“With the arrival of the SUPER SERIES, Monte Real returns to the path of international circuits”

“We will see who wins the competition. The best will win, for sure. But those of us who have already won with the arrival of the 52 SUPER SERIES are the club, Baiona and Galicia”

“Bringing Baiona to the TP52s means fulfilling one of the most important commitments I made to the partners I represent. It is a dream come true”

“We are a club with small facilities but we have a very good human team, with long and proven experience in organizing events”

 

Alejandro Retolaza (left), vice president; and José Luis Álvarez (right), president of the MRCYB – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

One of José Luis Álvarez’s commitments to the members of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona when he assumed the presidency of the club was to once again organize an international regatta at the highest level. The Baionese club, one of the most prolific in terms of sports on the Spanish nautical scene, had been organizing all kinds of competitions practically since its creation, but international events had been significantly reduced in its program of events.

This changed in 2020, in the midst of the COVID pandemic, when in a press conference with masks and safety distances, the club announced that it had managed to become the venue for the 52 SUPER SERIES. After months of negotiations and hard work to meet all the requirements demanded by the organization, Monte Real finally achieved the goal of bringing Baiona to the prestigious TP52.

The date of the event was set for the summer of 2021, but the complications derived from the coronavirus forced it to be postponed for a year, a period that the club took advantage of to seek financial support. He found them in two regular collaborators of Monte Real, the financial entity ABANCA and Turismo de Galicia through Xacobeo, who decided to join the adventure.

 

The ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – BAIONA SAILING WEEK will be held from May 23 to 28 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

Thus, the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – BAIONA SAILING WEEK was born, destined to put Galicia back in the spotlight of world attention, in which it had not stood out since the start of the Sailing Tour of the World from Vigo, in 2005.

Today, 17 years after that milestone, Galicia once again writes a new page in the history of sailing with the celebration of the Super Series, something that fills the president of Monte Real with pride, with whom we spoke a few hours after the start the competition.

 

What does the arrival of the 52 SUPER SERIES mean for the club in general and for you in particular?

For the Club it represents returning to the path of the great international circuits. For me in particular, fulfilling one of the most important commitments with the partners I represent. Of course, with the invaluable work of my colleagues on the Board of Directors.

The club has been organizing multiple regattas throughout its history, its calendar is today one of the most complete of the Spanish clubs, but the truth is that it has been a long time since they organized a competition at this level. How do you take on this challenge?

With great enthusiasm and optimism. Organizing an event of these characteristics is complex. And it also requires significant resources. We must not forget that we have gone through a series of years of economic crisis and that the priorities were different.

What do you expect from Baiona Sailing Week? What are we going to find at the event?

I expect a great event for the world of sailing. The fact of having among us the best sailors in the world with the best boats in their category, will make all fans and non-fans of this sport enjoy a few unparalleled days.

The president of the Monte Real Yacht Club of Baiona, José Luis Álvarez, together with the TP52 – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Organizing a competition of this type involves great organizational, economic, logistical, personnel complications… Was Monte Real prepared for the arrival of the SUPER SERIES or did they have to make a special effort? What have been the biggest difficulties?

That’s right, I’m sure we all understand how complex it is to organize this type of competition. It is also true that the MRCYB human team has a long and accredited experience in organizing events of the highest level. As you know, we are a Club with small facilities. Space is a handicap that we find ourselves with, but we use everything we have to the millimeter. Regarding the economic section, we have the collaboration of the sponsors. They make these events possible. From here, my thanks on behalf of all the members of the Club.

It is not the first time that ABANCA and the Xunta de Galicia support them in their initiatives. They have been collaborating hand in hand for years, in a period in which getting sponsorships is not as easy as it used to be. What does the club offer its collaborators so that they continue betting on it?

Both ABANCA and the Xunta de Galicia (Galician Tourism through Xacobeo), as well as the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council have been and are a very important support throughout these years. When the MRCYB organizes events of these characteristics, we think of the enormous repercussion that projecting our companies abroad has. There is no doubt that putting our Galician community and the Rias Baixas in particular in the international spotlight has a very direct impact on tourism with high purchasing power. This benefits us all.

Along with you, one of the key figures in the organization of the event has been, without a doubt, the club’s vice president, Alejandro Retolaza, who has been involved from the greatest to the smallest details. Tell us, how does the Álvarez-Retolaza tandem work?

I would not have enough space to express what the figure of Vice President Retolaza represents not only for me, but for the Club. The communication and communion of ideas with him is so fluid that sometimes we are surprised. It seems that we think the same things at the same moment. He knows the Club down to the last corner and in matters of logistics, he is always ahead of all of us. Every day I learn something new with him. In this sense, I also want to highlight the sincere commitment that the Board of Directors has with the Club. A team that dedicates many hours and many days of the year to develop the different areas as much as possible. I think I have people by my side who give their best and I always say that they make everything flow with great professionalism. For me a gift.

In recent days there has been a lot of talk about the astronomical figures on which the event revolves, in which boats of 2.5 million euros participate with sports campaigns that exceed one million euros… but we are more interested in knowing the economic impact that going to have in Baiona and its region. There is talk of more than 2 million euros. Is it a realistic figure?

So is. From my point of view and knowing the figures that we usually manage for each person who in one way or another participates in the event, that figure will probably be exceeded.

To finish, we would like you to “get wet” and tell us which team or teams are your favorites and who you think will win in Baiona. Do you dare?

I, like everyone else, have my favourites, but the level of the sailors is so high that I don’t dare to make a prediction. Any of them could be, but in the world of sailing nothing is predictable. The sea, the wind etc… gives many surprises. I’m sure the best will win.

The TP52s that will compete in the Baiona Sailing Week on the pontoons of Monte Real – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

It is an interview with Rosana Calvo, head of communication at the MRCYB

The 52 SUPER SERIES hoist the sails of their tenth anniversary in Baiona

 

· The Monte Real Club de Yates hosted this Friday the official presentation of the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · BAIONA SAILING WEEK that will be held in the Rías Baixas for a whole week starting this Saturday

· Three American teams, two English, one German, one Turkish, one South African and a ninth Thai will compete in the first round of the season of the most important monohull circuit in the world

· The nine sailboats valued at more than 22 million euros are waiting in the waters of the bay of Baiona for the crews to take them out this weekend to carry out the first training sessions prior to the regattas

· Some of the teams have recruited the most outstanding strategists of the Galician nautical scene to help them better understand the navigation area, the winds and conditions that can be found

· The economic impact that this sporting event sponsored by ABANCA and Turismo de Galicia through the Xacobeo will have in the Val Miñor region is valued at more than two million euros

Two years after the announcement that Galicia would be the new venue for the circuit and after having overcome the worst moments of the COVID pandemic, which forced its celebration to be postponed for a year, the most important monohull circuit in the world, the prestigious 52 SUPER SERIES , hoists its sails in Baiona.

Starting tomorrow, Saturday and for a whole week, the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · Baiona Sailing Week, organized and officially presented this Friday by the Monte Real Club de Yates, will bring together nine international teams : three North Americans (Sled, Quantum Racing and Interlodge), two English (Alegre and Gladiator), one German (Platoon), one Turkish (Provezza) and one Thai (Team Vayu).

