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2019 Volvo European Championship

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The 2019 49er, 49erFX & Nacra17 European Championship, this year to be competed on the waters off Weymouth, will see Olympic hopefuls pushing to qualify their countries and themselves for the ever nearer Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. There is one team however, who aren’t as concerned with qualification, as they are with enjoying the ride.

Father and son duo, Roger (65) and Simon (35) Coles from Lee on Solent Sailing Club will be competing for one last time together in the 49er, before Roger ‘hangs up his harness’. First stepping foot on a 49er in 1998, Roger says he’s accumulated “about 15 years” in a class that is “simple to setup, physically demanding but very rewarding when you get it right.”

In a country such as England, where double handed boats are many and varied, it’s a fair question to ask ‘Why the 49er?’ As the helm, Simon says “Once you have planed upwind on the wire, as a helmsman you won’t go back to sitting out. With the upgrades to the carbon rig over the years, the boat just got better and better to sail. It’s still one of the few boats that just going for a sail in can be as rewarding as racing.” Simon’s first foray into 49er sailing was aged 16, and he owned his first boat aged 17, in 2000.

Simon & Roger Coles – Lee On Solent Sailing Club

Being an Olympic class, it can be a daunting prospect for club sailors committing to sail a boat against full time professional sailors. But there is a silver lining that is often overlooked amongst many sailors. While the Cole’s both agree it can be tough racing against the pros, putting yourself in the mix or in front of full time atheletes is what makes racing this boat so rewarding.

“It can be daunting at first, but once you relax its amazing to be able to test yourself against some of the best sailors around, and the majority of them are really helpful in the dinghy park,” Simon says.

Roger agrees that there’s plenty of benefits having access to some of the best sailors in the world. “The Pro’s are happy to help with tuning tips, and often there is a training day before the events where an Olympic coach will be available. We have been helped by John Pink & Mark Asquith at these sessions”.

The other positive side effect of the 49er being an Olympic class is the access and affordability of used boats and gear. With most top teams running multiple boat programs and renewing equipment regularly, you can pick up a lightly used set of sails for a fraction of the price of new ones. Complete or ‘bring-your-own sails’ 49ers are often available for charter in most major sailing regions, meaning that the international event you had your eye on now only requires you to jump on a flight with your sails and go sailing, without the costs and logistics of packing and shipping your own boat.

Roger highlights that the 49er is a great option for club sailors looking at the class as their next boat. “49ers can be picked up relatively cheaply in the UK, and you can be going faster than almost everything else out there, and having more fun! It can be a challenge to sail, especially if you have waves where you sail, but the rewards are so high it’s defiantly worth it.
Unlike other high performance boats, there isn’t a million and one bits or rope to pull, just sheets, kicker and Cunningham, so you spend more time sailing and less time worrying if this or that is right (or fixing things!)”

At 65 years young, Roger is a testament to the class and its use-ability for a wide range of sailors. The sheet loads are light and easy to handle, and the ergonomics which set the boat apart when it was first released in 1996, ensure’s the potential for injury is minimal compared to other double handed high performance classes. With the introduction of the 49erFX rig in 2012, which is set atop the standard 49er hull, there is also the option for lighter sailors or those wanting a more manageable setup.

For the grass roots 49er sailors who are sitting on the fence about heading to Weymouth for the Europeans in May, Simon & Roger encapsulate what you can expect from the week of racing.

“You can expect some fierce racing, set on some of the best 49er waters in the world, especially if we race inside Portland, and also a great camaraderie from us weekend warriors. You will also have a chance to test yourself against the best 49er sailors in the worl… there is not many other sports where you can line up against Olympic champions on the same course.”

The 49er Class wishes the best of luck to Roger and Simon at the 2019 Europeans, and maybe if they’re still having fun they will delay retirement until the Masters Worlds, planned for Lake Como in August 2020. With that regatta immediately following a Junior Worlds, there will be plenty of charters available.

To view the Notice of Race and submit your entry to the 2019 European Championship, go to the events page at 49er.org or click the link below to be taken directly to the entry portal. Late entry fee’s apply from April 1st, 2019, so make sure you submit your entry and we’ll see you in Weymouth.

http://www.rya.org.uk/racing-events/2019-europeans

What We Do
 
The Academy is a multifaceted business.  The driving force and focus are the sailing events, but to sustain the facilities and business the WPNSA has several other revenue streams;
 
• Squad training through the RYA and class associations
• Other sporting events such as cycling, triathlons and running
• Meetings facilities including conferences and corporate days
• Functions such as; weddings, parties, dinner dances and awards
• Boat hoist and dry storage
• Membership
 
WPNSA has close links with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) working with them in many significant events such as the Sailing World Cup and Youth National Championships.  In addition, WPNSA is the training base for the British Sailing Team.
 
