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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

 

 

 

The Rampage takes the lead in Baitra J80 Winter League premiere

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MRCYB 2023 REGATTA SCHEDULE


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


CDEC TROPHY
April 22 (ORC AND J80)


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


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


RÍAS BAIXAS ROUTE
from July 3 to 8


48th COUNT OF GONDOMAR TROPHY
from July 22 to 25


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


WORLD J80 BAIONA 2023
from September 18 to 24


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


Baiona bids farewell to the 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy with wind and emotion

 

· Winds of more than 20 knots on average and gusts of almost 30 marked the last round of the star sailing regatta in Galicia

· Xekmatt, Marías, Urbapaz and Deep Blue 2.1 were the winners of the Príncipe de Asturias in the ORC divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4

In ORC 5 and Open, Cinco Islas Albariño and Salseiro were winners, and Silleiro took the laurels of the Gestilar Ladies Cup

· In J80 where the more than 30 participating units represented a record of participation, the GP Bullhound won the gold

The wind wanted to be the protagonist in the final day of the 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Naval School of Marín. The day was not easy for any of the fleets of the eight participating categories and neither for the regatta committees, although the harsh conditions did not prevent the last tests from being held to crown the new winners of the star regatta of Galician sailing.

The passage of a front through the Rías Baixas, which left sustained wind conditions of about twenty knots and points of almost thirty, forced the almost ninety participating teams to give one hundred percent in a final day in which all the leaders on Saturday ended up claiming the definitive victory.

The Xekmatt of the Lisbon Naval Association – photo Lalo R Villar

The Portuguese Xekmatt of the Naval Association of Lisbon, great winner of the Prince

The Aceites Abril of Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal (Real Club Náutico de Vigo) achieved a hard-fought first position in the only race held this Sunday in the ABANCA ORC 1 class with a second advantage over Xekmatt (Lisbon Naval Association). The Portuguese team led by Hugo and João Prista, however, was served by second place to proclaim themselves the winner of the Prince of Asturias Trophy ahead of Julio Rodríguez’s Magical from Vigo, who was second overall. The team of the Pérez-Canal brothers, meanwhile, closed the podium in the third drawer. In addition to the title in its category, the Xekmatt also won in this thirty-seventh edition the trophy for the absolute winner of ORC divisions 1 to 4 and the Count of Barcelona Don Juan de Borbón Award for the best Portuguese crew. A Prince, without a doubt, round for the Prista team, which, being a regular on the podium in previous editions, achieved its second overall victory after ten years.

Manel Cunha’s Marías won in Volvo Autesa ORC 2 – Photo Lalo R Villar

The grand prix of the Volvo Autesa ORC 2 stayed in Baiona with the Marías

In the Volvo Autesa ORC 2 division, the local team Marías de Manel María Cunha did not give in to their rivals and added a new victory that allowed them to claim the victory directly after leading from the first round of the championship. Behind, one point behind Marías, was José Manuel Pérez’s Arroutado (Royal Nautical Club of Portosín) in second position, and finally third was Diego López’s Mirfak, from the Ferrol Naval Regatta Commission.

The Urbapaz by Fran Edreira – Photo Lalo R Villar

Urbapaz sentenced the general in Oils April ORC 3

With four victories in five contested events, Fran Edreira’s Urbapaz, representing the Club Náutico de Cabanas, won the title of champion of the Príncipe de Asturias Trophy with three points over the second-placed team, the Sailway of the Club Marítimo de Canido. Ramón Ojea’s men, in turn, achieved a comfortable nine-point lead over Diogo Talone’s Milaneza, who closed the podium in third place.

The Deep Blue 2.1 took the laurels of the Martin Miller ORC 4 class – © Lalo R. Villar

Deep Blue 2.1 continues its hot streak and wins at Martin Miller ORC 4

Another victory for Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue 2.1 in Martin Miller ORC 4. The Real Club Náutico de Vigo team, which is having a brilliant regatta season, revalidated this Sunday the title of the last edition, although Orión did not make it easy for them. Javier Pérez’s team (Monte Real Club de Yates) added three partial victories in the last three contested races, but with a sixth in another partial, they stayed three points from victory and had to settle for second place. The bronze went to La Burla Negra by Juan José Martínez (Club Náutico de Castrelo de Miño).

Cinco Islas Albariño won in Gadis ORC 5 – © Lalo R. Villar

Iñaki Carbajo’s Cinco Islas Albariño won the final victory in Gadis ORC 5

For the fleets of the Gadis ORC 5 and Vanguard ORC Open classes, the Regatta Committee prepared this Sunday a new coastal regatta that finally had to be shortened due to the harsh conditions that were recorded during the route through the Vigo estuary. In ORC 5, Juan Carlos Sicre’s Salao (Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas) was the fastest of the day, but the second place achieved by Iñaki Carbajo’s Cinco Islas Albariño, earned the Beluso Nautical Club) to overtake them and gain the final victory. Antonio Francisco Gómez’s Marcolfo (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), winner of the last edition, was this time third overall in his division.

Salseiro from A Coruña winner in the Vanguard Open class – © Lalo R. Villar

The Vanguard ORC Open class grand prix goes to Coruña

Something very similar to what happened in the ORC 5 class happened at the Vanguard ORC Open. Fernando Rey’s Albarellos (Club Náutico de Portonovo) won Sunday’s test, but could not take the final victory and finished in second position behind Manuel Blanco’s Salseiro (Real Club Náutico Coruña), the definitive winner in general. The third position was awarded to the Portuguese Porto de Aveiro with Delmar Conde at the controls.

GP Bullhound, winner in Solventis J80 © Lalo R. Vill

Victory for the GP Bullhound in the Solventis J80 class, the most numerous in the trophy

They started and finished well. That could perfectly be the summary for the performance of Per Roman’s GP Bullhound, who competes under the banner of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club. The crew, of which the Galician Luis Bugallo was part, started the Principe with force, adding two victories and a second in the opening tests on Saturday. This Sunday, with two more races completed in which they scored a third and a new partial victory, Roman’s men became the new winners of the Prince of Asturias Trophy in the Solventis J80 class, a category that this year had more than thirty units in contention, mainly due to the proximity of the Spanish Championship, which will be held in Baiona in two weeks. With the victory, the GP Bullhound also won the Juan Sebastián Elcano Trophy for the best J80 of the edition. The Solventis J80 category podium was completed by Ignacio Camino’s Solintal (Real Club Marítimo de Santander) and Javier de la Gándara’s Okofen (Monte Real Club de Yates), second and third respectively.

The crew of the Silleiro, winner of the Gestilar Ladies Cup © Lalo R. Villar

Silleiro confirmed its dominance in the Gestilar Ladies Cup

In the exclusively female category, the Gestilar Ladies Cup, the Silleiro commanded by Carlota Hernández from Vigo and representing Marina Burriananova managed to defend the leadership this Sunday with a third and a first place. With these results they managed to proclaim themselves winners of the twenty-sixth edition of the Ladies Cup. Behind, second place went to Tutatis de Pilar Casares (Real Club Náutico de Puerto Pollensa) and third place went to the sailors from Serralleiras with Helena Alegre at the helm (Real Club Náutico de Palma).

Special mention to the students of the MRCYB adapted sailing school © Lalo R. Villar

The delivery of trophies, the final touch to a record edition

In addition to distributing the awards to the winners of the Prince of Asturias Trophy, the Gestilar Ladies Cup and the special mention to the students of the sailing school adapted to the students of the Juan María de Nigrán Center, during the act, the General Secretary for o Sport of the Xunta de Galicia, José Ramón Lete Lasa, presented the Xunta President Trophy to the best ORC 0-3, 4 and J80 boats in the three regattas that made up the circuit this year – the Infanta Elena Regatta, the Sea of Finisterre Trophy of Portosín and the Prince of Baiona-. Urbapaz by Fran Edreira, Orión by Javier Pérez and La Galera by Esteban Martínez won the silver botafumeiro this year.

