The "Moth" appeared in Europe in the 1930´s.
The French Federation called for an Architect's submission in 1963 to monotype the "Moth".
Alois Roland from Belgium sent drawings of the modificated boat (on the basis of Pierre Marique's drawings) and won the submission. He called his boat the "EUROPE".
Very soon the French and Belgian Federations recognized the monotype and Alois Roland started the construction. (West system).
The Belgian Europe Class is very active in the very first years and champions like Paul Maes, P. Van Genabeek, Van Godtsenhoeven, François de Harlez, J.P. Bernard for Belgium and Bartoli, M. Lambot, Stafler, Cospen Demoulin, Hervey and Devillers for France are the first ones to write their names in the Honour Role.
Daniel Bertels starts to organize ladies' regattas, the first step for that Olympic Class for ladies.
Alois Roland's company bankrupted and since M. Cristalli produces the wooden boats.
The International Europe Class Union was founded in 1963 to represent interests of Europe dinghy sailors worldwide.
In 1976 the ISAF granted the Europe dinghy International status.
In 1988 the IECU applied to the ISAF for Olympic candidacy of the International Europe dinghy.
In 1989 the Europe dinghy was chosen as the single handed Olympic Class for ladies.
MEN AND WOMEN CAN TRAIN AND RACE TOGETHER
Adapting the rig to their weight and height, sailors can easily train and compete at the same level. Regardless of the wind speed, your skills and not your weight will take you to the lead ! Also the Social Part of Sailing is much more appreciated by the sailors, that are motivated to attend the trainings and the regattas
The Europe dinghy is ideal for a large number of sailors. In our last World Championship Class statistics we can read that the range of weight and height are the following for:
THE EUROPE DINGHY IS CHEAP AND LONG-LASTING.
Hulls, masts, booms, sails, foils, etc... are made to be used during many, many years. The Europe mast actually last almost forever. Also sails are made with materials that will allow you to race two or three complete seasons ( not 2 or 3 events... ) with it, even at the maximum level of competition. And all with a similar cost as other single handed dinghies in the market.
THE EUROPE CLASS IS VERY ACTIVE.
We organize every year some International Events with over 100 boats participating. The World Championship and the Master and Youth European Championship are the Major Events, but we are also present at the Kiel Week, the Torbole Meeting, the Blanes Grand Prix, the Régate de Noel, etc... The Class has Intenational Training Camps in Winter (in Easter in Lake Garda ) with over 50 sailors.
THE EUROPE CLASS RUNS SERIOUS EVENTS
The International Europe Class Union (IECU) veils for the serious application of the RRS on the Events, with accurate measurements, very experiences International Juries, International Race Officers, etc...
In the last fourty years the Europe dinghy has increased in quality as a fast attractive racing dinghy. The Class is firmly determined to grow through further geographic expansion.