ORC Sportboat Europeans 2018 starts in Portopiccolo


30 May 2018

  The Gulf of Trieste welcomes once again a major international sailing event, with the opening of the ORC Sportboat European Championship 2018 scheduled in Portopiccolo from 29 May to 3 June. The Yacht Club Portopiccolo, in collaboration with the Sistiana Nautical Department and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), is hosting this championship event alomost one year after the ORC World Championship 2017 was also held in the Gulf of Trieste. Yet unlike the Worlds, the fleet competing here will use the ORC rating system to equalize the competition between only small (from 6.0 to 9.15 m in length), light (less than 2 tons) and fast Sportboats.

Twenty-seven entries from 6 nations are in the fleet, with most from the host country Italy, but others from Slovenia, Hungary, the Netherlands, France and Austria. After measurements, inspections and registration today through tomorrow, and the Opening Ceremony tomorrow night, the racing program starts on Thursday midday with a coastal race to test the teams’ skills in navigation and strategy. Then Friday through Sunday racing will continue on Windward/Leeward inshore courses starting each day at Noon, with multiple races possible each day depending on weather conditions. The final Awards and prizegiving ceremony will be Sunday at 1700.

“We are pleased to be host of the ORC Sportboat European Championship 2018,” said Claudio de Eccher, President of the Yacht Club Portopiccolo. This event is certainly the most important among those up to now organized by our Club that has, from year to year, host more and more important regattas ranging from the Star Class, to the Maxi Yachts, the J/70 one-designs and classic yachts.”



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