2014 Europeans – Cascais, Portugal
I have just returned from a week’s holiday in Cascais and had a great time. I believe this would be a great venue to host the 2014 European Championships. It offers everything people have been mentioning over the last couple of weeks on the blog, in terms of: sailing, social, family etc.
Whilst we were there we spent time on the beach, a day in Lisbon, went sailing (in a Dragon, having done the winter series down there recently), and a spot of golf.
Having spoken to Bruno at the club he said that there was definitely the appetite to host such an event. He has also sent me the attached presentation that makes for exciting reading. What we also discussed was the possibility of a loan or charter boat to a local team. This will both encourage the Portuguese to get involved but also increase the press coverage if there is interest in a local boat.
Here are just of the reasons I believe Cascais would be a great choice.
- Clube Naval de Cascais (http://www.cncascais.com/index.php?lang=en)
- Beautiful coastal town, everything is within walking distance
- Lots of bars and restaurants in the town centre (very reasonably priced – can even pick up a beer for €1-2)
- Weather is perfect in July/ August – around 25-30⁰C, with winds typically 15-25 knots from the NW
- Wide & expansive tidal sailing area
- Choice of two sailing areas (c.15-30 sail from the club) – one is windier with waves, and the other flatter and more shifty
- 2x cranes; 2x launching ramps; marina; sheltered moorings
- CNC can provide both safety boats and marklayers, with both Committee and Pin-end boats
- Hotel Baia (http://www.hotelbaia.com/en/) among others, huge choice across all budgets
- Camping site near Guincho beach
- Camper vans are permitted to park outside the club
- The entry-fee should cover all technical aspects on the water
- Sponsorship from the local municipality should cover the on-shore hospitality (probably the best happy hours around!)
Previous big events:
- 2013 Dragon Europeans; SB20 Portuguese Nationals; RC44 Cup to name but a few
Logistics and transportation:
- Nearest airport: Lisbon (less than an hours drive or an hour on the train (great views from train))
- Ferries: Portsmouth to Santander/ Bilbao (2 sailings per week) (c24 hour crossing) – then c.8 hour drive to Cascais
- Abundance of golf courses (10 nearby); lots of bars and restaurants; beaches (2-3 in Cascais); close to Estoril
Ed Note : This venue is extremely popular with the European Dragon Fleet who start the Season’s program at Cascais each year…