2024 ILCA Senior Europeans preview

2024 ILCA Senior European Championships Preview

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The 2024 ILCA Senior European Championships & Open European Trophy will kick off on Friday 16th February at Nautical Club Kalamaki in Athens, Greece, where the Olympic flame was born.

The event will be one of major events before the Olympics, delivering four new spots (two in ILCA 6 and two in ILCA 7) for European countries yet to qualify for Paris.

This year, the competition will see participation from 142 ILCA 7, 107 ILCA 6 Women, and 71 ILCA 6 Men, totaling 320 participants.


ILCA 7 Championship Preview

Renowned ILCA 7 representatives from the previous Olympic Games have confirmed their participation, including Tonci Stipanovic CRO (Silver medalist in Tokyo and 5x European champion), Pavlos Kontides CYP (4th at the 2020 Olympics and 2x European champion), Karl-Martin Rammo EST (15th in Tokyo), Milivoj Dukic MNE (17th), Benjamin Vadnai HUN (18th), Ryan Lo SGP (21st) and Zan Luka Zelko SLO (26th).

Additionally, seasoned sailors such as Filip Jurisic CRO (Silver medalist at the 2023 and 2021 Senior Europeans), Jonatan Vadnai HUN (Bronze in the 2021 Europeans), Lorenzo Chiavarini ITA (Gold at the 2019 and Bronze at the 2020 Europeans), or Finn Lynch IRL (9th in recent 2024 Worlds in Australia) are expected to vie fiercely for a place on the podium.

ILCA 6 Women’s Championship Preview

The ILCA 6 Women’s championship will also count with many of top sailors in the circuit, including the recent 2024 World champion and reigning Olympic champion Anne-Marie Rindom DEN (1x Gold medal at the Europeans), the 2023 World champion Maria Erdi HUN (Bronze medalist in last Europeans in Andora), and the twice Senior European champion Agata Barwinska POL, who clinched the title in 2021 and 2022.

Furthermore, several of the latest World and European Youth medalists will also be competing in Athens, eager to make their mark among the Seniors. This talented group includes Eve McMahon IRL, Chiara Benini ITA, Emma Mattivi ITA, Maria Vitoria Arseni ITA, Giorgia Della Valle ITA, Shai Kakon ISR, Marilena Makri CYP, Petra Marendic CRO or Ana Moncada ESP.

You can check the full list of participants here;

– Entry list – 2024 ILCA Senior Europeans


Paris 2024 – ILCA 6 European Qualification Preview

There are 17 European nations that have already secured qualification for the upcoming Olympic Games in ILCA 6. These nations include:

BEL, DEN, ESP, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, NED, NOR, POL, POR*, SUI, SWE and TUR.

Fourteen European nations are yet to qualify for the Olympics, and their sailors will be competing in Athens for the two available tickets. These nations include:

BUL (1 sailor), CRO (6 sailors), CYP (2 sailors), CZE (3 sailors), EST (3 sailors), GRE (14 sailors), ISR (4 sailors), LAT (1 sailor), LTU (1 sailor), MLT (1 sailor), ROU (1 sailor), SRB (1 sailor), SLO (2 sailors) and UKR (3 sailors).


Paris 2024 – ILCA 7 European Qualification Preview

In ILCA 7, there are 18 European nations already qualified for the Olympics. Those are:

BEL, CRO, CYP, DEN, ESP, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, MNE, NED, NOR, POR, SWE and TUR.

On the other hand, there are 14 European nations sending representatives to Athens with the goal of securing one of the final tickets to Paris. These countries include:

AUT (4 sailors), BUL (1), CZE (1), EST (2), GRE (19), ISR (4), LTU (3), MLT (1), MON (1), POL (3), SRB (1), SLO (3), SUI (4) and UKR (3).

More information about the Olympics qualification here;

– Olympic sailing – International Laser Class Association


How to follow the 2024 ILCA Senior Europeans

The 2024 ILCA Senior European Championships & Open European Trophy s will start on Friday 16th, with two days allocated for registration and measurement, followed by a Welcome Ceremony and Buffet meal on Saturday 17th.

Racing is scheduled to commence on Sunday 18th, with the first warning signal at 11:00. Two races are planned per day until Thursday 22nd. The event will draw to a close on Friday 23rd, featuring the Last Race and the Medal Race, followed by the Prize giving and Closing ceremony.

To ensure you don’t miss any of the thrilling on-water action, we’ll be broadcasting everything via live streaming and GPS tracking. Keep an eye out for the announcement of links to these platforms on our social media channels, the Telegram’s info channel and the event website soon.

– Follow EurILCA on Instagram

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– Subscribe to EurILCA’s YouTube channel

– Join the event information’s channel on Telegram

For further information about the competition, please check the NoR and SIs here;

– Documents – 2024 ILCA Senior Europeans

Daily reports with news and results, links to photos and videos, you will find them all at the event’s website;

– Event website – 2024 ILCA Senior Europeans

Photograph galleries you’ll find them in our Smugmug page:

– Photo galleries – EurILCA

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Event’s hashtag: #ILCASeniorEuropeans2024

More information coming soon so stay tuned!

Keep smiling, keep sailing
The EurILCA Team


Report by Agustín Argüelles – EurILCA | Cover photo: Yepa Photography.

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