The act, which was presided over by José Luis Álvarez, president of Monte Real and Captain Pedro Cardona, Commander-in-Chief of the Naval School of Marín; It was also attended by Gabriel González Eiroa, General Commercial Director of ABANCA; José María Fonseca Moretón, president of Terras Gauda; Javier García Valcárcel, president of Gestilar; Gorka Gómez, deputy for sports; Carlos Gómez, mayor of Baiona; and Fernando González Abeijón, General Director of Seniors and People with Disabilities.

The 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy was held under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Escuela Naval Militar and thanks to the sponsorship of ABANCA, the Xunta de Galicia through Xacobeo, Terras Gauda and Gestilar. The competition also had the collaboration of the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council; and the support of companies such as Solventis, Volvo Autesa, Aceites Abril, Zelnova Zeltia, Paradores, Vanguard Marine, Gadis, Foxy, Onda Cero, Musto, the Solitium group, HOLA, Tuypan, Coca Cola and Martin Miller’s Gin.

 


 

37th PRINCE OF ASTURIAS TROPHY
Monte Real Yacht Club Naval Military School
Baiona, 2-4 September 2022

ABANCA ORC 1 class

1. Xekmatt Hugo and João Prista Lisbon Naval Association
2. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo
3. April Oils Jorge and Luis Pérez Canal Real Club Náutico de Vigo

VOLVO AUTESA ORC 2-Class

1. Marias Manuel Maria Cunha Monte Real Yacht Club
2. Arroutado · José Manuel Pérez · Royal Nautical Club of Portosín
3. Mirfak · Diego López · Ferrol Naval Regatta Commission

Class OILS APRIL ORC 3

1. Urbapaz · José Francisco Edreira · Cabanas Yacht Club
2. Sailway · Ramón Ojea · Maritime Club of Canido
3. Milaneza Diogo Talone Atlantic Sailing Club

MARTIN MILLER ORC 4 class

1. Deep Blue 2.1 · Vicente Cid · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo
2. Orion Javier Pérez Monte Real Yacht Club
3. The Black Burla · Juan José Martínez Silva · Castrelo de Miño Yacht Club

GADIS ORC 5 class

1. Five Albariño Islands Iñaki Carbajo Beluso Yacht Club
2. Salao · Juan Carlos Sicre · Bouzas Maritime Lyceum
3. Marcolfo · Antonio Francisco Gómez · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo

VANGUARD ORC OPEN class

1. Salseiro · Manuel Blanco · Real Club Náutico Coruña
2. Albarellos · Fernando Rey · Portonovo Yacht Club
3. Porto de Aveiro · Delmar Conde

SOLVENTIS J80 Class

1. GP Bullhound · Per Roman · Royal Swedish Yacht Club
2. Solintal · Ignacio Camino · Royal Maritime Club of Santander
3. Okofen · Javier de la Gándara · Monte Real Yacht Club

GESTILAR LADIES CUP class

1. Silleiro Carlota Hernandez Marina Burriananova
2. Tutatis Pilar Casares Royal Yacht Club Puerto Pollensa
3. Serralleiras · Helena Alegre · Royal Yacht Club of Palma

The Monte Real Yacht Club hosted the gala of the National Sailing Awards

 

The awards sponsored by Terras Gauda wineries celebrate their thirtieth edition, rewarding the most outstanding sailors and teams on the Spanish nautical scene

The winners of this edition of the National Awards – Photo Lalo R Villar

Some of the most outstanding athletes on the Spanish nautical scene were honored this Saturday in Baiona at the National Sailing Awards gala, which were delivered at the Monte Real Club de Yates within the framework of the 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy.

In a club decorated for the occasion and in front of a crowd of spectators, José María “Pichu” Torcida, Nuria Sánchez, María Perelló, Marta Cardona, Javier Banderas, Piti Estébanez and Rafael Díaz went up on stage to collect their awards for best sailor , the best project, the best dinghy sailing team and the best boat. The only one who could not attend was the Spaniard Pablo Santurde, winner of the award for best sailor, whose tribute coincided with his wedding day.

Hosted by the Galician Television presenter, Carlos Macía; and the head of communication at Monte Real, Rosana Calvo; The event began with welcoming speeches by the president of the organizing club, José Luis Álvarez; and the president of Bodegas Terras Gauda, José María Fonseca Moretón, sponsor of the national awards. Both agreed to point out the importance of an event that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and that throughout its history has served to recognize the successes of Spanish sailing.

After the welcome speeches, the winners followed one another on stage to collect their award. The first to do so was José María “Pichu” Torcida from Santander, who received the award for the best sailor for his victories in the Spanish and European J80 Championships. He thanked all those who accompanied him in the world of sailing for so long for the award. “Crew, owners, sponsors, family and especially my wife.” He had a souvenir also for his J70 crew, without which, he said, “This award would not have been possible.” And he ended by congratulating Monte Real for next year’s J80 World Championship and for the work it is doing to promote the J80 fleet.

The Mariano Aguado Communication Award went this year to the program “Atando Cabos” from the production company TacTic Audiovisual, and it was its director, Vicente Robles, who was in charge of collecting it. “After 20 years giving coverage and support to sailing, we thought that this sport did not have a specific program -said Robles- and thus Tying Cabos was born. And almost 200 shows later, what we’ve achieved has been amazing. This National Award is the icing on the cake”.

The next award of the night, for the best female project, was collected by Nuria Sánchez, for her initiative “We want to make history” , a proposal that, for years, has tried to spread and promote the figure of women in the world of sailing. In her speech, the sailor from Alicante said that they will continue working to be messengers of equality. “In these four years we have worked hard, creating and reaping the fruit that we are now. We involve the smallest, we bet on young promises and we also reach out to veterans and legends. And we can only thank all those who bet on us”, said.

With a sporting career spanning a quarter of a century behind them, the people from Malaga at the Teatro Soho Caixabank, led by Javier Banderas, collected the award for best ORC boat after achieving their sixth victory in the Copa del Rey. Accompanied by sports director Piti Estébanez and crew member Rafael Díaz, Banderas thanked Monte Real and Terras Gauda for an award that, he said, is the fruit of long experience. “The secret of our crew is that we have been sailing together for 25 years and it is now that we are reaping the rewards. It is a pride for all of us to collect this prestigious award in Baiona” .

The last prize of the night went to the youngest of the gala, the Majorcan sailors, 17 years old, María Perelló and Marta Cardona. They were distinguished by their gold medals in the World and European 420 class. “Values such as teamwork, the desire to excel, respect, perseverance, overcoming limits, self-discipline or responsibility are some of the values that make sailing for us more than just a sport, which be a whole lifestyle”, assured before concluding that “We have achieved many things this year, but we like to think that the best is yet to come”.

Moments before the start of the National Sailing Awards gala – Photo Lalo R Villar

To this thirtieth edition of the National Sailing Awards, in addition to the presidents of the Monte Real Yacht Club and Terras Gauda wineries, organizer and sponsor of the event; the commanding director of the Naval Military School, Pedro Cardona; the territorial director of ABANCA, Walter Álvarez; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; the territorial delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Vigo, Marta Fernández-Tapias; the deputy for sports from the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Gorka Gómez, and the widow of Mariano Aguado, Pilar de Sas.

A display of fireworks and a party enlivened with live music put an end to the gala held within the framework of the Prince of Asturias Trophy, which will hold its final tests tomorrow, Sunday, and will crown its winners.

The fleet shines on the second day of the Prince of Asturias in Baiona

 

· With all the participating categories already in contention, this Saturday the Prince brought together almost ninety teams divided into eight classes and three regatta fields

· Xekmatt, Marías, Urbapaz and Deep Blue 2.1 enter the final day leading in ORC divisions 1 to 4

· The Gadis ORC 5 and Vanguard Open classes premiered their locker with the first coastal regatta of their program

· GB Bullhound and Silleiro, are the first leaders in the Solventis J80 and Gestilar Ladies Cup classes

 

Spectacular second day of regattas in the Rías Baixas. The thirty-seventh edition of the Príncipe de Asturias Trophy, a test organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Marín Naval School, successfully completed its planned test program this Saturday and even made up some of the races that were not disputed on Friday. Xekmatt, Marías, Urbapaz, Deep Blue 2.1, Cinco Islas Albariño, Salseiro, GP Bullhound and Silleiro will face the final day at the top of the podium in their respective categories.

