forcefully

The Optimists were unable to go out on the water this Friday at the Spanish Championship – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The third day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy, in which three new tests of the dinghy sailing competition were to be held, ended up being canceled this Friday in Baiona (Galicia) due to lack of wind.

The 150 sailors participating in the competition did not even get out on the water. They remained on land for hours pending in case a breeze came in and they could go sailing, but the conditions never became ideal.

Members of the regatta committee and the beacons did go out to sea to study, from the early hours of the morning, both the interior and the entrance channel to the Bay of Baiona, but the wind did not manage to reach the intensity in any of those areas. necessary. At some point up to 7 knots were recorded, which was the maximum of the day, but neither direction boards were maintained nor did they last over time.

Finally, after verifying that it would be impossible to contest any sleeve, the organization decided to cancel the stage and summon the participants to the final day this Saturday, the last of the championship, with a scheduled start time for eleven in the morning.

After the protests registered after the first tests there were some changes in the initial classification, but the protagonists of the ranking continue to be, with force, the sailors of the Balearic federation, followed by the Valencian, Canarian and Andalusian territorial ones.

The Balearic Federation gathered in Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the U16 male category, Tim Lubat (RCN Palma) is in the lead, followed by Xavier García (RCN Palma) and Miguel Padrón (RCN Gran Canaria). Marisa Alexandra Vicens (CN s’Arenal), and Susana Bestard (RCN Palma) and Nicola Jane Sadler (CN s’Arenal) are second and third in the women’s SUB 16 category.

In SUB 13, the best classified in the men’s section are Ignacio Martín (RCN Palma), Rodrigo Luis González Pérez (CND Punta Umbría) and Nikko Palou (RCN Palma). Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia), Gabriela Morell (RCN Palma) and Laia Matos (CMSAP) hold the provisional gold, silver and bronze in the women’s SUB 13 category.

The wind stole the spotlight from the Optimists, who were not allowed to sail – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Tomorrow, Saturday, in addition to the last tests -if the wind allows it-, the awards ceremony will be held for the new Optimist champions of Spain, at six in the afternoon at the facilities of the Monte Real Club de Yates, organizing club.

The president of Monte Real, José Luis Álvarez; Cenor’s marketing director, Leticia Fernandez; the territorial delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Vigo, Marta Fernández; the tourism deputy of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Ana Laura Iglesias; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; and the president of the Royal Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde.

The Spanish Optimist Championship is sponsored by Grupo Cenor – Photo © Rosana Calvo

OPTIMIST SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 · CENOR TROPHY

Classification with four tests disputed in a day of competition

UNDER 16 MALE

1. TIM LUBAT RCN PALMA 6 POINTS
2. XAVIER GARCÍA RCN PALMA 13 POINTS
3. MIGUEL PADRÓN RCN GRAN CANARIA 15 POINTS

SUB 16 FEMALE

1. MARISA ALEXANDRA VICENS CN S’ARENAL 4 POINTS
2. SUSANA BESTARD RCN PALMA 14 POINTS
3. NICOLA JANE SADLER CN S’ARENAL 21 POINTS

UNDER 13 MALE

1. IGNACIO MARTÍN RCN PALMA 19 POINTS
2. RODRIGO LUIS GONZÁLEZ PÉREZ CDN PUNTA UMBRÍA 33 POINTS
3. NIKKO PALOU RCN PALMA 56 POINTS

SUB 13 FEMALE

1. BLANCA FERRANDO RCN VALENCIA 41 POINTS
2. GABRIELA MORELL RCN PALMA 58 POINTS
3. LAIA MATTOS CMSAP 80 POINTS

 

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The Balearic Islands rules in the national Optimist

 

· Marisa Alexandra Vicens and Ignacio Martín from the Balearic territorial federation were placed this Thursday at the head of the SUB 16 and SUB 13 categories of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy

· The SUB 16 Marisa Alexandra Vicens (CN s’Arenal) and the SUB 13 Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia) were the best female sailors of the day

· RCN Palma athletes Tim Lubat (SUB 16) and Ignacio Martín (SUB 13) achieved the best results in the men’s section

· The competition resumes this Friday from eleven in the morning with three new tests on the program and a weather forecast that is announced to be very complicated

One of the exits from the Carallones area with views of the Parador Nacional de Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy has already named its first leaders. Marisa Alexandra Vicens and Ignacio Martín, both from the Balearic territorial federation, were placed this Thursday at the top of the classification of the children’s sailing national held in the Galician town of Baiona under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club.

