59 Worldwide Engineering Teams Competed in the 17th Engineering Challenge Cup Regatta in Biograd, Croatia.
Dateline: Biograd, Croatia
The 2010 Engineering Challenge Cup took place during the week of May 8th to 14th, on the central Croatian coast, with Biograd as its hub. A total of 59 teams representing worldwide engineering companies sailed on three types of boats, Bavaria 42 match, Bavaria 46’s and Bavaria 50’s, for a full week of racing destinations and event parties.
The location included the lovely Kornati Achepelago, as well as the lovely islands between Biograd and the 3000 year old city of Zadar, where the participants were treated to a special dinner evening at the Arsenal, a converted 16th Century Venetian Armoury.
The overall winner of this year’ event was David Boobcock and the Foster Wheeler Energy team, while the Commodore Cup (consisting of previous ECC winners) was won by Heinz Baedorff and the WWV Warmeverwurtung team. Over 21 nations were represented in the event, and the tradition holds that the overall winner must oversee the organization of the next year’s event.
The regatta travelled a route which included Biograd, Murter, Piskera, Zut, Iz, Zadar, with a return to Biograd. The Marina Kornati in Biograd boasts one of the largest selections of charter sailboats, with over 300 amongst its 800 plus berths. It also boast the largest selection of one-design charter race fleets in the world, with 4 racing fleets totalling 59 boats.
The marina, in cooperation with Yacht Club Biograd, is home to the World’s largest international racing calendar, with over 40 international events scheduled for this year. This is due to the great selection of boats, the fantastic cruising area, and over 100 million land locked Europeans that are within a day’s drive.