Aarhus Test Event, final de campeonato para Laser, Laser Radial, Finn y 470.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017
Champions hail Aarhus after final day of snakes and ladders

If test events are all about checking how systems are working, then the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus Denmark 2018 Test Event has confirmed that the Australians are still a well-oiled machine in the Laser, Aarhus Bay is a great sailing arena and Nicholas Heiner’s weight gain programme (95 kilos and counting) is paying out.

Denmark and the Netherlands shared the honour of topping the medals table with 2 golds and 1 bronze each.

After the lighter airs yesterday, a final day of racing in stronger, veering 12-15 westerlies, gusting to 20, made for medal races of shifting fortunes that were hard to control. But the top sailors have prospered here in the range of conditions during the week and it was no surprise to see the two best laser sailors in the world take gold and silver, albeit with Matthew Wearn finishing above Tom Burton, the Olympic champion. Sam Meech, the Olympic bronze medalist took third, finishing behind Burton in the medal race.

“It’s been fantastic sailing here,” Wearn said. “I think coming in fresh for the Worlds next year would have been a pretty big mistake, and would have made it really hard to get a good result. It’s been great, we’ve had a variety of conditions, all different directions, it’s been fantastic for a test event. I like the shifty stuff where you’ve got to be on the ball every race. The best sailor is going to come out on top at the end and win a regatta like that.”

“In the medal race I went for something off the start line and it didn’t work out, so I rounded the top mark as one of the last few boats,” Wearn, who took a healthy 13-point lead into the medal race, added. “We were sailing really close to the shore, with an offshore wind direction, which made it unpredictable. I had a bit of work to do for the rest of the race, but the wind was shifting so much there were plenty of opportunities to catch back up – it was a bit of snakes and ladder kind of day. I was pretty glad to have the points buffer.”

German Olympian Philipp Buhl, confirmed his reputation as one of the nicest guys in sailing by going out of his way to thank the volunteers from the country’s 270 sailing clubs – they say that you are never more than 50km from the coast in Denmark – who have also been testing their systems. “What made the experience great was the people working here,” Buhl, who finished sixth overall in the laser, said. “They were all very helpful and very friendly. I think they’re really looking forward to hosting this event and we athletes can feel that and that makes a big difference to some other venues.”

That will have been heartening for the Danish Sailing Association and the City of Aarhus as they count down to the World Championships next year.

“After such a successful Test Event, we know what works and what can be improved and we are looking forward more than ever to hosting the World Championships in a year,” Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said. “In 2018 we will take the event to the next level when we open the Aarhus International Sailing Center, which will be one of the most modern and advanced homes for sailors in the world. As one of the sailors said this week about positioning: ‘it’s about getting to the right place on time.’ Aarhus is the right place at the right time.”

That sailor was Holland’s Heiner, the former laser world champion, who is still bulking out in his transition to the Finn. It is working because he was strong again in the windy conditions and managed to completely control Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz, who had started 7 points behind, to win the Finn. “I was really happy with my performance, especially in the big breeze,” Heiner said. “I’m not the heaviest and tallest guy – they’ve got 10kg on me – so have strong races in the big breezes this week was really nice and gives me a lot of confidence. Maybe the conditions in Aarhus favour the heavy guys a bit, but the light one won.”

Berecz cannot wait until next time: “He did a very nice job so I can’t wait for the rematch.”

In the other medal races on Sunday, Sweden’s Josefin Ollson won a thrilling and fluctuating Laser Radial medal race, passing America’s Erika Reineke – who she started the day two points ahead of – on the second upwind. Switzerland’s Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler won the women’s 470 by one nail-biting point as they trailed in 3 boats behind Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Irmina Mrózek Gliszczynska. Turkish brother’s Deniz and Ates Cinar, defended their 12-point buffer in the men’s 470.

Country of coasts, city of sails, bay of champions, Denmark are already counting down and gearing up Aarhus 2018.


Clase Nacra 17, una falla de material en los nuevos barcos foileadores pone en peligro el próximo mundial. Gran conflicto en puerta.

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12.08.2017 by Ben Remocker
Class Update following the Nacra Sailing recall of Foiling Boats

On Friday August 11, 2017, Nacra Sailing issued a recall and sent it to all foiling boat owners as well as the class executive. The recall notice is included at the bottom of this communication.

The chain of events that lead to this recall are as follows:

Two test foils broke about 6 weeks before the first delivery of foiling equipment. These breaks were of the prototype foil design, and occurred before production began. The cause was an unplanned for failure mechanism that occurs when the boat is heavily loaded to leeward and then the windward foil catches. This occurs primarily when the leaps out of the water and gets push downwind, then putting the full force of motion into the typically unloaded side of the windward board.
These first breaks were at the inside of the elbow of the daggerboards. The foil was redesigned to account for breakage at this area, and we have not seen failure there so far.

The boats and foils were then distributed to the first 40 teams. In the 2nd or 3rd day of sailing, the Swedish team broke on of their foils in the manner described above, but the break did not occur at the elbow as in previous iterations, instead it broke at the point of exit of the hull at the ‘bearing’ surface of the cassette that holds the board in place

