· The historic club from Baiona has become part of the exclusive International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC), the association that brings together the 44 clubs -now 45- most prestigious in the world
· The social responsibility activities that the MRCYB promotes through its Adapted Sailing School and the maritime route created to complete the Camino de Santiago by sea were two of the most valued aspects for its inclusion.
· Entering the ICOYC was an old aspiration of Monte Real to have its own voice in one of the most important nautical forums in the world where experiences about the world of sailing are debated and shared
The historic Monte Real Club de Yachts de Baiona joins the best yacht clubs in the world after being included in the exclusive International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC), the association that brings together 44 clubs (now 45 with the MRCYB) most prestigious in the world.
The social responsibility activities that the Baiona club promotes through its Adapted Sailing School for people with functional diversity, children with behavioral problems, the elderly or women victims of sexist violence were one of the most valued aspects for their inclusion in the ICOYC.
The member clubs were also attracted by the maritime route that Monte Real organizes to complete the Camino de Santiago by sea, a route that can generate important tourist-sports synergies with other clubs in northern Europe attracted by the Jacobean route.
Joining this prestigious nautical entity was an old aspiration of the club directed by José Luis Álvarez, who was always interested in having his own voice in the best forums worldwide. “The incorporation of Monte Real to the ICOYC is not only -says Álvarez- good news for the club but also for all of Galicia, because we will echo everything that is done here and may be interesting for the rest of the world” . “We will be the transmitters -concludes the president of Monte Real- of culture, sports, gastronomy and the good work of the Galician people” .
The International Council of Yacht Clubs is an association created to promote sailing and improve the organization of nautical activities and events worldwide. It includes, among others, prestigious clubs such as the San Diego Yacht Club (USA), the Clube Naval de Cascais (Portugal), the Yacht Club de Monaco, the Societe Nautique de Marseille (France), the Royal Yhames Yacht Club (London), the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (New Zealand), the Royal Natal Yacht Club (South Africa) or the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (Canada).
In the list of member clubs there are two Spanish clubs: the Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, which last October was in charge of organizing the ICOYC 2021 EUROPEAN CONFERENCE, in which Monte Real participated as speaker from the club’s commodore, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui.
It was precisely the presentation made at that event that gave the final impetus for the ICOYC to accept the inclusion of the Baiona club among its members. “This arrives -says Otaegui- in a very important year for the club, at the gates of hosting the 52 SUPER SERIES and the World Championship of the J80 class ”. For the commodore of Monte Real “sharing experiences with these prestigious clubs, which also have a great commitment to sport and major sporting events, will be a great boost to continue working and bringing the best sailing to Galicia” .
In the letter in which the International Council of Yacht Clubs announces its inclusion in the association to Monte Real, the president of the ICOYC, David Mead, highlights the synergies and opportunities that can be created with the inclusion of such an outstanding club as the MRCYB .