2017 European A-cat Spring Cup
Already for five years, the A-cat sailing season kicks off in style with a wonderful spring event on the ever beautiful Garda Lake.
The 2017 European A-class Spring Championship was held from the 2nd to the 4th of June 2017 and was organised by Circolo Velo Arco. An international group (Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Austria, The Netherlands and even from Argentina!) of close to 50 sailors made their way to the event.
Due to challenging weather conditions the event closed with no more than three races instead of the scheduled nine (!). Sailors heading out for racing the first day -some stayed understandably ashore- saw winds well above 20 knots. This big breeze was unexpected and caused various collisions which made fewer sailors go racing later. The following day brought a wind of around 20 knots for the first race, dropping to 10 knots for the second race and finally zero wind whilst the third race of the (second) day was underway. Due to weather, there was no racing on Sunday.
DNA team riders and friends did well. Mischa took a first and second place in the second and third races following unfortunate material damage in the first race which made Mischa have to abandon that race. As there were no discards due to the few races held, he ended up 14th overall. Our new team rider Coen de Koning -Olympic Nacra 17 sailor- did well too and scored fourth overall.
Our customer Sergio Mehl travelled the furthest of all, flying in from Argentina. We had shipped his brand new F1 in standard specification and completion to the venue and Sergio showed great form by taking third place overall and representing DNA on the podium as such. Once more, thank you Sergio!
The Spring Cup again proved to be a great place to meet up and kick off the new season. People and gear have been put to the (comparison) test towards the 2017 Worlds. The world championship will be held in Sopot, Poland in August and promises to be very good. In case you have not yet registered, make sure you do! This is your hotlink for sailing & foiling fun in a competitive setting with great people this summer.