World Cup Series Final Marsella, el brasileño Jorge Zarif gana el oro en clase Finn.

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Curtain closes on 2018 World Cup Series

For immediate release: 06/10/2018
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Philipp Buhl (GER), Emma Plasschaert (BEL), Jorge Zarif (BRA), Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) and Great Britain’s Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre were crowned 2018 World Cup Series Champions as the curtain closed on the Marseille Final.

The final day of competition was plagued with a light breeze that never truly settled from a consistent direction, ensuring both the competitors and race management teams were tested to the maximum.

The Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and Men’s 470 all completed their Medal Races but the Women’s 470 fleet could not start before the cut-off time, ensuring the results from the previous day stood.

The day began with a dramatic photo finish in the Laser that decided the gold.

There was minimal separation heading into the Medal Race and it was who beat who between Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR) and Philipp Buhl (GER), with Great Britain’s Elliot Hanson in with an outside shot of gold.

“We were all close on points, so whoever had the best race would be top,” commented Buhl.

The pendulum swung back and forth in the race and as Hanson took an early lead, gold was heading his way. The Norwegian and German racers managed to advance and close the gap on Hanson as the momentum swung their way.

Hanson held through to the finish to take the race win but the battle for gold was between Buhl and Tomasgaard. Tomasgaard led Buhl on the final downwind and at the final mark, on the reach to the finish, it looked like the Norwegian had done enough to clinch it. But Buhl did not surrender and pushed all the way to the end as the sailors finished within millimetres of each other.

The tracking had given the victory to Buhl so those watching around the world knew the result but out on the water, they faced an anxious wait for the official results.

As the scoreboard was held up, Buhl was adjudged to have finished ahead of Tomasgaard to steal the gold away from the Norwegians grasp.

“I had a good feeling that I won but no one was certain,” commented Buhl.

“My strategy was to get ahead early and have a look at the others but that didn’t work out so I had to switch to plan B, which was to just catch up until the last metre. In the end, it came down to the last wave to the finish line.

“Me and Hermann are training partners so sharing a podium spot with him is special.”

Hanson’s race win ensured he retained third overall and bronze.

Emma Plasschaert (BEL) held a 16-point advantage over Maria Erdi (HUN) leading up to the Medal Race. Gold was hers to lose and she engaged in a match race with Erdi at the start to keep her nearest rival at bay.

Plasschaert managed to hold up Erdi at the start but the Hungarian escaped, heading to the right of the race course where she was able to find a stronger breeze, handing her the lead at the top mark.

The Belgian racer remained in the middle of the pack and looked relatively unscathed by Erdi’s assault at the front of the fleet.

As the race unfolded, Erdi dropped back to second as Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) took control before eventually winning the race. Erdi followed and Plasschaert’s seventh was enough to give her a comfortable victory.

“It was a good match race between me and Maria. I gave it a shot but I failed,” said the Belgian. “After that fail, I just tried to keep as little boats between us as possible.

“It was my first big win in the senior fleet and to race in the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing venue is special,” expressed Plasschaert. “I’m just so happy with my win here in Marseille and it gives me good spirits for the Worlds in Aarhus this August.”

Tuula Tenkanen (FIN) completed the podium.

Any one of five racers could claim gold in the Finn but realistically, the battle would always be between Jorge Zarif (BRA) and Josh Junior (NZL), who topped the leaderboard on 32 and 33 points respectively. They had an advantage over Alican Kaynar (TUR) in third on 39 points, Andy Maloney (NZL) on 41 and Jonathan Lobert (FRA) on 47.

Zarif did not get off to a good start in the Medal Race, getting held up in the middle of the pack behind his main rivals. He tacked away to the right of the course as his rivals stayed left and, fortunately for the Brazilian, it paid dividends as he grabbed the lead and never surrendered it to clinch a deserved gold.

“It feels amazing,” said the two-time Brazilian Olympian. “I won in Hyères too, so it’s a great feeling. I have kept the yellow jersey on for four or five days which is unique. It’s like having a target on your back and everyone is trying to shoot it.”

