2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships. Travascio – Branz terminan octavas en 49er FX y Lange – Carranza novenos en Nacra 17.





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FINAL DAY – Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships

Auckland witnessed the climax of three tensely fought World Championships, where none of the victors had it easy…

Challenging Auckland wind and waves played their part in determining the outcome of the Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships. We have three winners, but anyone watching the groundbreaking live coverage will know that there were no runaway winners from this epic regatta…

 

49er: GERMANS MAKE KIWIS SWEAT FOR THEIR 5TH WORLD TITLE

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won a fifth world title to add to the four consecutive victories they enjoyed between 2013 and 2016. This will be one of the sweetest victories, however, not least because it’s on home waters, but also because of how hard the Kiwis were forced to work for this gold medal.

Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel had made a bit of a mess of the previous day’s racing but the Germans really turned it on at the end of the competition. With Burling/ Tuke forced out of the first Gold Fleet race of the morning due to a broken tiller extension, the Germans had the opportunity to close the points gap. Heil/ Ploessel came from deep in the pack to record a ninth place and then were fast out of the blocks in the next race, winning that one at a canter. Fortunately for home fans Burling/ Tuke had recovered their composure to finish third behind the Germans.

This gave New Zealand an 8-point gap going into the double-points, 10-boat Medal Race, effectively a four-boat buffer on their German rivals. As good as in the bag for the talented New Zealanders, surely…

But no! While racing up the first beat the Germans forced the Kiwis to tack off and Burling slipped from his trapeze handle during the tack to almost capsize. Rounding the windward mark in ninth and out of gold medal position, Burling and Tuke turned on their downwind jets – moving up the fleet and with a few more passes were up into fourth. With the Germans in second there was nothing left that could be done by Heil and Ploessel. Burling and Tuke rose to the occasion despite showing some rare unforced errors, and were pushed hard all the way by Heil and Ploessel. After a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Games, the Germans have displayed sufficient class to be able to dream of beating the New Zealanders to the top step at Tokyo 2020 next summer.

After looking like they might not even make the 25-boat cut for Gold Fleet earlier in the week, Diego Botin & Iago Marra (ESP) made the comeback of the regatta. The Spanish had a shot at the bronze medal if things went their way, and winning the Medal Race was the best way for them to conclude their time in Auckland. The 2017 World Champions Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (GBR) looked to be in trouble but the Brits finished 8th in the Medal Race which was sufficient to hang on to the last medal by a single point from the Spanish. At least the Spanish have done enough to secure a spot for the Olympic Games after failing to make the Gold Fleet at the previous Worlds in Denmark.

49er Medal Race Highlights
49erFX: BRAZILIAN CAPSIZE CONFIRMS DUTCH VICTORY

The 49erFX Championship was a prize fight between the Olympic Gold medallists Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze and the reigning World Champions Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz. The Brazilians used some downwind magic in the first race of the morning to pull in front, but the Dutch sailed perfect beats in race two. The overall lead changed in both races with the Dutch ultimately taking a 2-point advantage into the Medal Race. In other words, no advantage at all, under the double-points format of the Medal Race.

With a who-beats-who medal race the Dutch and Brazilians were in lock step up the beat with wind and wave conditions getting even more challenging than the 49er race seen earlier.

The action started when race leaders and potential bronze medallists Tina Lutz and Susan Beuke (GER 29) went for their gybe and hit a wave midway through – forcing an expensive capsize. With the rest of the fleet hurtling toward the leeward gate the Dutch played it fairly safe and rounded but the Brazilians, hot on their tail, couldn’t release the spinnaker halyard and ended up in a spectacular capsize with Grael jumping clear of the boat as they flipped over the leeward mark.

Essentially the race for gold was over at that point, with the Dutch guiding their boat safely around the course to claim their gold.

The Danish team of Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen took a second place in the race to pass the Norwegians and Germans to claim the bronze medal.

Bekkering and Duetz are now the only two-time 49erFX World Champions in the history of the skiff class, and they won the European Championship earlier this year as well. While Grael and Kunze are never to be ignored, the Dutch may have taken over their status as favourites for Tokyo 2020 next summer.

49erFX Medal Race Highlights
NACRA 17: ITALIANS PREVAIL IN 3-WAY CATFIGHT

The Nacra 17 Medal Race was a three-way battle for gold, with only 3 points separating Bissaro/Frascari (ITA 5), Cenholt/Lubeck (DEN 71) and Waterhouse/Darmanin (AUS 2). Each of these three teams took different paths up the first beat, none of which worked out tremendously. However it was the Italians who were ahead of the Danish, with the Australians back in last place. The Italians shifted over in the second upwind and forced the Danes backwards with a tight cover on DEN 71. The Danes had one final chance to make the pass they needed on the final downwind, but the Italians were not to be denied and took Championship victory by just a few boat lengths.

For Bissaro and Frascari the victory couldn’t have come at a better time. For most of this Olympic cycle since Rio 2016, Tita and Banti (ITA 26) have been the dominant force. However, the outgoing World Champions struggled to find their form until late in the regatta. A victory in the Medal Race helped lift them to 7th overall, but Bissaro and Frascari have been the class act throughout the week.

Finishing last in the Medal Race meant Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin had to settle for bronze, six points in front of John Gimson & Anna Burnet (GBR) who led the early part of the week. Earlier in the regatta Gimson and Burnet had put themselves in the box seat for Olympic selection but the fast-closing Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface (GBR) closed the gap by the end of the regatta, finishing 2 points and 2 places behind their British selection rivals. Sandwiched between the British crews in 5th place overall was Tara Pacheco and Florian Trittel (ESP), who are one of many that have a serious shot at an Olympic medal in the Nacra 17 next summer.

Nacra 17 Medal Race Highlights

Full results available at

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To watch the racing live

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2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, día 5.



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DAY 5 - Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships

The 49er and 49erFX both saw new regatta leaders heading into the final day of competition, while the Nacra 17 title race looks wide open…

The breeze was a little softer than previous days, and at times extremely unpredictable and shifty. Yet somehow the class acts continue to prove that they’re still the class acts, able to cope with any slings or arrows that are hurled their way…

Nacra 17: Danes close the gap

A solid day of consistent finishing has driven Lin Cenholt and CP Lübeck into attacking distance for the gold medal on the final day of competition. While most of the leading teams faltered at some point during Saturday’s racing, scores of 8,5,7 were sufficient to lift the Danes to third overall. Just a point in front of them are the Aussie cousins, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin who started the day with a 13th before redeeming themselves with 8,2 from the end of the day.

Even starker were the fortunes of Vittorio Bissaro/ Maelle Frascari who notched up their worst score yet of the regatta, a 20th. The Italians’ next race, a 13th, was only a little better. The pressure was on but the Italians responded magnificently, winning the last race of the afternoon to hold on to their overall lead, but with a margin of just 6 points over the Australians. With the points compressed and two Finals races before the Medal Race, no Nacra crew is home and dry quite yet.

