sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix to welcome new event

EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix to welcome new event

'Region of Murcia Trophy - Audi MedCup Circuit 2011'    Stefano Gattini & Guido Trombetta-Studio Borlenghi

The EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix will mark the start of an innovative new event for some of dinghy sailing’s most ground breaking classes. The event is set to take place next month in Mar Menor, in the Murcia region of Spain.

Organised by the European Sailing Federation, generously sponsored by the Region de Murcia, and taking place over 12-16 October, the event is aimed at non-Olympic classes, but ones which some time in the future may feature in the Olympic Games. The most imminent of these is the selection of the Women’s Skiff for Rio 2016 and among the line-up of classes taking part at the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix is one of the candidates under review - the 29erXX.

Since the event was announced in March this year, the 29erXX, D-One, Formula 18 catamaran, kiteboards and International Moth classes, originally invited, are to be joined by the A-Class. These single-handed catamarans represent one of the most popular development classes in sailing, with 100 boats competing at their recent World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark.

For EUROSAF Vice-President Rafa González and organiser of the event, the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix for the Region of Murcia Trophy has been a long time in gestation. 'Finally after many years of trying to develop something interesting for the Region of Murcia, we have found the key. In order not to disturb the Olympic classes calendar, we thought it would be a good step to hold an event representing the future of sailing featuring the high performance classes, held under the EUROSAF umbrella.'

One of the key features of the event, to be held out of the High Performance Sailing Centre Infanta Cristina in Los Alcázares, Murcia, will be the inclusion of kiteboards among the sailing boats. Kiteboarding is another discipline that is under consideration for inclusion in the Olympic Games.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) is holding its first ever ISAF-sanctioned Slalom World Champion at the Grand Prix, part of their Kite Cross discipline. Markus Schwendther, Executive Secretary of the International Kiteboarding Association, compares this with Snowboard Cross, now part of the Winter Olympics. 'It is more about speed and being spectacle, than tactics,' he admits with competitors having to round four to eight marks on a downwind course.

Region of Murcia Trophy - Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 -  Stefano Gattini & Guido Trombetta-Studio Borlenghi  

The IKA is pleased to be taking part in the event backed by the Region of Murcia. 'It is excellent to showcase classes that aren’t so much in the spotlight, but can be attractive to the media and spectators,' says Schwendther.

Their World Championship will work in elimination rounds where the best 50% advance on to the next round, although the numbers on the race course can vary according to conditions. Typically 32 men are expected to be taking part and around 16 women. Among those competing are Caroline Adrien (FRA), top course racer and world ranking leader; Kristin Boese (GER) nine time World Champion in various disciplines; while among the men there will be Julien Kerneur (FRA), course racing world ranking leader and European Champion and Damien Leroy (USA), the Vice-World Champion.

As most of the classes taking part have their own style of race courses, Rafael Gonzalez says that they are likely to split the classes between four courses across the Mar Menor, Murcia’s giant landlocked lagoon where the event is to be held.

Finn Olympic silver medallist in 2000, Luca Devoti is bringing his fleet of D-One single-handers. 'It is a fantastic concept,' he says of the event. 'To have these new boats and to be able to try new things and to finally have the federations promoting sailing for fun, rather than just focussing on Olympic classes – that is nice and it will be great to sail alongside the other classes like the F18s and 29erXXes. Murcia is a beautiful place and it will be warm there at that time.'

The Moth, particularly photogenic through their ability to get airborne through the use of foils, is already very familiar with Mar Menor. This is the venue where Alan Hillman’s company holds the Pro-Vela Mar Menor Moth Fest each year. The Moth is also another class that has been gunning for inclusion in the line-up of Olympic sailing equipment.

Among the competitors at the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix, assuming he recovers from a hand injury, will be double Moth World Champion Simon Payne. 'It is very refreshing to see people putting together classes of boats that people are talking about,' says Payne, who adds that he is looking forward to the opportunity at some point over the course of the event to line up with some of the other classes, in particular the singlehanded A-Class catamarans.

'They are both performance single-handers. It will be an interesting test to see how these classes perform. I think it will be very exciting. This is our chance to fly.'

The EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix takes place over 11-16th October with a practice racing scheduled for 12th October with racing beginning in earnest the following day. The entry lists remain open.

Event website




by John Friend

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=88249

8:41 PM Thu 8 Sep 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI














Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay








Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT