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5-10 July 2022 / Aarhus, Denmark

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Day 2 racing in massive ocean conditions.
HIGHLIGHTS:
– Big wind and high waves 49er and 49erFX fleets in Lanzarote
– Olympic gold medallist Anna Tobias (USA): “Maybe the biggest wave I’ve ever seen!”
– Double Olympian Saskia Tidey (GBR): “Defo the Biggest Wave of My Life!”
– British on top of skiff fleets with Black & Tidey (GBR) take FX win and Peters & Sterritt (GBR) win 49er
– The ‘calima’, the dreaded Saharan dust, shuts down visibility and prevents much racing
– Four days of Nacra 17 & iQFOiL windsurfer competition start on Tuesday
British skiff sailors surfed to the top of the rankings in the two skiff classes. Freya Black & Saskia Tidey (GBR) held their nerve to move to the top of the 49erFX women’s fleet while teammates James Peters & Fynn Sterritt (GBR) did the same in the 49er men.

Big wind and huge, steep swell set a massive physical challenge for the three Olympic fleets on day two of the Lanzarote International Regatta in the Canary Islands. The back half of the regatta was interrupted by a dust storm from Africa, the Calima, which allowed only the medal race to finish the regatta.

Even launching the 49erFX fleet had its hairy moments, the wind was gusting hard through Marina Rubicon as the women launched their frisky, disobedient skiffs onto the water. The racing was a war of attrition with multiple nosedives, pitchpoles and capsizes in the huge, unforgiving swell.
 
Where traditional boat travel at more or less wave speed a lot of the time, the 49erFX always wants to overtake the wave, and that’s where the trouble really begins. Learning how to throttle back is sometimes more important than putting your foot to the floor.
 
Emerging unscathed and on top of the leaderboard was the still quite new pairing of Freya Black and Saskia Tidey (GBR). While Tidey has been to the past two Olympic Games in the 49erFX, Black is barely a year in this demanding class. Which made her mastery of today’s conditions all the more impressive.
 
Tidey was buzzing from a big day out. “Pretty full on, but fun, massive waves,” she grinned. “Thankfully we kept a dry mast for all three races, plenty of points where we were nearly going over but Freya did a great job of keeping the stick in the sky.

In the medal race, Freya Black and Saskia Tidey (GBR) were going to be hard to beat. The British crossed the finish line in fourth, giving them the gold medal. Italy’s Jana Germani and Giorgia Bertuzzi made a late charge across the finish to grab silver from the Americans, Steph Roble and Maggie Shea who took bronze.
 
A year ago Black had barely trapezed off the side of any dinghy, let alone a high-performance skiff like the 49erFX. Working with the experienced double Olympian Tidey, Black has made phenomenal progress in a short time. “I’m so, so buzzing and so proud of what we’ve done here this week,” said Black. Tidey added: “We’re slightly ahead of where we want to be and it’s a great start to a really important year as we build up towards qualifying for the Paris Olympics.
 
“We’ve had a really good training block here in Lanzarote. We’ve been here for three years now and the conditions just deliver every single time we’ve been here, The people involved are so committed to make this Regatta training centre happen and I can’t really think of anywhere else we would train in the winter than at Marina Rubicón.”

“That was Big!”

“To be honest,” continued Tidey, “I think I saw two of the biggest waves in my career today. Bigger than in Tokyo, but we survived them and that’s all that matters. A lot of time I was head in the boat, trying to look after ourselves and keeping out of trouble, so I’m only just realizing now how much of a big day it’s been with breakage and injury. It’s an epic venue and Marina Rubicon is putting on such a great show here, we’re really enjoying it.”

Almost as consistent as the British scores of 2,4,1 were the Italians, Jana Germani & Georgia Bertuzzi (ITA) who won the first two heats and were sixth in the last. However, their mast tip snapped soon after the end of the last race. “We haven’t had a moment to think about what we did just now,” said Germani as she and Bertuzzi rushed to prepare a new mast in case the fleet was sent out for an afternoon session. “We were sailing in after the races and a fitting at the top of the mast broke so we need to hurry to get ready again.”

