Clase Nacra 17 argentina, Lange – Carranza a Tokio 2020 y Majdalani – Bosco a Lima 2019.

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NACRA 17

Dos objetivos, dos tripulaciones, un único equipo

Luego del excelente rendimiento de las tripulaciones de Nacra 17 argentinas en su nueva versión foil y de la temprana obtención de la plaza olímpica en Dinamarca en agosto pasado, la Federación Argentina de Yachting junto al cuerpo técnico y a los deportistas debíamos definir el plan de trabajo de los próximos dos años.

En un clima de diálogo se empezaron delinear las diferentes opciones poniendo nuestro foco en el trabajo conjunto, la transmisión de conocimiento, el ahorro de recursos y la mirada en el largo plazo. Así las cosas, con el acuerdo de los deportistas, el consejo de la federación aprobó el plan de integrar a ambas tripulaciones representativas del país en un único equipo, el cual tendrá a cargo representar a la Argentina en los próximos juegos Panamericanos Lima 2019 y olímpicos, Tokio 2020.

La dupla conformada por Eugenia Bosco y Mateo Majdalani tendrá la responsabilidad de navegar las aguas del Perú en Paracas, sede de los próximos Juegos Panamericanos, mientras que la pareja medallista en Río 2016, Cecilia Carranza y Santiago Lange, pondrán proa a las aguas de Hiroshima (en Japón) con vistas a los Juegos Olímpicos dentro de dos años. Entrenamientos conjuntos, una planificación unificada pero dirigida a dos objetivos diferentes, utilización conjunta del material, y una permanente transferencia de información y conocimiento son parte del plan.

La FAY quiere agradecer especialmente a los deportistas, porque su apertura al diálogo nos permitió tener un plan integral pensado a largo plazo.

Mencionar especialmente a Juan de la Fuente (dos veces medallista olímpico en la clase 470) que como entrenador de la clase Nacra 17 tendrá a su cargo el seguimiento y ejecución del plan; Mariano “Cole” Parada, uno de los primeros impulsores de estas ideas que venimos trabajando, y Alejandro Cloos, quien encontró el momento y los espacios de diálogo para la construcción de este plan entre todos.

Finalmente, no podemos dejar se señalar el respaldo que esta federación y sus deportistas tienen de parte del Ente Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo (ENARD) y de la Secretaría de Deportes de la Nación.

Nos queda un largo camino, pero estamos seguros de que este nuevo equipo dará mucho que hablar.

Luis Velasco (presidente de la Federación Argentina de Yachting)

La FAY agradece también a los sponsors Galicia Éminent y Paradigma por su permanente apoyo.

World Cup Series Enoshima, final de campeonato.

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Japan strike gold on Tokyo 2020 waters as World Cup Series Enoshima concludes

For immediate release: 09/16/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

Japan’s Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono won gold in the Men’s 470 as the World Cup Series Enoshima, the first major event on Tokyo 2020 Olympic waters, came to a tame finish.

The Japanese held an eight-point lead heading into the final day but, due to a light breeze, the fleet were unable to sail, with only the Laser and Laser Radial completing their Medal Races.

Racing was due to commence at 12:00 local time, but the expected sea breeze had not yet developed as cloud covered Sagami Bay. It wasn’t until 15:00 that a 5-6 knot south-westerly breeze developed, allowing the Laser to hit the water. By that time, the 470 Medal Races had been cancelled, handing the Japanese men and Afrodite Kyranakou and Anneloes van Veen (NED) gold.

Elliot Hanson (GBR) won in the Laser the day prior and Marit Bouwmeester (NED) claimed an expectant Laser Radial gold. As the Finn were unable to race, Nicholas Heiner (NED) was confirmed as the victor.

Sigue leyendo

World Cup Series Enoshima, los hermanos Lange terminan octavos en 49er.



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Five World Cup podiums fill up on Tokyo 2020 Olympic waters

Five of ten podiums were completed on Saturday after the first day of Medal Races at the World Cup Series event in Enoshima, Japan.

Enoshima and Sagami Bay received extensive rainfall overnight but as a breeze began to develop, there was nothing that could dampen the competitors’ spirits, with five Medal Races on the cards and a continuation of fleet racing elsewhere.

In a somewhat steady 6-8 knot north-easterly breeze, five gold medallists were confirmed on the water. Nacra 17 gold went to Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS), with Kiran Badloe (NED) and Peina Chen (CHN) taking the honours in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X.

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) had confirmed gold the day prior in the 49erFX, while James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) conquered in the 49er.

Fleet racing continued in the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, Men’s 470 and Women’s 470. Elliot Hanson (GBR) has an unassailable lead in the Laser to seal gold with a race remaining.

Waterhouse and Lisa ended Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti’s (ITA) winning streak in the Nacra 17 after an intriguing Medal Race – which was not without controversy before the start gun even sounded.

