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5-10 July 2022 / Aarhus, Denmark

2022 European Championship

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Live Broadcast Replay – Nacra 17 was second fleet on course.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Another sunny day in St Margaret’s Bay, but the 6 to 10 knot breeze was full of potholes and a total mindbender even the best sailors
  • Kiwi crews make moves up the 49er fleet at the end of qualifying
  • Bobeck & Netzler have a less than great day, yet move into the FX overall lead
  • A first ever 49erFX Worlds race win for China, thanks to Hu & Yu
  • Newberry & Liebenberg win a Nacra 17 race and put a dent in Tita & Banti’s incredible run of victories

Sarah Newberry & David Liebenberg (USA) became the first team to break the dominance of the Italian run of straight bullets when they won race 7, the first heat of today’s session. The Americans were expert at moding the catamaran into ‘high and slow’ mode or ‘full foiling’ low mode as and when the changing conditions and tactical game of chess demanded. USA 50 proved the race win was no flash in the pan when they followed up with a 2nd place in the next race, not quite managing to match the foiling pace and boathandling of Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti (ITA) but still very impressive all the same. Tita & Banti had shown they were mortal in the first race of the day with an uncharacteristic 20th place. But bouncing back with two race wins means the Italians are scoring a perfect 8 points from eight races, discarding the 20th.

In the last race of the afternoon, Ida Svensson and Marcus Dackhammar (SWE) made the Italians work hard for the race victory, the Swedes only being overtaken at the final windward mark of the two-lap windward-leeward course. A 2nd place lifts the Swedish crew to 15th overall and gives them hope of making the Medal Race this Monday when the world titles and podium places will be decided. 

Although Gianluigi Ugolini & Maria Giubilei (ITA) didn’t have the best of days, the young Italians hold on to 2nd overall with Sinem Kurtbay & Akseli Keskinen (FIN) in third overall.

Swedes Seize FX Lead

2022 World Championship August 31st – September 5th, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada © SAILING ENERGY

How is it that you can have a bad day and come out leading the World Championships? When all your main rivals have an even tougher day. If Vilma Bobeck & Rebecca Netzler (SWE) were less than satisfied with their shaky performance, they now top the 49erFX leaderboard. It was an increasingly bruising day for the Swedes that started promisingly with a fifth place but followed with a forgettable 31st and 19th place. The consolation for the Swedes was that previous event leaders from the Netherlands, Odile van Aanholt & Annette Duetz, suffered an even worse outing with scores of 9,29, 25. The last race was particularly crushing for the Dutch after the reigning World Champions pulled off a brilliant port tack start from the middle of the line and were leading in the early stages. Such were today’s fluky, patchy conditions, no lead was ever safe and by the windward mark the Dutch were floundering back in the twenties.

Despite all the randomness of the racing, two teams showed the rest of the fleet the way round in the first two heats. A match race between Xiaoyu Hu & Xuebin Yu (CHN), and the Polish duo Aleksandra Melzacka & Sandra Jankowiak (POL), culminated in the Chinese taking a convincing victory, the first time China has won a race at a 49erFX World Championship.

In the next heat it was the same two crews who found themselves engaged in a game of cat and mouse, although this time it was the Polish crew who took the winner’s gun ahead of China. The Polish clocked up the fewest points across the whole day, lifting Melzacka & Jankowiak to 7th overall. Also very consistent were Alex Maloney & Olivia Hobbs (NZL) whose scores of 6,8,7 launch them to 4th overall behind Tamara Echegoyen & Paola Barcelo (ESP) in 3rd. Freya Black & Saskia Tidey (GBR) are a new British pairing who showed their future potential with three scores in the top three to raise them to 5th place overall.

Both Kiwis leapfrog ahead in 49er

Umpierre/Diz Claim Last Gold Spot

Hanging onto a top position in the overall standings in the 49er fleet today was like gripping a sapling on an eroding cliff as double-digit scores plagued some top ten sailors who slid in the rankings.

“We struggled a lot with the starts,” said Diego Botin of Spain who kept second place overall, five points behind overnight leaders Lambriex/van der Werken. “Flo [Florien Trittel Paul] did a real nice trigger pull on the last start. It made us have a more relaxed race, but the first three races were all about finding lanes inside the fleet and positioning the boat.”

It was a luxury for the Spaniards to have a 30-point gap on the more than 20 teams struggling in today’s four races to qualify for the Gold fleet. The cut was made at 25th where the Uruguayan pair of Umpierre/Diz claimed the last spot. Protests are pending.

