PortugaL The Azores charms Baiona Angra Atlantic Race sailors

Tuesday, 19 July 2016


Sailors taking part in the race enjoy three days of fun and activities on the island of Teceira at the end of the first stage of the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race  - The Town Mayor of Angra do Heroismo welcomes the fleet and hosts prize giving for sailors and guests

The six boats returning to Spain for the second stage of the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race set sail on Thursday following a short stopover in the heavenly town of Angra do Heroismo, located on the island of Terceira. Due to light the wind conditions, the start in Angra do Heroismo was postponed by two hours. 

Sailors taking part in this ocean race, jointly organised by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Angra Iate Clube in collaboration with various institutions from the Azores and Spanish town of Pontevedra, have enjoyed a break in what many have discovered to be a true paradise close to mainland Europe.

Four days of activities and a prize giving ceremony

The sailors were able to marvel at the beauty of Terceira, highlighting the visit to Algar do Carvão, the only active volcano open to visitors, as well as a tour of the island and swim in the natural pools of Biscoitos. This stunning island in the Azores gave sailors a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the island, meet the friendly people and taste the great local cuisine in which fish, meat, local wine and traditional sweets of the Azores are most famed.

Competitors were hosted by the mayor of the town of Angra do Heroismo, Alamo Menendez, in the Town Hall, and were given beautiful traditional earthenware as a keepsake of their visit to the island. The prize giving ceremony was held on the Cais de Angra restaurant terrace on the 13th of July on the eve of the return stage to Baiona in Spain.

Ambassadors for the Azores in Spain


Saint Maxime del Monte Real Club de Yates was the first boat to cross the finish line on the Angra Baiona Race on the morning of July 9. The Galician crew was the fastest to complete the first stage, a total of 5 days, 13 hours and 43 minutes at an average speed of 7.2 knots.

“The race was great with a tough start out of Baiona with calmer conditions over the final days of racing to Angra. The Angra Iate Club provided an spectacular reception. I would like to thank the owner for the fantastic opportunity to do this race” said Miguel Lago, Saint Maxime of Monte Real Club de Yates skipper.

Augusto Silva, Angra Iate Clube president, was thrilled with the first race and sees it as the perfect way for sailors to discover the Azores. "This inaugural race has been a great challenge and one I feel we have all passed with distinction. I want to thank all who have come this far, now you are the ambassadors of the Azores in Spain”  he enthused. “We hope to grow the event and as of tomorrow we will start to plan and organise the next Baiona Angra Atlantic Race, scheduled for 2018”.

Jose Luis Alvarez, president of the Monte Real Club de Yates, stressed the importance of this race for being not just a sailing competition, but also a means by which we strengthen ties and promote the two regions; Galicia and the Azores. "For the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona it has been an honour to co-host the race along with the Baiona Yacht Club. This is the first major sailing event to have been held between Spain and the Azores and we are so happy for the great success. We hope that the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race, that will be held every two years, continues for many years to come” said Jose Luis Alvarez. 

About Yacht Club Angra

The Angra Yacht Club is located in the Puerto de las Pipas, in the town of Angra do Heroismo, on Terceira Island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. It was founded on October 27, 1995 and declared a community facility. The club is relatively new and was set up to provide the 35,000 inhabitants of Angra do Heroismo the possibility of practicing water sports.

The club is small, yet has high expectations. The club has grown considerably in recent years, not only in terms of membership but also in terms of revenue and activities. Its visibility and reach in the Azores is noteworthy with the club now being the second largest in the archipelago.

Ambassadors for the Azores in Spain

Saint Maxime del Monte Real Club de Yates was the first boat to cross the finish line on the Angra Baiona Race on the morning of July 9. The Galician crew was the fastest to complete the first stage, a total of 5 days, 13 hours and 43 minutes at an average speed of 7.2 knots.

“The race was great with a tough start out of Baiona with calmer conditions over the final days of racing to Angra. The Angra Iate Club provided an spectacular reception. I would like to thank the owner for the fantastic opportunity to do this race” said Miguel Lago, Saint Maxime of Monte Real Club de Yates skipper.

Augusto Silva, Angra Iate Clube president, was thrilled with the first race and sees it as the perfect way for sailors to discover the Azores. "This inaugural race has been a great challenge and one I feel we have all passed with distinction. I want to thank all who have come this far, now you are the ambassadors of the Azores in Spain”  he enthused. “We hope to grow the event and as of tomorrow we will start to plan and organise the next Baiona Angra Atlantic Race, scheduled for 2018”.

Jose Luis Alvarez, president of the Monte Real Club de Yates, stressed the importance of this race for being not just a sailing competition, but also a means by which we strengthen ties and promote the two regions; Galicia and the Azores. "For the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona it has been an honour to co-host the race along with the Baiona Yacht Club. This is the first major sailing event to have been held between Spain and the Azores and we are so happy for the great success. We hope that the Baiona Angra Atlantic Race, that will be held every two years, continues for many years to come” said Jose Luis Alvarez. 

About Yacht Club Angra

The Angra Yacht Club is located in the Puerto de las Pipas, in the town of Angra do Heroismo, on Terceira Island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. It was founded on October 27, 1995 and declared a community facility. The club is relatively new and was set up to provide the 35,000 inhabitants of Angra do Heroismo the possibility of practicing water sports.

The club is small, yet has high expectations. The club has grown considerably in recent years, not only in terms of membership but also in terms of revenue and activities. Its visibility and reach in the Azores is noteworthy with the club now being the second largest in the archipelago.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 July 2016 )