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EUROSAF Inclusive Europeans: Cichocki from Poland on top

by Doris Gstatter / EUROSAF 4 Oct 2023 01:48 PDT
EUROSAF Inclusive Sailing European Championship 2023 © Agustin Arguelles @aasailing

Last week Los Alcázares and the Mar Menor showed its best side. In lightwind conditions 24 single sailors and 9 teams from 6 nations sailed for the title of EUROSAF Inclusive Champion.

The Polish sailor and current world champion Piotr Cichocki was the great protagonist of the week, achieving the gold medal in his 3 competitions: Open Individual, Inclusive Men's Individual and Doubles, the latter together with his partner Olga GornasGrudzien.

The Spaniard Alex Solera Quiroga finally finished second in the Open Individual, just 3 points behind the champion. The Bronze medal in Open and the Silver medal in Inclusive were finally in the hands of the English sailor Rory Mc Kinna. The Bronze in Men's Inclusive went to the Portuguese Joao Pinto.

The Catalan sailor Aina Gelpí became the European champion of Women's Inclusive Sailing, escorted on the podium by the Polish Olga Gornas-Grudzien and the Spanish three-time world champion Violeta del Reino.

In Doubles, the Polish duo was accompanied on the podium by the Italian sailors Lucia Garau / María Atzoriand the Portuguese team formed by Joao Pinto / Luciana Matias.

The event was organized as a "clean and green regatta": one of the objectives of the organizers was to reduce the environmental footprint of the event. And it was at the same time the Spanish Championship for the Hansa 303 class.

Opening event for EUROSAF Sailing Academy

This event was the opening event in the new EUROSAF Sailing Academy Centre in Los Alcázares, Murcia. The Centre will be used by EUROSAF itself and is available to all Members on request, for courses, seminars, and competitions. In addition to training and education opportunities, the Centre also provides auxiliary services like accommodation, meals, classrooms, gyms, etc., managed by the Region.

The geographical location in the southeast of Spain, accessible from Alicante airport, has the enormous advantage that high-level sailing is possible here all year round, with wonderful winter conditions. The Mar Menor area is enclosed and therefore has virtually no waves, making it also suitable for foiling disciplines.

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