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The 2021 49er and 49erFX titles are going to the Netherlands. Yes, both of them!

Mussana, OMAN – Odile van Aanholt and Elise de Ruyter (NED) won the 49erFX world title, while countrymen  Bart Lambriex and Floris van der Werken took matching golds in the 49er fleet. Both teams are new pairings since this summer, both teams made it hard on themselves on the last day, and both teams came through in the medal race when they needed to.

“It’s been a few years away from the 49er but it’s great to be back,” said Floris van der Werken, who didn’t have confirmation of the win until most of the fleet had finished. “Bart did an amazing job of putting the boat in the right place.”

In the 49erFX, the Dutch pairing proved that a new team can take on the world. Van Aanholt’s and deRuyter’s respective partners were injured leading up to the worlds. But the strong training community in Holland proved that sailors were interchangeable.

Happy and loose on shore throughout the week, and with the support of both their parents on shore, the pair made the win look easy. “We’re so happy with what we’ve done here,” said de Ruyter. “It’s great to be out here in Oman with my father, and Odile with her parents, to celebrate together. But I’m looking forward to going back home, even if the weather is cold, just to do normal things again.”

Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen (NOR) kept their gold medal hopes alive by gaining six points on the dutch in the last fleet race.  In the medal race, the Norwegians sailed brilliantly, smoothly gybing into the top three downwind, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Dutch. Double Olympic Gold medalists Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA), were also unable to mount a real challenge, despite passing half the fleet in the last downwind leg and ended up in third.

Too Close To Call in 49er

In the 49er, the points were exceedingly close as the flying Dutchmen won by only two points in the end. In the final fleet race of the series this morning, the Dutch lost a number of points to the Germans, Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf (GER). A protest was lodged against the Dutch by the Danish team of Frederick Rask and Jacob Precht Jensen, who were sitting in third overall. After considerable deliberation over the port/starboard incident, the Dutch were disqualified from the final fleet race, and went into the medal race having dropped to second.

“We weren’t happy about the protest,” said Lambriex. “But it didn’t change much, we still had to go out and sail well in the Medal Race.”

Lambriex with van der Werken raced the medal race as fearlessly as they raced the whole regatta. They started behind the fleet and headed right, eventually poking out from the pack to lead at mark one. The situation was made easier with three teams being called over early, including the German leaders, the Austrians and one of the three Polish teams.

The Germans restarted, while the Austrians and Poles did not and were disqualified, setting the stage for a German comeback story. The Germans marched up through the fleet trying to close the gap enough to win back a world title. In the end, Germany had to settle for silver while bronze went to the Danish who squeaked ahead of Ian Barrows and Hans Henken (USA) by one point.

This is the first time any nation has ever won both the 49er and 49erFX titles simultaneously. The Dutch sailing federation went all-in with the 49erFX squad in 2012, bringing all their high performance teams together, continuously rotating the sailors around. They had initial success in the 49erFX, and now, a decade later, it’s paying off in the 49er as well.

Elise de Ruyter with Odile van Aanholt (NED) celebrate victory. 2021 World Championship Oman 21 November, 2021 © Sailing Energy / Oman Sail
Floris van der Werken with Bart Lambriex celebrate victory with coach Rick Peacock. 2021 World Championship Oman 21 November, 2021 © Sailing Energy / Oman Sail

Brits Double World Champs, While Young Italians Join Party

John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) have won the 2021 Nacra 17 World Championship, the British successfully defending the title they won in Australia back in early 2020. They started the day in the lead, with Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer (GER) sitting a few points behind and ended up confidently foiling down the last run of the medal race, finishing third, winning the event by nine points.

“I think that’s one of our big strengths is resetting in the race to stay focused,” said a visibly relieved Gimson as he hosed down his catamaran in the setting Omani sun. “Identifying what’s paid and getting back on to that. That’s what we spent our whole lives working on.”

When asked if they were nervous, Burnet was pragmatic, saying, “Of course. I think it’s healthy.”

Though the Brits lead was almost unassailable, there was drama unfolding behind them for silver and bronze.

The Germans had to come back often during the week as did Ugolini and Giubilei (ITA). The pair were on fire in the middle of beats, picking long, clear lanes and synchronous crew work to blaze through the fleet. They were pushed by the new French team of Tim Mourniac and Lou Berthomieu who came into the medal race in fourth.

With the breeze blowing about eight to 10 knots for the medal race, the top four were ready for a battle. 

“We saw more breeze on the left before the start,” said Gimson, “so we wanted to win the pin end. Fortunately for us the Germans had to gybe around and this gave us the position we wanted.”

With the Germans starting slightly to windward but back from the British, Kohlhoff couldn’t hold his lane and was forced to tack away. The British tacked to cover their closest rivals all the way around the two-lap course. 

Meanwhile Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei overtook the Argentineans for the race lead while Germany was struggling to make inroads into the fleet. The young Italians held on for the race win followed by Argentina. Great Britain crossed the line in third, easily good enough to secure the world title. Kohlhoff and Stuhlemmer finished in seventh place, meaning silver went to Ugolini and Giubilei and bronze to the 2020 Olympic bronze medallists from Germany.

