The 40 springs of the MRCYB

· The Monte Real Yacht Club celebrates the fortieth edition of its traditional Spring Regatta – Repsol Trophy during the first May bridge

· On this anniversary, the town of Baiona takes on a special role and all the scheduled tests will start and finish in the waters of the bay

· Monte Real hopes that in 2018 the competition can be the J80 Spanish Championship and it has requested this from the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation

Baiona, April 25, 2017.- The noble hall of the Monte Real Yacht Club hosted this morning the presentation at a press conference of the traditional Spring Regatta – Repsol Trophy, one of the longest-running sailing competitions in Galicia, which this year is also celebrating its anniversary.

The regatta celebrates its 40th anniversary and it does so by giving special prominence to the fishing village of Baiona, in whose waters most of the races will be held, and from where all the departures and arrivals of the different races can be seen.

Regatta, cruising, regatta/cruising sailboats, monotypes J80, J70, and Figaros are called to participate in a nautical event that will last for three days, coinciding with the bridge on May 1.

The initial tests of the Repsol Trophy will be held on Saturday the 29th starting at one in the afternoon. The regatta committee will design the layouts for the different categories based on two schemes, of the type windward-leeward poles or coastal routes.

The design of the first stage, with a starting horn at one in the afternoon and different routes for the fleet, will be repeated on Sunday the 30th; and on both days, after finishing the competition in the water, the sailors will be able to participate in gin and tonic tastings, by the hand of Martin Miller’s, with its premium gin, and Coca Cola, with its Royal Bliss tonic.

The fortieth edition of the Spring Regatta – Repsol Trophy will end on May 1 with the last tests starting at half past eleven in the morning, and the award ceremony for the winners at four in the afternoon on the Monte green Royal Yacht Club.

In the previous edition of the trophy, Pairo 8, from the Real Club Náutico de Vigo, skippered by Luis Bugallo, was the winner. Aceites Abril, also from the yacht company from Vigo, took victory in the ORC 1 class; and the Bosch Service Solutions, from the Club Marítimo de Canido, and the Margem do Azul, from the Monte Real Club de Yates, won ORC 2-3 and ORC 4 respectively. In the J80 competition, victory went to Miguel Lago’s Virazón and Eva María Moreno’s Serralleiras won the Figaro class.

Going for the Spanish J80 Championship

Coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of the competition, the Monte Real Club de Yates has asked the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation to organize, in 2018, the Spanish J80 Championship, to be held as part of the 41st Spring Regatta .

It was announced this morning by the president of the club, José Luis Álvarez, who expressed confidence that the tests could be held next year in Baiona, and that Repsol would once again be the main sponsor of the event.

Álvarez thanked the refining company for years of support for Monte Real through sponsorship of the Spring Regatta and the Adapted Sailing School for people with disabilities through Fundación Repsol.

He personally addressed Repsol’s Head of Marine and Fisheries for southern Galicia, Inés González Megido, who was also present at the press conference, sharing a table with the mayor of Baiona, Ángel Rodal; the Head of the Sports Service of the Xunta de Galicia in the province of Pontevedra, Daniel Benavides; the President of the Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde; and the vice president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, Alejandro Retolaza.