Access Sailing on Lake Constance
The International Access Class Association has announced that the Organizing Authority for the 2013 European Championships is the Yacht Club Arbon, on Lake Constance, Switzerland, in cooperation with Sailability Switzerland. The event will be from May 7-12 and include the Access 2.3, 303, Liberty and SKUD 18.
The Yacht Club Arbon was founded in 1966 and is a sports-oriented sailing club of the Regionalverband Bodensee-Rhein and a member of the Swiss Sailing Federation. Its recently renovated clubhouse offers the ideal infrastructure for championships.
Access class sailing and racing has been developed through Sailability Switzerland’s programs based at the Yacht Club Arbon. Five two-person teams competed in the Access 303 at the Access Class European Championships in May 2011 in Gargnano, Italy, winning the silver and bronze medals.
The marina at Arbon is the main base for Sailability Switzerland and provides the necessary infrastructure for people with disabilities. These include two big launching ramps, wheelchair accessible landing stages and two lifts for transferring sailors with disabilities.
Arbon‘s lake shore, which is over three kilometres long, has one of the oldest bathing beaches in Switzerland, a modern swimming pool, parks, walking paths through a nature reserve, places to barbecue, playgrounds and the well-known harbor: an array of possibilities for young and old alike.
A full calendar of events makes Arbon a lively place to visit any time of the year. Thanks to the many societies and sport clubs and the leisure facilities that are open to the public, there are endless activities to fill any spare time. Nestled in a charming landscape with green meadows, fruit trees, colourful fields and forests on one side and the atmospheric lake on the other, Arbon offers a great quality of life.
A well-developed infrastructure and good transport connections to the rest of Switzerland and to other countries in Europe, make this town of 13,000 inhabitants a popular place to live.
There are hotels of every standard and other accommodation to choose from, ranging from private rooms, through barns, tepees, camping grounds and numerous holiday homes to rent. Culinary choice abounds with the many restaurants and cafés serving international menus as well as typical Swiss dishes and local specialties. The finest Swiss chocolate delicacies are still traditionally made by two of Arbon’s confectioners. A variety of fresh vegetables, fruits and other produce are available straight from the farm.
The day temperature at Lake Constance in spring is about 17°C. The average water temperature in May is approximately 16°C. There are no influences of tides! The main wind directions are north-easterly between 5 and 10 knots.
Arbon is easy to access by rail, bus or car, and the closest airports are St.Gallen-Altenrhein, Zürich-Kloten and Friedrichshafen.
The sailing and social program is proposed to continue from Tuesday, 7 May when registration and measurement begins, until the prize-giving and closing ceremony on Sunday, 12 May.