The current cassette, photographed above, is the same concept of design as used in the A-cat 4-point filing designs. It is made from an advanced plastic called POM and is a single piece. Due to it’s single piece construction, one side must be very shallow to allow the curved boards to fit though the gaps while maintaining a tight fit in sailing position. As such, the bearing surface on the typically unloaded side is only a 1mm high ledge along the full length of the surface. On the other side, the typically loaded side, the surface has a 19mm high ledge.
Upon initial release of the first boards, there were two other major issues with the new centerboards.
They had many pinholes, a typical byproduct of the construction technique, that were not sealed. When the boards were sent to the sailors, many of the boards had these pinholes which rapidly filled the boards with water, itself a problem, and it could have caused further problems over time.
The second major issue was that the pain (clearcoat) used on the boards appears to have been from a bad batch of paint. It was too soft, too easily scratched, and became cloudy upon light use.
After investigating the issues, working with the supplier, and solving some other more detailed and minor issues, Nacra Sailing informed all the sailors that all 180 of the first set of boards would be replaced, free of charge, at the earliest opportunity. Some of those replacements have already occurred.
This week, two more boards broke in the same manner as the Swedish boards. On Thursday, Nacra Sailing adjusted their bend/break test rig so that instead of using a broad hold of the exit point of the boards it point loaded them like they are on the boats themselves from the cassette. They were able to reproduce the breakage as seen by the two boards this week and the Swedish board. The point loading from such a small surface crushes the matrix and then it shears through the board, like a knife edge would do on a smaller scale. On Friday Nacra Sailing issued the recall and reviewed options with their design team.
The planned design solution scales down the same style of cassettes used on the America’s Cup boats. In order to provide the same 19mm bearing surface as the loaded section, a 2-piece POM cassette, will resplace the current cassettes. On Saturday the part was designed, the following is a rendering of the replacement part design.

On Sunday, a prototype of the replacement part will be manufactured, and on Monday they will bend/break test the part to ensure it solves the problem identified. Once this test has been completed, Nacra Sailing will issue updated guidance to the sailors affected, especially about the time frame required to build and distribute replacement parts. Note: this recall is aimed to stop teams sailing on a system that has a known failure mechanism. Replacing these cassettes is a simple process that does not require all of the boats to be returned to a factory.
The Nacra 17 Class executive met on short notice this morning (Saturday) to review the situation. Exactly 3 weeks from today is measurement for the 2017 World Championship. Unfortunately, neither members of the board who work for Nacra Sailing made themselves available for the call at short notice. There are two scenarios that are critical to the class right now that relate to the World Championship
The obvious one is will the new design solve the problem, and will there be enough parts circulated for all sailors to bring their boats into the new spec. Assuming the new design does solve the problem, the POM pieces can be rapidly made, and it does seem reasonable that parts should become available.
The less obvious issue relates to the breakages themselves. Have the board that are in use been compromised from sailing on this highly loaded surface or is it a catastrophic failure mechanism only. Put more simply, do the boards degrade and then break, or is it a single event that overloads the boards, crushes the matrix, and then the board fails. If there is a chance of degradation, then the same caution that has beach all boats this week continues to hold until all boards are either replaced or ultrasonically examined.
There is a lot of pressure on the class to hold a world championship at this point, with teams having booked and paid for accommodations, travel plans, entry fees, etc., and simultaneously there is a requirement that we only hold a championship where the manufacturer can ensure that any recalled parts have been replaced or tested to a suitable level they can be confident of suitability for racing.
Nacra Sailing will continue to work on technical and production solutions to the problems discovered. By Monday we should have more information about the new design and availability.
The Nacra 17 Class will hold an executive meeting following this update, and along with our partners in World Sailing, La Grande Motte (World’s Venue), and class member consultation, and communicate intentions regarding the 2017 World Championship, no later than Wednesday August 16th. The World Championship is currently planned for September 5-10, in La Grande Motte, France. Class President, Marcus Spillane, will continue to update key members of World Sailing as to the developments as they occur.

Recall notice by Nacra Sailing Dated August 11, 2017

“Dear Sailors,

Nacra Sailing is recalling its Nacra 17 Foiling configuration over an issue that could cause the daggerboards to fail without warning during operation.

The defect: the daggerboards could fail without warning during operation, causing the daggerboard to break. The issue is potentially increased likely to happen during high winds and/or higher than normal loads. The issue is caused by a problem in the bottom bearing, which does not have enough surface connected to the daggerboards, this is causing extreme high point loads on the daggerboard surface causing buckling and breaking of the board if pushed outwards.

The hazards: a failure of the daggerboards during operation could potentially cause sailors to lose control and crash.

NACRA SAILING doesn’t have any reports of accidents or injuries caused by the problem.

Affected boats:

>2017 Nacra17 Foiling configurations
Number of boats affected: nearly 47 boats, of which:

35 Foiling versions
12 Retrofitted versions
The fix: NACRA SAILING will notify owners, and dealers. Replacement bearings will made available for all customers. The repairs will be performed free of charge.

Owners should: if their boat is included in this NACRA SAILING recall, then owners can:

If purchased at a dealer, take it to a dealer or,
if purchased directly at NACRA SAILING, a set of replacement bearings will be made available for you on the shortest possible timing. We are still deciding on the exact process and timing of exchanging as this is depending on production capacity of the replacement bearings.
We are expecting to have first availability of replacement bearings end of next week (18/8/17] and full availability the week after. More details in follow up communication.
Nacra Sailing urges the owners not to sail the boat until the replacement bearings are fitted to avoid a incidents/breakages
Owners can also contact their dealer or NACRA SAILING with questions by using the following information.

Kind regards,

Team Nacra Sailing”

Aarhus Test Event, final de campeonato para 49er, 49er FX, RS:X. La Clase Nacra 17 suspende su medal race.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017
Aarhus offers taste of Championships to come

It is a truth universally acknowledged in the boat park, that while some classes are talking tech or weather, the windsurfers are finding out where to eat and chill out. But when it is competition time they are as fierce as anyone and the men’s RS:X at The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus Denmark 2018 Test Event whetted the appetite for the battles to come here in a year’s time.

