· The competition, organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayonne, celebrates its thirty-ninth edition this year
· It takes place from July 24 to 27 and scores for the Spanish Championship of Height, the Atlantic Cruise Circuit and the Spanish Cruise Cup of the Galicia Zone
· The test program includes the Carrumeiro Chico challenge, a journey of more than 100 round trip miles between Baiona and what is known as the Greek Cemetery
The Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona is organizing this week one of its most emblematic regattas, the Conde de Gondomar Trophy, which this year celebrates its thirty-ninth edition. The competition, which takes place from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27, will pass through different points of the Galician Atlantic coast and will include three crossing stages and a windward-leeward task.
The first of the tests, the Rías Baixas Tourism Stage , is one of the most exciting in the trophy, due to its distance and complexity. There is a 100-mile round trip from Baiona to the Carrumeiro Chico lighthouse, known as the Greek Cemetery . A route with the added difficulty that part of the stage must be done at night, with reduced or no visibility. This test will be disputed only by the largest boats, on Thursday 24.
The smaller sailboats will go out to sea on the 25th, the feast of Santiago Apóstol, starting at noon, to complete the Vitaldent Stage , a coastal route with a route yet to be determined, which will be marked according to the sea and wind conditions.
On Saturday 26, the third day of competition, the entire fleet will tackle the El Corte Inglés Stage , a 32-mile route starting in Baiona and circumnavigating the Cíes and Ons archipelagos.
Sunday 27, the last day of testing, will be a decisive day. The boats must complete the Don Pedro de Soutomaior Stage , a windward-leeward stage in which the technique and good work of the crews will mark the differences between the boats. The day will culminate with the awards ceremony at 5 pm at the Monte Real Club de Yates.
A scoring trophy for other competitions
The tests that take place in the XXXIX Conde de Gondomar Trophy score points for the II Atlantic Cruise Circuit , in which crews from Spain and Portugal compete. The Count’s is the second round of a circuit that will end next September with the Prince of Asturias Trophy, also from the Monte Real Yacht Club of Bayonne.
In addition, the longest regatta, between Baiona and Carrumeiro Chico, reserved for boats in categories 0, 1 and 2, scores points for the Spanish Height Championship “Memorial Ángel Zorrilla”, and the whole set of tests add up to the Spanish Cup for Cruisers in the Galicia Zone .
The next appointment with the regattas of the Monte Real Yacht Club of Bayonne is one of the highlights of the season, the 2014 Prince of Asturias Trophy , which this year takes place between 5 and 7 September.
This is the most important competition organized by the Baiona club, which has been held continuously since its creation in 1985, and attracts the elite of the national and international fleet to the waters of Baiona.