· The boat owned by José Carlos Prista from the Lisbon Naval Association this afternoon became the winner of the second stage and virtual winner of the ocean regatta organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Angra Iate Clube
· With Hugo Prista at the helm of a crew of family and friends and after 148 hours of sailing, the Xekmatt was the first to cross the finish line located in the bay of Baiona
The Baiona Angra Atlantic Race awards ceremony will take place next Saturday at 9:00 p.m. at the Monte Real Club de Yates, coinciding with the celebration of the 41st Conde de Gondomar Trophy – Banco Sabadell Grand Prix
The Portuguese ship Xekmatt, from the Lisbon Naval Association, this afternoon became the winner of the second stage and virtual winner of the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race, the ocean regatta held this July in Atlantic waters under the organization of Monte Royal Yacht Club and the Angra Iate Clube.
The crew of José Carlos Prista, owner and skipper of the boat during the first stage, completed two fantastic round-trip races between Baiona and Angra do Heroismo. In the first phase, the Portuguese had to settle for second place left by Miguel Lago’s Saint Maxime, relentless throughout the course, but in this second stage, they were finally able to sentence.
This afternoon, at six minutes past eight, after 148 hours of sailing, the Xekmatt crew moored triumphantly in Baiona after winning the last stage in real time and taking virtual victory in the first edition of the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race. During the 865 miles back to Baiona, the ship sailed, according to the tracking system, at an average speed of 6.3 knots, reaching peaks of 9.2 at times.
On board the boat, in both stages, a team of family and friends, all professionals from the world of sailing, with more than ten years of experience in nautical competitions. Hugo Prista, 37, at the helm; the trimmer of Major Joao Prista; the bow André Oliveira; Joao Henriques, in charge of the piano and André Martins, Filipe Alves, Carlos Assunçao and Joao Guerra completing a luxury crew.
At the head of all of them, at the wheel in the first stage and from land in the second, the owner and skipper, José Carlos Prista, 68 years old, with an average of 30 regattas a year and a long resume of victories in major trophies such as the Prince of Asturias, the Atlantic Cup of Azores and various cruise championships in Portugal, among others.
The Xekmatt will receive its winner’s plaque next Saturday, July 23, at a ceremony that will take place at nine o’clock at night at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona, as part of the celebration of the 41st Conde de Gondomar – Banco Sabadell Grand Prix.