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5-10 July 2022 / Aarhus, Denmark

2022 European Championship

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Hyères, France – Among the ten Olympic events, the skiff fleets are in an equipment transition and are not yet required to use the new class legal spars and sails. The clear leaders in 49er men’s qualifying fleets are both running old rigs for different reasons, and one major one that’s the same; reliability.

Last year the class announced a change from clear mylar sails to North Sails black 3di, and the accompanying new rig means a shallower spinnaker too. Time will tell if performance gains have been overblown.

Poland’s Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki, the overall leaders, have gone back to their old mast and sails after issues with the new mast in the first race at Princess Sofia Regatta (Palma, Spain) in April cost them a place in the gold fleet. They had another strong day, that included a third race win and a lowest of fourth in six races over two days.

“We are sailing on the old mast and sails,” Wierzbicki said. “We tried the new ones in Palma, but it still wasn’t as strong for us as we need in windy conditions. We broke a spreader in the first race in Palma, so we lost two races at the beginning of the regatta and we didn’t manage to qualify for the gold fleet, so we said no more.”

Buksak added: “I think most of the fleet is using the old-style mast, but many people are using the new style of sails. The masts are pretty similar, but in the new style masts, all the fittings and spreaders and things can break.

“I think the new and old sails are very similar. I think there is not much difference, as we’ve seen in the racing today; we were sailing against the Danish (Frederik Rask/ Jakob Precht Jensen), they were really fast with the new sails, but not faster.”

In the other fleet, USA’s Nevin Snow and Mac Agnese have been almost equally as consistent, with a 1, 2, 3 in their three races today. Unsurprisingly, given it is their first regatta together in three years they are using their old gear.

“We’re happy to run the old stuff just because we know it’s reliable and it’s our first regatta in such a long time that we didn’t want to have to worry about anything extra or breakages,” Snow said. “It seems like there have been fewer breakages here.”

Added Agnese, “Nevin was sailing with somebody else before and I was down in New Zealand with American Magic (America’s Cup). We just got in the boat together again in December and have been doing a little bit of training in Miami here and there. We didn’t really come in with expectations but just to get a feel for racing again.”

49er FX
Norway’s Helene Naess & Marie Ronningen took the overall lead in style after winning the first three of the four races yesterday.

Nacra 17, learning to fly
Sometimes the performance gains have been immediately more obvious. There is a new craft in the Nacra 17 – in all senses. After a 2016 Olympic debut, in 2017, the Morrelli & Melvin-designed Nacra 17 evolved: the sporty catamaran abandoned its curved daggerboards for Z foils, and now this season, its rudders are equipped with wings, allowing it to fly at all angles.

Its hulls are now partly carbon and a lot of weight, around 22kg, has been added at the level of the foil well to be able to support all the extra force. The Nacra 17 is therefore totally flying and the first flying Olympic support.

“The contribution of foils is huge across the whole sport, it’s part of the evolution of sailing and half of the classes going to the Olympic Games have foils – it’s starting to become quite interesting,” said France’s Billy Besson (and Noa Ancian).

“On the first Nacra 17, we only had C foils, the boat was quite light and at the end of the Olympiad with Marie (Riou), we managed to make a flight of 25 seconds. The first evolution was to add real foils with rudders with wings that allowed you to fly downwind but not upwind.

“The latest development we have is a 4-degree differential on the rudders, which allows you to fly upwind: there is a rudder that pushes the boat up and a rudder that pulls down. Now the boats fly all the time from 10 knots of wind up.”

Italy’s Olympic champions, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti, lead overall after winning the fourth and last race of the day. That took them past Britain’s pair of John Gimson and Anna Burnet are second overall after a strong finish to the day in the bigger breeze.

Burnet said that even a few days training in Hyères had helped them bridge the speed gap. “The Italians and the Finnish were a lot quicker than us in Palma and were upwind foiling,” Burnet said. “But we have been trying to catch up and have managed more speed in just a few days training really.

“It’s just about learning about how to set the sails up, the technical side and then coordinating with the helm. It’s not like a Moth where it’s all done by one person, you have to coordinate.”

Sailing Aarhus, International 49er Class Association and International Nacra 17 Class Association are pleased to invite the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 classes to Aarhus for the 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championship from July 1 to 10 in 2022.

