Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen Brothers

RS Aero Youth Team Race European Championships - Day 1

by Elena Giolai 28 Oct 2023 10:04 PDT 26-29 October 2023

The Second European RS Aero Team Racing Youth Championships began in Cagliari, which were preceded this morning by a press conference at Canottieri Ichnusa.

The event, organised by the Lega Navale del Sulcis and Canottieri Ichnusa itself, in collaboration with the Italian Sailing Federation and the RS Aero class, sees ten teams at the start in a unique setting that is particularly suited to team racing: from the seafront promenade of Cagliari's tourist port, also known as 'Susiccu', it is in fact possible to follow the '2 versus 2' races, with the race course located between Luna Rossa's base and the seafront itself.

For the youngsters, it is certainly a special experience with the evocative backdrop of the city of Cagliari and the Basilica of Nostra Signora di Bonaria, not to mention the presence of dolphins as well as the Luna Rossa base, which for a young sailor represents, with the America's Cup, the highest expression of sailing, together with the Olympic one.

Ten teams entered with Lithuania, Estonia 1 and 2, Germany, Great Britain, Portugal, Italy 1 and 2; Sardinia 1 and 2. The team regatta formula, which pits two boats against two other boats (male and female for each team) for each match, is quite complex and requires not only skill and mastery in the boat, but also an excellent knowledge of the regatta rules: "Team regattas are different from fleet regattas: you do not race to win individually, but to make your team win, so that if you end up with a tie on points, the winner is the one who does NOT finish first, because the compactness of the team counts more," explained the President of the FIV Race Committee Roberta Righetti. The team regattas are also refereed by two teams of "umpires", who, during the individual matches on board a dinghy, closely judge any protests by the racers themselves and at the same time observe any infringements of the regatta rules.

On Friday, the first 'flights' began in a medium-strong mistral wind: 35 matches were sailed in all with 7 races for each team; 10 matches were left to finish the round robin. Lithuania (blue lycra) started well with 7 victories, followed by Sardinia 2 (black lycra) with 6 wins and Estonia 1 (yellow lycra) and Italy 1 (orange lycra) with 5 wins each.

Quotes:

Eng. Sergio Lai, Vice-President Società Canottieri Ichnusa: "I extend my personal greetings and those of the Board of Directors of the Canottieri Ichnusa, a historical society with many years of history in Sardinia, to all the participants for this second European Youth Team Racing Championship. The Lega Navale del Sulcis, in partnership with the Canonttieri Ichnusa and by delegation of the Italian Vera Federation and the RS Aero class, organised this three-day sports festival, with the participation of young sailors under 22. Cagliari and its marina confirmed itself as a city of sun, wind, and sea. and is increasingly a destination for sailing disciplines and a fantastic place for team regattas. I would like to thank Tore Turco, the FIV federal councillor, the untiring war machine of the Southern Naval League, and Avvocato Fara, President of the third FIV zone, and the President of the regional CONI, who welcomed all participants. I would also like to thank engineer Alessandro Cherchi who, until very recently, was our sports director and who did so much for this and the previous edition of the event".

Avv. Corrado Fara, President Italia SAILING Federation Sardinia Region: "Organising this event in Sardinia is certainly an opportunity to be very proud of what we are able to do in favour of young people: it is an event dedicated to the under-22s, so it is an opportunity to increase youth activity to which the III Zone FIV dedicates a lot of attention. We also have an "Academy" project for young people and we will most probably do it with RS21 boats, the same ones that were the protagonists two months ago at the World Championship in Porto Rotondo, certainly not the only event of a world nature, which we held in 2023. We also have a pretty intense programme for 2024. Youth sailing, inclusive sailing, Paralympic sailing, offshore sailing, kite sailing, basically a 360 degrees panorama of all the specialities that we can think of and imagine in the world of sailing and which will also be the protagonists of the next 2024 Olympics. In Cagliari we have the Federation's Olympic Preparation Centre, the jewel in the crown of what can be the preparatory activity in Italy, we have Luna Rossa, we have a whole series of activities taking place all around the coast of Sardinia: we can only be satisfied! On the subject of this event: we race with RS Aero 5s, extremely manoeuvrable boats that are well suited to this type of team race event, where each team is made up of a sailor and a female sailor competing against two other under-22s: It's basically a two-on-two match race. It is extremely fun and educational, because it requires mastery of the regatta rules and all the rules of engagement".