The nine sailboats that will enter the competition, each valued at more than two and a half million euros, will be led by their millionaire owners, businessmen from different sectors united by their love for sailing and top competition. They are Doug DeVos, Austin and Gwen Fragomen, Takashi Okura, Andy Soriano, Tom Langley, Ergin Imre, Hasso Platner, and Tom and Kevin Whitcraft.

In each of the SUPER SERIES campaigns in which they participate, these owners They invest close to two million euros , which they allocate to research and development of technologies for their boats and to hire the best sailors, including Olympic medalists, world champions and America’s Cup winners.

Among this select group of athletes there is a small but outstanding number of Spanish sailors . People like Xabi Fernández (Gladiator), Joan Vila and Pedro Mas (Interlodge), Juan Meseguer, Joan Fullana and Nacho Postigo (Provezza), and Jordi Calafat, Javier Plaza, Víctor Mariño and Pablo Torrado (Platoon). These last two, Mariño and Torrado, will act as ambassadors in their land, since they are both Galician.

Galicia will be present in the competition through them and also thanks to the signing, by certain teams, of some of the best regatta strategists in the Galician estuaries , such as Pablo Iglesias, Gonzalo Araujo or Antonio Otero, among others. They will be in charge of giving the teams that have hired them the keys to better understand the navigation area, the winds and the conditions that can be found in the Cíes Islands anchorage.

The Atlantic Islands National Park will be the main venue for the tests, which will last from next Tuesday the 24th to Saturday the 28th, after the free practice sessions on Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd; and the official training on Monday 23.

The nine boats in competition will compete in windward-leeward tasks between buoys , with four sections (two upwind and two downwind), and a total distance that will move between one and a half miles and two nautical miles.

There is also the possibility that one day the windward-leeward will be changed for a coastal regatta through the Rías Baixas, with a route yet to be determined. Both in one type of test and in the other, the boat that completes them first wins, without any type of time compensation.

This real-time competition , without any type of final adjustment, is the one that most attracts the crews and the one that will make the regattas more attractive and exciting for the public. With practically identical boats, which follow fixed measurement rules (sail area, length, beam, displacement, draft, mast height and weight), the innovations that have been applied to the boats and the expertise of the crews will be the ones that mark the differences, although these will be practically minimal and the victories will be very disputed.

The ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · Baiona Sailing Week, presented this Friday at the Monte Real Club de Yates, will be theThe first of the five TP52 events in 2022 : Baiona in May, Cascais (Portugal) in June, Puerto Portals in July, Scarlino (Italy) in September and Barcelona in October. It will also be the first time that the competition has landed in Galician waters, and it will do so in a very special year, a decade after its creation, in 2012.

The sporting event, sponsored by ABANCA and Turismo de Galicia through Xacobeo , and supported by the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council, will leave an economic impact on the Val Miñor region valued at 2 million euros. Accommodation, restaurants, facilities, transport, logistics, nautical or design companies are some of the sectors that have benefited from the arrival of the 52 SUPER SERIES in Galicia.

“When I was chosen to preside over Monte Real, I assumed with our partners the commitment to rewrite a new chapter in the history of Spanish sailing, and that is precisely what we are doing here today, bringing to Galicia one of the most important circuits of the world. Organizing the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · BAIONA SAILING WEEK has been a challenge for the club. Our people have been doing their best for months so that everything turns out perfect, and we have no doubt that it will. The responsibility and commitment that characterize Monte Real, and the unique environment that Baiona, the Rías Baixas and Galicia will offer are, without a doubt, guarantees of success. We’ll see it in a few days and I’m sure we’ll remember it for years to come.”

José Luis Álvarez President of the Monte Real Yacht Club

“Baiona is a very attractive place for the owners of the SUPER SERIES because it is a new place in which they have not competed and because the area is spectacularly beautiful. Those were two of the main reasons why we chose the Monte Real proposal to celebrate one of the circuit’s phases here, the inaugural stage of our tenth anniversary. The logistics have not been easy, but we are sure that it will be a great show. Sailing conditions at this time of year are good and the crews are ready to give everything on the water”

“From ABANCA we have been collaborating with the Monte Real Yacht Club for years and this time, with this great event, it was not going to be less. The tenacity, professionalism and rigor with which they always do things in this club will allow us to transmit the best image of Galicia to the whole world. We understand the sport in a transversal way, from the grassroots to top-level competitions like this one, and we are proud of them. This occasion is even more special, if possible, because we will not only spread the sporting potential of our country, but also the rest of the wonders of our land”

Gabriel González Eiroa Executive Director ABANCA Commercial Network

“Sailors from all over the world, from the five continents, participate in this event and will be great ambassadors of the Xacobeo, of the Camino de Santiago and of our land in their countries of origin and in the ports where they sail. Many visit us for the first time and I have no doubt that they will soon return to Galicia accompanied by their family and friends”

Marta Fernández-Tapias Delegate in Vigo of the XUNTA DE GALICIA

“The Monte Real is now a benchmark not only at a national level but also worldwide and the Pontevedra Provincial Council could not fail to support it, as we have always done. Our commitment to sport is constant and with this type of event we not only position ourselves at the world epicenter of sailing, but we also project the best image of Galicia”

Gorka Gómez Deputy for Sports of the PONTEVEDRA COUNCIL

“Thanks to the 52 SUPER SERIES for having trusted the Monte Real Club de Yates and for having opted for Baiona, the most beautiful town in the world. This competition is a great challenge for the club and also for Baiona and we will be up to it. The future is up to us to write it ourselves, and we will do it together”

Carlos Gómez · Mayor of the CITY COUNCIL OF BAIONA

“Anyone who wants to can enjoy the competition because there will be a large screen installed in the area of La Palma to see the end of the SUPER SERIES in virtual reality and a shipping company that will offer the possibility of going out to sea to watch the regattas . What we want is everyone to have the opportunity to see this event that is unique in the world”

Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui Commodore of the MRCYB

((( Photos: Antía Martínez )))

How to follow the 52 SUPER SERIES?

(Photo: Nico Martinez)

All those who wish to follow the development of the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – BAIONA SAILING WEEK , from May 23 to 28, know that you will have several options.

FROM THE MOBILE, TABLET OR COMPUTER: VIRTUAL REALITY

Through the website of the 52 SUPER SERIES ( www.52superseries.com ) and thanks to a virtual reality system, you will be able to follow each and every one of the tests live, every day of competition from the start of the same (scheduled for 12:30)

FROM GROUND: GIANT SCREEN

As of Friday 27 there will be a village installed in the area of La Palma, in Baiona, so that anyone who wishes can see the outcome of the competition through a large screen that will reproduce the latest tests in virtual reality.

FROM THE SEA: CATAMARAN

A Naviera Nabia catamaran will follow the test from the sea on May 26, 27 and 28. The boat will leave from the Baiona maritime station and will approach the regatta area. It will be in the water for approximately 4 hours and passengers will be able to follow the tests with live comments. The price of the tickets is 15 euros for adults and 10 euros for children.

