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14-19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

2021 European Championship

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White and Unwin (GBR) win the day

Rupert White with Kirstie Urwin scored a pair of third and won the middle race to move up from ninth to third overall. Gimson and Burnet (GBR) continue to lead despite scoring their worst race of the regatta on the first race of the day.

Van Aanholt Overcomes Fright

Odile van Aanholt with Elise de Ruyter (NED) surged into the lead just two days after Odile was hoisted off her boat in a frightening incident at the windward mark. The Dutch pair took the low points of the day by a wide  margin compared to the other top teams, and now hold a 20 point lead.

In light winds that were always unsettled they scored two top 10’s as many top teams fought through Black Flags and results in the 20’s, before they won the final race of the day to take command of the regatta.

The Schulteis sisters (MLT) had been unflappable until this point, but started with a BFD and then had a 17th and a 19th to score more points than they had on the rest of the regatta combined. They sit in second overall, which is a remarkable achievement in any case, as they aren’t even really a team, or racing in their planned positions. Helm Antonia is off to full time university and not pursing the Paris Olympics, while crew Victoria is actually the normal helm but switched over to crew as her sister just jumped on the boat to help her get started this week.

Canada’s Lewin-LaFrance sisters were the only team with two top fives on the day, unfortunately, also with their second black flag in a row. UPDATE – the RC reviewed their tapes overnight and determined that Canada and FRA 123 (Lovadina / Riou) were not Black flagged, and each team was given redress for not being able to participation in race 10 instead.

So far conditions have been light to medium all week, but the forecast for day five is for breeze into the high teams, which may shake up the leaderboard yet again.

Consistent Run of Races Continues for Fischer and Graf (GER)

Only one race was held for the 49er gold fleet. Prettner and Flachberger (AUT) took the win, but it was Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf (GER) in second who took the overall lead. Remarkable, it was the Germans seventh consecutive race in the top four, a remarkable run in fleets of 30 boats.

Most of the top players had decent races, so the battle remains tight at the top and gold fleet racing will determine this years European Champions.

Racing continues until September 19th. https://49er.org/event/2021-european-championship/

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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