Ahead of the race, Nathan and Haylee Outteridge (AUS) protested the two Italian boats under class rule C.8.1(a), which is all related to foil maintenance. The Jury found that, “the outermost surfaces of the daggerboards of ITA 26 and ITA 5 were sanded” but they concluded that “the essential shape, characteristics and function of the original component were not affected,” therefore the Italian boats did not break a class rule.

Speaking after racing, Waterhouse said, “We feel they do things outside of what you should, but at the end of the day it’s up to the jury. As long as we know we can do the same thing, we’re happy to chase in that way.”

Tita and Banti took a five-point advantage over Waterhouse and Darmanin into the Medal Race, with Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA) and Nathan and Haylee Outteridge (AUS) in contention in third and fourth.

The two Australian and Italian teams fought hard from the off and a clean start enabled all of the medal contenders to hit the front of the fleet. Tactical duels unfolded as Tita and Banti initially did enough to hold on to gold. However, a lapse of concentration cost them dearly. “On the first downwind we gybed a bit short to the layline and we had to gybe again,” explained Tita. “The other teams had more pressure and they were able to round the mark and that cost us a lot.”

Waterhouse and Darmanin were in control at the front of the pack and the other Italian and Australian teams moved ahead in second and third, pushing Tita and Banti to fourth. This was not enough for gold and they ran out of time to catch up.

Waterhouse and Darmanin crossed the line to take gold with Tita and Banti claiming silver and Bissaro and Frascari bronze.

“We had a game plan before the start,” said Waterhouse. “We knew the left was going to be very strong, so we wanted to lead that way off the pin end. It was tight. We had to do a lot of tactical battling to keep the Italians off behind us. Lisa did a great job by keeping us in the right spot and I made the right tactical decisions.”

Darmanin added, “The Italians have definitely had an edge over the last year and we’ve been chasing to be better everyday. They showed at the beginning of the week that they’re quick and we know we have to go home and work hard to be just as quick or quicker. To have two Italians on the podium goes to show they’re doing well but Nathan and Haylee were fourth. The Aussie squad is chasing them.”

Click here to watch the Nacra 17 Medal Race - https://youtu.be/1erYt_wIbuU

Kiran Badloe (NED) had a good advantage ahead of the Medal Race, and second place ensured he sealed gold.

The 40-boat Men’s RS:X Enoshima fleet has featured many of the leading contenders, with numerous Olympic, World Championship and World Cup medallists in the pack.

“The level has been insane,” expressed Badloe. “Everyone has been on top of their game and sailed really well. I just had to be on it the whole time. I wasn’t sailing amazingly but I was just the most consistent out of everybody, and that put me on top.”

Enoshima will host one sailor from every nation qualified at Tokyo 2020. Badloe’s compatriot Dorian van Rijsselberghe, 2 x Olympic gold medallist, finished in ninth.

Van Rijsselberghe won gold at the recent Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, defeating Badloe. Even though today was Badloe’s, he played down any talk of a rivalry, reiterating their success means national success, “It’s great to come out on top and beat everybody else. I would love it if we could have done a 1-2 here. It doesn’t always go our way but I’m happy I got on top, and we’ll see him back up there in no time at all.”

Mateo Sanz Lanz (SUI) finished the Medal Race in fourth to advance up into silver and Pierre Le Coq (FRA) took bronze. Mattia Camboni (ITA) dropped off the podium following a 14th which relegated him to fourth. Mengfan Gao (CHN) won the Medal Race.

Watch the Men’s RS:X Medal Race back in full here - https://youtu.be/uPVRZvCGoLc.

Peina Chen (CHN) had Bryony Shaw (GBR) breathing down her neck ahead of the Women’s RS:X Medal Race. The pair were split by just three points and a huge battle was expected.

Shaw and Chen opted to head right of the racing area, but those on the left found strong breeze that propelled them forward. Chen tacked to the left early on and managed to regain places on the first upwind, but Shaw was left at the back of the fleet.

The British sailor was not able to recover, finishing in ninth to Chen’s second and handing the Chinese racer gold.

“For me it’s been a very tough week,” said Chen. “All the sailors have been sailing really well. The conditions have been quite nice for me but it has been hard with some shifty winds. There were a lot of good sailors here, looking at and learning about Enoshima.”

Lilian de Geus (NED), 2018 World Champion, finished third to clinch silver and race winner Yunxiu Lu (CHN) completed the podium.

See how the race unfolded in full here - https://youtu.be/hhBt8PYhJK8.

James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) took the 49er gold medal in style by winning the Medal Race. The Brits were locked on 52 points with Poland’s Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski, in front of Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn (NZL) on 56.

As the Brits thrived, the Kiwis and Polish team dropped to the back of the fleet, finishing eighth and tenth to claim silver and bronze respectively.

“We’re over the moon,” commented Sterritt. “It’s been an up and down week. Everything seemed to go our way in that race. We found our groove and were comfortable with our set-up. We were really calm and know we can win when we’re under pressure. We kept it controlled. James did an awesome job with the tricky decisions.”