49er: Local Heroes reel in German Rivals

Following four years of dominance leading up to their gold medal at Rio 2016, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke continue to prove that they are the benchmark in 49er racing. Heading into today’s racing the Olympic Champions needed to gain seven points to reel in the regatta leaders of Erik Heil / Thomas Ploessel (GER). Finishing the day with a race win, the four-time 49er World Champions amassed a 13 point lead over the second placed Germans. However they didn’t do it by themselves – with Heil / Ploessel stumbling in a major way to rack up a whopping 38 points from just three races.

Closing in on the top pair but with still a large gap are the 2017 World Champions Dylan Fletcher / Stuart Bithell (GBR). Even more interesting is the pack of four boats behind them with only 17 points separating this bunch, all of whom will be scrapping hard to climb on to the podium on Sunday.

49erFX: Reigning World Champs v Reigning Olympic Champs

The 49erFX fleet has a new leader as the reigning World Champions Bekkering / Duetz (NED) slipped ahead of reigning Olympic Champions Grael / Kunze (BRA) by a single point, while Naess / Ronningen (NOR) continued their attack on the leading pair, keeping their Norwegian noses clean enough to finish the afternoon just 8 points from the leaders.

The only team to keep all its scores inside the top 10 of a very tricky, unpredictable day were Victoria Travascio/ Sol Branz (ARG), the Argentineans scoring 10, 4, 7 to rise to 5th overall, just 2 points back from Tina Lutz/ Susann Beucke (GER). However, the Germans sit 18 points back from the third-placed Norwegians, so it’s going to take a mighty final-day performance from somebody to topple the top three off the podium.

Sunday will see two final gold fleet races in the morning followed by the double points medal races later in the day.

Be sure to tune in to 49er.org/live for all the action from 10:30am NZDT.

IN-DEPTH RACE ANALYSIS AND VIDEO CLIPS

Nacra 17 Gold Fleet – Tita/ Banti rediscover their mojo

Race 1: 

The race started in quite light winds, with a cracking start at the boat end from USA 472, Brazil 10 and AUT 3. The teams that held on starboard and headed right were rewarded by an increase in wind from the left half way up the beat. The Outteridges (AUS 46) won the middle of the course with Zajac/Matz (AUT 3) coming in just below them, but it was a couple teams that came in from overstood on the far left that thrust the Brazilians into the lead.

Nacras on the charge

By the last downwind Albrecht /Nicolino (BRA 10) moved well into the lead and were only challenged by Tita/Banti (ITA 26). The Italians had a turn of speed on the straight set and passed the Brazilians on pure boatspeed.

However, the Brazilians found their gybe point perfectly, and in the long reach to the finish they repassed the Italians to win the race.

Behind, the racing was fierce all the way through the back, with a clogged up finish in the pack and multiple overtakes right at the end.

Hectic finish

Race 2: 

Tita and Banti (ITA 26) continued their form on the day with the breeze rewarding both sides in this race. The Italians extended their lead on the downwind showing more of the form that saw them dominate 2018, a form they have not often repeated in 2019.

Pacheco and Trittel (ESP 28) had a nice gap behind them and held second place at the downwind marks, aiming for a bit of redemption from their 21st place in race 1.

As the leaders headed upwind they got themselves locked into a boatspeed battle, hardly separating more than six boat lengths for the entire beat. The Spaniards had just enough edge to pass the Italians at the top of the beat, and they extended out to take the win.

Just behind the duo were Lange/Saroli (ARG 1) who put in their second top 5 of the day to move the reigning Olympic Champions into medal contention.

Race 3: 

The Nacra leaderboard has narrowed seven teams from seven nations within 20 points of the lead.

Of that bunch, Bissaro/Frascari (ITA 5), Zajac/Matx (AUT 3), Cenhold/Lubeck (DEN 91) and Lange/Saroli (ARG 1) each got good lanes to head to the favoured left-hand side of the beat. These teams emerged from a start where plenty of teams were trying to win the pin, with Martinez/Maslivets (ESP 99) getting stuck (again) on the pin anchor and with Tita/Banti (ITA 26) forced to bail out just before the start and gybe around to start on port.

Albrecht/Nicolino (BRA 10) started near the boat end on port, then tacked into a clear lane and ended up getting to the far left. It was an unorthodox approach that proved to work out very nicely as they Brazilians approached the weather mark in good shape.

It was the Italians, Vittorio/Bissaro, who narrowly led from the Austrians and Australians (Waterhouse/Darmanin). Six of the top nine overall rounded in the top 10 at the windward mark. It doesn’t look like anyone is going to run away with this regatta.

The Italians extended out from the leeward gate and built a sizeable lead by the next windward. As leaders of the regatta it must be satisfying to win another race and eke out a small lead atop the standings, especially after such a wobbly start to their day.

49erFX Gold

Race 1:

A great pin end start by NED 1, who rounded the top mark behind POL 888. But then a horrible kite trawl for the reigning World Champions allowed the chasing pack to close in. On the second windward leg the breeze dropped, there was a massive wind shift, DEN 7 seized the lead and cruised away to an easy win while the rest of the pack scrapped for the next places across the finish line.

Race Highlights
Race 2:

After a long delay waiting for conditions to settle, Race 2 got underway. The top two teams had a shocker. BRA 4 was buried, so was NED 1 who had to do a penalty turn right off the start because of a port/starboard. Meanwhile USA 92 was leading by a country mile. Sailors looked out of sorts after such a long time waiting.

USA92 gapped the fleet to win comfortably while NOR26 put down another podium place, but even more interesting was the battle between NED 1 and BRA 4 in mid-fleet.

In the newly established breeze, NED 1 rounded in 10th and BRA 4 was only a few places behind. However on the final run, BRA 4 seemed to drop a heap of places, finishing in the high teens. That brings the overall points really close between the Dutch and Brazilians.

Race 3:

Port tack starts for NED 1 and BRA 4, but didn’t work out too well. Multiple lead changes at the front of the fleet between FRA, NZL, POL, USA, but NED 6 – Odile van Aanholt and Cecile Janmaat – take the lead by the top mark final time and hold on for a narrow victory.

Race highlights

49er Gold – Bad Day for the Yellow GERseys

Race 1 - Racing started with both NZL77 and GER 4 pretty deep. Heil/ Ploessel’s attempted port-tack start by the committee boat went badly wrong for the Yellow Jerseys from Germany. The Germans managed to establish a 5 boat gap on Burling/ Tuke but on the second work, GER 4 went left and allowed NZL 77 do sail right, gain some leverage and be right up the transom of the Germans by the end of the leg and overhaul them by the finish. Up at the front Rual/ Amoras FRA 8 held off the close attentions of NZL 7, Dunning Beck and Gunn pushing the French hard all the way around the race track.

