The Conde de Gondomar Trophy continues to celebrate years in Galicia

· The historic sailing event organized by the Monte Real Yacht Club since 1976 celebrates its forty-second edition this year in the Rías Baixas

· The competition tests are sponsored by Banco Sabadell and will be held between July 22 and 25 between Baiona Bay and the Corcubión estuary

· The classic route to the Carrumeiro Chico lighthouse, nearly 100 nautical miles away, will crown the new Spanish Champion of Height

The Monte Real Club de Yates presented this morning in Baiona a new edition of one of the longest-running regattas on the Spanish nautical scene, the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, which in 2017 celebrates its forty-second edition. Hand in hand with Banco Sabadell as the main sponsor, the historic club from Baiona once again organizes a competition that has been held continuously since 1976.

The 42nd Count of Gondomar – Banco Sabadell Trophy will be held between July 22 and 25 in different points of the Galician estuaries, in a very wide regatta field between Baiona and the Costa da Morte, in which several regattas will start crossing and several windward-leeward tests. There will be four sailing days that will bring together ORC, J80 and Figaro class sailboats on the water, with some of the most outstanding crews of the season. Among them will be the April Oils, winner of the previous edition of the trophy and current champion of Spain of Height of the Galician Zone.

As has become a tradition, the competition will start on Saturday 22nd with one of the most complicated and exciting tests, the climb to Carrumeiro Chico, in the Corcubión estuary, which in addition to scoring for the general classification of the trophy, will reveal the name of the new Champion of Spain of Height of the Galicia Zone. It is a long test, almost 100 miles round trip, reserved exclusively for the largest boats, ORC classes 0, 1, 2 and 3. The departure will be given at eleven in the morning from the bay of Baiona and the arrival of the first boats will not take place until late at night. The competition for the ORC 4 and the J80 and Fígaros monotypes is scheduled to end well before that, which will not go up to the Carrumeiro, but will turn much earlier, at the Camouco lighthouse, opposite the island of Ons.

On the second day of regattas, scheduled for Monday, July 24, the entire participating fleet will share the same route. It will circumnavigate the archipelagos of the Cíes and Ons islands, in one of the routes with the greatest scenic beauty of the Rías Baixas. The starting horn will be heard at twelve, and in the afternoon, once the race is over, the crews will be able to enjoy an evening at the Monte Real Club de Yates, with a tasting of Martin Miller gin and tonics and Coca Cola Royal Bliss and a seafood dinner

On July 25, Galicia Day, it will be a decisive day to finish defining the podiums of the 42nd Count of Gondomar – Banco Sabadell Trophy, since the latest tests, much more technical, usually lead to changes in the previous classifications. Starting at noon, two windward-leeward routes will mark the beginning of the end of a competition that will honor its winners in the afternoon, at a prize-giving ceremony to be held at the Monte Real Club de Yates starting at six o’clock.

This will bring to an end a competition created more than four decades ago with the aim of bringing together heavyweight sailing from the Atlantic in a high-level regatta. An essential appointment with the candle that, according to the vice president of Monte Real, Alejandro Retolaza, “has been consolidated over the years, maintaining the same essence and practically the same design with which it was born” .

This was stated by the vice-president of the Baiona club at the press conference held this morning in Baiona, in which Ramón Correa, director of Banco Empresa de SabadellGallego, also spoke on behalf of the event’s sponsors. “For Banco Sabadell – said Correa- It is very important to be present in the lives of Galicians through collaborations that help to make such important and established initiatives in the sports calendar more visible, such as the Conde de Gondomar Trophy”.

In addition to its sporting importance, the competition has an outstanding tourist role, by promoting the diffusion of the Rías Baixas in the media. This was pointed out by the Deputy Delegate for Tourism, Santos Héctor Rodríguez, when speaking of the involvement of the Pontevedra Provincial Council in the Count of Gondomar. “It is a firm commitment of the Diputación to support singular events like this one -he said- for the disclosure they make of a tourist area as important to us as the Rías Baixas are”.

The official presentation of the competition was also attended by the Managing Director of PSA Retail Vigo, Daniel Martín; the Councilor for Maritime Activities of Baiona, Raúl Costas; the Councilor for Sports of Baiona, María Jesús Martíns; and the President of the Galician Sailing Federation, Manuel Villaverde.

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PROGRAM OF THE 42ND COUNT OF GONDOMAR BANCO SABADELL TROPHY

Monte Real Yacht Club Baiona, July 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2017

SATURDAY JULY 22

11:00 REGATTA BAIONA – CARRUMEIRO – BAIONA (ORCs)

11:00 BAIONA – CAMOUCO – BAIONA REGATTA (ORC 4, J80s and Figaros)

20:00 GINTONICS TASTING with Martin Miller & Royal Bliss

SUNDAY, JULY 23

Early in the morning ARRIVAL OF THE BOATS THAT RAISED THE CARRUMEIRO

Spanish Height Championship PSA Retail Galicia Area

MONDAY, JULY 24

12:00 CÍES – ONS CIRCUMNAVIGATION REGATTA (ORCs, J80s and Fígaros)

20:00 GINTONICS TASTING with Martin Miller & Royal Bliss

21:00 SEAFOOD DINNER at the Monte Real Yacht Club

TUESDAY, JULY 25

12:00 RACE TESTS WINDWARD – LEEWARD (ORCs, J80s and Figaros)

18:00 PRESENTATION OF AWARDS at the Monte Real Yacht Club

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