Click here for the full 49er Medal Race - https://youtu.be/BNHrCvKG-kg.

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) had gold wrapped up ahead of the Medal Race so they sailed without pressure, finishing fourth.

On their victory, Kunze commented, “This is the first time we’ve won by this amount and we’re really happy because it’s at the Olympic venue. We achieved our goal for this event. We felt some stress in Aarhus at the Worlds but we managed to synchronise as a team and, more than that, we’ve sailed well in these tricky winds in Enoshima.”

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) came through in second in the Medal Race to take silver.

Ahead of the race, Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen (NOR) received a ten-point discretionary penalty following a Technical Committee protest. The Norwegians won the Medal Race and had they not received the penalty, they would have completed the podium. That honour fell to Sweden’s Klara Wester and Rebecca Netzler.

Watch the 49erFX Medal Race here - https://youtu.be/CTj030S_T3I.

Elliot Hanson (GBR) has a 43-point lead over Thomas Saunders (NZL) going into the Medal Race and cannot be removed at the top of the tree. A fight will be on for silver and bronze as Saunders has Matthew Wearn (AUS), Philipp Buhl (GER) and Sam Meech (NZL) in close company.

Marit Bouwmeester (NED) has an 18-point lead going into the Laser Radial Medal Race and knows a ninth or better will give her gold. Josefin Olsson (SWE) is second on 46 points, 2018 World Champion Emma Plasschaert is third on 49 and Hannah Snellgrove, on 52, is fourth.

Afrodite Kyranakou and Anneloes van Veen (NED), Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) and Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini (ITA) fought hard for position in three Women’s 470 races. The Dutch team will go into the Medal Race on 29 points. The Japanese are second on 33 and the Italians are on 34.

The Japanese Men’s 470 teams maintained consistency again in the 32-boat fleet. Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono (JPN) lead on 32 points, eight clear of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) who have been nestled amongst the Japanese all week. Daichi Takayama and Kimihiko Imamura (JPN) and Kazuto Doi and Naoya Kimura (JPN) are third and fourth on 43 and 51 points respectively.

Nicholas Heiner (NED) overhauled Giles Scott (GBR) in the Finn after three races. Heiner leads on 32.8 points with Scott following on 36 and Ed Wright (GBR) in third on 37.

The final day of racing will commence at 12:00 local time.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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World Cup Series Enoshima, día 4. Otro día sin viento con una sola regata de las veintiocho programadas.

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Light wind and rain frustrates in Enoshima

For immediate release: 09/14/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

Light wind and rainfall meant that just one race out of 28 scheduled could be completed at Sailing’s World Cup Series Round in Enoshima, Japan.

The Laser, Laser Radial and 470 fleets hit the water mid-afternoon as a 5-6 knot north easterly breeze was present on Sagami Bay. All four fleets attempted to get racing underway, but only the 59-boat Laser fleet was able to complete a race.

As no racing was possible in the 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, Men’s RS:X and Women’s RS:X, their Opening Series has now concluded and the top ten in each will advance to Saturday’s Medal Race. Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) have wrapped up gold in the 49erFX as they hold an unassailable 26-point advantage over their rivals.

In the single Laser race, Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) positioned himself at the middle of the line at the start and managed to read the conditions expertly on the first upwind to round more than 30 seconds ahead of Benjamin Vadnai of Hungary.

From there, Chiavarini maintained his focus, and with clean air in his sails, he was able to extend his advantage and take a convincing race win. Vadnai also pulled clear of the pack and was able to take a deserved second, but the term snakes and ladders could not be better applied to what occurred behind them.

Crowded, sometimes chaotic mark roundings and a tightly-bunched field on the upwinds and downwinds meant that huge gains and huge losses occurred.

Philipp Buhl (GER) was a benefactor, moving up from 24th to tenth, whereas Filip Jurisic (CRO) suffered, going from seventh on the first upwind down to 21st at the finish.

Leader Elliot Hanson (GBR) maintained focus to come through in sixth to hold a ten-point advantage over Tonci Stipanovic (CRO), who finished the race in fourth. Matt Wearn (AUS) moved up to third overall after a fifth.

On the competition, Hanson commented, “We had another tricky race in a light, offshore gradient day. I managed to gain throughout the race after being on the outside of the first big gain to come home in 6th. I’ve done a good job of staying consistent so far this week by taking minimal risks, and responding well to the changes.

“It’s nice to have a low score at this stage in the regatta, but I’m sure tomorrow will provide another great test to all of us.

“The British Laser squad is in a healthy position right now – it’s an exciting time to be part of it. The class has been dominated by other nations for a number of years and it’s nice to potentially now be part of the squad that could knock them off their perch.”

The Women’s 470 started a race but had to abandon as Anneloes van Veen (NED) explained, “It was a good decision to send us out, it seemed there was some wind so we had to go and try it. We got there and it was really light. It did build and we started a race but there was a big shift so it wasn’t completely fair and they abandoned.”

