• Light, unstable winds prevent the last races from being held on Sunday, with the Saturday leader board becoming the definitive.
  • Amongst the Spanish national teams, the Spanish Championship title is claimed by “Bribon 500” in the Classics division and “Stella” in the Open. 
  • Students from the National Centre for Adapted Sailing complete four new races in front of the club and a total of eight in the competition.


The last day of the 6th Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regatta was held today in Sanxenxo. A very light and unstable wind prevented the Race Committee from being able to hold the last races programmed for the 6-metre fleet on Sunday.

As such, Saturday’s leaders Louis Heckly’s “Dix Août” and Violeta Álvarez’s “Stella” were once again the new winners of the event, organised by the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo (RCNS). In the Spanish Championship (with only the national teams scoring), the title was claimed by Pedro Campos’ “Bribon 500” and Álvarez’s “Stella.”

The first race of the day was initially programmed for 12:00h, however from very early on the Race Committee announced a postponement. An hour later, with a westerly wind, the fleet headed out to the racecourse. Several attempts were made by the Race Committee, who changed the course several times, and even managed one race start for the Open division. However, at approximately 16:00h due to the lack of conditions, the day was concluded, without the programmed racing possible.

As such Saturday’s general classification became the definitive results for the 6th edition of the Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regatta.

“Dix Août” claim victory in the Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Máster Regatta, and “Bribon 500”, the Spanish Championship

For the Classics fleet, competition in the sixth edition of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo’s prime event, could not have been tighter. On Friday Louis Heckly’s French team set off well, winning the first two partial victories, and on Saturday it was Pedro Campos’ “Bribon 500,” who with a comfortable victory in the only race held, was responsible for the close leader board, with a triple draw at the top of the board, between the French boat in first, Campos’ team in second, and Íñigo Echenique’s “Caprice,” in third.

Cancellation of the last day of racing due to the lack of conditions, saw the representatives from the Yacht Club de France, “Dix Août” proclaimed winners of the sixth edition of the Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regatta, and the RCNS boat, skippered by Campos, taking the Spanish Championship title with a first in the Classics division.

Third place went to Echenique’s “Caprice” (Club Marítimo de Canido).

Double triumph for “Stella” in the Open

In the Open category, a great result for Violeta Álvarez’s “Stella.” The RCNS team, finished in second place on Friday and drew on points with leader Patrick Monteiro’s “Seljm” (Clube naval de Cascais). The team swept a victory in the race held on Saturday and moved ahead of the fleet with a two-point advantage over Monteiro.

With their result, and cancellation of Sunday’s racing, “Stella” celebrated a win in both the Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regatta, and as Spanish champions in the Open division. The Portuguese team, defender of the two titles at stake in the Ria de Pontevedra, finished the event in second overall, with third place going to British Jeremy Thorp’s “Battlecry.”

Four new races for the Adapted Sailing teams and a victory for Mencía Casas’s crew

Students from the National Centre of Adapted Sailing were a little luckier with conditions, and although very light, were able to complete four new races, in the area just in front of the RCNS facilities. Following the races held on Saturday, Mencía Casas’ team were proclaimed overall winners. Second place went to Carmen Blanco’s team and third to the crew of Rafael Martínez.

Prizegiving – the final touch

The prizegiving ceremony concluded this edition of the Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regatta. The act was held at 18.30h at the RCNS village and attended by Pati Blanco, Director of Communication and Institutional Relations for El Corte Inglés in Galicia and Asturias, Daniel Arosa, Social Services, Sports and Youth Councillor for the Sanxenxo Town Hall, Captain Pedro Cardona, Commanding Director of the Escuela Naval de Marín, Fabián Buezas, Commercial Director of Interrías, Jesús Quintáns, Manager of Nauta Sanxenxo, Sauro Martínez, Patron Master of the Fishermen’s Guild, Marta Giráldez, President of the Mancomunidade do Salnés, Cecilia Pereira, Commissioner for the Xacobeo, Noemí Outeda, Provincial Member of Parliament for Educational Centres, Pedro Campos, President of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo and other authorities.

Competition returns to the Ria on Tuesday

Following this year’s edition of the Rey Juan Carlos I El Corte Inglés Master Regata, on Monday Sanxenxo will see the official start of the Xacobeo 6mR Europeans. A training race is to be held on Tuesday, from 12:00h, where the action will kick off again, with the first of five days of racing, to decide the new European champions in the class.

Fotos © María Muiña / Regata Rey Juan Carlos I

FINAL classification. Day 3
(Position/Boat/Skipper/Country/Results /Points)

1. “Dix Août”, Louis Heckly (FRA) 1+1+7=9
2. “Bribon 500”, Pedro Campos (ESP), 5+3+1=9
3. “Caprice”, Laureano Wizner (ESP), 3+4+2=9
… up to 15 classified.

1. “Stella”, Violeta Álvarez (ESP), 2+2+1=5
2. “Seljm”, Patrick Monteiro (POR), 1+3+3=7
3. “Battlecry”, Jeremy Thohrp (GBR), 4+1+6=11
… up to 16 classified.