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Gaes Christmas Race 2014

GAES Christmas Race Wraps Up

Palamos Christmas Race

The absolute youth winner -Trofeo Miguel Company- was Ukrainian 470 women team Anna Kyselova and Anastasiya Krasko.

Sun and an excellent SW Garbi wind, average 15 to 20 knots, provided excellent conditions for the medal races. All races could be sailed according to the schedule and the top ten competitors in each class enjoyed battling for victory on the last day of racing in Palamós.

Spanish sailor Rogel claimed the 2013 Gaes Christmas Race title in Laser Standard followed by British sailor Martin Evans and Spanish sailor Joaquín Blanco second and third overall.

In Laser Radial Women Belorussian sailor Tatiana Drozdovskaya won comfortably the Medal Race and the GAES Christmas Race. Second place was for Polish sailor Agata Barwinska and third place for Spanish competitor Mònica Azón.

Slovenian double Olympic medallist, Vasijil Zbogar claimed victory in the Finn class also winning the Medal Race. Zbogar kept up a tight battle throughout the regatta with Estonian sailor Deniss Karpak who finished second in the Medal Race and second overall. Spanish sailor Àlex Muscat, the 2012 GAES Christmas Race absolute winner, climbed up to third overall and took a place on the podium.

In 470 women, absolute dominance of Ukrainian sailors Anna Kyselova and Anastasiya Krasko who also won the Medal Race. Polish team Agnieska Skrzypulec and Naalia Wojcik and French sailors Meëlen Lemaitre and Aloïse Retornaz finished tied in points but second place was for the Polish team and third place was for France.

The winners of the 2013 GAES Christmas Race in 49er class were French sailors Julien D’Ortoli and Noe Delpeche who had an excellent performance and won the Medal Race. Finnish team Lauri Lehtinen and Kalle Bask and Beijing Olympic champion, Danish Jonas Warrer together with Peter Orster took second and third place on the podium respectively.

Denmark climbed to first and third place on the podium in FX with teams Lin Ea Cenholt and Anders and Jena Mai Hansen and Katja Steen respectively. Second place was for team from Germany skippered by Phillip Müller.

Exciting racing in the Laser Radial Men in which Mon Cañellas won in extremis with just one point over Spanish competitor Héctor Domínguez who was second. Third place overall was for Polish sailor Jerzy Bajko.

A tight battle as assured today in the 470 Men with two teams tied before the start of the Medal Race. Spanish team Onán Barreiros and Juan Curbelo proved their experience and claimed final victory in the GAES Christmas Race and won over the Class Junior World champions Jordi Xammar and Joan Herp that were second. The current class World silver medallists Pierre Leboucher and Nicolas Le Berre ended up third overall.

Great Britain took the title in the 420 class with team Max Clapp and Joseph Burns (Izzy) at the top of the leader board and Spanish sailors Paula Barceló and Margarita Alba (EBE-Bauhaus-CN Arenal/CMSAP) with an outstanding performance claimed second overall. The podium was completed by Polish sailors Ewa Romaniuk and Kaarzyna Goralska.

The 38th edition of the GAES Palamós Christmas Race came to an end today with the prize giving ceremony at 16.00h at the beach venue tent. Fair winds and a great 2014 sailing season for everyone!

Christmas City Races

Christmas City Classic 5-Miler and Candy Cane 5K

December 12, 2020 9 A.M.

December 12, 2020 9 A.M.

December 12, 2020 9 A.M.

December 12, 2020 9 A.M.

December 12, 2020 9 A.M.

December 12, 2020 9 A.M.

December 12, 2020 9 A.M.

Race Details


The race starts and ends at the Bethlehem YMCA. 430 E. Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Events – 9 a.m.

  • 5 Mile Run
  • 5K Run
  • 5K Walk (untimed)


Those arriving early enough will be able to park in the YMCA parking lot, however, most will have to park on the side streets and lots in the area near the YMCA. There is also a parking garage in downtown Bethlehem near New Street and Walnut Street approximately .6 miles from the YMCA. We recommend you consider car pooling and arriving early enough to find parking.

Sorry, dogs are not currently permitted to participate.

Baby Strollers

Yes, you may use a baby stroller. Use caution and be safe. If the temperatures are too cold or roads are snow covered we recommend you leave junior at home.


