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5-11 July 2021 / Gdynia, Poland

2021 Junior World 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…

Day 1 Highlights

The link to the official notice board for further updates is here

Sailing Instructions

Open file

Registration for Sailors is open now. It can be found here, and don’t forget to also become a member of the class.

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Registration for coaches is open now. It can be found here:

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You can register after clicking “entry form” bookmark and adding “Support boat fee / Coach fee” to the cart. Then you need to proceed to checkout. Preferred payment method is credit card.

Notice of Race

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Arrival and Quarantine Information

The teams can arrive as early as they like. However we, as PYA will finance their mooring in the Gdynia Marina only from 2nd of July (the starting date of the whole GSD). Before that they will need to discuss leaving their equipment in the Marina with the Marina managers, which should not be a problem.   The current Polish restrictions are as follows:   Rules for travelers coming to Poland from the Schengen area   Travelers will be quarantined unless they test negative for COVID-19. The test will have to be performed no later than 48 hours before crossing the border. Test type: PCR or antigenic. The new rules will apply to all means of transport: collective and individual transport as well as crossing the border on foot. Travelers who have been quarantined in Poland will be able to take a test, the negative result of which will release them from quarantine.   Rules for travelers coming to Poland from outside the Schengen area   Each traveler will be placed in quarantine. A test performed in the country of origin of the person will not be released from quarantine. Travelers who have been quarantined may take a test in Poland, the negative result of which will release them from quarantine. Test type: PCR or antigenic.   The vaccine will release you from quarantine   People vaccinated against COVID-19 will be released from quarantine. This will apply to people who have been issued a certificate of vaccination with a vaccine that has been authorized in the European Union.

For competitors from outside the EU:

Legally, Polish borders remain closed for travelers from outside EU. But, there is a permit for sports: 9. foreigners whose arrival takes place in connection with the participation, as a competitor, member of the training staff, doctor, physiotherapist or referee, in international sports competitions organised on the territory of the Republic of Poland by an international sports federation operating in Olympic or Paralympic sports or another recognized by the International The Olympic Committee or organized by an international sports organization with a continental range belonging to such a federation or a Polish sports association, as well as accredited journalists, after documenting to the Border Guard officer the fact of the competition, the date and nature of participation in a relevant letter issued by the organiser of the competition or certified by the Polish sports association competent in given sport. Each of these cases is considered individually by the Polish Border Guards. So sailors from outside of EU that would like to join the event, need to provide a scan of their passport and details about their flight (or other way of crossing the borders), preferably directly to Anna (email Anna Kuder <a.kuder@pya.org.pl>). She will let the Border Guards know about our event and try to obtain permits for the crews.