Olympic class World Championships fortnight
Six Olympic classes are holding their World Championship across Europe over the next fortnight. These will represent one of the last gauges of form going into the Olympic Games prior to Skandia Sail for Gold (4-9 June), given that the full Olympic roster is unlikely to be seen at the other Sailing World Cup events prior to London 2012 - the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik over 22-26 May and Kieler Woche over 16-20 June.
First up today is the Audi Laser World Championship, being held in Boltenhagen on Germany's Baltic coast , the event concluding on 7 May with 169 crews registered from an impressive 61 nations. They will be followed by the Laser Radial World Championship over 15-20 May.
Down in Hyeres, the Star World Championship sets sail tomorrow (Saturday) and runs until next Friday, 11 May with a layday on Wednesday. The event has 79 entries from 29 nations.
As Robert Deaves reported yesterday the Finn UK Nationals kick off tomorrow in Falmouth running for three days as a warm-up to the JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup to be held over 13-18 May. The Gold Cup has 95 boats registered.
The 49ers return to Croatia for their Seiko World Championship being held in Zadar, starting on 7 May. This will be a key event for the Brits who have still to select their London 2012 representative. At present 79 boats from 32 nations are entered.
Last but not least, the 470 Worlds are to be held out of Barcelona over 13-19 May. There are 100 boats competing in the Men's event from 39 countries, while in the 470 Women there are at present 54 entries from 30 countries.