FROM THE SEA: PRIVATE BOATS

People who have their own boat and want to approach the regatta area must meet a series of requirements. It must be located more than 200 meters from the starting line or more than 100 meters from the windward buoy. Those who want to position themselves between one point and another must always stand outside the lay line, at least 200 meters away.

 

The container unloading operation of the 52 SUPER SERIES begins

 

This afternoon began in Baiona the operation of unloading and placing the 18 containers of the crews and organization of the 52 SUPER SERIES that arrived in Vigo last week aboard the same freighter that brought the TP52.

The logistics operation, led by the international company Peters & May, will last throughout the day and tomorrow, Tuesday, all the containers are expected to be perfectly installed in the parking lot of the Monte Real Yacht Club.

Operation of unloading and placement of the containers of the Super Series in the MRCYB – Photo © Jacobo Bastos

It is a complicated operation due to the limited space and because it is an area of special heritage interest. Also due to the need to avoid disturbances in traffic flow in Baiona.

“The difficulty of this logistics operation for the 52 SUPER SERIES is to regulate the traffic of the trucks so that the town is not blocked. We have a truck inside the Parador and another outside working, and on the outskirts of Baiona there will also be a filtering area for trucks so that they enter little by little and their circulation has the least impact. Inside the Monte Real, where the containers are being unloaded and placed, is the critical point of the operation, since the space is very small and everything is calculated to the millimeter” , Justo Gosalbes, manager of Peters & May for Spain and Portugal and responsible for this operation, told us.

Each crew has a container and the organization has several – Photo © Jacobo Bastos

With the placement of the containers and the installation of the village tents in the Monte Real gardens, the club will be practically ready to host the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week.

Aerial view of the Monte Real Yacht Club with the Super Series container unloading operation – Photo © Jacobo Bastos

Countdown to Baiona Sailing Week

 

The ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week will premiere the 2022 season of the prestigious 52 SUPER SERIES from May 23 to 28

· The Monte Real Club de Yates will host the nine teams of the circuit that will make their debut in the surroundings of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia

Víctor Mariño, from Vigo, crew member aboard the double world champion Platoon, is eager to compete in the waters in which he learned to navigate

· The president of the MRCYB assures that the arrival of the SUPER SERIES in Baiona will be a milestone in the history of sport in Galicia

· The event will be officially presented next Friday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Monte Real Club de Yates facilities

The TP52 in action – Photo © Nico Martínez

The countdown begins for the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week. The popular Galician fishing village will host the first round of the 52 SUPER SERIES season from May 23 to 28, and will bring together the nine candidates for the 2022 title.

In Baiona, the German Platoon owned by Harm Müller-Spreer will compete; the Americans Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos), Interlodge (Austin and Gwen Fragomen) and Sled (Takashi Okura); the British Alegre (Andy Soriano) and Gladiator (Tom Langley); Turkish Provezza (Ergin Imre); the South African Phoenix 11 (Hasso Platner); and the Thai Team Vayu (Tom and Kevin Whitcraft).

It will be the first regatta in which they will face each other since the Rolex TP52 World Championship, with which the 2021 season closed last November with the Sled as TP52 world champion, champion of the 52 SUPER SERIES and team to beat in 2022.

The Sled will defend both crowns this year against the likes of Quantum Racing (four-time circuit champion and three-time world champion, who finished just one point behind Sled in 2021) or Platoon (two-time world champion and third in 2021, two points behind the winner), although given the quality of the crews on board each of the TP52s and the fine-tuning of the boats during the winter, it is early to speak of clear favorites.

For the Baiona event, the TP52s arrived at the port of Vigo aboard a Peters & May freighter and are now resting on the pontoons of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona (MRCYB) finalizing preparations to start training next weekend (Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 have free training).

The TP52 ready to go into play in less than a week – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The competition program will begin with the traditional official training regatta on Monday, May 23. This non-scoring test will act as a dress rehearsal for the organization and participants for the five days of competition that will complete the sports program of the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week between Tuesday 24 and Saturday 28 May.

An impressive regatta field and an excited Galician

The Regatta Committee led by the Spanish María Torrijo will establish the battlefield in front of the majestic archipelago of the Cíes Islands, turning the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia into a spectacular backdrop for the action of the TP52.

Víctor Mariño in regatta – Photo © Max Ranchi

Víctor Mariño, from Vigo, a crew member aboard the double world champion Platoon, is excited to compete in the waters in which he learned to navigate: “I’m looking forward to the 52 SUPER SERIES being held in my home waters, it’s kind of a dream come true. The weather is quite unstable at this time of year depending on the systems, one week can be bad and another good. At the end of May, the usual wind is from the northwest with an average of around 15-16 knots. It’s a very even race course, so there’s no real advantage I can give from my local knowledge. I don’t feel the pressure of having to perform well in my waters with the Platoon, but we are aware that if we sail at our best we can achieve a good result. What I feel is pressure for us to have good weather.”.

Baiona, looking forward to 52 SUPER SERIES and for everything to be perfect

Among the actions devised by the organizers of the event, the initiative to take the business out into the street and summon its people to a village installed in the park of La Palma, a few meters from the MRCYB, the operations center of the 52 SUPER SERIES, stands out. The village will be open to the public the weekend of May 26 to 28, and will have a giant screen where you can enjoy the best images of the competition and a wide range of entertainment and gastronomy.

José Luis Álvarez president of the Monte Real Yacht Club – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the opinion of José Luis Álvarez, president of the MRCYB: “Having been chosen by the SUPER SERIES to open the 2022 season is a source of pride for the club, but also a huge responsibility. Monte Real is used to organizing big events, but this competition is a new challenge for us, at all levels. The club’s staff has spent months making every effort to ensure that everything goes perfectly and we are sure that it will be what we want it to be: a milestone in the history of sport in Galicia, an unforgettable date for sailing lovers, a new opportunity to demonstrate how we do things at Monte Real and a unique opportunity to promote Baiona, the Rías Baixas and Galicia beyond our borders”.

The official presentation of the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week will be next Friday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Monte Real Club de Yates facilities.

The TP52 of the Super Series arrive in Baiona

 

· This morning the sailboats that will compete in the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES will arrive at the Monte Real Yacht Club throughout the day · Baiona Sailing Week

· They are TP52-type boats, monohulls built in carbon fiber, light and high performance, considered authentic “flying machines”

· The logistics company Peters & May was in charge of bringing them to Galicia from the port of Sagunto (Valencia), unloading them in the port of Vigo and will also be in charge of the logistics of moving the containers to Baiona

The TP52s this morning in Vigo before starting the unloading operation – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The port of Vigo hosted this morning one of the most peculiar unloading and unloading operations so far this year, that of the sailboats that at the end of this month will compete in the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week, organized by Monte Royal Yacht Club.

These spectacular boats, Transpac 52 or TP52, are carbon fiber monohulls, 15.85 meters long, with a large sail area and long, thin keels. Light and high-performance sailboats, considered authentic “flying machines” over the sea, the authentic “Formula One” of current cruising sailing.

The spectacular TP52 waiting to be unloaded in the Vigo estuary – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Under the supervision of the logistics company Peters & May, in charge of bringing them to Galicia from the port of Sagunto (Valencia) aboard a freighter, the sailboats were unloaded one by one until they touched the waters of the Rías Baixas.

