Juanpa Cadario: Comienza el Europeo de 49er en Polonia

Comienza el Europeo de 49er en Polonia

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49er European Championship

Champions and aspiring Olympians are all in attendance at the 49er European Championship, taking place in Gdynia, Poland, with racing to being July 6.

The starting line will be spectator and media friendly with the newly instituted country flags on all mainsails as well the ability to quickly identify the top 10 in the 49er World by their sail number 1-10, as well as personal sail numbers which sailors have been allowed to choose for 1 year use. These two editions will make identifying the fleet relatively easier and more exciting.

Fresh off their win at the latest World Cup in Kiel, John Pink and Rick Peacock of Great Britain hope to win the European title as well as current World Cup leaders Nico delle Karth and Nikolaus Resch of Austria. French sailors Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis have two 2010 World Cup titles from Miami and Palma while Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith from Great Britain hold the title from Hyeres.

Close to 100 entries have been received including a new to the 49er world entry from Malta. Skipper Benji Borg with crew Sebastian Ripard will represent the island nation training to gain a berth for the 2012 Olympics.

The event looks to be a key stop on the way to the last ISAF World Cup event in August and no doubt the event to watch in Poland this week.