Round Europe Race
Europrix 2004 will be raced in IC45s with an international fleet represented by one boat per country. Of the 19 IC45s in existence, 17 are in Europe.
The race will start from Italy (possibly Rome) on 8 May 2004 and will follow a course clockwise around Europe. The glossy brochure for the event shows possible stopovers in the Balearics, the Mediterranean coast of Spain, Portugal, France (possibly Brest), the south coast of the UK, Denmark and Sweden.
Stopovers are expected to be short and will include two local regattas, along the lines of the Tour de France a la Voile, although maintaining the pace of the Tour Voile with such long offshore legs is unlikely to be possible.
Exactly how the teams will be decided is yet to be finalised but it is likely that the national authority from each country.
To improve the media aspect of the even, each yacht will carry an on board cameraman. Young sailors from each country are also being encouraged to take part and it will mandatory that 20% of the 12 crew will be less than 23 years old.
The event is being organised by Ed Leask's company Fast Track and is being funded by a mysterious group of 'international businessmen'.
Tour Voile winner Adrian Stead is being touted as skipper of the UK entry.