On Tuesday 20 August the inaugural Nacra 17 Europeans started at Lake Como with 44 teams from 17 countries competing.
The event is hosted by Centro Vela Dervio. During this week from Tuesday-Friday 12 races are scheduled. On Saturday 24 August the Medal Race will be sailed with the top-10. The other teams will sail their last fleet race also at Saturday.
With12 mixed-teams Italy has the biggest fleet of participants.But also France, Spain, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Russian and Bulgaria are well represented with two or more teams. Most top-sailors in ISAF ranking and during the Worlds are participating this European Championship. The new Nacra 17 Class is growing very fast. Within nine months circa 200 boats are now sailing in 27 countries worldwide .
In difficult wind conditions (wind was coming from the North and shifty) on Tuesday three races were sailed during the first racing day. The top-3 after the first racing day are Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning (NED), Matias Bulher and Nathalie Brugger (SUI) and Francois Morvan and Marie Riou (FRA).
Follow the event with the results and images at www.nacra17class.com