Thursday, April 29, 2010

The 2010 Moth European Championships

The 2010 Moth European Championships will take place from August 15th to 21st on Lake Silvaplana in the Swiss Alps and will be sponsored by the Bank SYZ & CO.

The Moth European Championships will take place this year from August 15th to August 21st in the Swiss Alps near St-Moritz, on Silvaplana Lake, well-known for its exceptional wind conditions. The organizers are delighted to announce the Bank SYZ & CO as Title Sponsor. An idyllic setting and the “maloja” (regional strong thermal wind) will welcome the best Moths sailors of the world for a competition already foreseen as spectacular!

The Bank SYZ & CO, Title Sponsor

The Swiss Moth Association is pleased to announce that the Bank SYZ & CO, who is already supporting several racing boats as well as the Leman Sailing Speed Records on Lake Geneva, will be the Title Sponsor of the competition: “We have been supporting the sailing speed quest for many years and these amazing racing boats are the perfect expression of this search for performance, through technology, innovation and audacity”, says Ricardo Payro, Bank SYZ & CO Communication Director. “We are very pleased to give the public the opportunity to see the breathtaking show these sailing virtuosos from all around the world will offer in the enchanting setting of Silvaplana.”

Spectacular competition on an Alpine lake known for its exceptional wind!

The SYZ & CO 2010 EUROPEANS will be held from Sunday August 15th to Saturday August 21th in St-Moritz, one of the most beautiful ski resort in the world, famous for its social life, but also for its fabulous Upper Engadine lakes and mountains landscapes, equally amazing in summer and in winter.

The championship will begin on August 15th with an exciting race on St-Moritz lake: a “Dash for Cash” regatta, a sailing sprint with eliminatory runs, rewarded by a Prize Money. The show is guaranteed with an only leg with a windward start, spiced by 4 gybes, only a few meters from the shore.

The following day, the competitors will move a few kilometres further to Silvaplana lake. Located at an altitude of almost 2'000 meters, this lake is known for its crystal-clear water, and mainly for its constant thermal wind, called the maloja, reinforced by the shape of the valley especially in the summer.

As a reminder, the Moth is a small and extremely fast boat measuring 3.3 meters long and weighting only 30 kg! With an 8m2 sail and only one master on board, a true equilibrist, who, if the wind allows it, can make his boat fly on the water, at record speeds of more than 45 km/h! … And in Silvaplana, it will be windy! The public will be able to follow the flying boats from the shore and will benefit from the comments of a speaker.

The website is now on :

The championship website is now on. It will allow the sailing lovers to follow the regattas “live” on line, as the boats will be equipped with a GPS tracking system. The regattas will be organized jointly by the St-Moritz Yacht Club and the Société Nautique de Genève and will be supervised by Jean-Pierre Ziegert, President of the Swiss Moth Association.