Competition started today at the 2023 ILCA Master European Championships in Douarnenez, France, with the first set of races.
Light winds and flat water were the predominant conditions during the whole afternoon.
The day started as per scheduled with the coaches and sailors meeting at 12:00. First warning signal was meant to be at 14:00, but it wasn’t until after 16:00 that the wind finally graced the racecourses.
Both the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 initiated their racing procedures around 16:15, in Bravo and Alpha courses respectively. Ultimately, all six fleets completed one race today, with wind speeds ranging from 4 to 6 knots.
A total of 270 Master sailors hailing from 21 nations around the globe are coming together to participate in this competition.
ILCA 6 is the largest fleet with 140 sailors vying for the prestigious European titles in 9 categories:
- Apprentice Master Women European Champion
- Apprentice Master Men European Champion
- Master Women European Champion
- Master Men European Champion
- Grand Master Women European Champion
- Grand Master Men European Champion
- Great Grand Master Women European Champion
- Great Grand Master Men European Champion
- Legend European Champion
ILCA 7 is only for Men and counts with 130 sailors on water pursuing the following 4 titles:
- Apprentice Master European Champion
- Master European Champion
- Grand Master European Champion
- Great Grand Master European Champion
Racing will goes from September 11th to 15th, with 2 races scheduled per day.
Reigning 2022 Master European champions such as Isabelle Arnoux FRA, Helene Viazzo FRA and Jean-Christophe Leydet FRA in ILCA 6, or Jose Luis Doreste ESP and Peter Hurley USA in ILCA 7 are here in France defending their titles.
Previous Master European champions such as Jacques Kerrest USA, Jaap Mazereeuw NED, Poopy Marçon FRA, Jean Philippe Galle FRA, Pierrick Amizet FRA, Jon Emmett GBR, Mike Kinnear GBR, Ian Jones GBR, Jacky Nebrel FRA, Steve Cockerill GBR, Terry Scutcher GBR, Carlos Martinez ESP or Ian Gregory GBR in ILCA 6; and Allan Clark CAN or Alan Davis GBR in ILCA 7 are also some of strong contenders to fight for new medals in Douarnenez.
How to follow the 2023 ILCA Master Europeans in Douarnenez
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For further information about the event you can download the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and other documents here: https://eurilca.eu/event/277/documents
All the information and links to the different contents mentioned before you can also find them at the official event website: https://2023-master.eurilca-europeans.org/
The 2023 ILCA Master European Championships are organized by EurILCA in conjunction with Société des Régates de Douarnenez.
The event is kindly supported by the town of Douarnenez, the Finistère department council and the Brittany region; and sponsored by PC Clean, Accastillage Diffusion Douarnenez, Uship – Marine Service Douarnenez, Triskell Auto, Les Délices Bigoudens, Henriot and E.Leclerc Douarnenez.
Let´s go sailing!
The EurILCA Team
Report by Agustín Argüelles | Photos by Thom Touw.