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July 8-13, Helsinki, Finland

2014 European Championship

Day 6 - Finals

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Results after Race 7

Detailed after qualifying

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Helsinki, Finland – Day 1 – 2014 Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship

The opening day was a tricky one for a variety of reasons and started with a BANG.  2013 European’s Silver medalists, Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign hit a rock near the port layline of course C, splitting their hull wide open.  Brazil’s Thomas Low-Beer saw the incident, “It was extreme, they stopped so fast that the boat when vertical, bow buried, and stern straight in the air.  We tacked immediately and hoped to miss the rock.”

Dylan and Alain limped back to shore and may be done for the event, but they explained how they will try to fix it.  At least four others made contact with the bottom, including fellow Team Great Britain sailors Jon Pink and Stuart Bithell.  John and Stuart escaped somewhat and only missing the second race and the rest were able to continue.  They were able to pull their 49er onto a rib, wrestle the broken daggerboard out of the boat, pack some tape into the hole and sail with their spare board.  They left the stern plug out of the boat for the whole race, so water entering through the centerboard trunk could pulse out while they sailed.  “We drained it on the downwinds and filled her back up on the upwinds,” said Stuart Bithell.

An incident of this sort puts all sorts of pressure on race officials, who investigated the situation.  Additional marking has been placed over shallow spots on both course A and C.  Both team who missed races filed for redress and redress was granted in both cases.  Having finished 2 of the three races, John Pink and Stuart Bithell have been awarded a 7th place for race 2, the average of their other two races.  Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign, having finished no races, have a tougher climb as they will be awarded the average of their qualifying scores for races 1 and 2 if there are 6 races, and also race 3 if there are at least 7 races.  They are certainly hoping for enough wind to see the qualifying series through.


Elsewhere on the waters of Helsinki the three 49er fleets raced first in three even groups of 28.  The wind was a about 7-12 knots under a warm sun and remained quite steady through the day, building a little bit.  Jonas Warrer and Anders Thomsen (DEN) had a solid day  on course B saying that it was necessary to get left, but not necessarily only left.  As the shifts came through teams could take lifts to the right at the bottom if there was an opportunity, but in the top left there was a bit more pressure and an advantageous shift.  They scored a 1, 13, 2, and are safely on their way in this championship.

The leaders overnight are popular Italians Giuseppe Angilella and Pietro Zucchetti.  They have been on the sidelines for almost six months as Giuseppe has been having some back trouble, but he’s back now and strong enough to get out to a solid day.

Some of the overall favorites have run into a bit of trouble being disqualified for early starts.  Local favorite Lauri Lehtinen, 2012 London gold medalist Nathan Outteridge, Japanese Olympian Yukio Makino, and #sailforyoursoul Nico Delle Karth all were caught out in races.  With 83 boats going down to a 26 boat gold fleet, these teams will need to avoid more catastrophe’s on their way through qualifying.  2nd overall after the initial results came out, Jorge Lima and Jose Costa were disqualified from one of the races for a port-starboard incident and will also need to keep clean the rest of the way.


The 49erFX fleet got some glamour conditions sailing second up.  Not only did they get the best of the breeze, they also had 4 races schedule, each completed under unblemished skies.   Many of the favorites had solid days and all are still in contention.  It was taxing for the teams to race four 3 lap races, but under such glorious conditions the race committee had no choice but to push forward with the plan to run an extra race even on day 1.

Kate MacGregor and Katrina Best had a great day, with a bullet, two seconds and a twelfth.  They are followed closely by the Italians, Brazilians, and Jurczok & Llorenz from Germany.  There is lots more racing to go!  The 49erFX fleet has a tight turnaround as they are first up for 3 races on Day 2, followed by the 49er fleet with up to 4 races starting at 13:00.

Tune in at 09:00 for the Magic Marine Morning Show where we’ll have fantastic guests each day.  Day 2 will feature Matt McGovern from Ireland and Erik Heil from Germany.

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Flight assignments 49er

Flight Assignments 49er class for July 11, 2014.

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Flight Assignments 49erFX Day 4

Flight assignment 49erFX

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Pre Event Class Rules Compliance and Timetable 2014

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Pre Event and Post Race Inspections

Pre Event - Post Race Inspection

Equipment Declaration Form

All teams must fill this form in prior to arriving at inspection.

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Notice Of Race

Uploaded March 24, 2014

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Entry List updated 1.7.2014

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Sailing Instructions

Uploaded June 30, 2014

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Note to competitors

Posted July 2, 2014 at 21:59.

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Note to Competitors WiFi

The Hernesaari WiFi Network is now open.

Network name: 49er
Password: july2014


Note to Competitors route to course C

Posted July 5, 2014.

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Note to Competitors Sail Numbers

Posted July 7, 2014.

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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 A

49er Race Area B

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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