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14-19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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Day 4 of the Forward WIP 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships was frustrating for many, but a very successful day for one of the local Austrian teams, 49er sailors Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl.

A few days ago Hussl was so ill he was unable to keep any food down and had to sit out the first day of competition. Bildstein sailed with the team coach and didn’t do too badly. But the Austrians were outside the top 10. Today, in light winds on Lake Attersee, Bildstein and Hussl bounced back with two very impressive scores in the first Gold Fleet heats. A score of 3,4 lifts the Austrians to 5th overall. “We also have the lowest score counting all races including our discard,” said Bildstein. “That could be important when you’re racing on an Austrian lake.” While they are 10 points away from the lead with the discard taken into account, they hold a 3 point advantage when all races are counted.

Leading the competition for the first time are the up and coming Dutch team of Bart Lambriex and Pim van Vugt, recently confirmed for their ticket to the Olympic Games next July. Despite a 27th in the second race of the tricky afternoon, a 4th in the early heat puts them 3 points ahead of Germany’s Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf in second overall. Despite a very disappointing day with scores of 22,13 in the 30-boat Gold Fleet,  Šime and Mihovil Fantela of Croatia still only slide to third overall and just 5 points from the leader. “We were out of phase with the wind today,” smiled Šime, looking relaxed and ready to get back in phase on Saturday.

This morning, heavy fog lay like a thick duvet across the lake, with visibility not much more than a hundred metres. As some good breeze arrived, the fog swiftly cleared and the Silver Fleets of the 49er and 49erFX set sail for two swift races in good Force 2 to 3 breezes. The Nacra 17 catamarans departed immediately after the Silver Fleets had cleared the launching ramps, but already the seemingly solid breeze was starting to fade. Unfortunately for the Nacras, a few moves around the lake to find better breeze never amounted to anything, and no races were completed. This means the Olympic Champions from Argentina, Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli, continue to hold the overall lead ahead of the reigning World Champions, Great Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet.

It was little better for the 49erFX fleet who started one race and got part way down the first run before the race was abandoned. They too returned to shore without a Gold Fleet result on the scoreboard. Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke of Germany hold the lead in this fleet.

Everyone is wishing for better breeze for the final two days of competition. As with Kiel Week three weeks earlier, there are no Medal Races on the final day. The aim is to give all competitors as many races as possible, a commodity that no one is taking for granted in the Covid 19 era.

About Thessaloniki

In 316 B.C. at the inlet of Thermaikos Gulf ancient king Kassandros founded a new city, which he named for his wife Thessaloniki, stepsister of Alexander the Great.

For centuries, as co-capital of the Byzantine empire and afterwards, Thessaloniki was the crossroads of nations and has attracted many foreign rule thus establishing an international character by sustaining the coexistence of various and diverse civilizations, religions and cultures. Today as we entered the 21st century, Greece’s second largest city has become the headquarters of many organizations and institutions aimed at the reconstruction and development of the Balkans. Innumerable Byzantine monuments and churches, the magnificent findings from the royal tombs in Vergina, the famous national theater, an outstanding cuisine, its intensive night-life and its proximity to the suburbs beaches of Halkidiki, make modern Thessaloniki an even more attractive point for tourism in Greece.

Culture

Due to the city’s rich and diverse history, Thessaloniki houses many museums dealing with many different eras in history. Two of the city’s most famous museums include the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Apart from its recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Thessaloniki is home to a number of prominent archaeological sites worth visiting.

Coffee Lovers

Drinking coffee is by far one of the greatest pleasures for the Greeks. Our national drink probably costs more than it should, but lasts longer than anywhere else. The average time d

evoted to this beloved habit is at least 40 minutes; drinking coffee is kind of a ritual almost for every Greek. Food and wine The second largest city of this Mediterranean country, Thessaloniki is a paradise for foodies. While displaying its historical landmarks, the sun-drenched, charming and eastern-flavored Salonika (as the city was previously known as) offers its visitors the opportunity to discover the Greek cuisine with all its original dishes and culinary influences. If you truly wish to discover the secrets of the Macedonian wine, the wineries of Epanomi, Kalohori, Osa and Askos Sohou are the right places to begin with! Important, historic locations like the “Gerovasileiou” domain will gladly accept you.

Nightlife

Thessaloniki used to be called “the city that never sleeps”, just like NYC. Even though this is not totally true anymore, you can always find another place to go for another beer, in case you really wanna stay out till the morning. The city’s nightlife has been changing a lot, during the la

st 10 years, but it has always been very versatile. You can do pretty much anything you’d possibly like. From trendy cocktail bars to old-school rock bars and from bar with live music to bouzoukia, you can still find a place to satisfy your needs and desires as a guest.

EVENT PROGRAM

  • Saturday 1 May 0900 Venue opens
    • 0900 – 1800 Registration
  • Sunday 2 May 0900 – 1800 Registration
  • Monday 3 May 0900 – 1100 Registration
    • 1255 Practice Races
    • 1800 Competitors Briefing
    • 1900 Opening Ceremony
  • Tuesday 4 May TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Wednesday 5 May TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Thursday 6 May TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Friday 7 May TBA Final Series Races
  • Saturday 8 May TBA Final Series Races
  • Sunday 9 May TBA Final Series Races
    • 1500 Medal Races Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony as soon as possible after Racing