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16-21 November 2021 / Oman

2021 World Championship

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French Nacra Squad Making Strides

Paris, and the sailing in Marseilles, will be here before we know it. For three French Nacra 17 teams, they are working cooperatively on the med coast, sharing time between Marseilles and La Grand Motte, and working against time to move into the elite group as quickly as possible.

In the eighth race, Titouan Petard with Lou Berthomieu (FRA) managed to finish third, while Margaux Billy with Leo Maurin (FRA), managed to win. In this shiftiest of the races they got good starts and had enough speed to manage the fleet after they got into the lead.

The squad is made up from a group or former 420 sailors, laser sailors, and Nacra 15 sailors. In the next 24 months we shall see if they can continue up the rankings.

Moving up the fleet today were Ida Svensson with Marcus Dackhammer (SWE) who continued their consistent form with a 5, 4, 5. Ida commented at being mentally fatigue after long days on the water under the hot sun. Perhaps a trip down the youtube rabbithole overnight will refresh her to continue the battle on day four.

John Gimson with Anna Burnet (GBR) continue to lead Gianluigi Ugolino with Alice Cialfi (ITA).

Maltese Sisters Pass Endurance Test Over Four Races

Antonia and Victoria Schulteis (MLT) met their toughest test yet as young leaders of the 2021 European Championship. With four races on the day, and constant shifts, oscillations, puffs, and some weed, along with 37 competitors, there was plenty of pitfalls they might have met. At only 20 and 18 years old respectively, they were remarkably calm and balanced on reflection of another day in the yellow jerseys.

Their third race of the day was a 20th, which they are keeping, but with three other top 10 finishes they remain clear atop the table and poised to continue forward.

Moving up the ranking were Enia Nincevic with Mihaela Vitturi (CRO) scoring a win and two thirds along with an 11th to start the day. Mihaela commented that once the wind built up a bit stronger, they felt at their best. Their win came from a mid-line start, they took advantage of a sag to start at full speed and charged over to the left making the race win relatively easily. They sit in second now and are thirteen points off the lead.

Also scoring well on the day are a training partner of the Croatians, Jana Germani with Giorgia Bertuzzi (ITA). Germani and Bertuzzi also had three top tens on the day. The two teams train together fairly often on Lake Garda and manage to communicate through a mix of English, Italian, and Croatian. Germani commented, I can speak Slovenian, so with Croatian being almost the same we figure it out. For those counting, that’s four languages contributing to the communication between two boats! Lara Granier with Amilie Riou (FRA) also won a race on the day and moved into third overall despite being black flagged from the final race of the day.

Fischer / Graff (GER) win the day, Stanuil / Sztorch (POL) take pair of bullets into third.

Lukasz/Pawel (POL) continue to put in race scores as consistent as the wind has been here in Thessaloniki. Each day, the wind rolls in at 1:30, and each day the veteran Polish pair head out the course and score all top 10’s. That’s nine races in a row without a double digit finish in 30 boat split fleets. With racing heading into Gold fleet, their challenge will be to keep up that unblemished record.

Plenty of teams other teams put up low scores on the day to move into contention and secure gold fleet places. Fischer and Graf (GER) won the day with a 2, 3, 1, and now trail the leading Poles, by a single point. Barrio and Torrado (ESP) scored a 3, 2, 2 to move up in to seventh.

Stanuil and Sztorch (POL) started the day by winning both races. Taking good starts, finding the pressure bands, and keeping mostly keeping to the left. The breeze was up relative to the rest of the week, and they enjoyed stretching out to full power. The third race of the day was downspeed again, with a huge shift to the right mid race and then remaining shifty throughout. Polish sailors now occupy three of the top four places overall.

Day three of qualifying also marked the split between gold and silver. The top 25 boats only remain in gold, and at the split were three teams sharing 101 points over nine races (8 counting). By virtue of a win in race 5, Valentine Muller with Moritz Fieberg (GER) held off their teammates Paul Pietzcker with Linus von Oppen (GER) and Richard Schulteis with Max Korner (MLT)

Racing continues through September 19th and will conclude with medal races. Catch the results, video highlights, photos and stories 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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