The Ría de Vigo is the deepest and southernmost of the Rías Baixas of Galicia. It is located south of the province of Pontevedra, and extends in a northeasterly direction in a length of about 28 miles, from its mouth at Cabo Silleiro to its deepest point in Arcade, with a maximum width of 10 miles in the mouth, between the Cape Corporal and Cabo Silleiro, which narrows in the Strait of Rande to a little less than half a mile. Its western access is protected by the Cíes Islands, which are part of the Atlantic Islands National Park, in its interior are the islands of Toralla and San Simón, and to the north borders with the Morrazo peninsula. At its southern end are located the Bay of Vigo and Bay of Bayonne. Its easy access, deep draft and calm waters make the Vigo estuary an ideal refuge for sailing, and also for the practice of water sports and especially sailing.
One of the peculiarities of the river estuary is that it allows sailing all year round. For the high competitions of Olympic sailing and of cruising, it uses its field of regatas of the zone west, next to the beautiful Cíes islands enjoying the protection of them, as well as of the peninsula of the Morrazo by the north and the coast by the south. Its amplitude is such that it allows to be able to mount without problem any more of a field of races with the maximum technical exigencies.
As for nautical facilities, the Ría de Vigo has first-class nautical and marinas, such as the Monte Real Yacht Club in Baiona (challenged by Spain for the America’s Cup on two occasions), or the Club Canarido de Canido . Both clubs participate in the organization of the Week Abanca that is the one that supports the European Laser Master 2018, together with the Club Marítimo de Vigo and the Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas.
Other facilities of high quality and prestige are the Royal Nautical Club of Vigo (2 km from the headquarters of the Liceo Marítimo), Marinas Davila (500 meters from the Liceo) and Punta Lagoa, and in the north zone of the Ría de Vigo, the Real Club Nautico Rodeira de Cangas, the Club Nautico de Moaña and another excellent marina, San Adrián de Cobres.