European Raid 2022, by dinghy (6 mt) from Rome to Basel, via Amsterdam

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Mediterranean Raid 2022 Dinghy Club
Mediterranean Raid 2021 Dinghy Club – Archive photo

In 2021 it had been the turn of the Mediterranean, when from Genoa to Kastellorizo(read the article here), the Milan Dinghy Club had organized a 3,100-mile raid on the route of Salvatores’ masterpiece, precisely Mediterraneo. On April 24, the 2022 European Raid will start that will take a Nuova Jolly Prince 22 (slightly larger than the Nuova Jolly 650 XL in photo), powered by a 200hp Suzuki to travel about 2,800 miles passing through major European cities. Departure is from Rome Fiumicino and arrival is in Basel, Switzerland. Nine crews will take turns on board in the relay formula with 300/400 miles each for a total of 25 people.

Moving this raid? As with past ones no ambitions for records or anything else. Just the desire to sail.

European Raid 2022 – The Stages

Everything is ready for the departure of the Dinghy Club’s European Raid 2022 scheduled for April 24, when the New Jolly Prince 22 will leave Rome Fiumicino to set course for Genoa. From there a series of stops (Genoa, Marseille) before entering the Canal du Midì at Sète and ascending to Toulouse and then from there into the Canal Lateral de la Garonne for a total of 260 miles and 155 locks to arrive in Bordeaux. At this point the fourth relay will arrive in Les Sables D’Olonne, after 140 miles between the Gironde and the Bay of Biscay. From there it will continue up through Brittany with Brest, Saint Malo and Le Havre and then another 190 miles on the Seine to Paris.

It is at this point that the seventh crew will come aboard, heading from Paris to the English Channel and then from there up the Thames to London. Once here the dinghy will set course for Amsterdam by crossing the English Channel again. The last stage will see the ninth relay go up the Rhine River, arrive in Strasbourg and end the Raid in Basel.

In total, the estimated route is about 2,800 miles, divided as follows:

  • 600 miles in the Mediterranean
  • 1,100 on canals and rivers
  • 1,100 in the Atlantic

In addition to the New Jolly Prince 22 inflatable boat and Suzuki DF200AP, Simrad electronics and C-Map cartography will also be in the field. Instead, the radar will be HALO20 pulse compression radar, capable of detecting targets and ensuring high levels of safety.

European Raid 2022 – The Reasons

Like the other raids that have preceded it-the 2017 Giro d’Italia (1,717 miles), 2018 Gibraltar (2,414 miles), 2019 Athens (2,550 miles) and 2021 Mediterranean (3,836 miles)-the one organized for 2022 will not be a sporting challenge but an event/cruise that will have two main objectives.

  • Spreading the passion for the sea and sailing.
  • demonstrate that even with a normal medium-sized recreational vessel, m 6.80 x 2.70, and a standard outboard no destination is precluded.

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