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    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 35.

    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.

    Laser
    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.

    49er
    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)
    Frank:
    “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)
    Bryant:
    “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.”


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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.

    Laser
    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.

    Nacra
    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)

    Garcia-Paz:
    “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 a 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.”

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    Transitioning Teams Excelling In Aarhus


    What do Nathan Outteridge, Sime Fantela, and Tanja Frank all have in common? They all won medals in Rio, have taken charge today in Aarhus, and are sailing different classes than they were sailing 2 years ago when they won Olympic medals!

    Aarhus has proven to be a challenging venue, with offshore winds, lots of varied conditions, and high average scores in all of the fleets. It seems the teams excelling in these conditions are the ones fresh to these classes, but with plenty of experience behind them.

    Frank and Abicht Push Into Lead

    Heading into the 49erFX medal race it is Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht (AUT) with an 11 point lead. They are a relatively new team to 49erFX, with Frank moving over from the Nacra 17 after crewing to a Bronze medal in Rio in the Nacra 17. She is now helming for Abicht, who is in her first Olympic campaign after sailing 470's while studying. These two joined forces right after Rio, and have been completely dedicated to their campaign, attending all of the major regattas and putting in the long hours of trailing.

    They have sailed a consistent series when almost nobody else has been able to do so. In the qualifying racing, exclusively done in offshore shifty and gusty conditions, they kept all of their results in the top 10 except for one finish of 25th. In the gold fleet, they won two of the races, had another pair of top 10's, and then kept their two poorer finishes in the top half of the fleet. Their reward is a commanding lead.

    The Austrians do not have gold secured, as three teams can still beat them should they falter. Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth (GBR) won the Bronze medal at the 2018 European Championship and are in second place overall. The two British Sophie's also teamed up after Rio, and sailed an oustanding gold fleet, with 4 of their six races in the top 4, and the other two in the top half. Just 3 points behind them are Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED), who looked for a time like they might run away with the regatta, but had two deep scores in gold fleet which they had to keep and pulled them back into the mix.

    Local heroes Jena Hansen and Saskia Iversen (DEN) wore yellow jerseys after day 1, but struggled in the first day of gold fleet before having an excellent second day of gold fleet to have them sit 4 points out of Bronze, 7 out of silver, and 18 out of gold. The Olympic Bronze medalists are literally all over Aarhus, with their faces on city buses and TV. Jena just recently got out of offshore sailing mode having competed in the Volvo Ocean race, so their form is not yet back to full power. An excellent medal race might grab them another medal, though it would take an extreme set of circumstances for them to repeat as World Champions. Oddly, in Olympic sailing, the rumor is that if they can't secure any sponsorship quite soon this may be the end of their campaign for Tokyo as they may not have enough financial support to continue.

    Rounding out the top 5 is another Volvo Ocean Race alumna in Martine Grael. Grael with crew Kahena Kunze won gold on home waters in Rio, and have a renewed application for racing their 49erFX. After a year at sea for Martine, and a year on the books for Kahena, they are reveling in the renewed Olympic competition and will be pleased to have had a good regatta even if they are not yet in their peak form.

    The top 8 nations also receive Olympic berths for Tokyo. These nations, pending invitation and acceptance from World Sailing and their NOC's are:
    AUS
    AUT
    BRA
    DEN
    GBR
    NED
    NOR
    NZL

    49er - Olympic Berths Tough To Get
    One of the biggest names in Olympic sailing, Sime Fantela, is having his best ever 49er regatta at the right moment. After winning gold in Rio 2016 in the 470, he teamed up with his brother Mihovil to start sailing 49er. His reputation from the 470 fleet was impeccable, sometimes called the miracle man for being an over sized helm and still dominating the 470, those who see him sail know he's earning every break.



    After a four of six gold fleet races, the Fantela Brothers (CRO) have been dominent, with all four races in the top ten, including a first and a second. In yesterday's controversially abandoned first, first race, he was leading after the second top mark and would have secured another race win had the race not been cancelled.