With two first places and one second, and after discarding her worst result (a 26), Marisa Alexandra Vicens, from Club Nautic s’Arenal, was the best athlete in the regatta. It is placed at the top of the general classification and also leads the group of the female SUB 16. In this category, they are followed, in second and third position, by Susana Bestard (RCN Palma) and Nicola Jane Sadler (CN s’Arenal) from Mallorca.

Among the U16 boys, the best of the day was Tim Lubat (RCN Palma). He overtook his club mate Xabier García, who is second; and the Canarian Miguel Padrón (RCN Gran Canaria) who closes the provisional podium of the category.

The good wind and sea conditions made the children enjoy sailing – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the SUB 13 competition, Ignacio Martín (RCN Palma) and Blanca Ferrando (RCN Valencia) lead the classification, in the male and female categories. The Andalusian Rodrigo Luis González Pérez (CDN Punta Umbría) and the Balearic Nikko Palou (RCN Palma) were left on the verge of first place, second and third respectively among the boys; and Candela Escobedo (RCM Santander) and Gabriela Morell (RCN Palma) hold the provisional silver and bronze for the girls.

This second day of the Spanish Optimist Championship – Cenor Trophy was the first scoring of the competition after the blank day lived this Wednesday due to lack of wind. Three tests were planned in the stage program, but the regatta committee, seeing the good weather conditions and the not very optimistic reports for the remaining days of competition, decided to do a fourth.

The Optimists passing in front of the Cíes Islands of the Atlantic Islands National Park – Photo © Rosana Calvo

They were all held with very good wind, always above ten knots, with an average of thirteen and gusts of up to sixteen. The starts were clean, with hardly any out of line, and it was only necessary to make a general call to the sailors of the blue group. The aspiring champions of Spain sailed on a trapezoid-shaped field, which they left on the outside completing a lap, passing through a gate and adding a second upwind leg to the finish.

The regatta area was located in Carallones, at the entrance to the Bay of Baiona, one of the most spectacular places in the Rías Baixas due to the views it offers of the Estelas Islands, the Cíes Islands of the Atlantic Islands National Park, the Parador Nacional de Baiona and the Virgen de la Roca, one of the most visited monuments in the Galician fishing village.

Part of the fleet with the Virgin of the Rock on Mount San Roque in the background – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Quite a luxury for the 150 sailors from 10 autonomous communities that participate in this Optimist Spanish Championship that the Monte Real Club de Yates organizes by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and with the sponsorship of the Cenor Group.

The national dinghy continues tomorrow, Friday, the Easter holiday, with the third of the four scheduled days, which will be the second scoring one. The time set for the start of the tests is eleven in the morning but the wind forecasts are not very encouraging and delays are not ruled out.

The Spanish Optimist Championship is organized by Monte Real with the sponsorship of Cenor – Photo © Rosana Calvo

OPTIMIST SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 · CENOR TROPHY

UNDER 16 MALE

1. TIM LUBAT RCN PALMA 6 POINTS
2. XAVIER GARCIA RCN PALMA 12 POINTS
3. MIGUEL PADRÓN RCN GRAN CANARIA 14 POINTS

SUB 16 FEMALE

1. MARISA ALEXANDRA VICENS CN S’ARENAL 4 POINTS
2. SUSANA BESTARD RCN PALMA 14 POINTS
3. NICOLA JANE SADLER CN S’ARENAL 21 POINTS

UNDER 13 MALE

1. IGNACIO MARTÍN RCN PALMA 20 POINTS
2. RODRIGO LUIS GONZÁLEZ PÉREZ CDN PUNTA UMBRÍA 34 POINTS
3. NIKKO PALOU RCN PALMA 57 POINTS