Junior finished well down the pack in ninth place but held on to silver. Maloney edged Kaynar by a boat length at the finish to pick up bronze.

Belcher and Ryan had a comfortable advantage at the top of the Men’s 470 fleet ahead of the Medal Race and knew exactly what they had to do, “Today we just had to keep tabs on the guys in second and third. We had seven points on second and a few more to the guys in third.”

The Medal Race was full of wind shifts and unstable conditions but Belcher and Ryan maintained their focus, sailing through in second to seal their fourth World Cup title.

Jordi Xammar and Nicolás Rodriguez (ESP) held on to silver and Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono (JPN) rounded off the podium.

After a series of delays and an abandoned start, the Women’s 470 fleet were unable to sail their Medal Race.

The results from the night prior stood, handing Mills and McIntyre a successful defence of the title they claimed just 12 months ago. Silvia Mas and Patricia Cantero (ESP) took silver and Italy’s Elena Berta and Bianca Caruso completed the podium.

“This time last year it was a try out and I felt I lot of pressure to perform well with Hannah,” said McIntyre.

“This year it’s been different because we are learning and trying to get better. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”

As the dust starts to settle on the 2018 World Cup Series, the competitors are now looking ahead to the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 this August.

The World Championships is the principle qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition and upwards of 1,500 racers are expected to sail in the Danish city.

Following that, it’s back to World Cup action with Japan, USA and Italy holding Rounds before a return to the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing venue in Marseille, France:

Round 1 – Enoshima, Japan, 9-16 September 2018
Round 2 – Miami, USA, 27 January-3 February 2019
Round 3 – Genoa, Italy, 22-28 April 2019
Final – Marseille, France, 2-9 June 2019

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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World Cup Series Final Marsella. En Nacra 17, Mateo Majdalani y Eugenia Bosco terminan sextos y Lange – Carranza octavos.

Gran campeonato de Majdalani-Bosco de Argentina, y primera vez que le ganan a sus compatriotas y medallistas olímpicos Lange-Carranza. Linda lucha de cara a Tokio 2020.

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Italy, France and Israel claim first World Cup titles

For immediate release: 06/09/2018
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Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA), Pierre Le Coq (FRA) and Noga Geller (ISR) were crowned 2018 World Cup Champions after three Medal Races in Marseille, France.

After a series of delays and postponements, the wind started to stabilise at around 13:30, enabling the Nacra 17, Men’s RS:X and Women’s RS:X to sail in wind conditions that varied from 5-7 knots with differences over the race track.

Tita and Banti in the Nacra 17 and Men’s RS:X windsurfer, Le Coq, held the lead overnight in their respective fleets – so for them, staying at the front of their rivals in the Medal Race would seal the deal.

Meanwhile, Geller started the day in fifth, nine points off leader Lilian de Geus. She had plenty of work to do to overturn the deficit on the leader and overhaul Katy Spychakov (ISR), Emma Wilson (GBR) and Stefania Elfutina (RUS) who were all ahead of her.

Geller sailed without fear and got off to a strong start in the Medal Race. She had planned on staying close to her rivals to give herself a chance of a medal but, as they went left of the race track on the first upwind leg, she opted to head to the right and found some stronger breeze that pushed her ahead of the fleet.

The medal contenders remained bunched up and as they fought for position, Geller pushed forward and claimed the race win. She had an anxious wait at the finish line to see if a medal would be heading her way and, as de Geus came through in sixth, the Israeli claimed gold, finishing just a single point ahead of the Dutch racer who settled for silver.

“I have never won a senior competition before; this is my first event win and I am so happy,” said a vibrant Geller ashore after racing.

“I feel great. The World Cup Series are always good to compete in because the top sailors attend and I just can’t believe that I have won it.”

Elfutina finished the Medal Race in third place and completed the podium, one point ahead of Spychakov.

It was an all-France podium at the final round of the World Cup Series in Hyères in the Men’s RS:X and, 90km down the coast at the World Cup Final, the French dominated once again.

