Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018. Santiago Lange y Cecilia Carranza se llevan el bronce en clase Nacra 17 foiling.

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Denmark sets Olympic standard as Netherlands top medal table
For immediate release: 08/12/2018
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- Dutch complete double RS:X victory lap
- Picon the mother and medal, France on the rise
- “I spend more time with Kiran than my wife” – Van Rijsselberghe
- Great Britain qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in all ten classes

The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 drew to a close on Sunday with the Netherlands on top, France on the rise and Denmark basking in accolades from around the world for setting new standards for hosting the biggest sailing event in the world.

“The city of Aarhus has really come alive over the last 11 days,” Kim Andersen, the president of World Sailing said. “Thousands of people have shown their support, enjoyed the sailing spectacle and the onshore activities.

“It’s been a truly fabulous event and as World Sailing President and a proud Dane, I could not be any happier.”

The greatest gift from the Danes and their 1,100 amazing volunteers was that they provided the perfect stage for the sailors to showcase their talents. New stars have emerged and old ones returned. The week has been graced by many great performances, from dramatic capsizes in the 49erFX and the rise of the Fantela brothers in the 49er, Zsombor Berecz’s tears as he crossed the line to win the Finn and Hungary’s first gold at a quadrennial World Championships and Emma Plasschaert winning Belgium’s first world championship gold in the Laser Radial and proving that Marit Bouwmeester is human.

The Netherlands topped the final medal table with three golds, two silvers and one bronze from the ten Olympic classes. On Sunday, they added a silver lining to their double victory lap in the windsurfing. Dorian Van Rijsselberghe, the double Olympic champion, and Lilian de Geus had made themselves mathematically uncatchable on Friday. Kiran Badloe, lying in second, kept his rivals behind him in the medal race to take another silver for the Dutch.

No one across any of the fleets has been more dominant than De Geus. She did not finish lower than ninth in their 12 races over the last two weeks. After dominating Friday, the 26-year-old De Geus, was 30 points clear of China’s Yunxiu Lu in second. This World Championships gold and the challenge it lays down to the rest of the fleet for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (Enoshima), will have gone long way to making up for the dreaded fourth place in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

“I can party officially now,” De Geus said. “It’s a strange feeling because I was already world champion on Friday, so we partied on Friday.”

“I was so disappointed after Rio, so it’s an amazing feeling to be world champion. We trained a lot in these conditions and you could see the results on Friday – with two bullets. I could see every shift and every gust.”

Behind her, France’s 2016 Rio Olympic champion, Charline Picon, laid down her own marker with a magnificent medal race which seized the silver from Lu, who had started the medal race 10 points ahead. The 33-year-old is just making her comeback a year after having a baby – one of at least eight women in the women’s RS:X fleet who are mothers .

“I’m very happy with my performance, especially because I’ve just had a baby one year ago, and I’ve only been training for four months,” Picon said. “I’ve proved that you can still trust in me and my performance in big competitions. I hope to improve a lot more over the next few months.

“I think Lilian did great and I will be using her great performance to compare myself. This week has been hard. I’ve been racing then going back to the apartment to look after my baby. It’s not easy after a day of racing.”

It was another result that suggested that France will be a formidable host of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Likewise, Louis Giard holding onto bronze in the men’s RS:X just before. Add in France’s three medals from the kiteboarding classes, which have been included in Paris 2024 (the sailing will be in Marseille) and France ran the Netherlands close.

Lu just needed to finish fifth or better to be guaranteed silver. The wind softened to five-knot offshore westerlies for the women’s race, down from ten for the men, 40 minutes before. Picon was third to the top mark behind the leader Britain’s Emma Wilson, just 19 and only three points behind at the start of the race.

But Picon flew into the lead on the first downwind and never gave it up. Lu was seventh and stayed there for the whole race. But with the field so tightly bunched – with less than 100m between the ten boards – fluctuations were always possible and nothing was settled until the line. After dominating the class world championships, China’s men and women have found it tougher going here.

The men’s RS:X was more settled. Van Rijsselberghe has been a class apart among the windsurfers over the last two weeks. This is the third time he has won gold before the start of the medal race. The other two times were the London 2012 Olympics and the Rio 2016 Olympics. He does things his own way and he does not leave things to chance.

Like many of his would-be rivals, the 29-year-old double Olympic champion has only won two races, but his consistency was unmatched. Only once in the 12 races leading to this medal race did he finish out of the top 10.

Even his highly-rated fellow countryman, Badloe, 23, had not been able to keep close and lay 23 points behind.

“I’m super proud for my nation and myself, and also Kiran who secured silver,” Van Rijsselberghe said. “We train everywhere and anywhere. I spend more time with Kiran than my wife.”

France’s Giard, in third, was five points further behind. He had Poland’s Pawel Tarnowski just two points back in fourth and Greece’s Byron Kokkalanis is fifth, six points further back.

Badloe slipped to seventh at the bottom of the first downwind, but made up the ten-second gap on Giard on the second upwind, rounded in fifth and held. He could afford to look back to check on Giard’s position on the second and last downwind. And Giard could relax with pursuers safely behind him.

Sadly the wind had softened to 2-3 knots by the completion of the women’s RS:X and there was no possibility of running what had promised to the medal race of the day in the Nacra.

The top four boats in this mixed crew foiling cat class were separated by just six points. The pre-race favourites, Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti were just one point clear of the exciting newcomers, Australia’s brother and sister Team Outteridge, Nathan and Haylee. Argentina’s Rio 2016 Olympic champions, Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli, were two points further back. And that’s they finished.

Spare a thought for Denmark’s Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lübeck in fourth – three points off the bronze.

What is the secret of the Dutch domination? For De Gues it is simple. “We medalled in almost the classes we went for,” she said. “We push each other to high standards. The secret? Hard work.”

Van Rijsselberghe, who is making a comeback to the sport this year after deciding to have a tilt at a third Olympic gold, the recipe is equally simple.

“The most important thing is to have more fun than anybody else, so we have that very high in our notes,” he said. “You just do the simple stuff really well as my coach (New Zealander, Aaron McIntosh) says and we end up there.

“We know that we need to beat each other and at the moment we’re pretty good, so you’ve got to try really hard to beat the other guy and it’s a supercool thing. We just wanted to end up first and second at the Worlds.

“How did I come back? First I needed a good ass-whipping. In Hyères this year I got beaten pretty badly, so that triggered me to step it up and make sure I was going to comeback strong.”

Badloe concurred. “Well, like Dorian said, I think we’re having more fun than anybody else,” he said. “We’re putting in the hard work but most of all keeping the fun in it, and that’s what has eventually got us up there.”

