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13 - 19 May 2019 / Weymouth, UK

2019 Volvo European Championship

Final Day Highlights

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The 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 fleets completed the biggest ever Junior World Championship for each of the classes. A total of 140 teams from 30 nations are racing in the 2022 edition from Lago di Como, Italy. Simultaneously the 29er World had another 245 teams racing ‘just down the road’ in Spain.

For the past two years it seemed like sailing singlehanded became the defacto option. As families sheltered from the pandemic the only way to reliably get on the water was to do so solo. Be it moths, ILCA’s, waszps, a-cats anything that could be sailed singlehanded, it was hard to be a doublehanded sailor. With a renewed openness in the world it seems humans are social after all!

Opening Ceremony of the 2022 Junior European Championship

The Como multilario, a six-strong yacht club consortium on lake Como welcomed the fleets on three races areas in one of the most spectacular venues the world has to offer. Crisp azure waters, green mountains, and a reliable daily wind make this a slice of sailor heaven.

Quite naturally, the Junior fleets are always recycling. Teams graduate up to senior levels, others realize the Olympic path might not be for them. Filling the ranks are new teams and sailors ambitious to realize their sailing dreams. Lake Como offered a wonderful and intimate environment for teams get meet and become friendly with one another, starting friendships that may last a lifetime. This bonding was cemented on day four of the championship when stormy weather turned the winds around to the North of the lake requiring upwind launching and retrieving of all 120 49er and FX’s.

The updated Olympic moto of Higher, Faster, Stronger, Together was in full display as no boats were harmed in the process despite the tight ramp and rocky sidelines. The volunteers and sailors joined forces often launching or retrieving three boats at a time to allow the day to flow.

The Olympic journey of old has been transformed by the new pathway from youth sailing featuring the Junior World Championship as a stepping stone. Gone are the days when sailors straight out of youth sailing (U19) aim at being measured against the worlds best as they learn new boats. The Junior (U23 for 49er and U24 for Nacra 17) racing allows a more gradual entry into the world of Olympic racing and is proving very popular.

The Nacra 17 racing proved to be a benchmarking demonstration for the first two boats for the rest of the Junior rank and file. Van de Meer / Bower (NED) proved to be clear ahead of the pack and they won every single race of the Championship. The Dutch duo showed the Juniors what it takes to be in the top 10 at the senior level, as the pair made the medal race at each of Kieler Woche and the 2022 Europeans in Aarhus. They were simply faster than the fleet, both upwind and downwind. For example, in a race on the final day they were 53 seconds ahead of second place at the first windward mark. That’s roughly 15% faster than the second place boat. Most of the younger teams are quite new to the Nacra 17 and foiling, so they will have taken inspiration and lessons from the leader.

Italians Porro with Dezulian were firmly in second and were second in almost every race of the championship. Again, this shows the fleet the level needed to move up to the top 20 in the worlds overall. The racing was much more competitive from third place onward, with Seguria and Fernandez (ESP) claiming the bronze.

Both skiff championships were up for grabs into the final races. In the 49er Staniul / Sztorch (POL) were looking to defend their title but were put under serious pressure from Ferguson / Paul (AUS) who made up 11 points in the first two races of the day and had only 7 points more to catch up. In the final race the two teams both got off the line well heading for the favored side. The young Aussied tried their best to pinch off the Poles, but they were both on their game and rounded the top mark in first and second. With the wind up to 20 knots and the fleet getting more spread out as a result there was little more that coudl be done and Staniul / Sztorch became the first team to ever win two Junior World titles.

Staniul / Sztorch (POL) moving in unison to victory.

“To be honest, we were not at our best this week, so while we are happy to have won we know we have to sail better. We made plenty of mistakes that we can avoid, but we are happy to take the crown,” said Mikolaj Staniul.

Fergusson and Paul were also a bit disappointed. “We won 6 of the last 7 races so we’re just a bit upset we didnt’ have a better start to the regatta. The Poles started off so hot it was too much to come back from. At point point we were 35 points behind them, so we’re happy to have sailed well in the end but there is more we could have done,” said Paul.

The Morgan brothers (NZL) were happy to have won the battle for Bronze with a great final day scoring only 14 points from three races.

The 49erFX fleet also came down to a dramatic conclusion with four women FX teams in the hunt for the win. Anderson with Edland (NOR) won the day, and scored 20 fewer points than all their rivals to comfortably win the 49erFX World title. “We sailed well today with good starts and were fast and smart from there, so we knew we had the win even out on the water,” said Anderson. The pair have been sailing together for eight years already, all through their doublehanded youth careers, and depart the Junior fleet on a high.