Van Veen and her helm Afrodite Kyranakou (NED) are tied for the lead with Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini (ITA) on 21 points.

Although they didn’t race, Kryanakou was pleased to head out onto the water, “It was another good opportunity to see the conditions and sea state and what we may face at Tokyo 2020. Every day on the water is really productive.

“Every day on the water is productive so we try to observe and see what happens. So far, we have done well and it’s also a bonus to see the different conditions because then we know what to expect in two years. I just hope to go out a lot more and see what else I can learn from then area so I can best prepare for the coming Games.”

The Women’s 470, Men’s 470, Finn and Laser Radial fleets will continue their fleet racing on Saturday.

Due to no racing on Friday, the Opening Series for the 49erFX, 49er, Nacra 17, Men’s RS:X and Women’s RS:X has now concluded.

The top ten in each fleet will advance to Saturday’s Medal Races.

Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze have gold signed, sealed and delivered, but there will be a fight on for silver and bronze. Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) are on 37 points followed by Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen (DEN) on 40, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) on 41 and Klara Wester and Rebecca Netzler (SWE) on 42.

Meanwhile, it will be a winner-takes-all battle in the 49er. James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) and Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL) are tied on 52 points apiece after nine tense fleet races. The British and Polish teams will have to keep their eyes open for Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn (NZL) who are third on 56.

China’s Peina Chen and Great Britain’s Bryony Shaw will lock horns in the Women’s RS:X on Saturday. They are split by three points – Chen on 30 and Shaw on 33. Lilian de Geus (NED) follows on 39 and Charline Picon (FRA) is fourth on 43.

Kiran Badloe (NED) will head into the Medal Race on 33 points, seven clear of Mattia Camboni (ITA) in second. Mateo Sanz Lanz (SUI) is third on 43 points and Pierre Le Coq (FRA) is a point behind.

Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) are poised to continue their unbeaten run in the Nacra 17, sitting five points clear of Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) going into the Medal Race. The Italians and Australians are on 27 and 32 points respectively. Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA) are third on 38, Nathan and Haylee Outteridge (AUS) fourth on 39 and John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) are fifth on 41.

Medal Races will start at 12:00 local time.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

World Cup Series Enoshima, día 3. Poco viento en la bahia de Sagami.



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World Cup Series Enoshima offers a new challenge
For immediate release: 09/13/2018
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Enoshima, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition, threw a new challenge at the 466 sailors from 44 nations racing at the 2018 World Cup Series Japan Round on Thursday as a light, testing breeze danced across Sagami Bay.

Global sailing venues can quite often be renowned for catering for strong sailors with big winds or for lighter, tactical athletes in weaker breeze – but in Enoshima, the competitors recognise that it will take a good all-rounder to conquer on the Olympic waters.

Following two days of consistent 12-17 knot northerly winds, the fan was turned down a notch with 5-8 knots, which then decreased to 3-4 knots. However, out of the ten Olympic fleets, only the Radial failed to complete a race.

Giles Scott (GBR) has made an almost seamless return to the Finn fleet and after six races in varying conditions, he holds the lead.

Scott is making his first appearance in the Finn fleet for six months after an absence to concentrate on the British America’s Cup campaign. However, judging by the way he has controlled the 21-boat fleet, many observers would think he had never been away.

“It feels great to be back,” he commented. “The last bit of racing I did was in Palma [in March] and I haven’t done too much sailing since. It’s nice to be out here racing again.”

Scott won both of the Rio 2016 Olympic test events, giving him confidence to achieve Olympic glory, and he admitted he’s in Enoshima to give him the first boost on the Tokyo journey, “I chose this event over going to Aarhus this year for that reason. My program is geared more to the Olympics, so I have to pick and choose which events I do, and this is an obvious one for me. It’s great to be here.”

In the stronger breeze the days prior, Scott recorded a 6-1-2-6. Thursday’s light winds tested him as he sailed to a tenth, which he discards, but he quickly bounced back with a second.

“You’ve got to be an all-rounder here, I think,” commented Scott on the key to Enoshima success. “We’ve been here for two weeks and while the event has been on for a few days, we’ve had some shifty offshore conditions, but earlier on we had big seas and big winds as well as some light stuff.”

Scott is in top spot on 17 points and is followed by Nicholas Heiner (NED) on 20.8 points (the .8 arose from a discretionary scoring penalty applied to his races on day one related to hull weight) and Jorge Zarif (BRA) and Ed Wright (GBR) on 23 points each.

Heiner and Zarif both played down the return of Scott, instead taking their time to speak about the strength of the fleet at large.

Heiner commented, “He [Scott] is undefeated but he is never there so you can’t really beat him most of the time. All the top sailors are here so it’s great to sail with these guys again, not the biggest fleet but the same as the Olympic games, so you really feel it more.”