A notable team sneaking into the Gold fleet was Australians Burton/Hoffman in 20th. New 49er campaigner, Burton, is an Olympic gold medalist in the men’s singlehanded Laser.

Immune from the tenuous holes and shifts today were the two Kiwi teams of Dunning Beck/Gunn and McHardie/McKenzie who rose to third and sixth respectively. Dunning Beck/Gunn won the day with a miraculous 6, 1, 8, 1.

Full results at the website: https://49er.org/event/2022-world-championship/

Daily tracking, results, photos, highlights, and articles will be available from the website. Additionally, Days 3 through 6 (Sept 2-5) will have live broadcast coverage via the CBC Sports App, youtube.com/49ersailing and fb.com/49ersailing. 

Here are the daily links:

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Qualifying — Day 3
September 2, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/Fh4zFApLpc0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/GqLQIVgIIEY (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 4
September 3, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PoHeOF0XvI0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/aW78tdhUqfk (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 5
September 4, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/T598V4SwIhQ (49er) or https://youtu.be/Hbvr4L0tRsE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 10:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PolhasjOgU4 (49er) or https://youtu.be/Z4-zTS-B3lE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Medal Races — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 14:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/pjJxn2cKZ3E (49er) or https://youtu.be/OVPNdM3XJN8 (Nacra17)

Aailing Aarhus, International 49er Class Association and International Nacra 17 Class Association are pleased to invite the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 classes to Aarhus for the 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championship from July 1 to 10 in 2022.

The championship will be situated in Aarhus International Sailing Center in Aarhus Yacht Harbour close to the city centre, while racing will take place in the Bay of Aarhus only a few nautical miles east of the harbour. Learn more about the venue and facilities on www.aisc.dk/.

Aarhus:

Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark located on the eastern shore of Jutland approximately 187 kilometers northwest of Copenhagen. Aarhus offers both great experiences and quality of life. Whether you are into beautiful natural surroundings or a big-city getaway, you will find a wide array of possibilities for pampering, entertainment, mindfulness and connecting with a unique community in the Aarhus Region.

The Aarhus region holds amazing natural scenery as far as the eye can see. Festivals, that are known both nationally and internationally. Culture, where museums, attractions and architecture break the boundaries as well as hygge, Vikings and abundances of activities both inside and outside.

Aarhus dates back to at least the late 8th century and among the oldest cities in Denmark. It was founded as a harbor settlement at the mouth of Aarhus River and quickly became a trade hub. The first Christian church was built here around the year 900 and later in the Viking Age the town was fortified with defensive ramparts.

Find out more and discover the city on www.visitaarhusregion.com

Did you know that Aarhus has been named the 3rd most sustainable city in the world?

According to Global Destination Sustainability Index Aarhus has been named the 3rd most sustainable city in the world Global Destination Sustainability Index – see the top 20 cities here.

Sustainable events will take place before, during and after the event – among other things a beach clean event. More to come on the Sailing Aarhus Facebook site.

Day 4 Replay

FX then 49er

Day 5 Replay

Day 6 Replay

Nacra 17 then Medal Races

Event program:   Friday 1 July                                      0900 – 1800 Registration/Nacra Inspection Saturday 2 July                                 0900 – 1800 Registration/49er Inspection 1900 Nacra 17 Class Open Forum Sunday 3 July                                   0900 – 1800 Registration/Inspection 1900 49er Class Open Forum Day 0 – Monday 4 July                    0900 – 1100 Registration/Inspection 1300 Practice Races 1730 Competitors Briefing 1800 Opening Ceremony Day 1 – Tuesday 5 July                     1100 Qualifying Series Races Day 2 – Wednesday 6 July 1100 Qualifying Series Races Day 3 – Thursday 7 July                  1100 Qualifying Series Races Day 4 – Friday 8 July                       1100 Final Series Races Day 5 – Saturday 9 July                   1100 Final Series Races Day 6 – Sunday 10 July                    1000 Final Series Races / Medal Races   Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony as soon as possible after the Medal Races 6.2 On Sunday 10 July there will be no warning signal after 1400 for those taking part in the Final Series Races and after 1800 for those taking part in the Medal Races.

 Media, journalists, photographers and TV crews are very welcome in Aarhus for the 2022 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 European Championship.

For access to our press zone you need a media accreditation. Media accreditation is strictly reserved for media professionals (print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies and online media or sailing organizations).

To get a media accreditation reach out to Sailing Aarhus press manager Jannik Friis by mail: jannik@sailing-aarhus.dk. The deadline for media accreditation is June 20 2022.