President’s 11th Letter - 11/02/2019

Dear friends,


2018 was remarkable for sailing as a sport and 2019 got off to a wonderful start—or not. Some developments in 2018 point out to a clear need to strengthen good governance and early 2019 brought the sad news of Jeff Martin, sailing long-standing figure and friend, passing away, which we profoundly regret.

Notwithstanding, some positive developments have also taken place since December and some more are in view.


ROEP Meeting 2019

The Race Officials Exchange Programme meeting took place in Athens on January 12 under the generous invitation of the Hellenic Sailing Federation. Delegates from 25 EUROSAF Members took part in distributing 250 spots at 148 events in 29 countries. Check the summary report on EUROSAF’s website.


Sailing Top Seminar

As the first fruit of EUROSAF’s collaboration with Politecnico di Torino, January 16 and 17 saw the first Sailing Top Seminar imparted at Città Studi in Biella (Italy). This high level technical seminar was part of the Second Level Specializing Master in Sports Engineering started this year by Politecnico di Torino. Check the summary and the available presentations on EUROSAF’s website.


General Assembly 2019

Make your travel arrangements to attend the next General Assembly in Istanbul (Turkey) from April 12 to 14. The summary schedule is as follows:

  • Friday 12 (afternoon): Committees’ meetings
  • Saturday 13 (morning): formal General Assembly
  • Saturday 13 (afternoon): presentations from EUROSAF Committees and form IKA concerning a joint development project, and workshop about e-learning applied to sailing
  • Sunday 14 (morning): workshop about IT for Sailing, or how to make the most of your IT investments

We thus respond to the general demand from Members’ delegates last year, who requested to extend the duration of the annual meeting to allow for more time to discuss projects and, importantly, to network among themselves.

A GA 2021 bid is expected from Members, so come prepared!


2019 EUROSAF Events

Confirm your teams’ attendance to EUROSAF Events in 2019:

Event Where From To

European Club Championship

Ascona, Switzerland



Parasailing Europeans

Gmunden, Austria



Women Match Race Europeans

Ledro, Italy



Youth Match Race Europeans

Ledro, Italy



Open Match Race Europeans

Šibenik, Croatia



ROEP Meeting 2020

Dun Laoghaire, Ireland



General Assembly 2020

Zagreb, Croatia



Then bid for 2020 and 2021 events.


I look forward to meeting you in Istanbul for a friendly and fruitful meeting.


Best regards,


Josep M. PLA