Zarif added, “It’s an honour to be competing against these guys. We have Josh [Junior (NZL)], Ed, Giles and Nicolas who are at top of their game. It’s nice to be in the mix with them.”

Four Finn fleet races remain ahead of Sunday’s Medal Race.

Bryony Shaw (GBR) reduced the gap on overnight leader Peina Chen (CHN) to three points after two consistent races where she recorded a 3-5 scoreline.

With a blend of strong onshore winds one day to offshore tricky breeze the next, as Scott stated, it takes a sailor with strong and light wind expertise to conquer in Enoshima.

After racing, Shaw was pleased with the work she’s put in to prepare, “In these conditions, windsurfers have to sail more on their fin and that’s something I’ve been working hard on since the World Championships. I am happy that I’m improving on that.

“It’s important you sail well in the mixed conditions yet keep your performance consistent throughout races.”

Chen won the day’s opening race but could only follow up with a 13th, which she discards. 2018 World Champion Lilian de Geus (NED) is third overall and the day’s other race win went to eighth-placed Hongmei Shi (CHN).

There were some mixed scores in the Men’s RS:X but Kiran Badloe (NED) held on to his lead. The Dutch sailor came through in 17th in the opening race of the day before hitting back with a fourth to sit seven points clear of Mattia Camboni (ITA).

Switzerland’s Mateo Sanz Lanz moved up to third from sixth after a race win and a ninth.

Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl (AUT) stormed into medal contention in the 49er with an expert day of racing. As many around them racked up some high scores, the Austrians snapped up two race wins and a sixth to propel themselves up to fourth from 12th.

Great Britain’s James Peters and Fynn Sterritt held on to their overnight lead after some high scores but Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL) drew level after a 4-5-8 scoreline.

Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell dropped from second to 11th after a 19-19-22. Their discard is a 23rd from the second day, so they count all the scores.

The 49erFX followed the 49er fleet on the Enoshima racing area in a dying afternoon breeze. A single race was completed and overnight leaders Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) snapped up the victory.

Many of their nearest rivals stuttered and they lead Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) by 26-points.

The leading Laser sailors are starting to find medal-winning consistency. The top five all posted a top ten finish in the single race of the day and Elliot Hanson (GBR) held on to his lead following a third. Sam Meech (NZL) snapped up a sixth and is second. Nick Thompson (GBR) follows in third after finishing the sole race in second behind Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR).

The Laser Radial fleet were unable to complete their race in unstable conditions, ensuring the overnight points remain. Alison Young (GBR), Marit Bouwmeester (NED), Josefin Olsson (SWE) and Sarah Douglas (CAN) are split by three points at the top.

The Japanese Men’s 470 have shown no signs of slowing on their home waters, with four teams in the top five. Only Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) separate the Japanese in second.

A discarded 12th and a second allow Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono (JPN) to hold onto their overall lead on 12 points. The Australians follow on 25, with Daichi Takayama and Kimihiko Imamura (JPN) on 29, Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi (JPN) on 36 and Kazuto Doi and Naoya Kimura (JPN) also on 36.

There is no separating Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini (ITA) and Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED) in the Women’s 470; the teams are locked on 21 points apiece.

Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar are five points back in third, while Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter (GBR) and Mengxi Wei and Haiyan Gao (CHN) won the day’s races.

Elsewhere, 2018 Nacra 17 World Champions Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) saw their lead cut by Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS).

The Italians’ 4-6-12 saw them surrender points to the Australians, who discard their eighth and count their first and seventh. Tita and Banti lead on 27 points, followed by the Rio 2016 silver medallists on 32. Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA) are on 38 points in third, one point clear of Nathan and Haylee Outteridge (AUS).

Friday’s racing will be the final day of fleet racing for the RS:X fleets, the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 ahead of their Medal Races on Saturday. Racing resumes at 12:00 local time.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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World Cup Series Enoshima, día 2. En clase 49er, buena remontada de los hermanos Lange.





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Rio 2016 rivalries renew on Tokyo 2020 waters
For immediate release: 09/12/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

With 35 Olympic medallists and numerous World Champions racing at World Cup Series Enoshima, familiar rivalries have resumed in Japan on the waters of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Conditions across the opening two days of competition have been ideal for the 466 sailors from 44 nations. A north easterly breeze ranging from 12-17 knots has been present across the six racing areas on Sagami Bay with a reasonably flat sea state.

Battles from previous World Cups and World Championships have already emerged – and a familiar duo are going head-to-head at the top of the 49erFX fleet.

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) beat Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) to gold by two seconds at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and the duel emerging on Tokyo’s Olympic waters is not too dissimilar.

The teams occupy first and second in the 49erFX, with Grael and Kunze reasserting themselves as one of the world’s leading teams despite spending limited time in the boat. Grael took some time out of Olympic campaigning to sail in the Volvo Ocean Race and is in only her second 49erFX event in the space of 14 months.

Nonetheless, the Brazilians have climbed to the top of the 24-boat fleet, winning three of six races so far, and have a 12-point advantage over the Kiwis.

