Aarhus Sailing Club and the International Melges 24 Class Association have published of the Notice of Race for the 2011 Böklunder Melges 24 European Championship to be hosted in Aarhus over 22-28 July. The championships are supported by Sailing Aarhus and the Aarhus Sailing Academy. Online registration for the regatta is now open at the event website where full logistical and supporting information can also be found.
Aarhus's location on the northeast coast of Denmark and its excellent logistical links make it the perfect meeting point for crews from across Europe and Scandinavia and as a result an excellent turnout is anticipated with over 70 boats from as far afield as Japan due on the start line. Defending their current European Championship titles will be Overall European Champions UKA UKA Racing Team and Corinthian European Champions Storm Capital Racing Team who will head up a stellar cast of international sailors.
Looking forward to the event Danish Melges 24 Association Chairman René Bruun commented: "The Melges 24 Class in Denmark is now growing very fast as people have learned that the Melges 24 is THE ultimate sports boat if you want fast and fun sailing with top competition. Today we have 16 boats registered in Denmark, but we anticipate that this number will grow beyond 20 to 25 this year as we take advantage of the presence of the 2011 Böklunder Europeans. Aarhus is without doubt a world class location and we are looking forward to welcoming teams from across the globe for the Europeans."
Established in 1897, Aarhus Sailing Club is one of five sailing clubs in Aarhus that together form the non-profit sail event organisation Sailing Aarhus. The clubs have a long and outstanding track record of hosting international regattas. The first international regatta ever held in Denmark - in August 1866 - was actually hosted on the waters of the Bay of Aarhus, as was one of the biggest regattas ever held in Denmark, the 2008 ISAF Youth World Sailing Championship. In addition to the 2011 Melges 24 Europeans, in 2011 Aarhus will also be hosting the X-35 World Championship (Marselisborg Sailing Club) and the A-Class Catamaran World Championship (Kaløvig Sailing Club).
Aarhus Sailing Club and the International Melges 24 Class would like to thank event title sponsor Böklunder for their most generous support of the 2011 Böklunder Melges 24 European Championship. Böklunder is the producer of a delicious range of meat and sausage products.