The 11 Metre One Design European Championship 2003 gets underway today in Strömstad, Sweden, 180km north of Gothenburg. Nearly thirty 11:Metre One Design Yachts from seven countries are competing, including current World Champion Arne SJÖBERG (SWE).
The racing area of the European Championship 2003 on the Skagerak is just 30 sailing minutes away from the harbour of Strömstad city. High and long waves, sometimes rough seas and strong current are typical for Skagerak sailing and will definitely be a great challenge for the 11:Metre One design crews.
The 11:Metre One Design, a Ron Holland designed scaled down version for the new Americas Cup Class yachts, offers real attraction for all sailors. Both professionals and beginners find this manoeuvrable yacht exiting. Here is a yacht where sailing skills rather than acrobatic youthfulness is decisive.
A fully battened main and a self-tacking jib makes it very easy to sail and runners and check stays only trims the rig upwind and is not needed for safety. The masthead spinnaker is carried on a oversized pole which makes downwind sailing a thrill. Acceleration is superior and she planes readily in moderate air. The deck layout makes it easy to sail. It includes hardware from the best suppliers in the world. A tabernacle for the mast makes it easy to step the mast without a crane. The class rule has a crew weight limit which allows everyone to race on equal terms, old against young, men against women. Hiking is not allowed. The 11:Metre is a very strict One-Design yacht. Good building methods with high class materials ensure a long life and a good second hand value