The José Luis de Ugarte Sailing School Trophy now reaches its XXXI edition with around 220 participating sailors. He does it this weekend of September 25 and 26 in Biscayan waters of the Abra with those more than two hundred young athletes who take part in this dinghy sailing festival. Dozens and dozens of participating boats will sail in this regatta in the following classes: Optimist, FEVA, ILCA, 420 and Snipe. It will bring together representatives of Biscayan, Gipuzkoan, Alava, Navarrese, Cantabrian and Asturian clubs.
This year the Optmist class will return again, after missing in the last edition due to the pandemic. The sailors will sail in one of the Basque dinghy sailing competitions par excellence to show their learning, skills and the enormous love they have in this sport, in a regatta that pays tribute to José Luis de Ugarte, the historic Biscayan sailor who died thirteen years ago and which has always given its name to this relevant sporting event and to the Sailing School of the Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club. The Biscayan waters of the Abra will discover one more year a more than spectacular image with about 175 small boats in competition, with the sailors of the future in search of victory in one of the benchmark tests in this modality.
This 31st edition is disputed for the best of six races in the different classes, which share schedules, with three windward-leeward runs on each day. The various classes that make up the Trophy are distributed in the regatta fields in the Abra where the competition takes place. On Saturday the 25th the test will start at 1:00 p.m. On Sunday 26th the competition will start at 11.00 am, the considerations and measures for holding sports events in this health surveillance situation being followed at all times.
The test was presented at the RCMA-RSC this Thursday and is sponsored by Fashion Outlet and has the collaboration of the Getxo City Council, the Bilbao Port and Ría Foundation, Fhimasa, El Correo, Kutxabank and the Vizcaína Sailing Federation. The presentation was attended by María Montes, from Fashion Outlet, Tomás Alonso-Allende, RCMA-RSC Commodore and its sports director Eduardo García-Santamarina, who said that “it seems that we are gradually returning to normality. There is a lot of desire to sail and we have been surprised by so many registrations. With this successful participation, it is perceived that the pandemic is no longer with us. It seems that we are seeing the light again. The Optimist class ships are also returning, which could not sail a year ago because there were more restrictions, and ships come from all over the Cantabrian coast ”.
This deeply-rooted event has become, in its now 31 years of existence, one of the most important regattas in the specialty of dinghy sailing in the Cantabrian Sea. Always with a great participation, which has exceeded in previous editions up to two hundred sailors like this one, in the XXXI José Luis de Ugarte-Fashion Outlet Sailing School Trophy, the promises of sailing gather every September. The main objective of this José Luis de Ugarte Dinghy Sailing School Trophy, since its creation by the Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club, is both competitive and educational. It supposes a first contact with the championships for many young sailors, while it allows the more experienced ones to measure themselves with athletes from other communities.
In the last edition of 2020, despite the weather forecasts being bleak, this classic dinghy sailing championship was able to complete two beautiful and fun sailing days after which Amadeo Torrens and Imanol Elorrieta prevailed in the Snipe class, Enrique Arriola in Laser Radial, Aitor Cartón in Laser 4.7, Asier Carreira and Alfonso Bareño in the FEVA class and Mikel Peña and Manex Albizu in 420.
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