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August 31 - September 5, 2022 / St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

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The Path to Paris is one year shorter than normal, but like normal, Princessa Sophia (Palma regatta) kicks off the unofficial start of the action. All of the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 Gold Medalists are returning to defend their titles, but behind them, there are quite a few new and old teams they will need to face down.

Chasing more Bling

Martine Grael with Kahena Kunze (BRA) are chasing a three-peat. Only Ben Ainslie and Paul Elvstrom have won three gold medals in a row, four in their cases, the dynamic Brazilian pair could be joining sailing royalty.

Dylan Fletcher (GBR) in the 49er has a new crew, Rhos Haws at the bow. Stuart Bithell (GBR) retired on top, having won his second Olympic medal while the ever-hungry Fletcher returns with the aim of being the first repeat 49er gold medalist.

Ruggero Tita with Caterina Banti (ITA) aims to repeat in the Nacra 17 in Paris. Ruggero will be doing double duty, with commitments to team Prada as one goal while retaining their spot at the top of the foiling world on the other.

Once you go Black

Each of the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 have some noticeable differences in the boats. The skiffs have new masts, which have almost the same spec as the old mast so not too obvious outside of the fleet. However, the skiffs also have new sails, very similar in size to the old ones but being jet black in color marking a dramatic change to the look of the class.

With the goal of increased consistency and durability, North Sails 3Di process won a competitive bid to build the 49er and FX sails for the quadrennial. So far about 2/3 of the fleet has been supplied with the new sails so the fleets will race in any configuration of new and old sails they may wish to over the European spring season before the summer championships require the new sails.

Loyal to the Foil

The Nacra 17 fleet also undertook a small technical change. The rudder rakes for Paris are now adjustable be while racing. For Tokyo was required to be fixed in place once the start gun sounded. Teams are rigging control systems to allow movement of the rudder rakes, and crucially the elevator angle of attack, so they can move the rudders in Parallel, in scale, and even differentially while racing.

Visibly the change to the Nacra 17 is much less dramatic than in the 49er, but its impact on the racing could be substantial. All eyes will be turned into the first day of racing to see if the era of upwind foiling is upon us. The ability to adjust the rudder angle means teams don’t have to make a race-long commitment to trying to foil, dramatically reducing the risk of trying to upwind foil and has resulted in a lot of foiling practice. Whether the out-of-competition training translates to racecourse success will determine the modes teams ultimately land on, but there is a buzz developing.

Switcheroo

The entire podium of Nacra 17 teams are returning to the Olympic chase. In the cases of John Gimson with Anna Burnett (GBR), they are completely focused on the task. “In the last quad I was still with Artemis Racing, and could not focus completely on Nacra 17 sailing. This quad I’ve committed to spending the full two years completely focussed on getting the gold medal,” said John Gimson. Paul Kohloff with Alica Stuhlemmer (GER) also returns looking to move up on their bronze medal performance. In early practice the young German duo seems to have an edge in upwind foiling, having tried it the most last quad as well.

Beyond the top three, however, there is a lot of change in the Nacra 17 fleet. Tara Pacheco (ESP), who was 6th in Tokyo now teams up with Iago Marra (ESP) who was 4th in Tokyo in the 49er. Likewise, each of their partners, Diego Botin and Florian Tritell now team up together in the 49er. Similarly, Santiago Lange with Cecilia Carranza (ARG), the 2016 Gold medalists and Tokyo 7th place finishers have traded with Vicky Travascio with Sol Branz who themselves placed 5th in Tokyo. Now, the two skippers combine in the Nacra 17 with Santiago helming for Vicky, while the two crews team up with Sol moving to the helm and Cecilia crewing for her.

As usual, the Dutch FX teams continue to mix around. 2021 World and European Champion, Odile Van Aanholt, who won the 2021 championships with different crews, now teams up with Tokyo Silver medalist Annette Duetz.

Sticking with the 49erFX, 2013 49erFX Bronze medalist Sarah Steyaert (FRA) returns to the class from almost a decade in the radial to pair up with Tokyo Gold medalist, Charline Picon, who moves to the 49erFX from windsurfing.

The 49er fleet also sees a couple of medalists from other events joining the skiff scene. Tokyo Silver medalist from Sweden, Fredrick Bergstrom, begins his 49er career.

Partnerships in Olympic sailing are extreme relationships. Total commitment and dedication, learning, growing, and an excruciating magnifying glass from the outside are the daily reality for these sailors. Additionally, much of the Olympic slate has been shifted around from Tokyo to Paris necessitating some changes.

What we are seeing with so many top sailors continuing to sail, but also changing partnerships is the wonderful feeling of empowerment and ambition the Olympics can curate in a sailor, building motivation. As these sailors seek a catalyst to reach a higher level than before, perhaps a new partnership will be the key they have been so close to finding.

Palma 2022

Racing runs from April 5 to 9, 2022. Find all the results, photos, and stories on the Trofeo Princess Sofia webpage and follow along our social channels @49ersailing @nacra17sailing

Photocredit: Lloyd Images – Fletcher and Haws blast into a new quadrennial.

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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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/

Hotel Info


ATLANTICA HOTEL HALIFAX
1980 Robie Street, Halifax, NS
https://www.atlanticahotelhalifax.com/
Tel: +1 (902) 423-1161 / 1-888-810-7288
reservations@atlanticahalifax.com
RATE:
$189 CAD + Tax
VALID:
August 16 – September 6, 2022
BOOKING CODE:
2022 World Sailing Championships

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT
1599 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS B3J 2C3
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yhzri-residence-inn-halifax-downtown/
Tel: +1 (902) 422-0493 / 1-866-716-8133
RATE:
$199 CAD + Tax (breakfast included)
VALID:
August 16 – September 6, 2022
BOOKING CODE:
2022 World Sailing Championships

COMFORT HOTEL BAYER’S LAKE
88 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax, NS B3S 1A2
https://www.comforthotelhalifax.com/
Tel: +1 (902) 405-4555 / 1-855-405-4555
nimfa@comforthotelhalifax.com
RATE:
$179 CAD + Tax (breakfast included)
VALID:
August 16 – September 6, 2022
BOOKING CODE:
2022 World Sailing Championships

HALIFAX TOWER HOTEL (OPENING JUNE 2022)
Tel: +1 (902) 405-4555 / 1-855-405-4555
nimfa@comforthotelhalifax.com
RATE:
$199 CAD + Tax (breakfast included)
VALID:
August 16 – September 6, 2022
BOOKING CODE:
2022 World Sailing Championships

OAK ISLAND RESORT
36 Treasure Drive, Western Shore, NS
https://www.oakislandresort.ca/
Tel: +1 (902) 627-2600 / 1-800-565-5075
reservations@oakislandresort.ca
RATE:
$169 CAD + Tax
VALID:
August 16 – September 6, 2022
BOOKING CODE:
2022 World Sailing Championships

HAMPTON INN & HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON
1599 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS B3J 2C3
www.Halifax.HamptonInn.com
www.Halifax.HomewoodSuites.com
Tel: +1 (902) 429-6620 / 1-855-331-0337
RATE:
$199 CAD + Tax (breakfast buffet included)
VALID:
August 16 – September 6, 2022
BOOKING CODE:
SAI
GROUP NAME:
World Sailing Championships 2022