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July 18-20 - Gdynia, Poland

2014 Polish 49er Grand Prix

LOTTO 49er Grand Prix Gdynia 2014 is a three day racing event with maverick format. There will be short course close to the shore with a part of theatre style racing. Main goals are to get some good training and promote 49er and FX sailing and sponsors.

 
There is scheduled eleven races, one medal race and night race.
Prizes for winners are €7.500 total.
 
The program also includes press conferences, parties and beach activities.
 
There is free accommodation for the first seven registered teams and entries are limited up to 20 boats in each class. Finnlines gives competitors the opportunity to receive a discount for equipment transport on the route Helsinki – Gdynia. 
 
We would like to invite you for the fifth edition of Polish 49er Grand Prix. Next year, the regatta will be held in Gdynia probably in July.
 
For more information, please see http://49ergrandprix.com/.
 
If you have any questions please contact us by email: 49erGrandPrix@gmail.com
 
Facebook (with photos from last year): www.facebook.com/49erGrandPrixGdynia
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Exactly at 22:00 race commitee started Night Race of LOTTO 49er Grand Prix Gdynia.

5 teams competed for Tissot Watches in great sailing conditions.

There was 10-12kt of wind and pretty wavy. Sailors had to sail 3 laps on windward- leeward course.
Oppositet to last year, when there was no wind and it was pumping race this time it was real sailing.
First on the lead was young team Ponieczyński/ Wierzbicki. Boys took better tactic on the start to hold the boat closer to the shore. They started to sail earlier and took advantage above 150 meters to following teams.
Three boats of Januszewski, Przybytek and Basalkin were fighting for the second place.
After race Paweł Kołodziński told: “It was really amazing to sail in such conditions. Lights made it easy to handle the boat, but it was impossible to see shifts.”
On lap 3 rivalry was on highest level as Ponieczyński lost some meters. On the last windward mark there were 3 boats just neck to neck.
Fast downwind course and everything was to depend of sprint to the finish through crowds on the shore to the finish line.

Finally best decision took Łukasz Przybytek who last dropped spinaker and did not took the foils up. He left his crew with boat heeled very much and run as Usain Bolt.
Trully Łukasz was even faster to come back to Paweł to help him with the boat 🙂 Fortunately regatta stuff helped all sailors to manage the boats.

There was no second in this race, but we need to congratulate for all sailors for great spectacle.
Organizers rate audience at 1500 people on the beach. Amazing!

 

 

 

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