“More than a complicated operation, it is a delicate operation due to the type of boats, which although they are easy to load and unload, are very delicate due to the carbon fiber with which the sailboats are built,” says the manager of Peters & May for Spain and Portugal, Justo Gosalbes.

Unloading operation of the TP52 in the port of Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

“The greatest difficulty in this type of operation -says Gosalbes- is customs, because all the teams are foreign, many of them are not European, and there is a lot of customs and port paperwork that is also very laborious”.

The first unloaded TP52 about to hit the water – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Today’s was the first contact of the TP52 with the Vigo estuary, in which in less than two weeks one of the most important nautical competitions on the planet will be held, an event that will bring to Galicia some of the most prestigious, including world champions and Olympic medalists.

In addition to the sailboats, which once unloaded continue their journey by sea to Baiona, this Wednesday the 18 containers of each of the crews and the organization are also unloaded in Vigo, which later, on the 16th, will be transferred by land to the Monte Real Yacht Club.

The 8 TP52s that arrived this Tuesday from Valencia to Galicia – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Its entry into Baiona will be another of the complicated phases of the logistics operation. “Here the difficulty -explains Justo Gosalbes, from Peters & May- It is in regulating the traffic of trucks so that the town is not blocked. We will have a truck inside the Parador and another outside working, and on the outskirts of Baiona there will also be another filtering area for trucks so that they enter little by little and their circulation has the least impact. Inside the Monte Real, where the containers will be unloaded and placed, will be another of the key points of the operation, since the space is reduced and everything is calculated to the centimeter”.

In Baiona they have been clearing and preparing the entire entrance surface of the Parador Nacional and the Monte Real Club de Yates for days to be able to place the containers there. In addition, the club’s marina has had to carry out a major restructuring of the boats in order to reserve an entire pontoon for the TP52s.

The freighter that brought the TP52s to Galicia this morning in the port of Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

A great organizational and logistical display for what will undoubtedly be one of the sporting events of the year in Galicia. In the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week, the teams Allegre (UK), Gladiator (UK), Interlodge (USA), Phoenix (South Africa), Platoon (Germany), Provezza (Turkey) will compete from May 23 to 28. , Quantum Racing (USA), Sled (USA) and Team Vayu (Thailand).

8 of the 9 TP52s that will compete in the Baiona Sailing Week aboard the freighter in Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Everything ready in Baiona to receive the 52 SUPER SERIES

 

· The countdown begins for the arrival in Galicia of the most important monohull circuit in the world that will open its season at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona

· From May 23 to 28, the Galician Rías Baixas will host the initial tests of a competition in which some of the best sailors from the 5 continents participate

· ABANCA and the Xacobeo 21-22 sponsor what will undoubtedly be the nautical event of the year in Galicia, for which everything is already prepared.

The countdown begins for the arrival in Galicia of the 52 SUPER SERIES, the most important monohull circuit in the world, which will open its regatta season at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona.

From May 23 to 28, the Galician Rías Baixas will host the initial tests of a competition in which some of the best sailors from the 5 continents participate. Allegre (UK), Gladiator (UK), Interlodge (USA), Phoenix (South Africa), Platoon (Germany), Provezza (Turkey), Quantum Racing (USA) and Sled (USA) are the teams that will compete in Galicia.

The 52 SUPER SERIES will arrive in Baiona from May 23 to 28 – Photo © Nico Martínez

To make their arrival in Baiona possible, the Monte Real Yacht Club has been working tirelessly for months. The organization of the event alone moves about 500 people, including crews and support staff, and at the club, despite being used to hosting massive events, they have had to deal with very complicated logistics.

In addition to the necessary restructuring of the mooring points in the club’s marina to be able to place these large sailboats, Monte Real has had to plan in detail the location of the large containers with which each team will arrive in Baiona.

The monohulls will sail in the vicinity of the Cíes Islands – Photo © Nico Martínez

They will all be located inside a historic site such as the Parador Nacional de Baiona, where the club is located, and to the technical and usability requirements of the organization and the different crews, the need to guarantee the protection of the place is added. , of high heritage value.

Aerial view of Baiona, one of the most spectacular fishing villages in Spain

The great technical and technological deployment of the event also implies the coordination of operations, the movement of trailers and cranes, the restructuring of spaces, the management of supplies, the preparation of the staging and an infinity of other tasks that Monte Real is carrying out, in addition, without paralyzing or altering its sports and social programming.

“If bringing SUPER SERIES to Baiona was a challenge, organizing the event while maintaining our usual activity is proving to be quite a challenge”, says the vice president of Monte Real, Alejandro Retolaza. “The organizational and logistical demands are enormous, but we will be up to the task of such an important event -assures-, and not only for all that it means for the club, but also because Baiona and Galicia will be the focus of international attention during those days. The responsibility is very great.”

The arrival of the 52 SUPER SERIES in Baiona thanks to the efforts of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the sponsorship of ABANCA and the Xacobeo 21-22 will undoubtedly be the nautical event of the year in Galicia. And in the small Galician fishing village they already have everything ready for the Baiona Sailing Week to cast off.

Aerial view of the Monte Real Yacht Club of Baiona

 

Baiona, Vigo and Combarro share the Repsol Trophy prizes

 

· The Magical of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, the Sagar V of the Ro Yacht Club of Combarro and the Secolite, the Yess, the Alboroto and the Bouvento of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona were the winners of the different classes in contention

The special sponsorship prize of 7,000 euros for the best J80 went to Javier Aguado’s Alboroto and Ángela Rodríguez’s Silleiro won the trophy for the best female crew

The weather was the protagonist of the 44th Spring Regatta, affecting the first two days with little wind and fog, and leaving the third and last stage blank, in which the planned test could not be held

· After the Repsol Trophy, the MRCYB is already focusing on its great event of the year: the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES – Baiona Sailing Week, the most prestigious monohull circuit in the world that will stop in Galicia at the end of the month

The Magical by Julio Rodríguez of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Baiona, Vigo and Combarro shared out the prizes of the last edition of the Repsol Trophy held these days in the Rías Baixas, a competition in which the weather played a major role and marked the three days of regattas.

After a first day in which the scarce wind only allowed the holding of one of the three scheduled tests in the bay of Baiona and a second stage in which the fog forced the coastal route between Baiona and Combarro to be shortened and made it difficult for the the fleet; This Sunday, on the third and last day of competition, the lack of wind left the markers blank. The last test of the program, a coastal route between Combarro and Baiona, was canceled and the final classification was defined with two tests for the J80 class and a single test for the rest of the classes.

In ORC 1-2-3 , the winner was Julio Rodríguez’s Magical. Their victory just a few weeks ago in the Comunica Trophy and this new victory in the Repsol Trophy make it clear that the crew of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo will be one of the teams to take into account in the Galician regatta season. The Sailway by Rodrigo Ojea (CM Canido); and Aceites Abril, from Jorge Pérez Canal (RCN Vigo), were second and third respectively.