    The two final races of gold fleet mean that there are still plenty of points remaining to decide this World Championship!

    The Fantela brothers are tied atop the leaderboard with youngsters, Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf from Germany. This duo has been working together as a team through the Junior ranks of 49er, with a 13th place finish at the 2015 Junior Worlds and then a second place finish at the 2016 Junior Worlds. They have had curtailed seasons in 2017 and 2018, as they are still studying, but are on a great roll and could easily take home a world championship here in Aarhus. They sail, they study, and they have fun. Tim, like many German sailors, is also a sportssoldier, meaning he's in the German army and mostly serves through competition, but also partakes in some aspect of more typical army training.

    Chasing them are their countrymen and Rio 2016 Bronze medalists, Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel. These two are 12 points back of the tied leaders. Both Erik and Tommy have had broken up training years, as both are still students as well. Speaking to the depth of the German squad and how well they work together, each has spent time sailing with last quads number 2 team mates, Justus Schmidt and Max Boeme at various regattas as they each flexed with the school commitments while trying to stay in the 49er game.

    In with a chance at medals are Sebastien Schnieter and Lucien Cujean (SUI) to go with their GC32 World Championship this year. They'd also be thrilled to secure the Olympic berth in what is turning into an ultra-competitive Olympic qualifying phase in the 49er.

    Overnight leaders Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros (FRA) had a dreadful day, with only one result from 4 races better than 20th, a 14th in the final race. They drop from the championship lead to 9th place and were only 1 more point away from missing the medal race all together.

    Notably, Dylan Fletcher with Stuart Bithell (GBR) have moved up into the top 10. The 2017 World Champions have squeaked into 10th place after a tough qualifying series which included poor results on day 1 and a UFD on day 2. Had they not won back to back qualifying races to close out that series they likely would not have made the gold fleet at all.

    The 49er gold fleet has two scheduled races on Friday in a windy forecast. The 49erFX fleets have a day off tomorrow before both fleet have their medal races on Saturday.
    Nacra 17 - Windy Test Tomorrow

    Some fun from the Nacra 17 fleet.
    The Nacra 17 has three more races scheduled for tomorrow followed by their medal race on Sunday.

    Siblings Nathan and Haylee Outteridge had a fantastic day to kick off gold fleet, with a first, third and fifth shifting them up into first overall. These two have only been sailing the Nacra 17 since June, but have quickly found a way to be competitive and and consistent.

    Nathan comes to the Nacra 17 from a third place finish in the 2017 America's Cup as sailing director and helmsman of Artemis Racing. He also won a Silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 49er and a Gold medal in the 49er in London before that. It will be no surprise to the sailing world he's finding success in another Olympic class, but leading at this stage of a World Championship is likely beyond their expectations at this point. A windy forecast for tomorrow should prove another test for these two amiable sailors.

    With an almost identical scoreline to the Outteridges today was Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) who scored a 3, 5, 2. Tita and Banti have dominated the Nacra 17 fleet since it went foiling, but suffered a tough final four races in qualifying. They were disqualified for a boat on boat incident in race four, and then make a couple mistakes on the final day when it was incredibly light. Nevertheless, with their three bullets to start the regatta and a great day today, they find themselves back in contention in fifth place.

    With a number of light and shifty races so far this championship, a windy day of racing should make for a well rounded regatta, and be a great reflection of who's at the top of the game. The Nacra 17 races are scheduled to be on TV, so stay tuned from 15:30 local time.


