02:22:50 pm on March 15, 2007 |
Regarded as melting pots for the world’s best sailors, one-design boats guarantee exciting racing with close-fought manoeuvres and tight finishes. The fourth edition of the Rolex Baltic Week will draw together the elite of two internationally renowned one-design classes – the Farr 40 and the Melges 24.
From the 17th to 19th August, on the Baltic Sea off Neustadt/Holstein, Germany the Farr 40 teams will open the race week with an event valid as the fifth and decisive series of the European Circuit – the first time there has been a Farr 40 regatta in Germany since the launch of the very first Farr 40 ten years ago. The Melges 24 holds its European Championship from the 18th to 23rd August.
‘We are just as proud to host the German Farr 40 premiere as we are to organize the Europeans of the demanding Melges 24,’ says Manuel Cadmus, President of the organizing club Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) from Hamburg. Both classes match the shared aim of the NRV and title sponsor Rolex Germany, which is to offer top-level sailing competitions of high interest in this fourth year of the exclusive annual race week based at the ancora Marina in Neustadt.
For the Farr 40s, this regatta provides a useful warm-up before the 2007 Rolex Farr 40 World Championships commence off Copenhagen, Denmark, at the end of August. ‘We have moved the start of the Farr 40 one day forward to make it fit better with the international regatta calendar of the top sailors,’ explains Knappe in conjunction with the president of the Farr 40 European Fleet, Wolfgang Schaefer from Lueneburg, Germany. The two expect entries from the USA, Japan and Australia for the Rolex Baltic Week.Advertisements