Catamarans at the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix


|source: Scuttlebutt Europe|
Just over a week remains until the start of the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix.

With registration opening on 11th October, racing gets underway on the inland lagoon of Mar Menor in Spain's Murcia region on Thursday 13th October.
Racing will take place over four days for the 29erXXs, foiling Moths, A-Class, F18s and the Kiteboards, who are holding their inaugural Kite-CrossWorld Championship as part of the event.
Among the F18 entries is two time Tornado Olympic medallist Mitch Booth, who's lengthy CV includes 10 world championship wins across most of the top catamaran classes.

Booth also founded the Extreme Sailing Series with its short courses set close to land for maximum spectator appeal. This Œstadium sailing‚ format has also been adopted for the medal races in the Olympic Games and is philosophically aligned with what the organisers of the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix wish to achieve with their new regatta.
As Booth puts it:
"I support anything where there is something a bit modern. They have got the right formula. They have catamarans, skiffs, foilers - they have all the right parts of the sport and of course my kids are pushing me like crazy, because they are all multihull fanatics. One of my boys is starting in an F18. He is only 14."
While Booth senior is competing in Murcia next week, so is son Jordi, both of whom are warming up for the F18 European Championship due to be held in the Canary Islands in early December. In fact Mitch's crew on board their Hobie Wildcat F18 comes from the Canaries in the form of Miguel Perez.
Spain's A-Class catamaran fleet has the benefit that many of them are already are based on the shores of the Mar Menor. The class has gained in popularity in Spain with the biggest fleets in Barcelona, Valencia, Andalusia and Murcia.
While Australia usually dominates the results at A-Class World Championships, Spain is one of the nations on the rise in the class and at this year's Worlds, held in Aarhus, Denmark, they had four boats finishing in the top 15.
It known that several Moth sailors wish to line up with the A-Class catamarans to determine which is the world‚s fastest singlehanded dinghy.
The EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix could provide that opportunity.
The organisers of the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix have extended the deadline for entry to their event until 9 October.
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