President’s 27th Letter - 28/03/2022

Dear friends,

What a change have we seen since my previous message! We were hoping to come out of the pandemic and heading into “normal” times, even to meet personally after two years, and we have sadly and revoltingly witnessed how thirst for power and boundless ambition, threats and ruthlessness, antagonising and forced enrolment bring not only havoc and disruption, but death and desolation. What is humanity to do of such people, who surf the suffering of others to expand their power?

War in Ukraine

On news of the aggression in Ukraine, the Executive Board issued a statement, following the guidelines issued by the IOC and World Sailing and later ratified by the General Assembly.

We are in close contact with our sailing friends in Ukraine and ready to help them in any way we can. EUROSAF waived both the membership fee for the Sailing Federation of Ukraine and the entry fee for Ukrainian sailors in EUROSAF events in 2022 and we stand ready to help youth Ukrainian sailors currently in different places in Europe. Despite the irreparable damage inflicted to Ukraine and its people and the terrible news reaching us daily, the Executive Board looks forward to peace returning immediately and to sailing resuming in friendly competition, but is ready to amend EUROSAF’s statement following any new IOC and World Sailing guidelines, in the strong belief that acting in line with the sports community will enhance our common response that discussion and negotiation rather than exclusion and termination of communication are the correct ways to bridge gaps, however wide.

2022 Ordinary General Assembly

The meeting took place online on 12 March 2022, after the Executive Board evaluated the situation created by war in Ukraine and after receiving requests from Members. Sadly, for a third year in a row, it was not possible to meet personally and benefit from the invitation of the Croatian Sailing Federation in Zagreb (Croatia).

The General Assembly welcomed the North Macedonia Sailing Federation as a new EUROSAF Member. The 2021 accounts and the 2022 budget were approved. Yiannos Photiou (CYP) finished his term as auditor and Wolfgang Mayrhofer (AUT) was appointed as new auditor. The next meeting is to convene in Rome, Italy, on 11 March 2023, and the following in Budapest, Hungary (dates TBC). As pointed out above, the General Assembly ratified the EUROSAF statement issued on 3 March 2022 and gave the Executive Board authority to amend and to terminate it according to the development of the situation and to IOC and WS recommendations. Tomasz Chamera (POL) and Özlem Akdurak (TUR), World Sailing vice-presidents, were in attendance and Tomasz addressed the meeting in representation of the World Sailing Board.

In line with its long standing commitment towards knowledge, unity, and trust as EUROSAF long-term goals, the Executive Board thanks all delegates who took part constructively in the discussions, who brought their views on promoting our sport and on expanding its reach, who support EUROSAF efforts, and who reject those who surf the suffering of other people to expand their power.


The presentations prepared for the General Assembly have been reformatted as webinars to allow all Members to take part in and benefit from them. The schedule is as follows:

  • 30/03/2022: Express Sailing by Alexandru Micu, vice-president of EUROSAF.
  • 20/04/2022: VolunSail by Anna Kuder (POL), project chair.
  • 18/05/2022: School Sailing Program by Marco Predieri, vice-president of EUROSAF, and Walter Cavallucci (ITA), World Sailing Group D Council Member.
  • 15/06/2022: DigiSail by Grzegorz Botwina (POL), project chair, and Annika Ekman (SWE), vice-president of the Swedish Sailing Federation.

All webinars will be at 1700 CET and will be conducted by Pınar Coşkuner Genç, first vice-president of EUROSAF, with the assistance of the EUROSAF Office. Register for each webinar by sending an email with the webinar date or title to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration will close a day before the webinar. The invitation link will be sent on the day of the webinar around noon.

2022 EUROSAF Events

Scheduled EUROSAF Events in 2022 are the following:

  • EUROSAF Mixed Offshore European Championship: La Maddalena to Genoa (Italy) from 10 to 15 May;
  • EUROSAF 2.4mR European Championship: Saint-Pierre Quiberon, France, from 15 to 20 May;
  • EUROSAF Inclusive European Championship (multiclass): Traunsee (Austria) from 2 to 6 June;
  • EUROSAF Match Racing, Youth European Championship: Lago di Ledro (Italy) from 9 to 12 June;
  • EUROSAF Match Racing, Open European Championship: Ravenna (Italy) from 22 to 26 June;
  • EUROSAF Bénéteau First 27 SE & Seascape27 European Single-handed Championship: from 14 to 18 September in Svendborg, Denmark, as part of the Silverrudder race;
  • EUROSAF Match Racing, Women’s European Championship: Corfu (Greece) from 12 to 16 October.

The EUROSAF Sailing Champions League (formerly the EUROSAF Club Sailing Championship) is still open for bids. Contact the secretary general to host it. First come first served!

The event lists of the EUROSAF 420 European Cup and the EUROSAF Inclusive Cup sailed in 2.4mR boats have been published and a new EUROSAF Mediterranean Mixed Offshore Series, encompassing all EUROSAF-supported mixed offshore events, and a new EUROSAF Kite Series Spain are being set up. Stay tuned! The ranking that goes with EUROSAF Cups and Series is a valuable service we are offering sailors who attend the events; it promotes participation and gives more value to sailors, classes, and organizing authorities without adding events to the calendar. EUROSAF Cups are open to all classes wishing to link events spread throughout Europe.

Organizers setting up EUROSAF Events are eager to run successful, memorable events and want their efforts to benefit as many European sailors as possible. Please pass this information to people in charge in your Federation and support the events by sending teams and sailors to participate. Take part and spread the word!

2023 EUROSAF Events

Bids received for EUROSAF Events in 2023 are the following (all places and dates TBC):

  • EUROSAF Match Racing, Youth European Championship: Nantes, France, from 28 April to 1 May;
  • EUROSAF Match Racing, Open European Championship: Corfu, Greece, from 10 to 14 May or from 4 to 8 October;
  • EUROSAF Mixed Offshore European Championship: The Hague, Netherlands, from 23 to 29 May;
  • EUROSAF Match Racing, Women’s European Championship: location and dates to be decided.

Only two 2023 EUROSAF Events are still open for bids: the EUROSAF Sailing Champions League and the multiclass EUROSAF Inclusive European Championship. Contact the secretary general to host any of them.

Para Sailing

Support World Sailing, EUROSAF, and Members’ efforts to reinstate sailing at the program of the Paralympic Games by informing your sailors and sending your teams to EUROSAF Inclusive Events:

  • 2022 EUROSAF Inclusive European Championship (multiclass): Traunsee (Austria) from 2 to 6 June;
  • EUROSAF 2.4mR European Championship: Saint-Pierre Quiberon, France, from 15 to 20 May;
  • 2022 EUROSAF Inclusive Cup, sailed in 2.4mR boats;

and by bidding for the 2023 multiclass EUROSAF Inclusive European Championship.

Fight thirst for power and boundless ambition by staying united and keeping communication channels open with all those who work inclusively for sailing in Europe and beyond.

Best regards, 

Josep M. PLA