The largest student sporting event in Europe, the 45th Annual EDHEC Sailing Cup, has invited U.S. collegiate and graduate sailors to compete. The regatta will take place from April 19-27, 2013 in Port du Moulin Blanc, Brest, France.
Bringing together more than 3,000 students representing 22 countries, the EDHEC Sailing Cup will consist of coastal and tactical one-design and French HN racing class competition. The regatta is organized by EDHEC Business School students.
“The EDHEC Sailing Cup remains a pioneer in high-level competitions since the beginning in 1969 and remains an event organized by students for students,” said François Gabart, Vendée Globe skipper and patron of last year’s Cup.
Recently onboard as a patron for 2013 is Anna Tunnicliffe, US Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Laser Radial 2008 Olympic Games, who said, "The mental aspect of tactical racing ...that is what is most challenging. The EDHEC Cup has both the test of tactical skill and coastal legs. You’re always thinking two or three steps ahead, and adding the international benefit of an event like the EDHEC Sailing Cup--that is unique!”
The regatta is open to all one-design monohull racing classes including Grand Surprise, J/80, Open 5.7 and Longtze, as well as monohull boats that belong to the French HN classes with a rating between 14 and 33.5, and an overall length between 8 meters (approx. 26.25 ft) and 16 meters (52.5 ft).
The EDHEC Cup is an environmentally responsible event, improving its carbon footprint each year. In recent years, Land and Kite Trophy events for kite surfers have added to the schedule.
To learn more about this year’s regatta, visit EDHEC Sailing Cup’s website
Photos courtesy of EDHEC Sailing Cup