SUB 13 FEMALE

1. BLANCA FERRANDO RCN VALENCIA 42 POINTS
2. CANDELA ESCOBEDO RCM SANTANDER 55 POINTS
3. GABRIELA MORELL RCN PALMA 59 POINTS

(((( This is the classification of the championship at this time pending the resolution of several protests that could cause some variation in the ranking ))))

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Galicia receives the best Optimists in Spain

· This Wednesday starts in Baiona the Spanish Optimist Championship 2021 – Cenor Trophy organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates

· More than a hundred young sailors from 10 autonomous communities aspire to win the title of champion in the SUB 16 and SUB 13 categories

· After two days of registration, control of materials and measurements, tomorrow the first of the four days that will decide the competition will be held

· The Championship for Autonomies is also in contention, which will reward the territorial federations that obtain the best results

Optimist from all over Spain will fill the Bay of Baiona with their sails – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Galicia receives, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, the best sailors of the Optimist class in Spain in the national class championship, which the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona organizes in 2021 by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and thanks to the sponsorship of the Cenor Group.

More than a hundred young sailors from 10 autonomous communities aspire to win the title of champion in the SUB 16 and SUB 13 categories throughout the four days that the competition will last, which will take place in the Galician Rías Baixas.

After two days of registration, control of materials and measurements, the first regatera day will be held tomorrow, a stage that will begin, if the wind allows it, at eleven in the morning. The weather forecast announces an easterly wind in the early hours and the possibility that it will roll to the southeast as the day progresses, which will be very covered, although no rain is expected. The intensity, between 7 and 10 knots with peaks or gusts of up to 17, should not make navigation difficult for sailors.

The 12 scheduled tests, divided into three per day, will be held in a regatta field located, predictably, inside the Bay of Baiona. It will be a trapezoidal route with beacons that will mark the pace of the sailors until the final arrival, located inside the ring. Its duration will be approximately 45 minutes.

The Optimists will be divided each day into two different groups -blue and yellow- with the aim that they can compete against each other. They will navigate a qualifying series of 9 tests during the first three days of competition; and a final series, of 3 sleeves, the last day of the championship. With the celebration of 2 tests, the championship will already be valid; and on the fourth round completed, sailors will be given the chance to discard their worst result.

Leading the regatta committee will be Cristofol Morales and the sports director of Monte Real, Roy Alonso, will be the safety coordinator. In total, more than thirty people including committees, beacons, sailors, juries, measurers, office staff, security and the press will be in charge of the entire championship operation.

The historic ocean sailor Javier de la Gándara advised the Galician team that will compete in the Optimist National Championship – Photo Roy Alonso

The competition will start this year without the classic opening ceremony, an act in which all the participants used to parade carrying the flag of their autonomous community. COVID19 has forced the organization to implement numerous prevention measures to avoid possible contagion and this ritual has been suspended.

Other actions stipulated in the coronavirus control protocol are taking the temperature of the participants, the separation of spaces by autonomies, the maintenance of safety distances or the obligation to always wear a mask on land (in the water, since sail alone, they will be able to take it off).

Among the participants of this Spanish Optimist Championship 2021, a total of 150 sailors from 10 communities: Galicia (22 sailors), Andalusia (20), the Balearic Islands (20), the Canary Islands (20), the Valencian Community (20), Catalonia ( 19), Murcia (11), Basque Country (6), Cantabria (6) and Madrid (4).

In addition to the titles of champions SUB 16 and SUB13, the competition also puts in contention the Championship by Autonomies, which will reward the territorial federations that obtain the best results. In this contest, the first classified of each autonomy and category (SUB 16 and SUB 13) will score and the final general classification will come from the sum of the positions of those sailors.

