Poland's answer to the Worrell 1000

News of the 190 mile long Amber Cup

Tuesday February 11th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Scandinavia
It is the fourth edition of only multilap catamaran sea regatta in Europe. The race takes place on the Baltic coast, starting 9 August, in the lively sea resort of Midzyzdroje and finishing up on 13 August in the pearl of the Baltic coast - Sopot.

The route is 190 miles long and the racing is #open to professional and amateur crews alike.

The several hundred kilometres of Polish coastline with its sandy beaches westerly prevailing winds makes for perfect conditions for this multi-stage catamaran regatta - an at present with no counterpart in Europe.

This year the organisation have added an additional day race in the stopover of Wadysawowo.

The Regatta is designed for beach catamarans with total length between 4.2 m and 6.5 m. Each Catamaran is obliged to have the measurement certificate issued in compliance with most recent provisions of Texel Rating formula.

Participants minimum age is 15.

Safety gear

During the race each catamaran must be equipped with:
* a compass
* a paddle for each person
* a line for putting up an overturned catamaran.

During the race each participant must wear:
* a life-jacket
* dry or wet outfit providing protection against the cold
* at least one orange smoke-buoy.

Each catamaran must maintain the floating capacity with the crew on the board, after floats are flooded or have ISAF safety certification.

Rescue cover is provided by at least three motor boats, who will follow the catamarans along the coast and ensure everyone competing on the water returns home safely after each days racing as well as providing first aid cover to deal with any minor injuries.

RACE SCHEDULE

Regatta participants will register at the regatta office in Midzyzdroje on August 8th, 2003 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Skippers briefing will be organized in Hotel "Rybak" Midzyzdroje 72-500 ul.
Promenada Gwiazd 36 on August 8th, 2003 8:00 pm.

Five legs will be held:

Date  Start time Leg  Distance
August 9th, Saturday  9:20  Midzyzdroje - Koobrzeg 45
 August 10th, Sunday  9:20  Koobrzeg - Ustka 50
 August 11th, Monday  9:20  Ustka - Wadysawowo 60
 August 12th, Tuesday  10:20  Wadysawowo- Wadysawowo  *
 August 13th, Wednesday  9:20  Wadysawowo - Sopot 35


Accommodation

Due the five-leg character of the event, participants should on their own
ensure transport of sailing and camping equipment for the whole route of the
race. The organiser does not provide overnight accommodation, and solely books
places on payable camping sites.

Accommodation in hotels must be booked by participants on their own in Tourist Information Centres (Centra Informacji Turystycznej - addresses will be provided in information guides.

Notice: accommodation capacity is extremely limited). Information of vessel stoppage, accommodation etc. in individual leg ports is included in a separate information guide.

More information about the regatta, registration form and chronicle of previous editions can be found on our web site www.katamaran.pl

Organiser

The race is organised by: Towarzystwo Igrzysk Morskich (Maritime Contest Society) Krakowskie Przedmiescie 4/600-029 Warszawa Poland Head
Contact: Piotr Szymanskiphone + 48 602 240 590 Email: gibis@bmnet.pl
Krzysztof Müllerphone + 48 607 309 584 Email: krzysztof.muller@pepsa.com.pl

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