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14 -19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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Mikolaj Staniul with Kuba Sztorch (POL) won a tit for tat battle with Tim Fischer with Fabian Graf that played out over two 49er gold races on the final day in Thessaloniki.

The two leading teams were separated by only two points heading into the day. Both teams initially got ok starts, but then the Germans fouled another team and had to do a spin, setting them back in the fleet. By the top of the beat, the Poles were ahead, and then managed to finish with a boat in between the Germans, setting up a tie heading into the final race.

Again, both boats got off the line well, and were both heading back to the middle of the course on Port up the first beat when the Germans tacked off and dug left a bit farther. By the time the two came together again the Poles were again ahead, and then again matched the Germans around the race track to secure the win.

For Staniul and Sztroch they’ve now set a milestone for Poland in 49er skiff after years of being incredibly close to capturing the European Championship. Both of their Polish team mates, Lukasz with Pawel and Buksak with Wiersbicki have come very close to winning the Euros, but have come up short teach time. In this win, the younger Pols score a milestone for their program, but also beat their training partners for the first time ever at a Championship. It is certainly an event to lay down their intentions toward Paris inclusion.

In second place are Fischer with Graf, who had not raced in over a whole years since they lost out on Tokyo inclusion at the last European Championship. The years of practice clearly showed as they built up through the week and had an incredible run toward the tile.

Poland also secures the Bronze medal through Lukasz with Pawel, who lead for the early parts of the regatta but faultered in the closing days.

Van Aanholt and de Ruyter (NED) take wide victory despite struggles

While Dutch sailors celebrated the silver medal win in Tokyo of Bekkering with Duetz, the Dutch squad of FX sailors continued to work on their trade. The squad mentality they share in the Netherlands, frequently switching partnerships paid of clearly here in Thessaloniki as van Aanholt teamed up with de Ruyter only two weeks before starting the regatta. Both teams were trying to figure out what to do as their respective teammates fell injured (in non sailing related incidents). They decided to team up, and sailed a drama filled week to sit clear on top of the standings.

In their first race they lost a cap shroud and had to do an on water replacement in between races. In the fifth race van Aanholt was hoisted by the jaw by the boat behind them on a set, and needed a trip to hospital (after finishing the race) to ensure no structural damage was done. The next day was not their best, but they managed to recover after that and managed to put up six top 10 results in a row before finishing second in the medal race to win by 30 points.

Dutifully watching from shore were the van Aanholt parents, who commented on how many hurdles every champion must overcome on their journey. Winning is not easy for anyone, and while the public may see the victory celebrations, it is the trials along the way that defines the sailor. Some of the biggest smiles of the week will belong to the Dutch pair, and next we’ll see if they keep going as a partnership.

The rest of the podium battle was quite tight, with seven teams seeking medals going into the medal race. With a ten point margin, the Croatian pair of Nincevic with Vitturi  managed to hold onto the silver medal position with a hard fought sixth in the medal race.

Nincevic with Vitturi were heartbroken after missing the Tokyo cuttoff narrowly at the European Qualifier in Lanzarote this recent spring. They took a small break, but then got back to sailing. While they were watching the Olympians race in the early hours in Europe, they would follow that up with hard training each day, hungry to ensure they are not left out again.

The Bronze medal was hotly contested throughout the medal race, with four teams only separated by four points and another ten points back. Denmark, Canada, Malta, and Poland were essentially tied, with only the Pols needing a boat in between to win the bronze medal between the bunch.

Canada and Denmark split directions after the start with the Danish winning the pin and the Canadians taking the right after a Port Tack Option start. The Maltese and Polish came off the line on starboard and headed left leaving only the Canadians on the far right.

One by one, as the top of the beat unfolded it seemed like the left boats were behind the right boats, and that proved out as the Italians and Canadians rounded one, two, followed tightly by the rest of the teams.

The downind proved little but most teams seemed to change tactics for the second beat, sticking to the left hand side of the course. The Canadians rounded clearly and then covered the Maltese team up the beat. The Dutch took over second place, but Canada’s Lewin-LaFrance sister, Georgia and Antonia, held off the Maltese team and took third in the medal race, and won the Bronze medal.

The Maltese Schulteis sisters finish fourth overall, and third European showing great form for a crew of 20 and 18 years old respectively.

Gimson and Burnet Paving the Path to Paris

While the other medal winners of the ‘fast boat’ fleets are taking vacations and signing autographs, Gimson and Burnet (GBR) already have their sites firmly set on Paris. They jumped straight back into the Nacra 17 fleet ‘to get some more racing,’ said Burnet, commenting that there has been so little racing in the past two years they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to gain more experience. That sounds like a team firmly focussed on the next step of their journey.

“It seems like each quad, the teams that get off to a good start manage to keep it up,” commented Gimson. Tita was well ahead by 2017 in the last quad, and they ended up on top too.

Gimson and Burnet had the regatta well sewn up by the time fleet racing was abandoned for the medal race. They finished  30 points clear in the lead over Ugolini and Calfi (ITA).

The medal race had a bit of dramatics, as the wind was quite up and down, impacting most severely on White with Urwin (GBR) who got caught deep into the straight set corner while many others in the fleet gybeset sped off at nearly double their speed on the first downwind.

That mixup of the fleet order allowed Petard with Berthomieu (FRA) to overtake the second British crew and secure a bronze medal for France.

Full results, photos, video, and stories at: https://nacra17.org/events/2021-european-championship/

Meanwhile…

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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