The Galician Rías Baixas will offer a unique setting for the Spanish Optimist Championship – Photo: Jacobo Bastos

 

OPTIMIST SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 · CENOR TROPHY
Monte Real Yacht Club Baiona, March 31 – April 3

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31

11:00> The tests in the water begin

THURSDAY, APRIL 1

11:00> The tests in the water begin

FRIDAY, APRIL 2

11:00> The tests in the water begin

SATURDAY, APRIL 3

11:00> The tests in the water begin
18:00> Awards

 

 

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Ribeira shines on the opening day of the Optimist Cenor Regatta

 

· The sailors of the Club Náutico Deportivo de Ribeira Jorge Álvarez and Bruno Iglesias were placed leaders of the Sub 16 and Sub 13 categories

· The yacht clubs of Canido, Coruña and Baiona occupy the rest of the provisional podium positions that will be defined tomorrow, Sunday

· The Cenor Regatta organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club will leave a Galician team that will attend the Spanish Optimist Championship

More than 100 Optimists from toga Galicia participated in the Cenor Optimist Qualifying Regatta 2021 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

This Saturday, Ribeira led two of his athletes towards victory in the Cenor Regatta, the Galician optimist qualifier that is being held this weekend in Baiona under the organization of the Monte Real Club de Yates, after placing them at the top of the classification provisional.

In the U-16 category, the winner of the day, with two fifths and one sixth place in the partials, was Jorge Álvarez, from the Ribeira Sports Yacht Club. He managed to beat Javier García, from the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña; and Miguel Rodríguez, from the Canido Maritime Club; who were, tied on points, in second and third position respectively.

Bruno Iglesias, from Ribeira, was the most outstanding sailor – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The sailor Bruno Iglesias, also from the Ribeira Sports Yacht Club, was the undisputed leader of the regatta day among the U-13s, after signing two first places and one second in the three races held. The athlete was one of the brightest in the opening stage of the competition and will reach the final in a very comfortable position, 25 points behind his closest rival, Jaime Díaz, from the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña. The provisional silver and bronze medals for the Sub-13s are held by Jaime Díaz, from the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña; and Aitana Pérez, from the Monte Real Yacht Club.

In the competition for sailors from the blue group, those who are just starting out, the best classified after the first tests were Diego Lago, from the Oza Maritime Club, in the men’s category; and Lidia Radio, from the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, in the women’s category.

The Cenor Optimist 2021 Qualifying Regatta was held with a good wind in the bay of Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The start of the competition was marked by a westerly wind that remained quite stable, shifting just a few degrees and allowing the initially designed regatta course to remain practically intact until the end, with just a few minor corrections. It also blew intensely, always above 8 knots, with an average of 13-14 and with peaks of up to 17, so the heats developed quickly.

The regatta committee, with Carlos Villar at the helm, was able to start the three tests planned in the sports program and the competition premiered some markers that will be complete tomorrow, Sunday, on the second and last day, which will be held from the morning.

In the afternoon, the facilities of the Monte Real Yacht Club will host the delivery of trophies to the winners, in which Cenor’s marketing director, Leticia Fernández; the president of Monte Real, José Luis Álvarez; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; the territorial delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Vigo, Marta Fernández; the deputy for sports from the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Gorka Gómez; and the president of the Royal Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde.

This Optimist qualifier is organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Royal Galician Sailing Federation and is sponsored by the Galician appliance and technology group Cenor. The firm, born in Santiago de Compostela in the early 1990s, currently works with more than 200 stores throughout northern Spain and maintains a firm commitment to sport, which it sponsors with the aim of promoting values in society. like work and effort.

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION REGATA CENOR
GALICIAN OPTIMIST QUALIFIER 2021

SUB 16 CATEGORY

1. JORGE ÁLVAREZ RIBEIRA YACHT SPORTS CLUB
2. JAVIER GARCÍA ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF A CORUÑA
3. MIGUEL RODRÍGUEZ MARITIME CLUB OF CANIDO

SUB 13 CATEGORY

1. BRUNO IGLESIAS RIBEIRA YACHT SPORTS CLUB
2. JAIME DÍAZ ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF A CORUÑA
3. AITANA PÉREZ MONTE REAL YACHT CLUB OF BAIONA

BLUE GROUP – BEST CLASSIFIED

MALE: DIEGO LAGO OZA MARITIME CLUB
FEMALE: LIDIA RADIO ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF SANXENXO

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CENOR REGATTA
2021 OPTIMIST QUALIFIER

