Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

29er European Championships wrap-up in Kiel

by Debbie Darling on 1 Jul 2014
29er European Championship - Kieler Woche 2014 Thomas Eisenkrätzer
Kieler Woche 2014 was the host venue for the 29er European Championships, part of the huge 14 international class event. With light winds and thunder storms forecast it was always likely to be a challenge to fit in five races each day for the 183 boat fleet. Racing was based on the 49er format with the fleet split into four flights and half the fleet sailing at any one time racing on two courses.

Day one began with sun and a building breeze but as the racing for red and yellow got away the wind died back to four knots and was won by FRA 13 and GER 2259. Race two started with five boats black flagged in red flight and eventually GBR 2024 took the gun whilst GBR 1987 won yellow flight. The flights swopped over and green raced in six knots with GBR 2305 winning comfortably whilst FIN 24 won the blue flight as the wind dropped again. Race two green was won by GER 2010 and FIN 24 again for blue. The fleets stayed out for race 3 and was won by ESP 16 and GER 2253. Whilst the wind held red and yellow came back out to complete race 3 in six knots and warm sunshine. Yellow was won again by ESP 16 with FRA 13 winning red.

Day two began after a postponement due to the risk of thunder storms. The fleet was re-flighted and eventually set out in five knots but only managed one race each. GBR 18 won the blue flight in seven knots of breeze but as the wind died they were sent back in. Green eventually got away and was won by SLO 15, FRA 13 for red and FIN 24 for yellow.

It was a shifty five knot breeze for day three, but again the sun shone and storm clouds threatened. SWE 845, GER 14, SLO 15 and GBR 23 won race 5. As the wind built slightly the race teams started race 6 which was won by GBR 18, ITA 1738, AUS 6 and FRA 13. The snakes and ladders continued with race 7 won by ESP 3; SLO 15; GBR 23; GBR 2223. Rain clouds gathered and red flight raced but as thunder and lightening started all racing was abandoned for the day.

The fleet was split into gold, silver, bronze and emerald for day four. Again storms threatened to spoil the party so racing for Gold and Silver started early after the fog cleared in 5–7 knots. GER 2159 took the gun from SWE 845. Silver fleet was won by GBR 2111. The wind dropped for race two after ESP 3 got away at mark one, a lead he held to the finish with AUS 6 in second. GBR 1867 won Silver race two just as the storm clouds filled in and racing was abandoned for the day.

The final day dawned cloudy and grey with the usual forecast of light winds, sunny spells and thunder storms later. The race team started Bronze and Emerald fleets early in six knots of breeze. After a general recall for Bronze and an individual recall for emerald it was a win for GER 1582 in Bronze and Emerald ITA 1491. As the wind became even more fickle with boats becalmed at some points race 2 was won by a huge margin by FIN 2156 whilst GBR 394 won Emerald. As these fleets drifted to shore it was the turn of Gold and Silver to battle it out for the prizes.

In a patchy, shifty five knots five boats were caught black flag for the final series race 3 but it was GER 2159 who found the fast lane to lead from mark one to the finish and with the other medal contenders way behind the pressure was on. In Silver GBR 2111 won for the second time and GER 2180 stole the second win and climbed the results board dramatically whilst another surprise came through in the final race from SUI 2266.

It was now the final showdown for Gold but after one lap of race 4 the wind shifted 50 degrees right and the race was abandoned as GBR 2305 lead the way. This meant that there was now no chance of enough races to use a discard so every result counted. Unfortunately for the 12 boats caught black flag on the restart it was game over. FIN 24 worked the fickle breeze to win the race but a second for SWE 1698 was enough to seal the championship by two points from GER 14. BFD for ESP 3 and AUS 6 saw them plummet down the results sheet.

Kieler Woche 2014 was an experience many of the young sailors will never forget and the conditions were testing but the winners proved that consistency pays.

Final overall:

Gold:

1. SWE Adrian Salamon / Julius Hallstrom
2. GER Jasper Steffens / Tom Lennart Brauckmann
3. FRA Brice Yrieix / Loic Fischer-Guillov
4. SWE Emil Järudd / Fabian Bergmann
5. SLO Peter Lin Janezic / Anze Podlogar
6. GBR Mimi El-Khazindar / Ben Batten

Silver: NED Daan Vanormael / Vincent de Nijs

Bronze: FIN Juho Kotiranta / Akseli Kesinen

Emerald: AUS Emilia Horn / Andrew Briggs

Barz Optics - Melanin LensesT Clewring AC72Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
Medal Race movement closes Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Medals slipped away and medals were snatched on final day as racing came to a close confirming the seven fleet podiums. There was some last minute drama as the double point Medal Races shook up some of the fleets and left a few thinking of what might have been in the waters of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Posted on 25 Sep
RS Aerocup - Another magic day at Lake Garda - Day 2
Per Christian continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves. Per Christian of Norway continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted on 25 Sep
Day 5 - Medal Race day at the Sailing World Cup Qingdao
It's Medal Race day at the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the five day regatta reaches crunch time for the podium hopefuls It's Medal Race day at the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the five day regatta reaches crunch time for the podium hopefuls. It's business as usual on the forecast as strong currents, light winds and a hot and humid day welcomes the sailors to the Qingdao waters to fight it out for medals.
Posted on 25 Sep
Sailing World Cup - Qingdao chances shorten as top tens confirmed
It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the SWC Qingdao as top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets. It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets.
Posted on 24 Sep
RS Aerocup – Malcesine, Lake Garda, Day 1
Three great races were held with the breeze increasing from 12kn to 16kn in the southerly Ora. After a race briefing and a fantastic lunchtime opening ceremony spread, washed down by a couple of glasses of bubbly waiting for the afternoon breeze, racing got underway on time on a pristine blue sky day. Three great races were held with the breeze increasing from 12kn to 16kn in the southerly Ora.
Posted on 24 Sep
Day 4 - Sailing World Cup Qingdao Medal Race places at stake
There are places in Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one There are places in the Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one.
Posted on 24 Sep
Missing marks in choppy waters on Day 3 at Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Cloud cover and current played havoc with on water decisions in China as sailors continued learning the tricky elements. Cloud cover and current played havoc with on water decisions in China as sailors continued learning the tricky elements Qingdao has to offer. It wasn't just about the visiting sailors either as fleet leaders and home nation competitors were not exempt from mistakes cutting point gaps at the top.
Posted on 23 Sep
Young sailors ready to race at RYA Zone and Home Country Championships
Seven venues – five English regions and Home Countries Wales and Scotland – will host events around the UK Seven venues – five English regions and Home Countries Wales and Scotland – will host events around the UK, welcoming sailors who may be competing at a racing event for the very first time as well as experienced racers battling it out for Zone Squad selection and championship titles.
Posted on 23 Sep