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

2017 European Championship


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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 day on the water that included a huge squall and winds from 6-18 knots.

Gold fleet racing began for the Nacra 17 fleet under rainy skies and breeze into the mid teens, with Jason WATERHOUSE and Lisa DARMANIN showing the fleet just what upwind foiling means during the first race of the day.  In his first day on the helm since the event began, the injured Waterhouse and crew Darmanin won the pin, put the bow down, and flew away from the fleet. The Australian silver medalists crossed behind the first boat after tacking, sailing fast on the foils to the far right.  When they came back in contact with the fleet, it became quickly apparent that the foiling mode had serious potential – at least in the 13-15 knot range.

From 27th of July to 4th of August the Kieler Yacht-Club e.V. host the 49er, 49er FX and Nacra17 Mix European Championships. Around 400 sailors from 39 nations will meet in Kiel on their path towards Tokyo 2020. This time, the Nacra17 can for the first time show their ability “to fly” with the new foils in a regatta.

Waterhouse/Darmanin won the race going away, with the SAP Sailing Analytics showing he’d sailed an astonishing 700 meters further – nearly ¾ of a kilometer –than the second place boat. The Aussie duo’s average boatspeed for the race was an even more astonishing 1.1 knots faster than anyone else on the water.  For comparison, the 2nd through 18th place boats’ average speeds were within a one-knot range.

Waterhouse/Darmanin’s win wouldn’t allow them to climb into medal race contention, so tomorrow they will be watching the action from the sidelines.

One skipper that easily made the Medal fleet in the high-flying cats – and then some – saw the future of Nacra 17 sailing today, even if she’s not quite there yet.  Denmark’s Lin Ea Cenholt CHRISTIANSEN and Christian Peter LÜBECK continued their march up the leaderboard with a blinding Day 5 performance, easily winning the day with a 2,3,4 performance and cementing their second-place spot ten points behind Nacra 17 newcomers Ruggero TITA and Caterina BANTI.

“At this stage, we’re still a little disappointed that we don’t have faster VMG on the foils upwind, but the Australians proved by winning the first race that it’s the way we’re all going to go in the future,” said Cenholt.  “We don’t quite have the technique yet, but that’s just a matter of time on the water and growing our skills.”  Cenholt added that she and crew C.P. Lubeck will spend the Northern Hemisphere winter in New Zealand to work on their technique along with several training partners.

The Danish skipper entered the multihull world just 3 years ago, and she says it’s time for more female sailors to take the helm on the Nacra 17.  “Now that so many women have more experience sailing these catamarans, we’re starting to be able to compete against very experienced male helms,” she explained.  “I hope we will see more girls on the helm soon, and we believe we’re going to prove that in Tokyo.”

Watch an interview with Cenholt – including her explanation of her exciting finish and brief swim – on Facebook here.  Click here for the swim.

Germany’s Paul KOHLHOFF and Alica STUHLEMMER missed the final Medal Race qualification spot by the slimmest of margins, with the final leg of the final race making all the difference.  Team GBR’s Chris RASHLEY with crew Dr. Laura MARIMON held off the surging German Red Bull Youth America’s Cup helmsman to squeak through to tomorrow’s all-important chance for the Gold by just a single point.

While no German teams made the Nacra medal races, their strength in the women’s 49erFX was clear for all to see; Rio Olympians Victoria JURCZOK and Anika LORENZ continued their streak of top finishes after a bullet in the final race yesterday, scoring a day-winning 1,8,4 today to leapfrog over training partners LUTZ/BEUKE and Danish Olympic medalists HANSEN/IVERSEN to take first going into tomorrow’s frenetic action.  The Danes led for most of the week here in Kiel without registering a double-digit score, and then today, they somehow caught three of them with a scoreline of 18,19,12.  When asked what went wrong, Hansen’s answer was illustrative: “You want to know what happened? I want to know what happened!”  She explained that they just couldn’t seem to get the boat going with any speed.  The Danish team secured their spot in the medal race just 13 points ahead of training partners NIELSEN/OLSEN, dropping from 2nd place to 9th on the day.

