Yyteri, Pori, Finland
(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)
The Snipe European Championship is starting tomorrow (Note: today for the readers: August 22) on the West coast of Finland. More than 40 entries from 10 nations will be racing this week by the scenic sandy beaches of Yyteri, in the city of Pori.
Snipe European Championships goes back this year to the place where it was held back in 2006. The event is hosted by the oldest sporting and sailing club in Finland, Segelföreningen i Björneborg – BSF r.f., in cooperation with Snipe Class International Racing Association SCIRA.
“Finland has a great experience in organizing big sailing events, it proved it after having hosted the Senior Europeans in Hanko in 1974, in Kokkola in 1992 and in Pori in 2006” says Pietro Fantoni, Commodore of SCIRA.
Snipe is one of the most popular two sailors dinghy around Europe and the World. In Finland, it’s been the most popular two persons dinghy for the past 71 years.
At the Snipe European Championships this year, the high level of competition is guaranteed by the presence of Olympic gold medalist from 2012 Summer Olympics in the Elliott 6m class, Ángela Pumariega Menéndez (ESP), among other very strong teams.
A Spanish team has been the winner of every Euopean Championships for the past seven editions.
“Who will be the winners of the European Championship Trophy this year? Is the Snipe ‘Spanish Armada’ really invincible? – Pietro Fantoni wonders – Let’s have great serious sailing and serious fun!” Fantoni opens the Championship by quoting the global Snipe slogan.
Aug 20 10-20 Registration and measurements
Aug 21 9-17 Registration and measurements
19.00 Opening Ceremony
Aug 22 11.00 First race of the day
19.00 Sailor’s Forum
Aug 23 11.00 First race of the day
Aug 24 11.00 First race of the day
19.00 National Secretary Meeting
Aug 25 11.00 First race of the day
19.00 Prize Giving Ceremony and Gala Dinner