Le Coq held an 11-point advantage over national rivals Thomas Goyard and Louis Giard before the Medal Race. Le Coq got off to a slow start and Goyard was quick to put the pressure on as he moved himself into a strong position. Le Coq had plenty of work to do to recapture his form as he explained: “It was crazy. I didn’t have a good start so I had to push a lot to recover my position and I managed to regain five positions after the first downwind.”

Those positions turned out to be crucial for Le Coq because Goyard was sailing well to come through in fourth. Le Coq dropped back to eighth but this was just enough for him to claim gold by three points over Goyard. “You can expect everything in a Medal Race and that’s what we saw with these crazy winds.”

Giard finished fifth in the Medal Race which confirmed the all French podium.

On the eve of the Medal Race, Tita and Banti had a day they’ll never forget after they won all four of the races in the Nacra 17. This handed them a healthy advantage going into the Medal Race and, provided they kept Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR), Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA) and Riley Gibbs and Louisa Chafee (USA) at bay, gold would be theirs.

As light breeze plagued the racing area, it took three starts before the fleet eventually got underway in fair conditions.

Tita and Banti kept out of trouble at the start and kept their rivals close, sailing through in sixth to give them another gold medal on the international stage. “It’s three events in a row where we have taken the gold medal,” said Tita. “It’s like when you do the ‘bottle flip’ – you can’t be certain whether you’ll be able to do the fourth one. It’s hard but we’re so pleased.”

Much like bottle flips, practice makes perfect and the Italians spent a considerable amount of time over the last 12 months training for moments like this. “We have good training partners, so the level of our training is high and we can compete at a top level together.

“We are pushing each other to do our best every time we sail and that is really important.”

Tita and Banti’s training partners Bissaro and Sicouri sailed through in second to confirm an Italian 1-2. Saxton and Boniface overhauled Gibbs and Chafee to win bronze.

The Men’s 470, Women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn will sail their Medal Race on Sunday 10 June and they concluded their opening series after a long day on the water.

As many as six racers can finish on the podium in the Finn fleet and it’s a who-beats-who to decide the gold medal. Jorge Zarif (BRA) tops the leaderboard on 32 points and is one clear of Josh Junior (NZL).

Alican Kaynar (TUR) remains firmly in the hunt on 39 points and Andy Maloney (NZL) is in with a strong chance of a medal as he sits fourth on 41 points. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Josip Olujic (CRO) will have their work cut out to move up but, as seen today in the Women’s RS:X, anything can happen.

The remaining fleets returned to the shore just before 17:30 local time. More on their progress will be available on shortly.

Medal Races are scheduled to commence at 11:00 local time on Sunday 10 June.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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World Cup Series Final Marsella, día 4. Majdalani-Bosco y Lange-Carranza disputarán la medal race en Nacra17.

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Putting the hammer down in Marseille
For immediate release: 06/08/2018
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Marseille was picture perfect for the fourth day of racing at Sailing’s World Cup Series Final as the opening series for the RS:X Windsurfers and Nacra 17 multihull concluded.

Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti sailed a day they will never forget in the Nacra 17 and Pierre Le Coq asserted himself in the Men’s RS:X ahead of Saturday’s Medal Races that will be streamed live on World Sailing’s YouTube Channel.

Thursday’s grey skies and lack of wind was replaced with clear blue skies and a consistent 8-13 knot south westerly breeze that whetted the appetite of the 212 sailors from 34 nation hungry for breeze.

Tita and Banti were outstanding in the Nacra 17, winning all four of the Nacra 17 races on Marseille Bay.

They led from the start in two of their races and only had to overcome a couple of boats in the remaining races as they gave a masterclass in sailing the foiling Nacra 17.

“Training, training and training,” expressed Banti when asked about their secret to sailing the Nacra 17 successfully, “Also, having fun because we are improving our performance every day, we are having fun.

“We learn something new every day, but we have a lot of work to do.”

The Italians share an excellent relationship and are passionate racers, “We trust each other and I will never sail a Nacra without Ruggero,” commented Banti.

