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July 8-13, Helsinki, Finland

2014 European Championship

Day 6 - Finals

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Burling/Tuke & Nielsen/Olsen are the kings and queens of Finland

Helsinki, Finland – Final Day – 2014 Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship

The defending European Champions held on to their crowns in both the men’s and women’s fleets at the Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship, which reached a thrilling conclusion today in Helsinki.

Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen went into today’s three Grand Final races just a point behind the New Zealanders Alex Maloney and Molly Meech. The Danes looked relaxed but determined and sailed a very solid three races, waiting for the others to make mistakes. With the Theatre Style racing format, principal race officer David Campbell-James set a short course for the top ten 49erFX crews of just 750m from top to bottom, and just 450m wide, each edge of the course limited by boundary lane ropes similar to those seen at a swimming gala.

With the fleet forced into multiple tacks and gybes on the two-lap course, and the wind blowing a shifty, gusty 14 to 18 knots, crisp boathandling and fast decision-making were critical. The Kiwi team reached the top mark of the first race in good shape, in 2nd place behind Jena Mai Hansen and Katia Iversen of Denmark. However Maloney and Meech were unable to bear away, and continued further upwind. “There was a big gust as we arrived at the top mark,” explained Maloney, “and we didn’t feel we could turn the boat away, so we held on a few moments.” It was a critical few seconds that allowed other boats to overtake, and it set the tone for the reigning World Champions who just couldn’t quite make things go their way today.

Meanwhile Nielsen and Olsen recovered from a shaky moment to finish 6th in the first race, and then put the hammer down to win the final two races, securing Championship victory. The Brazilian team Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze also finished strongly with two 3rd places, putting them on equal points with the Kiwis. The Brazilians’ better finish in the final race gave them the silver medal on countback, relegating the World Champions to the bronze medal position. The top three – Denmark, Brazil, New Zealand – are an exact replica of the medal winners at the 2013 European Championships a year earlier in Aarhus, Denmark.

Asked which European title they had most enjoyed winning, Olsen commented: “It was great winning on home waters last year in Denmark, but the battle was much closer this year, so we’re very happy to have defended our title.”

Attention then turned to the 49er men, with the reigning World Champions from New Zealand going into the final three races with an 11-point margin over the 2012 Olympic Champions from Australia. Pete Burling and Blair Tuke were fast out of the blocks, taking the lead in the first race. Meanwhile, behind them carnage ensued for Nathan Outteridge and Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen. “We had a port-starboard incident with John Pink up the first leg,” said Outteridge. “Then down the run Goobs’s trapeze wire snapped, we reckon from Pinky’s boom nicking the rope earlier.” With Jensen in the drink, Outteridge tried to drop the gennaker singlehanded. “My plan was to drop the kite, sail round the leeward gate and pick Goobs up on the way back up the next leg. But I capsized, and all I managed to do was give Goobs 200 metres more of swimming to do.” By the time Jensen was back on board with the boat upright, the fleet was long gone. Last place for the Aussies.

The capsize put the Australians into a tight battle for the silver or bronze with the Germans, Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel, and Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign from Great Britain. Then it went bad for Outteridge again, this time at the windward mark of race 2 as he went round in traffic and with wind shadow from another boat, found himself waterskiing off the back of the boat as Jensen tried to hoist the gennaker. The Australian boat narrowly avoided a capsize but once again was at the back of the fleet. Incredibly the Aussies salvaged a 7th from the race, but a 3rd place for the Kiwis proved sufficient to give them overall victory with a race in hand.

With the gold medal already decided, spectators turned their attention to the three-way fight between Great Britain, Germany and Australia. Once again the Kiwis led the way, winning the race by a big margin. Outteridge sailed a solid race for 2nd place, but the Germans had been too consistent with 3,2,3 – taking the silver medal by just over 2 points from the British, who sneaked the bronze by just 0.6 points from the Australians. The Olympic Champions would leave Helsinki empty-handed. “Oh well, you can’t have things go your way all time,” said Jensen. “I guess we’ll have to do some practice.” And practice is what they will need if they’re to reclaim the mantle of invincibility from the New Zealanders who have gone unbeaten since taking the Olympic silver medal two years ago at London 2012.