Race highlights

Race 2
Burling/ Tuke NZL 77 win their side of the start going left while Dunning Beck/ Gunn NZL 7 were looking good on the right. However it was Hawkins/ Thomas GBR 17 who led around the first mark. Bildstein/ Hussl put a hard luff on the Olympic Champions at the windward mark which looked expensive yet somehow Burling/ Tuke still game good by the bottom gate. Meanwhile GER 4, the Yellow Jerseys, were having a horror show in the mid-teens. The young Brits won the race with SUI 10 Schneiter/ Cujean in second and Bildstein/ Hussl third. Burling’s fifth place put another 10 points back on the series leaders with GER 4 crossing in 15th.

Race highlights

Race 3:

For a time it was looking like the regatta could have been over with, as the German challengers to Burling/Tuke had a nightmare start, locked out at the boat end and unable to start until 20 seconds after the gun. They were tied for last at the windward mark and quite a distance behind the pack. In a smart downwind, they banged the straight set corner to close the gap on the pack, although still tied for last at the leeward gate.

At the bottom of the beat the Germans got a small header and tacked back in an open lane. They managed to win three straight close crosses and in a flash they were up to 15th place, though centered on the course and without further leverage.

Germany consolidated on another small shift to head back left and cross the teams that overstood in the left corner, and by staying mostly on the correct shift and in a clear lane they passed 60% of the boats in a single beat to round 10th, which is how Heil/ Ploessel finished.

Burling/ Tuke similarly moved up the fleet all race, to win, but it was the comeback by Heil/Ploessel that has kept this regatta up for grabs, with a 12 point gap behind the Kiwis instead of a 25 point gap. Dickson/ Waddilove IRL 417 were second across the line with Scott/ Bithell’s 3rd place putting GBR 6 in 3rd overall at the end of the penultimate day.

Full results available at

https://49er.org/event/2019-world-championship/#49erresults

To watch the racing live

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2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, día 4.


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Major Moves on the Scoreboard after Day 1 of Gold Fleet

Qualification battles heat up as sailors look to book their tickets to Tokyo

The fourth day of the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships saw the race for the title and Olympic qualification is beginning to take shape as the fleets split into their respective Gold fleets.

49er: Two-boat Breakaway
Two teams have separated themselves at the top of the 49er leaderboard. Erik Heil / Thomas Ploessel (GER) extended their lead over Peter Burling / Blair Tuke (NZL) on the first day of finals racing, winning the day with three top ten finishes and edging themselves one step closer to their first 49er World Championship. Hot on their heels the local heroes of Burling / Tuke didn’t have an ideal day by their exceptional standards. However the gold and silver Olympic medallists can take solace in the fact that third place is quite a few points behind. This gap should allow Burling / Tuke the leeway they need to take some substantial risk in their pursuit of the leaders.

49erFX: World Champs on the Charge
Reigning 49erFX World Champions Annemiek Bekkering / Annette Duetz (NED) showed exactly why they are the team to beat. Through consistent sailing and the odd stroke of luck they put together a nine point day from the three races sailed to pull themselves to within 11 points of the Rio 2016 gold medallists Martine Grael / Kahena Kunze (BRA). Tina Lutz / Susann Beucke (GER) continue to put together one of the most consistent regattas of their Olympic campaign, currently sitting in third overall with a scoreline including almost exclusively top ten results.

Nacra 17: Danes win the day, Italy into the lead
In the foiling Nacra 17 Lin Cenholt / CP Lubeck came out victors of the day with three consistent results, a feat no other top team can lay claim to. While Italians Bissaro / Frascari continue to lead overall, the highlight of the day was the second race in which Billy Besson / Marie Riou (FRA) battled with Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin (AUS) on the final lap.

The French team, with four Nacra 17 world titles to their names, rounded the final windward mark with a slender lead over the Rio 2016 silver medallists. The Australians chose to gybe earlier than the French and through a combination of superior boat handling and speed managed to squeak over the finish line overlapped with Besson / Riou who had to settle for second.

Tokyo tickets on the line
The Olympic selection battle in the Nacra17 is at boiling point. For the Australian team Nathan and Haylee Outteridge had a day that could spell the end of their selection hopes, as they tumbled to 12th overall & racked up a mountainous 52 points in just three races. Meanwhile their team mates Waterhouse / Darmanin threw down a first and fourth (plus a discard) to put them into second overall and seven points off the lead.

The ongoing British saga is showing a similar story. European Champions Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface (GBR) need to have a stellar finish to their regatta if they have any hopes of reeling in Gimson / Burnet who are tied for second with the Aussies.’

The most winning team since the 2016 Olympics, Ruggero Tita / Caterina Banti (ITA) have set the standard since the Nacra 17 moved to the current foiling configuration. For the reigning World Champions, they are having to watch their countrymen Bissaro / Frascari lead the regatta from back in an uncharacteristic position of 16th. Bissaro / Frascari are regular top five finishers and will be pushing their case for the Italian selection process.

With such close competition between the teams, a medal on Sunday could double up as a ticket to Tokyo.

Full results available at

https://49er.org/event/2019-world-championship/#49erresults

To watch the racing live

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2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, día 3.



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DAY 3 – Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships

The end of the Qualifying Series in any Olympic-class World Championship is always a fraught scramble to make it through to the Gold Fleet Finals. Scrape through to the final 25 and you live to fight another three days. Fail to make the cut – and the best you can finish is 26th overall.

Add to that the fact that qualification to the Olympic Games is also on the line for many teams at the Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships in Auckland, and there is an awful lot at stake for this group of committed sailors. They dedicate their young lives to moments like these.

Go take a look at the results for yourself and you’ll see a fascinating web of hopes and dreams – along with missed opportunities.

49erFX update: Olympic Champions running away with the FX contest

The reigning Olympic Champions are beginning to run away with the 49erFX competition in Auckland. Discarding a 9th place at the end of qualification, the last four scores for Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze are 1,2,1,5. Eclipsing even those scores are a 2,1,2,1 which has propelled Helene Næss and Marie Rønningen into second overall. After a slow start with all their first four scores in double digits, the Norwegians have had a qualification of two halves.

On equal points with Norway and holding third overall are the Singapore team of Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low, a stunning performance from a nation that’s not normally seen in contention for the podium of major championships. These two former Optimist World Champions are now being chased by another former Oppie World Champ, Tina Lutz from Germany. Along with her crew Susann Beucke, Lutz’s scores of 6,1,3,2 have rocketed the German boat into fourth overall, just two points in front of defending world champions from the Netherlands, Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz.

Other notables are Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, the local heroines who find themselves in seventh overall and will be looking to the Gold Fleet finals to lift themselves to the podium as they race in front of their home crowd. Meanwhile the top two teams from day one both slid down the rankings with a much poorer second day. Paris Henken and Anna Tobias sit in 9th place overall, the Americans on equal points with 10th placed Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen. Even worse for the young Swedes, Vilma Bobeck and Malin Tengstrom, however, who have tumbled out of the top 10 down to 41st overall, putting them well outside the top 25 for the Gold Fleet finals.

