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.

Fuente info FAY


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.

Curso de trimado de velas en el Club de Regatas La Plata, abierto a socios y no socios.

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Invitamos a socios y no socios a participar del CURSO DE TRIMADO DE VELAS dictado por Juan Pablo Marchesoni de la Velería North Sails. Los esperamos el 16 de agosto a las 19hs. en el salón Oval del Club.
La inscripción es en la Oficina de Vela y el valor es un bono contribución de $250 en colaboración de nuestro representante Hugo Velazquez en el “Para World Championship 2018″.
Al final habrá sorteos a cargo de Pablo Brandolino, representante de North Sails.

FAST40+ Class Lendy Cowes Week, triunfo para Rán 7.

copyright Paul Wyeth/Lendy Cowes Week

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FAST40+ Class at Lendy Cowes Week

Final Report

Niklas Zennstrom’s Carkeek designed Rán 7 has won Round 4 of the FAST40+ Class Circuit at Lendy Cowes Week. Rán 7 came from behind to take the lead from Peter Morton’s CF40+ Girls on Film, which was runner-up. Bas de Voogd’s Carkeek MkIII Hitchhiker worse score in the seven race series was fourth, securing the Dutch team’s podium finish for the regatta. Stewart Whitehead’s Rebellion was in great form for the last day winning Race Six. Lendy Cowes Week also produced a first for the FAST40+ Class, Olivia Dowling becoming the first women at the helm for the owner driver class, racing Ker40+ Pace to fourth overall. Pace was just ahead of Steve Cowie’s Botin Carkeek Zephyr on countback.

Rán 7 crew: Niklas Zennström, Ellie Cumpsty, Connor Banks, Tom Needham, Toby Iles, Ollie Glanville, Revelin Minihane, Tim Powell, Justin Slattery, Steve Hayles, Adrian Stead.

The FAST40+ Class limits the number of professional on board. Niklas Zennstrom wanted young amateur navigator, Tom Needham, to speak on behalf of the team. Needham was navigator for the 2017 RORC Season’s Points Championship winner Lisa, a corinthian team led by Nick and Suzi Jones, and past RORC Commodore Michael Boyd.

“It has been amazing, I am really thankful to the team on Lisa for the introduction last year, coming into Team Ran has been very special. It is a continual learning curve and also such a good time. I am learning loads from the pros on board, they are so experienced, and there is so much more to learn. Navigating at Lendy Cowes Week is complex but you really have to push it to win races, especially with regards to depth. As the racing progressed I pushed it more and more and luckily we didn’t touch the bottom! Thank you very much to Niklas and the whole team for getting this boat built on time for the season. It is a really lovely boat and a lot of hard work, for the whole team, goes into getting her ready for each regatta.”

Round 5 of the FAST40+ Race Circuit is the Wight Shipyard One Ton Cup, which will be hosted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in the Solent 13-16 September.

Stay up to date with all the action through the FAST40+ Class Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FAST40UK/ and the official web site:www.fast40class.com


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


Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, día 5.

Santiago Lange y un poco de relax a bordo.

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Fleet frustrated by Big Monday breeze
For immediate release: 08/06/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

Sailing’s oldest enemy played havoc what was supposed to be the busiest day of the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 so far on Monday.

The morning forecast for 8-10 knots westerlies, maybe building and swinging to 12 knot south-westerlies by the late afternoon, gusting up to 20 knots, did not materialise.

With only half of many of the fleets managing to race, the leaderboards were unclear, but there were still some significant moves.

In the men’s 470, Australia’s Mat Belcher and William Ryan, the silver medallists in Rio, gold medallist in London 2012, won the only race of the day in the gold medal fleet. They are now just one point behind the Swedish 2018 European Champions, Anton Dahlberg and Frederik Bergström, whose 13th place became their current discard.

The women’s 470 gold and silver fleets tried to start long into the afternoon to no avail. The Finn gold and silver medal fleets had been postponed earlier in the day.

Weakening offshore westerlies left boats lolling in the Bay of Aarhus waiting for start and on occasion a finish as boat stalled on the line. When they did pick up they were neutralised by the sea breeze.

The meteorological dynamic equilibrium was not always mirrored in the fleet, but World Championship racing is about patience as much as passion.