“We’re stoked to win,” said Tuke. “We loved the racing here, especially the theatre-style racing we did today. It was just awesome sailing.” Next stop for the Kiwis and many of the other top teams in the 49er and 49erFX is Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic test regatta next month.

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Photo credits: Mick Anderson, www.sailingpix.dk

Report by Andy Rice, www.sailingintelligence.com

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Note to Competitors route to course C

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Note to Competitors Sail Numbers

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Dear Competitor,

I hope your training for the Europeans advances well. We have tried to give you variable weather and winds to give you an impression of how conditions may be in Helsinki.

We are lucky to have a large boat & car & trailer park but it would be better if we agreed on how to use that space.

My strong recommendation is – as presented graphically on the attached document Boat park:
1. All boats are parked stern to the fence.
2. Big road trailers and cars are parked further south, towards the tip of Hernesaari.
3. Tool boxes and box trailers would be parked closer to the buildings, leaving a safety passage of 6 m as required by the authorities.

I hope we can agree on this.

On another issue:   We operate in rented facilities. The tools and other equipment in the hall is our landlord’s property. For this reason we cannot lend you any tools and you cannot just borrow things off the shelves.


Thanks for your understanding,

Event Mangement,

  MM49er 300

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49er Race Area C

 Schedule of Events *subject to changes

Day 0 – Monday July 7, 15:00 – Practice Race

Day 1 -Tuesday July 8, 11:00 – 49er qualification followed by 49erFX qualification

Day 2 – Wednesday July 9, 11:00 49erFX qualification follow by 49er qualification

Day 3 – Thursday July 10, 11:00 49er qualification followed by 49erFX qualification

Day 4 – Friday July 11, 11:00 49erFX Semi Final followed by 49er Semi Final

Day 5 – Saturday July  12 11:00 49er Semi Final followed by 49erFX Semi Final

Day 6 – Sunday July 13 10:00 C Final,  11:00 B Final, 12:00 A Final

City Centre & VenueHelsinki citymap

The Race Harbour Hernesaari

Helsinki Europeans the venue


Adress to the Venue:

Hernesaarenranta 2
00150 Helsinki

The venue opens 5th July.


Shipping goods to Finland for the 49er & FX Europeans

You may want to ship goods to Finland for use in the Europeans event. As the championship venue will open only 5th July, our recommendation is that you ship to the Nyländska Jaktklubben Sailing Center:

Nyländska Jaktklubben
Vaskisalmenkuja 9
00200 Helsinki
attn Patrick Andersson
NJK office phone is +358 9 68698610, email kansliet@njk.fi


How to Get Here?

There are ferries from Germany, Sweden and Estonia. For ideas please check here.


Practical information about Helsinki and the Event – check here 

Venue Map 

49er Europeans 2014 Venue Map

 The map below shows the  course areas and the routes to take to get to the Course area C.  To the W-NW  of the W mark on Course area C  there is a rock that may be risky for a 49er. We will mark it with buoys before racing start.

Note that to get to Course area C boats have to cross a fairway used by Tallinn ferries and other large ships. Care must be taken when  crossing it and the organisers will supervise that area when needed.

When sailing to the area, you need to sail round the red mark buoy at the northern tip of Melkki island. The shallow area to the North of that mark extends to the NW of the mark as can be seen on a chart. You are also advised not to sail too close to the Lauttasaari island.

The courses will be laid so as to ensure that there is enough navigable water on all sides of the leeward marks and the starting line. It is useful, however, to study the area on the chart.

49er Europeans 2014 Race Areas

NJK – The Organizing Club

NJK – Nyländska Jaktklubben
Vaskisalmenkuja 9
00200 Helsinki

Email: kansliet(at)njk.fi

Event Project Manager: Patrick Andersson
Phone: +358 40 5404862
E-mail: pata(at)njk.fi

Officials Organizer: Lars Nyqvist
E-mail: lny(at)kolumbus.fi

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