Europe (boat class)
|Length above :||3.35 m|
|Width above sea level :||1.38 m|
|Draft :||0.25 - 1.00 m|
|Mast height :||approx. 5.43 m|
|Weight (ready to sail):||60 kg|
|Sail area close to the wind :||7 m²|
|Mainsail :||7 m²|
|Yardstick number :||116|
The Europe is a one-handed - dinghy . With a hull weight of 45 kg, it is a particularly light boat and can be transported on a car roof. The sail area of 7 m² already makes you glide in medium winds, so that gusts of wind lead directly to higher boat speeds.
The Europe is characterized by flexible carbon masts and modern sails. Mast and sail cut are adapted to the body weight of the sailor. Their diverse trim devices (inhaul, outhaul, cunningham, boom vang, sword adjustment and mast halyard adjustment) enable sailors from 45 kg to 85 kg to constantly optimize their boat speed. Therefore, the Europe is often used as the successor to the optimist . The most successful Olympic sailors in 2012 previously sailed in Europe.
The Europe is sailed in regattas by women and men (from about 12 years of age) . Around 60 ranked regattas are offered in Germany alone. For international regattas e.g. For example , 100 to 200 European sailors meet on Lake Garda and at the Kiel Week . World championships and European youth championships with around 160 participants are sailed out every year. The International German Youth Championship and the International German Championship of Europe take place in Germany every year.
Historically, the Europe comes from the Moth construction class. The Belgian Alois Roland constructed the Europe in 1962 as a new form of a Moth, which, in contrast to most of the Moth constructions of the time, is characterized by its robustness. This design is therefore also suitable for sea areas where the conditions are often rough, for which the filigree Moth constructions of the time were not suitable. Thanks to tight tolerances for all parts, boats of the same construction are also produced that are still competitive even years later.