Mixed Offshore European Championship
Published on October 6th, 2019
Sailors from seven nations will take on the inaugural EUROSAF Mixed Offshore European Championship, sailing from Venice to Trieste. Racing on the L30, the 30-foot one design monohull selected for World Sailing’s Offshore World Championships in 2020, the 2019 competition is scheduled to run from October 8 to 11.
While interest in shorthanded sailing is on the rise, the addition of the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat at the Paris 2024 Olympics is prompting new events to test teams and formats.
An In-Port Race will open the competition in front of San Marco square on October 8. The Offshore Race will commence on October 9 with two nights at sea scheduled before the race finish in Trieste on October 11.
L30 boats have been available for teams to charter in the lead up to the Championship with many teams also participating in the Nastro Rosa series in Genoa to prepare. A boat draw will decide the allocation of spots ahead of the Championship and provided to teams on October 6.
The fleet will feature several Paris 2024 and Offshore World Championship hopefuls including Hannah Diamond, who spoke on the Sailing Uncovered Podcast about offshore sailing in the Olympic Games.
Registered teams and sailors:
Austria – Lisa Berger and Christian Kargl
Belgium – Jonas Gerckens and Sophie Faguet
France – Mathilde Geron and Pierre Leboucher
Great Britain – Henry Bomby and Hannah Diamond
Italy – Andrea Pendibene and Giovanna Valsecchi
Spain – Guillermo Altadill and Ana Santamaria
USA – Peter Beker and Barbara Karpinska
The race finish will coincide with the Barcolana festival with trophies and medals to be awarded in Trieste’s main square on October 12.
Source: World Sailing