“We are good upwind and downwind and our starts are improving. We were incredibly good today.

“This is our best point of the competition so far, we won all four races and we’ve never done that at a World Cup Series before. We are 13 points in the lead and we are feeling confident for tomorrow.”

John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) did their best to keep the Italians in their sight and go into the Medal Race 13-points behind. Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA) are two points off the Brits in the final podium position.

Pierre Le Coq (FRA) put the hammer down in the Men’s RS:X, taking two race wins and a second to open up an 11-point lead heading into the Medal Race.

Le Coq thrived in the conditions and has moved clear of his national rivals Thomas Goyard and Louis Giard.

“I feel great,” exclaimed Le Coq, “I want to win gold.

“I like this venue with the technical conditions. It’s quite choppy and shifty and that’s what makes it a technical area to sail in but that is why I enjoy it.”

Ahead of the Medal Race, Le Coq is guaranteed a medal as he is 24 points clear of Pawel Tarnowski (POL). Goyard currently occupies second place on 28 points with Giard following on 33 and Tarnowski on 41.

Le Coq will guarantee himself gold if he keeps his rival Frenchmen at bay but anything can happen in the Medal Race.

Lilian de Geus (NED) could not quite find her form to match the winners from three Women’s RS:X races but she was able to maintain her overall lead.

“It was a hard day for me, I had decent speed, but my tactics could be better,” explained the Dutch Olympian, “I finished ninth in my first race, then third and then ninth in my last race.

“I didn’t have good starts, a few girls went planing to the left, I also did the same but I was just a little too late. I had bad races but I managed to catch up.”

De Geus leads Israel’s Katy Spychakov, who posted two seconds and a race win, by just two points. “I am happy that I am first and still leading. I am feeling pretty confident but we’re so close on points that anything can happen,” continued de Geus.

“I really want to win this and I’ll be sure to not make the same mistakes tomorrow.”

Emma Wilson (GBR) occupies the final podium spot, six points off de Geus.

The Men’s and Women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn fleets continued their opening series, sailing an additional race to catch up on races lost the day prior.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) advanced to the top in the Men’s 470 after two race wins and a tenth, which they discard. Germany’s Malte Winkel and Matti Cipra are nine points of the Australians in second. The day’s other race win went to Giacomo Ferrari and Giulio Calabrò (ITA) who are tenth.

In the Women’s 470, Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR), defending World Cup Series Champions, continue to fight with Spain’s Silvia Mas and Patricia Cantero. The Brits managed to extend their lead to four points, after beating the Spaniards in two of three races. Ai Kondo and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) remain in contention in third.

Two-time World Champion Nick Thompson (GBR) holds the lead in the 25-boat Laser fleet following 3-3-7 scoreline. Thompson tops the leaderboard on 22 points and is followed by Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR) on 26 and Philipp Buhl (GER) on 28.

Elliot Hanson (GBR) took two race wins and moves up to fourth, a point of Buhl.

Emma Plasschaert (BEL) and Maria Erdi (HUN) continued their fight at the front of the Laser Radial however it was the Belgian that took the initiative, turning a one point lead overnight into a ten point advantage.

Plasschaert discarded her 11th in the first race of the day and bounced back with a second and a first. Meanwhile Erdi counts two big scores, a tenth and an 11th but won the final race to maintain second overall and to stay within reach of Plasschaert.

The momentum is swinging to and fro in the Finn fleet and after three more tough races Jorge Zarif (BRA) and Andy Maloney (NZL) are tied on 21-points. Turkey’s Alican Kaynar trails the pair by three points in third after an outstanding day that saw him take two wins and a second.

Medal Races are scheduled to commence at 12:00 local time on Saturday 9 June with World Cup Series Champions to be crowned in the Nacra 17 and RS:X Windsurfers. The remaining fleets will conclude their opening series ahead of Sunday’s Medal Races.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

World Cup Series Final Marsella, día 3. Sin regatas por falta de viento.

