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2024 505 Euro Cup kicks off in San Raphael this Easter weekend

by International 505 Class Association 14 Mar 22:58 PDT 29-31 March 2024
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From as far afield as Australia, the annual pilgrimage to Yacht Club de San Raphael has started as sailors look to escape Winter for Easter.

With what looks like one of the best fleets ever, the first leg of the 2024 505 Euro Cup series commences Friday 29th March 2024 at Yacht Club de San Raphael.

In what has become one of the highlights on the annual 505 calendar, the Euro Cup is a four-event series that takes place across France, Italy, Germany and, this year for the first time, Poland. There is a winner determined at each event as well as an overall series winner based on cumulative scores from three of the four regattas.

"Known for its international flavour and its beautiful Mediterranean waters, San Raphael is the perfect venue to break the winter blues," said International 505 Class President Michael Quirk. "The Yacht Club de San Raphael regularly runs high-level events for a range of sailing classes, so the 505 Association is very happy to have our first of this year's championship events held in San Raphael."

The Euro Cup has become increasingly popular amongst not only European sailors but also sailors from around the globe. This year's regatta will feature boats competing from Australia, and the United States in addition to the many European nations. A number of World Champions are competing including, Ian Pinnell (UK) and Mike Holt with Rob Woelfel (USA), so tight, competitive racing is expected. Many of the top teams will be in San Raphael for several days before the event training together which makes the pilgrimage all the more worthwhile.

2022 505 Euro Cup Calendar:

  • San Raphael, France - 29, 30, 31 March
  • Riva del Garda, Italy - 30, 31 May & 1 June
  • Warnemunde, Germany - 6, 7, 8 July
  • Dziwnow, Poland - 6, 7, 8 September

For Euro Cup San Raphael results and race reports, keep an eye on the website here.

The 5o5 Class flagship event for 2024 will be the World Championship to be held in Varberg, Sweden in August. For Event information visit the 2024 505 World Championship event site.

With many of the contenders already in San Raphael training, this event could be an early indicator of who the favourites might be.

For more details on this event and the other International 505 Regattas visit the 505 International Class website.

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