European Championship of the Olympic class Finn has just been transferred from France to Portugal
World championships, European championships, qualifying events for the Olympic Games, everything is happening in Vilamoura. The world championship of class 470 has already started and, at the same time, the european championship of RS: X, 2 Olympic classes. In April, the waters of the Algarve receive the best sailors in Europe from Finn, also an Olympic class.
Vilamoura became unavoidable on the way to Tokyo.
For most Olympic class sailors, it will be in the waters of Vilamoura that they will have the ultimate opportunity to be present at the 2021 Olympic Games.
A few months from the Olympic competition, the Vilamoura Sailing Training Center hosts and organizes the most important championships of some of the Olympic classes.
Today the first regattas of the World Championship of the class 470 started, that gathers close to a hundred crews, coming from 26 countries.
Adrenaline is already high in the waters of Vilamoura because several nations are still trying to secure a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Portugal is one of the countries that has not yet achieved qualification and has in Vilamoura some crews who are giving everything for everything to accomplish this achievement.
At the same time, the European RS: X Championship is taking place, with more than 80 boards in competition. In this class, all countries have already qualified for Tokyo but it is in Vilamoura that they will elect the sailor who will represent them.
The major international events will continue in Vilamoura in April.
Vilamoura Sailing was chosen to host and organize the Finn class European Championship, which was scheduled to take place during the prestigious Olympic Week in France.
With the French event canceled due to the pandemic, the decision to transfer the European from Finn to Vilamoura was made quickly. In addition to recognizing the organizational quality of Vilamoura Sailing, the excellent logistical conditions offered to sailors, there is also the advantage that Vilamoura has great similarities with Tokyo with regard to wind and sea conditions.
Balazs Hajdu, President of the International Class of Finn says that “this ability to organize, in a few days, a championship of this importance reflects the professionalism of the Vilamoura Sailing team and gives us the assurance that our sailors will have a great and fair championship".
For Nuno Reis, director of Vilamoura Sailing “this is the recognition of our work and the affirmation of Vilamoura on the world stage. We were chosen, leaving behind more than 6 proposals from other prestigious organizations ”.
For the approximately 120 Finn class sailors, this championship will serve as preparation for the qualification for the Olympic Games, which will take place in the Finn Gold Cup, to be held in Porto, 3 weeks later.