    Following the Laser and Radial medal races, the Nacra 17 fleet should be televised on the Stadium Race course.
    Nacra 17 Top 5 –
    1 AUS Nathan and Haylee Outteridge 42
    2 ARG Santiago Lange, Cecelia Carranza 45
    3 DEN Lin Cenholt, CP Lubeck 46
    4 BRA Samuel Albrecht, Gabi Nicolino 47
    5 ITA Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti 58


    49erFX Top 5 –
    1 AUT Tanja Frank, Lorena Abicht 71
    2 GBR Sophie Weguelin, Sophie Ainsworth 82
    3 NED Annemiek Bekkering, Annette Duetz 85
    4 DEN Jena Hansen, Katja Iversen 89
    5 BRA Martine Grael, Kahena Kunze 96



    49er Top 5 –
    1 CRO Sime and Mihovil Fantela 48
    2 GER Tim Fischer, Fabien Graf 48
    3 GER Erik Heil, Thomas Ploellel 60
    4 SUI Sebastien Schnieter, Lucas Cujean 66
    5 NZL Logan Dunning Beck, Oscar Gunn 67


    FULL RESULTS


    Iker Martinez Protest Update
    The 2018 World Championship jury issued an update to the misconduct hearings against Iker Martinez (ESP) following his refusal of entry to the regatta. Here is a full copy of the findings. CLICKY

    Critically, the facts found state that Martinez deliberately modified his boat and then lied about it to the Jury Panel. As the Nacra 17 is a manufacture one design, no modification to a boat are allowed, and taking that a step further, all repairs must be approved by the class Technical Committee.

    The panel ominously states it's power to penalize Martinez beyond the existing penalty of refusal of entry, is "severely restricted" and they will report this decision to World Sailing under Racing Rule 69.2 (j)(2). It would appear that the jury panel is keen to have World Sailing impose further penalties upon Martinez at a later date.

    Martinez has asked that the case be re-opened again, sighting casebook case number 139. This case refers directly to when a case should be sent to World Sailing. One would suppose that Martinez will try to argue that the case should be to sent to his MNA instead of to World Sailing for further review. At this point it would appear that arguments have moved away from the facts found toward the penalties to be suffered.

    The modification to ESP 70, his Nacra 17, was to elongate the area where the top bearing slides on each side of the boat to 79.5 mm from the standard of 75mm. This allows the top bearing to be moved farther aft than on a standard boat, allowing for increased lift from the daggerboards. On each side of the hull, the original bolt holes were filled and new holes drilled farther aft, and a medal guide was also altered.

    Olga Maslivets, the crew of ESP 70, has not been named in any of the protest documentation. She did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

    The Nacra 17 Class has been focused on continual improvement of equipment and quality since the 2016 Olympics and the introduction to foiling. By placing a dual emphasis on reliability and consistency on all parts, we are aiming to have a zero tolerance policy toward modifications. The Class works with the sailors to change rules where necessary (The Class has had roughly 60 AGM/EGM submissions in 18 months) and continues to work with Nacra Sailing to change the build specification when sailors agree and where it is necessary.

    All of the Class's measurers were brought to Palma this year, at the Class' expense, to build the relationship with sailors and to ensure a consistent focus in their measurement approach. The Class technical committee has been active all year, lead by David McNabb.m and World Sailing has supported the Class's efforts by allocating significant technical resources.

    "While we aspire to much more improvement I am satisfied with the direction of the Class over the last 18 months toward a level playing field with regard to equipment. We have worked with the manufacturer, sailors, Class technical committee, and World Sailing to start to create an environment where everyone trusts that they are racing with the same equipment as their competitors. We are not there yet but we are committed to the strict one design ethos and will continue to work as a collective. We aim to achieve the progression in rules and equipment specifications that this a Class needs in an effort to satisfy the best sailors in the world. While very disappointed with this situation and the unwanted focus on cheating, our measurement procedures have worked, in this case, to ensure that we are a strict one design Class" said Class President, Marcus Spillane.

