Over 90 sailors to compete in the Finn Europeans in Cadiz!
Sunday, March 11th, 2018 - Kingston, ON
The Finn European Championships in Cadiz, Spain marks an important event in the 2018 season, with a highly competitive fleet, it is an opportunity for sailors to test themselves against the worlds best as they prepare for the World Championships in August. The Aarhus World Championship is the first Olympic Country Qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The fleet in Cadiz is stacked with 12 Rio Olympics, including CST member Tom Ramshaw, three former World Champions and three former European Championships including last years defending champion Jonathan Lombert from France.
The Finn Europeans offers an exciting and challenging change from typical Olympic Class sailing. There will be no qualifiers and no split fleets, all 97 boats entered will contest the same start line for all 5 days of fleet racing. No where else in Olympic Class racing do sailors see such a high number of boats on a start.
Sail Canada’s High Performance Director & CST Head Coach Ken Dool on the event:
“97 sailors from 33 countries, 12 of the 2016 Olympians present plus a solid mix of veteran rock stars and notable newcomers to the class makes this an awesome spectacle. The racing will feature massive start lines to accommodate the 96 boats and subsequently equally large race tracks to ensure quality racing. Cadiz is know to deliver a solid range of conditions and when it kicks up can host some of the most spectacular racing conditions possible. You combine the large fleet, big courses and lengthy start lines with great conditions and an extremely competitive fleet and this will be a championship won by a true champion."
"Tom Ramshaw has spent significant time preparing for the Europeans, both on site with training in February with a solid group of internationals but also in a solid run up through Miami. With Lawrence Lemieux helping guide his program Tom is in great hands. The event will inevitably boil down to who can execute on the start line, remain patient in their strategy and not get caught up in winning little battles while losing site of the bigger picture. The race course size will ensure there is time to fight back but will also reward those capable of executing high quality consistent first legs of the race course as invariably this will give you a jump on the competition as the crowded ranks further back in the fleet tussle for favourable positions. “
The championship will consist of a series of 10 races starting March 12 to 16, followed by the medal race for the top ten sailors on March 17.
Follow along with all the action and results here!
See entry list here