Eurolymp to be revitalised

Following ISAF move to reduce Sailing World Cup events in Europe to two

Tuesday July 19th 2011, Author: John Friend, Location: none selected

At a recent meeting in Germany, hosted by the Kieler Yacht Club, it was agreed that following the changes made by ISAF to the Sailing World Cup, which take affect after the Olympic Regatta next year, there was strong support for the introduction of a European sailing circuit, along similar lines to that which previously operated under the Eurolymp title.

Eurolymp ran from 1995 until 2004, initially under the banner of the European Union Sailing Association and subsequently under the EUROSAF flag. In 2004, when ISAF introduced five sailing World Cup events in Europe, the need for this series was mostly superseded, but now it has been decided to reduce the number of events in Europe to two, possibly one in the longer term, there is a need for a series of high quality events within Europe for Olympic and aspiring Olympic sailors.

19 people, representing the interests of the major European regatta organisers, such as KielerWoche and Delta Lloyd Regatta (Medemblik), met with EUROSAF and other interested parties, to consider the options for such a series of regattas. The outcome of the meeting was that a Working Party has been established, under the chairmanship of EUROSAF, and that Working Party was charged with the responsibility of producing a consultation document on the strategy for, and structure of, the new Eurolymp Series, to commence in 2013. The initial report is due to be published at the end of October, with consultation taking place throughout November and December. A further organisers meeting is to be scheduled for January, then the final report and recommendations will go forward to the EUROSAF Executive Board for approval at their February 2012 meeting and finally to the EUROSAF Annual General Assembly in April 2012, for endorsement by the European Member National Authorities.

Subject to separate discussions between ISAF and EUROSAF, some, or all, of these events could also act as a qualification series for future ISAF Sailing World Cup events. The series, however, will primarily be a Championship of Europe for Olympic Classes.

Marco Predieri, EUROSAF President, said “with the changes to the ISAF Sailing World Cup taking place after the 2012 Olympic Games, Europe needs to ensure we retain a major events circuit for Olympic and aspiring Olympic sailors. By working with the event organisers, EUROSAF will be able to sustain a series of high quality regattas, which will enable top level competition for our sailors. At the same time we will introduce some new ideas into the series and bring back a European ranking list. This is an exciting opportunity for EUROSAF and for European sailing."

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