49ER RACING – Country of coasts, city of sails, bay of champions: Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen are Denmark’s latest sailing sensations after they became the SAP 49er FX European champions on Sunday on the bay where they learned to sail as seven year olds 13 years ago.
It was a momentous day for the 49ers and Olympic sailing generally too with a fantastic example of the ‘theatre style’ racing close to the shore. Aarhus’s weather gods delivered on cue with a sea breeze allowing the short course, 500 metres long by 200 metres wide, to be laid perpendicular to the long promenade where the crowd basked in glorious sunshine. For the spectators and for television it made what can seem a remote sport exciting and understandable.
Sport Event Denmark, Sailing Aarhus and Sport Aarhus Events have yet to confirm whether are bidding for the 2018 ISAF world championships, but if they do, this will provide a powerful case study.
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