The wind did comply with the fleet in this second day of regattas in the waters of the Vigo estuary. He did it with mild conditions at the start, enough so that the Race Committee could honk the start for all classes between half past twelve and one in the afternoon. Winds of between six and eight knots from the southwest component was the general trend in the three regatta fields at the beginning of the day, although as the hours passed they reached an average of up to thirteen knots.

The ORCs haggled at the Cíes anchorage – Photo Lalo R Villar

In total, the second day of the Prince was resolved with three new tests for the ORC 1 to 4 divisions, a coastal one for ORC 5 and Open, three tasks for the Figaros that compete in the Gestilar Ladies Cup and four for the J80 monotypes.

Xekmatt maintains the lead in ABANCA ORC 1

There were no changes in the general classification of ABANCA ORC 1 after adding up to three tests in a windward-leeward format this Saturday. The Portuguese Xekmatt de Hugo and Joao Prista tied with the Magical in the lead in the first race of the day and added another partial victory in his locker plus a third, results that allow the ship of the Naval Association of Lisbon to occupy one more day the leadership of the general ahead of Julio Rodríguez’s Magical (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), who once again scored two seconds in addition to the tie in the first round, and Aceites Abril of the brothers Jorge and Luis Pérez-Canal, who again occupy the third place with two third positions and one first in the last test of the day. Therefore, everything will depend on what happens tomorrow, and that is that only three and a half points separate the top three classified.

Tie for the lead in the Volvo Autesa ORC 2 class

In Volvo Autesa ORC 2, the same team that did it on Friday, Marías de Manuel María Cunha del Monte Real Club de Yates, also continues to lead. This Saturday, the Marías scored a first and two thirds with which they managed to defend the first position, tying on points with the Arroutado of the Real Club Náutico de Portosín. José Manuel Pérez’s team was third, second and first in the three tests completed on this second day. It did change the third position on the podium, which is now occupied by Mirfak from the Ferrol Naval Regatta Commission, relegating Rui Ramada’s Yessito to provisional fourth place.

The ORCs played three tests on the second day – Photo Lalo R Villar

Urbapaz takes the lead in April ORC Oils 3

In the Aceites Abril ORC 3 class, the second day ends with a new leader in the general classification. José Francisco Edreira’s Urbapaz (Club Náutico Cabanas), who was second yesterday, shone today in the regatta field and, with three partial victories in the three races held, comes to dominate ahead of Ramón Ojea’s Sailway (Club Marítimo de Canid). With three seconds scored, Ojea’s men now occupy second position with six points ahead of the third, Diogo Talone’s Milaneza (Clube de Vela Atlántico).

Deep Blue 2.1 stays ahead of Martin Miller ORC 4

It was more difficult today for Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue 2.1. The boat from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo began the day by winning the first test and continued with a second and a third in the two remaining races. Their regularity, however, allowed Cid’s men to maintain first position ahead of Alberto Javier Pérez’s Orión (Monte Real Club de Yates), who stormed the podium this Saturday with a great day in which they sealed a second and two victories partials. Behind, the third position is occupied by the Alma do Mar by Sadamar of the Club Náutico de Cabanas.

Gadis ORC 5 and Vanguard Open debut with a coastal

They are the two ORC divisions that remained to inaugurate markers in the thirty-seventh edition of the Príncipe de Asturias, and they did so by completing a coastal route as it appeared in their regatta program.

In Gadis ORC 5, the partial victory was scored by Iñaki Carbajo’s Cinco Islas Albariño, who sails representing the Club Náutico de Beluso. They are followed in the general by Antonio Francisco Gómez’s Marcolfo in second place (Real Club Náutico de Vigo) and Juan Carlos Sicre’s Salao (Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas), which is third.

In the Vanguard Open, the best of the day was Manuel Blanco’s Salseiro from Coruña, who with a time invested of three hours was also the fastest in real time. Second, for its part, is the Portuguese Porto de Aveiro of Delmar Conde and the fourth position is occupied by the Albarellos of Fernando Rey (Club Náutico de Portonovo). The Monte Real adapted sailing team also competed in the Open division this Saturday, in which a crew from the Juan María de Nigrán Center sails.

Solventis J80 and Gestilar Ladies Cup

Up to four tests completed the fleet of the Solventis J80 class. After not having been able to open their pigeon holes on Friday due to the instability of the wind, the one-designs that will play for the national title in two weeks finally faced each other at the regatta course located inside the Bay of Baiona.

Spectacular image of the J80 fleet – Photo Lalo R Villar

Solventis Ría de Ribadeo, GP Bullhound and Okofen shared the four wins up for grabs, with the second being the first overall leader with two first, one second and one fifth. The team commanded by Per Roman dominates with a three-point advantage over Ignacio Camino’s Solintal of the Real Club Marítimo de Santander, which with a 2-2-3-5 split is in second position. Third, meanwhile, is the Okofen del Monte Real led by Javier de la Gándara.

The Gestilar Ladies Cup signed three tests this Saturday – Photo Lalo R Villar

For their part, the Figaros of the Gestilar Ladies Cup also opened their program this Saturday with the dispute over three races. With two partial victories and a third, the Marina Burriananova team led by Carlota Hernández, Silleiro, is at the head of the general classification with only one point ahead of Tutatis de Pilar Casares (Real Club Náutico Puerto Pollensa), who They added three second positions. Completing the provisional podium are the sailors from the Real Club Náutico de Palma who sail aboard the Serralleiras with Helena Alegre at the helm.

Everything is decided on Sunday

With the first two days completed and after the celebration on Saturday night of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards gala, the Prince of Asturias will put an end to its thirty-seventh edition this Sunday. The start, scheduled for twelve o’clock in the morning for all classes, the provisional leaders will try to defend their positions to win one of the most important titles of the regatta season in Galicia. The delivery of trophies with which the emblematic The regatta will be held at Monte Real at half past six in the afternoon.

The J80s are competing with great intensity as the Spanish championship approaches – Photo Lalo R Villar

The 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy is being held under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Escuela Naval Militar and thanks to the sponsorship of ABANCA, the Xunta de Galicia through Xacobeo, Terras Gauda and Gestilar. The competition also has the collaboration of the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council; the Royal Spanish and Galician Sailing Federations; and the support of companies such as Solventis, Volvo Autesa, Aceites Abril, Zelnova Zeltia, Paradores, Vanguard Marine, Gadis, Foxy, Onda Cero, Musto, the Solitium group, HOLA, Tuypan, Coca Cola and Martin Miller’s Gin.

