Soto 40 2012 European calendar announced
The newly formed Soto 40 European Association, is to feature a new European circuit for the class in 2012: the Soto 40 European Championship.
The series will comprise five events that will culminate in the crowning an overall European champion and the winner of the Owner Driver Trophy.
The first event of the Soto 40 European Championship will be Trofeo Conde de Godo organised by Real Club Nautico de Barcelona from 24-27 May.
The second will be at the prestigious Sardinia Cup, the offshore nations teams world championship, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, and to be held over 11-16 June, where the Soto 40s will pair up with the TP52/IRC 52 class.
In July comes the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. This year, to avoid clashing with the London Olympics, the event will be held over 18-21 July on the Bay of Palma.
In mid-August, the Soto 40 fleet will move to Sotogrande to celebrate the fourth round of the Soto 40 European Championship, during the Sotogrande Cup, held over 10-13 August, coinciding with the prestigious Polo tournament.
The Finals of the Soto 40 European Championship will be in Valencia's Port America's Cup over 19-22 September in which every race will score double points. This event will finally decide the Soto 40 European Champion and Soto 40 European Owner Driver Champion.
Although not formally included in the Soto 40 European Championship, the fleet has agreed on participating at PalmaVela Mapfre, organised by Real Club Nautico de Palma over 19-22 April which will run as an 'official training' for the Soto 40 European Championship.
Soto 40 European Championship Calendar
Trofeo Conde de Godo - 24-27 May, Barcelona
Sardinia Cup - 11-16 June, Porto Cervo
Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre - 18-21 July, Palma de Mallorca
Copa Sotogrande - 10-13 August, Sotogrande
Soto 40 European Championship Finals - 19-22 September, Valencia