Stowarzyszenie Regatowe klasy 730
The 730 –
what is it?
730 – means Polish regatta
cabin yachts. Why 730 ? – this comes from yacht’s hull length - in international
terms the equivalent would be 24 feet.
The sail plan is 30 m2
+ 40 m2 of gennaker.
These fast and
beautiful yachts posses nautical characteristics which ensure that both inland
as well a coastal sailing is possible. The yachts, because of size, are manned
with 4 sailors. Racing in these yachts requires good team work of crew
members, high efficiency of the whole team and perfect performance while
manoeuvring. Very high loads and accelerations, encountered especially when
sailing downwind with high speeds, reaching 18 knots, require spars and rigging
of highest quality.
All those features
result in increasing popularity of the yachts also among sailors terminating
their competitive careers in Olympic classes.
The yachts of 730
class are frequently compared to Melges 24 class, also 24 ft yachts, popular in
the world. While of very similar parameters, the price of 730 class is
remarkably lower, so the 730 yachts are much more accessible.
The most popular
are designs by Polish architect, Andrzej Skrzat (Majestic 24 Racer).Other designs are
also sailing, like designs by Judel&Vrojlik (MK Cafe 24), Adama Gintera (Gin
730), GC Yacht (SILNIA 730), Piotra Adamowicza (BOND 730). There are new
designs appearing like
Judel&Vrojlik (RP23) and Eugeniusz Ginter (XYZ 730).
Two years ago an
Association was founded with membership of sailors competing in 730 yachts. Why
this ? Noting dynamic developments in sailing and among them in 730 class we
decided to create a body which could deal with organisation of events, arrange
for class rules and for representation of competitors’ interests. In the outcome
an effective Association was created, which developed a typical cruising class
into something unique – sport class with practically no age limit – a choice and
a bridge from amateur sailing to the competition at highest levels. This is also
a bridge from small competitive yachts to large see-going regatta yachts.
At present, the 730
class is recognised as very professional, of high competitive level but open.
Many persons take this class as a goal of their sport and financial
sail 730 yachts are regatta sailors, mostly members of sport clubs, many o them
having past successes in waters of Europe and of the world. From the time when
Roman Paszke sailed for the first time the MK Cafe Premium yacht – the
forefather of 730 – the yacht changed very little in the design. This year and
the previous one were remarkable by the number and the quality of competitors.
The most important regatta had participation of 20 yachts and among them best
Polish professional sailors: nearly full MK Cafe team headed by Karol Jabłoński (Baranowski, Wysocki, Życki, Przybylski,
Ornowski), crew members from RACE2000 team, sailing POLPHARMA catamaran under
Roman Paszke (Janecki, Pirjamowicz) and many top sailors, among others Leon
Wróbel, Adam Liszkiewicz .
attract usually participation by matchless Zbyszek Kania, holder of many titles
Piotr Adamowicz and the founding father of the Association Zbyszek Malicki and
many other. We have a large group of young competitors coming from regatta clubs
or even from amateur cruising.
requires that in order to sail at top positions one must devote a lot of time
for training and boat preparation – simply the crossbar is placed at a high
Sailing year 2001
In that sailing
season 12 events were held, ranked for Cup of Poland of 730 Class. They were
organised in many venues in Poland, on various waters. In addition two events
were held in match racing formula. This concept is based not on racing together
in fleet arrangement but in knock-out races one against another – leading to
better transparency and giving more excitement to spectators – while requiring
mastering boat to highest levels.
The Class enjoys
general sponsorship of the OSTRÓDA YACHT S.A. Shipyard with participation of
such companies as TRAMP TRAIL (trailers), NARVAL (sailmaker), CITIZEN (watches)
and REICHHOLD (resins). Benefiting from this sponsorship and from occasional
additional sponsors the regattas in 730 Class offered many prizes – in one case
a record in Polish regatta was set – the GRAND PRIX in Mikołajki has offered as a prize the brand new yacht of 120
000 PLN value!!! Such a high valued prize has never been given before!
The variety of
regatta conditions mentioned above resulted in top group of those, who could
adapt best to changing conditions. In the final ranking for Poland Cup the first
position went to unsurpassed Zbigniew Kania (OSTRÓDA YACHT), followed by Maciej
Cylupa (DECEUNNICK MUSTO) and Ireneusz Pierwoła
(REICHOLD – REJA).
Championship of 730 Class, held during the largest Polish event ‘IDEA GDYNIA
SAILING DAYS’, the title went again to Zbigniew Kania, who was followed by two
crews from D&M Sailing Team: of Michał Malicki
and Robert Janecki. The Grand Prix prize, namely the yacht, was won in Mikołajki
by Robert Janecki, who sailed in Deceuninck Musto.
Plans for 2002
The oncoming season
promises still more attractions, since many new and famous skippers announced
their intention to join the Class - like Leon Wróbel, once Polish representative
at Olympics and many times Champion of Poland and Przemysław Tarnacki, ex-World Champion and Polish Champion in
Micro Class at present. Thirteen events are scheduled, with 3 match racing
evens, one of them the Ostróda Yacht Grand Prix. We expect participation
of 25 to 30 yachts, what brings total of participating sailors to 150 and the
value of yachts involved equal to 3 million zlotys!
We work now on
arranging for media sponsors; the standing press sponsor is REJS monthly.
Please visit our
Internet site: www.730.pl
information please contact:
Maciek Cylupa –
press speaker of the 730 Class