European Team Racers Arrive in Italy for the 2017 Team Racing Europeans
The 2017 Optimist European Championship, hosted by the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro (AVLL) starts tomorrow in Italy with 16 teams from across Europe vying to be the 2017 European Team Racing Champion.
Racing starts on Wednesday, August 23rd and will continue until Saturday August 26th . The intention is to provide as much racing as possible for all teams in the days available, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
New this year, as per the IODA Conditions for the event and voted by the Members at the 2016 AGM, the teams are now made up of four sailors (2 boys and 2 girls).
32 Optimist boats complete with sails, spars, foils and all equipment except buoyancy aids are supplied by AVLL. This year the boats will have brand new sails, generously supplied by Optiparts.
To find out more about the championship, results, and news, checkout the action on the 2017 Optimist European Team Racing Microsite http://2017europeanteamracing.optiworld.org
The boats will be divided into groups of four, each group with a different identification symbol which will be allocated on a random basis either daily or before each round.
The 16 teams are seeded from 1st to 16th. This is calculated using the sum of the final position achieved by the country’s top four sailors at the previous European Championship (the total net points excluding discards of the best four sailors, maximum two of the same gender).
The racing format consists of 4 stages. The first stage will consist of a maximum of 120 races - the first 56 races will be a complete round robin for two leagues. League A includes teams seeded 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 16 and league B includes teams seeded 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 and 15.
In the 2nd Stage, teams will be renumbered according to their scores in Stage 1 and will be divided into two leagues. Teams 1 to 8 will constitute the league C; and teams 9 to 16 will constitute league D. For each league, a complete round robin is scheduled. The first 3 races for each team will be a round robin for teams 1, 4, 5, 8; teams 2, 3 ,6, 7; teams 9, 12, 13, 16 and teams 10, 11, 14, 15. Race wins in Stage 2 will count as 1.5 race wins and be added to race wins from Stage 1.
In stage 3, the top four teams in league C will sail the semi-finals, with Team 1 vs Team 4 , Team 2 vs Team 3. The winner of each semi-final will be the first team to score two race wins.
And finally, in Stage 4, the winners of both semi-finals will sail the Grand Final and the losers will sail the Petit Final. The winner of each final will be the first team to score two race wins.