EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup - Explaining the format

Wednesday 8 May sees the first races taking place in the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup, the new European series for Olympic and Paralympic Classes. Riva del Garda in Italy is the venue for the Garda Trentino Olympic Week, the first in a series of five regattas, for Olympic and Paralympic classes, being held in Europe this year.Organised by the European Sailing Federation, in association with five of the major regatta organisers in Europe. The UK's Sail for Gold, 9 to 13 June, will be part of this new series, instead of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

As with the ISAF world cup events, the format for each of the regattas will test some new ideas, which are described below. A single format has been adopted for each of the five regattas, to introduce consistency and a thorough evaluation. Sailor feedback and comment will be sought and welcomed.

Eursaf reports that, the structure of the Champions Sailing Cup regattas was discussed with representatives from the Olympic Classes prior to reaching a decision and there was a positive response from all those involved. This does not quite tie-in with some of the competitors reported comments form the recent ISAF world cup events or the media comment on the confusion the poor presentation and last minute changes created.

But, with with the benifit of hindsight Eurosaf have the chance to show how it should be done . . . Note that they have returned to a ONE race medal race format, except for the Men’s Skiff and Women’s Skiffs.

EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup Regatta Format

• Each regatta will consist of a Qualifying Series (two days with 3 or 4 races per day), a Fleet Racing Series (two days with 3 or 4 races per day) and a Final Race or Races.

• If an event has a large number of entries, the Qualifying Series fleet and the Fleet Racing Series fleet may be divided into groups.

• There will be ONE race on the final day in ALL events except for Men’s Skiff and Women’s Skiff for which there will be THREE final races.

For Paralympic events, the regatta will consist of a single series.

A final decision on the format for Olympic Classes in Rio 2016 is expected to be made at the ISAF Annual Meeting in Oman, this coming November.

GBR has a small entry for the Garda event, according to the website, which lists 16 British entries, including the return of Nick Dempsey to the RS:X circuit. Entries remain open for all regattas, excepting Garda Trentino Olympic Week.