“It’s good to have them [Grael and Kunze] back in the fleet and I think it just lifts the standard of racing,” commented Maloney. “They’re sailing well and it’s just great to having them out on the race course again.

“It’s so up and down in the fleet. No matter who you are out there with, you have to be pushing it and making the right decisions.

“It’s been pretty cool being at the Olympic venue with interesting racing conditions, but so far we’ve raced well.”

The Brazilians and Kiwis were training partners in the lead up to Rio 2016, so they remain friends ashore – but that changes on the water. Two more days of fleet racing remain ahead of Saturday’s Medal Races and the fight will continue on Thursday.

Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) occupy the final podium spot at the mid-point of the 49erFX competition.

A British battle is ongoing in the 49er, as James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) trade blows with Dylan-Fletcher Scott and Stu Bithell (GBR).

Although Fletcher-Scott and Bithell have finished ahead of their compatriots in four of six races, it’s Peters and Sterritt’s consistency that gives them a two-point advantage after six races.

“It’s a good rivalry between us, as always,” commented Peters. “We’ve been pushing, and they have been too. It helps us focus more in the competition and it’s good for the country.”

Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn (NZL) sit in third.

Just three points separate Alison Young (GBR), Marit Bouwmeester (NED), Josefin Olsson (SWE) and Sarah Douglas (CAN) at the top in the Laser Radial.

To see Young, Bouwmeester and Olsson at the top of the pack in a World Cup event is not uncommon; however, Douglas has emerged over recent weeks as a top contender.

Prior to Enoshima, the Canadian’s best World Cup result was a 36th in Hyéres in April, but at the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 she hit all the right notes, finishing sixth to qualify her country for Tokyo 2020. She’s brought that form into Enoshima and is firmly in the hunt.

On her emergence, Douglas said, “I think I just checked off some boxes and everything has come together. In the last couple of months, I have just been disappointed with my results but in the last few regattas, everything is coming together and it’s going smoothly now.”

And as for her success so far in Enoshima, “The conditions today were very tricky, so I just brought it back to the basics of lifting shifts. All the girls are so fast, so you just have to keep your speed up and stay smart out there.”

Great Britain continue to stay ahead in the Laser, but a new leader has emerged; Elliot Hanson (GBR) has pulled one point clear of Michael Beckett (GBR). Matt Wearn (AUS) is in third but, much like the day prior, the competitors struggled to find consistency. With a first and eighth today, Tonci Stipanovic is the only sailor to pick up less than ten points in a day.

Elsewhere, Jorge Zarif (BRA) struck back at Giles Scott (GBR) in the Finn to draw level at the top of the leaderboard. Zarif notched up a third and a race win to Scott’s second and sixth, which positions them on nine points apiece.

Speaking after the opening day, Scott said, “It’s great to be back. To get decent races in early on is really good. But the points are close and there’s an awfully long way to go. Looking at the forecast, it looks like it’s going to get trickier as the week progresses.”

Josh Junior follows in third and the day’s other race winner, Nicholas Heiner (NED), is fourth.

The Japanese Men’s 470 teams continue to assert themselves on their home waters.

Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono (JPN) had a superb day, securing a first and a second to solidify their overnight advantage over Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS). The Australians picked up the day’s other race win.

Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi (JPN) had a mixed day but occupy third overall, with compatriots Daichi Takayama and Kimihiko Imamura two points behind.

Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka, 2018 World Champions, are also in strong contention in the Women’s 470.

A second and an 11th puts them in third, five points off new leaders Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED). Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar (POL) are second overall following a race win and an eighth.

The 2017 RS:X World Championships were held out of Enoshima one year ago and the Women’s RS:X podium was dominated by Chinese racers who had mastered the conditions.

That trend has crossed into the World Cup Series as the 2017 Worlds bronze medallist Yunxiu Lu grabbed pole position, with gold medallist Peina Chen (CHN) in second.

Lu and Chen stayed at the front of the fleet for most of the day, and have put some daylight between themselves and Emma Wilson (GBR) in third.

Mattia Camboni (ITA) had a bright start to the competition, winning two of three races on day one, but he could not replicate that form on day two. A 34th, which he discards, as well as a tenth and a 7th sees him slip to second overall.

Kiran Badloe (NED) advanced to first after a 2-4-(11) scoreline, while his compatriot Dorian van Rijsselberghe is four points off in third.

Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) added a further two races wins to their three victories from Tuesday, but they dropped to 12th in the sixth race of the series. Nevertheless, they lead compatriots Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA) by 11 points.

Nathan Outteridge and Haylee Outteridge (AUS) took the final race win of the day and are fourth.

Racing continues at 12:00 local time on Thursday 13 September.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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World Cup Series Enoshima, día 1. Flojo comienzo del equipo argentino.




