After the Sailing World Cup series format has been refreshed and is sailed on all parts of the world (consequently there are less races in Europe), the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup has much greater importance than before. The first regatta in the series concluded on Sunday in usually windy lake Garda, home of windsurfers, kiters, bikers and, of course, sailors.
Similar to World Cup Series, new racing has been implemented. Shorter races, more races, 25 boats in gold group and 6 boats in final race (better known as medal race), to name just the biggest innovations.
In a 4 days series average 9 races has been sailed plus final race on Sunday. Weather conditions weren’t the best, as Garda wind machine wasn’t working perfectly, especially on Friday, when it has been raining all day long. Still it was a great event and majority of top sailors, especially in Laser class, joined the racing. Though there hasn’t been many sandiliners competing, as had a well deserved break after two World Cups.
In the finn class, where we were represented by some of our sandiliners, Ivan Kljaković Gašpić from Croatia finished second overall and Deniss Karpak from Estonia on 4th place. Given the fact that there were many top sailors sailing, this is a great success for our guys.