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30 July - 4 August / Kiel, Germany

2017 Europeans


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Event Overview

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Female European Only Resutls

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The 2017 America’s Cup is the first real racing we’ve seen since 2007. After a deed of gifts Cup and then a learning to foil cup, 2017 has brought great racing to the biggest stage, and things have changed drastically since 2007.

Gone are the huge crews and teams that can man 2 massive monohulls. Those teams employed dozens of pro sailors, deep in knowledge of systems and teamwork to make the yachts run. The pro’s are great sailors, but not as likely to be sailing elite as to be great workers with specific maintenance or rigging knowledge, and also handy on the winch or as rail meat. Heck, these boats would need 6 beast just to load the jibs ahead of a day’s racing, or to longboard sand after a redesign. The after guard were a few big names, likely a few Olympiads past their Finn or Star days, and fully involved in pro sailing as drivers and tacticians for big money syndicates.

In 2017, with smaller crew sizes, smaller boats, and only 1 boat per team, there has not been room for many pro’s on the boats. The AC50 catamarans only have room for engines and elite sailors. Most teams have employed 3-4 dedicated engines and 2-3 sailors manning the wheel and mainsail, along with some tactical help from the final engine in the train. And one way to review the results so far is to say that the teams who brought in sailors closest to the Olympics have been the ones with the most success. The French had none and were quickly dispatched. BAR had Ainslie who is one cycle off and some muscle up front. Japan had Draper who’s was last Olympic sailing in 2007. But the top two teams of Artemis, and New Zealand were all full of recent Olympic sailors. Artemis has Outteridge and Jensen as current Olympians with Percy only 1 cycle away. New Zealand, standing tallest today, typically sails with 4 of 6 members of the 2016 Olympic squad. Oracle have only Slingsby one cycle away from the Olympics at the back of the boat, and while we wouldn’t rule out a comeback, are not looking great at 0-3 with four straight losses.

The more Olympic phenomenon may be directly linked to two fantastic duo’s in Burling/Tuke and Outteridge/Jensen or it may be a reflection of the type of racing being done. Olympic sailing is much higher intensity than typical professional monohull racing, so the Olympic sailors are better trained for the current short course, high speed format. Breaking that down, it could be that with the small sailing teams are just more similar to double or triplehanded teams plus some muscle. Olympic sailors get more time on the water and are face tighter tough tests making them simply the best at the sport, no longer needing an astrix like in previous variations of pinnacle sailing competitions.

Perhaps the most obvious comparison between Olympic sailing and Pro sailing can be taken from what we’ve seen of the America’s Cup match so far. On board Oracle it’s clearly ‘pro’ best practices. Slingsby the consummate tactician, gives a running commentary of what the situation is, options, and what he’d like to do. Spithill takes in the info and commands the boat. On Team New Zealand, we see what it’s like on an Olympic doublehanded boat. The team (including Ashby) have a plan going into the race and jobs to do. As the race unfolds they see the same things, collaborate on modes when necessary and feel of the boat occasionally, but mostly feel the same things and react as appropriate to keep it fast at all times. The helm calls the tacks and gybes when the situations unfold without much need for debate on a script well repeated and well known by all. There’s no need to keep up verbal systems to keep a huge crew appraised of what the after guard is thinking… the maneuvers are standard, their jobs critical but heavily practiced and refined.

The trend is likely to continue so long as sailing teams remain small in the future. In a fast boat, Percy’s cursing, Ainslie’s willpower, and Slingslby’s tactics mean little compared to a three man unit, Tuke, Ashby, and Burling in sync with boatspeed.

The foil control in particular is a system and trust piece that in the hands of Tuke must make a huge difference to Burling. The on board shots of Tuke being 100% focused on foil trim, tells you how highly critical it must be. Tuke dials in on a white marker he keeps about 4 inches out of the water on the leeward side. He seems to have analogue control of his main trimming control, keeping the ETNZ boat very steady on ride height and cant. Leaving a critical piece of trim to a crew member will be second nature for Burling, with the crew on a 49er running the main sheet. Burling will have total confidence in both Tuke and Ashby to run the foils and mainsail to exacting preciseness and their pre-racing plan, and he can largely ignore these items except for occasional check in’s to ensure they’re all in the same mode as each other.

Meanwhile, Spitfire is leaning out to windward while sailing upwind and seemingly using a trigger style board control. He rotates notches on his steering wheel much like triptronic gears would be in a car, to nudge the foil controls fore and aft. How precise Oracle can be with the triptronic compared to ETNZ’s analogue we may never know, but even if the movement is precise enough there is no way Spithill can dedicate the same focus to the job as Tuke can. While to some extent this sort of control would be second nature and require little direct attention, any crew really on their game will notice when the skipper starts looking around, and being just a small bit off is likely to be a frequent occurrence on Oracle given how much responsibility Spithill is handling. When the pressure is on Jimmy, and he needs to make decisions, or check out the competition, or simply focus on his driving, the board control may fall out of perfect. With the Oracle boat in the shed, it will be interesting to see if it comes back out with a permanent pedal system for Slingsby and him more directly responsible for the boards taking this item from Jimmy’s responsibility…

At the 2012 games we saw all of Burling, Tuke, Slingsby, Ainslie, Percy competing, so we know where the next greats are developing their skills.

If you’re ready to watch more great racing after this America’s Cup, be sure to tune in to the combined 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 European Championship July 30 – August 4th. As usual, there will be live broadcast coverage, get notified at 49er.org/subscribe, and check out the preview below. We know where the next generational talents will emerge from, the only question are when and who?