The men’s RS:X is one of those fleets that reinforces the fact that a world title is often harder to win than an Olympic one, with so many more talented sailors fighting for every point.

The medal races have riveting, played in front of packed stadium crowds.

“Having racing just off the front with a packed grandstand, coupled with big screens and digital applications such as the SAP Sailing Analytics has helped the audience to really understand what’s going on and dive deep into the action,” Andersen said.

“The City of Aarhus has really put on a world class show, which we always knew they would do.

“Worldwide, the media footprint of this event has been quite significant. We’ve broken previous broadcasting records and we’re on track to achieve more viewers of the sport at a World Championships than we’ve ever had before.”

Denmark’s ability to stage events of this scale has not gone unnoticed and Thomas Bach, the IOC president, noted it on his visit last Sunday.

“Denmark has really established it as one of the hubs for world-class sports organisation,” Bach said. “It’s something I’ve noticed. Just this year, Denmark is hosting three world championships. Aside from sailing, there’s been ice hockey and triathlon in Denmark and there’s more on the way.

“Denmark has proven to be a world-class organiser. No-one in the sporting world could have any doubts that Denmark could organise a fantastic Olympic Games, organisationally and logistically.”

Sustainability has also been at the core of these Championships and Bach said: “I think it’s remarkable that World Sailing, Aarhus and Denmark have built programmes with regard to sustainability. This is a benchmark project for these kind of World Championships.”

From small acorns these World Championships have grown strong through the kind of partnerships that bind sailors together across the clubs of Denmark. People and institutions have come to together for a greater purpose.

“These World Championships have been even better than we had hoped and prepared for,” Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said. “From the racing, to our incredible 1,100 volunteers, to the spectators lining the harbour wall, to the benchmark-setting sustainability programme, we are very proud that Denmark has delivered. The IOC president’s praise of Denmark’s organisational skills was very welcome. Great sporting events are all about partnerships. Sport Event Denmark, the City of Aarhus and the Danish Sailing Federation had a vision and made it a reality.”

Denmark and Aarhus 2018 hands on the flame to the Netherlands and The Hague 2022 in the strongest of health.
They Said:

Lilian de Geus – Netherlands – women’s RS:X (gold)

“It’s a strange feeling because I was already world champion on Friday, so we partied on Friday, but I had the medal race to do so I couldn’t party too hard. It was a fun medal race, for second and third place was exciting.

“A few years ago, I found that my weakness was having a consistent form in competitions and I’ve been improving on that by mastering my tactics and strategy early in the competition. Since then I’ve noticed huge differences in my results and as you’ve seen this week, it has helped me win the Worlds.

“The Netherlands is a small country and there are not a lot of windsurfers, compared to China and Israel, but with the few in Netherlands we just help each other get to the top.”

Yunxiu Lu – China – women’s RS:X (bronze)

“Winning a medal here proves that our tough training, over the recent months, is paying off. My teammates made a few mistakes early in the regatta and I was the most consistent from them.

“All the top ten sailors here are the best in the world and it’s challenging trying to keep up but I managed bronze here, so I am very happy.”

Emma Wilson – Great Britain – Women’s RS:X (fourth)

“I had a pretty good race. I was first at the top beat, I just missed out, now it hurts but I’ll go away pretty happy with fourth. I’m pretty proud of how I approached it.”

Van Rijsselberghe – Netherlands – men’s RS:X (gold)

“Competing with Kieran is great because he keeps pushing me and together we get to a certain level that we would never exceed ourselves. We usually train in the Friesland canal, in the Netherlands. We thought it would be super fun and great experience to train there.

“Winning the Worlds is just the first step on the road to Tokyo and I’m happy with how it turned out.

“I wanted to perform at this competition and if you set your mind to certain things you can achieve it and that’s what I’ve done.”

Kiran Badloe – France – Men’s RS:X (silver)

“I’m relieved that I managed to do what I intended to do. I’m so happy that I’ll be sharing the podium with Dorian.

“It’s been a long week and I’m so happy I come away with a medal. Me and Dorian are one and two in the world so it’s an amazing feeling.

“We are good friends who constantly train and have fun. The more you add fun to it, the more you enjoy it and everything else just flows. We’re making the hard hours funs and that’s what’s paying off in the end.

“It’s pretty obvious that we both want to go to the Olympics and we’re in a unique situation where two really good windsurfers who are both capable of doing well at the Olympics, and only one of us can go. It’ll be a tough battle but, in the end, the best one will go.”

Louis Giard – France – Men’s RS:X (bronze)

“It was really close one, maybe my eyes were a bit too much on the Polish guy, last year maybe I lost the chance to be world champion, I started really well. I said to myself last night that I can’t lose the chance for a medal twice in a row.

“It feels great and I’m emotional. It’s my first world championship medal win so I’m so happy. Finally, after 11 podium places since January 2017, I’ve got a medal at the World Championships.

“It was a difficult race, as I expected. The offshore wind was really tricky, but I’ve achieved bronze, so I’m satisfied.

“We have a strong French team. They were not in medal race this time, but I know their potential and I know that they will comeback stronger. It was my goal to finally check this off my list. This is going to give me more confidence but now I can focus on my next goals.”

Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti – Italia – Nacra 17 (gold)

Tita: “We’re so happy! It’s been an incredible season. We’ve won so many events. I personally really like the new foiling Nacra and I think Banti can say the same. The speed and new discoveries of sailing is really interesting and the more interest I have in the boat, the better I can sail it.

“It’s about training hard but most importantly, good communication between the team. You must be able to read each other.

Banti: “It was a long championship. We started really well but then we dropped out a couple of spots, but during the final series, we managed to come back on top. It’s a honour to the World Championship and it feels so good because of the hard work we have put in over the year.

“We have been sailing together for one and a half years now. Ruggero was sailing the 49er and I was sailing the old Nacra 17, and he wanted to try the new Nacra 17 foiling, and that’s when we decided to compete in it and now we have won the Worlds. We don’t regret it.”

Nathan and Haylee Outteridge – Australia – Nacra 17 (silver)

Nathan: “It’s a strange feeling not to do a medal race when you spend two days preparing for it. I think we can be really proud of what we’ve achieved in the last six months. It’s our third event, we were ninth at Kiel and ninth at the Europeans. It’s been a big jump up.”

Haylee: “I think we were a little bit disappointed. We didn’t have a whole lot to lose because we didn’t expect to be on the podium, so we were ready to go for it. But silver is still beyond our expectations.”

Santiago Lange – Argentina – Nacra 17 (bronze)

“It’s not so easy to be able to finish a world championship without the ability to fight for gold. Congratulations to the Italians, they’ve worked hard for this and they did an awesome job.

