The Repsol Trophy puts the Spanish Sportboat Championship at stake this year


· The classic Monte Real Club de Yates Spring Regatta celebrates its forty-fifth edition this year, once again winning the Repsol Trophy and including as a novelty one of the appointments of the Spanish Sportboat Championship

· The tests, which will consist of two coastal routes through the Rías Baixas and two trapeze or two canes in a field located in the surroundings of the Cíes Islands, will be held on April 29 and 30 and the May 1 holiday

· In the absence of several days before the registration period closes, there are already more than 50 boats registered to participate in a test that is expected to bring together more than 300 sailors from different clubs in the northwest of the peninsula

The Monte Real boats that support this regatta will be supplied with a new fuel created by Repsol, a renewable fuel with zero net emissions produced from waste

Official presentation of the Repsol Trophy today in Baiona – Photo © Clara Giraldo

This Wednesday, a new edition of the classic Monte Real Club de Yates Spring Regatta was officially presented in Baiona, which this year celebrates its forty-fifth edition. It is also the twenty-third that has been held as a Repsol Trophy, thanks to the collaboration of the energy company with the Bayonés club. And this year, as a novelty, it includes, by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation, the celebration of one of the appointments of the Spanish Sportboat Championship, the one corresponding to the northern zone.

With several days to go before the registration period closes, the list of entries clearly shows the interest of the different fleets from northern Spain and Portugal to participate in this historic event, in which the organization expects more than 300 to participate. sailors. Right now there have already been more than fifty boats registered and it is more than likely that the number will continue to increase until the weekend.

Saturday will be the first day of competition with a coastal route that will start from the Bay of Baiona and will continue to the vicinity of Combarro, where the crews will spend the night waiting to return to Baiona on Sunday. This reverse route of the Sunday day, between Combarro and Baiona, will be the second scoring test of the trophy, which will only have the two technical tests scheduled for Monday. On May 1st the different fleets (ORC, J80, Figaros) will meet at the anchorage of the Cíes Islands. There, in front of the majestic archipelago, the race committee will give the teams two more options to score points in the classification, with two tests that could be, depending on the weather conditions, either the trapeze or poles type.

If the organization’s forecasts are met and the weather offers good conditions, all the races will begin around noon and end throughout the afternoon, with a tasting and leisure time for the sailors on Saturday at the Marina de Combarro and on Sunday and Monday at the Monte Real Club de Yates, where the awards ceremony for the winners of this edition will also be held on the last day.

In the previous edition, the winners were Magical by Julio Rodríguez (RCN Vigo), Sagar V by Rolando Andrade (Ro Yacht Club), Secolite by Javier Rey (MRCYB), Yess by Rui Ramada (MRCYB), Alboroto by Javier Aguado (MRCYB) and the Bouvento by Óscar José Comesaña.

Speech by Alejandro Retolaza – Photo © Clara Giraldo

In the official presentation of the event, held this Wednesday at the facilities of the Monte Real Club de Yates, the vice-president of the club, Alejandro Retolaza, highlighted the more than four decades that he has been celebrating what he qualified as “one of the great events with heavy sailing in Galicia, which is attended every year by the best crews”. “A long journey -he said- that we have covered, for the most part, hand in hand with a luxury partner like Repsol, with whom we share philosophy and objectives” .

Intervention by Inés González Megido – Photo © Clara Giraldo

One of these objectives is to continue reducing, more and more, the environmental footprint of the club’s facilities and competitions, and in this sense, Repsol’s Head of Marine and Fishing, Inés González Megido, announced the premiere, in this regatta, of a renewable fuel with zero net emissions for support vessels. “Repsol is proud to contribute one more year to this sporting event and to do it, furthermore, in this way, reducing the CO2 footprint thanks to our renewable fuel produced from waste” .

Speech by Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui – Photo © Clara Giraldo

The commodore of the club, Ignacio Sánchez Otaegui, also participated in the presentation of this new edition of the Repsol Trophy, who recalled that anyone who wants to can follow the two initial tests, the coastal ones on Saturday and Sunday, over the Internet, via mobile, tablet or computer, from the Monte Real Club de Yates website.

Intervention by Daniel Benavides – Photo © Clara Giraldo

The provincial head of Sports of the Xunta de Galicia, Daniel Benavides, assured that the Galician government will continue supporting the sport of sailing and especially competitions like this one, a high-level qualified event and that it will be, he said, a real success.

Intervention by Gorka Gómez – Photo © Clara Giraldo

The deputy for Sports of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Gorka Gómez, highlighted the relevance of a competition with 45 years of history and a club that, according to him, is a national benchmark for the sport of sailing. The provincial sports manager also thanked the Monte Real Club de Yates on behalf of the Provincial Council for promoting the Rías Baixas as a key tourist destination in Galicia with its initiatives.

Intervention by Carlos Gómez – Photo © Clara Giraldo

The person in charge of closing the press conference held at the Monte Real Club de Yates was the mayor of Baiona, Carlos Gómez, who wished the club all the best in this kick-off of the heavy sailing season. “Betting on Monte Real is betting on Baiona and our neighbors, and that is why we will always be by the club’s side, supporting all its events, from which our town also benefits.”




Saturday April 29 · 12:00 Baiona – Combarro coastal tour
Sunday April 30 · 12:00 Coastal tour Combarro – Baiona
Monday May 1 12:00 Trapezes or canes / 18:30 Awards ceremony