Sunday, September 9, 2012
SEIKO 49er European Championship -
New Format – New Sailors
The 49er Class returns to its roots on Lake Garda this week to contest the 2012 European and Youth World Championship. Lake Garda has held numerous high profile events over the past few months, but the 49ers will be showcasing a new style of racing promising some highlights and exciting action.
Racing began on Sunday with a long distance race that spanned 9 kilometers of the Lake; a tour de Garda with varying conditions and legs of the course. After 1 hour and 20 minutes, the Alonso brothers of Spain outlasted the 63 other teams and crossed the line first followed by the Italian Savio brothers and Croatian Olympians Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupac.
Sixty-three teams representing eighteen nations will be on the starting line for fleet racing which begins on Monday. Also being contested will be the top youth team to be crowned 49er Youth World Champions. 33 youth teams are in attendance. Additional titles will go to the “King of the Downwind” as well as the top speed for the entire event.
Racing will begin with 2 days of qualifying series and the top 25 teams advancing to the finals with the top 12 teams from the Olympic Games an automatic invitation to the Gold fleet. The final series will be held in Theatre style with a 4-round knock-out style racing and a Grand Final series to be held on the last day with the final 4 boats.
Live tracking and daily video will begin on Wednesday with live internet broadcast on the final 2 days.