EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup gets underway in Italy
Published on May 6th, 2014
The second year of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup gets underway this week with the beginning of Garda Trentino Olympic Week (Italy), the first of four major European regattas to make up the series in 2014. This event will be followed by Delta Lloyd Regatta (The Netherlands), Sail for Gold (UK), and Kieler Woche (Germany).
In 2013, the first year in which the series for Olympic Classes was held, over 1,500 boats competed in the series, representing more than 50 different countries. Entries came from all over the world, with each regatta qualifying for ISAF ranking points at the 100 point level. The EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup extends the European summer season for Olympic sailors beyond the ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas in Palma and Hyères and provides a highly competitive series of well-organized and well managed regattas in the build up to the Olympic Regatta in Rio 2016.
In 2013 and again from 2015, the final regatta in the series – the Semaine Olympique Française – will take place at La Rochelle, France in the late summer, providing a thrilling end to the summer sailing season in Europe. For one year, however, in 2014, the series will conclude at Kieler Woche, due to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Santander this September.
The dates for each of the 2014 regattas are:
Trentino Garda Olympic Week, Lake Garda, Italy – May 7-11
Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, The Netherlands – May 20-24
Sail for Gold, Weymouth & Portland, United Kingdom – June 2-6
Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany – June 21-25
In conjunction with the beginning of the 2014 series, EUROSAF also announces the launch of the new EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup series website, which will be found at www.championssailingcup.org. This website links each of the individual regatta websites and is the only place where the series results will be published as the regattas progress. EUROSAF work with their partner and sponsor SailRacer to provide these facilities.