Day 5 Live Broadcast

Second Day of Gold Fleet

Final Day Races

Theatre Style Medal Races

Day 4 Replay

First day of Gold Fleet

49er Finals Participants

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Schedule for Final Day Update

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Inspection Process for Final Day

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Fleet Splits for Day 4 - 49erFX

Gold, Silver, Bronze

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Fleet Splits Day 4 - 49er

Gold, Silver, Bronze

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Notification 9

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Notice 8

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Notice 7

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Notice 6

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Notice 5

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Notice 4

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Change to Sailing Instructions 1

July 28

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Approved Repairs and Replacement

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Sailing Instructions

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Amendment 1 Nacra 17 NoR

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49er and 49erFX Notice of Race

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Nacra 17 Notice of Race

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Please register and pay here – and ensure both skipper and crew are class members

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Regatta Organisation

Organising Director

  • Dirk Ramhorst

Race Secretary

  • Felix Weidling


Race Committee

Principal Race Officer

  • Nathalie Peberel (FRA, PRO)


Racing Area Hotel, 49erFX:

  • Race Officer: Nathalie Peberel (FRA, PRO)
  • Local Race Officer: Stephan Giesen (GER)
  • Deputy Race Officer: Wolfgang Jentsch (GER)

Racing Area India, 49er:

  • Race Officer: David Campbell-James (GBR)
  • Local Race Officer: Klaus Lahme (GER)
  • Deputy Race Officer: Claudia Langenhan (GER)

Racing Area Juliett, 49er:

  • Race Officer: Luky Serrano (ESP)
  • Local Race Officer: Robert Niemczewski (GER)
  • Deputy Race Officer: Clemens Fackeldey (GER)

Racing Area Echo, Nacra17:

  • Race Officer: John Craig (USA)
  • Local Race Officer: Stephan Uden (GER)
  • Deputy Race Officer: Andreas Knospe (GER)


Equipment Inspection Schedule

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Inspection Form

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Weather Forecast Day 4

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Weather Forecast Day 3

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Weather Forecast Day 2

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Weather Forecast Day 1

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Harbour Plan

Download the harbour plan for the Euros with all important information where your boats and trailers can stay during the event.  

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Kiel-Schilksee Olympic Sailing Center hosted the 1972 Olympic Sailing Games. The facilities ashore are perfect for events of this dimension. Alongside sufficient space ashore, an 800 sqm sports hall for measurement and 800 berths. The Race Village will be located in the direct vicinity of the berth. In addition to a sail repair and marine shop in the harbor area, there is a boat repair at the Shipyard of Kiel Yacht Club 1.5 km north of the marina. Car and trailer parking, as well as camping facilities, are available in the harbor area close to the Race Village.


Sightseeing, shopping or just having a good summer time at the beach:
Check out the KIEL.SAILING CITY online GUIDE


The Kiel bay is known as one of the most versatile areas for sailing races in Germany. No influence of shoreline.The Kieler Yacht-Club can reflect upon a 125-year history and has always been involved in the organization of well-known sailing events.Besides the Kieler Woche, we were also able to host 2 Olympic sailing events and numerous World-, European- and Continental Championships.


Exclusive racing area:

  • flexibility in position according to conditions
  • no influence of shoreline
  • almost no current and no tide

Wind conditions:

NE 6%, E 14.9%, SE 11,6%, S 11.6%, SW 26.1%, W 15.2%, NW 9.8%, N 4.7%.

Wind force:

less than 1 knot 1.8%, 1-5.4 knots 9.8%, 5.4-10.8 knots 31.9%, 10.8-16.2 knots 29.7%, 16.2-21.6 knots 16.7%, 21.6-27 knots 9.1%, 27 knots and more 1.1%.

In average, August in Kiel offers medium wind speeds from a westerly direction and about 20 degrees Celsius with sunshine (6-8 hours per day in average).
(Source: Meeno Schrader, WetterWelt GmbH; Wetterkontor)





We are happy to help out with information. To avoid long distances between your housing and the event area please consider that the race office, boat park and camping site will be at the Schilksee Olympic Center, 24159 Kiel-Schilksee, Germany.

Camp Site during Kieler Woche 

Accommodation Contacts:

Tourist-Information Kiel
Andreas-Gayk-Str. 31, 24103 Kiel,
Phone.: +49 431 679 100, Fax: +49 431 67 910 99,
E-Mail: info@kiel-sailing-city.de, Web: www.kiel-sailing-city.de

Tourist-Information Strande
Strandstrasse 12, 24229 Strande,
Phone: +49 43 49 2 90, Fax: +49 43 49 90 99 74,
E-Mail: info@strande.de, Web: www.strande.de

Schwedeneck Touristik
Zum Kurstrand, 24229 Schwedeneck,
Phone.: (0 43 08) 3 31, Fax: (0 43 08) 12 60,
E-Mail: info@schwedeneck.de, Web: www.schwedeneck.de

A camping site for tents and caravans is available north of the Kiel-Schilksee Olympic Sailing Center.
A reservation in advance is neither possible or necessary!

Contact: Witt-Wohnmobile, Mr K. Witt E-mail: witt.wohnmobile@web.de

Small houses, new and modern,  for rent at the Camping Site Grönwohld (10min drive from Kiel-Schilksee). Max. 6 Persons.
They offer a special Sailor price. Please ask for it!
95€ per night.  info@groenwohld-camping.de


Weather Forecast Day 4

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Schedule of Racing

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