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5-10 July 2022 / Aarhus, Denmark

2022 European Championship

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The story of the 2022 World Championships in Halifax was easily that Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti won 14 of 16 fleet races winning the title before the medal race. It can’t be denied that, as Australian coach Darren Bundock put it, the pairing is a “class above” the rest of the world.

“Today there wasn’t much emotion,” said Banti, after being hugged by competitors. “We knew we had the championship. We have just been focusing on enjoying our race.”

Silver medalists Ugolini & Giubilei, who have been second now in two world championships in a row, certainly have made a step closer to this excellent level. But even this team that trains with the champions were in awe. “They are really strong, really fast, they are super,” said Ugolini, shrugging his shoulders with a smile. “We train together. We finished first and second. So it works.”

Ruggero made sure to note that they are pushing forward despite their unprecedented string of wins, a statement that puts the rest of the World’s fleet on notice that the hill to the top will only get steeper in the following months.

We already have a big list of things to try and to do,” said Ruggero, who added that training with the other Italian teams including world champions Bissaro & Frascari has been a big part of their success. “It’s going to be a busy winter.”

Though there was an outside chance the younger Italians Ugolini & Giubilei could have lost the silver, the the real fight ended up being between the Finnish and Great Britain teams for bronze. The points were close and in the ultra light, “low-riding” conditions FIN 13 Kurtbay & Keskinen found their way around Gimson & Burnett then covered the pair tightly until the finish.

The worlds showcased an increasingly younger batch of foilers in the medal race. Argentina’s Majdalani & Bosco along with Jarudd & Jonsson of Sweden and Laila van der Meer & Bouwer of the Netherlands all put down top five finishes with the Dutch placing third in the medal race and up-and-coming Kiwis Wilkinson & Dawson winning.

Heading into the Northern Hemisphere winter, each of the top teams have a staggeringly long break between major events with only the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, Spain, in early April as a target. The new Nacra 17 articulating rudders were given to the sailors just before the 2022 Palma regatta and changed the face of racing in the class opening minds and possibilities with full upwind foiling.

With a winter of isolated training, it’s anyone’s guess how big the gains will be on the race course or who will bend their minds and find new gears and paths to leap-frog the gold standard set this year by the Italian teams.

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.

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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.