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President’s 33rd Letter – 26/01/2024January 26, 2024
This year’s EUROSAF Race Officials Exchange Programme Meeting took place last weekend in Limassol, Cyprus. The Cyprus Sailing Federation had invited EUROSAF and all European Race Officials’ delegates for their annual exchange meeting to allocate the spots for Race Officials at sailing events on the continent for 2024. Representatives from 27 European countries attended the meeting.
234 RO spots in 121 events
All in all, 121 events in 24 member countries were entered, 234 spots to be filled. At the end of the meeting 158 of them were allocated, remaining spots are expected to be awarded in the next weeks.
The first of the events will be the Eurocup 29er at the beginning of February in Spain, the last entered event will be the New Year regatta in Croatia.
“We continue to see great interest in this unique international exchange for race officials and positions to be filled. It also proves that the face-to-face meeting is very important to achieve the best results, even in our digital age. At the same time, the programme shall be further expanded in order to create even greater benefits for the participants.”, EUROSAF President Josep M. Pla said after the conference.
In the subsequent workshop, there was a lively exchange based on feedback from the delegates in order to support further development and expansion of the programme. The Race Officials Meeting was rounded off with a presentation of the peace-building project “Winds of Change” by Sophia Papamichalopoulos, sailing around the divided island of Cyprus with a bi-communal crew of Greek and Turkish Cypriots together. At the end of the successful weekend, a closing dinner was held at the invitation of the Cyprus Sailing Federation.
The next Race Officials Exchange Programme Meeting shall take place in January 2025. The venue has not yet been decided. If your Federation is interested in hosting the event, please contact EUROSAF’s secretary general.
EUROSAF thanks the Cyprus Sailing Federation for the invitation, the Federation’s team for the organization, and all participants for this great meeting. Thanks also go Nino Shmueli and Anastasia Weinberger for leading through the allocation process.