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2014 European Championship

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10 July 2014

Helsinki, Finland – Day 3 – 2014 Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship

Twenty knot winds – gusting to 25 – made for a tough but exhilarating end to the qualifying phase of the Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship in Helsinki today. France’s Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis hammered home scores of 1,2,1,2 to take the lead in the 83-boat men’s 49er fleet, while Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze lead the women’s 51-strong 49erFX division.

While the top bunch in each fleet were racing tooth and nail, for many it was a day of survival, of getting round in once piece. In some unfortunate cases, it was a day of injury and breakage. Italy’s Francesca Clapcich has been forced to pull out of the 49erFX competition after severely damaging the ligaments in one ankle when she fell from the wing into the mainsail during a capsize. Great Britain’s Chris Grube has suffered a repeat of a back injury which has now forced him and 2007 World Champion Stevie Morrison out of the regatta.

For others, today was a shot at redemption after a poor opening to the regatta. It was a critical day for Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign, the defending European Champions who looked like their regatta was over after smashing into a rock on the first beat of the first race of the competition. “Our regatta begins today,” said Fletcher this morning, who managed to win redress for average points from the three races missed on Tuesday. A bad day in today’s four races would be amplified by the average points score, but also a good day would be amplified too. The Brits – racing in their patched-up boat – responded with some great results of 5,2,3,1, which has launched them into 2nd overall once the average points are applied. Sitting behind the Brits in 3rd place overall are the Austrians, Nico delle Karth and Nicolaus Resch, with early series leaders from Italy, Giuseppi Angilella and Pietro Zucchetti down to 4th overall, just ahead of the reigning World Champions from New Zealand, Pete Burling and Blair Tuke. It’s a measure of today’s tough conditions that even the usually impeccable Kiwis capsized three times.

Reigning Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen bounced back from a lacklustre start with some outstanding results in the strong, gusty and shifty wind. The Aussies needed to shake off a disqualification from day one, when they finished a race in first place but heard no winner’s gun after having crossed the start line too soon. “Yeah, today was better – we started behind the line today,” was Jensen’s wry comment, after clocking up three 1st places and a 3rd in their qualifying division. The most satisfying score was the race they won after lying in 15th at the first mark, according to Outteridge. “We picked off a few that were capsized, and then we did a gybe set in strong pressure on the right-hand side, and took a lot of ground. A few guys hit a rock that we managed to avoid, and we got our way to the front.”

In the 49erFX, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze didn’t win any races but still did enough to hold a slim one-point advantage at the top of the leaderboard ahead of Denmark’s Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen. The Danes started on port tack all day, looking for a clear lane away from the pack and getting to the top mark in good shape. More importantly, they were one of the few teams to avoid capsizing. “We were going fast upwind and downwind, and found some good lanes on the left side of the course,” said Nielsen, the defending European Champion who loves the challenge of such tough conditions. Behind the Danes in 3rd overall are the British crew, Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth. As with the men’s 49er, some of the top teams who had made a bad start to the regatta enjoyed the opportunity to make up the lost ground in strong winds. Denmark’s Jena Mai Hansen and Katia Iversen clocked up scores of 1,3,3 to move up to 9th overall, while the reigning World Champions from New Zealand, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech put in 2,3,1 to move to 7th overall.

It was a real physical challenge today – one that left many smiling faces.

Tomorrow the Gold Fleet racing begins, with a first start at 11:00.

Tune in at 09:00 for the Magic Marine Morning Show where we have fantastic guests each day. Day 4 will feature the Olympic gold and silver medalists from London 2012, Nathan Outteridge and Pete Burling.

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Note to competitors

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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,

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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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