Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club hosted a welcome dinner for visiting officers of the Monte Real Club de Yates in Bayona, Galicia, North West Spain with whom the National Yacht Club, the Irish sailing club of the year, has a reciprocal relationship.
The Vice Commodore of the Monte Real Club de Yates Genoveva Pereiro was accompanied by Cesar Casquiero Honorary Secretary and Óscar Caleiro General Manager. Distinguished guests included the Ambassador of Spain José Maria Rodrigoez-Coso, the Councellor of Tourism at the Spanish Embassy Ms Teresa Gancedo, Vice Commodore Tom Fitzpatrick of the Irish Cruising Club and Joe Woodward a long time Galicia cruising yachtsman.
Photos below by Michael Chester
National Yacht Club Commodore Ronan Beirne welcomed the guests, members and friends stating that the purpose of hosting the “Taste of Galicia” dinner was to celebrate a reciprocal relationship with the Monte Real Club de Yates in Bayona and the National Yacht Club.
The theme of the evening was “A Taste of Galicia” with the club dining room full to capacity with 140 members and guests. Master of Ceremonies Vice Commodore Martin McCarthy introduced Óscar Caleiro who thanked the National Yacht Club for the invitation to visit and the opportunity to present the coast of Galicia. Óscar’s presentation was supported by a video demonstrated the wonderful beauty of the coast and the excellent yacht berthing facilities. After an excellent “Galician” dinner prepared by Head Chef Cormac Healy, National Yacht Club members Peter & Kerri Cullen presented a most informative talk of their experience with their yacht Zig Zag now based in Galicia.
After dinner Vice Commodore Genoveva Pereiro presented the National Yacht Club with a commemorative plaque and Commodore Ronan Beirne presented a framed burgee to the visitors from Bayona to commemorate the occasion.
A video on the coast (below) was presented by Óscar Caleiro