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The Nacra 17 European Championship officially started today. 43 teams from 24 countries will compete in the Nacra17 European Championchips, including the Spanish Olympic champions Iker Martinez and Fernando Echavarri. A total of 13 Olympic medal winners gather at the Barcelona International Sailing Center (BISC) to offer, for the first time in the short history of this new Olympic class, a spectacle of pure adrenaline in the waters of the Catalan capital. It will be a show completely open to the public.

The BISC, the high performance training center specialized in water sports is located at the Parc del Forum, under the solar panel. This week it opens its doors to the public so that residents and tourists can get closer to the sport and know a little better the stories and values of the nearly hundred sailors who will race for the European podium and who live and do their outmost for the Olympic dream.

w_village_nacra17_25dsc_0062The championship is organized by the Sports Federation Union of Catalonia (UFEC) and the Catalan Sailing Federation, with the support of the Barcelona City Council, the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Royal Yacht Club (RCNB) and the Royal Maritime Club of Barcelona (RCMB). It will have a free access village with catering tents and stands from the sponsoring brands. The village opened yesterday and will continue throughout the week (from 09h00 to 20h00).

In addition to this, the Catalan Sailing Federation and the Municipal Sailing Centre offer free activities to visitors, including children`s workshops, boat trips and introductions to paddle surfing and kayaking.

Final preparations
Everything is ready in the Race Village, but the sailors are busy with the final preparations. During the first three days (from today until Sunday), the crews will have to confirm their registration and pass all the measurement checks. The Nacra 17 is the Olympic multihull class, these powerful machines are the fastest of the Olympic sailing boats and can reach up to 65 km/h of boat speed.

More information can be found on the event website: http://www.nacra17barcelona2015.com

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