Czapska / Rajchert (POL) moved up to second place despite a bit mistake in the second race. They capsize on the first beat from a good spot and ended up the race in 18th as their drop. “I was really feeling the pressure out there,” said Rajchert, “but we focused on having a good final race and it is great to have moved up into second.” The pair have been together for four years through 420 and 29er, and have two more years of eligibility at the Junior level.

The Schulties sisters (MLT) held on for third place despite a tangled capsize in the first race of the day where they finished in last. With two solid races to conclude the championship they were happy with their performance and looking forward to more racing.

Racing dates were August 3-7, 2022 and full results are available from the Junior Worlds website. Photos and video on the social channels @49ersailing and @nacra17sailing. The nacra 17 allowed some additional drone footage of the racing, in raw format, via the Nacra 17 youtube page.

What We Do
 
The Academy is a multifaceted business.  The driving force and focus are the sailing events, but to sustain the facilities and business the WPNSA has several other revenue streams;
 
• Squad training through the RYA and class associations
• Other sporting events such as cycling, triathlons and running
• Meetings facilities including conferences and corporate days
• Functions such as; weddings, parties, dinner dances and awards
• Boat hoist and dry storage
• Membership
 
WPNSA has close links with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) working with them in many significant events such as the Sailing World Cup and Youth National Championships.  In addition, WPNSA is the training base for the British Sailing Team.
 
Our History
 
The Royal Yachting Association had been trying for decades to secure a suitable site locally to make the most of these natural advantages, but the opportunity came when in 1999 it was announced that the Royal Naval Air Station at Portland was to be closed.
 
A group of local people established a not-for-profit company to take the vision of a national centre of excellence for the sport of sailing forward and with the support of the Royal Navy, the Royal Yachting Association, the South West Regional Development Agency, Sport England and all the local authorities in the area, this idea started to take shape.  The Academy started sailing operations on the site in March 2000.
 
After initially operating from the disused military buildings and facilities, in 2003 the Academy was in a position to start construction work on redeveloping the site.  At the same time the London bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was gathering momentum and the Academy was selected as part of the sailing venue in the bid to the International Olympic Committee.
 
Construction works were completed in the spring of 2005 and HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the new Academy buildings on 9th June 2005.  Less than a month later London was selected as the venue for the 30th Olympiad.  This impressive facility had therefore moved from starting sailing operations on the site to being part of an Olympic venue in slightly more than five years.  Once the decision had been made to award the 2012 Games to London, plans were put in place to further enhance the facilities to bring them up to the standard required by the International Olympic Committee.  The Olympic Delivery Authority then funded further marine works to meet these standards.  These works, consisting of additional reclamation of the harbour, new slipways, construction of a breakwater and pontoons were finished in 2008, on time and on budget, making the Academy the first of the 2012 venues to be completed.
 
Development of the Academy has provided first class facilities including 220 metres of slipway accessible at all states of wind and tide as well as 600 dinghy spaces and 125 protected marina berths for ribs and yachts.

Notice to Competitors #7

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Sailing Instructions

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Notice of Race

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Measurement Timetable

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Nacra 17 Race Management Guidelines

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Support Boat Regulations

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Change to Sailing Instructions #1 (Nacra Class Rules)

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Change to Sailing Instructions #2 (3 Changes)

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Information from Jury

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Standard Penalties

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Change Notice #3

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Question and Answer #1

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Notice to Competitors #6 (Flight Assignments 13th May)

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CHANGE TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS #3

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SI Change #4 (Time Corrected)

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Notice to Competitors #9 (Flight Assignments 14th May)

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Notice to Competitors #14 (Flight Assignments 15th May)

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SI Change #5

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Notice to Competitors #20 (Flight Assignments 16th May)

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Change to SI’s #7

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Change to SI’s #8

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Change to SI’s #8 (Code of Conduct)

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Notice to Competitors #32 Course Allocation Change. (Assignment of Fleet to Racing Areas)

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Notice to Competitors #33 Course Allocation Change. (Assignment of Fleet to Racing Areas)

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Notice to Competitors #34 (Breach Of Support Boat Regulations)

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Notice to Competitors #35 (Failure to Tally – 18th May)

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Change to SI's #11( Racing Schedule - Day 7 – May 19)

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Notice to Competitors #36 (Change to Coaches Briefing 19th May)

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Notice to Competitors #37 (Medal Race Inspections)

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Notice to Competitors #38 ("U Flag Rule" )

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Notice to Competitors #39 (Tracker Collection 19th May)

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Highlights day 6

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Day 5 Highlights

Replay live broadcast day 5

Day 4 Highlights

Day 4 (Day 1 Gold) Live Replay

Chesil Beach Clean

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