“We sail all week to win it and when I look back at my races, it was so close on points. We were a little behind at the start of the competition and we knew that today was our chance to get win it back. We’re fighters and we wanted to fight for gold, but we didn’t get the chance, it’s mother nature and it’s the beauty of our sport, we have to accept that.

“Next season is also a big season for us, so we hope to get better and just continue to improve.”

By Matthew Pryor


Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, día 10. Dramático desenlace en la clase 49er FX.

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Dutch prosper from Austrian capsize after brothers Fantela won in ten thousand
For immediate release: 08/11/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

- Bekkering and Deutz take shock gold in 49erFX
- “We called our boat ten thousand because we know the hard work it takes” – Šime Fantela
- Four medal day for France

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Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Deutz won a dramatic 49erFX medal race at the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 on Saturday after Austria pair of Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht capsized in a huge wind shift.

The 49erFX was an unexpected third gold for the Netherlands – they have already won both the men’s and women’s RS:X before the medal races – who are leading the World Championships medal table. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the patron of the event and himself a keen sailor, chose the most dramatic day to visit and was on hand to give out the medals.

Denmark’s Bay of Aarhus has tested all its champions in the last week but perhaps saved the biggest challenge for the 49erFX and not for the first time these flying skiffs have seen an upset, again literally.

“We still can’t believe what just happened, it feels strange, but we are so happy,” Deutz said after they finally got to land – they saved their capsize for after they crossed the finish line. They have never won a world championship medal and were seventh in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Frank and Abicht had started the medal race 11 points clear of Britain’s Sophie Weguilen and Sophie Ainsworth and 14 ahead of the Dutch in third place. The equation was simple: the Austrians only needed to finish sixth or better to be guaranteed gold.

If Frank and Abicht were slightly slow out of the blocks they soon blasted their way through to round the top mark 40 seconds ahead of all their rivals for gold. They held that downwind but the whole race was upturned on the second beat.

The forecast low-pressure system came rolling over early a little early. The thousands of spectators on the harbour promenade could see the dark cloud and wind line moving rapidly across the water. The Dutch were one of three crews in the 10-boat field that spotted how to exploit, heading to the right of the course as a massive shift of over 40 degrees and wind speed leap from 6 to 18 knots swept across them.

“There were light winds in front of us and we decided to tack out and that’s when we noticed that the wind was building up,” Bekkering said. “After 20 seconds we saw so much pressure coming, so we decided to take the risk and stay away from the fleet. In the end, we didn’t know that the shift was so big, but it paid out big time.

“We’ve been saying together for five years. We won in Palma this year and now the World Championships – this is our year.”

The change was so great that the Dutch sailed 200-300 metres less than the boats on the left over the 1km beat. The Austrians could have absorbed that, but not a capsize. They went from first to last and ran out of track to fight back as the skiffs completed the last “downwind” without their spinnakers up, so severe was the shift.

“On the second upwind, there was a 180-degree shift hit us so hard that we capsized immediately,” Abicht said. “We were quite quick in getting back up and into the game but we lost eight boats.”

Weguelin and Ainsworth finished sixth to take bronze. The Rio 2016 Olympic champions, Martina Soffiatti Grael and Kahena Kunze, finished third in the race to take fourth overall. Grael’s disappointment will have been softened by the fact that she has only had 20 days of training after coming back from a year in the Volvo Ocean Race.

In the 49er medal race, 40 minutes before, the men had enjoyed steady 11-13 knot southerlies and the Croatian brothers, Šime & Mihovil Fantela made sure there were no surprises for the gold – the battle for silver was another matter entirely – as they controlled their opponents from start to finish.

“It’s been an amazing last year sailing with my brother,” Šime said. “It’s been a challenge some days coming from the 470, so winning the World Championships is beyond my dreams.”

The Fantelas went into their medal race 13 points clear of the young German pair, Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf, in second. Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel, the bronze medallists in Rio were third, 18 points behind. France’s Mathieu Frei and Noe Delpech in fourth were nine points further back. If bronze for the French looked tough, silver looked like a real stretch.

The first upwind was predictable. The Croatians shepherded both German crews all the way up and rounded the top mark fractionally ahead of both. Thereafter they did not have to worry as the German challenge went backwards fast as they took bigger and bigger risks to get back into contention. They finished a long way off the pace in ninth and tenth place respectively as the Frei and Delpech, in the lead group from the start, surged to front at the end of the final downwind to guarantee silver.

France have specialised in ambushes at these World Championships, having won the men’s 470 after starting a long way behind in bronze.

For the Fantelas this has been a fairytale start to the beginning of their new partnership. They have only been sailing the 49er together for 18 months and were eighth at the Test Event in Aarhus a year ago.

Šime, 32, has switched from an illustrious career in the men’s 470 – where he won two class world championships and the gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics – to partner his younger brother Mihovil, 28, an ex-windsurfer. Their form in 2018 did not point to gold here, but they have dominated the fleet.

“Our goal since I changed class was a medal in Tokyo (2020 Olympics),” Šime said. “We know how many more hours in the boat we have to spend – our boat name is “ten thousand”, which is a symbolic name for how many hours we need to spend in the boat if we want to win a medal because. I’ve been there once and I know how much hard work it takes to have even a chance to shoot for a medal.”

And for them being brothers has only been a help.

“Šime asked me if we could sail together in the 49er and we thought we would trial it for a bit,” Mihovil said. “It worked so well, and we make a good team.”

Šime agreed, “Probably we can say more to each other than the guys who are not so close, and of course later we can discuss it more easily than some other crews that have some borders.”

Gusts over 30 knots and thunder and lightning meant that the medal races for the men’s and women’s kiteboard – making their debut at the World Championships – was abandoned before starting. That brought three more medals for France. The men’s kite had promised to be tight with the top seven separated by 21 points, with 30 points up for grabs in the three medal race format.

Nicolas Parlier and Theo de Ramecourt took gold and bronze for France respectively, Britain’s Guy Bridge took silver.

The women’s kite had been clearer with the USA’s Daniela Moroz leading Russia’s Elena Kalinina by 13 points. France’s Alexia Francelli (14 points further back) took bronze.

The Nacra 17, and RS:X Men and Women will have their medal races tomorrow. You’ll be able to watch the races live here – aarhus2018.sailing.org/watch

They said:

Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht – Austria – 49erFX (silver)

Abicht: “It was a frustrating moment for us and even more challenging trying to find our focus again. We were disappointed at that moment because we had the thought of winning the Championships, but we are so happy with silver. We’ve only been sailing in the FX for two years and we already have the World Championship silver medal.”

Frank: “That’s the sport, and we are going to have another chance, and next time we will be better.”

