2020 European Championship in conjunction with the Championship of France
It will be a joint event France Nationals + FFI 2020 Europeans, run within the Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale (GPEN) which is traditionally held at the Ascension weekend (Ascension Thursday being a holiday in France), i.e. in 2020: Thursday to Saturday 21-23 May
The GPEN is organized by the French Naval Officers School, based in the bay of Brest, in Lanvéoc-Poulmic, on the south shore of the bay
For the 2019 French Nationals, we were on the same race course as the Open 5.70, the First 18 and the First 24 in the Morgat Bay, with different starts for each class of course, while other series were racing in Roscanvel, Camaret and Lanvéoc-Poulmic (4 racing locations altogether)
For 2020, the GPEN is thinking of dedicating the Morgat bay just to us and the Open 5.70
The format is 3 days of racing (Thu-Sat), 3 races a day
The organisation is in the hands of the Ecole Navale with the help of the local clubs (CNCM for Morgat) and is just perfect. Jury is provided by the FFV (French Sailing Federation)
The organisation provides lodging, breakfast and dinner, all included in the entry fee (lodging is OK but basic, i.e. bunk beds in summer camp lodges). Entry fee is minimal (was € 240 in 2019), thanks to local sponsors. One is free of course to get more comfortable rooms elsewhere, at their own cost
There will be a special regatta in Dinard the weekend before for all those interested
Best would be for competitors to arrive Wednesday in Morgat, but late arrivals Thursday morning would be OK as the first race Thursday should be scheduled around 1.30 pm; early arrivals would be OK as well
The prize giving dinner party is a great event in itself for the 1,000 sailors participating
The Morgat bay is an excellent racing area, and the presqu’île of Crozon a wonderful holiday spot (depending on the weather of course)
- The 3 days format is different from what has been done previously, but the number of races should be about the same (9)
Access from the UK is easy enough, with ferries from Poole to Saint-Malo, and Plymouth to Roscoff.
For further information contact Michel Pelegrin or Simon Thompson at [email protected].