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14 -19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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Jonas Warrer, the 2008 gold medalist, sailing with Jakob Jensen (DEN) had the best day on the water for the two make-up races on day 3. But the bigger story is how six teams have sailed to the top of the table leaving teams like Poland, Australia, Austria, and Croatia to play catch up.

On top is Dylan Fletcher with Stuart Bithell (GBR) tied with Diego Botin with Iago Marra (ESP). Both teams sailed solidly with only one race each outside of the top 10.

Dylan Fletcher (GBR) was feeling like the Spanish team of Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP) were paying him a bit too much attention. “They kept on tacking on us,” said the British helm racing with crew Stu Bithell. “But I suppose that means there’s a compliment there.”

Marra denied that they were paying any special attention to the British, saying it was too early to be focusing on any one team.

The best performers of the two-race session in the 49er were the Danish duo of Jonas Warrer and Jakob Precht Jensen. A port-tack start off the committee boat end of the start line launched Warrer towards the right-hand side where he saw more breeze and that led to a race win, followed by fourth in the next.

The Danes were committed and on their game for all four beats on the day, getting the side right and then winning that side. They figured out the right was working early on and committed hard to use it all.

Warrer and Jensen (DEN) set sail on the way to victory in race 5. © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Burling and Tuke (NZL) have yet to really hit their form, but even out of form remain in fourth. On the first race of the day, they were sailing well on the right side of the first beat, in the top group. Their speed wasn’t quite what it normally is, and were getting slowly rolled by the German team. On the final tacks into the windward mark, Burling fell overboard, and while the Germans rounded and cruised to a second-place finish, the Kiwi dropped into the teens and could only recover to tenth. In the second race of the day, Burling and Tuke were again in the mid-teens through the first lap, but then took advantage of a large left shift on the second beat to move into the lead pack, taking the win on the downwind. Lucky… maybe… but only lucky enough to balance the bad luck from the previous race.

NED and GER continue to sail strongly, with the top six teams separated by only 9 points heading into the second half of the regatta. While teams like Austria are only another 12 points behind and could still catch up, without a standout day or two, the field looks whittled down. We know all teams will continue the fight though, as 49er racing is notoriously high scoring and anything can happen.

Teams farther down the pack today were helped out overnight, as both Brazil and Ireland, two teams that had great days on the water were disqualified from both of the day’s races. Upon returning to shore, the entire fleet had the weight of their trapeze harnesses measured, as the maximum weight is 2kg per harness. Both teams exceeded the maximum, by only 0.09 kg for the Irish, but by 0.35 kg for the Brazilians.

Races 7 through 9 are scheduled with the FX on the TV course, be sure to tune in.

Stay up to date with photos, results, social, schedule and more via the 49er Olympic Page.

The Nacra 17 Fleet was locked into a seesaw battle for the lead, be sure to check it out.

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.

Recommended Restaurants

After a hard day on the waters, enjoy your meal in one of our recommended restaurants!

  • SOROKOS – tavern housed in NCTH premises
  • ESPERIDES – restaurant at about 100m to the left of NCTH
  • KRONOS – restaurant at about 400m to the left of NCTH

All are close to the venue and can be easily recognized by the banner “RECOMMENDED”. All are offering sailors’ menus at little cost.

We wish you Good Appetit – in Greek “Kali όrexi!”

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

Covid 19 Protocols

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Boat Park Organization

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

Shipping Prices from DB Schenker

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