On Saturday, 22th July, sailors competed on 40 and 50 nautical miles long offshore races (bigger and faster yachts on the longer one).
First boats arrived at the finish line approx. 8 hours after the signal, and the whole fleet returned to the Marina Gdansk at 8 p.m. According to member of the Jury Team, Bartosz Gruszka, performance of Polish Crews during last three days of the Championships promises a lot before the Dr Irena ORC European Championship Gdansk 2017.
- Tough rivalry is particularly visible in group D, where only Polish crews participate – he says – Admittedly, small boats from this group will not start in the Europeans but their gallantry and spirit is really impressive. In groups A, B and C, where bigger yachts race against one another, there are foreign crews which has occupied the podium so far. The results of the Poles, however, show us how our crews compare to the challengers from other European countries (taking the ORC rating into consideration), and what can be expected from them at the ORC Europeans.
Bartosz Gruszka expresses an opinion that foreign competitors of Granaria ORC PO Championship rate the Regatta in Gdansk, and their stay in the city, very highly.
- Being a member of Regatta Jury Committee, I must say, it is a great honour for me to participate in such a huge sailing competition – says our interlocutor. – Foreign crews must take a long delivery cruise to arrive in Gdansk and most of the sailors departed to Gdansk many days ago, for instance from the Souths of Europe. We do appreciate that and hence we try even harder to ensure that everything goes perfectly well. As far as we know, everyone has been very satisfied with the overall course of the event so far. For instance, the chairwomen of the Jury Team, whose country of origin is Spain, and who is an International Regatta Judge, admits that the event is organized in a world – class manner.
Bartosz Gruszka also mentions that all the crews pay attention to all the safety requirements. – Most of the sailors care about their safety and wear life jackets. It handicaps the motion of the sailors on the boats but everyone deals with this problem very well.
Kajetan Kilanowski, on yacht “Purga”, raced on the longer offshore course today. He agreed to share his impression with us.
- It was absolutely fantastic – says Kilanowski, one of the representative of the sailing family from Gdynia – The breeze was beautiful today, I tried as hard as I could to accelerate the boat but our 7.5 knots on average wasn’t just enough. We finished last. We do not really mind this result, however, as we are happy that we had an opportunity to participate. On Sunday we will do our best to finish higher – he adds.
On Sunday, 23th July, two additional inshore races are planned, and then the Closing Ceremony of Granaria ORC Polish Open Championships Gdansk 2017 which starts at 7 in the evening.
On Tuesday 25th July, Dr Irena Eris ORC European Championship Gdansk 2017 starts. Half of the crews has already parked their machines in the Gdansk Marina. We asked the crew of the German yacht “Edelweiss” about their expectations before the Championships.
- We are here for the very first time, we do not know the waters but we count on the first place in group B – they say.
Danish Crew from “Min IDE”, also competing in group B, is more reserved in expressing their expectations. – Our goal is to finish tenth or higher – says one of the crew members, Anders Sabra – We participated in the Worlds which were held in Copenhagen last year and we finished at the tenth place. We have little experience on sailing on the Polish basins but we are happy to be here. Your marina is a beautiful and cozy place – perfect for organizing the European Championships – he finishes.