Host club of the event, Jadralno Društvo J-24, is based in Marina Izola, the tourist
harbor of one of Slovenia's three major coastal towns Izola. Though all previous
MR events have been run here, this years edition of Slovenia match race Cup
Grade 2 will take place 10 kilometers away in Koper, the biggest town on
Slovenian coast. This decision is a result of a large interest from the local
community in hosting the event, the desire to enable an even wider public to
follow match racing and the great possibilities this venue offers for
organization of such a sailing competition. The bay in front of the town's
tourist harbor has very few windless days per year, and no matter what wind is
blowing, the race course can be set just in front of the main pier. Koper with
its pleasant seafront very much alive during summer season, is situated in the
Slovenian shoreline and only a couple kilometers from Italian and Croatian borders.
The race office and facilities for sailors and social events will be set up in
Taverna. This majestic building has for centuries served as a salt depot, fish
market, etc, and has recently been renovated to function as a center of tourist
activities on the towns sea front. Only a hundred meters away are the berths of
competition sailboats, and the main town pier set up for spectators with live
commentary on final days of racing. Nearby hotels and restaurants, a small marina with all necessary facilities and
the surrounding town centre complete the setting.
Pleasant Mediterranean climate enables an all year round sailing season, and attracts sailors from whole Europe. Regular NW daily winds of 5-15 knots are sometimes replaced with stronger NE (Bora) or SE (Jugo) winds when a weather system crosses the area. Calm to moderate sea conditions even with stronger winds, and barely noticeable sea currents, are a perfect setting for Match Racing regattas.
Usual racing area is just outside the the towns harbor. Exit to the
racing area for competitors is not time consuming. And more important,
spectators can have a good view of racing from surrounding piers and shores and