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July 8-13, Helsinki, Finland

2014 European Championship

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Kiwis top the men’s and women’s leaderboards

 Helsinki, Finland – Day 5 – 2014 Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship

Both the men’s and women’s World Champions sit in pole position going into the deciding day of the Seiko 49er & 49erFX European Championship in Helsinki. In the 49erFX, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech moved ahead of the defending European Champions, Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen, after a solid day in strengthening winds. The New Zealanders scored 2,5,4 in the 27-boat Gold Fleet, and carry 42 points into the final day, a single point ahead of the Danes. Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze looked set to take back the yellow jerseys for Sunday’s three theatre-style races, but after scoring 3 and 1 in the first two heats they picked up a disappointing 11th in the final heat which puts them in 3rd overall, but still only 5 points off the lead.

As the breeze built throughout the afternoon, touching 18 knots by the end of play, two Dutch crews moved to the fore, but Nielsen and Olsen got on a charge downwind to the finish and just stole victory in the final race, the Danish looking very confident with their speed and boathandling the windier it became. Even when they left their spinnaker drops too late on the previous laps, the reigning European Champions somehow kept the wheels on the wagon and look in good shape to defend their title. Along with the Brazilians and Kiwis, they hold a good margin over the rest of the field, although another Danish crew – Jena Mai Hansen and Katja Iversen – are in 4th place and still very much within striking distance.

In the men’s 49er, Pete Burling and Blair Tuke had a rare slip-up in today’s first race, sailing out to the right and into the wrong corner of the race track, leaving them deep in the pack at the first mark. With the wind barely into double-figures for the men’s first race, the Kiwi World Champions failed to exert their usual boatspeed advantage and could only manage a 16th. It was the Austrians who finished 4th at the 2012 Olympic Games – Nico Delle Karth and Nikolaus Resch – who won the race ahead of Italy’s Jacopa Plazzi and Umberto Molinaris.

As the breeze started to build into the early teens, normal service was resumed as the New Zealanders put the hammer down to win the next two races. Burling and Tuke, unbeaten in a regatta since taking the silver medal at the London 2012 Games, have won five of the six heats in the Gold Fleet final. This gives them an 11-point advantage over their arch rivals from Australia and reigning Olympic Champions, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. The Aussies sailed a solid first race today, coming 3rd behind the Austrian and Italian crews, but then slid to 15th in the next. Finally in the third race we saw the Kiwis and Aussies in a proper head-to-head, rounding in 1st and 2nd at the top mark. “But then we misjudged our approach to the bottom gate,” admitted Outteridge. “We wanted to come into the marks with some heat, but we overcooked it and didn’t realise how much the breeze had built.”

The misjudgment briefly handed the lead to Great Britain’s Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign, although the Kiwis proved unstoppable in the stronger wind. “We knew we couldn’t match them boat for boat,” said Fletcher. “Pete and Blair have an incredible amount of speed at the moment, and they maybe 8 kilos heavier than us, so we had to try something different.” Even so, the Brits held on to the lead at the final turning mark, but allowed the Kiwis to gybe-set into stronger breeze on the right-hand side of the course. The Aussies followed suit, and both Antipodean crews managed to get past the Brits on the final run to the finish.

Fletcher and Sign still hold 3rd overall, and are only 3.4 points behind Outteridge. Just a few points further back in 4th place are the recent winners of Kiel Week, Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel from Germany, the bronze medallists at last year’s European Championship. With the Theatre Style racing comprising three short-course races with boundary ropes, and involving just the top 10 boats in the overall standings, there are still many opportunities for an upset. But as of this evening, things couldn’t be much better for the Kiwis who sit at the top of both leaderboards.

Live TV coverage of the Theatre Style racing starts at 13:00 on Sunday.

Tune in at 09:00 tomorrow for the Magic Marine Morning Show where we have fantastic guests each day.  Day 6 will feature Jena Mai Hansen, Molly Meech, Charlotte Dobson, Dylan Fletcher and Blair Tuke.

Here you can view the video from day 5

Photo credits: Mick Anderson, www.sailingpix.dk

Report by Andy Rice, www.sailingintelligence.com

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Note to competitors

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Note to Competitors WiFi

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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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