49er Update: Early Christmas for Snow?

Only one 49er team kept all its qualifying scores inside the top 10, and that’s Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson from the USA. That stunningly consistent performance sees the young Americans one step away from the podium as they move into their first ever Gold Fleet finals. Talk about performing under pressure, because this is the last chance for the USA to qualify its place for the Games.

With the discard taken into account, Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel of Germany hold top spot by a point from Pete Burling and Blair Tuke, the reigning Olympic Champions racing on home waters, with a 10-point gap back to third-placed Austrians, Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl. Others who have managed to avoid the many pitfalls and landslides of qualifying are Dylan Scott and Stuart Bithell of Great Britain, the 2017 World Champions sitting in 5th place and one point in front of Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn of New Zealand.

Former European Champions Justus Schmidt and Max Boehme have just squeaked into the top 25 provided final protests don’t rejig the scores against them.

Nacra 17 Update: Gimson’s winning, but he doesn’t care

There are a number of civil wars going on for Olympic selection, with team mates fighting for national selection for that single Nacra 17 spot at Tokyo 2020. Three nations that each have two world-class teams vying for selection are Great Britain, Italy and Australia, and it’s these three nations that hold the top three places overall at the end of qualification in Auckland.

The two British teams went into the day neck and neck at the top of the leaderboard, but 2017 World Champion Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface finished qualification with an uncharacteristic 16th place. With a U Flag start-line infringement from the previous day, Saxton and Boniface are forced to carry the 16th which tumbles them down to 6th overall, 14 points off the lead held by their arch rivals and compatriots, John Gimson and Anna Burnet.

“Quite a stressfull day with three whacky light races,” said Gimson. “But we managed to just about keep all the scores inside the top 10 with a couple of big comebacks, which i think will be important heading in to gold fleet – it only gets harder from here. Nice to finish the day with a second in the final race, which made the long postponement for it worth while. No idea how we are doing. I don’t follow the results during the regatta as no one is really winning until the end but so far so good in terms of how we are sailing.”

Not that Gimson is paying attention then, but he might be pleased to learn that all his scores have all been in the top 10. The only other team to have achieved such consistency is the Italian crew of Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari whose last-race victory puts them just 1 point behind the British leaders at the end of qualification. By stark contrast, the highest-performing team of the past three years – Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti – find themselves languishing back in 19th overall. The prospect of defending their 2018 world title looks very distant for the Italians right now.

Meanwhile a much closer battle ensues between the top two Australian crews, with 49er gold and silver medallist Nathan Outteridge – crewed by sister Haylee – holds third place and an 8-point advantage over the Rio Olympic silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin.

Just a point behind the silver medallists are the Olympic gold medallists from Argentina – Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli – with no such worries about qualifying for Tokyo 2020. Now in his late 50s, Lange continues to prove that age is no barrier to performance in high-speed foiling catamarans.

Undone by a spreader

Spare a thought for Kevin Fischer and Yann Jauvin (FRA) who were leading the Worlds after three races with a 1, 4, 1 scoreline, setting themselves up for their best ever 49er Worlds placing. Overnight they had to replace their spreader as it was breaking, and then their new spreader also broke in the second race of day two leaving them with three DNF finishes and out of contention of the regatta.

Southern Spars, who supply all of the 49er and 49erFX masts were on site this morning to offer non-destructive testing for all teams that want it. The 49er Class has selected a new spar supplier starting after the Tokyo games.

Don’t cry (yet) for me, Argentina

The highest profile casualties of the 49er qualification series are Yago and Klaus Lange from Argentina. While their father Santiago Lange, the reigning Olympic Champion in the Nacra 17 is competing on the foiling catamaran course, the brothers could not harness the momentum from their 4th place finish in the Oceania Championships last week and finished in 32nd place. This leaves the Argentineans outside of Tokyo 2020 qualification. However, their fellow South Americans from Brazil, Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges have made gold fleet. By the way the continental qualification system works the Argentinians still have a shot. If the Brazilians finish in the top-four non-qualified countries, along with some other permutations that rely on the performance of the Australian crews, the Brazilians would end up grabbing a Games spot, which would throw open a continental spot to Argentina. The Brazilians are chasing an internal qualification criteria, so are equally motivated to perform well during the remaining three days.

Qualifying Hopefuls Take it to the Room

As two nations vying for one of the few Olympic qualifying spots on offer every little advantage had to be exploited. A port/starboard incident in race 5 resulted in the Irish team of Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle protesting Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP). The result meant the Spanish were disqualified and discarding the result. But some double-digit scores now meant they have it all to do on the final day of qualifying to get into the gold fleet. With their compatriots from Spain, the Alonso brothers, also carrying a letter score (UFD) but with marginally better scores, Spain (a nation which has in the past won a 49er gold and silver medal at the Olympics) was looking in danger of not making it into Tokyo 2020 at all.

Responding to the Pressure

The three 49er fleets were all going into the final race of qualifying at similar times, and as always, the points were close. Spaniards Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP 97) were staring down the barrel of gold fleet defeat this morning. It was a massive upset when they didn’t make gold fleet in Aarhus last year, and to have missed gold fleet two World Championships in a row would have been a massive upset for such a high-performing team.

“I woke at 4am and looked over at Iago, I could see he was awake too,” said Diego.

A sleepless night has turned out all right, with the last four qualification scores of 2,1,3,4 rocketing the Spaniards up to 9th overall. The re-energised duo will look to secure an Olympic qualification berth over the next three days. “Now the regatta begins,” said Marra.

Full results available at

https://49er.org/event/2019-world-championship/#49erresults

To watch the racing live

https://49er.org/live

2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, día 2.






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The Battle of Britain is underway, while USA veteran finds her feet in the FX, Austria 1 point ahead of 49er legends…

Day two of the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships brought solid breezes across all courses, still with plenty of wind shift and surprise to keep the 400-odd competitors on their toes. After being held ashore on day one due to too much breeze, today was the first opportunity for the 49erFX and Nacra 17 sailors to put some scores on the board. For the 49er Men, some clarity is beginning to emerge on the leaderboard as qualifying passes the halfway stage.

Nacra 17 – the Battle of Britain

It has been a feature of the Nacra 17 fleet in Championships to date that the favourites rise to the challenge and begin the series strongly. None more so than the never-ending saga for British nomination to the Tokyo Olympics between Ben Saxton with Nicola Boniface and John Gimson with Anna Burnett. The two British teams fighting for the selection are lying first and second overall on the leaderboard, both with two dominant days to start the regatta. However there are four teams at the top, all within a point of each other. Along with the Brits are Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis (USA) in third overall, on the same points as Lin Cenholt and CP Lubeck (DEN). Best of the rest are the Italians, Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari in 5th overall. But those other Italians, the most dominant so far of this quad, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti find themselves back in 23rd overall.