 


 

37th PRINCE OF ASTURIAS TROPHY
Monte Real Yacht Club Naval Military School
Baiona, 2-4 September 2022

 

ABANCA ORC 1 class

1. Xekmatt Hugo and João Prista Lisbon Naval Association
2. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo
3. April Oils Jorge and Luis Pérez Canal Real Club Náutico de Vigo

VOLVO AUTESA ORC 2-Class

1. Marias Manuel Maria Cunha Monte Real Yacht Club
2. Arroutado · José Manuel Pérez · Royal Nautical Club of Portosín
3. Mirfak · Diego López · Ferrol Naval Regatta Commission

Class OILS APRIL ORC 3

1. Urbapaz · José Francisco Edreira · Cabanas Yacht Club
2. Sailway · Ramón Ojea · Maritime Club of Canido
3. Milaneza Diogo Talone Atlantic Sailing Club

MARTIN MILLER ORC 4 class

1. Deep Blue 2.1 · Vicente Cid · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo
2. Orion Javier Pérez Monte Real Yacht Club
3. Alma do mar by Sadamar · José Manuel Enríquez · Cabanas Yacht Club

GADIS ORC 5 class

1. Five Albariño Islands Iñaki Carbajo Beluso Yacht Club
2. Marcolfo Antonio Francisco Gómez Royal Nautical Club of Vigo
3. Salao · Juan Carlos Sicre · Bouzas Maritime Lyceum

VANGUARD ORC OPEN class

1. Salseiro · Manuel Blanco · Real Club Náutico Coruña
2. Porto de Aveiro · Delmar Conde
3. Albarellos · Fernando Rey · Portonovo Yacht Club

SOLVENTIS J80 Class

1. GP Bullhound · Per Roman · Club Nautico de Sevilla
2. Solintal · Ignacio Camino · Royal Maritime Club of Santander
3. Matrako · Ricardo Díaz-Munio · Royal Nautical Club Castro Urdiales

GESTILAR LADIES CUP class

1. Silleiro Carlota Hernandez Marina Burriananova
2. Tutatis Pilar Casares Royal Yacht Club Puerto Pollensa
3. Serralleiras · Helena Alegre · Royal Yacht Club of Palma

 

Baiona opens the most massive Prince of Asturias Trophy in recent years

 

· Six of the eight participating categories inaugurated this Friday the thirty-seventh edition of the event organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Escuela Naval de Marín

· Xekmatt, Marias, Sailway and Deep Blue 2.1 are the first leaders of the four ORC divisions that competed today in the waters of the Vigo estuary

· The Solventis J80 and Gestilar Ladies Cup classes will open on Saturday after not having been able to complete any test due to the instability of the wind

The Gadis ORC 5 and Vanguard ORC Open divisions will complete tomorrow a fleet of almost ninety teams fighting for the prestigious Prince of Asturias title

The most awaited regatta of the cruise season in Galicia started in Baiona. The 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy, organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Naval Military School, completed the first of three days of competition this Friday, and did so by inaugurating the ABANCA ORC 1, Volvo Autesa ORC 2 class markers , Oils April ORC 3, Martin Miller ORC4.

As the reports pointed out, the wind did not miss its appointment in the regatta area located in the Cíes anchorage. Although it did so with less intensity than expected, the Regatta Committee was able to complete the first windward-leeward race with the start around half past three off Cíes, and did so in conditions of between eight and ten knots of intensity which diminished as the afternoon progressed.

The monotypes, for their part, did not have the same luck and it will be tomorrow when they open their boxes in the star competition of Galician sailing.

Portugal rules in ABANCA ORC 1

In the ABANCA ORC 1 division, the first day of the Prince was resolved with victory for the Portuguese Xekmatt, led by Hugo and João Prista and representing the Lisbon Naval Association. The IMX 45, which also has the Olympic Afonso Domingos among its ranks, was the third to cross the finish line in real time, but in compensated they achieved a tight advantage of less than a minute over Julio Rodríguez’s Magical (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), who placed second in the provisional general standings. Behind, the absolute winner of the last edition, the Aceites Abril of the brothers Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), started the thirty-seventh edition of the Prince closing the provisional podium in the third drawer.

The Portuguese Xekmatt hopes to win his second Prince of Asturias – Photo Lalo R Villar

“We are very happy with today’s result and the crew was very good”, explained Hugo Prista at the end of the day. The patron of the leader in ORC 1 also added that “it has been ten years since we got our first and only Prince title, so without a doubt we are going to do everything possible to get it again, although for this it is also necessary that the rivals win it. allow”.

ABANCA sponsors this thirty-seventh edition of the Prince – Photo Lalo R Villar

The Marías del Monte Real, first in Volvo Autesa ORC 2

Just as tight was the Volvo Autesa ORC 2 division with three leading teams separated by just one minute and fourteen seconds. The local team Marias, commanded by Manuel Maria Cunha, became the first leader of the class after crossing the line in third position and obtaining almost a minute of advantage over the second with the compensation of times. Second place is currently held by the Arroutado del Real Club Náutico de Portosín, led by José Manuel Pérez Santamaría, while third place goes to the Yessito del Monte Real Club de Yates, which has a Portuguese crew led by Rui Ramada.

The Aceites Abril ORC 3 class starts with dominance of the Sailway

The partial victory for the Aceites Abril ORC 3 division was not easy either. Ramón Ojea’s Sailway (Club Marítimo de Canido) became the first overall leader this Friday after a very tight first round.
Behind, just 30 seconds behind those from Ojea, the second position in the race and therefore in the general classification went to José Francisco Edreira’s Urbapaz (Club Náutico Cabanas), who managed to beat the Portuguese Milaneza by Diogo Talone for just a second.

Martin Miller ORC 4-class

There were no surprises in Martin Miller ORC 4. Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue 2.1 from Vigo opened the classification by placing at the top, although he did so with an Alma do mar by Sadamar by José Manuel Enríquez (Club Náutico Cabanas) squeezing into second place, three seconds behind those of Cid. third position, on the other hand, was this Friday for the Unus of Luis García Trigo, also of the Real Club Náutico de Vigo.

Blank day for Solventis J80 and Gestilar Ladies Cup

Less lucky were the participants of the Solventis J80 and Gestilar Ladies Cup classes. Although the weather forecasts indicated that it would be a good windy day, Eolo did not get involved in the regatta course located in Cabo Silleiro or inside the bay of Baiona, so after several attempts and with a test already underway, the Regatta Committee was forced to end the day without being able to complete the first scheduled tests.

The J80 fleet made several starts but could not complete any tests – Photo Lalo R Villar

Alfredo González, crew member of the J80 GP Bullhound and recently proclaimed Snipe world champion in Cascais, explained after returning to land that “Although the wind was very difficult, the Committee did very well and we were able to have a good attempt that helped us to see which boats are going to be ahead. We come here with the aim of getting in tune for the World Cup in Newport, winning or not winning will depend on how we do it, although it is not our main objective now “.

The Gestilar Ladies Cup went blank on the first day – Photo Lalo R Villar

It will therefore be tomorrow, Saturday, when the monotypes open their competition program to fight for the thirty-seventh Prince of Asturias.

Tomorrow, second day of regattas and delivery of the prestigious National Sailing Awards

Tomorrow, Saturday, the Gadis ORC 5 and Vanguard ORC Open categories will join the fleet that already debuted today on the regatta field, which will inaugurate their markers by completing the first of the two coastal regattas that they have in their program.

With the eight categories in contention, there will be a total of eighty-nine teams that will take to the water to fight for one of the most coveted titles of the cruise season in Galicia. One more year the Open fleet will include the club’s adapted sailing team with a crew from the Juan María de Nigrán Center.

The event will also feature the celebration of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards gala. At 8:00 p.m., the village of Monte Real will host a new edition of the prestigious awards, where the best athletes and teams of the season will meet. The gala will be attended by José María Fonseca Moretón, president of Terras Gauda; José Luis Álvarez, president of the Baionese club; Naval Captain Pedro Cardona, Commander Director of the Naval School; Walter Álvarez, territorial director of ABANCA; Gorka Gómez, Deputy for Sports; Marta Fernández-Tapias, delegate of the Xunta in Vigo; and Carlos Gómez, mayor of Baiona.

The 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy is being held under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Escuela Naval Militar and thanks to the sponsorship of ABANCA, the Xunta de Galicia through Xacobeo, Terras Gauda and Gestilar. The competition also has the collaboration of the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council; the Royal Spanish and Galician Sailing Federations; and the support of companies such as Solventis, Volvo Autesa, Aceites Abril, Zelnova Zeltia, Paradores, Vanguard Marine, Gadis, Foxy, Onda Cero, Musto, the Solitium group, HOLA, Tuypan, Coca Cola and Martin Miller’s Gin.


