Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Polarised and non-polarised readers for sailors

Catamarans at EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix

by European Sailing Federation on 6 Oct 2011
Mitch Booth - EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix Pierrick Contin www.pierrickcontin.com
Just over a week remains until the start of the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix.

With registration opening on 11th October, racing gets underway on the inland lagoon of Mar Menor in Spain’s Murcia region on Thursday 13th October. Racing will take place over four days for the 29erXXs, foiling Moths, A-Class, F18s and the Kiteboards, who are holding their inaugural Kite-CrossWorld Championship as part of the event.


When it comes to high performance there are few boats capable of outpacing catamarans and two such classes have been invited to the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix.

Among the F18 entries is two time Tornado Olympic medallist Mitch Booth, who’s lengthy CV includes 10 world championship wins across most of the top catamaran classes. Booth also founded the Extreme Sailing Series with its short courses set close to land for maximum spectator appeal. This ‘stadium sailing’ format has also been adopted for the medal races in the Olympic Games and is philosophically aligned with what the organisers of the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix wish to achieve with their new regatta.

As Booth puts it: 'I support anything where there is something a bit modern. They have got the right formula. They have catamarans, skiffs, foilers - they have all the right parts of the sport and of course my kids are pushing me like crazy, because they are all multihull fanatics. One of my boys is starting in an F18. He is only 14.'

While Booth senior is competing in Murcia next week, so is son Jordi, both of whom are warming up for the F18 European Championship due to be held in the Canary Islands in early December. In fact Mitch’s crew on board their Hobie Wildcat F18 comes from the Canaries in the form of Miguel Pérez.

For Booth sailing on the Mar Menor will be a first. 'I have heard a lot of good reports about it and while it is not so deep in the F18s, it looks like there is a good line-up of entries.' He says that in his experience different types of catamarans come together at the multiple class events, most notably Eurocat and Round Texel, but rarely elsewhere.

'Tornados and A cats used to mix a bit, sometimes they’d have combined Worlds, but it is not often that you see the A-Cats and F18s together.'

Spain’s A-Class catamaran fleet has the benefit that many of them are already are based on the shores of the Mar Menor. The class has gained in popularity in Spain with the biggest fleets in Barcelona, Valencia, Andalusia and Murcia.

Typically the A-Class catamarans race on their own, at their European and World championships or in each country’s National championship, so competing in a multiple discipline event like the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix is reasonably new to them.

Angel Fernández, Secretary of the Spanish A-Class association moved into the speedy singlehanded catamaran ten years ago having been a Tornado catamaran sailor for many years.

As he puts it: 'This event is quite new, so we will see. It is down to the coverage and the television - if they cover it, it will start to be popular.'

While Australia usually dominates the results at A-Class World Championships, Spain is one of the nations on the rise in the class and at this year’s Worlds, held in Aarhus, Denmark, they had four boats finishing in the top 15.

It known that several Moth sailors wish to line up with the A-Class catamarans to determine which is the world’s fastest singlehanded dinghy. The EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix could provide that opportunity.

The organisers of the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix have extended the deadline for entry to their event until 9 October.

For more details visit www.sailingmurcia.com
Barz Optics - FloatersPredictWind.comNaiad

Related Articles

GC32 Racing Tour Owner-Driver Championship heats up
Unique aspect of GC32 is that compared to other foiling catamarans, it is simpler to sail and logistically easier to run Team Argo is sailing with the same crew as it had for February’s GC32 Championship in Oman, including leading American Moth and big boat sailor Anthony Kotoun and British former Olympic and America’s Cup sailor Alister Richardson.
Posted today at 2:58 pm
RORC Season's Points Championship and Cervantes Trophy Race preview
Over 5000 sailors from all over the world will race in the biggest offshore sailing competition in the world. Over 5000 sailors from all over the world will race in the biggest offshore sailing competition in the world. While this year the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race is the showcase event, there are fourteen testing races that make up the championship, and every race has its own coveted prize for the overall winner and for class honours.
Posted today at 11:35 am
Biggest Round the World Ocean Race returns to Liverpool
The biggest round-the-world ocean race is to return to Liverpool with start and finish of this unique global challenge The biggest round-the-world ocean race is to return to Liverpool with the start and finish of this unique global challenge moving from the capital back to the River Mersey on the tenth anniversary of its last partnership with the region.
Posted today at 6:52 am
2018 BVI Spring Regatta adds new race to Sailing Festival
On the heels of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, preparations have already begun for 2018. On the heels of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, preparations have already begun for 2018. The week of March 27 - April 1 will offer the unique opportunity to race under a full moon. With that illumination, we will run the inaugural 'Full Moon Race, 64 Islands ~One Brilliant Night'.
Posted today at 6:32 am
Giant international gathering for Rolex Fastnet Race
August's Rolex Fastnet Race remains on track for a record-sized fleet. Currently 390 boats are entered August's Rolex Fastnet Race remains on track for a record-sized fleet. Currently 390 boats are entered: 338 competing for the main IRC handicap prize; the remainder racing for their own trophies in the Class40, IMOCA 60, Volvo Ocean 65 and Multihull grand prix classes.
Posted today at 5:25 am
Sailing World Cup Hyères – Laying down a marker
Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances and bragging right In the 38 strong Women's Windsurfer fleet, Israel's Noga Geller came out flying with superb starts and speed. Feeling comfortable in the conditions, she snapped up the first two race wins.
Posted on 25 Apr
A Few Rays - When you think of sunscreen as a filter....
If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? Where the skin is exposed and a sunscreen is working for you, it is filtering UV rays. Some of those rays always get through. The percentage of the high energy UVB rays (said to cause sunburn) that get through to cells in the skin can be determined by the claimed SPF of the product you are using.
Posted on 25 Apr
Charleston Race Week - Overall report
Charleston Race Week 2017 took place in April 20-23 2017. ORC rule was implemented as the principal handicap rule Charleston Race Week 2017 took place in April 20-23 2017. ORC rule was implemented as the principal handicap rule for the Charleston Race Week 2017, it was the first time this system was used in a major North American regatta. Thirty boats raced in four separate ORC Classes at this event.
Posted on 25 Apr
World Cup Series in Hyères – Racing needs to be fast, not the food
Spanish sisters, Carla and Marta Munté Carrasco, sail together in the 49erFX and know they have a problem. Many sailors will be brimming with confidence after browsing the weather forecast and will be striving for gold in Hyères. But it is a team small in stature that know exactly where they stand in terms of performance that intrigues.
Posted on 24 Apr
New addition to North Sail for Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines
Their sails have powered eight out of nine Volvo Ocean Race winners since 1989-90, with Steinlager 2. Instead of assembling cloth panels into a particular sail shape, the Volvo Ocean Race sails are composites. This means that 3Di material 'tapes' are laid in a specific arrangement, offering stable structure to the sail where it is needed most.
Posted on 24 Apr