49erFX – some surprises at the top

On the other side, it has been a feature of the 49erFX fleet that the top guns stumble at least once carrying deep scores and setting up a high scoring championship in the women’s skiff. So far only two teams have scored top 10 finishes across all four races in the 49erFX and it is not a surprise to see Ida Nielsen with Marie Olsen (DEN) and Martine Grael with Kahena Kunze (BRA) showing consistent form so far. While Paris Henkin and Anna Tobias (USA) started their championship with a lowly 18th from their half of the qualifying draw, the Americans soon discovered their mojo, winning the next two heats and ending the day with a 5th. This places USA at the top of the scoreboard of a 49erFX World Championship for the first time in their careers. Denmark’s highly experienced team of Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen (DEN) kept all their scores in the top 10 and finished off the day with a race win. They’re tied on points with the Americans at the top of the scoreboard. There’s a three-way tie for third place, two of those teams being the arch rivals from Rio 2016 – the Olympic gold and silver medallists from Brazil and New Zealand respectively. However, placing ahead on countback ahead of Maloney/ Meech (NZL) and Grael/ Kunze (BRA) are the Singaporeans, Kimberley Lim/ Cecilia Low. Singapore won their third heat but finished the day with a 20th which they’re currently able to drop from their scores.

49er – Austria in the lead

In the 49er Men, Austria’s Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl have been knocking on the door of greatness for some time. Could Auckland be their week? Along with the Swiss team in fifth overall, the Austrians are the only crew to have kept all their qualifying race scores inside the top 10. Today’s stellar results of 1,5,2,2 launch Austria to the top of the rankings, a single point ahead of local heroes and reigning Olympic Champions, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.

We have one last day of qualifying to come. Each fleet will have another four races and for many sailors still aiming to qualify for the Olympic games, it will be the most critical sailing day of their careers. Qualifying for the Olympics will almost certainly require making the cut for gold fleet at the end of tomorrow’s racing. Saving their best for tomorrow will be vital.

Anna (Tunnicliffe) Tobias has her best ever day in a 49erFX

The 2008 Laser Radial Gold medallist Anna (Tunnicliffe) Tobias now crews for 2016 Olympian Paris Henken (USA). The duo have not been full-time sailors on the circuit. Paris is still attending university and Anna is competing at the very highest levels in Crossfit. Over recent months they have been gearing up for this Championship and with two bullets and a fifth-place today they must be very pleased with how their US trials are beginning.

Anna has raced the 49erFX on and off since 2013. While she has had occasional success over the years, today’s results with Paris are a significant improvement and their best ever day in the 49erFX.

Kim and Lim (SIN) in pole position for Olympic qualifying

Singapore’s Kim and Lim are no stranger to performing well at World Championships, as both are Optimist World Champions. However, Singaporean sailors are well known for receiving great support and funding at youth level. Success at Olympic level has to come from the efforts of the sailors themselves and it’s rare to see the Singapore flag at the front of the Olympic fleet. So far so good for Kim and Lim; they won a race and had two more top 10s to sit third overnight making a great start toward earning one of the six qualifying spots for Tokyo.

To get in-depth race analysis of multiple heats from the championships, go to:
49er.org

Full results available at

https://49er.org/event/2019-world-championship/#49erresults

To watch the racing live

https://49er.org/live

2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, día 1. Dos regatas sólo para los 49er.





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Germany emerge unscathed from a brutal opening day

Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel opened day one of the World Championships with a stunningly consistent performance while some of the other big guns failed to fire.

Two 49er races were completed after wild weather lashed the race areas off Auckland, New Zealand. With wind speeds up to 37 knots recorded on the race course earlier in the day, the sensible decision was made to keep all sailors ashore until sailable conditions arrived. After a delay long enough to cause even the most seasoned veterans to assume they were having a day off, the 49er fleet were sent out for two rounds of qualifying races.

With over 400 athletes competing from 40 nations and with the broadest ever suite of live coverage in Olympic sailing history capturing every race, the 2019 Hyundai World Championships will be the most important event on the sailors calendars prior to Tokyo 2020.

International fans can view the racing live at 49er.org/live or on Sky Sport 9 for those in New Zealand.

 

Red Fleet – A solid start but soggy finish for Burling and Tuke 

In the Red Fleet, reigning Olympic Champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke showed total confidence to kick off the regatta in the best possible way in front of their home fans. They won the battle to ‘win the pin’, the favoured left-hand end of the start line. This gave them the opportunity to put the bow down, accelerate their 49er up to full upwind pace, earning the Kiwis the opportunity to tack and cross the fleet, extending from there. They took a three-boat-length lead into the windward mark. It was all the more impressive given they then gybe-set – implying the far side actually had the better breeze.

The dynamic duo never looked back, pulling out a massive lead and a race win on the scoreboard.

In the second race it was Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki (POL) who came off the left side of the course to pull away to a large lead by the first mark, again with most of the fleet heading right to the far side. The Poles extended to a sizeable lead but then almost capsized while negotiating the leeward gate, only just rescuing themselves from a watery error.

The chasing pack also suffered their spills, with second place Jonas Warrer and Jakob Precht Jensen (DEN) capsizing near the bottom marks. Burling and Tuke made a few passes to shift into second place, and then on the last downwind overtook the Polish for the lead. While the Poles overstood the layline and were struggling to keep their kite full, it was Burling and Tuke who made a rare error to capsize on their final gybe into the finish, dropping back to 11th across the line. What was so nearly a perfect start to the regatta for the home favourites – ruined at the final hurdle of day one.

49er Yellow Race 1 – French profit from huge wind shifts in opening race

In yellow fleet, the fleet was obviously eager after the long delay caused by the weather. Both the general recall first start and the all-clear second start featured boats tacking to port tack almost immediately after the gun as the post-frontal breeze tried to settle.

Louis Chambert and Hugo Fedrigucci (FRA 180) pulled out a huge lead at the top mark with a delta of 30 seconds, although a gybe-set proved to be the wrong move as the French sailed into a wind hole at the bottom of the first lap.

https://youtu.be/nzWcD_ZKEkI

On the second upwind in a French battle for supremacy, Kevin Fischer/ Yann Jauvin (FRA44) showed Erwan Fischer/ Clement Piquin (FRA655) how to sail a 49er upwind. Starting from the wrong side of a loose cover position, FRA44 accelerated out from under FRA655, around the front of their bow and tacked to cross on the starboard layline to lead into the top mark second time and never looked back.