37th PRINCE OF ASTURIAS TROPHY
Monte Real Yacht Club Naval Military School
Baiona, 2-4 September 2022

ABANCA ORC 1 class

1. Xekmatt Hugo and João Prista Lisbon Naval Association
2. Magical · Julio Rodríguez · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo
3. April Oils Jorge and Luis Pérez Canal Real Club Náutico de Vigo

VOLVO AUTESA ORC 2-Class

1. Marias Manuel Maria Cunha Monte Real Yacht Club
2. Arroutado · José Manuel Pérez · Royal Nautical Club of Portosín
3. Yessito Rui Ramada Monte Real Yacht Club

Class OILS APRIL ORC 3

1. Sailway · Ramón Ojea · Maritime Club of Canido
2. Urbapaz · José Francisco Edreira · Cabanas Yacht Club
3. Milaneza Diogo Talone Atlantic Sailing Club

MARTIN MILLER ORC 4 class

1. Deep Blue 2.1 · Vicente Cid · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo
2. Alma do mar by Sadamar · José Manuel Enríquez · Cabanas Nautical Club
3. Unus · Luis García Trigo · Royal Nautical Club of Vigo

 

Baiona brings together the best crews in the 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy

 

· In Baiona, everything is ready for the celebration of an event that releases moorings this Friday under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Naval Military School.

· A storm from Greenland is approaching the peninsular northwest and the instability it announces could condition the competition tests

· If the competitive models of previous years are repeated, the opening day will already be one of the most exciting of the trophy with the crews giving their all on the water

Olympic sailor Nico Rodríguez and the president of Gestilar Javier García Valcarcel at the Ladies Cup boat draw – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Everything is ready in Galicia for the celebration of the 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy, which will cast off in Baiona under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Naval Military School.

With the weather pending from a storm coming from Greenland, a huge influx of boats that left the club’s pontoons without space and the presence of world and Spanish champions among the crews, this Friday the first tests of the competition will be held.

On the previous day, the closing of registrations left a majority of Galician, Portuguese and Cantabrian boats on the lists, and an Olympic sailor raffling the sailboats for the Ladies Cup.

A storm from Greenland will mark the weather and the tests

Although there are only a few hours left before the start of the competition, and by now the weather forecast is usually clear, no one from the regatta committee has yet dared to give an exact forecast of what is going to happen these three days of the Prince of Asturias Trophy .

A storm from Greenland is approaching the peninsular northwest and a period of instability is expected, although it is not known with certainty when it will reach Galicia. For now, from the organization they trust that the rain will give the sailors a break and the wind, which in principle looks like it will blow from the west, will remain above 9 or 10 knots, with peaks of up to 14.

If it remains boarded and the conditions are favorable, the fleet of the largest boats, grouped in the different ORC classes, will complete two windward-leeward runs, between buoys. Two upwind and two stern in each of the tests will serve to begin to measure forces and release the markers.

In the event that the wind does not pick up and there are difficulties in designing the course, the regatta committee has prepared up to ten different coastal routes, all along the Vigo estuary although with different obligatory passage points.

Intensity and emotion from minute zero

If the competitive models of previous years are repeated, the opening day will not only serve to take the pulse of the regatta fields and will already be one of the most exciting in the trophy. The crews usually arrive in Baiona with a lot of energy and try to demonstrate their power by putting all the meat on the grill from the first tests.

The starting signal will be, on the first day, the latest of the three days. The ORC fleet will hear it at three in the afternoon and half an hour later, at half past three, it will be the turn of the J80 and the girls of the Gestilar Ladies Cup.
Once the tests are over, the well-deserved rest of the fleet in the village located in the club’s gardens will complete the opening day on Friday.

Ahead, the Prince of Asturias Trophy will still have two more days to define the winners’ podiums.

A fleet with a Galician, Portuguese and Cantabrian accent

Galician, Portuguese and Cantabrian, will be, in this order, the accents that will be heard the most in a Prince of Asturias Trophy that, favored by the arrival of boats for the Spanish J80 Championship to be held in Baiona in just a few days, has brought together more than 80 sailboats.

“This year we have achieved a very good number of boats. There was a certain fear about the downward evolution that is being seen in many of the regattas that have been held in recent months in Galicia, but the truth is that the Prince never fails. People want to come to Baiona not only to compete, but also to enjoy with friends”, assures the sports director of Monte Real, Roy Alonso.

The figure of 70 boats that the club established as a participation limit to ensure the comfort of the crews in the club’s space, was finally exceeded and the organization looked for alternatives for the location of the boats. “We have requested the pontoon of the caravel Pinta and placed buoys so that all those who wanted to be here, yes or yes, could be” , says Roy Alonso, who appreciates the understanding of the owners and crew to be in the regatta despite the lack of space.

Among the participating boats, the first to open the competition, this Friday from three o’clock, will be the ORC grouped in the classes ABANCA ORC 1, Volvo Autesa ORC 2, Aceites Abril ORC 3 and Martin Miller ORC 4. Among them we will see, among others, the April Oils and the Magical de Vigo; to the Arroutado de Portosín; the Corsario de Vilagarcía, the Mirfak de Ferrol, the Lambaix de Cabanas, the Sailway de Canido, or the Orión de Baiona, among many others.

There is also a great presence of Portuguese boats, with 12 sailboats in competition and a large number of Portuguese crew members, such as the Yessito by Rui Ramada, the Marías by Manel Cunha, the Xekmatt by Hugo and Joao Prista, the Defender by Nuno Vasconcelos or the Farofino by Edgar Pimenta.

World and Spanish champions in the J80 fleet

With more than 30 registered units, the Solventis J80 class is the most numerous in the trophy and from which a greater spectacle is expected due to the quality of the crews. They will sail inside the bay of Baiona, they will compete in real time and they will compete, if the wind allows it, three double courses of the windward leeward type between buoys.

Among the participants we will see the Etnia Barcelona de Peru Múgica (RCM Santander), current champion of the Prince and defender of the title; the Andalusian GP Bullhound led by Per Roman, who in the last European event of the class was one step away from getting on the podium and who this time has the recent snipe world champion Alfredo González on board; the Spanish runner-up Biobizz, led by José Azqueta (RCM del Abra RSC), or the Cantabrian Solintal, of the former J80 world champion Ignacio Camino.

All of them will have to face each other with a very powerful local fleet, among which the boats of the Monte Real Club de Yates predominate and in which there are two crews that, due to their trajectory and victories in recent seasons, stand out above the rest. They are those of Okofen by Javier de la Gándara and El Alboroto by Juan Carlos Ameneiro.

The women’s 6×6 of the GESTILAR LADIES CUP

The J80 will share the regatta field and direct judging inside the bay of Baiona with the 36 sailors of the Gestilar Ladies Cup, which in its twenty-sixth edition reaffirms itself as the most traditional women’s sailing competition on the Spanish nautical scene.

The six crews competing this year come from Alicante, Mallorca, Baionao, Madrid, the Basque Country and Santander. Six teams of six sailors aboard six identical boats, the Figaro Beneteau that the Monte Real Club de Yates gives them for the competition.

This Thursday, on the previous day, the draw was made for them, and the Olympic sailor Nico Rodríguez, who is also sponsored by Gestilar in his race to the Paris Olympics together with Silvia Más in 470, participated as an innocent hand. mixed.

“The existence of the Gestilar Ladies Cup is one more push that we have to give to promote women’s sailing and equality in the world of sailing. Before, I already saw it like that and now, that I am part of a mixed couple with Silvia, well, much more. Women have great potential and the Ladies Cup is a golden opportunity to make them known so that in the future they can be part of larger or professional projects”Rodriguez assured.

Boat draw for the Gestilar Ladies Cup of the Prince of Asturias Trophy – Photo © Rosana Calvo

Great institutional and business support for the trophy

The 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy is being held under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Escuela Naval Militar and thanks to the sponsorship of ABANCA, the Xunta de Galicia through Xacobeo, Terras Gauda and Gestilar.
The competition also has the collaboration of the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council; the Royal Spanish and Galician Sailing Federations; and the support of companies such as Solventis, Volvo Autesa, Aceites Abril, Zelnova Zeltia, Paradores, Vanguard Marine, Gadis, Foxy, Onda Cero, Musto, the Solitium group, HOLA, Tuypan, Coca Cola and Martin Miller’s Gin.