SATURDAY MARCH 13

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

SUNDAY, MARCH 14

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

 

Baiona warms up engines for the Spanish Optimist Championship with the Cenor Regatta

 

· The Monte Real Club de Yates hosts next weekend a regional qualifier prior to the national class to be held at Easter

· More than 100 young sailors from 11 clubs from different parts of Galicia will compete in up to six races in two regatta days in Baiona

· The results of the competition will be added to the ranking of the Optimist class in Galicia from which those chosen to compete in the Spanish Championship will come out

 

The fishing village of Baiona warms up for the Spanish Optimist Championship that it will host at Easter with the celebration, this weekend, of the Cenor Regatta, a regional qualifying class prior to the national one. It will be a competition in which more than 100 boys and girls between 9 and 15 years old will haggle, coming from up to 11 clubs from different parts of Galicia.

The Real Club Náutico de Vigo, with 26 children, will be the club with the greatest representation in the water, followed by the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña with 22 sailors competing and the Club Marítimo de Canido with 18. Athletes from Sanxenxo, Rodeira, Aguete, Panxón, Ribeira, Oza and Ferrol will also compete in this qualifying round. For the Monte Real Club de Yates, organizer of the competition, 6 sailors will participate, among which Pablo Marquina stands out, the athlete from Monte Real who has achieved the best results so far in the Galician ranking.

In the sports program of the event, six tests are planned, with a maximum of three per day, being necessary to complete a single sleeve so that the classification can be considered valid.

The competition will begin on Saturday at half past one in the afternoon, once the regatta office procedures and the meeting of coaches and team leaders have been completed; and on Sunday, starting at ten o’clock, the last rounds will be played.

The little ones will sail in a fleet, they will score in real time, they will have the possibility of discarding their worst mark from the fourth race and their results will be added to the ranking of the regional Optimist class, from which the 20 chosen to represent Galicia in the Spanish Championship held in Baiona at Easter.

With the aim of complying with all COVID19 protocols and applying the maximum control and prevention of contagion during the competition, there will be no more social events than the delivery of trophies to the winners, which will be held on Sunday at six in the afternoon.

Likewise, measures such as taking the temperature prior to access to Monte Real, exhaustive hand washing, maintaining an interpersonal distance of one and a half meters, the obligation to always carry hydroalcoholic gel and to navigate at all times will be mandatory. with mask. In addition, the coaches’ meetings will be held outdoors and participants will be able to consult the classifications, images and other materials of the regatta by scanning QR codes distributed throughout the club with their mobile phones.

The Optimist Qualifier is organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Royal Galician Sailing Federation and is sponsored by the Galician appliance and technology group Cenor. The firm, born in Santiago de Compostela in the early 1990s, currently works with more than 200 stores throughout northern Spain and maintains a firm commitment to sport, which it sponsors with the aim of promoting values in society. like work and effort.

CENOR REGATTA
2021 OPTIMIST QUALIFIER

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

SUNDAY, MARCH 14
10:00 Start of the first test of the day
18:00 Awards ceremony

REPORT: Half a century of Optimist in Galicia

REPORT BY ROSANA CALVO, HEAD OF COMMUNICATION AT MRCYB

 

· Five decades after having organized a regional Optimist competition for the first time in Galicia, the Monte Real Club de Yates celebrates this February in Baiona a new edition of the Galician Championship of the class

· On board the “Canario” and the “Tortuga” the brothers José and Javier de la Gándara together with Santiago Campos were the winners of that first edition of the competition held in the bay of Baiona on August 22 and 23, 1970

· In the Optimists brought first from France, then from Barcelona and finally built in the Ferramentas and in Lagos for the Sailing Schools of La Foz and the MRCYB, many current sailors learned to sail

· Although the materials have evolved over time, the philosophy with which the Optimist was created remains intact and remains a simple boat that allows the little ones to enjoy the sea and sailing

 

Group of Optimist in the bay of Baiona in 1970 – Photo from the archive of Javier de la Gándara

 

At the end of this month, the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona will commemorate the half century of life of the Optimist class in Galicia by holding a new edition of the Galician Championship that the club itself hosted for the first time in 1970.

