For O’pen BIC and Techno 293 One Design, BIC Sport’s two One Design classes, the business end of the season is fast approaching with two World Championships taking place in quick succession, just one day apart, at the end of July and beginning of August.
First up, it’s the O’pen BIC racers, who this year will be gathering in Arenys, just north of Barcelona, from 28th July to the 4th August for a week of great racing.
It starts on the 28th with the second round of this year’s Euro Challenge, an opportunity for competitors to stretch their sea legs a bit, and check over some of the opposition, before the main event. The World Championship itself starts with the first racing on 31st July. Among the 174 entrants from 15 different countries, it’s worth noting the presence of 2017 World Champion Mattias Coutts, and a strong-looking New Zealand team that will be coached by none other than Russell Coutts himself !
The French delegation comprises 50 youngsters, many of them coming hot-foot from the French Championships for their age group. After the French, the next biggest teams are the Spanish and Italian. And there’s a first ever appearance by China with their team of 7 racers…
Then on 4th August it’s Techno 293’s turn, with their World Championships getting underway in Liepaja in Latvia. At the same spot where the 2015 World Championship took place, the under 15s (U15) and under 17s (U17) will battle for honours along with the over 19s in the Techno PLUS class.
No less than 300 riders from 33 countries will race for glory on what is a fantastic stretch of water when the wind is well present. The strongest teams in terms of numbers will be the Italian, British, French, Polish, Japanese and Russian groups, but keep an eye on the Israelis, who dominated many of the podiums during the 2017 season.
The American continent is also well represented, by Peru, Argentina and of course, United States. It’s worth noting too the presence of a middle-eastern contingent, including Oman, Egypt and Algeria, which increases in size every year. The action starts on August 4th in Latvia.