Welcome to Travemuende, the pearl of Luebeck on the German Baltic coast, where the O’pen Skiff European Championships have had the honour to be invited to be part of an historic sailing event, the Travemunder Woche, one of Europe’s biggest sail boat gatherings, now 130 years old.

Thousands of boats and sailing people for sure, but much more than that, it’s a ten day festival of sport, art, culture and cuisine on dry land, and a veritable “Festiventu” out on the water.

Around 2000 sail boats will be gathering for the occasion, with various class regattas, among them 87 O’pen Skiffs, a decent sized presence for this increasingly popular class of sailing aimed specifically at giving youngsters the best chance possible of experiencing the joy of sailing, and ensuring that everyone is competing equally on the same excellent equipment.