Tore Turco, LNI del Sulcis President: "I would like to thank the hosts of Canottieri Ichnusa, who allow us to host this event for the second time, in a location that is the port of Cagliari, which lends itself to this type of activity. However, the idea is to make this event grow in future years too, always with the collaboration of the Sardinian Region, which allows us to organise this event. I would like to thank Corrado Fara, President of FIV Sardegna, who is always present at our events and promotes initiatives of this kind. I thank everyone for coming: next year there is talk of making this event a world championship, with previous selections, so it is an event that is growing over the years".

Event website here

Related Articles

RS Aero UK Southern & UK Youth Champs
35 RS Aeros turned out at Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club 35 RS Aeros turned out for the 2024 RS Aero Southern Champs at Lee on Solent which included this year's RS Aero UK Youth Championships. Class racing was held for all four RS Aero Classes with the Youth titles contested in the RS Aero 5s and 7s. Posted on 16 Jul
RS Aero UK Eastern Championship at Thorpe Bay
Sailors arrive to severe winds exceeding 40 knots and torrential rain The growing RS Aero fleet at Thorpe Bay YC hosted the RS Aero UK Eastern Championships over the windy weekend of the 6/7th July. Sailors arrived on Saturday morning with severe winds exceeding 40 knots and torrential rain. Posted on 10 Jul
RS Aero Europeans at Carnac
112 RS Aeros from 14 nations contested the titles 112 RS Aeros from 14 nations contested the RS Aero Europeans in Carnac, France, from 21-24 June. As ever Carnac proved to be a wonderful venue with its fine Brittany beaches, bustling seaside town and an excellent race course on the Bay of Quiberon. Posted on 30 Jun
RS Aero Europeans and RS Eurocup at Carnac overall
And the winners are Patience was the key word for the last day at the RS Aero European Championship / RS Eurocup, organised by the Yacht Club de Carnac (YCC). Posted on 24 Jun
RS Aero Europeans and RS Eurocup at Carnac Day 3
Shifty winds for the fleets "No two days are alike" is exactly what was experienced today by the 131 teams at the European Championship RS Aero / Eurocup RS organised by the Yacht Club de Carnac (YCC). Posted on 23 Jun
RS Aero Europeans and RS Eurocup at Carnac Day 2
The fleet gave a most spectacular show in the bay of Quiberon Another sunny and windy day at the European Championship RS Aero / Eurocup RS organised by the Yacht Club de Carnac (YCC). Posted on 22 Jun
RS Aero Europeans and RS Eurocup at Carnac Day 1
132 competitors and 14 nations battle on the bay of Quiberon The first day of competition for the RS Aero European Championships and the RS Eurocup at the Yacht Club de Carnac (YCC) saw 132 competitors from fourteen different nations battle in the bay of Quiberon under a sunny sky. Posted on 21 Jun
RS Aero Europeans at Carnac Preview
The venue has special memories for the International RS Aero Class 112 RS Aeros from 14 nations will contest the RS Aero European Championships in Carnac, France, from 21-24 June. Carnac has special memories for the International RS Aero Class, having hosted our first RS Aero World Championship in 2017. Posted on 20 Jun
RS Aero River Championships
Nine helms compete at Avon Sailing Club, Gloucester Visitors and members were greeted with a moderate to light westerly breeze. A total of nine RS Aeros attended the event with two visitors. Posted on 11 Jun
RS Aeros in the RS Sailing Anniversary Regatta
30-strong fleet saw fierce competition in Chichester Harbour and Hayling Bay Three decades of fun later and RS Sailing's passion for our sport has been unwavering. Fourteen of the RS Racing Classes battled it out on the water and in true RS style, partying late into the night over the weekend of 18/19 May. Posted on 6 Jun
2024 fill-in (bottom)RS Sailing 2021 - FOOTERVaikobi 2024 FOOTER