    "While an incident like the one playing out this week grabs headlines, it takes the consistent work of a large number of people to create a Class culture we can be proud of," said Class manager, Ben Remocker.
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    Final Gold Fleet Races Decisive in 49er and Nacra 17
    The breeze arrived in force for the final day of Gold Fleets for 49er and Nacra 17. The 49erFX had already completed their gold series, so there were just two races for the 49er and three for the Nacra 17 on the docket.

    A huge system blew in overnight soaking Aarhus, Denmark, but it left a fresh offshore wind behind for racing.
    Nacra 17
    The racing was tremendously intense today, with mostly sunny conditions, flat water, and plenty of gusts to 20 knots to challenge the fleet for three great races. Unfortunately, we only got to see one of the races live, as the rest of the coverage was dedicated to the laser and radial medal ceremonies, but perhaps some highlights will be found.

    The Nacra 17 fleet is incredibly close heading into the medal race. Four teams will enter the race within six points of each other and there is a 5th team 12 points back of the lead.











    Winning the day were Tita and Banti (ITA) with only a 1 point lead over the Outteridge siblings. Two points further behind are Lange and Ceroli (ARG) the 2016 Gold medalists and then a further 3 points behind are locals Cenholt and Lubeck (DEN).

    Each of these teams have compelling back stories so it will be easy to cheer for whoever wins, but only 1 team will be able to.

    Will the Italians win their first World Championship after dominating every other competition in the foiling Nacra 17? Will Nathan Outteridge win another World Title in a 3rd type of elite boat? Can the Santi and Ceci continue their heroic run of results despite the health issues Santi continues to manage? Can Lin and CP win a worlds just 9 months after CP suffered a deep cut while training in the Nacra 17 this past winter? Lin could also be the first every female helm to win the Nacra 17 World Championship.


    All this will play out on Sunday. (notes and results are prior to protest hearings)
    49er
    Sime and Mihovil Fantela proved today they can hang in the bigger breeze, extending building a 13 point lead heading into the medal race. Sime is on track to move from 470 Olympic Gold Medalist to 49er World Champion in two years if the Croatian brothers can hang on in the medal race.

    Tim Fischer and Fabien Graf could not keep up the pace with the Fantelas, but held on nicely after a drop in the first race of the day to grab a 7th in the final race and all but guaranteeing their first senior level World Championship medals. Whether they can move up to challenge the Croatians, or fend off their German team mater, Heil and Ploessel will be the focus of the medal race.










    Having the best day of all are 49er veterans Mathieu Frei and Noe Delpech (FRA) with a 1, 4, 5, to move into 4th overall and within striking distance of a medal.

    The British Sailing Team had a good day, with Fletcher and Bithell moving into 5th with a 10, 1 while Peters and Sterritt moved into 6th with a 3, 9.

    Jorge Lima and Jose Costa (POR) had a great day to move into the medal race, and crucially grab a nation spot for the games. The way 49er qualifying works out will be terrifying to watch as so many great sailing teams need to fit into so few games spots.

    https://aarhus2018.sailing.org/results


    Nacra 17 Top 5 –
    1 ITA Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti 69
    2 AUS Nathan and Haylee Outteridge 70
    3 ARG Santiago Lange, Cecelia Carranza 72
    4 DEN Lin Cenholt, CP Lubeck 75
    5 BRA Samuel Albrecht, Gabi Nicolino 81

    49erFX Top 5 –
    1 AUT Tanja Frank, Lorena Abicht 71
    2 GBR Sophie Weguelin, Sophie Ainsworth 82
    3 NED Annemiek Bekkering, Annette Duetz 85
    4 DEN Jena Hansen, Katja Iversen 89
    5 BRA Martine Grael, Kahena Kunze 96

    49er Top 5 –
    1 CRO Sime and Mihovil Fantela 62
    2 GER Tim Fischer, Fabien Graf 75
    3 GER Erik Heil, Thomas Ploellel 80
    4 FRA Mathieu Frei, Noe Delpech 89
    5 GBR Dyland Fletcher, Stuart Bithell
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