The following article about the event appeared in the 2020 edition of fivepointfive magazine:
Sanremo, in the Liguria region of Italy, offers an idyllic location for the 2020 European Championship with five days of autumn racing on the Mediterranean in a famous tourist and cultural destination at the heart of the Italian Riviera.
Sanremo has a very pleasant climate because the mountains protect the town from northerlies, which, together with its attractive seacoast setting makes it a popular tourist destination.
The town is often referred to as the city of flowers. On the last Sunday in March there is procession with flower filled floats and music. The Flower Market is said to be the largest in Italy and there are several impressive botanical gardens to visit nearby. Sanremo’s green spaces include the park of Villa Ormond, with a Japanese garden, palm trees and ancient olive groves.
Historical buildings and monuments include the 12th-century San Siro Cathedral, which has 12 bells in its tower and a huge crucifix above its altar; the Sanctuary of Madonna della Costa, built during the 17th and 18th centuries with a baroque style façade; the long-established and famous Casinò di Sanremo an elegant art nouveau building dating from 1906; the 17th century Santa Tecla Fort which dominates the centre of Sanremo; the Russian Orthodox church, with its five onion domes; and the medieval centre of the town, just off Corso Matteotti, and now mainly pedestrianised.
Sanremo was an important social centre at the end of the 19th century, and a popular resort until the mid 20th century, and many of the grand houses and hotels date from that period.
The closest airport to Sanremo is in France, the Côte d’Azur International Airport in Nice, 45 minutes away by car. There are rail links connecting the city to the other Ligurian cities like Imperia and Genoa as well as to Nice, Milan, Turin and Rome.
Registration and measurement will take place from Saturday 22 to Monday 24 September, with racing from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 September.
Ten days after the Europeans, the Italian Championship takes place in nearby Imperia, while the Regates Royales in Cannes is two weeks after that, so it’s a perfect excuse for a month of sailing on the Mediterranean. Boats can be left in Sanremo or Cannes between events.