More than 80 boats in the most massive Prince of Asturias Trophy

 

· The star sailing competition in Galicia celebrates its thirty-seventh edition from September 2 to 4 under the baton of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona and the Escuela Naval Militar

· Although the organization had limited the number of boats that could participate in the regatta to 70 in recent days, it was forced to increase the number due to the large influx of crews who requested to register

· Of the 8 classes in contention, the largest will be the J80, with more than 30 units from different parts of Spain that will take advantage of the competition to prepare for the National Championship that will be held in Baiona in the middle of the month

· The 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy, sponsored by ABANCA and the Xunta de Galicia through Xacobeo, will include the Gestilar Ladies Cup and the delivery of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards

Official presentation of the Prince of Asturias Trophy – Photo Antía Martínez

The star sailing competition in Galicia, the Prince of Asturias Trophy, returns one more year to the waters of the Rías Baixas under the baton of the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Naval Military School, which organize it hand in hand and in a uninterrupted since 1986.

Thirty-seven springs celebrates in this 2022 one of the most beloved appointments by the sailors of the peninsular northwest, which nobody wants to miss. This year, in fact, will be one of the most massive editions. Although the organization had limited the number of boats that could participate in the regatta to 70, in recent days it was forced to increase the number due to the large influx of crews who requested to register.

Finally, there will be more than 80 sailboats that will compete, from September 2 to 4, in the three days of scheduled regattas, which will have as scenarios the interior of the Bay of Baiona, different points of the Vigo estuary and the anchorage of the Islands Cies.

Of the 8 classes that will compete (ABANCA ORC 1, Volvo Autesa ORC 2, Aceites Abril ORC 3, Martin Miller ORC 4, Gadis ORC 5, Vanguard OPEN, Solventis J80 and Gestilar Ladies Cup), that of the J80 will be the most numerous, with more than 30 units arriving from different parts of Spain. The fact is that the crews of these 8-metre sailboats have the perfect opportunity at the Príncipe de Asturias to finish their training for the National Championship to be held in mid-September in Baiona and to continue studying the peculiarities of the winds, waters and Galician tides for the 2023 World Cup.

After the official presentation of the event, this Tuesday at the Monte Real Club de Yates, the starting signal for the trophy will be given by the draw for the boats of the Gestilar Ladies Cup , the women’s competition included in the competition, which this year celebrates its twenty-sixth edition. The distribution will take place on Thursday afternoon at the Baionese club and there will be the patron saints of the participating crews, who this year arrive from Alicante, Mallorca, Madrid, the Basque Country and Santander. Along with the Baiona team, there will be a total of six, with six sailors aboard six identical boats.

Those of the Gestilar Ladies Cup will be one of the many trophies that come into play in the Prince of Asturias Trophy, in which the President of the Xunta Trophy will also be awarded (to the winner of the Regatta Infanta Elena de Coruña, the Mar de Finisterre de Portosín and the Prince of Asturias de Baiona); the Conde de Barcelona Trophy (for the best boat with a Portuguese crew in the competition); and the Juan Sebastián de Elcano Trophy (for the best female crew).

The awards ceremony for the competition will be held on Sunday, September 4 at half past six in the afternoon in the gardens of Monte Real, and the day before, on Saturday, September 3 at eight in the afternoon, that same location will host the gala of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards , which for 30 years have recognized the best athletes and teams on the Spanish nautical scene.

On this occasion, the winner of the prestigious Transat Jacques Vabre, the Cantabrian Pablo Santurde (Best Navigator); the world champions María Perelló and Marta Cardona (Best dinghy sailing team); the Teatro Soho Caixabank, put together by Javier Banderas from Malaga and six-time winner of the Copa del Rey (Best Boat); José María “Pichu” Torcida from Santander for his victories in the Spanish and European J70 Championships (Sailor of the Year); the initiative “We want to make history” led by Nuria Sánchez from Alicante (Best female project); and the nautical outreach program Tying Cabos (Mariano Aguado Communication Award).

Transoceanic, light, cruise, women’s, one-design sailing… and in the Príncipe de Asturias there will also be room for adapted sail, for which the Monte Real Club de Yates has been betting for years with courses and activities for people with physical, mental and sensory functional diversity, children with behavioral problems or women victims of sexist violence. A crew from ASEM Galicia, the Galician Association against Neuromuscular Diseases, will sail on the second and third days of competition alongside the Open class boats.

Authorities attending the presentation of the Prince of Asturias Trophy – Photo © Antía Martínez

And so, with 3 days of regattas in 3 different fields, more than 80 boats registered, 8 classes in contention, multiple trophies at stake, a specific women’s section, an inclusive boat, 6 national sailing awards, tastings, galas and fireworks , among many other things, the 37th Prince of Asturias Trophy is presented, which is being held once again this year under the organization of the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Naval Military School and thanks to the sponsorship of ABANCA , the Xunta de Galicia through Xacobeo , Terras Gauda and Gestilar .

The competition also has the collaboration of the Pontevedra Provincial Council and the Baiona City Council; the Royal Spanish and Galician Sailing Federations; and the support of companies such as Solventis, Volvo Autesa, Aceites Abril, Zelnova Zeltia, Paradores, Vanguard Marine, Gadis, Foxy, Onda Cero, Musto, the Solitium group, HOLA, Tuypan, Coca Cola and Martin Miller’s Gin.

OFFICIAL PRESENTATION DECLARATIONS

“For the 36 editions that have been held so far, the best boats have passed, with the best skippers and the most outstanding sailors… and this year will be no different. In this thirty-seventh edition we will have sailing in its purest form in an event that has always been, is, and will be, much more than sport. Tourism, economy, feminism, social inclusion, nature, gastronomy, equality, sustainability, fun, radio, television… An appointment, as you can see, essential” – José Luis Álvarez, president of the MRCYB

“Through the twinning with the MRCYB, this regatta allows us to get closer to civil society, to work and cooperate with you, and that has a very important value. My main goal is to train future naval officers, and I can’t think of a better way to start the academic year than by reconnecting with all those values that the world of sailing transmits, teamwork, the desire to excel and overcoming difficulties” Naval Captain Pedro Cardona, Commander Director of the Naval School

“It is a pride for us to collaborate one more year with the MRCYB. Thanks for another year to the entire organization, to those who make this event possible, and I congratulate you in advance because I am sure it will be a complete success. At ABANCA we have been supporting the world of sport for years, from top competition to grassroots schools, and we will continue to do so because we understand that values that our entity shares one hundred percent are transmitted” – Walter Álvarez, territorial director of ABANCA

“Giving the National Sailing Awards within the framework of a regatta as important as this one, and doing it hand in hand with the Naval School and this beloved club, is undoubtedly an honor for us and I hope we can continue to do so for many years” – José María Fonseca Moretón, president of Bodegas Terras Gauda

“This year the one-designs, between the Figaros that will compete for the Ladies Cup with six female crews, and the J80s with a very high participation of more than 30 boats, are going to be very protagonists. The J80, in addition to the large fleet that the club already has, will be completed this year with a large number of boats arriving in Galicia for the Spanish Championship that we will celebrate in 15 days” – Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui, Commodore MRCYB

“Any event held at the MRCYB is a sure win, and that is thanks to the club’s president and the entire human team that surrounds him. Monte Real is a guarantee of success and proof of this is the collaboration and support that they always have in their events, both from public administrations and private entities, which make events of this type, with their consequent economic, social and sporting repercussions , they can continue to be celebrated” – Gorka Gómez, sports deputy of the Pontevedra Provincial Council

