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5-11 July 2021 / Gdynia, Poland

2021 Junior World Championship

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Day five was another good ‘Bay Day’ for the 49er and 49erFX fleets before it turned a bit lighter and less predictable for the Nacra 17s in the late afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectators lined the shore at Queensland Beach to watch the 49erFX racing
  • Elsewhere on St Margaret’s Bay, it was another classic day of sea breeze racing for the 49ers and Nacra 17 fleets
  • Dutch lead in the 49er and 49erFX fleets
  • Bissaro & Frascari beat Tita & Banti to a Nacra 17 race win

With one day remaining at the 49er and FX World Championship the Dutch are in a position to repeat a World Championship victory in both events. Bart Lambriex with Floris van der Werken in the 49er sailed a 1, 5, 8 in the gold fleet to extend out to a 24-point lead. Meanwhile, competing on the beach course, Odile van Aanholt with Annette Duetz sailed a 2, 1, 3 in the FX fleet to overtake the Swedish pair Vilma Bobeck and Rebecca Netzler, and have an 11-point lead.

Neither lead is safe as racing concludes on September 5 with a single fleet race at 10:00 am local time in Nova Scotia followed by a medal race for each fleet at 14:00.

The sleepers in the 49er must be the Fantela brothers from Croatia who have just enough opportunity with a fleet and medal race to knock the Dutch from their perch.

Launching into the top three in race 12, the brothers were on perfect form until seaweed sent them back to 21st. They followed that with a 3,1, adding to their march towards the top of the fleet that followed a slow start to the championship, where only the Dutch held there nerve with consistent top finishes.

Take a look at the Dutch path to success in the Day 5 broadcast replay.

Lambriex & van der Werken, and van Aanholt all won gold at the 49er and 49erFX Worlds respectively in Oman last year. Only Annette Duetz was not present, resting from her silver medal performance in Tokyo. However, if Duetz does manage to secure the win with van Aanholt, she would become the only woman to win three FX World Championships.

None of these sailors will rest easy, as the conditions for tomorrow are forecast to be offshore and shifty, a challenging condition that really opens up the possibility of winning – and losing – to a much bigger part of the fleet.

Bart Lambriex and Floris van der Werken
Odile van Aanholt and Annette Duetz

Tita and Banti (ITA) secure second world title as Gimson and Burnet (GBR) move to Bronze medal position

Tita and Banti (ITA) continued their assault on the regatta, winning the first two races and finishing second in the final race; they have mathematically secured the gold medal with two races remaining. The rules dictate they must attempt to participate in the medal race to secure their title, but that is merely a formality. They have now won 13 of the 15 races in as dominant a display of Olympic class racing that anyone can be remember.

This is their second World title to go with their win in 2018, along with their Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo silver medallists John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) put in their best day so far and crawl up the leaderboard into the bronze medal position.

“The last few days we are happy coming back from quite a bad first part of the regatta,” said Gimson. Even on the eve of on final fleet race, he is keeping this worlds in perspective. “At this time in the cycle, it’s not a bad place to be . We’re in the mix.”

The pair were really ambitious after the Olympics aiming to jump one place higher on the podium, but have been caught flat-footed by the shift to full foiling and now find themselves in catch-up mode in breezier conditions.

Day 5 brought a declining sea breeze, with winds declining from 14 knots at the start of the session to just 6 knots at the finish. The British couple were solid all day with a 4, 2, 3 and overtook Kurtbay and Keskinen (FIN) for third overall.

Gigi Ugolini and Maria Guibilei (ITA) faltered slightly in the declining winds so could be caught by the Brits and Finns, although the young Italians still head into the final day with a 13-point advantage. If they hold onto the silver medal, it would be their second straight World Championship silver after winning three straight Junior World Championships in the Nacra 17.

Racing concludes on September 5 with a single fleet race at 10:00 am local time in Nova Scotia followed by a medal race for each fleet at 14:00.

Using Covid Time Wisely

Sena Takano (JPN) is already a veteran 49erFX sailor and competed in Rio 2016 at the age of 18, and then on home waters at Tokyo 2020, although we feel like we hardly know her. For the first few years of her international sailing career, there was a language barrier that couldn’t be breached, but through Covid times, Takano has learned English and speaks fluently now. She’s so much fun we grabbed an interview which we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

How to Follow

Racing at the World Championship runs from August 31 – September 5, 2022 and is best accessed via the website: https://49er.org/event/2022-world-championship/

Daily tracking, results, photos, highlights, and articles will be available from the website. Additionally, Days 3 through 6 (Sept 2-5) will have live broadcast coverage via the CBC Sports App, youtube.com/49ersailing and fb.com/49ersailing. 

Here are the daily links:

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Qualifying — Day 3
September 2, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/Fh4zFApLpc0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/GqLQIVgIIEY (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 4
September 3, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PoHeOF0XvI0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/aW78tdhUqfk (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 5
September 4, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/T598V4SwIhQ (49er) or https://youtu.be/Hbvr4L0tRsE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 10:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PolhasjOgU4 (49er) or https://youtu.be/Z4-zTS-B3lE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Medal Races — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 14:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/pjJxn2cKZ3E (49er) or https://youtu.be/OVPNdM3XJN8 (Nacra17)

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.

https://www.manage2sail.com/en-US/Home/EventRegistrationRedirect/f8e5bcc6-005d-414b-b69b-2c9fdb840f60

 

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

https://events.pya.org.pl/49er-49erfx-and-nacra17-junior-world-championships,e38

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

Open file

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.