On a day of light airs, there was drama all the way to the finish line as the leader all week, Pawel Tarnowski, the 2015 European champion and one of Poland’s powerhouse production line of windsurfers, lost his gold medal by five metres, having been caught out by a gust and passed by the fleet.

France’s Louis Giard, the European champion, fresh from finishing second in the world cup final in Santander in June, was one of those who planed past, 200 metres from the finish line, and managed to finish second, as Tarnowski slipped to eighth. With the double points of the medal race it meant they finished level on points; Giard taking gold because of his better performance at the last. But the Frenchman admitted he had not known until after the race, and had not been thinking about it after Tarnowski sailed away at the start.

“I didn’t start the medal race with the goal of winning the event, he (Tarnowski) was 12 points in front of me, and I was on equal points with third and fourth place,” Giard said. “So, the main goal was to secure second place. Pawel was in front of me from the start, so, in my mind it was just about staying second or third. But in the last downwind a gust came and Piotr (Myszka, Poland) started planing and I tried to do the same and I finished the medal race in second place, but it was only after the finish line I realised that Pawel did not start planing and lost a lot of places. I was a bit lucky.”

But Tarnowski, who has struggled to find time to train while studying engineering in Dansk, was philosophical. “Everything had been going perfectly for me,” Tarnowski said. “I counted the places and it was still ok but just 200m from the finishing line, there was a strong gust behind me and the two guys behind got it 10 or 15 seconds before me – It was downwind so they caught it faster – and they passed me by a few metres. When I caught the gust, they were already slightly in front of me, and I was doing my best to catch at least one guy, but I didn’t manage it by about 5m and I lost the medal, it was so horrible for me. But we had a great week. I was going well, I enjoyed all the conditions, all the wind directions. The level was very high it’s been really useful coming here before the Worlds.”

The RS:X women’s winner had been decided even before the medal race such has been the dominance of Lilian de Geus, the Dutch windsurfer, who was fourth at the Rio Olympics last year. De Geus stated the race a massive 25 points clear of Italy’s Marta Maggetti, who had to pull out a fast finish to move up to sixth and hold onto second place overall with four sailors in contention. Her compatriot, Flavia Tartaglini, won the medal race to jump into third and a little ruefully said she almost had silver.

“I was actually quite surprised that it was easy this week,” De Geus said. “I’m really happy with my series. I wasn’t expecting it before the event. It’s my first time here and it’s nice to have good memories of place. That gives me confidence.”

The 49er was closer to the Men’s windsurfing as the leaders, the Australian brothers, Sam and William Phillips, were caught by the Austrians, Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl, in the final race and slipped back into seventh. The two pairs had been battling at the front all week and dominated the 49er’s unique series of three medal races (where points are not doubled). The Australians won the first and finished second in the second, behind the Austrian’s but then got into trouble on the first beat of the last race as the Austrian’s attacked them.

“It was a tough one,” Sam Phillips said. “We needed to finish within one of the Austrians. We started on starboard, the Austrians were below us, a boat rolled over the top from the windward end, we tacked onto port. We came into the middle of course and it was a tight cross by the Austrians and they just managed to tack in front of us – that was a pretty defining moment in the race. Following that, they put two more tacks on us as we tried to free our air and we were just back a little bit and struggled from there, we were last at the windward mark.”

It was not an out-and-out match race because the Austrians needed to extend ahead. “But, they just made it really difficult for us, and it really worked,” Sam Phillips said.

There is no doubt that both pairs were not just here on reconnaissance for next year, they wanted to win this one.

“After (the first two medal races) it was just about them or us who was winning,” Bildstein said. “So, we sailed slightly more aggressively but not unfairly. I think it was a nice match, especially as on the second day it was really us two boats matching each other, it was big waves and heavy wind and all three races, both of us were top three. It was a really nice fight – we are good friends with them.”

Denmark’s 49erFX Olympic bronze medallists in Rio, Jena Mai Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen won gold in the 49er FX as expected. Almost mathematically uncatchable before the three medal races, they put things beyond doubt by finishing first, third and first. Behind them the fight was more intense. The Norwegian twin sisters, Ragna Agerup and Maia Agerup held onto silver and the Americans, Stephanie Roble and Margaret Shea took bronze.

The Nacra 17 medal race was cancelled. Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lubeck, the leaders after the 10 rounds, were awarded the gold, Denmark’s second of the day.

That leaves the Laser, the Laser Radial, the Finn and the 470 medal races tomorrow (Sunday).

A 90 degree wind shift in the last of three rounds of the lasers tonight, shook things up at the top of the fleet, with Tom Burton, the Australian Olympic Champion, finishing 54th and dropping far into second overall, 13 points his fellow countryman, Matthew Wearn.

In the Laser Radial, Marit Bouwmeester, the Olympic champion, went home early, to protect a back injury she is just returning from. That left the top spot open and Sweden’s Josefin Olsson and America’s Erika Reinneke stepped up in their last three rounds to claim the first two spots respectively.

In the Finn, the Netherlands’s Nicholas Heiner and Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz increased their grip on the top of the leaderboard after their two races yesterday.

In the women’s 470, a win and then a second place finish in their third race of the day, gave the Swiss team, Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler, clear water at the top of the leaderboard.

In the men’s 470, another family bond, showed its strength, with the Turkish brothers, Deniz Cinar and Ates Cinar, finishing second, second and third in their three rounds to take a 5-point lead into the medal race as French pair Kevin Peponnet and Jeremie Mion slid to third.

The final day of the racing at the Test Event begins at 12:00 (local time) in Aarhus Bay tomorrow (Sunday).