Very scenic courses with some challenges along the way! 5-milers run along Main Street in downtown Bethlehem, decorated for Christmas, and have a very scenic run across the Fahy Bridge (see updated info on 5 mile course below) , headed toward the Bethlehem Star on South Mountain. The 5 mile and 5K events enjoy some time on scenic Sand Island running along the Lehigh River and run past Bethlehem City Hall, and many of the historic Moravian buildings. Click below to view.

  • Course Map – 5-mile course has been changed due to bridge closure and is not reflected in the 5-mile course map in this link. The 5K course map is correct and is the same as past few years.
  • Course Turn-by-Turn – 5-mile course turn-by-turn has been changed due to bridge closure and is not reflected in this link. The 5K turn-by-turn is correct and is the same as past few years.
  • UPDATED 5 MILER MAP: Here is the revision to the 5-Mile course due to the Fahy construction for 2017.
    As the 5-Milers come down Conestoga, they will turn left onto Ohio and cross the concrete bridge and then turn left up Old York Road to a turnaround point, then come back Old York Road, to Ohio, back across the concrete bridge and then continue on Conestoga. 5 Mile runners will also do a short out and back running west into Sand Island before coming back and running east to the water stop turnaround.


  • Chip Timing! (5M and 5K Racers only, 5K Walkers are not timed)
  • Official Race Photographer – USCandids.com
  • Goodies- product samples, candy canes and other goodies while they last.
  • Beautiful long-sleeved shirt or a beautiful 15 oz. Ceramic Coffee/Hot Chocolate/Soup Mug with race logo, for pre-registered runners and walkers. (You’ll choose one or the other on Active.com when you register).
  • Bagels coffee and hot chocolate station before the race.
  • Delicious refreshments after the race including genuine Philly Soft Pretzels and Christmas cookies.
  • Fun, festive Christmas atmosphere!
  • Christmas music at Start/Finish and on course.
  • Showers and locker facilities at the YMCA open to all (bring a lock for the locker)
  • Flush toilets inside the YMCA and port-o-johns at the Start/Finish.
  • Friday and Saturday packet pickup available.
  • Lots more!
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5K Walkers division is not timed or scored (no awards)

5 Mile and 5K Run Overall

  • 5 Miler Race- $50 top male and female plus gift, $35 second male and female plus gift
  • 5K Race – $50 top male and female plus gift, $35 second male and female plus gift

5Mile and 5K Run Age Groups for both Races (Top 3)

COSTUME CONTEST – We will be observing individuals and groups in costume throughout the event and will select two individuals and one group (up to 4 people) to receive free entries to the 2018 race. Award winners will be announced on Facebook after the race!

See the Fees and Registration Page HERE. Then see the Race Schedule Page for Packet Pickup Details and Race Day Schedule and Information.



1 40th GAES CHRISTMAS RACE PALAMÓS, SPAIN 17 to 22 December 2015 NOTICE OF RACE The 40 GAES CHRISTMAS RACE will be held in the Bay of Palamós from 17 to 22 December The Organizing Authority is the Club de Vela Palamós, Club Nàutic Costa Brava, Real Federación Española de Vela and Federació Catalana de Vela. For classes 470 M &W, 49er, FX, Nacra 17 and Europe the 40th Christmas Race will be Copa de España. This Regatta is part of the COEV (Spanish Olympic Sailing Circuit). 1. RULES 1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). 1.2 RSS Appendix P, Special Procedures for Rule 42, will apply. 1.3 For Medal Stage Races, ISAF Addendum Q, Umpired Fleet Racing, available on the ISAF website ( will apply and changes a number of racing rules. The version that is current when the regatta begins will appear in full in the Sailing Instructions. 1.4 The RFEV Prescriptions do not apply. 1.5 If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence. 2. ADVERTISING and BOW NUMBERS 2.1 Boats may be required to display bow numbers and advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority. 3. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY 3.1 Competitors and coaches shall enter by completing the on-line entry form on the event website

2 Online entry opens on 1st August Entries must be received and paid no later than 17 November 2015 to qualify for the early entry fee. Entry in the event is not final until registration is completed. 3.2 ISAF Eligibility shall apply. Each athlete shall be registered as an ISAF Sailor on the ISAF website: Olympic gender requirements will apply for each Olympic event and Youth event. Men and mixed teams are not eligible to compete in women s events. Women are not eligible to compete in men s events Competitors under 18 years of age shall present a signed and completed parent (or guardian) consent and declaration form at registration. The forms are available for download on the event website The regatta is open to boats competing in events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition, the ISAF Youth Classes and the invited class. Olympic Classes Event Class Minimum Entries Men’s One Person Dinghy Laser 15 Women’s One Person Dinghy Laser Radial 15 Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy FINN 15 Men’s Two Person Dinghy 470-M 15 Women’s Two Person Dinghy 470-W 15 Men’s Skiff 49er 15 Women s Skiff 49er FX 15 Men s Windsurfer RS:X 15 Women s Windsurfer RS:X 15 Mixed Two Person Multihull Nacra ISAF Youth Classes Boys One Person Dinghy Laser Radial 15 Boys Windsurfer RS:X 8.5m sail 15

