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Announcing the 2020 Forward WIP European Championship

by Ben Remocker 30 Jul 13:38 PDT 28 September - 4 October, 2020
49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 World Championships, Geelong , Australia © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy 14 September, 2017.

The 49er and Nacra 17 Classes with Host Club Union-Yacht-Club Attersee, on Lake Attersee, Austria are proud to announce the 2020 Forward WIP European Championship. Racing will be from September 28 to October 4 for the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17.

After a halt to global racing in March, this will be the first time for teams to come together and race in a Championship since the World Championship in Geelong in February. Additionally, it will have been 18 months since the last Class Championship in Europe, with two Worlds Down Under, so many European based teams will be anxious to get some class racing.

All teams are invited to race, but the classes and organizers understand the rational limits to travel in this period and it is expected that many teams will elect to forgo attending, while others will make the effort to compete. Each team will make their decision for themselves, and the regatta will do everything we can to ensure a safe venue for sailors that do participate.

The regatta will not be like other championships. We are eliminating as many mass gatherings from the regatta as possible. For example, we will have an electronic notice board, a zoom skippers meeting, no meals/snacks after racing, and we are considering having zoom protest hearings. We will aim to eliminate or reduce all aspects of personal contact on shore, while keeping our racing as much like normal as possible.

We anticipate that our sailors are already social distancing with team mates, coaches, and possibly training group. Sailors will be expected to keep their physical distance from friends outside their bubbles while on shore and in the lead up to racing.

With safety at the core of executing this regatta, we are excited for the possibility of many new teams and many upcoming Olympians resuming competition on the water. Fans of our racing can expect a modest media offering including tracking, video, and photos to keep up with the action. Sign up to our newsletter to ensure you're part of the action.

Class Championships in 2023 and 2024

The 49er and Nacra 17 bids for major championships for the years 2023 and 2024 deadline was meant to be September 15, 2020. However, due to the global uncertainty created from the Covid - 19 pandemic, we have decided to delay the bid closing date until December 15.2020.

If your club or region wishes to host our classes for any of the following regattas please get the bid documents from the class manager.

  • 2023 or 2024 World Championship
  • 2023 or 2024 European Championship
  • 2023 or 2024 Junior World Championship
  • 2023 or 2024 Short Track World Championship
We have filled our championship schedule for 2021 and 2022, and will proceed with announcements forthcoming. Thank to you to the bidders who were not selected.

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