In the Nacra 17, only the yellow qualification fleet was able to get two races in and even the hot favourites, Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti, struggled. In the first race they were 23rd at the top mark before storming back to 4th. But they could not repeat the trick in the second race, finishing 16th – their current discard.

Nacras need 10-15 knots to foil upwind and about 7 to start downwind. But one Argentinian crew will not have been complaining about boats being stalled on the finish line. It was not the Rio 2016 Olympic champions, Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranze Saroli, but their junior compatriots Mateo Majdalani and Eugenia Bosco, who followed a win with a second place. In the second race, they were one of three boats to benefit in the slowest motion of a finish as the Finnish boat went backward from leader to fourth crossing the line at just over a knot.

In the 49er, the young French pair of Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros continued to enjoy themselves with a fifth and a ninth place keeping them top – albeit in an incomplete day of racing. That last ninth place will not count, however, because the other two 49er fleets were unable to run their seventh races. The fleet will now be split into gold, silver and bronze fleets on the basis of their first six races – the minimum required for qualification – and race again on Wednesday.

Only one fleet in the 49erFX managed a race. The second fleet will complete their sixth race tomorrow to finish the qualifying round.

France’s Nicolas Parlier won the only race in the men’s Kiteboard – to make it seven out of seven so far.

In the women’s RS:X, Great Britain’s Bryony Shaw won the only race possible and Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka was third, taking her top of the leaderboard.

Men’s RS:X: No races possible

Women’s Kiteboard: no races possible

Laser and Laser Radial were on a lay day.

Click here for the full results.

They said:

Emile Amoros – France – Nacra
“It is difficult out there. But we’re outsiders and we’re young so there is no pressure on us. We’ve have a good understanding and spirit. We’re friends and we’re both here to make the boat go faster. It’s true that this year no one has won lots of regattas, but it’s a strong fleet.”

Oscar Gunn – New Zealand – 49er
“We’re happy enough. It was light, tricky racing, so to be inside the top 10 in this stage in the regatta is a keeper. We survived to fight another day.”

Jena Mai Hansen – Denmark – 49erFX
“We knew we had a late start today – 14:30, so we had a lovely morning, very chilled and we had plenty of time get ready for sailing ,but when we got here we could see that the wind was playing up. It slowly died and we knew that the waiting game has started.

“That’s all we’ve been doing all day, waiting a lot onshore. Suddenly a lot of sailors came in and we got sent out and waited out there as well. We’ve just been trying to keep the mood up.

“We were a little pressured because the other FX fleet got one race in and we needed to squeeze our race in. We thought we were going to start but it completely disappeared. We waited for one and a half hours on the water. We also talk about everything else other than sailing. The weather is supposed to pick up tomorrow so we hope to get an extra race in.”

Liv Mackay and Micah Wilkinson – New Zealand – Nacra
Liv: “It was pretty good. We were pretty happy we had two keepers today, which was the aim of the day going into it.”

Micah: “Getting tripped up is a lot easier on days like today so to survive it is a relief.”

Liv: “It’s never fun towards the end of a race when it’s starting to die out. For Micah and I it’s about keeping calm, clear comms, keeping your head out of the boat consolidating where you are.”

Liv: “Tomorrow is our last day of qualifying for gold fleet so we just want three keepers on the board. It looks like another good breeze.”

Bryony Shaw – Great Britain – RS:X Women
“The wind out there was patchy and unstable. A good day for me, I managed to win the race and that’s helped me bounce back up. I’m feeling much better about the prospects for the week.”

By Matthew Pryor

Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, día 4. Buen debut para los dos Nacra 17 argentinos.

Lange y Carranza

Majdalani y Bosco

Fuente info World Sailing

05 Aug 18, 19:01
Windsurfers begin mother of all battles on Super Sunday

Zofia Noceti-Klepacka started the day skateboarding with her children and finished it with a masterclass in high-speed windsurfing on Super Sunday at the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018.

In a World Championships full of mothers, the RS:X fleet is particularly blessed and Noceti-Klepacka has been at the vanguard of making less exceptional what was once seen as impossible in more antediluvian times. One day it will be so normal no one will write about it.

At least six of the 64 women windsurfers competing are mothers: Noceti-Klepacka, Blanca Manchon (Spain), Marina Alabau Neira (Spain), Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén (Finland), Charline Picon (France) and Bryony Shaw (Great Britain). Shaw, 35 carried her 14-month old son, Jaddek, in front of her as the flagbearer in the opening ceremony last Thursday. She has cited the way Jessica Ennis-Hill came back from having a child to take silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as her inspiration.

Serena Williams is the latest high-profile sportsmum. But there are great examples are closer to home. Noceti-Klepacka, 32, had her son Mariano, 8, before the London 2012 Olympics and then went on to take the bronze medal. She is in Aarhus with her husband Michael and Mariano and her five-year-old daughter, Maria.

“They are staying here with me because it’s summer and they have a break from school,” she said. “I’m really happy and more relaxed when family is with me in competition and they support me. They are my fans and they always believe I can be the best.

“It was very hard to come back after my second baby, I needed to work very hard to get my body back and to be fully ready on the water. It took like one year If you want to come back and be a professional athlete my kids are not the problem. They give me motivation and energy. This morning we were watching how the men (windsurfers) sailed and I went skateboarding with them, and my daughter had her roller-skates.”

It also means the discussions about gear have broadened for the fleet. “Of course we (the mothers) talk about it,” she said. “Tuuli is here breastfeeding her daughter, who is nine weeks old. I spoke with her and told her about a special belt that I used to help carry my daughter and how it helped me a lot.”

With the prevailing offshore westerlies continuing to build over 20 knots, gusting 30 on the furthest courses out in the Bay of Aarhus. It was a good day to go flying and the kind of conditions in which Noceti-Klepacka, who trains in similar conditions on the Zegrze Reservoir just north of Warsaw, lights up. After three races today she was third overall.

“There was more wind with every hour,” she said. “Today was perfect conditions for the sailors, especially for me, I like planing conditions. In the third race, I had a crash. It wasn’t my fault and there’s a protest and I hope the jury will give me a redress because my sail went in the water and I lost a lot of time. But I’m happy, I wish it could be like this everyday. It’s shifty conditions and I grew up on a lake and I enjoy it.”

She would have been even less happy when news came through later that Principal Race Officer had abandoned the second race (because a mark was out of position), where she finished fourth.


Men’s RS:X windsurfing
Some of the usual suspects dominated day one of the men’s RS:X with France’s Louis Giard continuing his dominant 2018 form to top the leaderboard. But two more familiar Flying Dutchmen are breathing down his neck. Kiran Badloe won his last race to take the yellow bib from his friend and the king he would depose – double Olympic champion, Dorian van Rijsselberghe. The surprise was Italy’s Daniele Benedetti in second after just two months training following eight months out with a knee injury. And China’s class world champion, Bing Ye, was lying 73rd overall after finishing 34th, 34th and 33rd. A Chinese men’s team that had been so dominant in Enoshima, Japan was dispersed on the winds.

Men’s Kiteboarding
A momentous World Championship debut saw France’s Nicolas Parlier underlined exactly why he is the red-hot favourite by winning all six of his races. His compatriot, Theo de Ramecourt was almost as dominant in the second fleet.

Women’s Kiteboarding
Likewise, USA’s Daniel Moroz showed why she is the red-hot favourite in the women’s kite by winning the last two of her three races. She will have been furious to finish second in her first one.

Nacra 17
Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti underlined the pre-boat park consensus that “there are the Italians and everybody else” by winning all three of their races in choppy conditions that were too hot for handle for many in the fleet.

Yesterday, it was one New Zealand crew ahead of two French ones, it is now the reverse. Two third places took France’s Lucas Rual and Emile Amorol top of the leaderboard, ahead of the two New Zealand crews in this huge 86-boat class with three fleets. But two powerful crews have moved ominously onto their shoulders, Croatia’s Sime Fantela (Rio 2016 Olympic champion in the 470) and his brother, Mihovil Fantela, and Australia’s William Phillips and Iain “Goobs” Jensen (Olympic gold medallist in 2012 and silver medallist in 2016 with Nathan Outteridge) who is standing in for Phillips’s injured brother Sam.

