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    2019 Hyundai 49er, FX, Nacra 17 Worlds Auckland



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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








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

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

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

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



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

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









    9er Blue Race 1 - Young Irish keep Olympic medallists at bay

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

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

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

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



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

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



    49erFX and Nacra 17 sent home without racing

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


    Results


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

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

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

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

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


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    USA Showing Up At Hyundai World Championships



    DAY 2 - Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships


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



    49erFX - some surprises at the top

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



    49er - Austria in the lead

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






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



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

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

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





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

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

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    AUCKLAND, NZL (December 1, 2019) - Without a long wind delay this morning, all three classes were able to get some racing in 9 knots that built to about 15-16 knots by mid-afternoon. After four races in the 49erFX and Nacra classes, Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Anna Tobias are leading the 49erFX fleet, and Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) are in third in the Nacra 17 fleet.

    In the 49erFX class, Olympic sailing veterans, Henken and Tobias, had an incredibly consistent day at the top. While they were campaigning part-time early in the quad, they have a lot of experience under their belt. Henken represented Team USA at the Rio 2016 Games in the 49erFX and Tobias (formerly Tunnicliffe) is the Beijing 2008 Gold Medalist in the Laser Radial. Now that they have been full-time campaigning for over a year, it’s clear the hard work is paying off.

    The pair finished two races in first and the final race of the day in fifth. Henken attributes their successful day one on the water to keeping it simple, “We executed the starts really well and had some incredible boat speed which we have been working on all month, here in New Zealand.” She continued, “Our priorities were to minimize maneuvers and just keep the boat going fast.”

    Their coach, Willie McBride (Santa Barbara, Calif.) agreed and mentioned that Henken and Tobias had some fun incentives to win. “We have a deal with our Danish Training partners,” McBride said, referring to Ida Marie Baad-Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard-Olsen (DEN), “when either team wins a race, everyone eats a piece of cake.”

    McBride also noted that some of their successes of the day were also due to the team behind the team, “Their kite ripped in race two, while they were in the lead. Because of the supporters who helped Paris and Anna get to New Zealand, they had a spare kite and were able to right it up in time to win the next race.”

    It seems keeping it simple is the name of the game in New Zealand. Though Nacra sailors, Gibbs and Weis didn’t have any cake incentives on the water, the pair also had a consistent day at the top with three finishes in the top three and all scores within the top five.

    “We kept it pretty simple today,” said Gibbs. “We tried to keep our bows clear of any traffic. Making high-percentage moves around the racecourse gave us the ability to sail in more clear air than our competitors. We seem to have decent speed and when we’re sailing in a good lane, going the right direction, we’re definitely not slow.”

    While Gibbs and Weis felt some of their decisions were little conservative, they are pleased with their first day on the water. “As they say, you can’t win the regatta on the first day, but you can definitely lose it,” said Gibbs.

    After having a two-race head start on the 49erFX and Nacra 17 fleets, Men’s 49er athletes sailed one race at the end of the day. U.S. teams of Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.) and Dane Wilson (Ojai, Calif.), and Ian Barrows (Miami, Fla.) and Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.) both finished another race in the top ten. Snow and Wilson currently stand in tied for tenth place and Barrows and Kiss are in 16th.

    With the exception of yesterday’s delay, Auckland has been serving up some pretty ideal conditions. US Sailing’s Olympic Coach and Performance Manager, Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wisc.), noted, “Today, beautiful clear skies allowed for a perfect building sea breeze and sea state today on the outer courses.” Auckland’s tides also seem to be allowing more racing in heavier breeze that would usually create a sea state too high for these boats, “Managing to sail all four races today in the incoming tide kept the waves from getting too massive as the wind picked up this afternoon.”

    The competitors at the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships will resume racing tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. local time. Sky Sport will be broadcasting the entirety of the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships to their New Zealand Audience. SidelineApp’s coverage of the Worlds will be available to international viewers with a one-time subscription fee of just 14.95 euros. Click here to stream the event live.

    U.S. Results at the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFx and Nacra 17 World Championships
    1st - Paris Henken & Anna Tobias, 49erFX
    3rd - Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis, Nacra 17
    11th - Nevin Snow & Dane Wilson, 49er
    12th - Sarah Newberry & David Liebenberg, Nacra 17
    16nd - Ian Barrows & Mitchell Kiss, 49er
    18th - Steph Roble & Maggie Shea, 49erFX
    25th - Ravi Parent & Caroline Atwood, Nacra 17
    31st - Judge Ryan & Hans Henken, 49er
    39th - Harry Melges IV & Finn Rowe, 49er
    53rd - Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid, 49er
    53rd - Kate Shaner & Kathleen Love, 49erFX
    Event Coverage Information


    Regatta websites:

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

    https://nacra17.org/events/2019-world-championship/


    Full results available at

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


    To watch the racing live

    https://49er.org/live
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    Finally seeing some improvement!