Abicht: “This is our first medal in a World Championships, so we are happy with our result.”

Sophie Weguilen and Sophie Ainsworth – Great Britain – 49erFX (bronze)

Ainsworth: “It’s been very hard for us and coming away with a medal is a blessing. We are so happy, especially after those challenging conditions.

“We remained consistent during the week and climbed our way up. The medal race went well for us and we’ve won bronze. We’ve been following our set processes like getting to that boat park at a certain time and practicing a certain way, and that was the key for our consistency.”

Mathieu Frei and Noe Delpech – France – 49er (silver)

Frei: “We don’t know what happened, we just tried to sail as well as could. We understood the wind shifts well and decided to take the right shift.

“We managed to take the lead on the last downwind, with a nice jibe in the middle of the last downwind.

“We had to keep things simple because they were four or five boats fighting for the bronze and silver medal. Our decision was to take the right side, as a classic race.
We are very happy but it’s going to hit us in a few hours once we call our families.”

Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf – Germany – 49er (bronze)

Fischer: “We took the wrong side of the course and quickly realised that we’d lose some places. We did our best to climb back up. Even though that was the case we are so happy to get a podium spot at the World Championships.
I recently had an injury on my ankle, and we were out for two months. From March to May, and it was hard to get back into things.”

Graf: “The week was almost perfect for us. We are on the podium and we are happy with that.”

Nicolas Parlier – France – Men’s Kiteboard (Gold)

“It feels awesome! This is great for the sport and it only shows a positive journey to the 2024 Olympics.”

“I’m happy with my performance in this competition, even with these difficult conditions. It hasn’t been easy this year, I’ve been studying and haven’t been focusing on my training as much. The top 10 points were so close and there was no room for mistakes.”

“There is a good future for kiting, and with more and more riders competing, it’s also going to get harder to stay at the top.”

Daniela Moroz – USA – Women’s Kiteboard (Gold)

“I’m so stoked! All the hard work has paid off. It’s been a great year thanks to my parents, friends and all those who supported me.”

“Competing in a championship like this is feels different. Winning here feels more significant and I think that is because we have all these other classes here too.”

By Matthew Pryor

Tokio 2020, Lange-Carranza logran la plaza olímpica para el país en Nacra 17 foiling.

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La Argentina obtuvo su segunda plaza para Tokio 2020 de la mano de Lange y Carranza

(Viernes 10 de agosto de 2018)

Santiago Lange y Cecilia Carranza clasificaron a la Argentina en la clase Nacra 17 para los Juegos Olímpicos Tokio 2020 al quedar en el tercer puesto luego de trece regatas del HempelSailingWorldChampionships, el cual se desarrolla del 30 de julio al 12 de agosto en Aarhus, Dinamarca.

Los medallistas de oro en Río de Janeiro 2016 deberán correr la MedalRace para determinar si entran en un podio del mundial de vela en el país escandinavo. Mientras tanto, Santiago expresó en sus redes sociales: “Un gran paso hacia Tokio 2020, Argentina clasificada. Gracias y felicitaciones a todo el equipo y a todos los que nos acompañaron. Sin ellos no sería posible”.

Con un total de 72 unidades, el timonel de San Isidro y la tripulante de Rosario figuran en el podio detrás de los italianos Ruggero Tita y Caterina Marianna (acumulan 69 puntos) y los australianos Nathan y HayleeOutteridge (70 unidades).

La Argentina tiene 23 atletas representes en aguas danesas y la FAY felicita al equipo por su gran desempeño en el HempelSailingWorldChampionships.

Comunicado de la RFEV referente a la sanción impuesta a Iker Martinez.

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Comunicado Oficial

La Real Federación Española de Vela, en relación con la resolución disciplinaria que sanciona al deportista Iker Martínez de Lizarduy, ejercitada siguiendo lo dispuesto en la regla 69 RRV y el apartado 35 de las regulaciones de World Sailing por el Jurado Internacional del Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, acata la misma entendiendo que se ha producido siguiendo las reglas y procedimientos en vigor.

A la vista de los hechos que motivan dicha resolución, la RFEV realizará su propia investigación para analizar lo sucedido y adoptar las medidas que pudieran corresponder en cumplimiento de las obligaciones que impone la Normativa Preolímpica 3er Ciclo y con la finalidad de garantizar el cumplimiento de las normas y principios que rigen el deporte de la vela.

Cabe recordar que Iker Martínez es uno de los mejores deportistas del mundo y ha ayudado a lo largo de su carrera a posicionar a la vela española en lo más alto. En su currículum destacan dos medallas olímpicas, oro en Atenas 2004 y plata en Pekín 2008, tres campeonatos del mundo y tres de Europa. Además, Iker Martínez fue reconocido en 2006 con la Medalla de Oro al Mérito Deportivo que otorga el Consejo Superior de Deportes.

La RFEV desde el primer momento ha dado su apoyo y asesoramiento a Iker Martínez y así lo seguirá haciendo hasta que se clarifique la situación.

Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, día 8.

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Berecz claims first Hungarian gold on day of upsets in Aarhus
For immediate release: 08/09/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

- Hungarian enjoys karma after injury in good deed accident
- Japan flex 470 muscles
- Swedes suffer double shock
- France shock men’s 470 win as Spain take surprise silver and bronze

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The tears rolled down Zsomber Berecz’s face as he crossed the finish line in Denmark’s beautiful Bay of Aarhus on Thursday to win the Finn and Hungary’s first ever medal in one of these quadrennial sailing world championships. It was the first gold medal to be awarded at these Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 and Berecz’s emotions were heightened by the fact that it has been a long time coming – for him and his country.

“I’m a human being and I know what it means for me, my team and my country. It is a big achievement,” Berecz said.

However hard it was for Sweden’s silver medallist, Max Salminen, who had led by eight points going into today – day 8 – after an exhausting victory in the storm late on Wednesday evening, it was hard not to feel that there was some kind of karma behind Berecz’s gold.

The 32-year-old Berecz had been lying second after only made his comeback six weeks ago following four months out with a thumb he broke in a freak accident whilst doing a good deed for a fellow sailor.

“I had a great day training in Cadiz (before the Europeans in March),” Berecz said. “I was so pumped up and on the way home, I saw some hiking (wetsuit) pants fall off the van in front of me. I stopped with my bike, I grabbed it and I saw they stopped at the next roundabout, so I was going full speed to reach them to give it back, and the leg of the wetsuit got caught in the front wheel and stopped it completely and I made a front-flip, and I broke my thumb.

“If you would’ve said at the start of the Championship that I will win it, I wouldn’t believe you. I had four months off, and it was a tough four months. I only had one and half months of training before these worlds, but I spent it really well and it worked out.”