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7 JUNE 2018 16:58PM
Staying focused at the Marseille Final

2018 World Cup Series Final
Marseille, France

The 212 competitors racing at Sailing’s World Cup Series Final in Marseille, France had to maintain their focus in what turned out to be a frustrating Thursday.
Two days of sunshine and breeze were followed by rain and cloud cover passing through Marseille, which forced a morning and early afternoon postponement.

The sailors’ patience paid off towards the middle part of the afternoon, when they were summoned on to the water by the race management team as a slight breeze began to develop.

However a wind suitable for racing did not materialise and, just before 16:00 local time, the fleets were sent back to the shore as the day was postponed.

Delays in sailing are not uncommon and the sailors had to maintain their concentration and rhythm as they waited for the wind to fill in.

London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympians Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson (RSA) used to play chess to keep their mind sharp and focused during weather delays. Those fortunate enough to stay near the venue put their feet up and wait for a call from their coach, while others use the time to tune their equipment.

For Mateo Sanz Lanz, Switzerland’s windsurfing star, he tries to maintain his regular process. “I do my usual debriefs with my coach. We still talk about goals and targets for the next few days, including weather forecasts,” he explained.

“Whether or not I am racing, I still keep the same food and liquid routine so I don’t lose that focus.”

Windsurfers exert an extortionate amount of physical and mental energy when they race, so Sanz’s intake is certainly more than the recommended daily calorie intake. “I don’t have a strict diet but I aim to consume 3000 – 4000 calories per day, spreading it out into four to five meals.

“So I would have 250g protein, 400g carbohydrates and the rest would be vegetables and some fruit, per meal. And just before I go out to race, I usually have an energy bar.

“For my fluids, I usually take one litre of electrolyte replacement mix with me out on the water. I’ll probably have two litres a day, minimum.”

Israel’s Yoav Omer also has a similar routine. “For windsurfing, you need a lot of power and having fruit or power bars really helps just before racing.

“I need around 4000 calories per day and I try to stick to that. But on a day like this, it’s harder to eat as I usually do, because I am not putting a lot of strain on my body.

“We arrived at the venue after a big breakfast and we were waiting, so we just snacked on protein bars and fruit because we didn’t know when we would race.”

On days when the RS:X windsurfers do not race, all of that energy still has to be released. “I would go for a 30-minute run to wake my body up,” commented Omer, “then another 30 minutes of stretching. I would then rest and eat well for the rest of the day.”

As for Sanz, “Physically, I would go running or cycling for an hour or so. Also, 30 minutes of stretching. I try my best to keep up with my routine.”

Due to the physical stresses RS:X races put on the racers’ bodies, they can only sail three races per day at a high level. They will resume on Friday to complete their opening series.

The remaining fleets have an additional race scheduled, with all classes scheduled to commence competition from 12:00 local time.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

World Cup Series Final Marsella, día 2.

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Battles begin to unfold at Marseille World Cup Final

For immediate release: 06/06/2018
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Sailing’s World Cup Series came alive on Wednesday as the medal hopefuls battled it out at the front of their respective fleets in a steady breeze and under blue Marseillaise skies.

Day one of the competition saw the competitors keep their cards close to their chest as they looked to lay down some markers. The second day saw the emergence of some medal contenders pushing ahead at the front of their respective fleets.

Racing commenced at 12:00 local time, with a steady 7-11 knot southerly breeze dancing across the four racing areas to test the 212 competitors from 34 nations racing across eight Olympic events.

Hungary’s Maria Erdi backed her judgement in the Laser Radial to close the gap on overnight leader Emma Plasschaert (BEL) to one point.

Erdi, a 2015 Youth World Champion and Olympian, had a slow start to the event, finishing 15th and fifth from the opening day’s proceedings. However, she was soon able to find her rhythm as she explained, “We had the same wind direction as yesterday, so I decided to go to the left side of the course and that paid off. My plan was just to get up the start line safe and work my way to the top left. That worked well for me.

“In the first race, I was scared because there were not many sailors who took the left side of the course, but it paid off.

“In the second race I had a good start, went to the left again and it was clearer in my head of what I needed to do. I was clear in my decisions and I managed to win that one so I’m very happy.”

