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Jorge Zarif

Ancient Athens sets scene for spectacular Finn Europeans opening

 
The 2019 Finn Open European Championship has begun to a spectacular opening ceremony, incredible hospitality and fantastic conditions for the practice race on Sunday afternoon, which heralds the start of one of the most important regattas of the year for the Finn class.

With four places to be won for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the competition has many facets. Those who have already qualified for Tokyo will be more interested in laying down markers, and aiming for the European title.

Measurement and registration began on Friday with the opening ceremony on Saturday evening, attended by Ambassadors from most of the competing nations, along with government ministers and NOC members. It was an emotional and very vocal statement about the Finn and all that Finn sailing represents to the world of sailing and to the world of sport, with vivid images, striking video and incredible live music.

The audience was astounded by the artistry, the content and the poignant message that the performance contained. The evening was completed with local children as flag bearers, Olympic medalists on stage and a closing rendition of ‘Sailing’.
Practice Race and Opening Ceremony
Opening ceremony
This event marks second time that the Hellenic Sailing Federation has stepped in to host a Finn championship at short notice, after the withdrawal of the original host in January due to damage. In 1998, Greece also organised the Finn Gold Cup at short notice, and for this, the Finn class has been extremely grateful. However the level of detail and hospitality afforded the Finn fleet so far has been beyond measure. The welcome has been nothing short of awesome.

On Sunday the practice race was held with around 25 boats on the water. Many have been training in Athens for weeks or months, so preparation for many has long been complete.

The leader of the race at the gate, before the fleet as usual split away and sailed home, was Jorge Zarif. He is one of those still trying to qualify for Tokyo.

“I didn’t have a good race in Aarhus so I couldn’t make one of the spots there so I hope here I have a good race.”

“We are almost 90 boats. All the top guys are here. It might be harder to win it like this than the Olympic games but it will be a good event.

I have been here for 10 days so not much practice here at all. Sailing is a sailing sport, sometimes you train a lot and a person who doesn’t do so much has a better race. I saw that in Rio in the Olympics.”

For this week we are expecting good weather, sunny, sea breeze 10-14 knots, so pretty good wind, perfect conditions for sailing, for Finn sailing, for downwind sailing so it will be great.”

Racing is scheduled to begin on Monday at 12.00. If the technology works it will be live streamed, including a drone, through the HSF website. All the links are below.

Many more photos can be found here: flickr.com/finnclassphotos
Opening ceremony
Start of practice race
Opening ceremony
Panagiotis Kotsovos
Zsombor Berecz
Giles Scott, Max Salminen, Caleb Paine and Jonathan Lobert on stage
HOW TO FOLLOW THE FINN EUROPEANS

VENUE

The 2019 Open Finn European Championship is being hosted by the Hellenic Sailing Federation in Athens, Greece. The sailing base is the Athens International Sailing Center.

SCHEDULE
Friday 10 May – Sunday 12 May / Measurement/Registration
Saturday 11 May / Opening Ceremony
Sunday 12 May / Practice Race
Monday 13 May – Friday 17 May / 10 Races Scheduled
Saturday 18 May / Medal Race and Final Race
Saturday 18 May / Closing Ceremony & Prize Giving

PRESS RELEASES
The Finn Class will release international press releases each day during the event. Sign up to receive these at: http://www.finnclass.org/media-finn/newsletter-a-press-release

MEDIA REGISTRATION
Visiting media are requested to notify the OA of their arrival by completing this form.

LIVE FEED
There will be a daily live feed available through the YouTube channel on eio.gr.

TRACKING
Racing with be tracked each day with Sailracer here: http://finn.sailracer.org.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Daily highlights will be produced by Beau Outteridge Productions and available on the Finn Class YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thefinnchannel and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFinnClass/

All highlights, and all other Finn Class videos, can easily be found at finnclass.org/Finn-tv

VNR
VNR highlights will be available to download from the Finn Class Googledrive here.

Interviews of sailors in English and home language will be carried out on demand only and made available for download, subject to schedules and available time. Please send requests to Robert Deaves.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Daily photo galleries will be posted on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFinnClass/

Flickr: flickr.com/finnclassphotos (Full galleries – medium resolution)

Selected high resolution imagery will be available here to download from the World Sailing Photoshelter site using the password WSimages. Images are free for editorial use and must be credited accordingly.

All photos are free of rights for editorial use only, with credit to photographer.

For specific requests please contact Robert Deaves robert (at) finnclass.org

SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow the event through the Finn Class Social Media Channels

Hashtags for the event are: #finneuros #finnclass

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Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/2019-Finn-European-Championship-237633433830063/

ENTRIES
A list of all entries can be found here: http://2019.finneuropeans.org/entries/

RESULTS
Results will be posted here: http://2019.finneuropeans.org/results/

DOCUMENTS
All event documents will be posted here: http://2019.finneuropeans.org/category/onb/

Please watch this page on the Event Website for any updates to this information.

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