Berecz is fast rewriting Hungary’s sailing records. He won silver at the 2016 Europeans in Barcelona and that was only the second medal ever for Hungary at major Finn championships.

The equation for gold had been simple for Salminen; he led by eight points and if he finished fourth or better was guaranteed gold (and to defend the Finn Gold Cup he won in 2017), but he could only finish seventh and was never above fifth.

Berecz and the Netherland’s Pieter-Jan Postma were a class apart in this battle of the giants – the biggest sailors at the World Championships at 6ft 2in up and between 95-110kg. They escaped during the first beat and were never caught as the rest of the fleet fought for air. The front two – training partners for the last fortnight in Aarhus – pulled away in the nine-knot south-easterly breeze and Postma leapt from sixth overnight to take bronze from New Zealand’s Josh Junior.

After only making his comeback from retirement two months ago, Postma, 36, was almost as happy as Berecz. It will have been doubly sweet because he won his national battle within the battle against Nicholas Heiner, 29, who started the day fourth but could only finish eighth in the medal race. Heiner will have to console himself that he finished sixth overall and thus inside the top 8 that the Netherlands strict selection criteria laid down to keep selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics open.

There was greater heartbreak for Sweden in the men’s 470. The Swedish 2018 European Champions, Anton Dahlberg, and Frederik Bergström, had led by six points overnight – after leading all week – and third place or better would have guaranteed gold. They came last and slipped out of the medals entirely.

Having started the day third overall, France’s Kevin Peponnet and Jermie Mion finished third in the medal race and that was enough for gold. Tetsuya Isosaki and Akira Takayanagi – one of nine Japanese men’s 470 teams in Aarhus and one of three in the medal race – started the day second (albeit level on points with the French) and took silver by finishing fifth. Spaniards, Jordi Xammar Hernandez and Nicolás Rodriguez Garcia-Paz, who had started the day in fifth, 14 points behind the Swedes, took a surprise bronze after a magnificent second-place in the medal race.

“It was so intense. My heart is still beating so hard. That was the hardest race I’ve ever sailed in my life,” Peponnet said. “The hardest bit of the race for me was to catch the other guy. To focus on your speed, with all the waves and chaos around you, it’s very hard.

“The goal (this week) was to be less than 10 points from the leader, for a chance to win the title. We managed to keep that distance between the first place and us all week long. When an opportunity comes, you can grab it and that is what we’ve done, and we’ve won the title.”

The Swedes were understandably disconsolate. “We didn’t execute the medal race we wanted and…yeah…as bad as it could get probably,” Dahlberg said.

The women’s 470 – the third medal race of the day – had smaller surprises. Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka underlined Japan’s strength in the 470 class by winning a relatively comfortable gold. They started the day top and finished fifth in the medal race but they had done their maths and kept France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz, bronze medallists at the 2016 Rio Olympics ahead of the Japanese crew in fifth, behind them. The French slipped to seventh – in the end, sixth would have been enough for bronze, so close were the margins.

“We were very nervous at the beginning of today because we were in first place,” Yoshida said. “I felt a lot of pressure, but finally I got a gold. The medal race was the hardest of the week, it was very close, but we weren’t worried when the British passed us because we had worked out the mathematics.”

Hannah Mills, the Rio 2016 Olympic champion and her new crew, Eilidh McIntyre, took bronze but it could have been silver had they not lost around 15 seconds after confusion over who had been OCS at that start. The Slovenians were over the line, but the two British teams, uncertain of their status, went back when they did not need to.

Mills and McIntyre powered back to seventh at the top mark and fourth at the finish, but the Spaniards Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina, who had started the day in fourth, led from start to finish and took silver to make it an unexpectedly great day for Spain.

In the men’s Laser, Pavlos Kontides (CYP) holds the top spot, discarding his last race. Matthew Wearn (AUS) seemed to have a bad day but finishes the day in second. Elliot Hanson (GBR) moves up to third.

Sam Meech (NZL), and Australian, Tom Burton both dropped positions after being protested, more information can be found on the online Noticeboard.

Laser Radial
Belgium’s Emma Plasschaert leads the women’s Radial with an 11-point cover over Marit Bouwmeester (NED), who is second. Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) didn’t particularly have a great day on the water but she holds third place.

Australian siblings, Nathan and Haylee Nathan Outteridge claim top spot overnight. Christian Peter Lübeck & Lin Ea Cenholt (DEN) are second and Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG) move down to third.

RS:X Men
The men’s RS:X races were live today, click here to watch the races. Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) tops the leaderboard, with Paweł Tarnowski (POL) in second, and Kieran Holmes-Martin (GBR) in third place.

RS:X Women
The Dutch windsurfer, Lilian de Geus leads by 5 points ahead of Yunxiu Lu (CHN), in second. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka drops to third.

Men’s 49er
Sime and Mihovil Fantela lead in the 49er class, and Germany’s Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf hold second place. Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel, also from Germany are third.

Women’s 49erFX
Austria’s Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht are first, and Great British, Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth are second, Annemiek BekkeringAnnette Duetz (NED) is third in the 49erFX class.

Men’s Kiteboard
Nicolas Parlier (FRA) leads in the men’s Kiteboard, with a 4-point lead ahead of Guy Bridge (GBR). Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) sits in third.

Women’s Kiteboard
In the women’s Kiteboard fleet, Daniela Moroz (USA) holds top spot overnight, with Russian, Elena Kalinina in second. Alexia Fancelli (FRA) is third.
They said:

Zsombor Berecz – Hungary – Finn (gold medal)
“There was a changing point in my performance once I was in the gold fleet. I was the most consistent in the fleet and that really paid off.”

On the medal race: “I chose the race committee end. The Canadian and the Dutch were squeezing me out a bit. I went about 10 metres more to the right and I tacked back because I wanted to keep going further away from the shore, because the closer you were the less wind there was. And then I was just playing with the shifts and I had two great shifts and it was enough to be first at the upwind mark. Then on the second upwind I just followed the fleet. It sounds easy but it wasn’t.”

Max Salminen – Sweden – Finn (silver)
“Right now, it stings a bit. I was not thinking about silver until the final reach – so in that sense it feels like a defeat. But I suppose it’s a good thing I’m not happy with silver. I thought I could make it all through the race but in the end, I just fell short. I couldn’t get in tune with the wind and on the first upwind it was a chase from there. I could have had two Finn Gold Cups in a row, so I’m gutted. It would’ve suited my bookcase at home. I can’t stand one more year without it.”