49er FX
Local favourites Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen, who have grown up racing in the Bay of Aarhus and cheered the return of the westerlies as other quivered, moved to the top of the leaderboard with a solid third and fourth. Great Britain’s Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey had a second place and a win to move into second overall with the Olympic and Volvo legends all hovering on their shoulders.

Despite a thirteenth and fourth place, New Zealander Sam Meech (bronze in the Rio 2016 medallist), stays top but the field of Olympic and world champions is now bunched much more closely behind him.

Laser Radial
Two second places from Anne-Marie Rindom saw Denmark claim another top spot. The surprise is that Netherland’s Olympic champion, Marit Bouwmeester is still back in ninth after a 16th place in her first race of the day.

Finn, Men’s 470s, Women’s 470 were on a lay-day and will recommence in gold and silver fleets tomorrow.

By Matthew Pryor


Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018. Tercer día de regatas.

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Circumnavigators find their way in the Worlds
For immediate release: 08/04/2018
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- Volvo trio return to 49er action
- “I feel a lot of camaraderie with them” – Martine Soffiatti Grael
- Sam Meech dominating the Laser with best results of any fleet

After nine months in 65ft Volvo Ocean Race boats chasing each other around the world, Martine Soffiatti Grael (Brazil), Jena Mai Hansen (Denmark) and Tamara Echegoyen Dominguez (Spain) have lost 50 foot in the last month, but gained more familiar territory.

The 49erFX fleet had their first day of competition on Saturday in the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 on the Stadium Course and the three circumnavigators were back in crews of two on their Olympic class 15ft (4.9 metre) skiffs.

The return of the prevailing Aarhus offshore westerlies were testing, but the roar from the promenade as Denmark’s home favourites Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iverson returned after winning two of their three races to top the leaderboard told the story.

“We just went really close to the stadium out here on the pier and it was amazing,” Hansen said. “Everyone was cheering and waving and it’s obviously incredible being home. It’s not like anything we’ve seen before.”

The fleet of 60 boats was split into two and before Hansen, Grael and Echegoyen Dominguez were slightly slower to re-find their feet, and the Spaniards had a spectacular capsize in race two as they crossed with Grael at the front of the field. They did well to finish 23rd out of 30. But it was no surprise to see Grael, the Rio 2016 Olympic champion, and gold medallist at the 2014 Santander World Championships, win the last of her three races with the Spanish chasing them home in second. Form is temporary, class permanent.

“I came straight here from Holland and for me the first week was a lot of adapting, especially physically,” Grael said. “I was feeling very far behind on fitness. Although you’d think I would come back stronger from the Volvo I didn’t. So, it was a whole month catching up and then the sailing of course was horrible, we had coach regatta and we were almost last. It was really terrible.

“I feel a lot of camaraderie with them (Volvo trio). For all of us it’s definitely a new experience to be coming back and not being at our best.”

Grael had 20 days of training, Hansen 13 and Echegoyen Dominguez just 10. But they were united by camaraderie rather than a lack of practice.

“It’s very nice that we have each other and that we can go to each other and that we’ve been through a lot of the same things,” Hansen said. “We will definitely use that in this Olympic campaign, but also on the Volvo it was great to chat with each other and have someone with the same issues.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Echegoyen Dominguez. “The Volvo Ocean Race is a little bit different and it’s so hard on most of the crews and it makes you all a little family,” she said. “In this case, the three of us already had a strong friendship before the start of this race but I think that now it’s a bit better than before.”

Although some things never change: “But we are the same because we’re always fighting against Martine,” Echegoyen Dominguez added with a smile that hinted at the battles to come.

Of course, nobody had told the Dutch not to crash the Volvo party – after all they did host the finish in The Hague at the end of June. Odile van Aanholt, 20, and Marieke Jongens, 30, only combined in February but they looked like old hands yesterday finishing with the best results of the day: second, first and fourth.

“Yesterday, I said, wow, we’ve got almost the toughest fleet of everyone, because we’ve got a lot of good people,” Jongens said. “But we just focused on ourselves.”

