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28 August - 1 September, 2018 / Marseille, France

2018 U23 Junior World Championship

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Sailing’s World Cup Series came alive on Wednesday as the medal hopefuls battled it out at the front of their respective fleets in a steady breeze and under blue Marseillaise skies.

Day one of the competition saw the competitors keep their cards close to their chest as they looked to lay down some markers. The second day saw the emergence of some medal contenders pushing ahead at the front of their respective fleets.

Racing commenced at 12:00 local time, with a steady 7-11 knot southerly breeze dancing across the four racing areas to test the 212 competitors from 34 nations racing across eight Olympic events.

Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti and Great Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet are locked on 16 points apiece in the Nacra 17.

Tita and Banti are the form team in the Nacra 17. They won gold at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia and swiftly followed that up with the honours at the final World Cup Series round in Hyères, 90km east of Marseille.

They have brought that form into the Final and are making their time on the water count. “We had to be patient today to find the right moment to make a decision,” commented Banti. “Our speed upwind was good, and we finished all three races in the top five, so it was a successful day for us.”

Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA) held the lead after five races but dropped down to fourth after a 15th in the final race of the day.

Come Tokyo 2020, only one Italian team will be able to go to the Olympic Games, if they qualify, but for now the two teams remain close. “We train together, eat together and compete with each other,” explained Banti. “We are family and we all push each other in order to improve.

“Of course, we compete on the water, but we are happy when we see them win.”

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Sailing’s 2018 World Cup Series will conclude with the Final in Marseille, France from 3-10 June 2018. Following three Rounds in Japan, USA and France, the Final sees the Series Champions crowned in eight fleets. A total of 212 sailors from 34 nations will race in 156 boats in Marseille.
© Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Sailing’s 2018 World Cup Series will conclude with the Final in Marseille, France from 3-10 June 2018. Following three Rounds in Japan, USA and France, the Final sees the Series Champions crowned in eight fleets. A total of 212 sailors from 34 nations will race in 156 boats in Marseille.
© Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing

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The best young Nacra 17 sailors will come to Marseille for the first time. Site of the 2024 Olympic sailing in the Paris Olympics, these U23 sailors and future stars of Olympic sailing will get and early preview of their ultimate goal.

 

In 2018, the Olympic series are back in Marseille from August 26 to September 1 with 3 World Youth Championships: 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17. The best crews will have a glimpse of Paris 2024.

The events will take place from the Stade Nautique du Roucas Blanc, 6 promenade Georges Pompidou 13008 Marseille. 

Key information 

  • When: from Sunday, August 26th to Saturday, September 1st
  • Where: At the nautical stadium of Roucas Blanc
  • What: The 23-year-old world championships for 3 Olympic series: the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17.
  • How: 5 days regatta, 2 rounds of races

Ambitions 

  • Quality of services and organization
  • Conviviality in welcoming runners, visitors and coaches
  • Sport and competitiveness on the water