Erdi has now emerged as a clear contender for gold, and both her and Plasschaert have a slight advantage over sailors placed from third to seventh, who are split by just three points.

The day’s remaining race win went to Ecem Güzel (TUR) who is 17th overall.

Nick Thompson (GBR) was the star of the day in the 25-boat Laser fleet. His first and second propelled him into the lead, following a mixed opening day which saw him awarded a full 26-point penalty that he now discards.

Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) also put an opening-day disqualification behind him as he recorded two fifths to move into second place, two points off Thompson. Peru’s Stefano Peschiera sits in the final podium position.

Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti and Great Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet are locked on 16 points apiece in the Nacra 17.

Tita and Banti are the form team in the Nacra 17. They won gold at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia and swiftly followed that up with the honours at the final World Cup Series round in Hyères, 90km east of Marseille.

They have brought that form into the Final and are making their time on the water count. “We had to be patient today to find the right moment to make a decision,” commented Banti. “Our speed upwind was good, and we finished all three races in the top five, so it was a successful day for us.”

Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA) held the lead after five races but dropped down to fourth after a 15th in the final race of the day.

Come Tokyo 2020, only one Italian team will be able to go to the Olympic Games, if they qualify, but for now the two teams remain close. “We train together, eat together and compete with each other,” explained Banti. “We are family and we all push each other in order to improve.

“Of course, we compete on the water, but we are happy when we see them win.”

After another strong day on the water, Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) hold the Women’s 470 lead as they bid to defend their World Cup title. The pair finished fourth and second from two races, but Spain’s Silvia Mas and Patricia Cantero narrowed the gap on them to a single point.

The Spanish crew took a race win and a third and, although they’re in a podium position, they are continuously learning and won’t be getting carried away. “It’s incredible sailing with the top sailors like Hannah Mills and Camille Lecointre,” commented Silva. “But it is super challenging and you learn a lot, because we are all close on the water and you fight for the best spot.

“We are trying to keep a consistent scoreboard this week and not have any odd results, which could make us lose out on a top position.”

Gamagori World Cup winners Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) sit in the final podium position after four races.

Balázs and Zsombor Gyapjas (HUN) showed their race win on the opening day was not a one-off by continuing their form into the second day of Men’s 470 racing.

The Hungarian brothers posted a second and a fourth which promoted them to first from seventh. Overnight leaders Jordi Xammar and Nicolás Rodriguez (ESP) remained at the front of the fleet in both races and are just a single point off the leaders.

Two Japanese teams claimed the day’s race wins. Naoki Ichino and Hasegawa Takashi snapped up the first of the day and sit in tenth. Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono followed suit in the next and are one point off the podium in fourth.

Lilian de Geus (NED) maintained a level of consistency that her rivals were unable to match in the Women’s RS:X as she advanced to first overall. The Dutch racer took two fourths and a fifth as those closest to her had up and down days with no real consistency.

As a result, de Geus has a six-point lead at the halfway stage of fleet racing. Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Stefania Elfutina (RUS) and Gamagori World Cup winner Hei Man Chan (HKG) are tied on 22-points each behind the leader.

In the Men’s RS:X, Rio 2016 bronze medallist and home nation hopeful Pierre Le Coq (FRA) found the sweet spot on the race track, taking a pair of race wins and a fourth.

He moves into pole position in the 19-boat fleet. Pawel Tarnowski (POL) picked up his third win of the week in the first race, but followed up with a sixth and a tenth which leaves him six points off Le Coq. Thomas Goyard (FRA), Louis Giard (FRA) and Radoslow Furmanski (POL) are tied for third on 20 points.

Racing in the 13-boat Finn fleet continues to be extremely close, with no sailor able to take hold and control the pack.

Jorge Zarif (BRA) and Josh Junior (NZL) are tied on nine points at the top. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) follows on 11, Andy Maloney (NZL) on 13 and overnight leader Nenad Bugarin (CRO) on 14 points.

