More than 800 sailors from across Europe will be hosted in Gdansk marina from 24 to 29 July when Dr Irena Eris ORC European Championship Gdańsk 2017 will take place. Representatives of the organizers, sponsors and patrons of the event met on Tuesday 20 June with reporters at a press conference to talk about the details of this event.
On the questions of the press answered: representative of the Faculty of Sport in Gdansk hall Andrzej Radomski, representing the title sponsor of the head of the Communication Department of Dr Irena Eris, Joanna Łodygowska, a representative of the board Granaria Jan Kurbiel, president of the Pomeranian Sailing Association Bogusław Witkowski (occurring at the same time as the vice president of the Polish Yachting Association for maritime affairs and actress, sailor and ambassador of the European Championship, Monika Kwiatkowska.
”Dr. Irena Eris company, taking care of feminine beauty and canons of beauty, seeks to engage in sports that are beautiful” explained the commitment of the title sponsor Joanna Łodygowska. ”For eleven years we have organised the largest and most prestigious golf tournament for women in this part of Europe, we have our part in chess tournaments, because as you know chess is a royal and noble game, and also for several years we have been supporting various sailing events. Sailing is simply a beautiful sport. We are glad that we have a custody of the event, which will attract the most distinguished sailors from all over the continent to Gdansk. We like to engage in initiatives not only beautiful, top notch but spectacular and unique. The sailors’ maritime championship is not the first undertaking in Gdańsk in which we are involved. We are a partner of the Baltic Opera for which we received the title Splendor Gedanensis, patron of culture. We value Gdansk very much and are happy to participate in local sports and cultural initiatives.”
Bogusław Witkowski talked, among others, about the formula in which the championship will be played, as well as about the event immediately preceding the struggle for the title of the best crews of the old continent – Granaria ORC Polish Nationals Gdańsk in 2017, which will take place on 21-23 of July.
“Based on the experience of many countries using their own racing coefficients, we have decided that the ORC formula is the most fair,” explained Witkowski. ”It allows you to optimize yacht measurements to compensate for the chances of all pursuing individuals, regardless of their length and sail area. In addition, this formula requires that all persons taking part in the regattas are equipped with rescue measures. This is an extra load on the yacht, but we must take care that sailors can enjoy sports participation without worrying about their safety. And as for the July regatta, we decided to add an element that was not in the previous European Championship ORC. In addition to fighting for the title of individual champion of the continent, we are introducing a category of team champion, a sort of cup of nations. We also want to take care of the club ties of individual crews and their units. Therefore, in the Polish Championship, each club can issue any number of yachts, and the final classification will include the results of the two best gears of each crew. In this way we will select a team master on the national backyard. At the European Championship the system envisages the classification of national teams that have at least four yachts. Of the thirteen countries that have so far registered for these races, nine will issue the required number of crews.”
Tuesday’s conference in Gdansk hotel “Królewski” was also an opportunity to honor the winner of the competition to design the statuette of the European Championship, and that is Edyta Szalewska from Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. The winner received a check for PLN 3,000 from the sponsor of the competition, the Polish Casting Group. The check was handed over by the PGO marketing manager, Ewelin Neska.
”I am a student of a university in Gdansk and graduated from a high school in the field of metalwork” said Edyta Szalewska. “I was always interested in designing medals and statues. That’s why I decided to try myself at the competition. My project is an artistic reproduction of the sails, the surface of the canvas, the proverbial wind in the sails but with the silhouette of the sailor hidden. To conclude, I wanted to show the man’s relationship with the yacht he’s on.”
So far, 92 crews have declared participation in this year’s European Championship, but the start list will not be closed until July 15th. On 14th July we will know the names of all the sailors taking part in the regatta. The race town will be located along Szafarnia Street, where the Gdańsk Marina is located. The regatta facilities will be located in the parking area at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Ołowianka.
Text by Dariusz Olejniczak