· The second stage of the ocean regatta organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Angra Iate Clube departed this afternoon from the Azores towards Baiona
· Six ships with Spanish and Portuguese crews will compete for victory in a journey of some 865 miles through Atlantic waters
· The competition will end on the 23rd at the facilities of the Monte Real Club de Yates with the awards ceremony for the winners
With some delay according to the scheduled time, the second stage of the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race departed this afternoon for Galicia, the ocean regatta organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Angra Iate Clube with the collaboration of different Azorean institutions and the Provincial Council from Pontevedra.
The low wind that was recorded at the time set for the start was what forced the start of a race to be postponed for a little over half an hour in which the six participating boats must complete the 865 miles that separate the Azorean town of Angra do Heroism of the Galician coast.
The first 200 miles will undoubtedly be the most complex for a fleet that will have to seek, in an area characterized by little wind, the best possible conditions to achieve the necessary momentum that will allow them to separate themselves from the rest of the boats.
Once they achieve it, everything will depend on the good work of the crews, both when choosing a course and when carrying out the manoeuvres. It will also influence, at least in some boats, their ability to adapt to changes, since there have been modifications in some equipment.
The Saint Maxime del Monte Real Club de Yates, which managed to win the first stage with Miguel Lago at the wheel, is now skippered by Gerardo Alonso. The Portuguese Xekmatt, from the Lisbon Naval Association, also changed leadership, in which José Carlos Prista left the controls in the hands of Hugo Prista.
Pablo Toja replaces Yann Lascan on the Free Spirit, from the Real Club Marítimo de Abra; and Antonio Tea to Unai Basurko aboard the Pakea Cadenote, which now also sails through the Club Marítimo de Canido. The Atlantis del Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas, which continues to be led by Iván Prieto, maintains the same pattern; and the Cleopatra of the Recreational Nautical Association, with José Rafael Ribeiro at the controls.
The evolution of the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race can be followed minute by minute via the internet thanks to a monitoring system that will show the data of each boat, the longitude and latitude at which they are and the speed and direction they are sailing .
The competition will end on July 23 in Baiona with the award ceremony for the winners, in a ceremony to be held at nine o’clock at night in the facilities of the Monte Real Yacht Club.
Winners of the first stage
The first stage of the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race, between Baiona and Angra do Heroismo, was won by Saint Maxime del Monte Real Club de Yates, skippered by Miguel Lago, who completed the race in just 5 days, 13 hours and 43 minutes. The second position went to its most direct rival throughout the competition, José Carlos Prista’s Xekmatt, from the Lisbon Naval Association.
The bronze went to Cleopatra from the Recreational Nautical Association; and the Free Spirit and the Atlantis, from the Real Club Marítimo de Abra and the Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas, completed the classification. The rest of the boats that left Baiona for the Azores were forced to abandon the regatta for different reasons, mostly related to technical problems in the boats.
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