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14 -19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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With nine of 15 races completed at the Mussanah Open Championship in Oman there are five teams packed tightly atop the leaderboard in the 49er from five nations. So far the lead has changed hands at the end of each day, with Ganapathy Chengappa with Varun Thakkar (IND) surging into the lead today. In 11 knot gusting to 16 they scored a first, second, and third out of three races to move into a nine point lead atop the standings.

Second overall are young South African Sailors Benji Daniel and Alex Burger. The pair moved over to 49er two years ago after Benji sailed in the 470 and Alex from the 29er. They haven’t scored worst than seventh yet in any race and will surely be impressing the South African selectors who must approve their Olympic berth after this event.

Wei and Xiang (CHN), the Whitcraft brothers (THA) Sakai with Aylsworth (HKG), and Al Hadi with Al Kindi (OMA) are all chasing the Indians to be the top Asian nation. The Omani’s were the overnight leaders after day three, but a poor showing from them on day three moved them all the way back to sixth. It truely is anyone’s regatta to take of these six with six races remaining.

Both the top Asian and the top African teams will earn Olympic qualifying positions for Tokyo, the last berths on offer.

The 49erFX fleet also saw a lead change over night with Highfield and Choi winning two of the three races and four of six races to move just one place ahead of Shasha with Jin (CHN). The two teams are only 1 point apart and the final two days will be intense. In third overall is Klahan with Waiwai (THA) who remain in contention only seven points back, but must start winning some races if they hope to overtake the leaders.

The racing in Mussanah has been fantastic, with good winds and clear blue waters for the sailors. Day 1 was light at only six knots, but day two was twelve knots with gusts to 21 and then a moderate day 3, with 11 knots and gusts to 16. All together fantastic racing to determine the final Olympic berths.

The 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 fleets will be back in Oman in November for the 2021 World Championship.

Mussanah Open Championship Results

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.