“The Ladies Cup has been a firm commitment to women’s sport for many years, when the competition began and the club showed a spectacular vision of the future. In this promotion and defense of women’s sport you will always find me and the Xunta de Galicia, to show that collaboration between administrations, sports entities and companies is a very beneficial model for society” – Marta Fernández-Tapias, territorial delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Vigo

“Once again we come to Monte Real, a benchmark club in our country, to present the 37th edition of the Prince of Asturias Trophy and the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards. I want to recognize not only the work that is done in this club, but how it is done. As I always say, the MRCYB is an added value for Baiona and a mirror in which to look at ourselves to learn about how things are done” – Carlos Gómez, Mayor of Bayonne

……………………… THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 ………………………

10:00 · Opening of the race office.
Registration of participants, delivery of documentation,
reviews, measurements and weighing

17:30 Gestilar Ladies Cup boat draw

……………………… FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 ………………………

10:00 – 14:00 Opening of the race office.
Registration of participants, delivery of documentation,
reviews, measurements and weighing

10:00 Family photo of the crews of the Gestilar Ladies Cup

12:00 Live radio program with Onda Cero in the club’s village

15:00 · ORC tests 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4

15:30 Tests J80 and LADIES CUP

18:00 Opening of the village

……………………… SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 ………………………

12:00 Start of tests for all classes

18:00 Opening of the village

20:00 TERRAS GAUDA NATIONAL SAILING AWARDS Gala

23:30 · Fireworks and start of the party

……………………… SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 ………………………

12:00 Start of tests for all classes

17:00 Opening of the village

6:30 p.m. Awards ceremony

 

The Soho CaixaBank Theater closes a brilliant season with the National Sailing Award for best boat

 

· The boat from Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena has been distinguished with the National Sailing Award for the best ORC boat after achieving its sixth victory, absolute and class, in the Copa del Rey

· The project of the shipowner from Malaga Javier Banderas, brother and partner of the well-known actor Antonio Banderas, will receive the award in a year in which he celebrates 25 years of sporting career

· The Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards will be presented on September 3 at a gala to be held at eight in the afternoon at the Monte Real Yacht Club in Baiona

The Soho Caixabank Theater in the Copa del Rey

The National Sailing Awards gala will sound this year with a Malaga accent after the Soho CaixaBank Theater was awarded the prize for the best ORC boat of the season. The boat, armed and led by Javier Banderas, will receive the prestigious award after achieving its sixth victory -the second in a row- in the Copa del Rey, in which, both last year and this year, it took the absolute and class wins.

The crew of the boat, a Swan 42 CS from the Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena, includes, in addition to Javier Banderas as owner and navigator on board with the electronics, and Daniel Cuevas at the helm; Olympic medalists Luis Doreste with tactics and Domingo Manrique with spi. Also Ángel Medina as mainsail trimmer, Piti Estébanez acting as sports director and Genoa trimer, Pipe Ruiz on mast, Fernando Valderrama as free, Rafael Díaz on piano, Ángel Medina Jr. as libero, Nicolás de Virgilis in the bow and Pablo Gauna as bow helper.

A computer teacher, a terrace waterproofer, a hotel worker, a physiotherapist, a student… different professions and different origins (the majority are from Malaga but there are also Canarians) in a team that stands out for its solidity, progression and adaptability.

“The perseverance of maintaining a sports project for 25 years is not something very common today and that continuity is perhaps the most outstanding thing about this crew, which has known and been able to stay together going through many different classes and boats”, assures the sports director of the Soho CaixaBank Theater, Piti Estébanez.

The crew of the Soho Caixabank Theater receiving their Copa del Rey award – Photo Laura G Guerra

Their sixth victory, this year, in the Copa del Rey, in which a hundred boats from twenty countries competed, allowed them to climb once again to a podium that, since 2009, they have already stepped on 13 times; and get closer, more and more, to the legend. On September 3, in Baiona, they will receive the award for the best ORC boat of the year.

The Soho Caixabank Theater in competition

Pablo Santurde from Spain wins his second National Sailing Award

 

· After being distinguished as the best skipper of the year in 2020, this time Santurde will receive the award for the best sailor, as a result of his victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre aboard the Class40 Redman

At just 35 years old, the sailor from Santander has achieved multiple successes in some of the most outstanding and complex ocean regattas on the international nautical scene

· “I have followed ocean sailing since I was a child and I never thought I would do the things I have done” , declared Santurde after learning that he was deserving of a new National Sailing Award

Pablo Santurde’s Redman on the Transat Jacques Vabre – Photo © Jean-Marie LIOT

In November 2021, after sailing 5,502 miles in 21 days, 22 hours, 33 minutes and 30 seconds, Pablo Santurde from Spain crossed the finish line of the prestigious Transat Jacques Vabre. He did it ahead of all the boats he was competing against, aboard the Class40 Redman and accompanied by Frenchman Antoine Carpentier.

His victory in the prestigious competition allowed him to write a new chapter in the history of transoceanic sailing, and almost a year after that feat, the echoes of his triumph still resonate in the Spanish nautical scene, which next September will yield a new and deserved tribute.

Pablo Santurde aboard the Redman with which he won the Transat Jaques Vabre

Santurde will receive the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona the Terras Gauda National Sailing Award for the best sailor, an award that, as soon as he heard the news, the sailor wanted to dedicate to his family and those who supported him from the beginning.

“In this profession we spend a lot of time away from home and the family is the one that suffers the most. I am very lucky because they support me unconditionally, and that is why they are also deserving of this award”, assured Santurde before looking back to also remember its beginnings. “Since I was little I have followed ocean sailing and I never thought I would do the things I have done. Many times the most difficult thing is to get a first opportunity that opens doors for you, and this is where I will always be grateful to Gonzalo Botín” .

With just 35 springs, this year will be the second National Sailing Award received by Pablo Santurde, who in 2020 was distinguished as the best skipper after the successes achieved aboard the M&G Tressis of the Real Club Marítimo de Santander, with which he managed to be J80 class world champion.

Pablo Santurde – Photo A Champy McLean

For this ocean sailing enthusiast, his four world championships (two in Class40 and two in J80) and his European championship (in J70) weigh as much as his victories in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Rolex Fasnet Race, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland and the RORC Caribbean 600.

“Despite the fact that ocean sailing in Spain does not have the following that it has in other countries, there are Spanish sailors who have achieved very important things, and the National Sailing Awards have been able to give them the support and promotion they deserve. For me it is an honor to be distinguished in this category”Santurde concludes.

 


TERRAS GAUDA NATIONAL SAILING AWARDS GALA
Saturday, September 3, 2022 8:00 p.m.
Monte Real Yacht Club (Baiona)


 

Half a century of the historic Discovery Race

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

A regatta simmering for a decade

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

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

The most important and massive regatta of the time

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

 

Manuscript with data from some of the test participants

 

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

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

 

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

 

Alfredo Lagos, the only Spaniard on board

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

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

 

Illustration of the Discovery Regatta with sailboats and caravels

 

A regatta marked by the weather

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

 

Bermuda before departure (Photo courtesy of the Lagos family)

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

The Blackfin, first. The Carina, winner.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Richard S. Nye – Patron of the Carina

 

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

The Discovery Regatta, much more than a regatta

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

In the rally through the Rías Baixas after the Discovery Regatta

 

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

 

Postmarks, information brochures and commemorative plates of the Discovery Regatta

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

Quantum Racing takes the victory of the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES Baiona Sailing Week

 

· The first visit of the 52 SUPER SERIES to Galicia closed with a last day of show in the waters of the Vigo estuary that brought together a large crowd of people

· American Quantum Racing took the final victory after four excellent days of racing and claimed its first title since 2019

· The TP52 fleet leaves Baiona with a great taste in the mouth due to a perfect combination of conditions, surroundings and the excellent reception of the Monte Real Club de Yates

After five days of testing and one of training, this Saturday the ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES · BAIONA SAILING WEEK, the great nautical event of the year in Galicia that the Monte Real Club de Yates organized with the sponsorship of ABANCA and Tourism, ended this Saturday of Galicia through the Xacobeo.

