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14 -19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (IRL) were one major mistake away from a stupendous day in their bid to win the final Olympic 49er berth for Tokyo 2020. The 2018 Junior World Champions won two of the three races on the day, but scored a UFD (over the start line early) in the middle race of the day to curtail any celebration. The pair can drop that race from their scoreline, but leaves them no wiggle room heading into two days of Gold fleet and a medal race. They’d said to third place across the line in that middle race, and may yet regret that small error as the regatta heats up.

Dickson and Waddilove (IRL)
European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 21 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy

Qualifying is completed in Lanzarote for both 49er and 49erFX with Gold Fleet racing becomes the focus for Olympic qualifying.

Chasing the Irish are Yannick Lefebvre and Tom Pelsmaekers (BEL) who went to Rio 2016 and are sailing well in Lanzarote. The pair continue a solid run of better than average races and are 25 points behind the Irish. That’s a fairly big gap, but gold fleet racing essentially doubles the points on offer each race, and an atainable gap to bridge. Another nine points back Farrarese and Tongi (ITA), and those three teams seeking Olympic participation that made gold fleet.

Botin and Marra (ESP) lead the fleet after winning all three races in the other fleet today, and lead a group of four spanish teams into the gold fleet. The USA also sent all four of their teams to gold fleet as they hope to be selected should one 49er spot not be accepted for Tokyo 2020.

European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 24 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy

The 49erFX fleet also saw a bit of a shake out for Olympic qualifying, though there are more teams tightly packed and into gold fleet than in the 49er. Nincevic and Zjena (CRO) hold a 2 point lead over Maenhaut and Geurts (BEL) with CZE, FIN, SWE, and RUS each qualifying for gold, though more than 20 points back of the two front runners.

The top of the 49erFX fleet remains highly contested with almost all of the 49erFX superstars in attendance. Grael and Kunze (BRA) move back into the lead with a top 10 full of capable teams trying to over take them.

The Nacra 17 racing is also ongoing with all fleets concluding on March 26 with a live broadcast medal race.

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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.


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.


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.


  • 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

Notice of Race

Updated May 5, 2021

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