- 02 July 2013 | Windsurfing
An RS:X and RS:One invasion is expected in Brest, as the 2013 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships and RS:One European Championships hit France.
Three major competitions in the same regatta field. The 2013 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships, the RS:X Open Youth European Windsurfing Championships and the RS:One European Championships will run from the 30th June to 7th July.
Up to 270 athletes from 38 different countries will gather in the Port du Moulin, with 240 competing in the RS:X Olympic Class and 30 in the RS:One Class.
In the Men's RS:X competition, Przemysław Miarczyński will defend his 2012 title, but competition will be fierce as British World Champion Nick Dempsey will be in Brest with a firm intention to add the 2013 European title to his list of achievements.
The level of the fleet is high with last year's podium reunited - both Byron Kokkalanis and Piotr Myszka aiming to improve their performances.
Bryony Shaw will make sure to give rival Maayan Davidovich a run for her money. Charline Picon knows the Brest waters very well as she won her French title here, as well as her European Vice-Champion title, in 2008.
She will be one to watch as are Blanca Mancho, Flavia Tartaglini, winner of the last Eurosaf Cup and the winner of last year's Youth European Championships, Veronica Fanciulli.
Thirty competitors are expected in the RS:One Class. A cosmopolitan fleet will be on the start lines with athletes from European countries such as Italy, Poland and Turkey as well as from further afield with sailors from Tunisia, Singapore or New Zealand.