It has been a stellar couple of years for Gimson and Burnet. After winning the world title in 2020 they took Olympic silver at Tokyo 2020 and then barely took a break before going to Greece where they won the European Championship in September.

Asked if they were going to take a holiday, Burnet replied, “We’re taking an extra two days in Oman, but we’re going to have December off back at home and get back into sailing in the new year.” Gimson, who has been Olympic campaigning for almost 20 years, added, “There isn’t that much time before Paris 2024, There’s been so little racing over the past 18 months, we’re taking every opportunity we’ve got. We love what we do.”

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Welcome to Nova Scotia!

NOVA SCOTIA AT A GLANCE

Located on the Atlantic Coast of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia is blessed with more than 13,000 kilometers of alluring coastline, the highest tides in the world, spectacular lakes and forests, exquisite seafood, and amazing people. We are Canada’s Ocean Playground!

WEATHER
Moderately cold winters, warm (but rarely hot) summers and long, mild autumns. Nova Scotia has a mild overall climate due to ocean currents.

CURRENCY
Nova Scotia uses the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Currency exchange services are available at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and local banks.

LANGUAGE
Although Canada is officially bilingual (English and French), English is the main language spoken in Nova Scotia, but services are often offered in French as well, particularly in the southwest and northeastern parts of the province.

VENUE LOCATION
Hubbards, Nova Scotia, Canada

The event will be held on the waters of St. Margarets Bay, which has played host to several national and international sailing events over the years. These waters make an excellent venue for the World Championships. The sailing venue has clean water and moderate to strong consistent winds in a spectacularly beautiful setting, with a very active sailing community.

VENUE INFORMATION

SITE ACCESS
The Event Site will be open for access from August 15, 2022. Team containers will be accessible prior to this date at a location near the Hubbards Community Waterfront. Services and facilities will be available on site August 18, 2022.

LAUNCHING AREA
The Event Site will have three separate slipways for launching throughout the designated boat park areas. There is a short sail through the cove and channel that connects to the open waters of St. Margarets Bay.

COACH BOAT BERTHING & FUELING
The Local Organization Authority will provide a designated area for coach boats at the Hubbards Community Waterfront. There will be a fuel truck provided near the site with water access for daily refueling, which will provide debit/credit payment options.

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE FACILITIES
There will be an administration office located on site with photocopier/scanner/printer access. Dedicated Wi-Fi networks will be established throughout the Event Site for competitors & coaches, administration, officials, and media.

FOOD & BEVERAGE
Food services will be available on site for purchase, along with several recommended restaurant options in the local community. Nutritious post race snacks will be provided by the Local Organizing Authority and refillable water bottle stations will be available throughout the Event Site.

CAR PARKING
There will be a designated parking area located a few minutes away from the Event Site with shuttles
providing transportation to and from the site throughout the day.

WASHROOM & CHANGE FACILITIES
Facilities will be provided on site to accommodate all participants in this event.

Nova Scotia Information Package

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Notice of Race (EN) - Updated Shipping Address July 28, 2022

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Notice of Race (FR) - Updated Shipping Address July 28, 2022

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Shipping Notes from Mathers Logistics Ltd - Updated May 20 2022

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Statement from TC about Nacra Rudder Rake System

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Travel & Transportation

TRAVEL

VISITORS TO CANADA
The Government of Canada provides current travel information for visitors including COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. Information can be found at:
https://travel.gc.ca/

CANADIAN VISA REQUIREMENTS
All foreign travelers to Canada will require a passport and an Electronic Travel Authorization. Some travelers will require a visa. See list of visa exempt and visa required nations:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigrationrefugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/entry-requirements-country.html

TAXES & DUTIES ON ARRIVING
Travelers to Canada are generally exempt from taxes and duties on personal property they are carrying with them. For more information on this topic see:
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html
While visiting Nova Scotia, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 15% applies to most purchases, including accommodations. Food supplies, other than those consumed at restaurants, are generally exempt from HST.

TRANSPORTATION

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) Located just 38 kilometers from Halifax’s city center and 64 kilometers from the event venue at Hubbards, the award-winning Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the main gateway into Eastern Canada and the Atlantic hub for all domestic, regional, and international carriers. Air carriers serving Halifax include Air Canada, WestJet, United Airlines, Delta, Condor, Icelandair, Air Saint-Pierre, Air Canada Rouge, Flair, and Porter Airlines. With over 600 flights a week, you can travel by air to Halifax on direct flights from most Canadian cities, along with Boston, JFK, Newark, Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago, and overseas via London, Frankfurt, Munich, Hannover, and Iceland. There are also hundreds of connecting flights — you can get to Halifax from just about anywhere in the world, often with just one stop en route.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Once you arrive at our airport, you will find limousine, car rental companies, taxi, shuttle bus services, and city transit available to transport you to your accommodations in Halifax. Transportation from Halifax to the Host Venue will require a car rental. There are several car rental operators located conveniently at the Airport Parkade for pick up and drop off. Parking will be available near the Host Venue in Hubbards, Nova Scotia.
For contact information visit:
https://halifaxstanfield.ca/transportation/car-rentals/

Tanya MacLean
Media Spokesperson
(902) 489-5664
Tanya.MacLean@qe2foundation.ca