Racing is scheduled to commence at 12:00 local time on Thursday 7 June. Medal Races on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June will be streamed live on World Sailing’s YouTube Channel and will bring the event to a close.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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World Cup Series Final Marsella, día 1.

Michael BECKETT. lider en la clase Laser

Mateo Majdalani y Eugenia Bosco, decimos en clase Nacra 17

Lucia Falasca, puesto diez en Laser Radial

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Sights and sounds of Olympic Sailing come to Marseille
For immediate release: 06/05/2018
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After several days of preparation, tuning and training, racing at Sailing’s World Cup Series Final in Marseille, France got underway on Tuesday under clear blue skies.

Anticipation has been building in Marseille as the venue will host the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. For the locals, it’s the first opportunity to see the Olympic fleets up close and personal.

For the sailors, the opening day was about ensuring they recorded strong scores which will give them a launch pad to target the medals and podiums later on in the week.

After a small morning delay to wait for the sea breeze to build, sailing commenced early in the afternoon, with a 13-15 knot southerly breeze appeasing the 212 registered sailors from 34 nations racing across eight Olympic fleets.

It was a perfect start to racing for the British Men’s RS:X team as they dominated the opening race. Tom Squires snapped up the race win and was duly followed by Kieran Martin and Andy Brown as they grabbed the early initiative.

But their dominance didn’t last long as the Gamagori World Cup winner, Pawel Tarnowski (POL), took control at the front of the fleet, winning the next two races after an 11th in the opening race.

“It was a good day overall,” commented Tarnowski. “The last time I sailed in Marseille was last year and, due to a wedding in Poland, I only arrived yesterday so didn’t have enough time to train.

“I wasn’t used to the conditions here and during the first race I decided to go all the way to the right, with the French, but that wasn’t a good idea.

“However, my other two races were great. It’s only day one and I know the rest of the week is going to be tough, with plenty of tricky races. We have some top sailors here, which is why I am competing here.”

From three races he has opened up a five-point advantage over Pierre Le Coq (FRA), Thomas Goyard (FRA) and Yoav Omer (ISR), who are tied on seven points each.

In the Women’s RS:X, Lilian de Geus (NED) put a scoring penalty from race one behind her to pick up a second and first which sees her tied at the top with Gamagori World Cup gold medallist, Hei Man Chan (HKG).

After her race one struggles, the Dutch sailor managed to bounce back, picking up a first and a second. Chan also had a tough start, finishing in 11th, but followed through with a 1-2 to leave her level with de Geus.

Stefania Elfutina (RUS) won the opening race of the series and is two points off the leaders in third.

Croatia’s Nenad Bugarin sprung a surprise in the Finn fleet, grabbing an early lead.

The Croatian, ranked #19 in the world, has never reached a World Cup Series Medal Race before, but on the opening day he fended off previous World Cup medallists such as Jorge Zarif (BRA), Alican Kaynar (TUR) and Jonathan Lobert (FRA), to name but a few.

“I had two solid races,” explained Bugarin. “I had a good start on my first race with high speed on my upwind and downwind. I finished fourth in my first race and then first in the second.

“I didn’t have a good start on my second race but I managed to climb my way up the fleet. We have a small fleet and some top sailors, so we will have to see what happens, but I want a medal this time and I’ll try my best.”

Kaynar sits second following a 5-2, with Josh Junior (NZL) in third. Zarif won the opening race of the event and is fourth.

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) got their World Cup Series title defence off to a strong start in the 20-boat Women’s 470 fleet. A fifth and a race win positions them nicely at the head of the leaderboard.

Brazil’s Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan picked up the opening race win but were unable to come close in the second as they finished down in 11th, ending the day fifth overall.

World Cup Series Miami Champions and recently crowed 470 European Champions, Tina Mrak and Veronica Macarol (SLO), were off the pace in the fleet, scoring a 13th and an 18th. After the opening day, they are down in 17th.

The two race wins in the Men’s 470, went the way of Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez (ESP) and Hungary’s Balázs Gyapjas and Zsombor Gyapjas. The Spanish team backed it up with a fifth to grab the lead, but the Hungarians could only manage a 14th which puts them seventh.

