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4-9 May 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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Day 5 of the Forward WIP 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships was the windiest yet, but only for a short while as the conditions changed wildly across Lake Attersee.

49erFX: Two points gap between Germany and Norway

In the first race of the afternoon, Willemijn Offerman and Elise Ruyter of the Netherlands took the winner’s gun ahead of Norway’s Helene Næss and Marie Rønningen. Third across the line were another Dutch team, the double World Champions Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz. The series leaders Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke suffered a rare fall from grace, finishing 14th across the line.

This put the Norwegians just two points behind Germany in the overall standings. After a long while waiting for the new wind to settle, the next race eventually got underway but only in marginal trapezing conditions. There was a big pile-up at the pin end of the start line and it took a while for some of the fleet to extract themselves from the melée. The Norwegians were chasing the Germans on port tack, but new stronger breeze from the left, saw Næss and Rønningen lift up inside Lutz and Beucke. Norway led around the mark by two boatlengths from the Germans who squeezed around the mark narrowly ahead of a Swedish and Croatian boat and the rest of the pack. 

The Norwegians and Germans picked up the last of the breeze to carry them down at good speed towards the bottom of the course while the two boatlength deficit for the next boats translated into more than a thousand metres of advantage for the front two in the race, also the front two on the leaderboard. But the race was abandoned before Norway reached the leeward gate. 

An opportunity missed, but as ever the Norwegians take it in their stride, laughing at their bad luck but ready to battle another day. With a 16 points gap back to third placed Italians, Carlotta Omari and Matilda Distefano, Næss and Rønningen are more likely to be looking forward at the Germans two points ahead, wondering if they can win back the European trophy that they won two years ago in Poland.

49er Open: Bragging rights for Denmark

The 49ers didn’t manage to complete a race, although the one that was abandoned was still pretty thrilling. Jonas Warrer and Jakob Precht lost the pre-start battle for the pin end to the Dutch team of Bart Lambriex and Pim van Vugt, and the Danes were forced to reach off underneath the fleet, giving away vital distance to find a clear lane. The next two minutes were a masterclass in how to fight back from a losing position and convert it into a winning one. 

It became clear why the Danes hadn’t done the typical thing of tacking away on to port when the start went bad. They really wanted the left and had correctly anticipated the wind was trending that way. By the top mark Warrer and Precht had eked out a good lead, playing the small puffs and dodging the patches of zero breeze better than the Dutch who were eight around the top mark. 

Then all hell broke loose as Force 4 gusts suddenly bulleted into the fleet without warning, accelerating the race from a drifter to full-on blast as some boats struggled to bear away. The breeze increased and shifted so far left so quickly that some boats had to drop their gennakers to make it to the leeward gates. Unfortunately for the Danes the race was abandoned but they at least could enjoy the confidence boost of having recovered so well from a poor start. The unreliable breeze on the southernmost race course meant no more racing for the 49ers today.

So the overall 49er standings remained unchanged, with Lambriex and van Vugt, holding a 3 point lead over Germany’s Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf in second overall with Šime and Mihovil Fantela of Croatia in third overall and just 5 points from the leader. 

With the championship behind schedule and reliable wind in short supply, the organisers have opted for a very early morning start for the concluding day, in a bit to catch the southerly breeze before it dies out. Racing is scheduled for 7.20am, with four races each for the Nacra 17 and the 49er and 49erFX Gold Fleets.

About Thessaloniki

In 316 B.C. at the inlet of Thermaikos Gulf ancient king Kassandros founded a new city, which he named for his wife Thessaloniki, stepsister of Alexander the Great. For centuries, as co-capital of the Byzantine empire and afterwards, Thessaloniki was the crossroads of nations and has attracted many foreign rule thus establishing an international character by sustaining the coexistence of various and diverse civilizations, religions and cultures. Today as we entered the 21st century, Greece’s second largest city has become the headquarters of many organizations and institutions aimed at the reconstruction and development of the Balkans. Innumerable Byzantine monuments and churches, the magnificent findings from the royal tombs in Vergina, the famous national theater, an outstanding cuisine, its intensive night-life and its proximity to the suburbs beaches of Halkidiki, make modern Thessaloniki an even more attractive point for tourism in Greece.

Culture

Due to the city’s rich and diverse history, Thessaloniki houses many museums dealing with many different eras in history. Two of the city’s most famous museums include the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Apart from its recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Thessaloniki is home to a

 number of prominent archaeological sites worth visiting.

Coffee Lovers

Drinking coffee is by far one of the greatest pleasures for the Greeks. Our national drink probably costs more than it should, but lasts longer than anywhere else. The average time devoted to this beloved habit is at least 40 minutes; drinking coffee is kind of a ritual almost for every Greek.

Food and wine

The second largest city of this Mediterranean country, Thessaloniki is a paradise for foodies. While displaying its historical landmarks, the sun-drenched, charming and eastern-flavored Salonika (as the city was previously known as) offers its visitors the opportunity to discover the Greek cuisine with all its original dishes and culinary influences. If you truly wish to discover the secrets of the Macedonian wine, the wineries of Epanomi, Kalohori, Osa and Askos Sohou are the right places to begin with!

Important, historic locations like the “Gerovasileiou” domain will gladly accept you.

Nightlife

Thessaloniki used to be called “the city that never sleeps”, just like NYC. Even though this is not totally true anymore, you can always find another place to go for another beer, in case you really wanna stay out till the morning. The city’s nightlife has been changing a lot, during the last 10 years, but it has always been very versatile. You can do pretty much anything you’d possibly like. From trendy cocktail bars to old-school rock bars and from bar with live music to bouzoukia, you can still find a place to satisfy your needs and desires as a guest.

EVENT PROGRAM

  • Saturday 1 May 0900 Venue opens
    • 0900 – 1800 Registration
  • Sunday 2 May 0900 – 1800 Registration
  • Monday 3 May 0900 – 1100 Registration
    • 1255 Practice Races
    • 1800 Competitors Briefing
    • 1900 Opening Ceremony
  • Tuesday 4 May TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Wednesday 5 May TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Thursday 6 May TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Friday 7 May TBA Final Series Races
  • Saturday 8 May TBA Final Series Races
  • Sunday 9 May TBA Final Series Races
    • 1500 Medal Races Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony as soon as possible after Racing

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Registration for the regatta is via manage2sail. Here is the link to Europeans registration.