The Italians have moved to second overall with Steph Roble & Maggie Shea (USA) posting a solid day to climb to third place, just ahead of yesterday’s leaders, Olympic Champions Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA). The medal race to complete the regatta decided nothing and that’s how the standings remained as the 2023 Lanzarote International Regatta concluded.

Lanzarote International Regatta 2023. © Sailing Energy 13 February, 2023
Lanzarote International Regatta 2023. © Sailing Energy 13 February, 2023
  49er Men: Best of British
James Peters & Fynn Sterritt (GBR) move to the top of the 49ers after the British team scored 2,3,23,3 from the big day 2. Sterritt sounded a little surprised that things had worked out so well for them. “It was hard to get the boat into any kind of a groove,” he said. “It felt like we left a lot out there [that we could have done better]. But we executed pretty well on our game plan, which was to go right up the course because we thought it was a bit stronger out there.”  

The best performers of the four-race session were Logan Dunning Beck & Oscar Gunn (NZL) who improved throughout the afternoon with very solid scores of 8,7,2,1. This moves the Kiwis up to second overall, even if they’re a pretty big 16 points off the British lead. Up to third overall are Lukasz Przybytek & Jacek Piasecki (POL). Slipping down from 2nd to 6th overall are Diego Botin & Florian Trittel (ESP) who won the second race but saw their mast tip snap during the final race of the afternoon, forcing the Spanish to retire and head home early.  

James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) were strong all week in the 49er and fourth place in the Medal Race was good enough for another skiff gold for Great Britain. After getting a knot in their gennaker retrieval line at the leeward mark and losing valuable ground against their rivals, Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn held on for a New Zealand silver while young Austrians Keanu Prettner and Jakob Flachberger took the bronze.
 
“It’s been really difficult conditions this week, big waves and quite challenging at times,” said Sterritt. “So it’s fantastic to come away with the win.” Suffering burnout after missing out on a ticket to the Tokyo Games, Peters and Sterritt took a two-year sabbatical away from Olympic campaigning to get some experience in the corporate world.

Lanzarote Part 2: Bring on the Foilers!
 
So that’s Part 1 of the Lanzarote International Regatta complete, but Tuesday marks the start of four days of competition for three foiling fleets, the Nacra 17 catamaran and the men’s and women’s iQFOiL windsurfers. Racing begins at 1100 hours on Valentine’s Day.
    Andy Rice, event reporter
    * This international event, organised by Marina Rubicón with the support of the Royal Canarian Sailing Federation is possible thanks to the institutional sponsorship of Promotur Turismo de Canarias with the financing of the REACTEU Fund and Tourism of the Cabildo de Lanzarote through the sports product European Sports Destination (managed by SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote), as well as the public collaboration of the Yaiza City Council and the private entities Dinghycoach, Naviera Armas & Cabrera Medina (Cicar).

49erFX Women (after 6 races)
 
1. Black/Tidey (GBR), 1+(12)+2+4+1+8 = 16
2. Germani/Bertuzzi (ITA), 5+(6)+1+1+6+6 = 19
3. Roble/Shea (USA), 4+(18)+3+8+4+2 = 21
 
 
49er Men (after 8 races)
 
1. Peters/Sterritt (GBR), 4+3+2+2+3+(23)+3+8= 25
2. Dunning Beck/Gunn (NZL), (15)+7+8+8+7+2+1+14= 47
3. Prettner/ Flachberger (AUT), 9+1+1+(26)+6+17+10+6 = 50

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 - 3

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Notice to Competitors - 4

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Notice to competitors - 5

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Notice to competitors - 6

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Notice to competitors - 7

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Notice to competitors - 8

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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.