You could feel the anxiety in the boat park before the racing started. The wind kept on shifting above the rigs, going from five knots suddenly up to 15. There was less cloud cover than forecast and the cumulus clouds drifted out over the race course, losing their heat source of the land and dumping wind onto random parts of the course.

Even Grael said she was anxious as she prepared to launch and when Grael says she is nervous then it is serious. For the Danish sailors (and residents) the westerlies were a soothing and familiar balm after months of unusually tropical high-pressure conditions.


A win in their final race saw New Zealand’s Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn top the leaderboard ahead of the two French crews.

Another New Zealander in even more irresistible form was Sam Meech, who followed two wins on the first day, with a first and second on Saturday – what happened in the second Sam? (Actually, he came back from 13th). Rio 2016 Olympic Champion, Tom Burton is in third after winning his second race.

Laser Radial
USA’s flagbearer, Paige Railey, stayed top of the leaderboard despite a more difficult day in which even Marit Bouwmeester (Netherlands) could not find a way, finishing 28th in her second race. New Zealand’s Olivia Christie finished 51st in her first race and 3rd in her second.

The Finn got even tighter on the third day of competition as they split into gold and silver fleets. There is now a three-way split at the top between Nicholas Heiner (Netherlands), Ed Wright (Great Britain) and Max Salminen (Sweden).

The Finn gold fleet will have 45 teams.

Men’s 470s
Swedish 2018 European Champions, Anton Dahlberg and Frederik Bergström still top the leaderboard ahead of the two Japanese crews after winning their second race. Australia’s Mat Belcher and William Ryan, the silver medallists in Rio, gold medallists in London 2012, moved ominously up to fourth and Britain’s Luke Patience celebrated his 32nd birthday by winning his first race with crew Chris Grube.

The Men’s 470 fleet will now split and the gold fleet will have 32 teams.

Women’s 470
Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka continue to deliver on their form in 2018 and underline Japan’s strength in the 470. There are 13 Japanese teams across the men’s and women’s 470. Hannah Mills, the Olympic champion in Rio and new crew Eilidh McIntyre, stay just behind second.

The Women’s 470 fleet of 47 boats will remain as a single fleet as it did not split for qualification.

They said:

Sam Meech – New Zealand – Laser (leader)
“A little bit of luck today. There were some pretty scary moments because it was really, really tricky sailing out there. There were 90-degree wind shifts at times so I was just in the right place at the right time. It’s been an awesome start. I am loving the racing out there.

“Obviously there’s a lot of racing to go and we’ve got some racing on some pretty tricky courses coming up. It always helps [to have a good start] but it’s only the qualifying so far. The real action happens in those last two days of gold fleet.

Target on my back? Yeah, I think sometimes people go the same way as you, which makes it pretty hard, but I’m not always going the right way, so I think it’s going to a mistake if people do that.”

David Gilmour – Australia – 49er
“We had three tough races. Everyone knew these offshore breezes are challenging.
The last couple of weeks we’ve just had sea breeze, so it was different to the conditions we were training in for the last two weeks. During the first race we were in the lead, approaching the top mark and Joel fell overboard. He was adjusting the trapeze and let go of it, the hook dropped out and he slipped in. We lost about 50 metres from the whole incident. The 49er fleets are packed so it’s hard to call any rivals at this stage. The points are so close, we are just focused on not making any mistakes.”

Dylan Fletcher-Scott – Great Britain – 49er
“It was a tricky first day for us. We had some really good windward legs and mark roundings but luck didn’t go our way downwind. That cost us a lot in the first two races, but in the third race we got it together. We picked up a couple of less than ideal results today and we’ll have to carry them the rest of the week, but I think everyone will have some high scores.”

Benjamin Bildstein – Austria – 49er
“Our first race was amazing, we managed a bullet. We’ve been struggling with preparations before today, and we didn’t have much training, compared to most.
These westerly winds are always tricky, especially if the air is much closer to the shore and the forest just above. Tonight we will party, go to this live music festival and grab some food.”

Josh Porebski – New Zealand – 49er
“You can’t win the regatta yet, but you can lose it if you get two bad races to start with. The first two races, we sailed well and managed to keep us in a good spot, we are happy with that. The last one, we thought one thing was happening, but we were both wrong and got caught with our pants down.”

By Matthew Pryor

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