Sopot: where kitesurfers and windsurfers make peace

The 2011 European Course Racing Championships will be held during Ergo Hestia Cup, in Sopot, Poland, from the 26th to 30th July. The best kitesurfers from the old continent will join another sailing competition: the Formula Windsurfing Polish Open, a very competitive contest.

At the same time, kitesufers and windsurfers join forces to plea for a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro. Instead of fighting each other, both sports gather efforts to try to make history.

The Sopot Sailing Club Ergo Hestia is one of the biggest windsurfing clubs in Europe. Established in 1983 now counts as many as 300 members, both amateurs and professional sailors. The club’s competitors are the winners of European and World Junior, Youth, Senior and Master Championships.

Przemysław Miarczyński has for many years been on top of Olympic Windsurfing, being both European and World Champion. He competed three times in the Olympic Games and has been top ranked in ISAF Sailor ranking for a large part of his career.

Sopot Sailing Club Ergo Hestia Sopot is a very good place for sport and for recreation. Situated on the beach of Sopot, but in the middle of Tri City agglomeration (Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot) it offers many possibilities – beach, wind, sun and sea.

During the regatta itself we can expect a lot of excitement. The competitors will not only compete for world ranking points and European and Polish Championship titles but also for prize money which in total will sum up to 14,000 euros. One of the competitors who is eager to take part in the event is 3- time Formula Windsurfing World Champion – Marta Hlavaty.

"This season I’m coming back to windsurfing after a year break. Now I have two beautiful sons and a great husband. I can’t really judge what my chances are. The Polish Open, which will be joined with the Kiteboarding European Championships, will be a great and exciting event. I think the crowd will have a good time with attractive sailing on the water. I would like to invite everybody to the event and hope to be in good form and finish in the top 3", says Hlavaty.

Sopot Sailing Club Ergo Hestia is planning to make the event as attractive to spectators as possible with fan zones near Sopot pier and on Sopot’s beach. There will be numerous accompanying events including kiteboarders versus windsurfers and volleyball tournaments.