Támara Echegoyen Terras Gauda National Sailing Award for Sailor of the Year

The Monte Real Yacht Club of Bayonne will host, within the framework of the XXVIII Prince of Asturias Trophy, the delivery ceremony of the 2012 Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards, on Saturday, September 7, during the halfway point of the Royal Regatta organized by jointly with the Naval Regatta Commission of the Naval Military School of Marín.

The Yacht Club has just announced the first three winners among the seven categories that this year make up the Terras Gauda de Vela.

As Best Sailor of the Year, the award went to the Galician Támara Echegoyen, who last year was distinguished at the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards as Best Pre-Olympic Sailor. The Terras Gauda jury wanted, on this occasion, to recognize her Olympic merit, as a brilliant patron and team leader of the “Xiquitas Team” that in the last Olympic Games in London 2012, won the gold medal in the Women’s Match Race modality, a sporting success that rewards your effort and dedication.

In the category of Best Project of the Year, the Jury of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards recognizes in Pakea Bizkaia the human and sporting values that the project led by the Basque sailor Unai Basurko has developed in 2012, promoting the defense of the natural environment maritime beyond our borders. Education for sustainable development, promoting respect among living beings towards biodiversity, the environment and natural resources, have been the objective of the extensive program developed by Pakea Bizkaia, which for half a year has crossed the Atlantic Ocean, in a third expedition divided into three stages: Bilbao – Bahía Blanca (Argentina); Bahía Blanca – Antarctic Peninsula; and Ushuaia – Getxo, with stops in the Canary archipelago, in Cape Verde, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. In this third installment, more than 22,000 young people have learned about the educational project, thanks to the visit to the sailboat, its ocean classroom and the DVDs made.

In this first block, the Jury of the Terras Gauda National Sailing Awards also wants to recognize the excellent professional work of the television production company Panorama, specialized in the field of nautical, especially in the field of sailing regattas, where the company Castellón is a leader both on the national and international scene. Founded by Vicente Robles in 1999, it has made more than 1,600 reports to date, distributed among the 40 TV channels with which it has broadcast agreements. Its internet portal www.panoramanautico.com , informative support of the media, and its imminent entry into the Latin American market are recently created.