The 18 best cruising teams in Spain compete for the national title in Baiona


Tomorrow, Friday, the MRCYB will kick off the Spanish Cruise Championship – State Lottery and Betting Trophy

Finally there will be 18 teams that aspire to the title, representing 12 autonomous communities

(Information: RFEV – Photo: María Muiña)

Among the more than 2,500 cruise ships from all over Spain, this weekend there will be 18 teams that will compete for the national title at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona. The regatta will be held from Friday the 7th to Sunday the 9th in one-type boats, ensuring equality among the competitors and adding extra difficulty to the crews used to sailing their own boats.

These 18 teams have won the ticket for the Spanish Cruise Championship – State Lotteries and Betting Trophy after being selected by their respective territories based on the results obtained in the regional tests stipulated by each of them. In our country there are more than 10,000 people who sail in cruise classes and who participate weekly in the regattas organized by the nearly 400 Spanish yacht clubs and marinas.

After a season full of club regattas and regional events, 12 regional federations will be represented at the great Spanish cruising sailing event. Thus, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, the Valencian Community, Galicia, the Region of Murcia and the Basque Country will be represented by two crews; while Andalusia, the Autonomous City of Melilla, Castilla La Mancha, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and the Principality of Asturias will have a single representative.

All of them will sail in the Monte Real Club de Yates First Class Figaro Solo one-design fleet, a boat signed by Finot-Berret with a length of 9.14 meters and a beam of 3.25, with almost 140 square meters of sail area (major, Genoa and spinnaker). Its technical characteristics make it a perfect small cruiser to be manned by the six sailors that make up each team, providing the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in identical units sailing in real time. The crews will compete in one or another of the units that make up the MRCY fleet through a rigorous draw that will take place every day.

This new competition system with which to crown the best cruise team in Spain is a commitment to equality and an extra challenge for sailors, who are used to sailing their own boat and on many occasions in compensated time.

Today, Thursday 6, the crews have become familiar with the Figaros in a training session prior to the scoring regattas for the Spanish Cruiser Championship that will begin tomorrow, Friday. In order to give the regattas greater agility with equal opportunities for all participants, the 18 teams will be divided into three groups by lottery, without the two boats of a community being able to coincide in the same group.

After the series of regattas scheduled for the first day, 3 or 4 for each group depending on the wind and sea conditions, the provisional classification will allow the groups to be created for the second day of the Championship. The first two of each of the groups will form group 1, the third and fourth group 2, and the fifth and sixth group 3.

For the final and definitive series, on Sunday, October 9, those who occupy places five and six in each group will be relegated to the next group, and the first and second will be promoted. For group 1, the dispute of three regattas is planned, determining after them the first six positions of the final classification. The rest of the positions will be decided on a single heat for groups 2 and 3.

The Spanish Cruise Championship – State Lotteries and Betting Trophy was born under the organization of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and has the collaboration in this edition of the Galician Federation and Monte Real Yacht Club of Baiona. The regatta will take place from Friday the 7th to Sunday the 9th of October and it will be the first time that the national title has been disputed in this new format.


Luis Pomar | Communication Director RFEV |
Macarena Lainez | RFEV Press Officer |