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

2017 European Championship

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It is not Le Tricolore but the Il Tricolor, the Italian tricolour flying highest over La Grande Motte in the South of France after the first day of gold fleet racing at the Nacra 17 World Championships. As the intensity of the first day of gold fleet Finals racing took full effect, compounded by there being only one way to go off the high octane start lines, several top seeds made mistakes, including black flag penalties some which may yet prove very costly. 

As recently crowned European Champions Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti stepped two points clear at the top of the leaderboard, Italian teams won all three races. Tita and Banti finish the day two points ahead of Spanish rival pairs Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco and Iker Martinez and Olga Maslivets who are just one point apart.

But with six races and Sunday’s medal race still to go 2017 championship is wide open, with just 10 points between the first seven crews, and top coaches and medal winning athletes alike expect this chase go down to the wire on Sunday’s medal race. Now sailing with Maelle Frascari, Italy’s 2016 Rio Olympic helm Vittorio Bissario won the first race today as the first crew to start close to the pin, left end of the start line and break first away to the favoured left.

They lead all the way around the course, benefiting from the bend on the left side of the course and the slight extra pressure. In contrast compatriots Tita and Banti had a poor start and had to fight back to 15th in the 24 boat gold fleet. Roller coaster leaderboard In the 10-12kt sea breeze conditions which remained relatively stable through the three races, increasingly the fight to get off the line and escape in good shape drew casualties.\

Britain’s Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson suffered a U flag disqualification which, after a 15th in the third race dropped them from second to fifth for the day. Among the top title challengers their weighty error was not isolated. No sooner had New Zealand’s Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders gone 2,8 to lead the regatta than they capsized in the third race to finish 24th.

Lying second Spain’s vastly experienced Fernando Echavarri warned, “This is still a long championship with six races to go. Every race it is easy to make a mistake and once you make a mistake or go to the wrong side it is really, really difficult to get back to the top. It is going to be about the balance between taking just enough risk and too much risk to get into good positions”.

The leaderboard roller coaster continued as France’s top duo Moana Vaireux and Manon Audinet, based in La Grande Motte for much of the year, made their second bad start from three to finish eighteenth, dropping to seventh. And Danish duo Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lübeck could not impose themselves as they lead the qualifying series, today going 16,13,13 to drop from first to fourth.

Franck Citeau, the coach of the French team contends, “The key today? Start, go left and the race was finished at the first tack. You had to win the buoy and get away. In this world championship there is no favourite, no one has the edge. And right now there will be a different leader, a different world champion, each night until the end of the medal race. And it is the medal race which will decide this world championship and the podium. In this fleet everyone can make mistakes as we saw today. Perhaps Echavarri has the advantage, not in speed, not in technique but he is the metronome, he is the consistent one. With this new boat and the limited training time we have all had then the level is pretty homogeneous, pretty even. Nobody stands out. And in the end it might be like the Olympic Games were on the day Santi Lange won because he got the job done.

There is a certain similarity between the European Championship podium and tonight’s World Championship leaderboard, Tita and Banti winning in Kiel in early July by a single point from Echavarri and Pacheco. There are also some features common to the 2014 European Championship on these same waters in La Grande Motte where Iker Martinez won, sailing with Pacheco. Italy’s Bissario was third at the championship.

Echavarri, 2008 Olympic Tornado gold medallist, was taking little store from their rise up the leaderboard, “We were struggling yesterday when we could not get out of our own way. Today we were fast and we are happy. But the fleet is so very even, one bad day can change everything. Basically we were not on the course yesterday. We talked after racing, we don’t like to be in the corners and yesterday we did not take enough risk. But today there was more wind and we felt a little more comfortable. But in general a good day for the Spanish and the Italians.” Echavarri concluded, “ There is a long way to go with these boats to be able to sail them to their potential, a long way. We did not train much, we did the Europeans and Aarhus. This winter will be key. It is too early to know where we will go in the winter and what we will do. We don’t have a plan for tomorrow far less the winter!”

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday with forecast for Medal Race day, the deciding finale, promising 20+ kts.

Standings after 9 qualifying races, 3 finals races. 1 Discard allowed only from QF series.

1 Ruggero Tita/Caterina Banti (ITA) 63 pts

2 Fernando Echavarri/Tara Pacheco (ESP) 65 pts

3 Iker Martinez/Olga Maslivets (ESP) 66pts

4 Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Peter Lübeck (DEN) 71pts

5 Ben Saxton/Katie Dabson (GBR) 72pts

6 Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders (NZL) 74pts

7 Moanna Vaireaux/Marion Audinet (FRA) 74pts

8 Vittorio Bassaro/Maelle Frascari (ITA) 80pts

9 Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin (AUS) 80pts

10 Mateo Majdalani/Eugenia Bosco (ARG) 83pts Full results @ http://bit.ly/2xOudIo

Raw TV footage from today is available: HERE    

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 (copyright Didier Hillaire), press releases in English and French available daily Facebook Twitter Site YCGM

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

Notification 22

Update to Schedule for Final Day

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Inspection Process Final Day

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Notice 17

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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