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July 30 - August 4th, 2017 / Kiel, Germany

2017 European Championship

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The Nacra 17 class steps into a brave new world Tuesday as the first world championship for the mixed sex Olympic catamaran in its new ‘flying’ foiling configuration starts on the Mediterranean’s Baie d’Aigues Mortes off La Grande Motte in the south of France.

The European Championship for the class in Kiel, Germany in late July was the first event to be contested in foiling mode as also was the subsequent 2018Sailing World Championships Aarhus Test Event, but this world championship will be the first of the new 2020 Olympic quadrennial to welcome the return of all three Rio Olympic medallists, set to compete amongst an exciting fleet of established, returning Olympians and triallists and an emerging young generation of under 25 sailors already armed with fast foiling experience.

Argentina’s Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli, the gold medallists will race again for the first time since their emotional, dream gold medal victory in Rio, Australia’s Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin the silver medalists are racing in La Grande Motte as is Austria’s bronze medal winner Thomas Zajac who is in a new partnership with Barbara Matz.

Looking Forward

Lange, 56, is looking towards selection for an indredible seventh Olympic Games and relishes the prospect of racing against the emerging new ‘foiling generation’, even if he and ‘Ceci’ are short on training time in foiling mode, their time since they received their boat curtailed by an injury to crew Carrannza Saroli.

“For us it is nice to be back in the boat and sailing together, to be back sailing with Ceci is special as this is our first regatta back after the Games. So we are here to look forward.” enthused Lange in La Grande Motte today after the official practive race. “We wanted to train harder but Ceci got injured and so we had to stop for 25 days. But we have been working hard to catch up. This is a bloody difficult boat to learn. Downwind we cannot handle the boat very well yet. The Italians have shown well so far. We are happy with our upwind sailing but downwind we have a lot to learn. We will see.”

World Sailor of the Year Lange, who added gold to his two bronze medals in Rio, is up for the challenge ahead, but is sanguine and objective: ” The challenge of this class is that the foiling world really is in flat water but the Olympic world is in open seas, so that is a challenge for the sport and for this initiive and as sailors we need to learn how to handle it. What might end up seeing is that we don’t foil (because racing on open water). That is the way it is. The debate as to whether this is a good boat or not is history. Now we as sailors have to deal with learning this boat as quick as we can.”

“One of my big motivations to sail against these young guys. There are some very talented sailors coming in. I hope we see them getting to the top quickly. This is a very different world championship. For us we want to win here, that comes with being racers, but we are here to learn, to be cautious. We don’t want to get injured. In my case an injury could be the end of my story, so we will be cautious.”

Transition Time

This transition time world championship features a very diverse range of ages and experience. Italy’s recently crowned European champions Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti won in Kiel with youth, foiling and fast skiff sailing among their armoury. Tita, 25, is a former 49er helm who went to Rio for Italy and finished 14th but he is also a kite surfer and Moth sailor who embraces high speed sailing.

The Italian pair took the time to rest today rather than compete in the Practice Race, but coach Gabriele Bruni explained, “I think they can finish in the top eight here. They have trained a lot on Garda since the Europeans and here since August 25th. He is very used to sailing fast boats and he likes these boats. I think his main characteristic is that he likes speed. This boat is a little bit of the old one with some new things. But the overall characteristic is that it is for people who are not afraid, who don’t think too much, who don’t hesitate too much.”

” In Kiel I think we did well at the Europeans because he understood better than most the concept of foiling in these boats. At that time it was only ten days after we got the boats.”

Among the other favorites are Italy’s Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari, Britain’s Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson third in Kiel, New Zealand’s Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders fourth in Rio, the French Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet and both Spanish teams Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco who were second at the Europeans and Iker Martinez now racing with Olga Maslivets. formerly a top RS:X sailor who finished fourth in 2012 in Weymouth racing for Russia.

