The Carrumeiro Chico challenge opens the 42nd Count of Gondomar – Banco Sabadell Trophy

· The most exciting test of the competition and one of the most attractive of sailing in Spain is held tomorrow Saturday in the Rías Baixas

· The sailboats that participate in the challenge must complete the almost 100 round-trip miles that separate Baiona and the Carrumeiro Chico lighthouse

· The fleet will try to beat the record of the test held since 2011 by Cenor & De Dietrich, which completed it in 11 hours 56 minutes and 57 seconds

· The regatta can be followed live on the Internet thanks to a mobile application that will transmit the real position of the boats at all times

The calendar marked July 2011 when the Cenor & De Dietrich, a Farr 50 from the Real Club de Regatas Galicia, managed to place its name in the history of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy by smashing the record that the Basque sailboat Zorongo had held since 1992. The crew from Arousa, led by Martín Bermúdez de la Puente, completed the ascent and descent to the Carrumeiro Chico in just 11 hours, 56 minutes and 57 seconds, reducing the figure achieved by the Basques 19 years earlier by more than 30 minutes.

At that time the distance of the route exceeded one hundred miles, something that will not happen in 2017, for which it is expected that the route will be around 94. Some of the best Galician crews of today will participate in the adventure, in which historic sailors mix with young promises that have been stepping strong in the current nautical scene.

The Aceites Abril of the brothers Luis and Jorge Pérez Canal will be one of the boats that we will see in the competition, trying to revalidate the title of Champion of Spain of Height of the Galicia Zone that it achieved in the previous edition.

The Real Club Náutico de Vigo will also participate in Pairo 8, with one of the skippers that best combines youth and good work on the water. After participating this summer in the Youth America’s Cup, the young man from Vigo, Luis Bugallo, will once again lead the crew.

Also taking part in this forty-second edition of the Count of Gondomar – Banco Sabadell Trophy will be Javier Durán’s Corsair VI, who, wearing a Boiro pendant, will try to repeat the results achieved in 2015, when he scored a double by winning the trophy and the Spanish Height Championship.

From the north they will go down to Baiona to compete in the Carrumeiro test, a regular in the great regattas in Galicia, such as the Salseiro, the Dehler 44 of Manuel Blanco, of the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña; and the Inosa and the Alma do Mar de Sada, skippered by Cándido Losada and Nito Enrique Arias. And from the south will arrive at Monte Real the Portuguese Five, a First 47.7 that will sail for the WeDoSailing-BB Douro club, from Vila Nova de Gaia.

Javier Montenegro’s Marara IV, Luis García Trigo’s Unus, Francisco Gude’s Siradella, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui’s Txole or Jean Claude Sarrade’s Fend la Bise will be other boats that will try to win this first test of the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, for which very changeable weather conditions are expected.

The sailboats will leave at eleven o’clock in the morning from the Bay of Baiona with very little wind and little defined, from the west northwest, with quite a few clouds and some fog. Little by little the day will open and the wind will turn to the west, the crews will sail through and the wind will increase in intensity, up to 16-18 knots. A new role will leave the north wind boarded, to stay that way throughout the return from Corcubión to Baiona.

The forecast of the regatta committee, which will be chaired for yet another year by Fernando Giraldo, is that the first boats will begin to tack the Carrumeiro Chico at seven in the afternoon and that the first arrivals will take place after one in the morning.

The regatta can be followed live thanks to the eStela mobile application, through which each boat will transmit its position in real time. In addition to giving security to this complicated test, this system will allow the public to follow the development of the test through the Internet at all times.