Pieter-Jan Postma – Netherlands – Finn (bronze)
“It feels amazing, it could not have gone much better today. We both (he and Zsombor) just got the gusts. Even when you’re all running so close together, on days like today you get different gusts, it’s hard to see them, but Zsombor and I spotted them and it made the speed difference. We trained together here for two weeks. I wanted top 8 so this is a huge bonus.”

Tetsuya Isosaki and Akira Takayanagi – Japan – men’s 470 (silver)

Isosaki: “There’s mixed emotions, we’re very happy to win silver, but the gold medal was close, so…next time. This has been a very close Worlds.”

Akira: “This regatta has been so shifty and quite difficult for us so we found out a lot.”

Jordi Xammar Hernandez and Nicolás Rodriguez Garcia-Paz – Spain – men’s 470 (bronze)

“At the end, we crossed the line and we didn’t know anything. We were unsure what position we finished in. We asked our coach, and everyone, but no one knew just yet. Then finally, they checked the results and we were just so happy when we heard that we’d won a medal.

“We were in fifth position and we had nothing to lose, so we tried to win one side in the upwind, at the end we were in third position in the top mark. It went well at the end. The French and the Japanese were fighting in the second upwind and it was really good for us. In the end, second place and bronze medal – we’re happy.”

Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka – Japan – women’s 470 (gold)

Miho Yoshioka:
“During this regatta wind was light and shifty. Sometimes we had wait for long time on water. It’s tough. I think that it was very good the results came out with such a difficult regatta.”

Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina – Spain – women’s 470 (silver)
“It was really good conditions, good winds which helped. We had an Oscar flag up and we had to be pumping all the way, but it was nice. We manged to sail well and stay in the front.

“We came into the medal race with nothing to lose and we already had fourth place secured, so we just had to give the maximum try and catch a medal. Our plan was just to try and maintain our calmness on the water, while watching the shifts and water pressures – as well as managing our pumping and not looking back.

“We’re super happy to win silver and it goes to show that all the training and events we have done this year has paid off.”

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre – Great Britain – women’s 470 (bronze)

Mills: “We’re so happy and relieved. We had a super tough medal race and we are just so happy to come away with a bronze medal.”

McIntyre: “I feel so knackered right now. It was really hard, and we made the decision to go back – I think we need to stand by that decision whether we were really close. We managed to claw back a few places and got back in the game.”

Mills: “The conditions were wacky and wild. Once you make that decision you find that all the nerves go, and you just think of what you need to do to get back in the race. It took me a while to get the maths right but once I did, we felt satisfied.”

By Matthew Pryor

Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, día 7.

Primeros países en lograr la plaza olímpica para Tokio 2020

470 femenino: China, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Israel, Slovenia, Spain.

470 masculino: Australia, France, Great Britain, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, USA.

Finn: Argentina, Canada, Hungary, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Turkey.


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Giant Swede braves Danish storm as Finn and Men’s 470 medal races set
For immediate release: 08/08/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

- Salminen eight points clear in Finn
- Three-horse race in the Men’s 470?
- Laser and Laser Radial will use Thursday reserve to complete series

Giant Swede Max Salminen drove home his advantage in the eye of the storm in the Bay of Aarhus on Wednesday to win the last race of the day in the Finn class and establish a potentially decisive eight-point lead for medal race tomorrow.

A hot and humid day seven at the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 saw us coming to the business end and some of the big names are rising to the occasion, but there are some notable absences from the top 10 qualifying for the medal race.

The 29-year-old Salminen, who won gold in the Star class at the London 2012 Olympics, was sixth after moving to the Finn in at the Rio 2016 Olympics and won his first class world championships in the Finn last year. He will have enjoyed the final downwind in the lashing rain – arriving 20 minutes ahead of the forecast – as the wind jumped from single digits to 23 knots, gusting 30.

But the top six are all in with a realistic chance of winning in the winner-takes-all medal race, where points count double. Four points separate Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz, New Zealand’s Josh Junior, Canada’s Tom Ramshaw and the Dutch rivals Nicholas Heiner and Pieter-Jan Postma (fourth and sixth respectively).

There will, however, be no Jorge Zarif, the Brazilian, who just missed out on a medal in Rio and has been the dominant force in the Finn this year. He has had a disastrous last two days. America’s Caleb Paine, the bronze medallist in Rio, had looked well set after sixth in the first race of the day, but a 33rd place in the last race left him 12th.

The same fate nearly befell Great Britain’s Ed Wright. At the start of the day, Wright, had a seven-point lead on three sailors close behind. With the potential for no races in the light airs that kept them on shore for most of the day, he was looking at a healthy lead going into the medal race tomorrow. A 27th and 19th place put paid to that and almost saw him miss out completely.

Denmark has no one in the top 10, but the Finn will be followed very closely by a knowledgeable home crowd in tomorrow’s stadium race. It is the class their Olympic legend, Paul Elvstrøm – who won four Olympic golds – made his and Denmark’s own in the 1950s and 1960. Danish sailors have won the Finn Gold Cup ten times.

Great Britain took under that mantle under their own colossus, Ben Ainslie, and then Giles Scott. But the absence of the Scott, the Olympic champion and four-time winner of the Finn Gold Cup (the world championships), away on other projects, has seen others rise and Salminen will be seeking to prove that it is his and Sweden’s time.

There were fewer surprises in the men’s 470, who completed the final race of their gold medal fleet series today. The Swedish 2018 European Champions, Anton Dahlberg and Frederik Bergström, could only manage eighth place and saw their lead cut to six points over two chasing crews. They are in touching distance of their first world championship title but will have their hands full watching Japan’s Tetsuya Isosaki and Akira Takayanagi, who finished second yesterday. France’s Kevin Peponnet and Jermie Mion are third, but level on points with the Japanese.

All three will have to be careful that they do not get so wrapped up in their own battles that they let Australia’s Mat Belcher and William Ryan, the silver medallists at the Rio 2016 Olympics, slip past. The Australians could only finish tenth and are 13 points behind the leader, but if anyone knows how to win a medal race it is Belcher, who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics, and the 2011 World Championships in Perth and 2014 World Championships in Santander.

The fleet could only manage one race and will to race once more tomorrow on the reserve day to finish the series ahead of the medal race on Friday. Pavlos Kontides, who became the first-ever Olympic medallist for Cyprus (in any sport) with his silver at the London 2012 Olympics, is leading after finishing second. Australia’s Matthew Wearn is three points behind, able to discard his 15th place today, and his compatriot, the Rio 2016 Olympic champion, Tom Burton is a further two points back. New Zealand’s Rio bronze medallist, Sam Meech, the long-time leader, slipped further back with 13th today and is 13 points off the lead. But the last race tomorrow could still change everything.