Editor’s notes:

Facts about the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus Denmark 2018:

Held every four years, the Sailing World Championships is one of the biggest global sailing event in the world and the principal qualification event for the Olympic sailing competition.
Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus Denmark 2018 will include all 10 Olympic boat classes. Kiteboarding will be added to the programme for the first time.
The ambition is to make the championships in Aarhus a unique and spectacular event, where sailing is made more popular and accessible than ever before.
In terms of the number of participants, the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus Denmark 2018 will be more than three times bigger than the event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 is the first big qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Held simultaneously with the Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, a large festival will provide opportunities visiting families to get out on the water.
Dates: July 30 –August 12, 2018.
The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus Denmark 2018 are organised by The Danish Sailing Association, Sailing Aarhus, City of Aarhus and Sport Event Denmark.

1,100 sailboats
1,500 participants from approx. 100 nations
350-400 accredited press
1,500 officials, managers and coaches
The event expects to draw 400,000 visitors to Aarhus.
More than 800 volunteers

Europeo de 49er y 49er FX y Europeo de Nacra 17, Kiel. Final de campeonato.

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German Women Conquer Skiffs, Italy Wins First Foiling Catamaran Championship In Survival Conditions. Men’s 49er Cancelled, British Take Crown

In a day characterized by huge gusts, out-of-control runs, capsizes and wild wind shifts, Tina Lutz and Susan Beucke took complete control of the 49erFX fleet. The local favorites won both medal races today by big margins to take their first European Championship, alternating positions with overnight leaders Vicky Jurczok and Anika Lorenz. “In that breeze, we just try to survive,” said Lorenz. “It doesn’t matter how strong you are, you just try to do your best.” Jurczok said she was surprised they had so many capsizes. “I really thought we were going to be ok, but it was too much and we went for some swims,” she said.

In contrast, Beucke said she and Lutz were fully prepared to swim. “We agreed that we were going to capsize, so we should try to be near the front so we didn’t lose too many boats,” she said of a day where the pair may have been the only FX not to capsize. “Somehow, we didn’t flip over at all.” Lutz added that just weeks ago, similarly strong winds were a major problem, but that they seem to have overcome them, at least for today. “We had a very lucky day, I think!” All four crews said their medal performance came at a perfect time. “This takes a lot of pressure off for our Worlds, both from a funding standpoint and for our confidence,” explained Lutz. Along with her crew, she’s the first German European Champion in 49erFX Class history.

In the newly configured foiling Nacra 17, it was a first-time multihull helmsman who took the inaugural European Championships despite the worst score of the day – a 6,6,8 scoreline in the 8-boat medal fleet. “We were maybe a little too conservative out there today, but we wanted to keep it safe and bring the Championship home,” said former 49er skipper Ruggero Tito, a member of Italy’s army. Tito took the title along with Italian crew and lifelong catamaran sailor Catarina Banti, and the pair seem to have taken advantage of the newness of the fleet, adapting quickly to the light and moderate air to bring a nearly unassailable lead to the final day of racing. “We only sailed a bit more than a week on the boat, but like everyone else we were learning,” said Tito, who thinks he and Banti did a solid job adapting to the new boat as they learned its new modes. Tito said it was the foils that convinced him to join the Nacra fleet. “I loved the 49er but this is an entirely new challenge, and we’re both enjoying it a lot.”

Fernando ECHEVARRI/Tara PACHECO continued their consistent performance, moving up to second place to take the silver medal home to Spain, while UK Olympian Ben SAXTON with new crew Katie DABSON swept into the Bronze spot after winning the final two races of the event. “We had a moment in the first race where I’m not sure how we didn’t capsize, but we’re very happy with how we came back in the next two races,” said Saxton. Dabson said she’s excited to come away with a medal in their first event together. “We’re looking to keep this momentum going as we head towards Worlds in a bit,” she said.

Despite a strong, controlled performance in the blustery breeze, Denmark’s Lin CENHOLT and Christian Peter LÜBECK fell out of the medal race on the final gybe of the final race. “Today was some of the most fun sailing ever. The only thing that I didn’t like was the results!” said CENHOLT.

All eyes were on the men’s 49er fleet as they sailed out to the course. Spectators in Kiel and thousands around the world waited with bated breath to find out which heavy air-specialist team would rise to the top in huge breeze. Would it be Fremantle’s David GILMOUR/Joel TURNER or the UK’s Dylan FLETCHER/Stuart BITHELL? Would their battle allow ultra-consistent performers James PETERS/
Fynn STERRITT to sneak into the gold medal spot?

As enticing as this battle would have been, it will have to wait for another day: Race Officer David Campbell-James saw the breeze hovering at 25 knots with bigger gusts and called the 49ers off, ending their regatta without any medal racing. “With a clear increase in the breeze coming, there was no opportunity for safe racing ahead, so unfortunately we had to abandon,” Campbell-James said.

Fletcher said he was disappointed in missing out on the chance to put an exclamation on his Championship performance. “Winning without racing on the last day somehow feels incomplete,” said the first-time European Champion helmsman, and the first British titleholders in more than 11 years. “We’ll take it, and we’re satisfied with our performance despite a few obstacles, but it would have been nice to get in one race today.” The team’s extensive training camp in Weymouth, England has helped to give them real comfort in extreme conditions. “There’s nothing quite like sailing in this much breeze,” he said.

While Joe Turner wasn’t relishing the idea of being ‘the meat in a British sandwich’, both the Aussie crew and helmsman David Gilmour were clearly disappointed to have missed their chance to fight with Fletcher and the rest for gold. “We wanted to get back to the lead, but at the same time, those conditions could end your regatta in a hurry,” said Gilmour, who was happy with his result but ready for the rematch in two weeks’ time in Portugal. “We’ve been building toward this World Championship for a while, and the confidence we earned here gives us a good boost towards that goal,” said Gilmour.

