Thursday 13th December, 2013,
The Notice of Race for the 2013 EUROSAF Youth Sailing, European Championship,
has been published. This is the second occasion on which the combined
classes continental championship of Europe has been organised, the first being
in Aarhus, Denmark, in August 2012.
To view or download a copy of the Notice of Race, please go to http://www.eurosaf.org/images/phocagallery/2013/youtheuropean/noreys2013.pdf
Up to 200 sailors under the age of 19, from as many as 20 European countries,
will be competing for the accolade European Youth Champion in Tavira, Portugal,
between 3rd and 9th August, 2013. Medals will be available in each of
eight different disciplines, including an open Multihull event using the Sirena
SL16 catamaran. Other designs of boats to be used are the Laser Radial,
International 420 and 29er skiff. Windsurfing will be represented by the
RS:X sailboard, as used at the Olympic Games. Each country is permitted to
enter two crews in each of the disciplines.
Uniquely, in terms of multi-event youth championships, the EUROSAF Youth
Sailing, European Championship includes medals races for the top sailors in
each discipline. In a development of the championship since Aarhus, there
will also be a final race for competitors who do not qualify for the medal
races. The results of these races will count towards the Nations Cup, Team
Trophy, which is awarded to the country with best overall results from the
entire series, across all disciplines. The current holder of the Nations
Cup is Italy.
Another new feature in the championship in 2013 will be an increase in the
number of races for each class. This is being introduced as a direct
result of recommendations from many of the coaches who were present in
2012. The tendency these days is to have shorter races, so the athletes were
often ashore and finished racing by early to mid-afternoon. In the 2013
event the windsurfers, multihull and skiffs will each have four races scheduled
per day, while the single and double-handed classes will have three races
scheduled. Racing actually starts on Monday 5th August and concludes on
Friday 9th August.
More information will be published in due course, including information on the
event website and how teams can be entered, As in 2012 entries will be
strictly via the MNAs in each EUROSAF member country.