Laser Radial
The fleet could only manage one race and will to race twice more tomorrow on the reserve day to finish the series ahead of the medal race on Friday. In difficult and shifting conditions before racing was abandoned, there were some big double-digit scores at the top of the leaderboard. Just one point separates the top three. Leader Paige Railey (USA) finished 37th out of the 60 boats and third-placed Anne-Marie Rindom, Denmark’s Rio 2016 bronze medallist, 44th. The flying Dutchwoman, Marit Bouwmeester, lies fifth, 19 points behind the leader. But no one will be writing off the woman who won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Perth and 2014 World Championships in Santander.

Women’s 49erFX
Austria’s Tanja Frank (the Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medallist in the Nacra) and Lorena Abicht were serene in the rapidly shifting winds and fortunes as others in the leading group faltered. They finished top overall after winning the last of the first three races in the gold fleet with three to come tomorrow.

Local favourites, Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen started the gold medal fleet races today 10 points ahead overall, but a penalty turn on the first upwind left them near the back. They managed to finish 18th in the 30-strong field, but lost the lead it was a sign of things to come as they slipped to fourth overall.

The first race was abandoned no racing was possible. They made it in just as the storm front hit the Bay of Aarhus.

Men’s Kite
All three spots in the Men’s Kiteboard remain the same as yesterday. Full results can be found here – https://aarhus2018.sailing.org/results

Women’s Kite
Slight change in the Women’s leaderboard, Daniela Moroz (USA) now leads, while Elena Kalinina (RUS) sits in second and Alexia Fancelli (FRA) in third.
They said:

Max Salminen – Sweden – Finn (leader)
“I’m tired after today, but it’s a huge relief to qualify my nation and go into the medal race as the leader.

“I can see the Olympics in my vision. It’s nice to have a chance to defend my World title after a long week. So far, the competition in my fleet has been great and it’s a shame that we’re missing Giles Scott.

“It’s always good to have a buffer, especially on a tricky race like this, but there is not much of a game I can play – I just have to sail my best.”

Josh Junior – New Zealand – Finn
“It was pretty rough in the end. We went out there and had about 7-8 knots all day and right at the last turning mark we got a squall of about 40, which is almost double the racing limit. I went from sixth to 20-something and I’m pretty gutted about it, to be honest. It was a tough day but I’m still in the hunt so happy with that.”

Pavlos Kontides – Cyprus – Laser
“I’m feeling good. I had a good race and I’m leading. I am confident in tomorrow races, if we get any. I still don’t have a big discard, so I can keep my focus on the medal race and double points.”

Matthew Wearn – Australia – Laser
“It’ll be nice to race tomorrow and get another opportunity to make some points up. Quite a lot of waiting today on the water. First race was abandoned, and the second race was an okay race for me.”

Sam Meech – New Zealand – Laser
“[A 13th] would be OK but, unfortunately, the people who I need to be in front of did really well in the race. If I didn’t have a bad race yesterday, I would be more than happy with that.

“It’s not quite where I wanted to be. We still have one more race tomorrow so there are a lot of points on the line. I will try to get myself back into a good position before the medal race.”

Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht – Austria – Women’s 49erFX (leaders)
“We’re not really trying to count the points because the girl’s fleet is just half way through. We have a full new day tomorrow and we are just looking forward to racing again.”

Natasha Bryant / Annie Wilmot – Australia – 49erFX (second)
“We were chipping away with all the boats today – it was really tough race course, so we were just trying to make sure that we didn’t have any issues.

“We’re happy with the way today has gone. It’s one of our first gold fleet races and we’ve only been in the class for a year now, so we are pushing hard. Everyone around us is so good.

When they were told that they are second overall:
Oh wow! That’s a surprise! (laughing) That’s exciting. I’m sure the points are really tight.”

By Matthew Pryor


Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018. En clase Finn, Facundo Olezza logra la plaza olímpica para Argentina.

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La Argentina obtuvo su primera plaza para Tokio 2020

(Miércoles 8 de agosto de 2018)

Luego de diez regatas disputadas y con un séptimo puesto parcial en la clasificación general, Facundo Olezza le dio la plaza a la Argentina en la clase Finn para los Juegos Olímpicos Tokio 2020, en el marco del HempelSailingWorldChampionships, campeonato que se desarrolla del 30 de julio al 12 de agosto en Aarhus, Dinamarca, conlas 10 clases olímpicas participando y el agregado kitesurfingpor primera vez.

El timonel de Beccar, de un excelente noveno puesto en Río de Janeiro 2016, acumula 77 unidades netas, faltando mañana la MedalRace (regata con puntaje doble y que determina los podios) pero al finalizar en el top ten para correr la regata por la medalla, ya tiene asegurada la plaza para el país.

La Argentina tiene 23 atletas representes en aguas danesas y en lo que resta del torneo la posibilidad de repetir más lugares para más clases de cara a la máxima cita olímpica, dentro de dos años.

1.400 regatistas de 90 países, 1100 barcos aproximadamente, participan de estecampeonato mundial de mayores, en donde se calcula que concurrirán alrededor de 400.000 visitantes a Aarhus.

En esta gran primera prueba de clasificación para los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio, el Equipo Argentino de Vela, auspiciado por Galicia Éminent, está conformado de la siguiente manera:

470 masculino: Fernando Gwozdz-Tomás Dietrich

49er masculino: Yago Lange-Klaus Lange

49er femenino:Victoria Travascio-Sol Branz / Lucía Tamani – Bianca Tamani

Finn: Facundo Olezza

Kitesurf masculino: Federico Aguilar

Laser Masculino: Tomás Pellejero / Julio Alsogaray / Francisco Guaragna /Francisco Renna / Juan Pablo Bisio / Agustín Vidal

Laser Femenino:Lucía Falasca / Luciana Cardozo

RS:X femenino: Celia Tejerina

NACRA 17:Santiago Lange-Cecilia Carranza / Mateo Majdalani-Eugenia Bosco

La FAY felicita al equipo por su desempeño en el HempelSailingWorldChampionships.

Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, día 6. Lange – Carranza lideran en Nacra 17.

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Women’s 470 medal race fleet decided after Tense Tuesday
For immediate release: 08/07/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

- Yoshida confident of gold
- Men’s 470, Finn, Laser and Laser Radial medal fleets decided Wednesday
- Is it easier to become a champion or stay one?

The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 has its first medal race fleet in the women’s 470 with Japan’s duo of Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka leading by five points.

Yoshida and Yoshioka, fifth in the Rio 2016 Olympics, were sixth in the only race possible on Tuesday. France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz, bronze medallists in Rio, won to close in second place. But Hannah Mills, the Rio Olympic champion and her new crew, Eilidh McIntyre, were furious after finishing 18th – their worst of the series.

