New Eurolymp Sailing League for European Olympic Sailors
Olympic Classes competition in Europe to be strengthened with the introduction of the EUROLYMP Sailing League, with effect from 2013.
EUROSAF announced today that the former EUROLYMP Sailing Circuit, which operated from 1985 until it was phased out in 2004, will be re-introduced as the EUROLYMP Sailing League from 2013 onwards, when the new ISAF Sailing World Cup format comes into force.
The EUROLYMP Sailing League will initially consist of up to five events, which will be dovetailed into the European segment of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Each event will conform with the new ISAF World Sailing Rankings system, as well as facilitating the new European League.
Discussions with potential event hosts have been in progress since ISAF announced their plans to change the Sailing World Cup and have now reached a point were the first edition of the new ‘EUROLYMP Rules’ have been formulated. There will now be a consultation process to finalise the detail, which will culminate in a further meeting between event hosts and EUROSAF in late January, early February next year. Final details of event locations, dates, the entry system and other details, will be published in early to mid 2012. Entries will be open to sailors from all ISAF member countries and at least two of the events will also welcome the Paralympic Classes. Possible new Olympic disciplines, such as Kiteboards, may also be included in some of the regattas.
“We are delighted at the level of interest and enthusiasm shown towards the EUROLYMP Sailing League by potential event hosts” said Dan Ibsen, Chairman of the EUROSAF Events Committee. “By working with the major event organisers in Europe, we believe we have found an excellent solution to the loss of three ISAF Sailing World Cup events, at the same time creating a pathway for talented and up and coming sailors into top level Olympic sailing competition”.