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June 27, 2014 - Aarhus, Denmark

2014 Junior World Championship

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Races 1 - 9 both fleets

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A rainy calm greeted the sailor this morning as they arrived for Day 1 of the 2014 Seiko 49er & 49erFX Junior World Championship.  Coaches and Race Officers were apprehensive as to whether there would be racing, but Denmark delivered and a full complement was races was held on schedule.

The conditions were offshore, 6-12 knots and building, with flat water and the wind was very shifty.  There was no pattern to the breeze, so teams had to find clear water and then work with the wind they got.  First to find consistent form were New Zealand’s Jack Simpson and Logan Dunning Beck.  They were surprised to be out in front, as this is their first trip to Europe for 49er racing.  We caught up with them as they landed on shore.

Just coming out of the New Zealand summer, these two have been able to train every day and join their world leading countrymen, which is surely rubbing off. It must be a scary sight for the skiff world in that New Zealand already placed first and second at the 2013 worlds, with each team still well under 25, and now has another team arrive on the scene to a top placing.

Also sailing well are Spains Diego Botin and Pablo Turrado, who were 8th in the first race before rattling off two bullets to finish the day.  The shifty conditions didn’t seem to bother them too much.  The 49er fleet was here in Aarhus for the European Championship last year and can attest to the difficulty of sailing here when the wind comes from the city.  It was a very different challenge to what the fleet faced in Keil last week, with the huge waves, so many of the teams were happy to only have shifty winds to deal with.

The 44 boat 49er fleet is split evenly in two for the first to days of qualifying, and then will shift to Gold and Silver fleet after day 2.

The 49erFX fleet had to wait on shore for the first couple of hours, but got the better of the breeze as it built through the day.  Local favorites Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen have started this event the way the last event here ended, out in front!  It almost was not to be. Marie awoke early this morning with pain in her shoulder.  It didn’t frighten her away from an appointment with the local radio station, but was enough to send her to visit the doctors mid-morning.  An examination found nothing, so she took some pain medication and hit to the water!  An improving scoreline of 5, 3, 1 gives them a 1 point lead, and a full days work!

Off to a fantastic start are Lars van Stekelenborg and Foris van de Werken of the Netherlands.  Floris has been sailing the 49erFX for a year, mostly crewing for Nina Curtis, and Lars just started to sail the 49erFX after mostly sailing 470’s.  They won the first two races and had a top 10 to land in second over night.  There are 6 all male or mixed teams racing the Junior World Championships, a number the class is hoping to build on in coming years.  The transition from youth classes to the 49er has always been difficult, and with a bridge through the 49erFX fleet many men will start to find their skiff legs in the 49erFX now.

Rounding out the top three are Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz also of the Netherlands.   They had their worst race to start the day and finished off with two second places.  With Annette turning 21 tomorrow, they will be hoping the sacrifice of a 21st birthday traditional home cooked meal for all her friends back home will be paid back with good results again on day 2.

The plan for day 2 will be the same as it was on day 1, with 49er up first and 49erFX joining part way through the day.  At the end of day 2, the 49er fleet will split in to gold and silver fleets, with the top 25 making gold.

For Results, photos, videos, and more it’s all at: http://49er.org/event/2014-junior-world-championship/

2014 SEIKO 49er & 49erFX is organised by Sailing Club Bugten and Aarhus Sailing Club in conjunction with Sailing Aarhus, City of Aarhus, Sport Aarhus Events and Sport Event Denmark and is sponsored by SEIKO, Harboe Brewery, Böklunder, Pantaenius, Dinghy Shop Danmark and Key West.

Highlights and Interviews

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in Aarhus

Notice to Competitors

Day 3 Groups

Ammendment 4

This file explains the plans for days 3 and 4 and includes some amendments to the SI's.

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Changes to Sailing Instructions

Amendment No 1

Sailing Instruction 7 – Schedule of races

On Sunday and Monday, the time for the first warning signal will be 11.00 Hrs.

Christian Lerche, PRO

27 June 2014, 2100 Hrs.




Amendment No 2

Sailing Instructions Attachment C (Format of Racing) point 4:

Points from qualifying races with one discard and final races with no discards are added together to get the championship points score.

Note: The scoring in the final races will not count double.

Christian Lerche, PRO

27 June 2014, 2100 Hrs.


Sailing Instructions

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Notice of Race

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This event was formerly known as the Youth World Championship, but has been changed to the Junior World Championship to better line up with the Finn and 470 class and to avoid conflict with the ISAF Youth World Title that is used at the U18 level.

The championship remains U24 by the end of the calendar year.  The championship is also open in terms of gender for both 49er & 49erFX in terms of participation, but the title for 49er will go to the top male pair and the title for 49erFX will go to the top female pair.