Lutz and Beucke seemed unphased by their drop from first to third place today.  “I like it more being behind and being able to attack,” said Lutz – a thought echoed by Beucke, who said she was a little uncomfortable being in the lead.  “We definitely like to attack,” she said.  With more than 20 knots on call for tomorrow’s final action, Lutz said they’re ready.  “Tomorrow is about being well rested and strong, not capsizing, and having good maneuvers, and we’re feeling good about it,” she said.

From 27th of July to 4th of August the Kieler Yacht-Club e.V. host the 49er, 49er FX and Nacra17 Mix European Championships. Around 400 sailors from 39 nations will meet in Kiel on their path towards Tokyo 2020. This time, the Nacra17 can for the first time show their ability “to fly” with the new foils in a regatta.

The narrowest margin at all for the Medal Race cutoff came in the ultra-competitive 49er fleet. Spain’s Diego BOTIN and Iago LOPEZ-MARRA – bronze medalists in the 2016 Euros – overcame an uncharacteristically weak start to their event to claim the final spot on the board.  Their 0.5 point margin came despite ‘missing most of the shifts this week,” as Botin explains.  “We had real trouble reading the course here, and with racing so close in the Gold fleet, there’s no room for error in the 49er,” said Botin.  Crew Lopez said he’s excited to go up against the best in the world tomorrow.  “It will be good to get back into the mix, and the short course racing is great training for Worlds later in the month, which has the same format.”  You can listen to the young Spanish crew in their own words here.

From 27th of July to 4th of August the Kieler Yacht-Club e.V. host the 49er, 49er FX and Nacra17 Mix European Championships. Around 400 sailors from 39 nations will meet in Kiel on their path towards Tokyo 2020. This time, the Nacra17 can for the first time show their ability “to fly” with the new foils in a regatta.

After an abysmal Day 4, early regatta leaders Dylan FLETCHER and Stuart BITHELL found their form in the bigger breeze.  “Stu made me sail better, I made him sail better, and things went relatively smoothly,” said Fletcher.  Bithell explained that it was important to set things up well, but not to be perfect.  “We set things up at an average setting and just got on with it,” said Bithell. Check out the interview here.

A monster day of finals racing is forecast with breeze into the 20’s and gusts potentially over 30 knots. It should be the best conditions of the week for fast and furious racing.

Live coverage of the medal racing begins tomorrow at 1100 CET, with aerial and on-water video with professional commentary from sailing journalist Alan Block and former Olympic 49er sailors Ben Remocker and Marcus Baur, live tracking and graphics, and special guests.  Tune in to Facebook for all the action, and find live notifications via our alerts if you sign up.

Please be sure to LIKE the Nacra17/49er/49erFX Facebook Pages (49er SailingNacra 17 Sailing) for the best way to be notified of new photos, videos, and live streams from the European Championship.  You can find more centralized information for interviews, photos, results, articles and other regatta documentation on the class websites (Nacra 1749er and FX)


– August 4 will see us covering the finals. Each fleet will have 3 ‘theatre style’ races to determine the European Champions. – Our live broadcast will have a drone camera, sideline camera, on board cameras, and a virtual environment. Combined with the best fleet racing our aim is to engage you with some spectacular, world-class sailing!

– Get to know the personalities behind the circuit and all the background to these Classes. – Hosted by sailing journalist and online personality Alan Block, we’ll cover the future stars, the seasoned vets, and give you a preview of what’s ahead for the day. – Live on facebook @49ersailing @nacra17sailing from 11am CET

– Follow the finals via sapsailing.com. There will be live tracking, race replay, and SAP sailing analytics for all races.

– Spanish photographic house Sailing Energy will provide photo albums best viewed through the event websites or Class Facebook pages.

YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – @49ersailing – @nacra17sailing

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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Inspection Process Final Day

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Schedule for Day 4

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Change to Sailing Instructions 1

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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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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 1

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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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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.


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


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.


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)





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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