Fletcher relished the opportunity to show how much he and Bithell loved what others call ‘survival conditions’. “It’s definitely on out there, but the top teams could probably handle it – we think we could,” he said. The team’s extensive training camp in Weymouth, England has helped to give them real comfort in extreme conditions. “There’s nothing quite like sailing in this,” he said.

The fleets split up for their World Championships in just a couple week’s time. In La Grande Motte, France, the Nacra 17 Class will welcome back several top performers from Rio 2016: Gold Medalists Santiago Lange/Cecilia Saroli, American foiling specialist Bora Gulari, four-time Nacra 17 World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou and many more for the ultimate test on the waters of the Mediterranean.

For the 49ers and FX fleets, the next big challenge comes at the Porto (Portugal) Worlds. Best known for the sweet wine that bears its name, sailors know Porto as one of the lumpier venues on the calendar. “Reliable breeze, big ocean swells, and a wonderful sailing venue are in store for the entire 49er and FX fleets, and we’re excited to see the fleet come back together so soon for the most important regatta on the annual calendar.

FINAL RESULTS (Top 3 In 49er):
1. GBR Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell
2. AUS David Gilmour and Joel Turner
3. GBR James Peters and Fynn Sterritt

FINAL RESULTS (Top 3 In 49erFX):
1. GER Tina Lutz and Susan Beuke
2. GBR Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey
3. GER Vicky Jurczok and Anika Lorenz

FINAL RESULTS (Top 3 In Nacra 17):
1. ITA Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti
2. ESP Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco
3. GBR Ben Saxton and Katie Dabson

Resultados completos 49er click acá

Resultados completos Nacra 17 click acá

Europeo de 49er y 49er FX Kiel, día 5 y Europeo de Nacra 17, día 4.

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Top Teams Advance To Theatre-Style Medal Racing

With the all-important Medal Race cutoff kicking in today for all three fleets at the 49er/49erFX/Nacra17 European Championship in Kiel, Germany, all pressure was on the ‘bubble’ teams to perform at their best. Some rose to the challenge, some quietly snuck in to the last spot, and many were left disappointed after a brutally hard day on the water that included a huge squall and winds from 6-18 knots.

Gold fleet racing began for the Nacra 17 fleet under rainy skies and breeze into the mid teens, with Jason WATERHOUSE and Lisa DARMANIN showing the fleet just what upwind foiling means during the first race of the day. In his first day on the helm since the event began, the injured Waterhouse and crew Darmanin won the pin, put the bow down, and flew away from the fleet. The Australian silver medalists crossed behind the first boat after tacking, sailing fast on the foils to the far right. When they came back in contact with the fleet, it became quickly apparent that the foiling mode had serious potential – at least in the 13-15 knot range.

Waterhouse/Darmanin won the race going away, with the SAP Sailing Analytics showing he’d sailed an astonishing 700 meters further – nearly ¾ of a kilometer –than the second place boat. The Aussie duo’s average boatspeed for the race was an even more astonishing 1.1 knots faster than anyone else on the water. For comparison, the 2nd through 18th place boats’ average speeds were within a one-knot range.

Waterhouse/Darmanin’s win wouldn’t allow them to climb into medal race contention, so tomorrow they will be watching the action from the sidelines.

One skipper that easily made the Medal fleet in the high-flying cats – and then some – saw the future of Nacra 17 sailing today, even if she’s not quite there yet. Denmark’s Lin Ea Cenholt CHRISTIANSEN and Christian Peter LÜBECK continued their march up the leaderboard with a blinding Day 5 performance, easily winning the day with a 2,3,4 performance and cementing their second-place spot ten points behind Nacra 17 newcomers Ruggero TITA and Caterina BANTI.

“At this stage, we’re still a little disappointed that we don’t have faster VMG on the foils upwind, but the Australians proved by winning the first race that it’s the way we’re all going to go in the future,” said Cenholt. “We don’t quite have the technique yet, but that’s just a matter of time on the water and growing our skills.” Cenholt added that she and crew C.P. Lubeck will spend the Northern Hemisphere winter in New Zealand to work on their technique along with several training partners.

The Danish skipper entered the multihull world just 3 years ago, and she says it’s time for more female sailors to take the helm on the Nacra 17. “Now that so many women have more experience sailing these catamarans, we’re starting to be able to compete against very experienced male helms,” she explained. “I hope we will see more girls on the helm soon, and we believe we’re going to prove that in Tokyo.”

Watch an interview with Cenholt – including her explanation of her exciting finish and brief swim – on Facebook here.  Click here for the swim.

Germany’s Paul KOHLHOFF and Alica STUHLEMMER missed the final Medal Race qualification spot by the slimmest of margins, with the final leg of the final race making all the difference. Team GBR’s Chris RASHLEY with crew Dr. Laura MARIMON held off the surging German Red Bull Youth America’s Cup helmsman to squeak through to tomorrow’s all-important chance for the Gold by just a single point.

While no German teams made the Nacra medal races, their strength in the women’s 49erFX was clear for all to see; Rio Olympians Victoria JURCZOK and Anika LORENZ continued their streak of top finishes after a bullet in the final race yesterday, scoring a day-winning 1,8,4 today to leapfrog over training partners LUTZ/BEUKE and Danish Olympic medalists HANSEN/IVERSEN to take first going into tomorrow’s frenetic action. The Danes led for most of the week here in Kiel without registering a double-digit score, and then today, they somehow caught three of them with a scoreline of 18,19,12. When asked what went wrong, Hansen’s answer was illustrative: “You want to know what happened? I want to know what happened!” She explained that they just couldn’t seem to get the boat going with any speed. The Danish team secured their spot in the medal race just 13 points ahead of training partners NIELSEN/OLSEN, dropping from 2nd place to 9th on the day.

