As some of you, who follow us since a long time, will know, B.C.A. - Demco Kit has tried to promote the revival of the Micro Class in Italy. Micros are small "cruisers" (maximum hull length of 5.50 meters), fast but not extreme, fairly cheap, and suitable for amateur building. This sailing class was created in France in 1977, and was widespread in Italy in the Eighties, but its diffusion decreased and eventually the Micro Class disappeared as a racing class. Thanks to our initiative there has been some activity in the Micro’s Italian scene in past years, but too little for us to be satisfied with it.
This year there is an important news that leads to hope for some improvement: there is a real Class Association, whose President is enthusiastic Gianni Filippini. The Association also has its own website (www.microclassitalia.it), to which you can refer for more detailed information and has organized a raid on Lake Maggiore, from 27 April to 2 May 2013. In spite of the bad weather which dominated in that period the raid has been a success, with ten boats participating. There is also an Italian Championship, based on various races, which is in progress.
We are very pleased to see a fleet of Micro sailing in Italy, and we hope that this is the first step to a real return of Italian crews in the international racing scene of the Class.
We wish the new organization to be successful, and we invite our readers to direct their interests into this sailing class, that we consider appealing for many reasons. Here they are:
On the Class’ website www.microclass.org you will find the calendar of international regattas, yacht rating limitations, pictures and technical characteristics of standard Micro and prototypes, and more news.
Main requirements and limitations for the Micro Class