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14 -19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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Jan Germani and Giorgia Bertuzzi (ITA) burst onto the 49erFX scene with a sixth at the 2020 Kieler Woche. Italy has been in need of a leading replacement after the retirement of Conti – Clapchich and these two young women emerged at the top of the game just before the final Olympic qualifier. Unfortunately for them, and Italy, the 2021 Lanzarote regatta did not go their way and Italy failed to qualify for Tokyo.

A few months farther along, and it is clear this setback won’t be forever, as the duo sits atop the 2021 Junior World Championship after three days of qualifying. Heading into two days of Gold fleet to decide the title, the pair have finished nine races each in the top six, and hold a three-point lead in the 54 boat fleet.

Chasing the Italian pair are the first of five German teams in the top ten, Inga-Marie Hofmann with Catherine Bartelheimer who managed to win two races thus far, and are certainly well in contention overall. Returning bronze medalists from the 2019 Junior World Champions, Willemijn Offerman with Elise Ruyter (NED) sit as third female and fourth overall.

Winning day three was Mathilde Lovadina with Alicia Fras (FRA) with a 1, 2 and moving up into sixth.

Winning Day 3 smiles from Lovadina / Fras

The 2021 Junior World Championship is the first time the fleet has gotten back together in full, all be it at the Junior level since Covid struck. While the number of competitors from outside Europe is down, especially from Oceania and Asia due to travel restrictions, teams from both America’s are competing, and the overall fleet size is almost at a record.

The 49er fleet is lead by Mikolaj Staniul with Jakub Sztorch (POL) on their home waters in Gdynia, Poland. They have built a seven-point lead and won five of nine qualifying races to date, so clearly they are on the tops of their game right now. Chasing them are Uruguay’s Hernan Umpiere with Fernando Diz. One of two South American teams in the top twelve, Hernan is the younger brother of Phillip Umpiere who raced on the 49er scene for years. Prettner with Flachberger (AUT) sint in third place over a top ten compresied of eight nations. Of additional note is the first appearance of Mathias Berthet with Alexander Franks-Penty (NOR), as the pair won three 29er World titles in 2018 and 2019, and now have worked their way up into the ranks of 49er.

Mikolaj Staniul / Jakub Sztorch (POL) leading 49er overall

The Nacra 17 fleet has its largest ever Junior contingent with fourteen boats on the starting line. Gianluigi Ugolini with Maria Giubilei (ITA) so far look well on their way to defending their 2019 title with six wins from nine races, though they had their two worst races thus far to finish out day three.

Ugolini / Giubilei (ITA) having a great start.

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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

Nautical Club of Thessaloniki welcomes teams as soon as they would like, but please email nautical@ncth.gr to book your space.

  • Saturday11 September 0900 – 1800 Registration
  • Sunday12 September 0900 – 1800 Registration 
  • Monday13 September 0900 – 1100 Registration 
  • 1255 Practice Races
  • 1800 Competitors Briefing
  • 1900 Opening Ceremony
  • Tuesday 14 September TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Wednesday 15 September TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Thursday 16 September TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Friday 17 September TBA Final Series Races
  • Saturday 18 September TBA Final Series Races
  • Sunday 19 September TBA Final Series Races
  •  1900 Closing Ceremony

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.

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