The TP52s said goodbye to Galicia with eight partials out of ten possible in the boxes of the nine teams that were able to sail every day and start the season testing their boats in a wide range of winds: from light breezes of 8-9 knots, at intensities well above 20 knots.

The combination of a magnificent regatta course located in front of the majestic Cíes Islands, with extraordinary weather and the warm welcome from the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona, venue of the event, convinced the 52 SUPER SERIES on their historic first visit to the Rías Baixas.
On the last day played this Saturday, the nine teams in contention went out on the water with a program of two tests on the agenda and a forecast of good conditions in the regatta field.

The TP52s once again gave a show in the Rías Baixas – Photo Nico Martínez

A hundred boats of spectators came to enjoy the choreography of the TP52 manned by a selection of the best sailors in the world, a historical image for sailing in Galicia.

After four days of northerly component winds, the fleet said goodbye to the Rías Baixas with a southwest breeze and intensities that varied between 17 knots in the first outing of the day and nine in the second, which had to be canceled by a radical wind roll.

Three teams went out on the water with mathematical chances of a title challenge, with Quantum Racing the strongest contender thanks to a four-point lead over Platoon and seven over Phoenix.

The eighth test of the week (after all, the last) presented excellent conditions for the sailing competition. Britain’s Gladiator, Turkey’s Provezza and Thailand’s Vayu all crossed the line early and had to re-start, reducing traffic for their six rivals in the opening stages of the event.

The last departure of the Baiona Sailing Week – Photo Nico Martinez

Once again, the tacticians were forced to resort to all their magic to read a field full of nuances and with no clear path. After an intense exchange of positions, the Alegre of the owner and helmsman Andy Soriano rounded the first buoy of the course in the lead, leading the rest of the race until scoring his first partial victory of the season.

After suffering for a good part of the route, Quantum Racing got a creditable second place that served to extend its advantage at the head of the provisional thanks to the third of the Phoenix and the fifth of Platoon, the only ones who could jeopardize their Galician victory.

Quantum Racing entered the final with a seven-point lead on the provisional table, a comfortable lead but not enough in such a competitive fleet, and an off-line made things very exciting.

With Phoenix leading the charge and Quantum Racing closing the field, at times the Baiona title seemed to go to the South African team, but a radical role of the wind in the middle of the course forced the main race official, María Torrijo, to cancel the test and send the fleet back to the pontoons of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona.

Quantum Racing collecting the prizes for the winners of the Baiona Sailing Week – Photo Nico Martínez

Quantum Racing was officially proclaimed the first champion of the 52 SUPER SERIES in Galicia. The team led by the setter and helmsman Doug DeVos, the tactician Terry Hutchinson (patron of the American Magic team of the America’s Cup) and the strategist Luca Calabrese (bronze of 470 in London 2012) won their first title since June 2019 in Baiona.

The Quantum Racing crew celebrating victory in the water – Photo Nico Martínez

This is an important first step for the American team in its goal of achieving its fifth crown of circuit champions, after those achieved in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. In Baiona they have been able to verify that their rivals will not make it easy for them.

The awards ceremony for this first appointment with the SUPER SERIES was held at the Monte Real Club de Yates with a large audience. The president of the club, José Luis Álvarez; the general director of the 52 SUPER SERIES, Agustín Zulueta; the director of Private Banking of ABANCA, Francisco Javier Rivero; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; the Deputy for Sports of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Gorka Gómez; and the delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Vigo, Marta Fernández-Tapias. Awards were also presented by TP52 class manager Rob Weiland.

The next event of the 52 SUPER SERIES 2022 will be held in the Portuguese town of Cascais. Meanwhile, at the Monte Real Club de Yates they will continue with their usual sports program, which includes the celebration of the Galician Two-handed Championship, on June 11; the Rías Baixas Route, from July 4 to 9; and the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, from July 22 to 25. In September, the other two major events of the club will arrive in 2022, the Prince of Asturias Trophy, from September 2 to 4, with the usual delivery of the National Sailing Awards; and the Spanish J80 Championship, from September 15 to 18.

Rain of champagne to celebrate the victory – Photo Nico Martínez

Final Classification ABANCA 52 SUPER SERIES Baiona Sailing Week

1- QUANTUM RACING (USA), Doug DeVos, 4+5+1+2+3+1+1+2 = 19
2- PLATOON (GER), Harm Müller Spreer, 5+1+2+4+4+2+3+5= 26
3- PHOENIX (RSA), Hasso and Tina Plattner, 1+3+3+1+8+6+2+3 = 27
4- INTERLODGE (USA), Austin and Gwen Fragomen, 6+4+4+6+2+9+4+4 = 39
5- ALEGRE (GBR), Andy Soriano, 9+7+6+3+9+3+5+1 = 43
6- SLED (USA), Takashi Okura, 3+6+5+7+7+4+4.5+7 = 43.5
7- VAYU (THA), Whitcraft Family, 2+2+8+5+5+7+7+9 = 45
8- GLADIATOR (GBR), Tony Langley, 7+8+7+8+1+8+10 (DSQ)+8+3 (PEN) = 60
9- PROVEZZA (TUR), Ergin Imre, 8+10 (DNF)+10 (DNS)+10 (DNS)+6+5+6+6 = 61

 

Statements of the day

José Luis Álvarez, president of the Monte Real Yacht Club of Baiona:

“The event has been a complete success and I am very happy because it is the award that deserves the work and commitment of each and every one of the members of the Monte Real Club de Yates. From the first moment we understood the importance of this appointment for the international projection of our club, Baiona and the Rías Baixas, and I think we have fulfilled it. We have returned to the international circuits and have made it clear that Galicia is an ideal setting for holding this type of top-level events. In fact, next year we will host the J80 World Cup”

Agustín Zulueta (ESP), general director of the 52 SUPER SERIES:

“A magnificent event. I would tell you that for the first time we have come to Baiona, and on top of that at the beginning of the season, outstanding. Outstanding for the club and outstanding for all the people who have been part of this great team, both in the water and on land. If they give us the opportunity, we will return, of course”

Terry Hutchinson (USA), Tactician for Quantum Racing (USA):

“Our first experience in Baiona has been spectacular. The race course is impressive, being new to all the teams, it presented new challenges and opportunities, and you come ashore and everyone in the club and in the area welcomes us with open arms. I am looking forward to returning. It has been an excellent test, very difficult, quite a challenge for all the teams due to the subtleties of the route. We are very, very happy. For me this victory is super important, it reflects the work done by the team during the winter, but we still have a lot of room for improvement. There is a lot to compete this season, and the fleet is really competitive.”

Víctor Mariño (ESP), Platoon trimmer (GER):

“The week has exceeded expectations, and by far. The organization has been incredible, the Real Club de Yates de Baiona has surpassed itself. People have been delighted. The conditions have been exquisite, despite having been able to do only one regatta each of the last two days, I think the ones done have been perfect. Very open conditions. It has been shown that we have a great place to sail here, we have to try to bring level fleets, because they enjoy it. It was a great test for all the teams. The third day, with more than 25 knots, was impressive, the perfect day: what foreigners call ‘champagne sailing’”

María Torrijo (ESP), Principal Regatta Officer:

“Today I was left with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. We had a weather report that said we were going to have a spectacular day with the southwest, and yes, it came in strong. We did the first very nice test, but then, it must be because of the heat, with so many islands and so much land, that as soon as you got a little closer to land, the wind killed it. It was very difficult. I moved, I tried to get away from one land, and I came close to another, I had a stable wind and it killed me. I had to cancel the last race because the wind had dropped completely and had changed more than a hundred degrees” / “The week has been spectacular: super fun regattas in which it was not clear who could win, whether the one on the right or the one on the the left. It wasn’t like in other places, where you know that whoever wins the start, wins the race; here, each test was different, even on the same day the conditions changed. All the sailors have told me that they have been super fun regattas”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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