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14-19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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Ruggero Tita with Caterina Banti (ITA) completed their win in the Nacra 17 in a no-nonsense and straightforward fashion to claim a clear victory in Tokyo 2020. They went into the medal race 12 points ahead of John Gimson with Anna Burnett (GBR) and then stayed very close to the British the whole way around the medal race to ensure they could not be passed overall.

With every tool in their arsenal, from starting to boat speed to boat handling, they took a safe start and a safe approach to win their first Olympic medals convincingly. Tita is a converted 49er sailor and Banti is a converted Radial sailor. Together they were strong from the start of the quadrennial, winning the first major foiling regatta, the 2017 European Championship, and now have won the last regatta of the 2020 Quadrennial as well.

In second place are John Gimson and Anna Burnett (GBR). They too sailed a fantastic series, and while they were a few points behind the Italians, were well clear of the chasing group and fully deserving of Silver medals in each of their first Olympic games.

Paul Kohlhoff with Alica Stuhlemmer (GER) had a much harder time in the medal race, facing a tough challenge as they were given a penalty just after the start forcing them to recover from last place throughout the race.

At the halfway point, they had fallen to fourth overall as the Australian pair of Jason Waterhouse with Lisa Darmanin, who are defending silver medalists from Rio, was far enough ahead to move the Germans down in the overall standings.

The Germans journey onwards and passes two boats to finish in eighth while the Australians fell back on the last upwind and ultimately finished in ninth place.

Winning the race was 2016 Gold medalists Santiago Lange with Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG). While they could not repeat their magic from Rio, winning the medal race is a nice way to finish the regatta. This is especially so if Santiago Lange ends up retiring, now at 59 years old.

Second, in the medal race propelled Lin Cenholt with CP Lubeck (DEN) up into fourth place overall. While the fourth place can often be a place Olympians aim to avoid, this team sailed fantastically well in the later portions of the regatta to always be moving up in the standings, and will surely be happy for how the regatta finished up.

Both the Italian and British teams faced some of the biggest challenges even to be selected by their nations for the games. Each team beat out elite domestic talent to win their national spot. They spent much of the covid year training together, and clearly, it was a sporting relationship that saw both teams make great gains all around the racecourse.

John Gimson (GBR – left) with Ruggero Tita (ITA – Right) celebrating onshore © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

The scenes on shore showed an overjoyed Italian contingent leading Tita and Banti in song, while there were many hugs among the British camp, and many tears among the Germans. Kohlhoff and Stuhlemmer are one of the youngest Nacra 17 teams in the games and really did well to round out their sailing as the quadrennial progressed. They were great in the heavier breezes, winning a windy Kiel week in 2019, but then developed the rest of their sailing game.

Burnet paid tribute to her helmsman Gimson. “No one deserves this more than John, he’s been working so hard for this for so many years.”

Gimson said, “So many times I’ve thought about giving up, it’s been a long road, but today it all feels worth it.”

John Gimson and Anna Burnett share a kiss on the Olympic podium © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Germany leaves Tokyo as the only team to medal in each of the fast classes, the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17. The German national team was quick to embrace the changing Olympic class lineup and has built up massive development squads in the 49erFX and 49er. These squads are full of late teenagers and early 20-somethings who each mix and match partnerships as they develop their skills in the FX before some of them pair up fully to sail FX, 49er or Nacra 17.

For full photos, results and stories, head to the Nacra 17 Olympic page

2020 Olympic podium in Nacra 17 – left to right, John Gimson, Anna Burnett, Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti, Paul Kohlhoff, Alica Stuhlemmer © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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.

Recommended Restaurants

After a hard day on the waters, enjoy your meal in one of our recommended restaurants!

  • SOROKOS – tavern housed in NCTH premises
  • ESPERIDES – restaurant at about 100m to the left of NCTH
  • KRONOS – restaurant at about 400m to the left of NCTH

All are close to the venue and can be easily recognized by the banner “RECOMMENDED”. All are offering sailors’ menus at little cost.

We wish you Good Appetit – in Greek “Kali όrexi!”

 

EVENT PROGRAM

Nautical Club of Thessaloniki welcomes teams as soon as they would like, but please email nautical@ncth.gr to book your space.

  • Saturday11 September 0900 – 1800 Registration
  • Sunday12 September 0900 – 1800 Registration 
  • Monday13 September 0900 – 1100 Registration 
  • 1255 Practice Races
  • 1800 Competitors Briefing
  • 1900 Opening Ceremony
  • Tuesday 14 September TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Wednesday 15 September TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Thursday 16 September TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Friday 17 September TBA Final Series Races
  • Saturday 18 September TBA Final Series Races
  • Sunday 19 September TBA Final Series Races
  •  1900 Closing Ceremony

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