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    Oceania Championships Warm Up In Full Glory!



    Auckland delivers on opening day

    Glamour conditions greeted the 178 international teams on the opening day of racing at the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra17 Oceania Championships. The three-day warmup regatta before next weeks world championships is hosted by Auckland’s Royal Akarana Yacht Club on the shores of the Waitemata. With the weeks leading up to the event being filled with strong winds and sunshine, the bar was set high and New Zealand certainly delivered.








    The 49er class once again staked its claim of being one of the tightest fleets in Olympic sailing. Just ten points separate the top 13 teams after three races with the young American team of Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid taking the top honours. France’s Erwan / Pequin were the only team to record two wins and see themselves just one point behind the Americans, while the red hot Kiwi squad were lead by young guns Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie, finishing the day in third.

    America’s Cup heroes Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had a consistent day to see themselves in 7th overall and just five points off the lead.

    Day one in the 49erFX class was also lead by a team from the United States with Stephine Roble & Maggie Shea relishing in the conditions, claiming two wins and a third to lead by 7 points from Rio 2016 Gold Medallists Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze of Brazil, with reigning European and World Champions Annemiek Bekkering & Annette Duetz just two points further back.

    “We’re excited about how we sailed today,” Roble commented after racing. “It was a really fun day out there in really beautiful conditions on Auckland Harbour. We really just focused on good start executiation and trying to sailing big lanes upwind to just let it rip and try to get to the pressure; staying on the lifted tack and we were really happy with just keeping it simple out there.”







    New Zealand’s Alexandra Maloney & Molly Meech finished the day in 5th place, with two second places marred by a 13th in race three.

    It was the Ben & Nikki show in the Nacra 17 mixed multihull fleet. The reigning European Champions from Great Britain, Ben Saxton & Nicola Boniface rattled off three bullets from as many races in the building conditions to lead the fleet by 5 points. This show of dominance sets the scene for a thrilling selection battle with their fellow team mates John Gimson and Anna Burnet, currently 7th. The two teams have been trading wins throughout 2019 and a decisive win at the 2019 worlds could book the winning team a ticket to Tokyo.








    USA’s Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis showed blistering speed downwind to finish the day second, ahead of Finland’s Sinem Kurtbay & Akseli Keskinen, with the chasing pack all producing consistent results across the board. The Auckland conditions are proving perfect for the foiling multihulls, with strong winds and flat water producing blistering speeds and tight racing across the fleet.

    The full schedule of racing was streamed live to a global audience by broadcast partner SidelineApp. Hosted by New Zealand’s Jesse Tuke and featuring commentary from the likes of three time Olympian PJ Postma and match racing expert Chris Steele, viewers were treated to previously unforeseen coverage of a continental championship. Live and free coverage will continue over the next two days of racing, (find at 49er.org/live) with viewers tuning in from 10:00am Auckland time (NZDT / GMT+13).

    Live coverage of the 2019 Hyundai World Championships will be available for 9.95 euro if purchased before November 30, or 14.95 euro thereafter.

    Results

    49er

    1st Andrew Mollerus & Ian Macdiarmid (USA) 3-6-2; 11pts

    2nd Fischer Erwain & Clément Pequin (FRA) 1-10-1; 12pts

    3rd Isaac McHardie & William McKenzie (NZL) 1-4-7; 12pts

    4th Diego Botin & Iago López Marra (ESP) 9-1-3; 13pts

    5th Dominik Buksak & Szymon Wierzbicki (POL) 5-7-2; 14pts

    49erFX

    1st Stephanie Roble & Maggie Shea (USA) 1-3-1; 5pts

    2nd Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA) 2-3-7; 12pts

    3rd Annemiek Bekkering & Annette Duetz (NED) 4-4-6; 14pts

    4th Victoria Jurczok & Anika Lorenz (GER) 5-6-5; 16pts

    5th Alexandra Maloney & Molly Meech (NZL) 2-2-13; 17pts

    Nacra 17

    1st Ben Saxton & Nicola Boniface (GBR) 1-1-1; 3pts

    2nd Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis (USA) 3-1-4; 8pts

    3rd Sinem Kurtbay & Akseli Keskinen (FIN) 4-4-2; 10pts

    4th Lin Cenholt & Cp Lübeck (DEN) 2-6-4; 12pts

    5th Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza (ARG) 4-6-3; 13pts

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    It's just a tune up but, nice to see team America up in the standings!