 

49er Yellow Race 2 – France make it 2 from 2

Lucas Rual / Emile Amoros (FRA 8) performed the classed ‘dead bird’ start; starting right on the boat end of the line and tacking immediately to the right-hand side, resulting in a fair sized lead after lap one. Sailing in phase and positioning themselves perfectly between second place and the next mark, the French never looked like giving it up, although Jakob Meggendorfer and Andreas Spranger (GER 22) had closed the gap to just 8 seconds by the finish. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Logan Dunning-Beck and Oscar Gunn came from deep in the fleet to finish third, using all their downwind speed to get back into contention. After a 21st in the first race, it was just the Kiwi team needed before heading back ashore.

49er Blue Race 1 – Young Irish keep Olympic medallists at bay

After a general recall the Blue fleet was the last race to get going as they suffered from unstable winds. By the time racing did get going the wind started picking up quickly and many top teams got caught out on the wrong rig settings.

Some of the favourites in this fleet – such as Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL 42) – found themselves with a lot to do at the first windward mark. Portuguese sailors Jorge Lima and Jose Costa suffered rig damage and were forced to pull out of competition for the rest of the day, a disappointing start to the regatta with Costa also suffering an ankle injury.

Showing no hesitation were Rio Olympic bronze medalists Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER 4), but in tacking to the left side upwind the experienced Germans let slip the 2018 Junior World Champions from Ireland, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, who overtook for the lead.

In a tight downwind battle, the young Irishmen held off the Olympic medallists to win their first ever race at a World Championship, a massive moment for any sailor.

 

49er Blue Race 2 – Heil & Ploessel bring it home

In race two, Heil & Ploessel (GER 4) got an excellent start off the pin end of the start line, giving them the control on the left-hand side of the race track. The Germans tacked and crossed the bulk of the fleet before putting in another hitch all the way to the left-hand layline. Heil & Ploessel rounded the first mark with a 60 metre lead over the Brazilians Marco Grael & Gabriel Borges (BRA 15). Germany extended the lead for the race win, putting them in first overall of the 49er World Championships after day one, a very consistent performance by Heil & Ploessel where so many other top names faltered. Brazil held on for second across the finish line, followed by Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL 42).

 

49erFX and Nacra 17 sent home without racing

Athletes and fans alike will have to wait an extra day for the 49erFX and Nacra 17 fleets to hit the water. With daylight disappearing, the 49erFX and Nacra 17 fleets were sent home before getting a shot at the water. Both fleets will be first on the roster for day 2, with four scheduled races in each fleet, to try and catch up on the qualifying series.

Results

49er

1st Erik Heil/ Thomas Ploessel GER 2-1; 3pts

2nd Kévin Fischer/ Yann Jauvin FRA 1-4; 5pts

3rd Bart Lambriex/ Pim van Vugt NED 3-4; 7pts

4th Dominik Buksak/ Szymon Wierzbicki POL 7-1; 8pts

5th Erwan Fischer/ Clément Pequin FRA 3-5; 8pts

 

Full results available at

https://49er.org/event/2019-world-championship/#49erresults

Tokyo 2020, España se juega el pase a los juegos en los mundiales de Auckland.

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Vela Olímpica.- Mundial de 49er, 49erFX y Nacra 17 Nuestros pre olímpicos, en capilla

Después del sprint pre mundialista del campeonato de Oceanía, tenemos a nuestro equipo pre olímpico de 49er, 49erFX y Nacra 17 en capilla, concentrado para lidiar la faena más importante de cara a los Juegos de Tokio.
Santander 28/11/19.- Los inminentes campeonatos del mundo para las clases Nacra 17, 49er y 49er FX son sin duda la cita más importante del calendario de estas flotas de aquí a los JJOO, donde España buscará la clasificación de estas clases para Tokio 2020.

Los mundiales de Nueva Zelanda serán así la penúltima oportunidad de clasificar a nuestro país para los Juegos en estas disciplinas: 15 plazas en disputa, seis para FX, cuatro para 49er y cinco para Nacra 17… y nuestro equipo va a por ellas.

El aperitivo ha sido el campeonato de Oceanía, celebrado entre los días 25 y 27, competición utilizada como entrenamiento por nuestro equipo y en el que Diego Botín y Iago López Marra (49ER) han navegado de menos a más finalizando en segunda posición, y Patricia Suarez y Nicole Van Der Velden (49erFX) en tercera posición. En la clase Nacra 17, Tara Pacheco y Florian Trittel entran en el Top20, situados en decimosexta posición, mientras que Iker Martínez y Olga Maslivets han realizado entrenamientos sin competir.

Respetando el silencio pero acompañándolos en la tensa espera, aguardando con ellos los últimos partes meteorológicos y reforzando la confianza en sus posibilidades, queremos actualizar estos días la información de nuestras tripulaciones, al tiempo que echamos un ojo al enemigo y sus últimas evoluciones.

Del trío de clases protagonistas comenzamos por la más novedosa en el panorama olímpico, el Nacra 17 que, si bien se estrenó como clase olímpica en Río 2016, en Tokio 2020 lo hace equipado con foils. Tara Pacheco/Florian Trittle e Iker Martínez/Olga Maslivets son los equipos que buscarán la clasificación de España.

Tara Pacheco/Florian Trittle

Tras iniciar su carrera olímpica con el 470 y acudir a Londres 2012 junto a Berta Betanzos clasificándose en el décimo puesto, la canaria Tara Pacheco (RCN Gran Canaria) inicia su carrera deportiva en el Nacra 17, formando equipo en un primer momento con Iker Martínez para finalizar haciendo tándem con Fernando Echávarri, junto a quien llegaría a Rio 2016 firmando un décimo primer puesto en esta primera incursión olímpica de la clase y en la clase.

Mirando a Tokio, el conjunto Echávarri/Pacheco continuó su andadura, sumando resultados como un 1º en el Princesa Sofía 2017, 1º en Hyeres, 1º en la Copa del Mundo de Santander o un 2º en el europeo de la clase de ese mismo año, que constituyó el estreno de los barcos con foil, para cerrar la temporada con otra plata en el mundial.

2018 también vino a engrosar el palmarés de la pareja, con un 3º en el Sofía, 1º en Medemblick y 2º en el europeo, aunque cerró con un 16 en el mundial.

2019 comienza con la retirada de Fernando Echávarri del deporte olímpico por motivos personales, el paso de Tara de tripulante a patrón, y la entrada en escena de Florian Trittle, un nombre de peso en la Formula Kite que pasa al Nacra 17 con el Spanish Impulse como puente. La primera puesta en escena de la pareja fue la Copa del Mundo de Miami de este año, que finalizaron en 7º posición, para continuar con un 16º en Genova. En el europeo lograron la 6ª plaza y firmaron un 5º en Kiel y un 14º en la última Copa del Mundo de Enoshima.

Iker Martínez/Olga Maslivets (Movistar)

El tandem Martínez/Maslivets (CN Arenal) sella su unión en el Princesa Sofía 2017, regata en la que Olga Maslivets, que procede del windsurf olímpico, se proclamó ganadora de la edición 2016 en la clase RS:X F.

