Although 2020 has been a challenging year, we have seen our amazing class flourish in unimaginable ways. New boats and second hand boats have been brought into the UK in numbers not seen since the Olympic era. We have seen the return of several sailors to the class and some inspiring rebuilds and renovations have been shared on this forum. Some of the best boats in the UK have been pulled out of retirement or found new homes. Behind the scenes a great deal of work has gone on into developing a certified measurement jig for the UK, which will allow new boats to be built and measured by both professional and amateur builders. We are very grateful for the ongoing help of André Haufe, the International Class Chief Measurer in this matter. I believe it is very likely we will see new Europes, built by British boat builders, in the very near future.
We only managed two events this year, Overy Staithe which was the country’s first sailing event after the first lockdown and the Inlands which Jon Tweedle and Haversham Sailing Club managed to pull together at the last moment. However, here is a full and exciting calendar for 2021. All of it may be subject to change but with COVID vaccination starting we must plan and hope for the best, whilst remaining cautious.
More than anything I am immensely proud to be part of a class which has such enthusiasm and support, much of it through this group. We come from a wide age range, with both male and female helms, less experienced sailors and Olympians. That is something we must continue to champion as it brings so much to the class. We should all be very proud that our class is so inclusive. Without question we support everyone who wants to sail. If you are reading this and thinking these events are not for you, think again, because the events are just as friendly as the online community surrounding the class! I can’t believe I haven’t seen some of my Europe sailing friends for over a year, but I really look forward to seeing almost all of you on the water in 2021.
Very best wishes, and huge thanks to the rest of the class association committee,
Malcolm (UK Europe Class Chair)
For event reports see here