On Tuesday, September 3, at the European Factory of the wind — Italian lake Garda in Gargnano, under the auspices of the European Federation of sail kicked off the first official world championship in the class L30 – L30 class EUROSAF European championship 2019. From the event reports Elena Tekina:
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At the start there were 6 teams from 5 countries, including the crew from Ukraine, which now produces yachts L30. Regatta is, in fact, a test, because after a month in Venice will be a remarkable event EUROSAF Offshore Mixed Double-handed L30 European Championship. October 8 in front of Piazza San Marco will host port race and the next day, 8 teams will go to the two-day offshore to Trieste, where finish the day before the most popular regatta in the world – “Barcolana”.
For the Creator class, Olympic silver medalist Rodion Luka, designer L30 Andrew, Justin, and the President of EUROSAF Josep PLA it is important to inspect the new boats that will be included in the special Charter fleet: they are mixed crews of two will be able to start training for the Olympics in 2024. For this purpose, a better place than the lake Garda with its unique wind rose, was not found.
Despite the fact that due to a heavy storm on Monday failed to run a training race, participants were able to effectively practice in the morning North wind Peler directly on the day of the race. And the first start of the tournament was held after lunch on a moderate, mostly southerly wind of 10-12 knots. In addition to training, managed to spend a three hour race.
The winner of the day was one of the two participating German teams – Sharifa Rasmus Taxit. Played the crew of Rasmus, who for two years on my L30 has passed 3000 miles, could two times to finish first and second race of the day, despite a false start, to become the second, having conceded the victory of the Belgian team.
The Belgian crew were new Charter boat Ukrainian production and is ranked second of the day with a 3rd, 1st and 2nd finishes. Experienced offshore racer, three-time participant in a single of the transatlantic race Mini Transat last year’s Route du Rhum in Class40, the Belgian Jonas of Jerkens together with the French racer in the class of “Figaro” in a match-flight Sophie the phage are prepared to participate double-handed in the championship L30, starting in October in Venice, and full of enthusiasm for the new Olympic offshore regatta.
Third place in the Hungarian team Present Perfect, and the 4th – the Ukrainian crew Tardex. In the Ukrainian team, in addition to the steering Igor Kalinin’re the founders and leaders of the manufacturer L30. Dnipropetrovsk Otis Tarda is the market leader in polymers, and a couple of years ago Andriy Tymoshenko and Sergey and Oleg Chulakov conceived themselves to build a yacht, but finally this year started to produce L30, and now the building is the 9th case. Just for the main event in the history of the class L30 – offshore Sailing world championship World mixed pairs in 2020 will be built a 21 boat.
Sailing guys no time now, but miss the opportunity to thoroughly test the boat in combat, and personally listen to the opinions of riders of course, they could not. According to General Director Andrei Timoshenko, the first racing day, the crew very happy. “The boat behaves very manageable, and it’s pretty fast, we are very happy. As producers, we realized that there are some things we would like to improve. So there is a lot of work to do, the base is cool, let’s move on!”
Today first there will be a 12-mile Coastal Race, and then planned a program of three short races. The championship will last until September 5.