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14 -19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar (IND) chasing down Akira Sakai with Russel Alysworth (HKG)

Ganapathy Chengappa with Varun Thakkar (IND) have won the Mussanah Open Championship, and with it a berth in the Tokyo Olympic games by the narrowest of margins. Just two points separated them from the chasing Akira Sakai with Russel Alysworth (HKG) who did all they could by winning the final four races of the regatta including the medal race. 

For India, who haven’t been to the Olympics in 49er since 2004 this represents a breakthrough moment for what has been a big effort in skiff sailing in the nation. Both the Army and Navy squads have been working hard at 49er for more than eight yeas, and to win such a close regatta will feel sweet for them.

In total, 7 different teams won races in the 49er from India, Hong Kong, Oman, China, South Africa, Korea, and China. Additionally, the Whitcraft brothers from Thailand finished fifth with a strong scoreline. It was a very competitive event and after sixteen races in a variety of conditions a great contest to see who would wind the final Olympic berth.

Benji Daniel with Alex Burger (RSA) finished fifth and earn the African berth for Tokyo. They must now convince their national selectors they should get to go to Tokyo, and if they are not added to the South African team their place will fall to the American’s based on being the next best team from the Auckland 2019 Worlds.

In the 49erFX it was a well earned victory for Chen Shasha and Ye Jin (CHN) who won six races and finished second in another six races to secure a seven point victory over Molly Highfield and Sandy Choi (HKG). The Chinese squad has come on strong in the past couple of years, mostly training in a growing domestic circuit and clearly the level they are sailing at is coming on well.

For Hong Kong there must be disappointment after coming in second in both fleets. The Hong Kong teams have been pushing hard in recent years so missing out on Tokyo after coming so close will be a disappointing end to this Tokyo run.

Tunisia earns the final 49erFX berth despite finishing only six of the sixteen races.

The 49er Class would like to extend our thanks to the Oman Sail team who did a wonderful job in organizing the regatta on short notice and to a very high standard. The sailors have worked so hard to try and get to Tokyo, and deserved a fair shot at winning the Olympic berth on the water, which they got this week thanks to the hard work of our hosts.

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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.

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

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.