    Keep it up guys!

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    Qualifying In Light Airs Not For Heavyweights





    DAY 3 - Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships
    The end of the Qualifying Series in any Olympic-class World Championship is always a fraught scramble to make it through to the Gold Fleet Finals. Scrape through to the final 25 and you live to fight another three days. Fail to make the cut - and the best you can finish is 26th overall.

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

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



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

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



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

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



    49er Update: Early Christmas for Snow?

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






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



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



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

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



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

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







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

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

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



    Undone by a spreader

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

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



    Don't cry (yet) for me, Argentina

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



    Qualifying Hopefuls Take it to the Room

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



    Responding to the Pressure

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

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

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



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    So much for the Muricans recent run.

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    Day 4 Hyundai Worlds: Some Favorites Struggle

    DAY 4 - Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships
    Day 1 of the Gold Fleet finals has seen the pressure mount, and some of the favourites starting to crumble…




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

    49er - Germans and Kiwis break away

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

    49erFX - Dutch close the gap on Brazil



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

    Nacra 17 - Outteridges take a fall

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

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

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

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

    Italian Dominators are Struggling

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

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




    In-depth analysis of Nacra 17 Gold Fleet racing



    Conditions were stellar for the foiling catamarans on Day 1 of the Gold Fleet finals…

    Race 1 – To kick off gold fleet racing leading teams put their faith in each side of the racecourse. Zajac/Mats (AUT 3), and the two Italian teams started on port and when hard right. Waterhouse/Darmanin (AUS 2) and Pacheco/Trittel (ESP 28) went hard left, and when the two groups met at the top mark it was the Spanish in the lead, but only narrowly.

    With the crews maintaining an extremely fine balance on the foils for the downwind legs, the Italians moved into second and third while the Spanish kept their lead. Bissaro/ Frascari (ITA 5) got the best of the next beat but misjudged their layline which allowed the Spanish to pass them back at the top of the second beat.




    With the conditions proving ever-challenging, the pedigree teams moved into the front of the three-lap race with notable exceptions in Saxton/Boniface in 11th and Outteridge/Outteridge in 23rd (the Aussies are carrying this result due to an earlier UFD disqualification), and then Martinez/ Maslivets (ESP 99) who were not able to finish the race, scoring a DNF. ESP 99 then further compounded their misery on the day by being over early on the start of race two, scoring letter scores in consecutive races.

    But it was a great opening Gold Fleet race for the other Spanish crew, Pacheco/ Trittel who took the winner’s gun ahead of the two top Italian teams, Tita/ Banti ahead of Bissaro/ Frascari.




    Race 2 – Out in from early on in race 2 were four-time World Champions Billy Besson/ Marie Riou as a large right-hand wind shift allowed teams on the right side to dominate the race. On the second upwind all of the top boats headed out right again and then the wind shifted even farther right. With most boats now overstood, the teams sailed a more open angle and all started foiling upwind – moving from 10-11 knots of boatspeed up to 14-15 knots of boatspeed. To accomplish the mode change teams shift their weight back, give a bit more angle of attack on the daggerboard, slightly ease the jib and traveller, and then sail the boat flat. When done right the mode is steady, fast, and without much leeward slippage. Done wrong it’s unstable and results in a lot of leeward slip, so it’s a high-risk mode. The top teams all managed to do it well and drove to the windward mark at top speed.

    As the boats headed downwind, the French team straight set and the chasing Australians Waterhouse/Darmanin gybe set. As the two teams came back together in the middle after their gybes – they were neck and neck. After a back and forth battle with each team looking to foil more steadily than the other – it was the…. well, why should we spoil it for you? Watch the French v Aussie showdown here…




    Race 3 – The final race of the day started with a bang, as GER 77 Kohlhoff/Stuhlemmer port-tacked the fleet to head hard out to the right. It was a ‘mic drop’ moment. The only complaints from the spectator gallery was that they weren’t foiling upwind when they did it, but an epic move all the same.

    Besson/Riou (FRA 99) moved again into the front of the fleet for a second race in a row. With a perfect layline call at the leeward gate the French team pulled into a solid lead but were heading left when the second placed team of Wilkinson/Dawson (NZL 96) headed to the favoured right.

    The French flipped over but it was too late and the Kiwis made a pass to claim the lead half way up the beat. The Kiwis were underlayed, however and at the top of the beat had to pull off two quick tacks with only a 30-metre lead on the chasing French. Wilkinson and Dawson pulled off two beautiful tack but their lead narrowed to 15 metres as the two teams headed downwind and gybe-set.

    The young Kiwi team had a better mode downwind than the French, sailing slightly lower on the foils but with fewer stuffs, to advance into a 100-metre lead. Besson / Riou followed through and were put under pressure at the finish line by their French compatriots, Delapierre/ Audinet (FRA 56), by only a few metres.