Plenty more racing is on the horizon in the Men’s 470 but the teams in between the Spanish and Hungarian teams will be content as very little separates them so far.

Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) thrived in the Laser, snapping up a second and a first in the 25-boat fleet. “It was fantastic, just what I like – nice and shifty conditions with plenty of sunshine. We had around 10 knots which was great for hiking,” commented the British leader.

“I did the simple things well, like using the shifts to my advantage, and I had good starts which helped me get up the fleet straight away.”

Giovanni Coccoluto (ITA) won race one and is second overall, tied on points with Michael Beckett (GBR).

Belgium’s Emma Plasschaert and Finland’s Tuula Tenkanen are locked on six points apiece at the top of the Laser Radial leaderboard after two races. Maud Jayet (SUI) won the opening race and is 12th overall, and race two winner, Alison Young (GBR), is in seventh.

In the Nacra 17, Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA) got off to a steady start to take an early lead. They secured a (12)-2-2 scoreline and have a slender lead over John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR).

Racing is scheduled to commence at 12:00 local time on Wednesday 6 June as the opening series continues.

Medal Races on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June will be streamed live on World Sailing’s YouTube Channel and will bring the event to a close.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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World Cup Series Final Marsella, información completa a dos días del inicio.

Santiago Lange y Cecilia Carranza presentes en Marsella.

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Marseille set for Final Round of 2018 World Cup Series

For immediate release: 06/01/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

Over 220 sailors representing 34 nations have registered to compete in Sailing’s 2018 World Cup Series Final, held in Marseille, France from 3 – 10 June.

The fourth and final round of the 2018 series will take place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition venue, and the Final will be the first World Cup event held in Marseille.

The World Cup Series Final will be the final call on World Sailing’s international circuit before the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 this August, so it’s all to play for.

Argentinian Olympic gold medallists, Santiago Lange and Carranza Saroli, who sail the Nacra 17, will be attending the 2018 World Cup Final. The pair secured silver in Round 2 of the World Cup Series in Miami, USA, but at the final round ahead of the final, held in Hyères, France, they didn’t hit the heights they expected, finishing eighth overall. Nonetheless, the experienced campaigners will be one of the favoured teams in the 20-boat fleet.

Italian rivals, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti (ITA) will also be attending. Tita and Banti won the Hyères round and have proven themselves to be leading contenders in the Nacra 17 since it went fully foiling.

Another pair to look out for in the Nacra 17 fleet is Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR). Saxton and Boniface won silver in Hyères and at Trofeo Princesa Sofia, could they make it gold this time?

The Finn will be a highly competitive week of racing. Jorge Zarif (BRA), who won gold in Hyères and will be going against top rival Alican Kaynar (TUR), who dominated the leaderboard in Miami and Hyères but unfortunately dropped to bronze after the Medal Races in both rounds. Kaynar is confident in claiming gold in Marseille. London 2012 Olympic medallist and home nation favourite, Jonathan Lobert (FRA), will also be competing.

More than 20 sailors will be competing in the Laser Radial fleet, including Alison Young (GBR) and Emma Plasschaert (BEL). Young won gold in Round 2 of the series in Miami, and silver at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, which was held in March. Plasschaert just missed out on gold in Gamagori and Miami, settling for silver in both, but she’ll be targeting an upgrade in Marseille.

The fleet size in the Laser will be similar with 25 sailors registered to compete. Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) is familiar with the local waters and after winning gold in Hyères, he will come in full of confidence to dominate the fleet.

Miami was a close battle between the German Laser sailor, Philipp Buhl and Nick Thompson (GBR). Buhl went home with silver and Thompson won bronze. Both sailors will be going head to head again.

Click here to read the preview of the remaining classes; 470 Men and Women and RS:X Men and Women.

Racing will commence at 11:00 local time on Tuesday 5 June and will conclude with the Medal Races on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June, which will be streamed across the World Sailing Network.

By Aadil Seedat – World Sailing

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