The Rías Baixas host this weekend the Galician Solitaire and Two-handed Championship

· It is one of the most exciting races of the sailing season in Galicia as sailboats compete with crews reduced to the maximum, with one or two sailors on board

· For the sixth consecutive year, the Galician Sailing Federation chose the Monte Real Yacht Club to organize a competition sponsored by Inserimos Energía and which the club from Baiona dedicates to its former president Rafael Olmedo

· Among the participants and contenders for the title this 2017 will be on board the Fend la Bise the current solo champion Jean Claude Sarrade

The Galician Sailing Federation has chosen the Monte Real Club de Yates to organize, for the sixth consecutive year, the Galician Solitary and Two-handed Championship, a competition sponsored by Inserimos Energía and which the club from Baiona will dedicate to its former president Rafael Olmedo, who passed away in 2015. The test, which will be held next Saturday, is, due to its characteristics, one of the most exciting of the sailing season in Galicia, since sailboats compete with crews reduced to the maximum, with one or two sailors on board.

Participants must complete a route of between 30 and 41 miles with obligatory steps through different points of the Rías Baixas. After crossing the starting line inside the Bay of Baiona, the boats will head towards the Carallones and La Negra beacons, in the surroundings of the Estelas Islands. They will then cross the entrance to the Vigo estuary through the interior of the Cíes Islands and go to the Camouco lighthouse, opposite the Ons island, at the mouth of the Pontevedra estuary. From there, the return to Baiona will begin, where the arrival point will be installed in front of the Tenaza tower.

New technologies will have a prominent presence in the competition thanks to the eStela mobile application, through which each boat will transmit its position in real time. In addition to providing security to the championship, this system will allow the public to follow the development of the test live at all times, through a website.

Among the contenders for the 2017 title will be the current solo champion and recent winner of the “Volta ás Cíes” at the Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas, Jean Claude Sarrade, who will skipper, as always, his Fend la Bise.

The Galician Solitaire and Two-Handed Championship – III Rafael Olmedo Memorial will end with the award ceremony for the winners, on Saturday at nine o’clock at night, and a seafood dinner at the organizing club’s facilities.

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