With growing interest and activity within the class, the Europe class will hold their 2021 UK Europe National Championships at WPNSA from the 18th-20th June. Following on from the successful 2019 National Championships which saw 30 Europes take to the water, the entries for this year's hit 51 boats, a growth of over 500% since 2016!
The event will kick off with an informal practice day on Thursday with a couple of hours of short practice races running from 14:00. The informal nature of the day will ensure that lots can be learnt by all, allowing sailors to make use of the day however works best for them. The racing will start at midday on Friday, with three days of racing and a total of nine races planned.
With ten times national champion Chris Gill unable to make it to the event to defend his title, there will be plenty of competition for the UK National Champion title:
The class welcomes Europes of all ages, and awards the 'Classic Rig' trophy to the first boat with a metal mast. With many newcomers to the fleet refurbishing and restoring older boats, there will be plenty of competition for the beautifully polished mast trophy. Similarly, plenty of sailors will be racing with wooden or wood/composite boats, proving that older boats are still very competitive.
For the first time this year, we will be awarding a family prize, awarded to the highest placed family team. Steve & Sarah Cockerill and Harry Kennedy, brothers Jon & Gareth Tweedle, husband and wife Adrian & Jo Cudmore and father/son duo Olly & Ben Harris will all be competing for the honour of top family team.
We will also be running a buddy system for the event, creating teams of three sailors with a wide range of ages, locations and experience in each team. We hope that the buddy system encourages sailors to form new friendships, and to share their experience with one another.
The event will be accompanied by a social schedule, following COVID guidelines, which includes a Chilli night, an evening of dinner and drinks at Frontline Café and Bar, and a BBQ at WPNSA! In coordination with the team at WPNSA, and our event sponsor at Rooster, the UK Europe Class Association are committed to organising a great event, which is safe and enjoyable for all.
If you are interested in our exciting and growing class, make sure to join the UK Europe Sailors Facebook group, and take a look at our website here to find out more.
Event details, including entry information and NoR, are available here.
For event reports see here