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16-21 November 2021 / Oman

2021 World Championship

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New sis on the block

The Schultheis sisters had a storybook start to their first ever European Championships winning all three races. Fresh out of the 29er class, with only a Youth Worlds and Kiel week in their FX experience column, they were not phased by the 37 boat fleet and used great starts and great speed in the lighter conditions to stay clear of the chasing pack. At only 20 and 18 years old, and accompanied by their younger brother in the 49er, they sailed hard all winter at home in Malta and then only break up to Europe for racing. Their brother was sailing FX against them early in the year, but now moved into the 49er as the youngest sailor in the fleet here, a family affair to be sure for these Maltese sailors.

With 37 boats on the line, it was easy to get caught up in tough mark rounding situations or loose lanes with big consequences. Not that it is likely to get any easier for these 49erFX teams. The winds in Thessaloniki have been remarkably consistent each day, with the sea breeze bringing winds from 6-14 knots, flat water but for the motor boat chop, and little respite for teams who prefer the stronger stuff.

Malta rounding second at a busy leeward mark.

Gimson and Burnet continue their form from Tokyo

John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) took two wins from three races but were pressured all day from some of the newer teams to the fleet. Just weeks after taking the silver medal in Tokyo, they cobbled together a training boat with their spare gear and came to race here in Greece at the last moment. As the only medal winners from Tokyo in Thessaloniki, the British pair are clear favorites to win the European championship, but had to fend off a number of fast young teams, especially Titouan Petard with Lou Berthemeau (FRA) who sit in second place. The British were perhaps a bit surprised to be challenged so tightly after having clear wheels at the games, but also recognized the young talent coming through.

Veterans Dani Paschalidis with Myrto Papadopoulou (GRE) are the most experienced local team here, and that local experience cost them a bit today. Expecting a typical left shift through the day, the positioned themselves to that side, but kept getting beat out as the right had a bit more pressure.

Gimson and Burnet (GBR) chased by the next generation

… meanwhile, Ruggero Tita (ITA) still dining out on gold;)

Polish 49er squad lead out in depth

Lukasz Pryzybtek with Pawel Kolodzynski (POL) showed the young fellas in the 49er fleet how to convert good starts today and scored a 2, 4, 1 and lead the 61 boat 49er fleet. They started well, and had good speed, but critically, kept their heads of the boat and remained open minded as to what was working on the race course.

After a left favored first race, they went left again in the second race. Critically, they picked up on the right hand pressure and altered their strategy mid race, right to pass a number of boats on the second lap. Understanding what was going on, they then won the final race of the day to move clear ahead. These Tokyo Olympians were able to keep open minded about the race course and convert that into a lead.

They are chased by their Polish countrymen, Mikolaj Staniul with Kuba Storch who sit in second and Buksak with Wirrzbicki (POL) who sit in seventh. France and the USA sit in third and fourth respectively.

After a somewhat disappointing finish for the Polish team in Tokyo, they are looking to heading to Paris squad on the front foot.

Lukasz and Pawel (POL) in the lead

Fleet Keen to be Racing Again

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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