EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup

New Olympic class series to set sail in Europe next year

Thursday November 1st 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

A new series of championship regattas will be organised in Europe next year, under the name EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup.

The new series, which incorporates all Olympic disciplines, had previously been announced in May of this year. Its aim is to provide the best possible competition for Olympic and Paralympic Classes. The series is based on established regattas within Europe, in order to guarantee the highest level of event and race management.

These regattas will incorporate new innovations in race formats that will make sailing easier to follow and more attractive for sailors, media and spectators alike, including:

- Shorter, but more races each day (12-15 over four days for ‘conventional’ classes and up to 20 for high performance disciplines).
- The boat winning the final race will win the gold medal.
- The ‘theatre’ style of racing, as used by the 49er class in their recent World Championships.
- Spectator boats on the course.

The EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup will be staged over five professionally organised events, starting in May 2013 at the Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda, Italy. The Dutch Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik is next, followed by Sail for Gold at the 2012 Olympic venue of Weymouth & Portland in the UK. Kieler Woche in Germany will be the fourth event in the series, which will conclude later in the year with the Semaine Olympique Française, at La Rochelle, France.

The first four events take place in the ISAF defined ‘European Window’ and all five events qualify for ISAF ranking points.

The EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup will accept entries from sailors from all over the world and will be a great opportunity to sail against competitors in an inspiring way. Teams coming from Europe and around the world, will be able to compete in four high quality Olympic classes regattas within two months starting at the beginning of May and concluding at the end of June, with a grand finale in France later in the year. Two months of extraordinary Olympic classes competition, all in one continent.

2013 

Event 1 - Fraglia Vela Riva, 8–12 May in Riva del Garda, Italy
Event 2 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, 21–25 May in Medemblik, The Netherlands
Event 3 - Sail for Gold, 8–12 June in Weymouth
Event 4 - Kieler Woche, 22–26 June in Kiel, Germany
Event 5 - Semaine Olympique Française, 9–13 October in La Rochelle, France

2014

Event 1 -Fraglia Vela Riva, 7–11 May in Riva del Garda, Italy
Event 2 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, 20–24 May in Medemblik, The Netherlands
Event 3 - Sail for Gold, 7–12 June in Weymouth, United Kingdom
Event 4 - Kieler Woche, 21–25 June in Kiel, Germany
Event 5 - Semaine Olympique Française, 22–25 September in La Rochelle, France
 

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