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World Champions bring form to opening day in Enoshima

For immediate release: 09/11/2018
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As the dust just about settles on the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, many of the newly-crowned World Champions continue their form at the World Cup Series event in Enoshima, Japan.

The 2018 World Cup Series Enoshima is the first to be held on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition field of play, and competitors who have succeeded on Olympic waters ahead of the Games often achieve glory come showtime.

Out of the 466 sailors from 44 nations, the World Champions crowned in Aarhus have come to the forefront once again, suggesting that their talents and racing know-how can be seemingly transferred from one venue to the next.

Kevin Peponnet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) clinched a dramatic gold in Aarhus, moving up from third to first during the medal race with a third-place finish, amidst some slip-ups from their rivals.

It was the first World Championship title for the pair and their confidence was sky-high in Enoshima as they snapped up the first race win.

“We got a bit lucky with the wind shifts but we sailed it really well,” explained Peponnet. “We didn’t do well in the second race though, so we will have to improve tomorrow.”

The pair finished tenth in the second race and are third overall at the early stages of the competition. Although they admit another medal would be nice, they have a wider goal after an exhausting World Championship campaign.

“We put a lot of energy into winning the World Championships,” said Mion. “Unlike Aarhus, the goal here is not directly to win it. We want to gain a lot of experience from the Olympic venue, but if we have a lot of good races at the front of the fleet, then we’ll have good confidence for the next couple of years as we build for the Olympics.”

Winning a medal on Olympic waters in advance of an Olympic Games is a strong indicator of what’s to come, and the Men’s 470 fleet is full of world-class competitors aiming for the podium.

Rio 2016 silver medallists Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) are down in eighth, with Greek bronze medallists Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis in fifth.

Japan’s expertise in the 470 and knowledge of their home waters shone, with four teams in the top six after day one. Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono (JPN) lead the way on seven points and are followed by Naoki Ichino and Takashi Hasegawa (JPN) and the French.

Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka won gold in Aarhus but had a mixed day in the Women’s 470 fleet today, yet were still able to find some form.

They opened with a 11th in race one before expertly overhauling Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini (ITA) in the second race of the day to take the win.

The Italians, along with Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED), are locked on seven points after they both recorded a fifth and a second.

Summarising the opening day, Dubbini commented, “After a bad start, we did well in the first race as we had a good downwind. In the second race we fought with the World Champions and we were first the whole time, but they managed to take the win. We’re looking ahead to the next one.”

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR), third at the 2018 World Championships, won the opening race of the week and are fourth overall.

Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) have set the bar in the Nacra 17 since it became fully foiling. Undefeated in 2018 in the lead-up to Aarhus, they lived up to expectations as pre-regatta favourites to claim their first world title.

The tag has been placed on them again in Enoshima and they delivered on day one, winning all three races.

Not a team to get too carried away, however, Banti knows it will be a long week, “We did have a really good day but we still have four days of racing and we’ll continue to try to do our best.”

Their compatriots Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari are in second, with Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL) in third.

Mattia Camboni (ITA) started his World Cup campaign with a pair of wins and a second in the Men’s RS:X.

The fleet includes the likes of two-time Olympic gold medallist and 2018 World Champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED), Olympic medallists Pierre Le Coq (FRA) and Shahar Zubari (ISR), as well as numerous World Cup medallists.

And a vibrant Camboni quickly acknowledged the level of competition after racing, “All the best sailors from each national team are here. From Italy, I am the only one here. Other nations didn’t send a big team but they sent the best sailors. The level is high and equivalent to a gold fleet at a World Championships.”

The first World Cup Series event in Enoshima has been highly-anticipated, but the RS:X World Championship was held in the venue just under one year ago, so many of the fleet are well-accustomed to the conditions.

“Last year we had one day with huge waves after the typhoon and it was amazing,” Camboni continued. “We had big waves and big surf which equals big fun.”

On the conditions and the strategy required racing on Olympic waters, he added, “You have to watch the course and make a decision on where you want to go right at the last moment. That is why I love racing here – because it’s a challenge.”

Kiran Badloe (NED) won the day’s other race and is second overall, with Le Coq in third.

The theme of dominating 2018 World Champions continued in the Women’s RS:X, as Lilian de Geus (NED) snapped up a pair of wins to lead the way in the 30-boat fleet.

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) continued their comeback in the 49erFX, following Grael’s voyage around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, by advancing to the top of the pack after three races.

Grael and Kunze sailed consistently at the front of the fleet, taking a first, second and a fifth, which they discard. Just one point behind them sit two familiar foes – Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL). The Brazilians and Kiwis were split by just two seconds in a winner-takes-all race at Rio 2016; and if day one of racing in Enoshima was anything to go by, the margins might be even closer come Tokyo 2020.

Denmark’s Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen are in third.

After finishing sixth at their last two events, today 49er sailors Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell (GBR) found the kind of form which saw them finish on the podium at 12 of their previous events. A first, second and a fourth gives them the lead over Poland’s Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski and their British rivals James Peters and Fynn Sterritt.