3 Girls Windsurfer RS:X 8.5m sail 15 Open Skiff 29er 15 Boys Two Person Dinghy Girls Youth Two Person Dinghy Open Multihull SL Invited Class Boys One Person Dinghy EUROPE The organizing authority may cancel an event if the minimum number of entries has not been received by midnight (local time), 1 December 2015 Competitors will be notified of cancelled events by and posting on the event website. The entry fees for cancelled events will be refunded. 4. FEES 4.1 Fees are stated in Euros and include any local taxes. Entries received and paid by 17 November 2015 will qualify for the early Entry fee. Olympic Classes Class Entry fee Early Entry Fee Single Handed Event Double Handed Event Coaches, Support boats ISAF Youth Classes Class Entry fee Early Entry Fee Single Handed Youth Event Double Handed Youth Event Coaches, Support boats Invited Classes Class Entry fee Early Entry Fee Single Handed Invited Class Coaches, Support boats 80 60

4 4.2 If an entry is cancelled by the competitor, the entry fee will be refunded as follows: Cancellation Date Entry Fee Refund On or before 17th November % Between 18th November and 7th December % After 8th December % 5. FORMAT 5.1 For Olympic events and the Youth events, the regatta will consist of an opening series and a Medal Stage. The opening series may be divided into a qualifying series and a final series. The top 10 finishers in the opening series of each event will advance to the medal stage which is to be defined in the Sailing Instructions. 5.2 Others formats may be used as authorized by RFEV / ISAF in preparation for 2016 Olympic Games. 5.3 For the invited class, the regatta will consist of a single series. 6. SCHEDULE 6.1 Registration for competitors, coaches and team leaders is scheduled from 09:30h to 19:30h on Thursday, 17th December 2015 at Club de Vela Palamós / Club Nàutic Costa Brava venue. 6.2 The first Meteo briefing for coaches and team leaders is scheduled at 09:00h on Friday, 18th December 2014 at the Club de Vela Palamós / Club Nàutic Costa Brava venue. 6.3 The schedule of races (not including race(s) of the medal stage), and dates of racing are as follows: Olympic Classes Event Racing Dates Number of Races Men’s One Person Dinghy 18th 22nd December Medal Women’s One Person Dinghy 18th 22nd December Medal Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy 18th 22nd December Medal Men’s Two Person Dinghy 18th 22nd December Medal Women’s Two Person Dinghy 18th 22nd December Medal Men’s Skiff 18th 22nd December Medal Women s Skiff 18th 22nd December Medal

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5 Men’s Windsurfer 18th 22nd December Medal Women s Windsurfer 18th 22nd December Medal Mixed Two Person Multihull 18th 22nd December Medal ISAF Youth Classes Boys One Person Dinghy 18th 22nd December Medal Open Skiff 18th 22nd December Medal Boys Windsurfer 18th 22nd December Medal Girls Windsurfer 18th 22nd December Medal Boys Two Person Dinghy 18th 22nd December Medal Girls Youth Two Person Dinghy 18th 22nd December Medal Open Multihull 18th 22nd December Medal Invited Class Event Racing Dates Number of Races Boys and Girls One person Dinghy 18th 21st December On the last day of racing, no warning signal will be made after 16:00 h. 7. EQUIPMENT INSPECTION 7.1 Each boat shall have a valid measurement certificate (if required by class rules). Boats shall use the approved Nationality Code Letters on their sails as required by the RRS. 7.2 Competitors shall produce evidence of membership of the appropriate class association at the time of registration as may be required by the Organizing Authority. 7.3 Boats may be subject to inspection at any time during the event. The procedures for inspections will be specified in the Sailing Instructions or equipment inspection regulation (EIR). 7.5 The equipment limitations as specified in the class rules shall apply.