On board the “Canario” and the “Tortuga”, the brothers José and Javier de la Gándara were the winners (first and second respectively) of that first edition, which was held on August 22 and 23, 1970 under the name of “ I Regional Optimist Regattas – Galician Championship”.

17 young sailors from the Sailing School of La Foz, the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, the Club Náutico de Panxón and Monte Real itself met during those two summer days in the bay of Baiona to compete several tests in a triangular field of Olympic route.

Javier de la Gándara and his Turtle preparing for the I Galician Optimist Championship – Archive photo Javier de la Gándara

After the Gándara brothers, third place on the podium of that first Optimist championship went to “Anduriña IV”, manned by Santiago Campos; Pablo Vasconcellos was fourth aboard the “Bayona II”; and “Don Ramón”, by Ramón Alonso, from RCN Vigo, signed the fifth position.
A special prize was then also awarded to the youngest sailor, which went to Pablito Pereiro for “demonstrating -according to the chronicles of the time- great skill handling his mini boat to perfection”.

With the celebration of the first Galician Optimist Championship, the Monte Real Club de Yates gave, at the beginning of the 70s, the great impulse for the consolidation of a class that arrived in Galicia some years before the hand of Pepe Gándara , the father of the historical Javier de la Gándara.

Gándara learned about this new type of boat in the American magazine “Popular Mechanics Magazine” (distributed in Spain under the name “Mecánica Popular”), in which some simple plans were published with which, in principle, anyone with some tools And with a bit of skill, you could make your own Optimist out of wood.

Training of the first Optimists in the Bay of Baiona – Photo from the archive of Tomás R. de Robles

After seeing them already built in Barcelona, Gándara decided to bring them to Galicia. The first Optimist who sailed in Galician waters in the year 68, he called “Don Andrés”, in honor of his young son. In 1969 there were already 15 units of these new sailboats, known as the “Ferramentas”, because they were built by a carpenter from Ladeira known by that name, with sails of nylon manufactured in an awning company in Vigo. They were boats with which, during the first years, they only sailed in the summer months. Barely a year later, with the Optimists already established as a small fleet at the Monte Real Club de Yates, the First Galician Optimist Championship was held.

Press clipping of the First Optimist Championship of Galicia in 1970

The press at that time congratulated the Baionese club for “contributing to creating numerous young skippers who in the future will constitute the crews of the numerous cruise ships that the sports units of the Vigo estuary have”, it said verbatim. So it was. Because those children are today some of the outstanding sailors who sail in the Galician estuaries.

Both the Spanish Sailing Federation and the Galician Sailing Federation of the time, chaired by José Ramón Fontán, helped consolidate the class in Galicia by subsidizing the purchase of numerous units. Some boats that went from the 3,000 pesetas (about 18 euros) of the first “Ferramentas” to the 8,000 pesetas (about 48 euros) that were paid for those of higher quality and the 10,000 pesetas (60 euros) that they cost at the beginning of the 70s

In the autumn of 1971, only one year after the celebration of the first Optimist Galician championship, nearly thirty units participated in the class competitions in Baiona, and it did not take much longer for the optimist to exceed 60. In Galicia there were around 200 optimists (currently there are about 400, of which about 120 participate in official competitions). Among the young sailors of those early years were José, Ángel and Javier de la Gándara, Pablo Vasconcellos, Jaime Varela, Alberto Torné, Rodrigo Andrade, César Casqueiro, Fernando Yáñez, Genoveva Pereiro, Ignacio Retolaza, Alfonso Zulueta and Piluca Presa, among others. Many.

Manuel Pereiro, Javier de la Gándara, Ramón Alonso, Pablo Vasconcellos, Jose Antonio Marquez and Jaime Varela – Archive photo Javier de la Gándara

The Spanish Optimists were built in Barcelona (La Industrial Velera Marsal), in Palma de Mallorca (the Copino and Darder shipyards), in Torrejón de Ardoz (Spanish Taylor) and here in Galicia, in the prestigious Lagos de Bouzas Shipyard (Vigo), from which a large part of the units that sailed from the year 70 left. They were Optimist that were made in the image and likeness of the first boats of this type born in Clearwater (Florida).