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    Olympic Qualification Showdown Looms Next Week



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

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

    “Today was quite fun, I think we had another really good day and trying out our sails I think was the most important part,” a smiling Bildstein remarked. “We had quite some advantage already, so there wasn’t really much pressure on for us. It was a good day and was good practice.”









    While the Austrians are no strangers to the 49er podium, they are amongst a group of top 49er nations yet to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. At the Aarhus 2018 World Championships where 8 Olympic places were taken they finished a disappointing 33rd. Likewise, the Spanish duo of Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra are yet to qualify despite representing their country at Rio 2016 and winning the 2018 European Champions shortly before the 2018 Worlds. After a second place this week they are taking the relaxed approach to next week's World Championships. “We are feeling very nice. It was a nice fight with the Austrians, everything is always so close until the end. We have been working really hard on our boat so now we are going to Raglan for a surf!”

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







    Ben Saxton & Nicola Boniface dominated the Nacra 17 class with another consistent day inside the top three. After a hugely successful 2019 including gold at the European Championships on home waters in Weymouth, they have laid down the challenge for their own internal Olympic selection among the British Sailing Team. “We’ve been doing well all year,” says Saxton. “I’m proud of how we are sailing and it’s also a credit to the other guys [Gimson & Burnet] with how we’ve both been sailing. At the moment it looks like the two of us could be on the podium in the Olympics.”
    Fellow Brits John Gimson and Anna Burnet didn’t have quite the same warm up event finishing 8th. Their focus is firmly on the long term goal.

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

    Four times Nacra 17 World Champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou from France scored mostly top five finishes throughout the week which was enough for second place. Besson and Riou, who also competed on the inaugural SailGP tour with Team France this year, have been strikingly inconsistent since the Nacra 17 class moved to the new foiling configuration after the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Neither their results at Aarhus 2018 or that of their French team mates has been good enough to qualify France for Tokyo 2020. With Quentin Delapierre and Manon Audinet finishing 6th and with a gold medal at the recent Enoshima Sailing World Cup under their belt, both French teams will be looking to not only qualify their country but also put their countrymen behind them on the results sheet at next week's World Championships.







    Thomas Zajac and Barbara Matz from Denmark finished third overall, with Zajac seemingly back to full health after a knee injury he sustained in Enoshima earlier in the year threatened to derail their Olympic campaign. Australian Rio silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin finished fourth and will be looking to improve on that result next week to put the pressure firmly on their main selection rivals of Nathan and Haylee Outteridge who had a very mixed oceanias. A gold and silver Olympic medalist in the 49er class, Nathan will be looking to solidify on their obvious potential but will need nothing short of victory to convince the Australian Sailing Team selectors to bet against Waterhouse and Darmanin, a team which scored multiple event wins over the past 18 months and are one of the most consistent Nacra 17 teams in the world.

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

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

    Results

    Nacra 17
    1st Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface GBR 3-1; 14pts

    2nd Billy Besson / Marie Riou FRA (16)-2; 36pts

    3rd Thomas Zajac / Barbara Matz AUT 1-(11); 43pts

    4th Quentin Delapierre / Manon Audinet FRA 6-8; 47pts

    5th Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin AUS 13-(13); 51pts


    49erFX

    1st Alexendra Maloney / Molly Meech NZL 3-2-7; 37pts

    2nd Stephanie Roble / Maggie Shea USA (26)-13-6; 42pts

    3rd Patricia Suarez / Nicole van der Velden ESP 1-12-4; 47pts

    4th Tine Lutz / Susann Böcke GER 12-3-10; 50pts

    5th Charlotte Dobson / Saskia Tidey GBR 5-(15)-2; 50pts


    49er

    1st Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl GER 1-6-10; 28pts

    2nd Diego Botin / Iago López Marra ESP (9)-1-4; 31pts

    3rd Peter Burling / Blair Tuke NZL (11)-2-5; 35pts

    4th Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie NZL 8-4-(18); 48pts

    5th Mathieu Frei / Noe Delpech FRA 10-(10)-6; 50pts


    Full results available at

    49er.org/event/2019-oceania-championship

    Nacra17.org/events/2019-oceania-championship
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