6 8. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS Sailing Instructions will be available beginning 17th December 2015 at registration and on the event website. Other documents governing the event will be published with the Sailing Instructions. 9. VENUE 9.1 The regatta venues will be Club Vela Palamós / Club Nàutic Costa Brava and the. The events will be hosted at the following venues: Olympic Classes Class Men’s One Person Dinghy Women’s One Person Dinghy Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy Men’s Two Person Dinghy Women’s Two Person Dinghy Men’s Skiff Women s Skiff Men’s Windsurfer Women s Windsurfer Mixed Two Person Multihull Venue ISAF Youth Classes Boys One Person Dinghy Open Skiff Boys Windsurfer Girls Windsurfer Boys Two Person Dinghy Girls Two Person Dinghy Open Multihull Invited Class Boys and Girls One person Dinghy 9.2 The racing area will be in Palamós Bay, Palamós, Girona, Spain. 10. THE COURSES The courses will be Windward/Leeward or Trapezoid except that any other courses adopted by ISAF for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition may also be used.

7 11. PENALTY SYSTEM For the Men’s Skiff, Women s Skiff, Mixed Two Person Multihull and Youth Skiff, RRS 44.1 and RRS P2.1 are changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty. 12. INTERNATIONAL JURY An International Jury will be appointed in accordance with rule RRS 91(b). Its decisions will be final as provided in RRS SCORING 13.1 RRS Appendix A will apply 13.2 At least 3 races are required to be completed to constitute a regatta. When 5 or more opening series races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score In a Medal Stage Race, a boat s score shall be double the number of points specified in RRS Appendix A 4.1, and the score for that race shall not be excluded from the event series score Ties in the series score between boats with different medal race point scores shall be broken in favour of the boat that scored better in the final medal stage race. This changes RRS Appendix A Other scoring systems may be used as authorized by RFEV / ISAF in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games and will be stated in the Sailing Instructions. 14. SUPPORT BOATS AND PERSONNEL 14.1 All support boats shall be registered with the organizing authority and will be required to comply with local legislation and event support boat regulations. The organizing authority may refuse registrations and accept later registrations at their sole discretion All support boats shall clearly display the 3 letter national code of their ISAF Member National Authority at all times while afloat. The minimum height for the letters shall be 200 mm. and visible from both sides of the boat Support boats with team leaders, coaches and other support personnel shall stay outside areas where boats are racing from the time of the starting sequence until all boats have finished or the Race Committee signals a postponement, general recall or abandonment All coaches and team leaders shall present the coach boat insurance. Spanish coaches shall present a valid technical license (RFEV).

8 16. BERTHING Boats shall be kept in their assigned places in the Boat Park or harbour. 17. HAUL-OUT RESTRICTIONS Boats assigned places in the harbour shall not be hauled out during the regatta, except with and according to the terms of prior written permission of the race committee. 18. RADIO COMMUNICATIONS Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make nor receive radio transmissions, text messages or cellular phone calls while racing except in an emergency or when using equipment provided by the Race Committee. 19. PRIZES 19.1 Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 boats in each event Only Olympic Classes are eligible for the absolute winner trophy MANUEL ALBALAT IN MEMORIAM TROPHY The MIQUEL COMPANY TROPHY will be awarded to the first junior of each Olympic and ISAF Youth class. The invited class is not eligible for this trophy. The name of the absolute winner be engraved on the trophy plaque and will remain displayed in the Club office. 20. INSURANCE Each participating crew shall present a valid insurance certificate showing proof of third-party liability coverage of at least 1,500,000 Euros (or equivalent) per incident. 21. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The Organizing Committee or any part involved with the organization of the event disclaim any and every responsibility whatsoever for loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that might occur to persons and goods, both ashore and at sea as a consequence of participation in the races covered by this Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions. 22. MEDIA RIGHTS 22.1 By participating in the event, competitors automatically grant to the Organizing Authority and their sponsors, the right in perpetuity to make, use and show, from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures and live, taped or filmed

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9 television and other reproductions of the athlete during the period of the competition without compensation Boats may be required to carry cameras, sound equipment or positioning equipment as specified by the Organizing Authority The top three competitors as well as the individual race winners may be required to attend a media press conference each day Competitors may be required for interviews at the regatta. 23. TRAINING From 17 th November to 17 th December there will be free training for all sailors participating in the Christmas Race who have entered and paid the entry fee. All those teams wishing to come and train in Palamós before regatta must inform the Regatta Office at 24. ACCOMMODATION Espai de Viatges S.L C/ Didac Garrell Palamós Girona Spain Phone: Fax: FURTHER INFORMATION For further information please contact: web:

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