2017 European Championship

Start Date

2017-07-30

End Date

2017-08-04

Location

Kiel / Germany

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German Women Conquer Skiffs, Fletcher-Bithell Take First European Title For GBR Since Draper-Hiscocks

German Women Conquer Skiffs, Fletcher-Bithell Take First European Title For GBR Since Draper-Hiscocks

In a day characterized by huge gusts, out-of-control runs, capsizes and wild wind shifts, Tina Lutz and Susan Beucke took complete control of the 49erFX fleet.  The local favorites won both medal races today by big margins to take their first European Championship, alternating positions with overnight leaders Vicky Jurczok and Anika Lorenz.  “In that […]

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Breeze on for Three Tight Final Series – Forecast

Breeze on for Three Tight Final Series – Forecast

The final day is setting up beautifully with 18-22 knots forecast and puffs could be higher. Check out the full report here. Weather_04082017_engl_EURO

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BIG RISKS AND BIG REWARDS ON MOVING DAY Top Teams Advance To Theatre-Style Medal Racing

BIG RISKS AND BIG REWARDS ON MOVING DAY Top Teams Advance To Theatre-Style Medal Racing

With the all-important Medal Race cutoff kicking in today for all three fleets at the 49er/49erFX/Nacra17 European Championship in Kiel, Germany, all pressure was on the ‘bubble’ teams to perform at their best.  Some rose to the challenge, some quietly snuck in to the last spot, and many were left disappointed after a brutally hard […]

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Locals Surge Ahead As Finals Begin, Finnish Foiling Heroics On Day 4 of European Championship

Locals Surge Ahead As Finals Begin, Finnish Foiling Heroics On Day 4 of European Championship

Light and shifty winds continued today over Kiel Bay as Finals action began for the top of the Olympic 49er and 49erFX fleets, while the foiling Nacra 17 knocked off three more races in their first-ever regatta in the Olympic multihull’s new flying configuration. Locally-based teams took advantage of their knowledge of Kiel’s tricky summer […]

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Weather Forecast for Day 4 – First Day of Gold Fleet

Weather Forecast for Day 4 – First Day of Gold Fleet

High cloud with bright skies great us in Kiel this morning, as well as a calm bay. The forecast for the day is for 7-9 knots and steady most of the day, driven by a gradient in pressure between a small high over mainland Europe and a small low over Sweden. There is a 30% […]

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Racers Find Obstacles and Opportunities As Qualification Round Ends At European Championships

Racers Find Obstacles and Opportunities As Qualification Round Ends At European Championships

High pressure over the North Sea meant entirely new challenges for the 49erFX, 49er, and Nacra 17 fleets as the European Championship entered its third day today.  A short postponement to let the wind fill in gave way to a full day of racing, with the 49erFX and Nacra 17’s getting three races in while […]

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Weather Forecast Day 3

Weather Forecast Day 3

Very light today, with a risk of no racing. A weak high sits over top of Kiel with a weak low moving up from the South. Further complicating things is a high likelihood of lighting and thunder with 30 knot blasts around 17:00 hours. For a detailed report, check the daily full forecast: Weather_01082017_engl_EURO  

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Flying, Crashing, and On Day 2 of European Championship

Flying, Crashing, and On Day 2 of European Championship

Another sunny, bright, breezy day welcomed the combined Olympic fleets of Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX race boats today as the 2017 European Championship continued in Germany’s North Sea port of Kiel.  The 49er and 49erFX entered their second day of competition while all eyes were on the brand new foiling Nacra 17 catamaran sailors […]

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Weather Forecast Day 2

Weather Forecast Day 2

Bright skies and mixed clouds great the sailors on the morning of Day 2. First up are 49erFX, and Nacra 17 C-Board. The air is stable this morning at 10 knots or so. I could build to up to 15 knots by one in the afternoon and then will be diminished by the sea breeze […]

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Blasting In The Sun On Day One Of European Championship

Blasting In The Sun On Day One Of European Championship

Strong but shifty winds of 10-25 knots across the Kieler Bucht provided a perfect start to the Olympic 49er and 49erFX European Championship today.  Four Qualifying races in the men’s 49er fleet saw Team GBR’s Dylan FLETCHER-SCOTT and Stuart BITHELL edge out the field by a point, while just ten points separate the top 17 […]

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