Our History
 
The Royal Yachting Association had been trying for decades to secure a suitable site locally to make the most of these natural advantages, but the opportunity came when in 1999 it was announced that the Royal Naval Air Station at Portland was to be closed.
 
A group of local people established a not-for-profit company to take the vision of a national centre of excellence for the sport of sailing forward and with the support of the Royal Navy, the Royal Yachting Association, the South West Regional Development Agency, Sport England and all the local authorities in the area, this idea started to take shape.  The Academy started sailing operations on the site in March 2000.
 
After initially operating from the disused military buildings and facilities, in 2003 the Academy was in a position to start construction work on redeveloping the site.  At the same time the London bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was gathering momentum and the Academy was selected as part of the sailing venue in the bid to the International Olympic Committee.
 
Construction works were completed in the spring of 2005 and HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the new Academy buildings on 9th June 2005.  Less than a month later London was selected as the venue for the 30th Olympiad.  This impressive facility had therefore moved from starting sailing operations on the site to being part of an Olympic venue in slightly more than five years.  Once the decision had been made to award the 2012 Games to London, plans were put in place to further enhance the facilities to bring them up to the standard required by the International Olympic Committee.  The Olympic Delivery Authority then funded further marine works to meet these standards.  These works, consisting of additional reclamation of the harbour, new slipways, construction of a breakwater and pontoons were finished in 2008, on time and on budget, making the Academy the first of the 2012 venues to be completed.
 
Development of the Academy has provided first class facilities including 220 metres of slipway accessible at all states of wind and tide as well as 600 dinghy spaces and 125 protected marina berths for ribs and yachts.

Regatta information   Results: Results will be posted race by race, as they happen

  Schedule: Wednesday 8 May          1700                    Beach Clean   Monday 13 May              1055                    Qualifying Races   Tuesday 14 May              1055                    Qualifying Races   Wednesday 15 May        1055                    Qualifying Races   Thursday 16 May             1055                   Qualifying or Fleet Races   Friday 17 May                   1055                   Fleet Races   Saturday 18 May              1055                   Fleet Races   Sunday 19 May                 0955                   Fleet Races 1500                    Medal Races TBC                      Prize giving  

Sailing Instructions

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Notice of Race

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49er Race Management Guidelines

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Support Boat Regulations

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Practice Race Course Assignments

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Change to Sailing Instructions #1 (Nacra Class Rules)

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Change to Sailing Instructions #2 (3 Changes)

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Information from Jury

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Addendum Q

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Addendum Q Information

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Standard Penalties

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Change Notice #3

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Question and Answer #1

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Notice to Competitors #5

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Notice to Competitors #6 (Flight Assignments 13th May)

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Notice to Competitors #7

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Notice to Competitors #8

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SI Change #2

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SI Change #4 (Time Corrected)

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Notice to Competitors #9 (Flight Assignments 14th May)

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Notice to Competitors #11

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Notice to Competitors #12

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Notice to Competitors #13

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Notice to Competitors #14 (Flight Assignments 15th May)

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Notice to Competitors #15

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Notice to Competitors #16

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Notice to Competitors #17

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SI Change #6

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Notice to Competitors #18

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Notice to Competitors #19 (Intention on Racing Schedule)

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Notice to Competitors #20 (Flight Assignments 16th May)

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Notice to Competitors #21 (Tracker Collection 16th May)

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Notice to Competitors #22 (Failure to Tally – 16th May)

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Notice to Competitors #23 ( (Breach of Support Boat Regulations)

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Notice to Competitors #24 (Breach of Support Boat Regulations)

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Change To SI #7 (Racing Schedule - Day 5 – May 17)

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Notice to Competitors #25 (Tracker Collection 17th May)

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Notice to Competitors #26 (Technical Committee - Boat Presentation)

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Notice to Competitors #27 (Intention to Protest)

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Notice to Competitors #28 (Intention to Protest)

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Notice to Competitors #29 (The Technical Committee - Protest)

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Change to SI’s #8 (Racing Schedule - Day 6 – May 18)

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Notice to Competitors #31 (Tracker Collection 18th May)

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Change to SI’s #8 (Code of Conduct)

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Notice to Competitors #32 Course Allocation Change. (Assignment of Fleet to Racing Areas)

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Notice to Competitors #33 Course Allocation Change. (Assignment of Fleet to Racing Areas)

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Notice to Competitors #34 (Breach Of Support Boat Regulations)

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Notice to Competitors #35 Failure to Tally – 18th May

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Change to SI's #11( Racing Schedule - Day 7 – May 19)

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Notice to Competitors #36 (Change to Coaches Briefing 19th May)

Notice to Competitors #36 (Change to Coaches Briefing 19th May)

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Notice to Competitors #37 (Medal Race Inspections)

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Notice to Competitors #38 ("U Flag Rule" )

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Notice to Competitors #39 ((Tracker Collection 19th May

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Day 4 Highlights

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