    In-Depth Analysis of the 49er Gold Fleet racing




    Some deeper analysis of the tight racing in the 49er and 49erFX Gold Fleet competition on Day 4, the first day of the Finals…

    49er Gold

    Race 1: In the light sea breeze the first race saw a clean start and the fleet split left and right. The right side of the course played marginally better and Rual/Amoros (FRA 8) along with Botin/Marra(ESP 97) took a decent lead around the top mark. It was typical light wind sailing all the way down with teams picking their way through the best of the breeze and then splitting at the bottom gate. Probably the most notable part of initial legs of the race was Burling/Tuke (NZL 77) deep in the pack for the first time so far in this regatta.



    On the second upwind the breeze built and came in from the right side so teams like the French and Spanish – who stuck to that side – extended their lead. Fletcher/Bithell (GBR 6) could have been caught out as they took the go-left gate but they smartly consolidated with the leaders and ended up being the farthest boat right when the shift came in. At the top windward mark the Spanish went into an immediate gybe-set. But the Brits went into an EVEN MORE immediate gybe-set, looking to pounce on Botin and Marra and try to roll them as they accelerated away under gennaker…

    Watch the gybe-set move...

    Ultimately the French extended to win and the Spanish held off the British challenge for the one, two, three. Heil/Ploessel (GER 4), the regatta leaders grabbed a 4th place while Burling and Tuke, as they are known to do, limited their losses by moving back through the fleet to finish in 11th.

    Race 2: The wind had built a couple of knots by the start of the second race and teams were fully trapezing for the second race; the type of conditions where every Gold Fleet team can go fast, making for a very close-fought beat.

    As the leaders gathered at the top mark it was Heil/Ploessel (GER 4) who narrowly beat out Schneiter/Cujean (SUI 10), each from opposite ends of the upwind. The Germans went on to claim a smooth victory in the race, but with the Swiss we had an interesting example of ‘tack/cross’ claims on the first beat. Fletcher/Bithell (GBR 6) tacked outside them and the Swiss were faced with forcing the Brits to tack underneath them or give them a pass (and maybe a beer in the bar afterwards). The Swiss took the more generous/ lower hassle option, choosing to duck the Brits and ended up winning their side of the beat.

    Watch the port-starboard SUI v GBR cross here...


    By Race 3 the breeze had built a couple more knots and a few waves built up with teams starting to depower, but still well in control. Botin/Marra (ESP 97) had another great beat. They stuck to the left side of middle and used their great upwind speed to take a one-boatlength lead over the two French teams. With a great set the Spaniards extended.

    The Germans had another good beat, but were a bit farther to the left than the Spanish and ended up in the second group to the top mark, back in around 6th, but still an extension of their stellar day.


    49erFX Gold Fleet race analysis



    Playing the tide game!

    Race One – Most of the big names were, for lack of a better word, buried. However Grael / Kunze, Bekkering / Duetz managed to keep their noses clean enough to stay within the top ten, while Dobson / Tidey & Naæss / Ronningen were back in the high teens. The teams heading left managed to get away from the worst of the tide.

    POL 888 – Melzacka/ Loboda led for much of the first lap but NED 6 – van Aanholt and Janmaat – split marks with the Poles at the leeward gate and by the final top mark the Dutch had moved into the lead. The vast majority of the fleet did a straight-set on starboard on the run to the finish, making it an easy race to defend for NED 6. However ARG 19 (Travascio/ Branz) broke away to the left on their own, a risky manoeuvre that paid off by the finish as they crossed in third just behind NED 1 who crossed in second behind their compatriots NED 6.



    Race Two – The top mark was incredibly crowded and a few teams didn’t quite get it right. Lim/Low (SIN) tacked too close and barely got around the mark, then Grael/Kunze (BRA) had to take all the sterns and ended up rounding second to last.

    USA92 – Paris Henken/ Anna Tobias – sail a stunning race and are doing a great job of keeping NED 1 Bekkering/ Duetz at bay. The Americans round the final windward mark with a lead of a few boatlengths, but have a complete brain fade on the final downwind leg. They overstood by an insane amount; the commentators called it a ‘club error, a schoolboy error’ gifting the race to NED1 on the final downwind. USA92 finish 6th. Ouch!




    Watch the USA leading, then lose it at the finish...



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    Epic Battles Determine Three World Titles

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

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




    ITALIANS PREVAIL IN 3-WAY CATFIGHT

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

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









    Nacra 17 Sailing - 2019 World Championships Medal Race


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


    49er: Heil & Ploessel make Burling & Tuke sweat for their 5th world title




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




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

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

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


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


    49er Sailing - 2019 World Championships 49erFX Medal Race



    49erFX: BRAZILIAN CAPSIZE CONFIRMS 49erFX TITLE FOR THE DUTCH




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




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

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





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

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

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


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