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5O5 UK National and European Championships 2021 announcement

by UK 5O5 Class 20 Feb 12:03 PST 17-20 July 2021
Andy Smith and Tim Needham blast downwind at the 2016 SAP 5O5 World Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the venue of this years UK National and European Championships. © Christophe Favreau

The 5O5s return to the stunning Dorset coast and to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in July for the UK National and European Championships in what promises to be two more highly anticipated events for the class.

Having successfully staged the 2016 World Championships at the 2012 Olympic venue, the UK 5O5 Class have elected to return to host this year's National and European Championships, with the venue providing top notch sailing, a large variety of conditions, excellent race management and best in class facilities.

With the 2020 World Championships, which were due to be hosted in Sweden last summer, cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic the teams will be itching to get out there and test themselves against some of the best sailing competition outside of the Olympic classes once again.

The double event will begin on Tuesday the 13th of July with a 'sprint cup', 4 short sharp windward leeward courses within Portland Harbour to hone everyone's skills followed by two days of traditional larger windward leeward courses out on Weymouth Bay which will result in a new UK national champion being crowned.

This event will be followed by a day off for competitors to complete measurement checks and final preparations ahead of the Europeans which will commence on Saturday the 17th of July running through to Tuesday the 20th of July inclusive and will include 10 highly competitive races to find a new European Champion.

The UK 5O5 class also owns its own boat and is open to approaches from individuals and crews who would like to borrow this boat to campaign for the above events in the knowledge that they will get hooked on the class and find their own boat for the 2022 season and beyond. For those of you not familiar with the class here is a short video from our friends over in the USA.

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