This weekend saw the annual Sopot Cat Cup event at the home of Polish cat sailing, in Sopot. Jacek Noetzel reports.
On June 5-6, the Sopot Catamaran Cup regatta, organized by the NAVIGO Student Sports Club, took place in Sopot. More than forty catamarans presented themselves on the water in fine weather. The competitors competed in four classes: A-class, Open, Hobie Cat 16, Hobie Cat 14. In the Open Class, which raced according to the Texel conversion rate, the following boat classes also competed: Nacra 15, Formula 18, Tornado, Topcat K1, Flying Phanton. On Saturday, before the race, there was a catamaran parade at the Sopot pier. as we did at the 2017 Worlds. Thanks to the high attendance of Hobie Cat, the sails were especially colorful.
The wind was 5-8 knots. All scheduled races were played, 6 for each class.
In the Open class, the winners were experienced sailors from Formula 18 Michał Surowiec and Jerzy Białek from UKS NAVIGO. Pola Szadziul and Szymon Cierzan from UKS NAVIGO on the Nacra 15 catamaran won the Open Youth category. In the Hobie Cat 16 class, the crew from Port Mechelinki club - Iga Saj and Maksymilian Nadolski - won the overall and youth classification. In the Hobie Cat 14 class, the first place was taken by Paweł Janusz from PHCA. The current bronze medalist of the World Championships, Tymoteusz Bendyk from UKS NAVIGO, won the A-class.
The regatta was included in the Polish Catamaran Cup and was held under the patronage of the City of Sopot and under the auspices of the Polish Sailing Association. The next regatta organized by UKS NAVIGO will be held on July 3-4, it will be the Sopot Optimist Cup, and on August 20-22 we invite you to Sopot for the Polish Catamaran Championship.
1. Tymek Bendyk
2. Marcin Badzio
3. Marcin Kamiński
Photos from Rafał Czepułkowski at Fotosurf