· With only one day to go until the end of the competition, the contenders for the title in the different categories of the Repsol Trophy fought tooth and nail for the coastal regatta between Combarro and Baiona held this Sunday
· Delays in the starts due to lack of wind, out of line, disqualifications and some protests marked a penultimate day that anticipates a lot of emotion for the final stage scheduled for this Monday
· The Deep Blue 2.1 in the ORC 4 class and the Salaño Dos in the A2 class were the only boats capable of repeating victory and adding two first places in the two races held
· The regatta program for the May Day holiday includes two trapeze-type events at the Cíes Islands anchorage and the prize-giving ceremony for the winners
With only one day left to go before the competition ends, the 50 boats that are taking part in the 45th Spring Regatta – Repsol Trophy on this May Day weekend fought tooth and nail on the coast between Combarro and Baiona held this Sunday in the Rías Baixas.
After more than two hours of waiting due to lack of wind inside the Pontevedra estuary, and with the fleet impatient because of their desire to haggle, the starts of the different classes (ORCs and J80) were not without controversy.
When the race committee honked for the ORCs, three boats from Vigo with title aspirations, Víctor Carrión’s Bon III, Julio Rodríguez’s Magical and the Pérez Canal brothers’ Aceites Abril, were out of line. The three had to resume the start to be able to continue in competition, but only two of them did. El Bon III, who had been leading the ORC 1-2-3 since the first day, failed to comply and was disqualified.
The J80s didn’t have a smooth start either. With 10 seconds left for the committee to start sailing towards Baiona, a large part of the fleet was already out of line due to a role of wind and the start had to be repeated. The field was readjusted and the black flag was raised, which would imply the disqualification of any boat that crossed the line during the minute before the start. The only boat affected was Antonio Francisco Gómez’s Arriscao, which was left out of the test.
After these incidents with the starts, sailing, with a couple of exceptions, was very tight, a clear sign of the crews’ desire to fight the regatta with all possible means and gain a place in the honorary positions of the classification.
Aceites Abril and Magical were always in the lead, with Yess Too at their stern without losing sight of them. The rest of the fleet sailed in a handkerchief along the Costa de la vela and the inner face of the Cíes archipelago and it was not until they reached Carallones, a mandatory beacon, that some began to mark positions and extend distances inland. the bay of Baiona, where the finish line was placed in front of the Parador Nacional.
In the ORC 1-2-3 class , the out-of-line of Bon III, who had been the leader of the previous day, made him fall to the last position. The stage victory went to Aceites Abril of the Pérez Canal, but Ramón Ojea’s Sailway overtook them in the general classification thanks to the two second places it achieved in the two tests held so far. Those from Canido are first followed by Aceites, Magical and Narval, which are tied on points in second, third and fourth position.
In the ORC 4 class , Vicente Cid’s Deep Blue 2.1 (RCN Vigo), the only one with two consecutive victories, is one of the most solvent boats in the competition. Two first places with which, if he manages to maintain his streak this Monday, he would win the trophy. The Unus of Luis García Trigo (MRCYB), with provisional silver; and La Burla Negra by Juan José Martínez (CN Castrelo de Miño), with bronze; second and third place were exchanged with respect to the previous day.
In the ORC class 5, the Balea Dous (RCN Rodeira) from Cangues, led by Luis Pérez, were the best of the day and having won the stage allowed them to rise to second place overall, in which Victor Manuel’s Nahela Álvarez (CD Alagua) is still in the lead. The Squid II of Francisco Lusquiños (CN Portonovo) is third.
In the A2 class , the Salaño Dos owned by Jacobo Vecino and Brenda Maure (RCN Vigo) is the other boat that, together with the Deep Blue, was able to repeat the victory on this second day. In this way, he consolidates his privileged position at the top of the provisional podium with the Aquilón by Roberto Telle and Genoveva Pereiro (MRCYB); and the Asante Sana by Juan Carlos Trabazos and Joaquin Dasilva (LM Bouzas) in the second and third drawer respectively.
In the J80 real-time competition, the Okofen was first across the finish line and this stage win allowed him to jump from third to first position. It holds the provisional gold with four points, the same as the Rampage, which remain in the silver position. In third position is Marías by Manel Cunha.
The 45th Spring Regatta – Repsol Trophy, which closed Sunday with a seafood dinner at the Monte Real Club de Yates, will come to an end this Monday, the May 1 holiday, with the last two races of the competition: two routes in the shape of a trapezoid that the entire fleet will compete in the anchorage of the Cíes Islands. In the afternoon, around half past six, the awards ceremony will be held, attended by Repsol’s Head of Marine and Fisheries, Inés González Megido; the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez; the General Secretary for Sport of the Xunta de Galicia, José Ramón Lete Lasa; and the vice president of the MRCYB, Alejandro Retolaza.
REPSOL 2023 TROPHY 45th SPRING REGATA
Provisional general classification after holding 2 tests
(Day 1: Baiona – Combarro + Day 2: Combarro – Baiona)
ORC CLASS 1-2-3
1. SAILWAY · RAMÓN OJEA · CM CANIDO
2. APRIL OILS · LUIS AND JORGE PÉREZ CANAL · RCN VIGO
3. MAGICAL · JULIO RODRÍGUEZ · RCN VIGO
1. DEEP BLUE 2.1 VICENTE CID RCN VIGO
2. UNUS LUIS GARCÍA TRIGO MRCYB
3. THE BLACK MOCK JUAN JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ CASTRELO DE MIÑO NPP
1. NAHELA · VICTOR MANUEL ÁLVAREZ · CD ALAGUA
2. BALEA DOUS · LUIS PÉREZ · RCN RODEIRA
3. SQUID II · FRANCISCO LUSQUIÑOS · PORTONOVO NPP
1. SALAÑO TWO · JACOBO VECINO AND BRENDA MAURE · RCN VIGO
2. AQUILÓN · ROBERTO TELLE AND GENOVEVA PEREIRO · MRCYB
3. ASANTE SANA · JUAN CARLOS TRABAZOS AND JOAQUIN DASILVA · LM BOUZAS
1. OKOFEN · JAVIER DE LA GANDARA · MRCYB
2. RIOT · JAVIER AGUADO · MRCYB
3. MARÍAS · MANEL CUNHA · MRCYB