El regatista vasco, oro de Atenas 2004 y plata de Pekín 2008 en la clase 49er junto a Xabi Fernández, comenzó su campaña olímpica en Nacra 17 en 2013. En la nueva clase, de tripulación mixta, probó tripulación con varias compañeras, primero la canaria Tara Pacheco, luego la catalana Marina López y más tarde la balear Julia Rita. No logró la clasificación para Río 2016 a causa de una lesión que sufrió tras un choque con otro barco en el Mundial de febrero de 2016.

Olga Maslivets finalizó cuarta en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012 en RS:X F, y tomó parte en las citas olímpicas de Pekín 2008, Atenas 2004 y Sydney 2000, por parte de Rusia o Ucrania, siempre en el windsurf olímpico.

En el palmarés de Iker Martínez en la clase Nacra 17 destacan logros como el oro de la Semana de Kiel 2013, la victoria en el Arenal Training Camps Trophy de 2014, un 2º puesto en el campeonato Norteamericano de 2015, y un 5º en la Semana Olímpica Francesa de se mismo año. Formando equipo con Olga ha sumado el bronce la World Cup Hyères 2018 y el oro en la Hempel World Cup de Génova en 2019.

Un campo de regatas brillante

No sólo será el sol lo que reluzca en aguas de Nueva Zelanda durante este verano austral y en estos campeonatos del mundo, ya que hasta 14 medallas de oro olímpica se concentran en la lista de inscritos: Peter Burling (NZL), Blair Tuke (NZL), Santiago Lange (ARG), Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG), Martine Grael (BRA), Kahena Kunze( BRA), Sime Fantela (CRO), Nathan Outteridge (AUS), Tamara Echegoyen (ESP), Iker Martinez(ESP), Tessa Parkinson (AUS), Anna Tobias (USA), Jonas Warrer (DEN), y Sophia Bekkatorou (GRE).

Por lo que respecta a la clase Nacra 17, los actuales campeones de Europa Ben Saxton y Nicola Boniface (GBR) parecen mantener el tirón y lo han sellado con la victoria en el campeonato de Oceanía, seguidos en esta clasificación por los cuatro veces campeones del mundo de la clase Billy Besson y Marie Riou (FRA).

Tampoco faltarán los campeones del mundo y Europa 2018, Ruggero Tita y Caterine Banti (ITA), o los subcampeones del mundo 2018 Nathan y Haylee Outteridge (AUS), ni, por supuesto, los argentinos Santiago Lange y Cecilia Carranza, terceros en el mundial 2018 y que acaban de firmar un cuarto puesto en aguas neozelandesas.

Mucho enemigo a batir, pero teniendo en cuenta que en nuestro principal objetivo, conseguir el pasaporte olímpico para España en la clase, los países ya clasificados son: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brasil, Dinamarca, Gran Bretaña, Italia y Nueva Zelanda.

No será fácil, pero nuestro equipo sale al agua con ganas, preparación y capacidad técnica para lograr su objetivo.

2019 49er, 49erFX y Nacra 17 Oceania Championships, final de campeonato. Los hermanos Yago y Klaus Lange cuartos en 49er.




Fuente info 49er, 49erFX y Nacra 17 Class.

Olympic qualification regatta stage set for a showdown

Two 49er teams well known to the podium but yet to qualify their countries for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games finished first and second at the three-day Oceanic Championships which served as a warm-up event for next week’s 2019 Hyundai World Championships.

Austria’s Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl sealed victory in the light and fickle northerly breeze which proved unsettled in the hazy conditions. The strong currents of the Waitemata Harbour proved a critical component to today’s strategy with many race winners coming from deep in the field after lap one.

“Today was quite fun, I think we had another really good day and trying out our sails I think was the most important part,” a smiling Bildstein remarked. “We had quite some advantage already, so there wasn’t really much pressure on for us. It was a good day and was good practice.”
While the Austrians are no strangers to the 49er podium, they are amongst a group of top 49er nations yet to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. At the Aarhus 2018 World Championships where 8 Olympic places were taken they finished a disappointing 33rd. Likewise, the Spanish duo of Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra are yet to qualify despite representing their country at Rio 2016 and winning the 2018 European Champions shortly before the 2018 Worlds. After a second place this week they are taking the relaxed approach to next week’s World Championships. “We are feeling very nice. It was a nice fight with the Austrians, everything is always so close until the end. We have been working really hard on our boat so now we are going to Raglan for a surf!”

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke completed the podium in third place after surpassing their New Zealand team mates Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie, who had to settle for fourth. Burling and Tuke will be looking to add a 5th 49er World Championships to their already illustrious careers while simultaneously juggling their America’s Cup commitments with defenders Emirates Team New Zealand.

Ben Saxton & Nicola Boniface dominated the Nacra 17 class with another consistent day inside the top three. After a hugely successful 2019 including gold at the European Championships on home waters in Weymouth, they have laid down the challenge for their own internal Olympic selection among the British Sailing Team. “We’ve been doing well all year,” says Saxton. “I’m proud of how we are sailing and it’s also a credit to the other guys [Gimson & Burnet] with how we’ve both been sailing. At the moment it looks like the two of us could be on the podium in the Olympics.”

Fellow Brits John Gimson and Anna Burnet didn’t have quite the same warm up event finishing 8th. Their focus is firmly on the long term goal.

“We have had a really good quad”, reflects Gimson. “We have medalled in almost every event for the last year so we are pretty happy with that. We’re just slowly ramping up to the worlds, trying not to go too hard too early. It’s going to come down to the wire who goes to Tokyo.”

Four times Nacra 17 World Champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou from France scored mostly top five finishes throughout the week which was enough for second place. Besson and Riou, who also competed on the inaugural SailGP tour with Team France this year, have been strikingly inconsistent since the Nacra 17 class moved to the new foiling configuration after the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Neither their results at Aarhus 2018 or that of their French team mates has been good enough to qualify France for Tokyo 2020. With Quentin Delapierre and Manon Audinet finishing 6th and with a gold medal at the recent Enoshima Sailing World Cup under their belt, both French teams will be looking to not only qualify their country but also put their countrymen behind them on the results sheet at next week’s World Championships.
Thomas Zajac and Barbara Matz from Denmark finished third overall, with Zajac seemingly back to full health after a knee injury he sustained in Enoshima earlier in the year threatened to derail their Olympic campaign. Australian Rio silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin finished fourth and will be looking to improve on that result next week to put the pressure firmly on their main selection rivals of Nathan and Haylee Outteridge who had a very mixed oceanias. A gold and silver Olympic medalist in the 49er class, Nathan will be looking to solidify on their obvious potential but will need nothing short of victory to convince the Australian Sailing Team selectors to bet against Waterhouse and Darmanin, a team which scored multiple event wins over the past 18 months and are one of the most consistent Nacra 17 teams in the world.

