· Starting Friday, the historic Baiona club will host the inauguration of the new competition of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation
· Monte Real has been chosen to organize the first part of a regatta from which the Spanish representative for the European circuit will emerge
· In the 45 tests that will be held in the bay of Baiona until Sunday, 12 crews from different clubs in Spain will compete
· This first edition of the Spanish Sailing League is sponsored by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado
The Monte Real Club de Yates has been the club chosen to inaugurate the Spanish Sailing League, a new competition promoted by the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation with the sponsorship of Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, which will be held starting next Friday in Baiona .
For three days, from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th, 12 crews from different Spanish yacht clubs will compete in a sports program in which a total of 45 windward-leeward-type events are planned.
There will be multiple short-term regattas that the participating teams must complete with a maximum of 5 crew members aboard six identical boats, the six Beneteau Figaros that the Monte Real Club de Yachts Sailing School has.
Thus, under equal technical conditions, the crews will score points day by day, without being eliminated, in a general classification from which, once the entire test program has been completed, the winner of the competition in Baiona will emerge.
There will be a second phase to be held in the Balearic Islands and the team that wins both will be chosen to represent Spain on the international circuit.
Among the participating teams there are representatives of some of the places with the most nautical tradition in Spain. Two crews will arrive in Baiona from the Canary Islands, one from the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife (Lanzarote) and another from the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria .
Of the Mediterranean, Alicante will be the area with the greatest representation, since teams from three clubs will participate, the Real Club Náutico de Calpe , the Javea Náutico Club and the Campello Náutico Club .
Also present from the Mediterranean will be the Club Náutic El Balís (Barcelona), the Real Club Náutico de Valencia , the Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Club Náutico s’Arenal , organizer of the second part of the Spanish Sailing League.
The Basque Country will be represented by the Real Club Marítimo del Abra (Vizcaya) and two crews will compete for Galicia, one from the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña and the other from Monte Real Club de Yates . The Baionese club, in addition to organizing the tests, will compete with a team that will be in charge of leading Fernando Yáñez.
If the weather permits, the three days of testing will begin, each day, at 11 in the morning. On Friday, as it is the first day of racing, there will also be a preparatory meeting prior to the start. And on Sunday, the last day of competition, the awards ceremony will also be held, starting at half past four in the afternoon at the Monte Real Club de Yates.
With this new competition, the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation tries to give a new impetus to inter-club competitions in Spanish territory, from which teams can come out that represent Spain in other international competitions. An objective shared by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, as sponsor of the event, and the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona as organizer of the first phase.
OFFICIAL PRESENTATION STATEMENTS
“For the Monte Real Club de Yates it is a great pride and satisfaction that the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation has chosen us to organize and inaugurate this Spanish Sailing League, to which we already wish many years of history and great successes”
Alejandro Retolaza Vice President of the Monte Real Yacht Club
“For two years we have been thinking about creating a club league. It was a great project that we had pending and this year we have managed to promote it thanks to the support of Loterías y Apuestas del Estado. It will be a great bet for another type of sailing and, above all, for the Spanish clubs, which will be the protagonists”
Julia Casanueva President of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation
“I want to thank the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona for hosting this regatta. Monte Real is a great club, the facilities are perfect, the setting is unparalleled and it’s better that they won’t be anywhere here. Galicia, of course, will not disappoint”
Manuel Villaverde President of the Royal Galician Sailing Federation
“We are in a province that, at the level of water sports, is a world power. From the Diputación we have been supporting the world of sailing for years because it values our estuaries, our environment and the good work of our clubs. We hope that this first edition continues and that Galicia can host future leagues”
Gorka Gómez Provincial Deputy for Sports
“We all congratulate ourselves on this good idea of making sailing comparable to other sports that have this type of league between clubs. Sailing is a strategic sport for this country and from the Xunta de Galicia we will always support it”
Daniel Benavides Provincial Head of the Sports Service
“For us, as a city council, having the Monte Real Club de Yates here is something that fills us with pride, because it is a clear benchmark in the world of sports, as has been seen once again here, when it was chosen to organize the this event. We are sure that it will be a complete success, because it is always like that when it bears the club’s signature”
Carlos Gómez Mayor of Baiona