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16-21 November 2021 / Oman

2021 World Championship

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Only 1 point separates first from second in 49er, while Van Aanholt / de Ruyter (NED) and Gimson / Brunet (GBR) well ahead in FX, Nacra 17 respectively

It was tough to be consistent on day five, but the two leading teams each managed to win a race, throw away their worst race of the series, and score another keeper to move into near share of lead. Fischer with Graf (GER) are one point clear of Staniul with Sztorch (POL) with only Lukasz with Pawel (POL) in contention for the overall lead.

Neither of these teams was part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic scene, but they have been putting in their work aiming at inclusion in Paris. Both teams are deeply embedded within their nations systems and are hoping performances like can’t be ignored when resources and selections happen over the next few years.

The final day of the 2021 European Championship has two gold fleet races and a medal race scheduled for all fleets.

Well clear in their respective fleet are Gimson with Burnet (GBR) in Nacra 17 and Van Aanholt with de Ruyter (NED). Each sailed solidly in the very tricky day five and let their chasers fall back.

The day was split by a huge squall that knocked over the entire 49er Silver fleet and the Nacra 17 fleet came home under jib alone. After ten straight days of warm weather and sea breezes, the skies over Thessaoliniki darkened as a well predicted system rolled through with a fair bit of venom.

After the squall the wind was quite funky, but had some pep to it leading to inconsistent scores from most teams. For four teams in the 49erFX, they managed to navigate the variations well, each scoring fewer than 10 points over three races. That adaptability and foresight places them first through fourth overall.

Full coverage available at: https://49er.org/event/2021-european-championship/

Meanwhile

Perched on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman’s stark beauty and vastly contrasting landscapes have enchanted growing numbers of tourists each year.  With its magnificent desert, secret oases and  breathtaking mountain ranges, Oman is an alluring destination. A tropical underwater paradise lies beneath the turquoise sea, caressing the white sandy beaches that adorn the country’s stunning 3,165 km coastline.  

Alongside this natural wealth is Oman’s rich culture, which blends with modern infrastructure and historical features that span over 7,000 years. Grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs are sights to behold in the capital, Muscat. A visit to Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The Sultanate is full of opportunities for adventure, including fascinating tours with an Arabian flavour.  

Oman’s coastline is a paradise for explorers. Its abundance of wildlife includes whales, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, and flamingos. Underwater, its incredible marine life is found close to the water’s surface.  

 

 

 

The mountains cover approximately 15% of the country’s land mass. Oman’s main mountain range is the 10,000 foot Al Hajar, which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Had.  

 

 

Sands and deserts occupy the remaining area; these include two large sand deserts – The Wahiba Sands known as Rimalat Al Wahiba and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). Here you can learn about Bedouin culture, camp under a dome of stars and experience the beauty of dawn in the desert.

Oman is known for its tropical climate whilst still subject to seasonal changes. From October through April, the Sultanate offers a lovely climate, with an average temperature of 23 degrees C. Combined with welcoming hospitality, warm seas and stunning landscapes, you can see why tourism in Oman is a growing industry.

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