The championship will be situated in Aarhus International Sailing Center in Aarhus Yacht Harbour close to the city centre, while racing will take place in the Bay of Aarhus only a few nautical miles east of the harbour. Learn more about the venue and facilities on www.aisc.dk/.

 

Aarhus:

Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark located on the eastern shore of Jutland approximately 187 kilometers northwest of Copenhagen. Aarhus offers both great experiences and quality of life. Whether you are into beautiful natural surroundings or a big-city getaway, you will find a wide array of possibilities for pampering, entertainment, mindfulness and connecting with a unique community in the Aarhus Region.

 

The Aarhus region holds amazing natural scenery as far as the eye can see. Festivals, that are known both nationally and internationally. Culture, where museums, attractions and architecture break the boundaries as well as hygge, Vikings and abundances of activities both inside and outside.

 

Aarhus dates back to at least the late 8th century and among the oldest cities in Denmark. It was founded as a harbor settlement at the mouth of Aarhus River and quickly became a trade hub. The first Christian church was built here around the year 900 and later in the Viking Age the town was fortified with defensive ramparts.

Find out more and discover the city on www.visitaarhusregion.com

Did you know that Aarhus has been named the 3rd most sustainable city in the world?

According to Global Destination Sustainability Index Aarhus has been named the 3rd most sustainable city in the world Global Destination Sustainability Index – see the top 20 cities here.

Sustainable events will take place before, during and after the event – among other things a beach clean event. More to come on the Sailing Aarhus Facebook site.

Event program:   Friday 1 July                           0900 – 1800 Registration/Nacra Inspection Saturday 2 July                     0900 – 1800 Registration/49er Inspection 1900 Nacra 17 Class Open Forum Sunday 3 July                       0900 – 1800 Registration/Inspection 1900 49er Class Open Forum Day 0 – Monday 4 July                    0900 – 1100 Registration/Inspection 1300 Practice Races 1730 Competitors Briefing 1800 Opening Ceremony Day 1 – Tuesday 5 July                     1100 Qualifying Series Races Day 2 – Wednesday 6 July 1100 Qualifying Series Races Day 3 – Thursday 7 July                  1100 Qualifying Series Races Day 4 – Friday 8 July                       1100 Final Series Races Day 5 – Saturday 9 July                   1100 Final Series Races Day 6 – Sunday 10 July                    1000 Final Series Races / Medal Races   Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony as soon as possible after the Medal Races 6.2 On Sunday 10 July there will be no warning signal after 1400 for those taking part in the Final Series Races and after 1800 for those taking part in the Medal Races.

Standard penalties

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Fleet assignment day 3

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Sailing Instructions

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Notice of Race

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49er Measurement Form

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49er Inspection Timetable

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Nacra 17 Inspection Timetable

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49er Event Equipment Inspection Regulations

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49er Event Equipment Inspection Process

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Request for Change of Equipment Form

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Nacra 17 Equipment Replacement form

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Notice to Competitors - 1 v2

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Notice to Competitors - 2

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Tim Hancock

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The coaches meeting will take place at 9:00 am Wednesday 6th July in the Sailors Lounge PRO Tim Hancock

List of Non Members in 49er

As of June 30, 2022, these people are not recorded as being active members of the class and therefore are ineligible to compete at the Championship. If this is an error, please PM the class manager. Otherwise, please join via 49er.org -> class info -> membership.

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This is the twitter feed for @Rnacra17 (short for race alerts 49er and nacra 17) where the Organizers will try to relay push notifications and other useful information to the competitors. You can add twitter to your phone, follow this handle, and then turn on notifications for our tweets to get alerts. Alternatively, you can see the tweets here.

Equipment Permission from World Sailing

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Media, journalists, photographers and TV crews are very welcome in Aarhus for the 2022 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 European Championship.

 

For access to our press zone you need a media accreditation. Media accreditation is strictly reserved for media professionals (print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies and online media or sailing organizations).

 

To get a media accreditation reach out to Sailing Aarhus press manager Jannik Friis by mail: jannik@sailing-aarhus.dk. The deadline for media accreditation is June 20 2022.