The ID2CA 2018 European Championship took place 4-9 September in Portoroz, Slovenia, a famous sailing spot and a well known tourist destination.
The weather was almost Mediterranean – warm and sunny, except a short interval on Friday 7/9, but the wind was very light sea breeze from 6 to 9 knots. [more]Due to this the race committee had difficulty carrying out the planned racing program. So on Wednesday 5/9/ three courses were conducted with wind up to 8 knots and on Thursday 6//9 three more courses were conducted with lighter sea breeze.
Unfortunately for the next two days the wind was unstable and below the limit so it was impossible to conduct more courses. So finally the Championship ended with 6 races on Saturday morning.
20 participants from 8 countries (Slovenia, Greece, France, Italy, Sweden, Croatia, Poland and Canada) raced in this Championship in two categories A and C. The sailor who dominated the races was the French champion Alain Cadre who won all races in overall and in C category with his Gema prototype followed by Swedish Jonas Davidson who raced with his new experimental prototype. Matjaz Puh, the young local Champion, took 3rd place in C category. In A category the Italian Ezio Ferin won 1st place followed by Greek Petros Katsareas and Croatian Zeljko Srdoc in the 2nd and 3rd places.
On Saturday, after the end of the Championship, the classic Piranja long distance regatta took place with 37 participants from 7 countries racing with any kind of windsurfing boards. Again in this race division 2 dominated in the results occupying almost all the 13 first places in the overall ranking and again Alain Cadre was the winner. Finally the event closed with a sup race.
The spirit was friendly and due to the very big efforts of the race committee and the excellent work and hospitality of the club’s staff everybody left happy from the event despite the difficult wind conditions.