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14 -19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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(North Sails heading upwind on a 49er in Auckland)

After 30 expressions of interest, 11 proposals received followed by three sail makers selected to submit sail packages, the decision has been made to use the new 49er and 49erFX North Sails 3Di main and jib sails.

“This is a very exciting development,” says 49er Champion, Blair Tuke, who was one of the selectors. “It’s a first for an Olympic Class to be able to select equipment that optimizes performance, consistency, longevity and have a positive environmental impact, all in one package.”

The selection panel, which was made up of multiple Olympic medalist sailors and coaches, along with the 49er and 49er FX Class measurer, a builder’s representative and the copyright holders, used three key criteria to drive the decision. These were: improve consistency of the finished sail, improve longevity and decrease overall cost for sailors. Feedback was also considered from rigorous trialing in Australia and New Zealand with Olympic squad 49er sailors and coaches.

North Sails 3Di sails ticked all the boxes and a unanimous decision was made by the selection panel.

The new 49er and 49erFX sails will be built using the 3Di technology which is a 3D full sized molding construction process that uses composite materials. The technology enables sails to be built to the desired shape and retain shape over time. The 3Di durability has been proven with examples of VOR teams using one main sail for 35,000 miles where formally two or three laminate sails would have been used.

These benefits also translate into other major advantages – a reduction in the overall running costs of the boat as less replacement sails are needed and a more environmentally-friendly solution as the sails last longer meaning less waste, less energy used to produce and distribute and less raw materials consumed. The sails will also offer a very stable sailing experience as sailors will learn more about the sail over time and be able to exploit the sails for longer.  Modern graphics can also be applied to a large black canvas sail area on the new 49er and 49erFX sails.

The move to evaluate sails was made after a request by sailors at the 2019 and 2020 49er and 49erFX World Championships to improve sail consistency. It was also recognized that new technology in material science had evolved over since the sails were last reviewed.

Timing for the review was perfect on many levels. A sail review was due as one takes place every eight years, the review also sought to honor the EU FRAND terms and, given the spars were also under review meant the whole rig package could be considered for optimal performance.

Testing of the gennakers will continue in the UK and Holland with a decision on the supplier of gennakers likely in mid-April 2021.

We are in discussion with North regarding a build schedule and will announce the time line for availability in the coming months.

The plan is to release a small batch of advance sails to ensure all details are correct before full production begins. These will be distributed equally around the world so no region gets an advantage over others. The class will co-ordinate this initial distribution.

Sails will be sold through the usual 9er dealer network and will not be available directly from North Sails.

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.