The Association celebrates its anniversary promoting water sports and balance with the environment
Royal Regatta Club of Santiago de la Ribera turns 103 years old. In 1918 a group of people in love with the sea and nautical sports decided to create this club. Since its inception its objective was to promote water sports and that everyone who was part could enjoy the warm waters of the Mar Menor. They began to carry out various competitions and in a short time they ended up being formalized. In this way it was called Real Club de Regatas, which lists a long list of successes in the sport of sailing. The project currently has 666 partners and is
Open all the year long
Mauricio Ruiz Sáez, manager of the Club de Regatas de Santiago de la Ribera and mayor of the district, has lived a bitter anniversary due to the recent death of his father, but still enthusiastically explains the organization’s commitment to caring for the environment above all else. Mauricio knows more than enough all the details of being part of this group, 30 years together with this club prove it. When he was just 13 years old, he started working as a bellhop, from that moment he never left the club and has been forging a constant career that led him in 2008 to be its manager.
This year a more sober act has been held to celebrate the club’s anniversary, but no less special. This date was “a big day, a festival was held, but with the Covid we are being very careful,” explains the club manager. The celebration began with a traditional mass in the sports facilities of the club. On this day the
oldest member of the club, José Luis Albacete, and he is given a plaque to commemorate his years as a member of this institution. During this weekend the
‘Mini Tour of the Mar Menor’ in which the little ones will participate. “Normally there is also a cruise regatta, but this year it will not be done due to the Coronavirus,” according to Mauricio.
The club has a prestigious sailing school whose objective is to promote this sport among the youngest. Although adults can also be trained in this club, the large number of young people who are part of it and compete stands out, even going so far as to win numerous championships. There are many categories for this training and it is recognized as a benchmark “in Murcia and national sailing and we have a large pool of sailing children,” says Mauricio. Among some of the
sailors who were trained in the club Names such as Carlos Martínez, María Martínez, Pascual de Riquelme and the Sánchez Ferrer brothers stand out for their record.
The Club Naútico de la Ribera has spent years with the clear objective of enjoying the Mar Menor, but always creating a culture of good environmental practices. What was born as the entertainment of a few is today a benchmark in the world of sailing and the training of water activities.