Julio Rodríguez’s Magical winner in ORC 1-2-3 – Photo © Antía Martínez

On ORC 4 , the Sagar V of Rolando Andrade, of the Ro Yacht Club of Combarro, took the laurels of a class in which the Deep Blue 2.1 of Vicente Cid (RCN Vigo) and the Maracaná of Carlos García (RCM Aguete), they made with silver and bronze.

Rolando Andrade’s Sagar V winner in ORC 4 – Photo © Antía Martínez

In ORC 5 , two boats from Monte Real finished in first and second position: Javier Rey’s Secolite and Óscar José Comesaña’s Bouvento. Antonio Francisco Gómez’s Marcolfo, from the Vigo yacht club, took third place on the podium.

Javier Rey’s Secolite winner in ORC 5 – Photo © Antía Martínez

In ORC A2 , the good heads-up between the Portuguese Rui Ramada and the Galician Óscar Peixoto aboard the MRCYB’s Yess, allowed them to win and beat Luis Vidal and Eva Fernández’s Vagalume, who came second.

Rui Ramada and Óscar Peixoto winners in A Dos – Photo © Antía Martínez

In J80 , Javier Aguado’s Alboroto was crowned the deserved winner of the class, after signing two first places in the two races held. He left the silver and bronze to Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen and Alejandra Suárez’s Cansino.

The Rampage of Javier Aguado winner in the J80 class – Photo © Antía Martínez

In the Figaro category, Óscar José Comesaña’s Bouvento, Ángela Rodríguez’s Silleiro and Marta Quintáns’s Erizana finished first, second and third.

Óscar Comesaña’s Bouvento winner in the Figaro class – Photo © Antía Martínez

 

Special prizes for the best female crew and the best J80

In addition to the trophies in the different categories, two special prizes were up for grabs at this year’s Repsol Trophy. One, for the best female crew in the competition, went to the crew of Ángela Rodríguez’s Silleiro.

Ángela Rodríguez’s Silleiro best female crew – Photo © Antía Martínez

The other special prize, for the best J80, which was won by Javier Aguado’s Alboroto, consisted of a sponsorship of 7,000 euros so that the crew can attend the European Championship of the class that is being held this summer in France. With this initiative, the Monte Real Club de Yates intends to continue encouraging the J80 fleet ahead of the Spanish and world championships that the club will organize this year and next

The Rampage of Javier Aguado in front of the Cíes mountains covered in fog – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

Point and end to the Repsol Trophy and focus now on the SUPER SERIES

Thus, the Monte Real Club de Yates Spring Regatta said goodbye to its forty-fourth edition, reaffirming itself as one of the most interesting competitions on the Galician nautical scene, both for the number of participants and for the changes that are introduced year after year, which allows to give freshness to one of the most traditional regattas in Spain.

After culminating the nautical event with the awards ceremony for the winners, in which the manager and the head of Marine and Fishing of Repsol, Carlos Sánchez Nieto and Inés González Megido, participated; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; and the president and vice president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, José Luis Álvarez and Alejandro Retolaza; Monte Real is already focusing on its great event in 2022: the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · Baiona Sailing Week.

The most prestigious monohull circuit in the world will call at the Galician fishing village between the 23rd and 28th of this month and the Baion club already has everything ready for what will undoubtedly be the nautical event of the year in Galicia, sponsored by ABANCA and Xacobeo 21-22.

 

REPSOL TROPHY 2022 44th SPRING REGATTA
Final general classification after holding 2 tests

ORC CLASS 1-2-3

1. MAGICAL · JULIO RODRÍGUEZ · RCN VIGO · 1 POINT
2. SAILWAY RODRIGO OJEA CM CANIDO 2 POINTS
3. APRIL OILS JORGE PÉREZ CANAL RCN VIGO 3 POINTS

ORC-CLASS 4

1. SAGAR V ROLANDO ANDRADE RO YC 1 POINT
2. DEEP BLUE 2.1 VICENTE CID RCN VIGO 2 POINTS
3. MARACANÁ · CARLOS GARCÍA · RCM AGUETE · 3 POINTS

ORC-CLASS 5

1. SECOLITE · JAVIER REY · MRCYB · 1 POINT
2. BOUVENTO · OSCAR JOSÉ COMESAÑA · MRCYB · 2 POINTS
3. MARCOLFO · ANTONIO FRANCISCO GÓMEZ · RCN VIGO · 3 POINTS

CLASS A2

1. YESS RUI RAMADA + ÓSCAR GONZALEZ PEIXOTO MRCYB 1 POINT
2. VAGALUME · LUIS VIDAL + EVA FERNÁNDEZ · INDEPENDENT · 2 POINTS

J80 CLASS

1. ALBOROTO · JAVIER AGUADO · MRCYB · 2 POINTS
2. OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · MRCYB · 5 POINTS
3. TIRED · ALEJANDRA SUÁREZ · MRCYB · 9 POINTS

FIGARO CLASS

1. BOUVENTO · OSCAR JOSÉ COMESAÑA · MRCYB
2. SILLEIRO ANGELA RODRÍGUEZ MRCYB
3. ERIZANA · MARTA QUINTÁNS · MRCYB

 

SPECIAL PRIZES

SPONSORSHIP 7,000 EUROS TO THE BEST J80:
ALBOROTO · JAVIER AGUADO · MRCYB

AWARD FOR THE BEST FEMALE CREW OF THE REPSOL TROPHY:
SILLEIRO ANGELA RODRÍGUEZ MRCYB

The Comunica Trophy unfolds and will depart from Combarro and Vigo towards Baiona

 

· The Monte Real Club de Yates adds this year a new race starting in the Pontevedra estuary to the trophy with which it inaugurates the cruise season

· The participating sailboats will be able to choose the starting point from Combarro or Vigo and will converge in Baiona as the end point of the route

· The one-day regatta will be held on Saturday from noon and the awards ceremony will be held in the afternoon at Monte Real

Part of the fleet of the last edition of the Comunica Trophy in Vigo – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Monte Real Club de Yates inaugurates its 2022 cruise season this Saturday with the Comunica Trophy, which this year is split to include two different regattas, one from the Pontevedra estuary and the other from the Vigo estuary.

The participating boats will be able to choose between Combarro and Vigo as the starting point, but both options will converge at an intermediate point of the route and will coincide in the arrival, which will be located in the same place for the entire fleet.

The earliest test will be Combarro – Baiona, with departure scheduled for twelve noon near the Marina Combarro, which collaborates with Monte Real in organizing the event. From the coast of the picturesque town of Pontevedra, the sailboats will have a route of about 22 nautical miles ahead of them.

The sailboats that choose Vigo as a starting point will do less travel, for which it is estimated that it will be approximately 15 miles of journey. This test design, scheduled to leave at two in the afternoon from the vicinity of the port of Vigo, is the one that has traditionally been disputed thanks to the collaboration of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo.

If the regatta committee’s calculations are met, there will come a point where the sailboats coming through the Pontevedra estuary and those sailing through the Vigo estuary will group together, predictably around the Cíes Islands area. From there, the fleet will head to the same finish, near Baiona, and it will be at the Monte Real Club de Yates where the awards ceremony will be held starting at seven in the afternoon.

