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August 31 - September 5, 2022 / St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

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A 12th at the Tokyo Olympics was not a dream result for Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson (NZL). Yes, Dawson was nursing a massive injury. But the shift to a fully foiling Nacra 17 in 2022 interestingly fit beautifully into their skills sets from other full flight campaigns (SailGP, Moth, Flying Phantom). And today, at the European Championships they sit alone in second, comfortable, smiling and wearing their new adjustable rudders like a light, quick, pair of running shoes.

As the fleet explores different modes and how to use upwind foiling for different strategies and tactics at this week’s European Championships, it’s obvious the top 10 are learning and progressing together as the double digits slowly begin to fade from the scorelines. Tita/Banti (ITA) are the only exceptions, clear of the Kiwis by an astounding 28 points, sailing in rarified air.

“I think we both really enjoy the foiling,” said Wilkinson who won Red Bull’s Foiling Generation six years ago in Flying Phantoms. Dawson dug deeper and said, “With the new rudder [differential] system, it feels like a new boat. And it’s all about who can learn the quickest.”

Though the Kiwis are strong this week, there is an ultra-tight pack behind them that ranges from previous world championship and Olympic medal winners, to some who struggled in the previous quad and who are now maturing and maybe relating better to fully foiling.

Jarudd/Jonsson (SWE), in their second Olympic campaign, are happily moving along their progression and are in 4th today with a 3, 5, 4 and have shown a podium-worthy consistency. Though Jarudd is a “frother” and cross trains with every foiling craft he can find, it is communication that has allowed he and Jonsson to open new performance doors on the course this week.

“Hannah and I have a real good back and forth on the moding,” said Jarudd. “We had a long discussion after Kiel in how to structure who does what in the talking in the tactics and strategy and we’re trying to keep to the process.”

That “process” is one all the teams this week are trying to master to exploit the new Nacra configuration. “The race course opens up a little more,” said Jarudd after sailing today. “You have to do the same amount of tacks as before but now you can position yourself better with foiling and non-foiling.”

The team attributes their ability this week to execute their strategies to coach Jez Fanstone’s influence. “He brings a wealth of experience and calm,” said Jarudd.

This European championship is identifying one clear data point on the road to Paris 2024: Tita/Banti (ITA) have another gear.

Here are the facts. Tita was 14th at his first games, Rio in the 49er. He grew as a sailor heading into the Nacra and with a partially foiling class, crushed it in Tokyo with the highly adaptable and focused Caterina Banti. That cycle, however, was nip and tuck with teammates Bissaro/Frascari for Olympic team selection as the two pairs exchanged world championship titles. Now that the boats are fully flying, it just makes sense to Ruggi and Caterina, and with a 2, 1, 2 in even in a whacky breeze that fluctuated all day.

Now at the half way point in the championship, the scores are showing a deeper competition than the Nacra fleet might have been used to in the previous quad, with more teams taking low scores, but few keeping consistent.

Regatta Info

The 2022 European Championship from Aarhus run from July 5-10, 2022. Daily live broadcasts will begin on July 8th and run through to the medal race finish on July 10th. For full results, photos, articles and more head to the regatta website.

Lange and Travascio (ARG)
Tita and Banti (ITA)

Welcome to Nova Scotia!

NOVA SCOTIA AT A GLANCE

Located on the Atlantic Coast of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia is blessed with more than 13,000 kilometers of alluring coastline, the highest tides in the world, spectacular lakes and forests, exquisite seafood, and amazing people. We are Canada’s Ocean Playground!

WEATHER Moderately cold winters, warm (but rarely hot) summers and long, mild autumns. Nova Scotia has a mild overall climate due to ocean currents. CURRENCY Nova Scotia uses the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Currency exchange services are available at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and local banks. LANGUAGE Although Canada is officially bilingual (English and French), English is the main language spoken in Nova Scotia, but services are often offered in French as well, particularly in the southwest and northeastern parts of the province.

VENUE LOCATION Hubbards, Nova Scotia, Canada The event will be held on the waters of St. Margarets Bay, which has played host to several national and international sailing events over the years. These waters make an excellent venue for the World Championships. The sailing venue has clean water and moderate to strong consistent winds in a spectacularly beautiful setting, with a very active sailing community.

VENUE INFORMATION SITE ACCESS The Event Site will be open for access from August 15, 2022. Team containers will be accessible prior to this date at a location near the Hubbards Community Waterfront. Services and facilities will be available on site August 18, 2022. LAUNCHING AREA The Event Site will have three separate slipways for launching throughout the designated boat park areas. There is a short sail through the cove and channel that connects to the open waters of St. Margarets Bay. COACH BOAT BERTHING & FUELING The Local Organization Authority will provide a designated area for coach boats at the Hubbards Community Waterfront. There will be a fuel truck provided near the site with water access for daily refueling, which will provide debit/credit payment options. ADMINISTRATION OFFICE FACILITIES There will be an administration office located on site with photocopier/scanner/printer access. Dedicated Wi-Fi networks will be established throughout the Event Site for competitors and coaches, administration, officials, and media. FOOD & BEVERAGE Food services will be available on site for purchase, along with several recommended restaurant options in the local community. Nutritious post race snacks will be provided by the Local Organizing Authority and refillable water bottle stations will be available throughout the Event Site. CAR PARKING There will be a designated parking area located a few minutes away from the Event Site with shuttles providing transportation to and from the site throughout the day. WASHROOM AND CHANGE FACILITIES Facilities will be provided on site to accommodate all participants in this event.

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Travel & Transportation

TRAVEL VISITORS TO CANADA The Government of Canada provides current travel information for visitors including COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. Information can be found at: https://travel.gc.ca/ CANADIAN VISA REQUIREMENTS All foreign travelers to Canada will require a passport and an Electronic Travel Authorization. Some travelers will require a visa. See list of visa exempt and visa required nations: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigrationrefugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/entry-requirements-country.html TAXES & DUTIES ON ARRIVING Travelers to Canada are generally exempt from taxes and duties on personal property they are carrying with them. For more information on this topic see: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html While visiting Nova Scotia, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 15% applies to most purchases, including accommodations. Food supplies, other than those consumed at restaurants, are generally exempt from HST.

TRANSPORTATION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) Located just 38 kilometers from Halifax’s city center and 64 kilometers from the event venue at Hubbards, the award-winning Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the main gateway into Eastern Canada and the Atlantic hub for all domestic, regional, and international carriers. Air carriers serving Halifax include Air Canada, WestJet, United Airlines, Delta, Condor, Icelandair, Air Saint-Pierre, Air Canada Rouge, Flair, and Porter Airlines. With over 600 flights a week, you can travel by air to Halifax on direct flights from most Canadian cities, along with Boston, JFK, Newark, Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago, and overseas via London, Frankfurt, Munich, Hannover, and Iceland. There are also hundreds of connecting flights — you can get to Halifax from just about anywhere in the world, often with just one stop en route. LOCAL TRANSPORTATION Once you arrive at our airport, you will find limousine, car rental companies, taxi, shuttle bus services, and city transit available to transport you to your accommodations in Halifax. Transportation from Halifax to the Host Venue will require a car rental. There are several car rental operators located conveniently at the Airport Parkade for pick up and drop off. Parking will be available near the Host Venue in Hubbards, Nova Scotia. For contact information visit: https://halifaxstanfield.ca/transportation/car-rentals/

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Tanya MacLean
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(902) 489-5664
Tanya.MacLean@qe2foundation.ca