Lutz and Beucke seemed unphased by their drop from first to third place today. “I like it more being behind and being able to attack,” said Lutz – a thought echoed by Beucke, who said she was a little uncomfortable being in the lead. “We definitely like to attack,” she said. With more than 20 knots on call for tomorrow’s final action, Lutz said they’re ready. “Tomorrow is about being well rested and strong, not capsizing, and having good maneuvers, and we’re feeling good about it,” she said.

The narrowest margin at all for the Medal Race cutoff came in the ultra-competitive 49er fleet. Spain’s Diego BOTIN and Iago LOPEZ-MARRA – bronze medalists in the 2016 Euros – overcame an uncharacteristically weak start to their event to claim the final spot on the board. Their 0.5 point margin came despite ‘missing most of the shifts this week,” as Botin explains. “We had real trouble reading the course here, and with racing so close in the Gold fleet, there’s no room for error in the 49er,” said Botin. Crew Lopez said he’s excited to go up against the best in the world tomorrow. “It will be good to get back into the mix, and the short course racing is great training for Worlds later in the month, which has the same format.” You can listen to the young Spanish crew in their own words here.

After an abysmal Day 4, early regatta leaders Dylan FLETCHER and Stuart BITHELL found their form in the bigger breeze. “Stu made me sail better, I made him sail better, and things went relatively smoothly,” said Fletcher. Bithell explained that it was important to set things up well, but not to be perfect. “We set things up at an average setting and just got on with it,” said Bithell. Check out the interview here.

A monster day of finals racing is forecast with breeze into the 20’s and gusts potentially over 30 knots. It should be the best conditions of the week for fast and furious racing.

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Europeo de 49er y 49er FX Kiel, día 4 y Europeo de Nacra 17, día 3.

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Locals Surge Ahead As Finals Begin, Finnish Foiling Heroics On Day 4 of European Championship

Light and shifty winds continued today over Kiel Bay as Finals action began for the top of the Olympic 49er and 49erFX fleets, while the foiling Nacra 17 knocked off three more races in their first-ever regatta in the Olympic multihull’s new flying configuration.

Locally-based teams took advantage of their knowledge of Kiel’s tricky summer conditions to jump ahead in the standings, with Jakob MEGGENDORFER and Andreas SPRANGER winning the day in the 49er Class with a 1,9,3 and vaulting ahead to 5th place in the ultra-competitive Gold fleet. The Kiel-based crew – both just 21 years old – have been preparing for their run at the Olympic 49er fleet for some time: in 2010, they became German National Champions in the 29er and six years later they won the Bronze Medal at the Junior Sailing World Cup, and if today’s sailing is any indication, German skiff racing has a bright future indeed.

Dylan FLETCHER-SCOTT and Stuart BITHELL may have led the field every day since the beginning of the European Championship, but today their proverbial wheels fell quite a long way off the bus, with collisions and equipment issues plaguing the top British duo as they saw their position slip from first overnight to 8th after the challenging 3-race day. Fletcher-Scott said it was a prang with his own training partners that caused most of the damage during an upwind/downwind collision in the first race of the day.
“We were shouting at a group of boats that had already rounded the top gate and were headed downwind on Port, but none of them seemed to hear us at all,” said Fletcher-Scott, whose next view was of the wing of squadmates PETERS and STERRITT as it crashed into Scott’s own wing. As they sorted out the damaged wing and trapeze, another port-gybe boat decided to say ‘hello’, but at least this time it wasn’t their closer friends: Federico ALONSO and Arturo ALONSO’s carbon fiber bowsprit would have plunged right through Scott’s boat or sail if not for his musclebound crew’s reaction; Bithell grabbed the pole, stopped its forward motion, and shoved it away before any further damage could be done. “He may have went into a bit of a rage – thankfully,” said Fletcher-Scott. The English duo dug back into the fleet during the next race only to see yet another equipment issue – this time a knotted halyard – knock them back 6 places. “Some days, literally nothing goes your way,” Fletcher-Scott said, adding that he’s still just ten points out of 2nd place despite Wednesday’s chaotic day. “We’re confident we can get back into it, and we’re excited to go play in some real breeze tomorrow.”

Two German 49erFX teams played the shifty-three race day to perfection as well as their 49er squadmates, with Kiel-born crew Susan “The Kiel Sprat” BEUKE and Tina LUTZ continuing their strong performance from yesterday. The top German duo in the fleet consistently sailed less distance than their competition in the shifty Southwesterly breeze, jumping another position to 2nd after the first day of Finals racing and sitting just a point behind Rio medalists Jena HANSEN and Katja IVERSEN. Rio Olympians Victoria JURCZOK and Anika LORENZ aren’t about to let Beuke and Lutz take their crown as top Germans – they took an emphatic bullet in the last race of the day to pull within 3 points of their training partners.

Overnight leaders Annemiek BEKKERING Cecile JANMAAT saw huge swings in their performance after a blistering first race today that saw them take an easy victory. The Dutch duo couldn’t seem to get their starts right after that, and seemed unable to claw back through the fleet with their usual smoothness. They stand in 5th place.

Japanese athletes are already showing that Tokyo 2020 is on their mind, with two FX teams in the top 13 after today’s racing and Chika HATAE and Hiroka ITAKURA easily winning the day in the FX Gold fleet with a 6,1,4 scoreline. While their heavy-air prowess hasn’t been quite as solid as their light air chops, the pair’s ability to capitalize on mistakes and put pressure on their competition was evident throughout today’s racing.
Ruggero TITA and Caterina BANTI continued their consistent ways in the Nacra 17 fleet, taking the lead during a wildly shifty day for the near-shore course. With the fleet alternating between upwind spinnakers and upwind jibs only, the Italian duo sailed a conservative day to take first position going into the decidedly breezy Thursday ahead of them.

