EUROSAF Youth Sailing, European Championship

The Notice of Race for the 2013 EUROSAF Youth Sailing, European Championship, has been published. Up to 200 sailors under the age of 19, from as many as 20 European countries, will be competing for the accolade European Youth Champion in Tavira, Portugal, between 3 and 9 August, 2013.

Medals will be available in each of eight different disciplines, including an open Multihull event using the Sirena SL16 catamaran. Other designs of boats to be used are the Laser Radial, International 420 and 29er skiff. Windsurfing will be represented by the RS:X sailboard, as used at the Olympic Games. Each country is permitted to enter two crews in each of the disciplines.

Uniquely, in terms of multi-event youth championships, the EUROSAF Youth Sailing, European Championship includes medals races for the top sailors in each discipline. In a development of the championship since Aarhus, there will also be a final race for competitors who do not qualify for the medal races. The results of these races will count towards the Nations Cup, Team Trophy, which is awarded to the country with best overall results from the entire series, across all disciplines. The current holder of the Nations Cup is Italy.

Another new feature in the championship in 2013 will be an increase in the number of races for each class. This is being introduced as a direct result of recommendations from many of the coaches who were present in 2012. The tendency these days is to have shorter races, so the athletes were often ashore and finished racing by early to mid-afternoon. In the 2013 event the windsurfers, multihull and skiffs will each have four races scheduled per day, while the single and double-handed classes will have three races scheduled. Racing actually starts on Monday 5 August and concludes on Friday 9 August.