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IDA continues to develop the Grade 1 circuit

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:46 am
by IDA
In recent weeks and months there has been a lot of discussion among the sailors on the Grade 1 circuit about the future of Grade 1 events in Europe, and many ideas have been put forward.
The principles of decision making for the Grade 1 by the IDA are based on sound conservatism with regard to what works well, balanced with a desire to adopt new formats and venues that will enhance the attractiveness and reputation of the class.
That’s why the Officers are announcing a new format of Grade 1 events in Europe in 2019.
The Grade 1 circuit in Europe will be based on 4 events.
In addition there will be a final (format TBD) which will form part of the last event of the series. The eligible participants for the final (number TBD) will be the best sailors from 4 events with one discard. There will be a quota for overall and Corinthian sailors , plus a very limited number of wild cards.
The winning boat (skipper) of the finals (overall and Corinthians) will be the Winner of the Dragon European Grade 1 Cup and will be awarded with perpetual prizes (sponsors welcomed)
The selection of the venues will combine the traditional Grade 1 clubs with the demand from sailors to sail at the best venues at the best time of the year.
In order to achieve the best venue selection and race format / organisation the IDA is proposing the creation of a Sailors (or Owners) Committee (SC) within the IDA structure (similar to the TC). The SC will have a consulting role in the process but the decision on venue and time remains with the IDA Officers. The SC will be selected by the IDA Officers in a way to be determined. Members will be active sailors on the Grade 1 Circuit. The SC will have a Chairman who will report to the IDA Officers. This proposal will be put to the AGM by the officers in 2018.
The Grade 1 schedule for 2019 reflects the schedule for major events (WC in Fremantle in January, GC in Medemblik in June and 90 years jubilee regatta in Cannes in September) and consists of: 1. Cannes 03-06.04. / 2. Cascais 01-04.05. / 3. Kuhlungsborn 03-06.07/ 4. Palma de Mallorca 04-09.11 (four days of Grade 1 and two days for the final (TBD))
The IDA will try to undertake all available measures to provide the best possible race management and onshore activities - within available budgets - and awaits best possible support from the Sailors Committee to be formed in autumn 2018 after AGM meeting.
IDA Secretary