But there are a crop of emerging young sailors such as the Danish pair Lin Ea Christiansen, 22 and Christian Peter Lubeck 25, New Zealand’s Olivia Mackay, 21, and Micah Wilkison were outright winners of the Red Bull Foiling Generation initiative and Team GBs 2012 Youth World Champion Rupert White, 23, grandson of 1976 Olympic gold medallist Reg White and son of double Tornado world champion Rob sails with Kirstie Urwin and under the French flag , Tim Mourniac races with Amélie Riou.

Young Kiwi hope Olivia Mackay said, “We only got our boat three days ago and so we are just trying get as comfortable as we can and learn as much as we can from the guys who have been sailing theirs for a few months. We are going back to New Zealand for the winter and we just want to go home with as much knowledge as we can. We have done quite a lot of phantom sailing and so it is a bit similar but it is much more chaotic on the start line with 50 boats. We are learning what rules people want in place the next three years, learning the crew loads and how people want to run this style of racing. We are all just getting a feel for it. There are a lot of new people I have never seen here. The whole foiling aspect of the America’s Cup is really appealing to young sailors.”

Sixty crews are competing representing 25 different countries, eleven will sail in a non foiling division. There are two race areas. Three days of qualifying racing is followed by two days of fleet racing with a final Medal race Sunday.

ENTRY LIST : http://nacra17.org/events/2017-world-championship/

PROGRAM
Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 September
10h55: Qualifying races
Friday 8 – Saturday 9 September
10h55: Fleet races
Sunday 10 September
09: 55: Fleet races
13h55: Medal Race

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Throughout the championship: – Photos, press releases in English and French available daily
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YCGM Website

Press Contact :

Camille El Beze / Centre d’Entraînement Méditerranée
06 60 62 60 71 / cemed@orange.fr

For the international press:

Andi Robertson + 44 7557 518732
andi.robertson@gmail.com

Day 5 Live Brodcast

Foiling Nacra 17 then 49er Gold Fleet

Day 6 Live Broadcast

Finals - Medal Races - Nacra 17, 49erFX, and 49er

Day 4 Replay

49er Gold, 49erFX Gold, and Nacra 17 Foiling

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Update to Schedule for Final Day

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Inspection Process Final Day

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Schedule for Day 4

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Change to Sailing Instructions 1

July 28

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Sailing Instructions

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Equipment Inspection Instructions

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Inspection Form

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NOR Amendment #3

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NoR Amendment 1

Published June 1, 2017

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NoR Amendment 1

Published May 8, 2017

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Notice of Race

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High Speed Test Rules

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Registration

Please register and pay here – and ensure both skipper and crew are class members. our request will be checked against the membership list and approved if you are a member of the class.  This will only need to be done once per year.  If you are not yet a member of the class, please sign up so that you can register for the regattas here.

 

Regatta Organisation

Organising Director

  • Dirk Ramhorst

Race Secretary

  • Felix Weidling

 

Race Committee

Principal Race Officer

  • Nathalie Peberel (FRA, PRO)

 

Racing Area Hotel, 49erFX:

  • Race Officer: Nathalie Peberel (FRA, PRO)
  • Local Race Officer: Stephan Giesen (GER)
  • Deputy Race Officer: Wolfgang Jentsch (GER)

Racing Area India, 49er:

  • Race Officer: David Campbell-James (GBR)
  • Local Race Officer: Klaus Lahme (GER)
  • Deputy Race Officer: Claudia Langenhan (GER)

Racing Area Juliett, 49er:

  • Race Officer: Luky Serrano (ESP)
  • Local Race Officer: Robert Niemczewski (GER)
  • Deputy Race Officer: Clemens Fackeldey (GER)

Racing Area Echo, Nacra17:

  • Race Officer: John Craig (USA)
  • Local Race Officer: Stephan Uden (GER)
  • Deputy Race Officer: Andreas Knospe (GER)

 

Schedule of Sailing

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Weather Forecast Day 4

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Weather Forecast Day 3

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Weather Forecast Day 2

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Weather Forecast Day 1

July 29

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Harbour Plan Kiel Schilksee

Download the harbour plan for the Euros with all important information where your boats and trailers can stay during the event.    

