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28-29, October / Shanghai, China

2017 Shanghai Cup and Asian Championship

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An international fleet of 12 of the Worlds’ best teams will race on through the center of Shanghai in a display of the best of modern sailing. Racing starts on October 28th, 2017. Here are the teams competing.

  • Italy – Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti – European Champions in 2017
  • New Zealand – Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders – 4th at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
  • Austria – Thomas Zajac and Barbara Matz – Bronze medal at the Rio Olympic games (for Thomas)
  • Germany – Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer – 5th at the 2017 World Champoinship
  • Denmark 1 – Lin Cenhold and CP Lubeck – 8th at the 2017 World Championship
  • Denmark 2 – Annette Vibourg and Mattias Brun – 12th at the Rio Olympics for Annette
  •  Brazil – Joao Bulhoes and Gabriela Nicolino – 15th at the 2017 World Championship
  • Singapore – Justin Liu & Denise Lim – 17th at the 2017 European Chapionship
  • United States – Riley Gibbs & Louisa Chafee – 20th at the 2017 World Championship
  • Hong Kong – New Team to the international circuit
  • China 1 – New Team to the class
  • China 2 – New Team to the class
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Overnight one of the Class Executives, after training, changed their view on the issue of using the gennaker upwind at the World Championship next week. They now believe that we should NOT allow the use of the gennaker upwind even this close to the start of the Championship.

As a result there is now a split among the Executive. While ordinarily I can cast a deciding vote I believe the best course of action is to have a discussion at the Open Forum on Sunday night with a vote to be taken by those entered in the Championship.

That being said my PERSONAL view is that we should not allow the use of the gennaker upwind next week. The mast, boat, gennaker etc. were not designed for the loads of upwind gennaker sailing. We also had some injuries to crew at the Europeans as a result of the strain.

Nacra Sailing has already offered resources and assistance to the Nacra 17 Class to investigate a set of specification

 It goes without saying that the Class can absolutely ask Nacra Sailing to investigate a change in specification to allow for these extra loads in the future. 

 It would be helpful ahead of the vote to commence a discussion on the Class Facebook forum with the varying views by entrants.

 I am working on wording with the PRO and Chair of the Jury that would amend next week’s Sailing Instructions to rule out using the gennaker upwind. I will post that proposed wording in due course.

To be clear – we are only talking about the use of gennakers upwind at the World Championships next week.

regards,

Marcus Spillane

 

 

 

 

 

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