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16-21 November 2021 / Oman

2021 World Championship


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The 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 European Championships begins racing on September 14, 2021. It was originally scheduled for May 2020, then September 2020, then May 2021, and now finally will occur in the denouement from Tokyo 2020.

112 teams are competing, with attendance mostly limited to Europeans, but with a few teams from Oceania and the America’s. Covid 19 travel remains a high hurdle, but once on site the ambiance and feel of a normal regatta are in place.

Headlining the competition are John Gimson with Anna Burnett (GBR), fresh from their silver medal performance in Tokyo. They are one of the few Olympic teams ready to dip their tows in the water already.

There are huge contingents from both Germany and Great Britain, both nations embracing the squad mentality and promoting domestic competition alongside international competition. There is also a large local squad, with eight Greek teams taking part.

Team have been training in wonderful conditions to date, with daily sea breezes coming in around 1 pm, and staying strong for sailing through to sunset at about 8 pm.

Andrew Mollerus with Ian Macdiarmid (USA)
Odile Van Aanholt with Elise de Ruyter (NED)

As a warm up, the club hosted an Alexander the Great regatta for three days which about half the teams participated in. Winning in the 49er was Andrew Mollerus with Ian Macdiarmid (USA) and winning the 49erFX was Odile Van Aanholt with Elise De Ruyter.

Odile then bounced back the following morning to lead the fleet in our beach clean efforts.

Odile leading the beach clean

Racing runs for six days concluding on September 19, 2021. Results, photos, video and more are available at https://49er.org/event/2021-european-championship/

Oman at a Glance

Perched on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman’s stark beauty and vastly contrasting landscapes have enchanted growing numbers of tourists each year.  With its magnificent desert, secret oases and  breathtaking mountain ranges, Oman is an alluring destination. A tropical underwater paradise lies beneath the turquoise sea, caressing the white sandy beaches that adorn the country’s stunning 3,165 km coastline.  

Alongside this natural wealth is Oman’s rich culture, which blends with modern infrastructure and historical features that span over 7,000 years. Grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs are sights to behold in the capital, Muscat. A visit to Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The Sultanate is full of opportunities for adventure, including fascinating tours with an Arabian flavour.  

Oman’s coastline is a paradise for explorers. Its abundance of wildlife includes whales, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, and flamingos. Underwater, its incredible marine life is found close to the water’s surface.  





The mountains cover approximately 15% of the country’s land mass. Oman’s main mountain range is the 10,000 foot Al Hajar, which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Had.  





Sands and deserts occupy the remaining area; these include two large sand deserts – The Wahiba Sands known as Rimalat Al Wahiba and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). Here you can learn about Bedouin culture, camp under a dome of stars and experience the beauty of dawn in the desert.




Oman is known for its tropical climate whilst still subject to seasonal changes. From October through April, the Sultanate offers a lovely climate, with an average temperature of 23 degrees C. Combined with welcoming hospitality, warm seas and stunning landscapes, you can see why tourism in Oman is a growing industry.

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