After an absence of more than half a year from the Finn to concentrate on the British America’s Cup campaign, it was almost as if Giles Scott (GBR) had never been away as he sailed to the top of the fleet in Enoshima.

A sixth and a race win gives him the lead after day one. Trailing him is Nicholas Heiner (NED) and Josh Junior (NZL).

Having won World Championship gold in Aarhus, it was business as usual for Emma Plasschaert (BEL) who sailed consistently on the opening day in Enoshima, posting a third and fifth to grab the early initiative.

Sarah Douglas, who finished sixth in Aarhus and qualified Canada for Tokyo 2020 as a result, is second overall, followed by Josefin Olsson. The day’s race wins went to Anne Marie-Rindom (DEN), who is 17th overall, and Olsson.

There were some mixed scores in the Laser, as no sailor truly mastered the conditions. Michael Beckett’s (GBR) eighth and second hands him an early lead.

Racing continues at 11:40 on Wednesday 12 September.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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World Cup Series Enoshima, Japan. Información completa en la antesala del campeonato.

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World Cup Series touches down at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue

For immediate release: 09/10/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

From 9 to 16 September 2018, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition venue in Enoshima, Japan, will host sailors for the first event of the 2019 World Cup Series.

Following the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, the sailors are continuing their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition. Enoshima will welcome sailors in just under two years’ time for the Olympic Games and for many, the World Cup will be their first opportunity to learn about the Olympic venue.

Events held on Olympic waters are often strong indicators on what to expect at the Olympic Games.

Following the London 2012 test event in 2011, 17 medallists went on to clinch an Olympic medal, while at the Aquece Rio 2015, Rio 2016’s sailing test event, 16 medallists achieved an Olympic medal a year later.

The fleets in Enoshima feature many of the leading racers who will be aiming to reign supreme and set a benchmark. Eight of the World Champions crowned in Aarhus are racing and will be joined by more than 450 sailors from 45 nations. More than 30 Olympic medallists are also competing.

Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) have been unbeatable in the Nacra 17 in 2018, winning two World Cup events as well as the World Championships.

In Aarhus, the scene was set for a memorable Medal Race as the Italians led by a narrow margin over Nathan and Haylee Outteridge (AUS), Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG) and Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lübeck (DEN) who were all in contention for gold.

However, a consistent breeze failed to materialise, handing the Italians the world title. The four teams will pick up where they left off in Enoshima, renewing their rivalry in a bid to show who has what it takes on Olympic waters for the first time.

Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) make a return to the World Cup Series, following Riou’s successful adventure on-board Dongfeng Race Team during the Volvo Ocean Race. Besson and Riou were the unprecedented favourites for Rio 2016 gold two years ago, but Besson sustained a back injury that severely impacted his performance. The pair won all four World Championships in the Rio quad and will once again be a team to be feared.

Further contenders in the Nacra 17 fleet include Rio 2016 silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS), Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR), Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL) and Bora Gulari and Louisa Chafee (USA).

Over the last seven years, Giles Scott (GBR) has raced at 26 international competitions in the Finn. He has won 23 of those, narrowly missing out on gold in the remaining three and settling for silver. After some months off to focus on the British America’s Cup project, he returns to the Finn fleet in Enoshima.

Many of Scott’s victories in recent years have been comprehensive but the 21-boat fleet in Enoshima has significant strength in depth. Jorge Zarif (BRA), Tapio Nirkko (FIN), Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Ed Wright (GBR), Nicholas Heiner (NED), Caleb Paine (USA) and Max Salminen (SWE) all have what it takes to stop Scott in his tracks.

Pavlos Kontides (CYP), 2018 World Champion, will spearhead the 59-boat Laser fleet, the largest in Enoshima. Rio 2016 medallists Tom Burton (AUS), Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) and Sam Meech (NZL) will also sail in the fleet.

Belgium’s newly-crowned Laser Radial World Champion, Emma Plasschaert, will be joined by Rio 2016 gold medallist Marit Bouwmeester (NED) in the 54-boat pack. Both sailors will be vying for the podium, as will Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN), Alison Young (GBR) and Paige Railey (USA).

The Netherlands dominated in the RS:X competition in Aarhus, winning gold in the men’s and women’s fleets. Both Dorian van Rijsselberghe and Lilian de Geus will be in Enoshima with strong competition around them in their respective fleets.

Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz won a third gold for the Netherlands in Aarhus and they will race in the 24-boat 49erFX fleet that also features Rio 2016 gold medallists Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA). In the 49er, 26-teams will race.

The Men’s and Women’s 470 fleets will feature 32 and 23 teams respectively.

Racing starts at 11:00 local time on Tuesday 11 September. The Men’s and Women’s RS:X, 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 competition will conclude on Saturday 15 September with their Medal Races and the Laser, Laser Radial, 470s and Finn will wrap up on Sunday 16.

Both days will be available to watch live on World Sailing’s YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing