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5-10 July 2022 / Aarhus, Denmark

2022 European Championship

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The 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 fleets completed the biggest ever Junior World Championship for each of the classes. A total of 140 teams from 30 nations are racing in the 2022 edition from Lago di Como, Italy. Simultaneously the 29er World had another 245 teams racing ‘just down the road’ in Spain.

For the past two years it seemed like sailing singlehanded became the defacto option. As families sheltered from the pandemic the only way to reliably get on the water was to do so solo. Be it moths, ILCA’s, waszps, a-cats anything that could be sailed singlehanded, it was hard to be a doublehanded sailor. With a renewed openness in the world it seems humans are social after all!

All smiles ahead of racing

The Como multilario, a six-strong yacht club consortium on lake Como welcomed the fleets on three races areas in one of the most spectacular venues the world has to offer. Crisp azure waters, green mountains, and a reliable daily wind make this a slice of sailor heaven.

Quite naturally, the Junior fleets are always recycling. Teams graduate up to senior levels, others realize the Olympic path might not be for them. Filling the ranks are new teams and sailors ambitious to realize their sailing dreams. Lake Como offered a wonderful and intimate environment for teams get meet and become friendly with one another, starting friendships that may last a lifetime. This bonding was cemented on day four of the championship when stormy weather turned the winds around to the north of the lake requiring upwind launching and retrieving of all 120 49er and FX’s.

The updated Olympic moto of Higher, Faster, Stronger, Together was in full display as no boats were harmed in the process despite the tight ramp and rocky sidelines. The volunteers and sailors joined forces often launching or retrieving three boats at a time to allow the day to flow.

The Olympic journey of old has been transformed by the new pathway from youth sailing featuring the Junior World Championship as a stepping stone. Gone are the days when sailors straight out of youth sailing (U19) aim at being measured against the worlds best as they learn new boats. The Junior (U23 for 49er and U24 for Nacra 17) racing allows a more gradual entry into the world of Olympic racing and is proving very popular.

Both skiff championships were up for grabs into the final races. In the 49er Staniul / Sztorch (POL) were looking to defend their title but were put under serious pressure from Ferguson / Paul (AUS) who made up 11 points in the first two races of the day and had only 7 points more to catch up. In the final race the two teams both got off the line well heading for the favored side. The young Aussied tried their best to pinch off the Poles, but they were both on their game and rounded the top mark in first and second. With the wind up to 20 knots and the fleet getting more spread out as a result there was little more that coudl be done and Staniul / Sztorch became the first team to ever win two Junior World titles.

“To be honest, we were not at our best this week, so while we are happy to have won we know we have to sail better. We made plenty of mistakes that we can avoid, but we are happy to take the crown,” said Mikolaj Staniul.

Fergusson and Paul were also a bit disappointed. “We won 6 of the last 7 races so we’re just a bit upset we didnt’ have a better start to the regatta. The Poles started off so hot it was too much to come back from. At point point we were 35 points behind them, so we’re happy to have sailed well in the end but there is more we could have done,” said Paul.

The Morgan brothers (NZL) were happy to have won the battle for Bronze with a great final day scoring only 14 points from three races.

The 49erFX fleet also came down to a dramatic conclusion with four women FX teams in the hunt for the win. Anderson with Edland (NOR) won the day, and scored 20 fewer points than all their rivals to comfortably win the 49erFX World title. “We sailed well today with good starts and were fast and smart from there, so we knew we had the win even out on the water,” said Anderson. The pair have been sailing together for eight years already, all through their doublehanded youth careers, and depart the Junior fleet on a high.

Anderson and Edland (NOR) thrilled to win.

Czapska / Rajchert (POL) moved up to second place despite a bit mistake in the second race. They capsize on the first beat from a good spot and ended up the race in 18th as their drop. “I was really feeling the pressure out there,” said Rajchert, “but we focused on having a good final race and it is great to have moved up into second.” The pair have been together for four years through 420 and 29er, and have two more years of eligibility at the Junior level.

The Schulties sisters (MLT) held on for third place despite a tangled capsize in the first race of the day where they finished in last. With two solid races to conclude the championship they were happy with their performance and looking forward to more racing.

The FX fleet is an open gender event, although only women can win the world championship while the overall results are a class championship. As such 14 men’s teams and 2 mixed teams joined the fleet. Sebastian MENZIES with George LEE RUSH (NZL) absolutely dominated the regatta in their first double trapping skiff regatta. The pair won Kiel week in a 29er earlier in the summer and decided it was time to graduate up to the 49erFX. In the flattish waters and medium breeze conditions, they had pace and managed to win most of the races all week to win the regatta by over 50 points. They plan to move to the 49er next so we’ll keep our eyes out for these young talents. 

The Nacra 17 racing proved to be a benchmarking demonstration for the first two boats for the rest of the Junior rank and file. Van de Meer / Bower (NED) proved to be clear ahead of the pack and they won every single race of the Championship. The Dutch duo showed the Juniors what it takes to be in the top 10 at the senior level, as the pair made the medal race at each of Kieler Woche and the 2022 Europeans in Aarhus. They were simply faster than the fleet, both upwind and downwind. For example, in a race on the final day they were 53 seconds ahead of second place at the first windward mark. That’s roughly 15% faster than the second place boat. Most of the younger teams are quite new to the Nacra 17 and foiling, so they will have taken inspiration and lessons from the leader.

Italians Porro with Dezulian were firmly in second and were second in almost every race of the championship. Again, this shows the fleet the level needed to move up to the top 20 in the worlds overall. The racing was much more competitive from third place onward, with Seguria and Fernandez (ESP) claiming the bronze.

Racing runs from August 3-7, 2022 and full results are available from the Junior Worlds website. Daily photos and video will be available from the social channels @49ersailing and @nacra17sailing. The nacra 17 is also allowing some additional drone footage of the racing, in raw format, via the Nacra 17 youtube page.

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 4

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Sailing Instructions

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Notice of Race

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Addendum Q

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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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Notice to competitors - 9

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Notice to competitors 10 - Warning Medal Race

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Intention to Protest

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Notice to coaches - 1

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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Day 4 Live Replay

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Day 5 Replay

Nacra 17 - Very Windy

Day 6 Replay

Nacra 17 then Medal Races

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.