After their successful European Championships in Six-Fours, France the European 18ft Skiff Fleet takes to UK waters next week for two events over the course of seven days on the South Coast. Both events are being generously supported by Ronstan.
by Alec Mckinlay
The skiffs first head for Weymouth, to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, for Round 3 of the European Grand Prix. This event also doubles up as the UK Class National Championships and will be sailed over three days between Sunday the 10th August and Tuesday the 12th.
The teams then have a day off to rest up, fix breakages and get themselves back up the coast to Hamble Point where Round 4 of the European Grand Prix will be held on the Solent by the Royal Southern Yacht Club from Thursday the 14th to Saturday the 16th.
This is the first time the Europeans have agreed to hold two of their circuit events in the UK, in recognition of the continuing strong presence of UK teams on the circuit. Following on from the earlier rounds at Garda and Six-Fours these events will prove critical in deciding overall European Grand Prix positions.
Racing on the first day of each event will get underway at 1.00pm with up to four races to be held each day August 10-12 - Weymouth & Portland National Sailing
UK National Championships & European GP Round 3 http://www.wpnsa.org.uk August 14-16 - Hamble Point
European GP Round 4 http://www.royal-southern.co.uk
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