Student Yachting World Cup Underway in France
The Student Yachting World Cup, a yearly sailing competition which is organised by students of the École Polytechnique, will see the world’s best student sailing teams competing with each other in the International J/80 Class sailboats.The 33rd edition of the competition is taking place this week in Pornic France and teams from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Ireland and USA are all taking part.
The competition began in 1979 and was called the Course de l’Europe; it was initially intended just for teams from Western Europe.
However, over time more teams from around the world started taking part which is why the name was changed to the Student Yachting World Cup.
Each country can send one university team to take part; the winning university is granted a “free pass” to take part in the following year’s competition.
The competition also focuses on friendly fun, on the first night every team needs to participate at the crews’ dinner by bringing some food or drinks that represent their country. The idea is to give students the opportunity to meet and discover other cultures.