The most incredible moment of the week came on the Nacra course today, when Finnish crew Janne JARVINEN disappeared into the water just before the leeward mark of the first race. With his helmeted head bobbing in the waves and foils slicing through the water around him, Race Officer John Craig was worried. “The leeward mark isn’t a great place to go swimming when foilers are around, and our emergency crews immediately jumped into action to retrieve the Finn, but none of the rescue boats had a clear path to the crew,” said Craig.

Before any powerboat could answer the emergency, quick-thinking Finnish skipper Sinem KURTBAY leapt into action. She jumped to the spinnaker retrieval line, dropped the kite, rounded the bottom gate, and tacked – all while keeping an eye on her crew’s helmet. “I wasn’t really worried about him even though maybe I should have been; I just knew I needed to get back to him as soon as possible,” said KURTBAY, who slowed the boat down to less than 2 knots while Jarvinen pulled himself back on deck. The funniest part about the whole thing was my solo rounding – it was really a good one!” she said. Kurtbay said that despite the great rounding, she would be taking Jarvinen with her tomorrow… didn’t loose a position.
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Europeo de 49er y 49er FX Kiel, día 3 y Europeo de Nacra 17, día 2. Los hermanos Lange siguen en flota de oro.

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Racers Find Obstacles and Opportunities As Qualification Round Ends At European Championships

High pressure over the North Sea meant entirely new challenges for the 49erFX, 49er, and Nacra 17 fleets as the European Championship entered its third day today. A short postponement to let the wind fill in gave way to a full day of racing, with the 49erFX and Nacra 17’s getting three races in while the 49ers finished their Qualifying series with two light air contests.

The 49erFXs saw huge changes in position in the light wind, with the Netherlands’ Annemiek BEKKERING and Cecile JANMAAT surging ahead of overnight leaders Jena HANSEN and Katja IVERSEN (DEN) by a full 7 points. Local favorites Tina LUTZ and Susann BEUCKE won the day with a 1,1,2 scoreline, leveraging their local knowledge of strong currents and the tricky breeze to vault ahead to 3rd place.

With the top 20 in the 49er and 49erFX fleets advancing to the Gold Fleet after today’s action, one mistake could change the entire face of their regatta – as US Sailing Team representatives Steph ROBLE and Maggie SHEA found out after getting caught on the top mark in the first race of the day – for over a minute. “We knew about the current but got stacked up on the anchor line anyway,” said Shea, disappointed more in the team’s next result than the tough rounding. “We bounced right back after that one, with a great start and maybe a 5th at the finish – until we saw our names on the UFD board and we knew our Gold Fleet hopes were over,” said Shea. Roble added that despite their disappointment, there is plenty to accomplish in the final half of the Championship. “As a new team, we need to use every opportunity we have to get better, and with such a deep fleet, there is plenty of great competition well into the silver fleet,” said the former US Yachtswoman of the Year.  Watch the full interview with Roble and Shea here.

Unlike Shea and Roble, Singapore’s Griselda KHNG and Olivia “Livy” CHEN turned it two strong races today – a 4 and a 1 – but a UFD penalty ended their Gold hopes as well. “We’re only together a short time, this is Livy’s first regatta in the FX and she just started sailing last year, so we’re really happy with our performance so far,” said Khng. “We’re bummed we missed the gold fleet, but you never learn if you never make mistakes.”

Having held the lead since Day 1, the UK’s Dylan FLETCHER-SCOTT and Stuart BITHELL continued to hold on to a slim lead over fellow GBR squadmates James PETERS and Fynn STERRITT and surging Western Australians David GILMOUR and Joel TURNER, who sit tied after 9 races. Hailing from one of sailing’s windiest venues in Fremantle, Gilmour said he was surprised at their performance in the light air. “We’re confident in our boatspeed in the breeze but we were having issues during training in the light air, so we’re definitely pleased to have somehow solved the problem today,” said Gilmour. The Aussie duo have the distinction of being the only boat in the 95-boat 49er field to have scored only single-digit finishes at this point in the regatta. Gilmour had no real answer when questioned about this exceptional consistency. “It’s better to be lucky than good!” he said. You can watch Gilmour and Turner talk about their campaign during the replay of Day 3’s Adidas Morning Show here.

Perennial standout Diego BOTIN and Iago LOPEZ (ESP) struggled through the qualifying rounds of the regatta after picking up a dreaded UFD disqualification in the first race of the European Championship. “With so few points separating dozens of places, picking up that result so early meant a very conservative plan and an incredibly stressful few days,” said Botin. Conservative starts mean lots of deep first beats and mid-pack mark roundings, something Botin said they had to work hard to overcome. “The key always seems to be speed and simplicity, but sailing simple can be incredibly complicated,” he said mysteriously.

Legendary Brazilian sailor Robert SCHEIDT sits well outside of the Gold Fleet along with young crew Gabriel Borges. The five-time Olympic Medalist sits in 43rd place having sailed a 49er for the first time a few months ago. “I love sailing, and I love a challenge, so the 49er was a perfect boat for me,” said Scheidt, who said his age (44) makes things a bit tougher than when he first visited Kiel more than 20 years ago. ”You’re only as old as you think you are, and if you sail with and against young guys, push yourself hard, and have a goal and a challenge to keep yourself motivated, that’s the key to getting better and having fun,” he said. No one who knows Scheidt’s history will count him out…

While the skiff fleets move into gold/silver/bronze format tomorrow, the smaller Nacra 17 fleet continues with the more standard regatta format after another 3-race day. The light conditions meant the entire fleet could deploy a secret weapon that no team wanted to reveal too soon: Upwind spinnaker sailing. “

On the second day of their first-ever regatta, the new foiling Nacra 17 fleet found an entirely new way to power their boats upwind – by using the spinnaker. “We’d all tested the kites upwind in the light air, and most of us expected it to pay, but until a few seconds before the start it was business as usual,” said Australian Sailing Team coach Darren Bundock, helming for injured silver medalist Jason Waterhouse. “Bundy” said the entire fleet was waiting for something to happen when New Zealand helm Gemma Jones popped her kite right on the start line. “Ten seconds later the entire fleet had their kites up, and there was no doubt it was the way to go,” said Bundock.