The Vigo and Pontevedra estuaries will be the scene this year of the Comunica Trophy – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Cruisers, Open class sailboats, and J80 and Figaros monotypes may participate in the regatta. If there are enough registered (there must be a minimum of 6 to form a class), an A2 category will also be created for those teams formed only by a skipper and a crew member.

In the last edition, in which more than 40 boats from Spain and Portugal participated, the winners were Rui Ramada’s Yess Racing (ORC 1-2), Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue (ORC 3-4), Víctor’s Nahela Manuel Álvarez (ORC Open) and the Bon III of Víctor Carrión and Horacio Pequeno (A2). In monotypes, the victory of the Fígaros went to Serralleiras de Paula Rey and in J80 it was won by Maija de José Luis Pérez.

Portuguese Rui Ramada’s Yess Racing was one of the winners of the last edition – Photo © Rosana Calvo

COMUNICA TROPHY APRIL 23, 2022

12:00 – Start of the COMBARRO regatta – BAIONA (22 miles)
14:00 – Departure regatta VIGO – BAIONA (15 miles)
19:00 – Awards ceremony at the Monte Real Yacht Club (Baiona)

 

Okofen, unstoppable, about to win the Baitra J80 Winter League

 

· The sailboat led by Javier de la Gándara signed two new victories this Sunday in the penultimate stage of the one-design championship

With 8 points away from their most direct rival, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Fuss, the Okofen crew is close to victory in the J80 Winter League

· On April 2, the competition will be resolved with the last three tests and the delivery of prizes to the winners

The sailboat led by Javier de la Gándara signed two new victories this Sunday – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Okofen was convincing this Sunday in the waters of Baiona in the penultimate day of the J80 Winter League, which the Monte Real Club de Yates has been organizing since last January with the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales.

The crew led by Javier de la Gándara signed two solid victories in the two races held and set the bar even higher for their most direct competitors, Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto and Manel Cunha’s Marías, who are second and third respectively. .

There were no changes in the provisional podium in terms of positions, but there were changes in the score that separates the three candidates to win the championship, which is now much wider. The 12 points that Okofen has allow them to already dream of the laurels of the league, by taking an 8-point advantage over Alboroto, which has 20; and 15 to Marías, with 27.

Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s El Alboroto remains solid in second position – Photo © Rosana Calvo

As had happened on Saturday, the regattas this Sunday were also very complicated by the wind. A first test was started that had to be canceled on the first beat. After changing the regatta course, the fleet was able to sail a sleeve that ended up shortened but that allowed the day’s scoring to open. Okofen, Spaco and Cansino got the best score. In the second and last test of the day, which could be played in its entirety, Okofen repeated victory and Alboroto and Marías entered behind them.

With an off-line in the first test, Marías did not shine as well as expected today – Photo © Rosana Calvo

This being the case, and waiting for what happens on the last day, if Javier de la Gándara’s crew maintains the streak and the good work of the previous stages (in which they signed some partials of 1-2-1-3 -1-1-4-1-1-1), everything points to the final victory.

The crews that compete in the Monte Real one-design league will meet again on April 2, the day on which the sixth and final phase of the Baitra J80 Winter League is scheduled to be held.

That first Saturday of April, in addition to the competition being resolved, the Monte Real will deliver the prizes to the winners of the championship and will open the doors to the cruise competitions that will arrive in Baiona at the end of the month, with the celebration of the Comunica Trophy (April 23 ) and the Repsol Trophy (April 29 and 30 and May 1).

 

BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE MONTE REAL YACHT CLUB
Top 5 after the fifth day of regattas and in the absence of a final stage

1. OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · 12 POINTS
2. BUZZ · JUAN CARLOS AMENEIRO · 20 POINTS
3. MARÍAS MANEL CUNHA 27 POINTS
4. TIRED · ALEJANDRA SUÁREZ · 43 POINTS
5. SPACO SANTIAGO ESTÉVEZ 58 POINTS

Double shift for the J80 fleet

 

· The twenty J80 who have been taking part in the Baitra J80 Winter League in Baiona since last January return this weekend in a double day

· The eight-meter fleet will compete in the fourth stage of tests on Saturday from three in the afternoon and the fifth on Sunday from eleven in the morning

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen is in the lead with six points followed by Ameneiro’s Alboroto with eleven and Marías de Cunha with fourteen

Twenty J80 compete for the Baitra Winter League – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The twenty J80 who have been taking part in the Baitra J80 Winter League in Baiona since last January return to the water this weekend in a double competition day. The eight-meter fleet will compete in the fourth and fifth stages of the championship on Saturday from three in the afternoon and on Sunday from eleven in the morning.

There will be two days of tests in which it is planned to put into play a total of six tasks (three per day) of the windward-leeward type, and in which, if test number 11 is completed, a new discard will come into play, which will once again offer crews the chance to remove their worst result from the standings.

With six races in two days of regatta and the possibility of a discard being applied, everything indicates that this weekend’s double day will be decisive in terms of shaping the final podium, since once this phase is over , only the last three tests will be held, scheduled for next April 2.

Until now, Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen is the team that has been the most solid in the competition, with four first places and one second. He leads with 6 points followed by Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto (with 11 points) and Manel Cunha’s Marías (with 14 points), who close the provisional podium.

For the first day of Saturday, the forecasts announce a wind of between 7 and 11 knots from the south, with the possibility of shifting and falling in intensity as the hours progress.

The Baitra J80 Winter League returns this weekend with a double day – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The J80 return to Baiona for the third round of the Baitra J80 Winter League

 

The winter one-design competition organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club celebrates this Saturday the third of the six scheduled days

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen is at the top of the classification followed by Alboroto and Marías who are second and third

· The tests for the 18 contenders for the title of winner will begin at three in the afternoon and the forecasts announce good wind for navigation

Las Estelas and Cíes, exceptional spectators in the J80 Winter League – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Galician J80 return to Baiona this Saturday to play the third round of the J80 Winter League, organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates with the sponsorship of Baitra. It is the third day on the program (the second effective after the cancellation of the first due to lack of wind) and everything indicates that the classification will begin to get exciting.

In the three tests held so far, the favorites began to take up positions and the three tests scheduled for this Saturday will serve to further define the classification, creating greater distances between the crews at the top and bottom of the table or further adjusting the head positions.

In addition, if the wind allows the celebration of the entire program (everything points to yes, because the forecast announces north component winds of about 9 knots and peaks of up to 14) and the sixth round is reached, a discard will come into play. , a move that will allow teams to remove their worst result from the standings.

Javier de la Gándara, Diego Fernández, Chisco Catalán and Jaime de la Gándara make up the crew of the Okofen – Photo © Rosana Calvo

So far, the three sailboats that occupy the positions of honor are separated by just two points from each other. They are Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen (4 points), Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto (6 points) and Manel Cunha’s Marías (8 points). In fourth and fifth position, somewhat further apart, we find Alejandra Suárez’s Cansino (15 points) and Santiago Estévez’s Spaco (17 points).

The regatera day for the 18 contenders for the one-design winter title will begin at three in the afternoon in the waters of the Bay of Baiona.

The J80 Winter League is organized by the MRCYB with the sponsorship of Baitra – Photo © Rosana Calvo

De la Gándara leads the Baitra J80 Winter League

 

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen was placed at the head of the Baitra J80 Winter League this Saturday after winning two of the three contested races

· The Alboroto led by the former champion of Spain in the Javier Aguado class was on the verge of victory and occupies the second position

The Marías of the Portuguese Manel Cunha is third in a competition that still has four days left to know its final outcome

The Baitra J80 Winter League opened this Saturday with three tests – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Okofen of Javier de la Gándara from Vigo was placed at the head of the Baitra J80 Winter League this Saturday after winning two of the three tests with which the competition was inaugurated. The crew came with a thorn in their side after having missed the Autumn League and convincingly demonstrated why they are one of the best teams in the running and one of the clear contenders for the final victory.

Those of De la Gándara haggled with ease and managed to get, in many moments, a significant distance from the rest of the fleet. In fact, in the first heat they crossed the finish line with great comfort separated from the rest.

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen crossing the finish line first – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Somewhat more complicated was the second test, in which they gave prominence to Alboroto, led by the former Spanish champion of the class, Javier Aguado. The sailboat was the fastest to take the buoys and to reach the finish line, winning the heat and leaving Okofen in second place.

The Spanish J80 Champion Javier Aguado led the Alboroto today – Photo © Rosana Calvo

But the Gándara crew was not willing to let the long-awaited victory slip away and took advantage of the third and last test of the day to sentence the classification with another first place. And so, with partial 1-2-1, it was how Okofen won the first victory of the Winter League, which the Monte Real Club de Yates organizes until next April thanks to the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales .

Manel Cunha’s Marías scored a second and two thirds in today’s tests – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Along with the Okofen and the Alboroto, the other outstanding sailboat of the day was the Marías of the Portuguese Manel Cunha, who always remained very close to the first positions. They finished with results of 2-3-3 and third place in the provisional standings, but if they keep up their good work, they will undoubtedly be one of the crews to take into account in the coming days.

El Cansino is fourth in the standings – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Top-5 after this first day of competition is closed by Alejandra Suárez’s Cansino and Santiago Estévez’s Spaco, fourth and fifth respectively. The next appointment with the one-design winter league is on the 19th.

The Spaco occupies the fifth position – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The wind prevents the J80 from debuting in Baiona

 

· The lack of wind prevented the classification of the Baitra J80 Winter League from the Monte Real Club de Yates from opening this Saturday in Baiona

· The one-design fleet will return to the water next February 5 in the second of the six days scheduled in the competition

 

Start of the first test that could not be completed – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The lack of wind prevented the Galician J80 fleet from debuting this Saturday in the Baitra J80 Winter League, organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates with the sponsorship of Baitra Accesorios Navales.

Although the regatta committee managed to start the first of the three tests scheduled to open the competition, the sailboats were only able to complete one of the two laps that included the task.

The Baitra J80 Winter League is held in the Bay of Baiona – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In the middle of the first lap the difficulties for the crews with roles and drops of wind in the offset area already began. Despite everything, most of the boats managed to go up to the next beacon area, but when they were about to start the second round, the situation became untenable and the committee decided to cancel the test.

The regatta was then put on standby waiting for the wind to enter with the direction and intensity necessary to resume the competition, but it was not possible and the fleet was forced to return to land without having been able to open markers.

The next appointment with the Baitra J80 Winter League is on February 5 with the second of the six days that will be in contention.

The J80 Winter League is organized by the MRCYB with the sponsorship of Baitra – Photo © Rosana Calvo

 

 

Monte Real opens the 2022 season with the Baitra J80 Winter League

 

· The winter league for 8-meter monotypes is the first event in the Monte Real Club de Yates regatta calendar, which this year includes 12 competitions distributed between January and December

Nearly twenty sailboats will compete from this Saturday until April 2, the six days that include the championship sponsored by Baitra Accesorios Navales

In addition to the regattas and with the sights set on the Spanish and World Championships, which will be organized by the MRCYB, the days of regatta will also include group preparation, boat preparation and strategy briefings

 

Nearly twenty sailboats will compete in the Baitra J80 Winter League – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Monte Real Club de Yates inaugurates its 2022 sports calendar this Saturday with the celebration of the first day of the Baitra J80 Winter League. The 8-meter monotypes are once again the protagonists of a championship that will be held in six stages until next April.

With three races per day, the nearly twenty participating sailboats will compete in a total of 18 regattas, which may be of the windward-leeward type, with two upwind and two stern; or coastal, with routes to be determined each day of competition. In what all the days will coincide will be at the start time, at three in the afternoon; and in the location of the outlet, inside the Bay of Baiona.

In liza we will see about twenty boats, mainly from the Monte Real Club de Yates, which has the largest J80 fleet in Galicia; but also from Coruña (Miguel Fernández’s La Galera), Portosín (Rafael Blanco’s Due) and Bouzas (Juan Martínez Pazó’s ¡Ay Carmela!).

Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen and Manel Cunha’s Marías, both from the MRCYB, will go out on the water ready to revalidate their champion titles from the previous editions of the Winter League and the Autumn League, respectively. They will be seen with other crews that usually end up either on the podium or just touching it, such as Juan Carlos Ameneiro’s Alboroto, Alejandra Suárez’s Cansino, Castor Alonso’s Maija, Santiago Estévez’s Spaco, Bernardo Macedo’s Mondo or the Namaste by Luis de Mira.

The Baitra J80 Winter League will be held over 6 days from January to April – Photo © Rosana Calvo

In addition to the regattas, and with the sights set on the Spanish Championship of the class to be held in September in Baiona and the World Championship that Monte Real will organize in 2023, the regattas will include group training sessions, preparation of boats and strategy briefings before and after the competition. The goal is for the Galician fleet to arrive at the national and world events as prepared as possible.

Baitra repeats its sponsorship of the event for the second consecutive year, a company dedicated to the marketing and distribution of accessories and naval equipment aimed at the construction and repair of boats, both sports and professional.

The Baitra J80 Winter League will serve as preparation for the national and world championships organized by the MRCYB – Photo © Rosana Calvo

The Baitra J80 Winter League is the first of the 12 competitions that Monte Real will organize this year in Baiona. The highlights of the season will arrive in May and September with the celebration of the 52 SUPER SERIES · Baiona Sailing Week and the Spanish J80 Championship. The Baionese club will also compete in the Galician A Dos Championship (June 11), the Final of the Women’s National Sailing League (October); and its four great classics: the Prince of Asturias Trophy (September 2-4) with the National Sailing Awards, the Conde de Gondomar Trophy (July 22-25), the Repsol Trophy (April 29-May 1) and the Comunica Trophy (April 23). The Monte Real sports calendar is completed with a Laser class qualifier (November 5-6), the J80 Autumn League (October-December) and a Route through the Rías Baixas (July 5-10).

 

BAITRA J80 WINTER LEAGUE

22 JANUARY · FIRST DAY
5 FEBRUARY SECOND DAY
FEBRUARY 19 THIRD DAY
MARCH 5 FOURTH DAY
MARCH 19 · FIFTH DAY
APRIL 2 FINAL DAY AND AWARDS DELIVERY

NOTICE OF RACE WINTER LEAGUE BAITRA J80

The Baitra J80 Winter League will be held in the waters of the Bay of Baiona on January 22, February 5 and 19, March 5 and 19 and April 2, organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club.

ONLINE REGISTRATION:

https://www.mrcyb.es/eventos/event/j80-winter-league-2/

1. RULES

The regatta will be governed by:
to. The rules as defined in the WS Racing Rules of Sailing 2021–2024 (RRS).
b. J80 class monodesign regulations and their special adaptations of the J80 Galicia Fleet[NP][DP] .
c. Announcement and Instructions of Regatta.
d. The infraction of the Rules in AR and IR of this event indicated as[NP] It will not be a reason for protests between ships. This modifies Rule 60.1(a) RRS.
and. The infraction of the Rules in AR and IR of this event indicated as[DP] indicates that your penalty may be lighter than disqualification if the protest committee so decides. The abbreviation for the discretionary penalty imposed pursuant to this instruction shall be[DPI] .
F. The penalty for infractions of the IR indicated as[SP] they will be fixed, without hearing and imposed by the Race Committee, in the most recently completed race, applied as indicated in Rule 44.3 RRS (modifies Rules 63.1 and A5 of the RRS).
g. [NP] [DP] Annex A Security protocol in relation to COVID-19.

 

2. ADVERTISING [NP] [DP]

2.1. Participants may display advertising in accordance with the provisions of WS Regulation 20.
2.2 The Organization may require the participants to display the sponsor’s publicity in the form that is convenient and that will be provided to them before the regatta, not being able to manipulate or modify said material under any circumstances.

3. PARTICIPATION [NP] [DP]

3.1 J80 class boats that comply with the regulations of point 1 and all the requirements demanded in point 4 of this AR may participate. As long as each and every one of them is not fulfilled, their registration as a participant in the Regatta will not be considered. Depending on the circumstances, the Organizing and Race Committee may grant a special extension in a particular way to the boat that requests it in writing.
3.2 Owners and skippers must be members of the J80 Class National Association and be registered at http://www.j80measurement.com.
3.3 Skippers who are not owners must be in possession of Sailor Classification Grade 1. See the following link:
https://members.sailing.org/classification/?unique=1442849722.9402&view=req_new_classification&nocache=1

4. REGISTRATION

4.1 Registration will be mandatory, at a cost of €50 per boat, and the following documentation must be sent or presented before January 22:
• Complete the registration through the MRCYB website:
https://www.mrcyb.es/events/event/j80-winter-league-2 /
• Updated boat insurance.
• Federal licenses of 2022 for all crew members.
• Proof of transfer of registration rights.

Submitted or presented in:

Mount Royal Yacht Club
Parador Enclosure, s/n, 36300 Baiona
Email: regatas@mrcyb.com
phone + 34 986 385 000

And the transfer of registration rights made in:

ABANCA
BAIONA Branch
. account: ES92 2080 0559 2330 4000 3658
SWIFT: CAGLESMMXXX

4.2 Registration and confirmation of registration:

The owner or person in charge of each boat must personally sign the declaration of responsibility regarding Covid-19 before 12:00 noon on January 22, 2022.

5. PROGRAM

5.1. The competition will take place on the following days:

5.2. This program may be modified if circumstances so require (postponement to other dates due to suspension due to storms, etc., or modification of schedules according to forecast weather conditions or other causes).

6. COMPETITION FORMAT

6.1. It will be navigated in fleet format, in real time.
6.2. 18 tests are scheduled.
6.3. There will be no more than 3 tests per day.

7. MEASUREMENT AND SAFETY [NP] [DP]

7.1 The responsibility of attending this regatta having previously updated its Measurement Certificate, measuring the material with which it is intended to participate, is exclusively the registered skipper.
7.2 The number of crew members on board may be changed during the course of the regatta, but not on each day where it must end with the same number as the start.
7.3 The safety of this regatta will be considered as category 4 (reduced) in accordance with the Special Rules for High Seas Regatta of the WS and adapted to the particular regulations of the Galician J80 Fleet.
7.4 All boats must be equipped with a VHF radio with channels 16, 09, 71 and 72.
7.5 It will be the responsibility of the owner or skipper of each boat to comply with the legal regulations established for recreational boats, both in general and in particular for their government, dispatch and security.

8. SCORING SYSTEM

8.1. The Low Score system described in Appendix A of the RRS will apply.
8.2. There will be one (1) discard from 6 or more races held and two (2) discards from 11 or more races held.

9. PRIZES
Prizes will be awarded to at least the top 3 classifieds, the award ceremony will take place on April 2 at 8:30 p.m. at the club.

10. LIABILITY

Participants in the Baitra J80 Winter League do so at their own risk and responsibility.
The MRCYB or any person or body involved in the organization of the event, reject any responsibility for loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that may occur to people or things, both on land and at sea, as a result of participation in the tests covered by this race announcement.
Attention is drawn to Fundamental Rule 3, Decision to Race, of part 1 of the RRS, which states: “It is the sole responsibility of a boat to decide whether to participate in a race or to continue racing”.

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[NP][DP] ANNEX A

Security protocol in relation to COVID-19

to. Access to the regatta facilities is subject to the control of body temperature.
b. Participants and support people are required to wear a mask:
1º: At all times while in the Club facilities, except in the cases established by law.
2º: At all times while they are afloat, except in the cases provided by law.
3rd: when embarking on any Organization vessel: Regatta Committees, Referees and maintenance boats, etc. The masks must be thrown only in the containers provided for it, duly marked.
c. Participants and support people are obliged to respect the capacity and access shifts, where appropriate, to:
1º Changing rooms will remain closed.
2nd Bar, restaurant and social lounges.
d. Participants and support people are required to wash their hands frequently and, where appropriate, to use hydrogels when accessing rooms and closed areas.
and. Participants and support persons are required to use the one-way lanes when traveling within the facility.
F. All participants are recommended to download and activate the App Radar Covid19.

Link Android (Reviewed and Validated):
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.gob.radarcovid&hl=es
Link APPLE (reviewed and validated):
https://apps.apple.com/es/app/radarcovid/id1520443509

 

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

MERRY CHRISTMAS !

 

Dear friends and friends:

A few days before the end of the year, I wish to send you, on behalf of the Board of Directors and all the workers of the Club, our best wishes for this Christmas and the coming Year 2022.

As you all know, it has been a better year, but not without difficulties due to the pandemic situation. A year that has allowed us, once again, to continue with our sports programs and carry out our most emblematic regattas. Unfortunately it has not been possible to recover social events, because health protocols have not allowed it.

I would like to thank once again all those who have made it possible for Monte Real to continue to be a benchmark for their good work. Of this we can feel proud.

To the sponsors, both institutional and private. To the sailors, they are always ready to compete. To the students of our sailing schools for their interest in getting to know and delving deeper into our sport. To the media that, with their help, make it possible for the sport of sailing to reach society in general.

Our memory, too, for those who have left us, and for the families who have lived through a year of difficulties and uncertainties, our most sincere affection.

Thank you all and Happy Holidays,

Jose Luis Alvarez

President of the MRCYB

 

 

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