There, in 1947, a group of children “haggled” through the streets of Clearwater with small boxes of soap and a candle that they made themselves. The mayor of the city decided to ban these races in the streets, so that they would not bother people, but he met with a boat designer, Clark Mills, and asked him to turn the soap boxes into a boat for children as soon as possible. cheap possible.

And that is how the Optimist was born, the first gaff sailing boat and a single crew member that over time became increasingly famous, both nationally and internationally. In 1954 “the puddle jumped” and the first ones in Europe began to be built, specifically in Denmark; in 1962 the Optimist Class Racing Association was born in England; and soon after the European Optimist Association was formed. Finally, in 1995 the Optimist was accepted as an international class.

The first Optimists were made of wood – Photo from the archive of Tomás R. de Robles

Although the materials with which they are built have evolved over time, the truth is that both the shape of the Optimist and its philosophy remain intact. It was born as a simple boat that would allow children to enjoy the sea and sailing and, more than half a century later, that purpose has not changed.

Celebrating this idea and the five decades since the first Optimist Championship held in Galicia in 1970 is the aim of the Galician Optimist Championship – Baitra Trophy that will be held at the Monte Real Club de Yates at the end of February.

(Report: Rosana Calvo, head of communication at the MRCYB / Photos: Archive of the MRCYB and provided by Javier de la Gándara, César Casqueiro and Tomás R. de Robles / Documents: Astilleros Lagos / Press clippings: Archive of Javier de la Gándara and newspaper library of Faro de Vigo)

 

The Turtle and the Canary of the Gándara and the Eolo de Casqueiro – Photo from the archive of Cesar Casqueiro
Optimist Team (October 1971)- Photo from the archive of Cesar Casqueiro
Some of the first Optimists that sailed in Baiona 50 years ago – Photo archive MRCYB
In the foreground the Turtle by Javier de la Gándara – Photo from the archive of Tomás R. de Robles
Pablo Vasconcellos aboard The Scotsman, one of the first Optimists in Galicia – Photo archive MRCYB

The Baitra Trophy brings Galician children’s sailing to Baiona

40 Optimist sailors from the main sailing schools in Galicia will meet this weekend in Baiona at the Baitra Trophy

· The regional test is organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates with the sponsorship of the firm from Baitra Naval Accessories Baitra

· The main objective of the competition that will be held over two days on Saturday and Sunday is to promote grassroots sailing in Galicia

 

40 Optimist sailors from the main sailing schools in Galicia will meet this weekend in Baiona to participate in a new edition of the Baitra Children’s Sailing Trophy, which the Monte Real Club de Yates is once again organizing with the sponsorship of Baitra Naval Accessories to promote basic sailing in Galicia.

The Club Marítimo de Canido, the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, the Club Marítimo Carrumeiro and the Monte Real Club de Yates itself will be represented in the regional competition, which will take place over two days, next Saturday and Sunday.

The Baitra Trophy can be seen from the surroundings of the Bay of Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

During the two days that the competition will last, the fleet will compete in four categories: A, B, C and School. For them, the regatta committee will schedule a maximum of six tests inside the Bay of Baiona. They will be trapeze routes lasting approximately 40 minutes, with a shortened route for School sailors.

On Saturday the tests will begin at half past two in the afternoon, once the sailors’ reception in Baiona and the meeting of coaches and committees have finished. The first starting signal on Sunday will be given a little earlier, at half past eleven, with the aim that the regattas can be finished before half past four, the time at which the awards ceremony is scheduled to be held. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category and the winner of each will also receive a check to purchase nautical equipment.

The Baitra Trophy will once again bring together Galician children’s sailing in Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Baitra Dinghy Sailing Trophy is celebrated one more year thanks to the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales, a company dedicated to the commercialization and distribution of quality naval accessories and equipment, based in Baiona, which for years has maintained a firm commitment to children’s sailing in Galicia.

The Optimists will be the protagonists of the Baitra Trophy 2019 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

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