John GIMSON and Anna BURNET (GBR) and Ruggero TITA and Catarina BANTI jumped into the top two spots, knocking overnight leaders Fernando Echavarri and Tara PACHECO back to third place.

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Europeo de 49er y 49erFX Kiel, día 2 y Europeo de Nacra 17 (día 1), con los españoles Echavarri – Pacheco al frente.

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Flying, Crashing, and On Day 2 of European Championship

Another sunny, bright, breezy day welcomed the combined Olympic fleets of Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX race boats today as the 2017 European Championship continued in Germany’s North Sea port of Kiel. The 49er and 49erFX entered their second day of competition while all eyes were on the brand new foiling Nacra 17 catamaran sailors on their first day of racing.

Olympic veteran Fernando Echávarri (Gold, 2008 Beijing) and former 470 World Champ Tara Pachecho showed their ability to adjust to the new boat in the shifty Southwesterly wind of 8-16 knots, taking the lead after three races by just one point over Italy’s Ruggero TITA and Caterina BANTI, newcomers to the Nacra fleet. Echevarri is anxious to show he’s hunting for gold after a disappointing 11th place performance in Rio, and he and Pacheco are doing their best to get a head-start on the field as they learn the idiosyncrasies of the full-foiling N17. “Downwind the boat is very fast and the angles are completely different to the old c-board configuration, while upwind provides new challenges,” said the former Tornado helm. “You can tell the fleet is experimenting a lot, but it seems that in this moderate breeze, foiling upwind is very risky unless you are sure you are heading in the right direction. “You sail low and fast when you are foiling, so you lose options quickly if you find yourself on the wrong side of a shift,” he added, adding that traffic becomes a big issue when flying out of the water on an upwind leg. “It’s another tool in the arsenal, and we’re all rapidly figuring out when to use it.”

Former British 49er sailor and foiling Moth standout Chris RASHLEY says the Nacra provides a much different experience than monohull foiling. “There are a lot of different parameters, especially upwind when foiling can provide some interesting tactical options that weren’t available on the old boat,” he said.
Olympic Silver medalist Jason Waterhouse was disappointed to miss today’s action in the Nacra 17 thanks to a training injury, but he took the opportunity to call on coach Darren Bundock to fill in along with Olympic crew Lisa Darmanin. “It’s not a huge problem, but our priority is the Worlds and it’s just not great to push it right now when rest is the only way to recover,” said Waterhouse, who said it was a great chance to do some recon from a chase boat, as well as to give their coach some time amongst the fleet to do his own experimenting. One of Australia’s most successful catamaran sailors ever, “Bundy” took some time to get going, pulling a 19 in the first race before a tenth and then an eighth place in the final race of the day. Waterhouse says he may try to take the helm if the winds go light, but he’s making no promises. “The best way to see how the dynamics and tactics develop is to be out there, so I’m hopeful,” he said. Today’s full interview with Jason is here.

In the 49er FX, Denmark’s Jena HANSEN and Katja IVERSEN continued their winning ways with a 6,2,3,1 scoreline, but it there was no cruising out there. Crew Iversen said she was mentally and physically drained. “I’m tired now, it was a tough, four-race day, but not a bang-the-corner type of day,” she said. “in and out, up and down, always thinking, all day long.” Iversen said their three-week training session before the Europeans was really good for them, it’s the only sailing they have done since their Bronze medal in Rio. “We really missed sailing in the fleet, maybe that’s why we are sailing so well. We’re having so much fun!”
The European Championship media team spoke to several FX sailors at length during the live morning show; you can listen to their thoughts here.

The men’s 49er fleet featured plenty of tight racing – too tight for the Irish team of Ryan SEATON and Seafra GUILFOYLE, who collided with Americans Chris RAST and Trevor BURD during the third race of the day. “We retired immediately after affecting Chris and Trevor’s race, and we immediately got the boat propped up on the coach boat to see just how bad the damage was,” said Seaton. Some hasty drying work and a big piece of sticky sail tape over the hole in the boat and they were back out there for the last race, with surprising results. “We had a good start and then sailed the shifts well, it was a good way to end the day,” he said of their 2nd place finish with a piece of flapping tape on the bottom of the hull. “Maybe we should try tape on the bottom every day!” Watch a full post-race interview with Ryan here.

Britain’s Dylan FLETCHER-SCOTT and Stuart BITHELL picked up their first double-digit finish of the week but managed to hold first place for another night, while Austria’s Benjamin BILDSTEIN and David HUSSL fell off the pace in the final two races of the day, sending them back to fourth place. Meanwhile, GBR’s James PETERS and Fynn STERRITT moved well up the fleet into second, while Western Australia standouts David GILMOUR and Joel TURNER sailing loose and fast to jump into the final podium position with three qualifying races remaining for both 49er fleets.

Tomorrow morning will see the foiling Nacra 17 and the FX hitting the water with a much lighter forecast; who will show their light-air prowess in tricky Kiel? The 49ers will complete their qualifications in more unstable air in the afternoon, with Gold/Silver fleet racing beginning on Wednesday.

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