“Are we feeling confident? Yes, of course, we’re here and still leading,” Yoshida said. “The French were first, but we’re happy with sixth in the circumstances.”

For Mills, however, “today was absolutely ridiculous. The wind came in at 5-7 knots and was pretty steady, probably the steadiest we’ve had in Aarhus.

“We were out on the water for about 3-4 hours without any racing. We did a few starts and got postponed a lot. The wind was shifting like 10 degrees. I just feel very frustrated.”

The World Championships in Denmark is coming to the business end of the week and the fields are beginning to narrow toward the medal race. Four more fleets, the Finn, the men’s and women’s 470s, Laser and Laser Radial medal race fleets could be decided tomorrow – wind permitting.

After Big Monday stalled, Tense Tuesday at least saw plenty of racing and left some big names with bigger scores. Some fleets were on the water for six hours, starting, stopping and pressing in shifting pressure in the Bay of Aarhus.

But the top tens are still full of familiar names and after nine races in all conditions in the men’s 470, the Swedish 2018 European Champions, Anton Dahlberg and Frederik Bergström held their lead over the French and extended against Australia’s Mat Belcher and William Ryan, the silver medallists at the Rio 2016 Olympics. They will try to complete one more race tomorrow on the reserve day before the medal race on Thursday.

The forecast stable 8-10 easterlies did not materialise and all the fleets had to pick and roll their way through soft patches. “It was race all the way across the finish line today,” Bergström said. “There were a lot of things happening during the race, a lot of overtakes and big losses for some people, turnarounds in the fleet, which is brilliant racing.”

Belcher, 35, won gold at the London 2012 Olympics, and with Simon Fantela, the 2016 Olympic champion having switched the 49er, his boat, as has been the case for almost a decade, is the one to beat.

The Swedes have emerged from the pack this year and look capable of taking the crown. But they have never won a world championship and missed out in the class worlds a year ago after leading Belcher and Ryan by a point going into the medal race. Do they think it is easier to become a champion or stay one?

“I think once you have proven yourself, that gives you some confidence and we’re still working hard to find that confidence all the time,” Dahlberg, 33, said. “But we know we have it in us and we strongly believe in what we’re doing and I think we have managed a bit of both; we have the drive of coming from behind, but we are starting to get the experience and trust in our process.”

Like Mills he is feeling the heat from the challengers. But despite two finishes outside the top there was the ever-present glint of man who’s been there and done that in eye of Belcher in the boat part afterwards. The man who won the 2011 World Championships in Perth and 2014 World Championships in Santander fired a perhaps mischievous shot across Swedish bows.

“I think the hardest world championships are always the first one because to get that step and get that confidence takes a long time,” he said. “For us, in this position of winning the worlds or not, we’ve been there so much it doesn’t really bother us too much. People deal with that differently, but if you’ve done it once you can reassure yourself that you can do it again. (Being the target) gives you confidence and we’ve been in that position for almost a decade.”

He acknowledged the rise of the Swedes but hinted in his own inimitably friendly way that the gloves were coming off.

“Certainly the Swedish guys have really picked up quite a lot. We’ve had some great battles this year – really enjoyable battle,” he said. “But no doubt the Japanese contingent with nine boats, which is just insane, are obviously coming along pretty well. We’re just focusing on what we need to do. Now, two years in (to the Olympic cycle) we’re going to start to ramp up the programme, but we’re really happy with where we’re at. There are different stages in campaigns and different stages in life as well.”

The laser has been even more keenly fought and Australia’s Matthew Wearn continues to look like the greatest rival of his compatriot, Tom Burton, the 2016 Rio Olympic champion. After eight races, Wearn, 22, who became European champion this year, leads after two single digit races on a day when many of the top ten registered at least one huge double digit. Burton, 28, is eight points back in fourth. Wearn won the Test Event in the Bay of Aarhus last year against Burton, but this World Championships would be his biggest step towards a changing of the guard.


Laser Radial
The gold fleet only managed one race and the second was abandoned. Danish, Anne-Marie Rindom continues her lead at the top of the leaderboard. Paige Railey (USA) is second, and Sarah Douglas (CAN) is third.

Edward Wright (GBR) had a good second race today, finishing second and he holds first place overall. Tom Ramshaw (CAN) in second, and Josh Junior (NZL) follow closely with only one point separating him and Ramshaw.

RS:X Men
The RS:X Men completed three races today with Pawel Tarnowski (POL) topping the leaderboard, and Dorian Van Rijsselberghe (NED) in second place. Italian, Daniele Benedetti is third.

RS:X Women
In the RS:X Women, Yunxiu Lu (CHN) leads overall after day six. Lilian De Geus (NED) is second and Charline Picon (FRA) is third.

Nacra 17
Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli ARG), take charge after a tough couple of races in the Nacra 17 fleet. Brazilian’s, Albrecht & Nicolino de Sá shoot up to second and Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin move up to third.

Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen (DEN) hold first place, and the Dutch, Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz take second overnight. Austrian’s Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht finish the day in third.

There was no racing today for the 49er Men as today was their layday.
They said:

Matthew Wearn – Australia – Laser (leader)
“Good result for myself and pretty solid day. I’m happy to not have a big drop before going into the last day. The first race was a bit marginal due to the conditions. I thought the second race was fantastic.”

Sam Meech – New Zealand – Laser
“Today was an absolute nightmare. I think I sailed probably the worst race of my year so far, unfortunately in that first race. It was just bad timing to have it, especially after all the work I have put in this year. It was raceable but only just.

“Once we are in gold fleet like this you get a bad race you move back in the standings a lot and if you get a good race you move up. I think there’s still a lot of racing left to go but it definitely shows how tight the racing in the Laser fleet is.”

Akira Takayanagi – Japan – men’s 470
“We had a good start in the second race, led at the top mark and controlled the race from there. We’re just tired because we were waiting so long. But we wanted that first place (the won the second race of the day).”

Jenna Mai Hansen – Denmark – 49erFX (16th in only race today)
“We didn’t have the right start. The wind shifted far left and we had to go port-tack behind the fleet and it shifted so much so we had to go behind everybody.
That meant we got into a weird rhythm, so they went left, and we went right and when we tacked we missed the shift, and it was tricky to get back up from there.

“We are pleased with our result so far. We are now getting into the finals where it really counts so we are obviously still happy to be very much in the game. I’m sure we’ll come back from this.

“When we never know what’s going to happen out there, it’s best to just prepare and do what makes you ready. For me, it’s just being very relaxed and for Katja it’s running for a little while, so she can ready and in the mood. We prepare in different ways but we make sure that we have plenty of food, water and stay out of the sun.”

By Matthew Pryor