fbl open orc regattas ssc/first-18

GoSAILING WEEK 2019 over the finish line – see you in 2020

For the whole 10 days our team was laying the marks, publishing regatta documents, organizing social events – all together it ran 3 sailing events:
– Val Navtika Cup 2019 (24.-25. Aug 2019),
– 2nd Seascape/First18 European Chamiponship (28.-31. Aug 2019) ,
– Fireball Open National Championship 2019 (30. Aug – 01. Sep 2019).

From what we heard from the competitors, we again succeeded in our primary goal: to make it a great event for the sailors. When in the end, all cooked up from the heat and with dark circles under eyes, you get a smile and a thank you from the competitors, that’s it – you know you’ve done it well.

The weather was not all that much on our side – incredible heat and thus not much wind were the landmarks of the happening on water, however it was just enough wind to set the racing courses through all three events and have most of the water-schedule covered. The only exception was on Friday, the penultimate day of the Europeans, when a week bora kicked in and made the fights on water a bit more interesting.

Val Navtika Cup was sailed in Izola by classes Ceascape/First18, Open and ORC and joined sailors from 5 countries (AUT, GBR, ITA, SRB, SLO). It was a sort of a warm-up for SSC/First18 fleet, which afterwards moved to Portorož and raced in European Championship during next week and an opening regatta for classes Open and ORC, starting the autumn regatta season.

Open European Championship in class SSC/First18 was entered by 25 crews from 8 countries (AUT, CRO, CZE, GBR, GER, SRB, SVK, SLO), also last year’s and the first ever SSC18 European Champions: Mitja Margon with his daughters Urška and Sara Margon (ŠD GoSAILING).

The entry number was a bit less than expected, but just enough to has satisfied the World Sailing conditions to make it a valid championship for the official European Champion title, which was unbeatably won by team Dejan Presen and Denes Szilagyi (JK Mipc) – they scored first places only and in the end not sailed the last two regattas, as they did not have to due to scoring system applied.
Dejan Presen: “We have sailed an excellently organized second European Championship in class Seascape/First 18. Our team has sailed perfectly, we were really competitive, retained great boat speed throughout the whole championship and finally won all the regattas we have sailed. We are leaving this championship with a perfect score, despite the presence of a few very good teams, who in the end motivated us even more
Silver medal was won by Blaž Kmetec and Jure Jerkovič (ŠD Gibanca) and the bronze went into the hands of father-son team Jure and Urban Jerman (JK Pirat).
4 racing days (Wed-Sat) plan included technical windward-leeward races (max 11) with a possibility of 2 offshore races (sailed in the same day) and evening Social program with Opening Ceremony, 3×3 Basketball tournament (in the end the winners were Team SRB), Live concert with the wild KiNG FOO band and Closing Ceremony with Havana Party.
In the end 8 tech races were sailed and 2 offshore (from Portorož to Izola and back on Thursday).

Shore basis of the championship was for the very first time the Center of Portorož – new also for us – the organizers. It was a sort of a trial venue for the biggest event next year – the 44 Cup.  Yes, black beauties are returning to Portorož 🙂

This championship was an important event also from another aspect – it was the European launch of the HARKEN DERM cosmetics, created and dedicated to sailors, with a great respect for the environment.
The founder of HARKEN DERM, a distinguished dermatologist and university professor Dr. Edit Olasz Harken, MD has personally delivered a set of All Mineral Sunscreen & After Sun Lotion for every team.
She came together with her husband, a living legend of the sailing world, Mr. Peter Harken, the cofounder (with his brother Olaf) of the world best sailing gear HARKEN Inc., who handed over the HARKEN prizes to the winners of the 3×3 Basketball Tournament – to the Serbian team.
We will present HARKEN DERM more in detail in one of our next posts.

By the end of GoSAILING WEEK also the fleet of 9 Fireballs from CZE and SLO joined in and fought for the National Champion title, who was won by Mitja Nemec and Jerneja Škof (JK Fireball). It was their first ever title. The winner of the Open National Championship was a Czech crew Johanka Napravnikova Koranova, Jakub Napravnik Koran.

The GoSAILING WEEK 2019 has ended on Sunday, September 01 – not to mention, that we had moderate bora wind kicking in just the next day 😉

Mitja Margon, Event Coordinator from ŠD GoSAILING, who attended Val NAvtika Cup and European Championship as both – the competitor and organizer, commented the past 10 days: “We are closing a hard working week, also due to the extreme heat, which also influenced the wind and I believe we can be pretty lucky to have fulfilled the majority of the racing schedule. Of course we have wished for a bit better wind conditions, which would create better sailing conditions also for heavier crews, but as for the wind – we have what we get. The novelty was the new location and we welcomed a few new team members, but in the end everything went by smoothly. The best  teams have won and my congratulations go to all of them. What pleases us most is the feed-back of the competitors on the whole happening, especially from those, who traveled a long way. Happy sailors are the biggest reward to all of us – for those on the water, caring to assure the fairest racing conditions for all and those on shore, taking over the social program and back office“.

Dear Sailors, thank you all again for coming and sailing the second European Championship again in Portorož.
We wish to thank also the Class Seascape/First18 for trusting us with organization.

Dear Sponsors and Partners: title sponsor HARKEN DERM, HARKEN Inc., Okolje Piran, Lifeclass Hotels, Tourist Board Portorož, Luka Koper Foundation “Živeti s pristaniščem”, VSR ribs, JK Pirat and Sailing Point Store, thank you all for your understanding and support.

In the end our big Thank You goes to our members and all friends who took part in the organization team. Each and one of you have contributed to the event.

Photos are available in our GALLERY.


2nd Seascape/First 18 European Championship:
1. SLO 080 // Dejan Presen, Deni Szilagyi (JK Mipc, 8 points)
2. SLO 315 // Blaž Kmetec, Jure Jerkovič (ŠD Gibanca, 30 points)
3. SLO 128 // Jure Jerman, Urban Jerman (JK Pirat, 38 points)

Fireball National Championship 2019
1. SLO 14492 // Mitja Nemec, Jerneja Škof (JK Fireball, 24 points)
2. SLO 14252 // Jaka Kralj, Andrej Markota (BD Sidro, 32 points)
3. Domen Medved, Živa Kuntarič (JK Živaana, 36 points)

Val Navtika Cup – Seascape/First 18
1. SLO 149 // Marandica // Mitja Margon, Bojan Volčič (ŠD GoSAILING, 4 points)
2. SLO 080 // Blue Sardina II // Dejan Presen, Deni Szilagyi (JK Mipc, 4 points)
3. SRB 344 // Generali PST Racing // Goran Stevanovic, Nikola Marjanovic, Milica Dukic (JK Ada, 11 points)

Val Navtika Cup – Open
1. SLO 6673 // Adriatic Europa // Dušan Puh (JK Piranski zaliv, 3 points)
2. SLO 4144 // SCORPIO 44 // Iztok KRUMPAK (JK Izola, 5 points)
3. SLO 4150 // TAIA 2 & WHITE GOOSE // Goran DJORDJEVIC (JK Loka Timing, 9 points)

Val Navtika Cup – ORC
1. SLO 4150 // TAIA 2 & WHITE GOOSE // Goran DJORDJEVIC // ARYA 415 MOD. (JK Loka Timing, 9 points)
2. SLO 391 // LITTLE BIG MAN // Ales ZUPANC // MELGES 24 OD (JK Maestral, 6 points)
3. SLO 3839 // AURORA PIRNAR // Igor ORLOV // X-35 OD MOD. (JK Nasa, 8 points)