Local favourites in the 49erFX Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech finished the regatta strongly to come out ahead of early regatta leaders from the U.S.A. Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea. Maloney and Meech had a 3-2-7 scoreline today which proved enough to leapfrog multiple teams who suffered from inconsistent results in the challenging racing conditions. Spain’s Patricia Suarez and Nicole van der Velden completed the podium in third place, a result which will ensure their fellow Spaniards Tamara Echegoyen and Pablo Turrado sit up and take notice. The Spanish are another strong 49erFX country who are hoping to qualify for Tokyo at next week’s World Championships.

Auckland showed a wide range of emotions over the past week, with regular 20-25 knot south-westerlies in the lead up to the Oceania Championships making way for the lighter northerlies we have experienced over the past two days. Throw into the mix a significant tidal factor and the intensely competitive fleets, the eventual World Champions in each class will deservedly be able to call themselves the best in the world.

View the full results here
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2019 49er, 49erFX y Nacra 17 Oceania Championships, día 2.





Fuente info 49er, 49erFX y Nacra 17 Class.

Oceania Championships provides form guide for upcoming Worlds

It was a day of contrasts on day two of the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Oceania Championships. With breezes at almost the polar opposite to yesterday with a 10-12 knot seabreeze from the north, the fleets headed to the second alloted course areas off the coast of Auckland’s North Shore. These are the same waters which will play host to the 2021 America’s Cup, in which many of the 49er and Nacra 17 athletes will be competing.

The common theme from the first two days of racing has been ‘two good, one bad’. With some noteworthy exceptions, it seems putting three consistent races together is going to make the difference between Olympic qualification and selection, or packing your bags and lamenting what could have been. This comes as no surprise when you look at the caliber of sailors in the three high performance Olympic classes, which play host to some of the tightest racing in world sailing thanks in large part to the 14 Olympic Gold medallists & multiple America’s Cup winners amongst the ranks.

Bucking the trend was Great Britain’s Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface, who once again put down three solid scores to take a healthy lead into the final day of racing. “Yesterday was pretty good. That’s the only time in an international fleet that I have gotten straight firsts, so that was pretty special,” Saxton said with a grin after racing on day two. “We started off with a first today, which was also pretty amazing and then we got a 3rd and a 4th. It was hard to tell what was going to happen. You’d be looking good and then a couple of boats tack and you’re like ooooh”.

The chasing pack is heavily stacked with past Nacra 17 World and Olympic champions who are proving that old adage of consistency pays. Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) continued to score top five results, with four time Nacra 17 World Champion Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA), and Rio 2016 Gold medallists Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza (ARG) hot on their heels.

The Nacra 17 fleet saw five different winners from six races held today. The results didn’t include the reigning World Champions from Italy, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti. While the Italians were seen on the race course and at times leading, they appear to be using the racing as an opportunity for training not finishing any races.

The 49erFX fleet saw more consistent conditions with gainable shifts hard to come by. With this being only their second 49erFX World Championships, Canada’s Alexandra Ten Hove and Mariah Millen stepped out of the gate with a big win in race four and a second in race five. Despite both carrying illness into this weeks oceanias, they put their performance down to the basics. “We got off the line really well which is something we’ve been working on,” reflected Ten Hove. “We were really happy with our speed so being able to hold a lane and keep pace allowed us to pretty much sail where we wanted to, in the direction we wanted to and just manage the fleet well.”

While the Canadians are yet to qualify for Tokyo 2020 their performance is trending in the right direction and the results are following. “There’s six more spots given out at this worlds [Auckland 2019], so we’re fighting to be one of those top countries. Once Canada secures a spot, the Canadian selection will be a combined score from the worlds in Australia and the 2020 Princess Sofia regatta in Palma, Mallorca.”

Overnight leaders Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea from the U.S.A. kept their results consistent and were joined atop the leaderboard by Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunz, with local favourites Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech, just three points further back.

The 49er fleet shared top honours throughout the day. Six teams scored wins in the afternoon racing but it wasn’t without drama. Australia’s Tom Needham and Joel Turner scored a solid win in race five, which was immediately followed by a disastrous start to race six after being shut out on the pin end of the line at the last minute. In the same race, Poland’s Lukasz Pryzbytek and Paweł Kołodziński were caught red handed on the international live stream trying to relocate the top mark of their course after a misjudged layline and the ill effects of Auckland’s tide saw them

At the top of the leaderboard, Austrians Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl put down a one-two-two scoreline to launch themselves into first place ahead of Spain’s Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra. Climbing the leaderboard and homing in on their fellow countrymen is the reigning Olympic champions of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. They now sit just three points shy of Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie, who are tied on points for third with Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki from Poland.

While it is a fair assumption that Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will be heading to Tokyo in July for a shot at a third Olympic medal, their fellow Kiwi’s are not laying down without a fight. As well as McHardie and McKenzie, Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn are giving the New Zealand selectors something to think about; they took out 2019’s Kiel Week featuring the full complement of Olympic campaigners including Burling and Tuke.

Live coverage featured a homage to the Olympic sailing class the Finn, with modern foiling multihulls and high performance skiffs replaced with the 1940’s designed single hander on TracTrac’s 3D graphics.

With the teams split into gold, silver and bronze for tomorrow’s finals racing, viewers can tune in to all the action LIVE and free at 49er.org/live from 11:00am NZDT.

Sky Sport will be broadcasting racing from the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship, December 3 – 8, on Sky Sport 9 to their New Zealand Audience, while SidelineApp’s coverage of the worlds is available to international viewers with a subscription fee of just 9.95 euros if purchased by November 30, or 14.95 euros there after.

Results

49erFX
1st Stephanie Roble / Maggie Shea (USA) 6-(7)-5; 16pts
2nd Martine Grael / Kahena Kunze (BRA) 1-(DNC)-3; 16pts
3rd Alexandra Maloney / Molly Meech (NZL) 4-10-1; 19pts
4th Annemieke Bekkering / Annette Duetz (NED) (UFD)-4-2-; 20pts
5th Tina Lutz / Susann Beucke (GER) 2-3-7; 24pts

Nacra 17

1st Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface (GBR) 1-3-(4); 7pts
2nd Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin (AUS) 2-5-2; 15pts
3rd Billy Besson / Marie Riou (FRA) 7-1-2; 18pts
4th Riley Gibbs / Anna Weis (USA) (18)-9-3; 20pts
5th Santiago Lange / Cecilia Carranza (ARG) 2-5-(7); 20pts

49er

1st Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl (AUT) 1-2-2; 11pts
2nd Diego Botin / Iago Lopez Marra (ESP) 4-8-1; 17pts
3rd Dominik Buksak / Szymon Wierzbicki (POL) (14)-4-1; 19pts
4th Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (NZL) (17)-4-3; 19pts
5th Peter Burling / Blair Tuke (NZL) 5-3-4; 22pts

Full results are available at:

49er.org

Nacra17.org