Tour of Spain 2020


From 5 October 2020 to 25 October 2020

An endurance test for five Spanish women, who, after overcoming breast cancer, proved that it is possible to sail more than 1,500 nautical miles linking the ports of Bilbao and Barcelona. A race set in the waters of the Bay of Biscay, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
Five brave women, a 72-foot Volvo 70 sailboat with a 14-ton displacement, 1,530 nautical miles, 6 ports, two seas and one ocean. The ports of Bilbao, Cadiz, Malaga, Cartagena, Valencia and Barcelona will be the setting for this sixth edition.


The 6th edition of the Pelayo Vida Challenge takes this time five Spanish women who have suffered and overcome cancer to the Spanish coasts. Aboard a large V70 from the Volvo Ocean Race, the “Green Dragon”, they will cover more than 1,500 nautical miles in five legs, Bilbao-Cadiz, Cadiz-Malaga, Malaga-Cartagena, Cartagena-Valencia and Valencia-Barcelona. During the journey in the Cantabrian Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, the challenging Strait of Gibraltar will be crossed to enter Mediterranean waters. The five selected women send a message of hope to women who have suffered from this disease or are currently suffering from it and encourage them to overcome the disease through sports and a proper diet.


This year, the event is taking place in Spain due to the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 319 women cancer survivors have applied. With this sixth edition, 1,093 women have already taken part in the selection trials for Kilimanjaro’2015, Trasatlántica’2016, Polar’2017, Annapurna Bike’2018, Andes’2019 and Vuelta España’2020.

Covering 1,530 nautical miles along the Cantabrian, Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, our five expedition members will have to pilot the V70 and handle the sails to get the ship to port. A unique challenge for five women who have never sailed or set foot on a ship’s deck. We are also supportive, contributing to the Spanish economy by visiting natural sites in our country. Our five sailors will have to face new and demanding experiences and challenges. This expedition has been organised in such a way that the participants are part of the crew; thus, they will have to be on watches every three hours, sleep in shifts in a “warm bed”, while not always having a shower available and taking turns to cook and clean the ship.

Ángela Pumariega


The 32-year-old Asturian was Olympic champion at the London 2012 Olympic Games, teaming up with Tamara Echegoyen and Sofía Toro, in the Match Race modality, with Elliot 6 class boats. In the 21st Olympiad she was part of the Olympic Sailing Team, in the 470 class, but she did not manage to be the Spanish representative at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. She is currently competing alongside Sofía Toro to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. In 2017, she won the Spanish championship in the women’s 470 class. In 2013, she was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit.






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