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5-11 July 2021 / Gdynia, Poland

2021 Junior World Championship

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The Hungarian-Spanish crew, competing under the Hungarian flag, won the first race of the 49er class at the European U23 Championships in Balatonfüred. The first race of the 49erFX class was won by the Polish boat.

The second day started with an AP flag at 9.30am. In the meantime, the race committee measured the wind at several locations in the race area. According to the information they received, the wind was variable in strength and direction but with the encouraging speed of 5.2 knots on average and maximum winds well above 6 knots. Further readings showed stabilizing conditions. First the 49erFX fleet and then also the 49er fleet took to the water. At 10.19am AP flag came down as Peter Lübeck sent the sailors out to race. The wind was blowing 5-7 knots from 70 degrees.

The race organizers had been setting the course in ever-improving conditions. Luckily the wind had freshened, so at 11:20 the 49er fleet had its first start of the Europeans with the U flag flying.  The 95 degree, 950-metre long course axis proved to be too short in the already 9 knots wind, so course race officer Bence Kárpáti lengthened the course by 250 metres for the second lap and also adjusted it to the right due to the slight shift in the wind.

The Hungarian boat crossed the finish line first. HUN-373 is helmed by the recent Hungarian champion Roni Oszkár Szabó, his racing partner is the Spanish Filippo Binetti Pozzi. Szabó and his crew already led by 2-3 boat lengths at the first mark and gradually increased their lead to win start to finish.

“We have very good speed in this kind of wind, so we could race our own race from the beginning by following the wind shifts. The front of the fleet was still pretty tight at the end of the first leg. In the first downwind, the leading boats stretched out a bit, so we were able to keep an eye on the second and third place boats right behind us, enforce our tactics and increase our lead,” said the winning helmsman, Roni Oszkár Szabó.

In the first race the jury gave only one penalty, interestingly, the winning Hungarian boat was the one receiving it. Fortunately for them, although they were penalized after the one-minute signal, they still had time to resume their starting position and eventually win the race.

By the start of the next race, the wind had dropped noticeably, with an average of 5.7 knots and a maximum of just over 6 knots. This start was also passed without a UFD, but with the wind already dropping to an average of 3.7 knots, the race committee decided to abandon the race at the end of the first leg and after raising the N flag and then AP. The boats started to go back to the harbour, where after waiting for a while the continuation of the race was postponed to the next day.

On the Bravo course of the European Championships – where the women’s and mixed team Olympic class, the 49erFX class competed – the first race was very similar to the Alfa course.  The second upwind leg had to be extended in the freshening winds and the axis had to be changed to the right. The wind force was also similar, at around 8 knots.

The second race also started in weakening winds between 5 and 6 knots, and in the middle of the first downwind leg the wind reduced so much that the RC led by Berta Böröcz prepared to shorten the course. After a significant wind shift of 35-40 degrees, when the wind changed from the original 100 degrees to 60 degrees, the race committee decided to abandon the race.

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.