On Tuesday, August 15th, the A Class Open Polish Championship will start in Sopot. 75 competitors, including 52 from abroad, have entered the regatta. This is a significant catamaran regatta in Poland, and is only a prelude – a great test before the coming World Championship, where more than 140 competitors will participate from all over the world.
Bundock – two-time Olympic silver medalist in the Tornado class (2000 John Forbes, 2008 Glenn Ashby), seven-time World champion in the Tornado class, three-time World champion F18 class, America’s Cup winner in the Oracle team, coach of young sailors in the Red Bull Youth America Cup; Paul Larsen – the head and helmsman of Vestas Sailrocket project, the fastest sailing boat, who holds the wind-powered speed record for travelling at 121km per hour, Mischa Heemskerk – the current A Class and F18 World champion, Konstantinos Trigonis – multiple world and European champion in Tornado class, four-time Olympian in class 470 and Tornado.
Konstantinos, from Greece, visited Sopot several times in order to train on the Worlds course says: “Sopot is a fantastic place and the NAVIGO club is the perfect base for huge international regatta. Observing preparations for the championship, I’m sure it will be a successful and very well-prepared event. “
Also among the Polisg entries are titled competitors: Jacek Noetzel – silver and bronze medalist of the European Championship and the fourth at the A Class Worlds 2016; Tymoteusz Bendyk – fifth at the A Class World championship in 2016 and the current Polish National Champion, Marcin Badzio – Vice-Champion of Juniors and also World Champion of A Class Classic 2016 and Jakub Surowiec – World Junior Champion 2016 and current A Class European Champion, which title he won this Spring on Lake Garda.
The Open Polish Catamaran Championship will begin on August, 15th and will last until August, 17th. Sailors will be classfied in the Open category (general, women, juniors, masters, grandmasters and classic) and in the category of Polish competitors. During the 3 days of competition, 9 races are planned. Races will be held close to the Sopot Pier. Races will start on Tuesday at 13:00, Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00. The closing ceremony, where the winners will be announced, will be held on Thursday at 18:00. Then, from Sunday 20 August, the A Class Worlds Sopot 2017 will begin, with racing through to Saturday 26 August.