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Location

 

KIEL-SCHILKSEE HARBOR

Kiel-Schilksee Olympic Sailing Center hosted the 1972 Olympic Sailing Games. The facilities ashore are perfect for events of this dimension. Alongside sufficient space ashore, an 800 sqm sports hall for measurement and 800 berths. The Race Village will be located in the direct vicinity of the berth. In addition to a sail repair and marine shop in the harbor area, there is a boat repair at the Shipyard of Kiel Yacht Club 1.5 km north of the marina. Car and trailer parking, as well as camping facilities, are available in the harbor area close to the Race Village.

WHAT TO DO IN KIEL AND IN THE SURROUNDINGS DURING THE EUROPEANS?

Sightseeing, shopping or just having a good summer time at the beach: Check out the KIEL.SAILING CITY online GUIDE

KIEL BAY

The Kiel bay is known as one of the most versatile areas for sailing races in Germany. No influence of shoreline.The Kieler Yacht-Club can reflect upon a 125-year history and has always been involved in the organization of well-known sailing events.Besides the Kieler Woche, we were also able to host 2 Olympic sailing events and numerous World-, European- and Continental Championships.

RACING AREA AND CONDITIONS

Exclusive racing area:

  • flexibility in position according to conditions
  • no influence of shoreline
  • almost no current and no tide

Wind conditions:

NE 6%, E 14.9%, SE 11,6%, S 11.6%, SW 26.1%, W 15.2%, NW 9.8%, N 4.7%.

Wind force:

less than 1 knot 1.8%, 1-5.4 knots 9.8%, 5.4-10.8 knots 31.9%, 10.8-16.2 knots 29.7%, 16.2-21.6 knots 16.7%, 21.6-27 knots 9.1%, 27 knots and more 1.1%. In average, August in Kiel offers medium wind speeds from a westerly direction and about 20 degrees Celsius with sunshine (6-8 hours per day in average). (Source: Meeno Schrader, WetterWelt GmbH; Wetterkontor)


 

Accommodation

 

PLEASE TAKE AN ACCOMMODATION RESERVATION BY YOURSELF

We are happy to help out with information. To avoid long distances between your housing and the event area please consider that the race office, boat park and camping site will be at the Schilksee Olympic Center, 24159 Kiel-Schilksee, Germany. Camp Site during Kieler Woche

Accommodation Contacts:

Tourist-Information Kiel Andreas-Gayk-Str. 31, 24103 Kiel, Phone.: +49 431 679 100, Fax: +49 431 67 910 99, E-Mail: info@kiel-sailing-city.de, Web: www.kiel-sailing-city.de Tourist-Information Strande Strandstrasse 12, 24229 Strande, Phone: +49 43 49 2 90, Fax: +49 43 49 90 99 74, E-Mail: info@strande.de, Web: www.strande.de Schwedeneck Touristik Zum Kurstrand, 24229 Schwedeneck, Phone.: (0 43 08) 3 31, Fax: (0 43 08) 12 60, E-Mail: info@schwedeneck.de, Web: www.schwedeneck.de CAMPING SITE A camping site for tents and caravans is available north of the Kiel-Schilksee Olympic Sailing Center. A reservation in advance is neither possible or necessary!

Contact: Witt-Wohnmobile, Mr K. Witt E-mail: witt.wohnmobile@web.de

CAMPING SITE GRÖHNWOHLD Small houses, new and modern,  for rent at the Camping Site Grönwohld (10min drive from Kiel-Schilksee). Max. 6 Persons. They offer a special Sailor price. Please ask for it! 95€ per night.  info@groenwohld-camping.de


 

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