Pictured this afternoon at the launch of the European Sandyacht Championships which take place on the beautiful beaches at Bettystown and Laytown from the 10th to 15th of September are: in the driver’s seat, Director of Services at Meath, Kevin Stewart, John Foley of man sponsors Coca-Cola International Services, Catherine McGovern of CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre and Tom Leonard of the Irish Power Kite & Sandyacht Association (IPKSA). Photo: Andy Spearman.
The European Sandyacht Championships take place for the first time ever in the Republic of Ireland on the beautiful beaches at Bettystown and Laytown from the 10th to 15th of September.
Earlier today representatives of the Irish Power Kite & Sandyacht Association (IPKSA), together with event partners, Meath County Council, Boyne Valley Tourism, Coca Cola International Services and other sponsors gathered at the City North Hotel to launch this major international event.
The European Championships 2017 (EC 2017) will be the first major International Sandyacht competition to be held on the Island of Ireland since the 21st European Championships were held in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland in 1983.
This is the first time in the event’s 55 year history that the event will be held in the Republic of Ireland. The IPKSA is delighted to be organising the European Sandyacht Championship 2017 and to be bringing the FISLY family to our beaches to sail, have fun and enjoy all that the Boyne Valley Region and the island of Ireland has to offer.
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The event will see 110 sandyacht pilots from 16 countries including 3 non-European countries. (Non-European pilots can complete but will not be eligible for title medals). Pilots will range in age from 17 to 76 years. There will be over 100 people accompanying the pilots including officials. The sandyachting competitions will take place from Monday 10th to Friday 15th September.
The venue for EC2017 will be the beaches of Laytown and Bettystown in County Meath. This is a magnificent 6km stretch of golden sandy beach that sits in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. The event will bring over 2,000 plus tourist nights to the East Meath area and generate a lot of tourism for Ireland’s Ancient East. Most competitors will spend additional time outside of the event in Ireland touring the area and enjoying all it has to offer.
The event is being used to showcase the area and to deliver a successful event for FISLY, with the intent of getting Ireland onto the schedule of future international sandyachting events and possibly hosting a World Championship event at some stage in the future.
The event is the result of a community effort supported generously by many local businesses and agencies including Meath County Council, Boyne Valley Tourism, Coca Cola International Services, City North Hotel. Our full list of sponsors can be found on the event web site www.ec2017Ireland.com.