The Real Club Nautico, Gran Canaria, will be the venue for the 2001 IODA European Championship.
Following the reluctant decision to cancel plans to hold the event in Israel due to the security situation, the International Optimist Class received four excellent proposals to provide an alternative venue. The Real Club Nautico, Gran Canaria, with the support of the Real Federacion Espanola de Vela and the Spanish Optimist Association, was chosen primarily on the basis of the forecast wind conditions.
The 7000-member club is celebrating thirty years of Optimist sailing in which time its Optimist-trained sailors have won seven Olympic medals.
The dates are unchanged at 1-8 August 2001. Early arrivals are welcome from 25 July.
The entry fee, including seven nights accommodation in four star hotels, all meals, mandatory charter of a new Winner Optimist and transport from and to Las Palmas airport, is US$745.
As usual each member country may send up to eight sailors of which at least three must be of a different gender from the others.
Entries from outside Europe are welcome and applications for free entry from countries which have never before taken part in an IODA World or Continental Championship are invited.
The Preliminary Notice of Race will be posted before Monday 30 April on the Optimist website.