On Friday July 21st the rivalry of sailors will begin as part of the Granaria Polish ORC Nationals Gdansk 2017. Several dozens Polish and foreign crews will fight for the championship, and the winners of the competition will be announced on July 23rd.
Within the championship five races are planned. The first two short ones will take place on Friday at 11AM in the area of the pier in Gdansk-Brzeźno. The rivalry will be watched from the nearby beach. On Saturday will be held one long race, which will also start from the pier area at 11AM. On Sunday, two short races will be held again, the closing ceremony of the race and the medal ceremony best crew will start at 7PM in the Gdansk marina. In this year’s Polish Championship competition will be held in four groups: A, B, C and D, depending on the ORC rating of the yacht. In addition, yachts will also be rewarded in clubs classification.
Located on Szafarnia Street 6 Marina Gdansk will host all sailors during the inauguration of the Polish Nationals on Thursday, July 20th, at 7PM. It will also be a mooring area for yachts taking part in the regatta. Thanks to this location, tourists and residents of Gdansk will be able to watch the units sailing in the morning along Długie Pobrzeza to reach the starting point of the races and returning to the dock after about 6PM. The regatta village will be open to the spectators from 9AM to 7PM. They will be able to take a look behind the scenes of the regatta, watch the yachts taking part in the championships, maybe talk to the sailors, and the attractions will begin on Thursday, July 20th at 6.30PM with the concert of group ”Atlantyda”.
The Polish Nationals, whose titular sponsor is the Granaria Company, is for many crews a warm-up before the next sailing event. Monday 24th July will be the first day of Dr Irena Eris ORC European Championship Gdansk 2017 – European championship in maritime sailing, but the inaugural races will begin on Tuesday July 25th. Similarly as during the Polish Nationals, the area of the competition will be the Bay of Gdańsk in the area of the pier in Brzeźno, and the regatta village will be located near Gdansk Marina.
Nearly one hundred crews from all over the continent have joined the European Championships. Competition is really strong, because the start has announced, among others, last year’s winner in group C, Estonians on “Katariina II” yacht with skipper Aivare Tuulberg. Similarly to the previous year in Greece, in Gdansk competition will be conducted in three groups – A, B and C depending on the rating of the yacht. Apart from individual titles, competition in the ME will be held in the classification of countries (Tournament of Nations) in the European Championship.
At the Polish and European Championships Gdańsk will host over 800 sailors from all over the continent. On the starting list of the European Championship there are more than 90 crews from over a dozen countries, including 20 Polish crews,. More than 50 crews, including 34 foreign crews, registered for the Polish championship. Competitors will start on yachts from 33 ft (10 m) to 54 ft (about 17 m).