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OPENING CEREMONY LAUNCHES 2018 470 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

17 May 2018

Racing at the opening 470 Class Championship of the 2018 season kicks off on Saturday 19 May at the Port Bourgas Yacht Club, Bulgaria.

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2018 470 Open European Championship
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The 470 Class makes a welcome return to Bulgaria after last visiting in 2015 for the 470 Junior European Championships. Many of the young faces racing back then have racked up a Rio 2016 Olympic appearance and established themselves as proven front runners in the senior racing circuit.

The fleet also counts plenty of talent from the Rio 2016 Games, alongside reigning 470 World and European Champions, and lots of young stars from the 470 junior fleets. With the first shot at Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification fast approaching, at the Hempel Sailing World Championships in August, teams are keen to lay down their marker in the fleet pecking order and assert themselves high in contention to secure one of the coveted Olympic Qualification places.

The 2018 470 European Championship formally got underway at tonight’s Opening ceremony held at the Sea Garden, with sailors welcomed alongside local dignatries, coaches, race officials and a team of volunteers. Dimitris Dimou, President of the International 470 Class, welcomed sailors and wished everyone a fantastic week of racing, before declaring the European Championship open. Bulgarian hospitality was next on the programme with a display of traditional folk dancing, followed by a cocktail reception overlooking the water.

Friday 18 May is the final day of registration and measurement and the practice race opportunity. Racing starts on Saturday 19 May, with an 11 race series through until Wednesday 23 May, from which the top ten advance to the podium deciding medal race on Thursday 24 May. Forecasts are pitching the breeze towards the strong end of the scale, perfect race track conditions for 470 sailors.

USEFUL LINKS
Championship Website - 2018europeans.470.org
Entry Lists - 2018europeans.470.org/en/default/races/race-inscriptions
Official Noticeboard - 2018europeans.470.org/en/default/toa/race
Results - 2018europeans.470.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall
Video Highlights - www.facebook.com/pg/470olympicsailing/videos

HOW TO FOLLOW THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Photo Service – Nikos Alevromytis will provide daily photo galleries in high and low resolution and provided on a daily basis free of rights for editorial use only. Team photo requests for editorial use should be made to: alen@alen.gr

All images used should include the official photograph credit as per the photo. You can find photos at the following links:

Championship Website: 2018europeans.470.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/470-Olympic-Sailing

Video – ICARUS Sports is the official TV production and distribution company for the Championship. Videos will be published on Facebook and YouTube

ICARUS will produce daily highlights videos for social media and websites. A selection of raw footage, sailor interviews for TV and Olympic teams may be available on request, subject to priority and time commitments. Please send requests to jason@icarus-sports.com and manager@470.org

Videos will be available to download from the following server options:

ICARUS SERVER VIA BROWSER:
TO BE CONFIRMED

ICARUS SERVER VIA FTP:
TO BE CONFIRMED

Press Releases – daily press releases will be published on the Championship website and distributed.

Social – you can follow the 470 World Championship on:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/470-Olympic-Sailing
Twitter - www.twitter.com/470Sailing
YouTube - www.youtube.com/470OlympicSailing

Get social using #470Euros #470Class

For further information please contact the 470 Class Manager, Luissa Smith: manager@470.org

SCHEDULE
11 races will take place over one race course, from which the top ten teams in the men’s and women’s fleets will advance to the Medal Races on Thursday 23 May.

16-18 May 2018 - Measurement/Registration
19-23 May 2018 - 11 Race Series
24 May 2018 - Medal Races, Closing Ceremony/Prize Giving

Writer: Luissa Smith

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