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28 August - 1 September, 2018 / Marseille, France

2018 U23 Junior World Championship

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Despite a long onshore delay and shifty and unstable conditions on the water today as the Finals began in the 2018 49er and Nacra 17 European Championship.  With the fleets split by their ranking into gold and silver fleets, the top twenty-seven Nacra 17 crews and top twenty-five 49erFX teams hit the water under an angry grey sky in around 10 knots of Northerly breeze.

A massive thunderstorm system erupting over the mainland helped create a brisk, 15 knot Northeasterly that allowed the foiling Nacra 17 fleet to reach speeds well over 20 knots at times. With characteristic aggressiveness and a willingness to take what seemed at the time like high-risk moves, Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Catarina Banti threw a hurt on the fleet, proving their speed and smarts in both the light air and heavy with two wins in two races!  Tita/Banti’s strategy was simple and powerful: Start on port tack, take transoms, and go hard right. The Port Tack Option worked out well for him both times.

It worked like a charm, and Banti and Tita take the lead over Jones/Saunders (NZL) by just 2 points with more light air ahead.

After a long layoff resulting from a serious condition and resultant brain surgery, Rio 2016 skipper Paul Kohloff (GER) feels he and 18 year old crew Alica Stuhlammer are getting more and more settled as the year goes on.   “When you’re a heavier crew like we are it’s really easy to go fast, so we got away with maybe not having the best settings today,” said Kohloff, who said sailing has been one of the keys to a successful recovery long recovery.  “There’s nothing better for me in the world right now,” said Kohloff.

COURSE OF A NEXT GENERATION          

Spanish Junior Sailing Sisters, Including Teenaged Crew, Take Over Outright Lead in Olympic 49erFX Finals

For Spanish 49erFX sailors Carla and Marta Munté, the racing was well worth the wait in their first ever European championship.  The former 29er world champions (2014, 29er) have been quietly stalking the leaders in the class all week, but today’s breakout performance, combined with inconsistent finishes from some top competitors, meant not just the lead for the Munté sisters, but an 8 point gap back to overnight leaders Helene Naess and Marie Roningen.  That’s the biggest lead we’ve seen in the FX all week.

Carla Munté said that awareness was one of the keys to winning the day with a 5,4,2 including an impressive comeback in the final race of the day. “With two winds fighting each other, the pressure was so different across the course,” said Carla Munté.  Her sister Marta said that they never stopped looking for wind.  “We had to be constantly looking all over for the best pressure and to try to stay out of the worst of the waves too.”  If the lightweight sisters can hang on to this lead for two more days, they would become the youngest-ever European Champions in FX history.

Reigning European Champions Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke (GER) looked to be making a run at defending their title, storming off to an easy race 1 victory before giving back many of their gains with a 16 in the second race.  The third race of the day gave the accomplished Germans the chance to shine, and after a good start and beat, the pair sailed two tactically brilliant downwind legs culminating in a last-gybe pass of Australian duo Tess Lloyd/Jaime Ryan just meters from the finish.  With two bullets in three races, it was the first time all week we’ve seen Lutz and Beucke back on the form that’s carried them so far over the past 12 months, but their happiness wouldn’t last long: Coach Evans pulled up to the boat and informed the team they’d been called over early and disqualified from the race.

Tina and Susann immediately realized their first place had become a 25th, and their anguished sighs rang out over the now-calm water.  The top Germans may still have a mathematical chance to win here in Gdynia Poland, but what was once a real possibility became a massive mountain to climb in the blink of an eye.  The sportsman’s old refrain is as applicable as ever: “You can’t win a regatta on the first day, but you can lose it!”

No 49er racing could be conducted as PRO David Campbell James sent the 49er fleet home almost immediately after they arrived at the race area due to the approaching storm.

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Nacra 17 Top 5 – Full Results

1            ITA        Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti                      16

2            NZL       Gemma Jones, Jason Saunders                 18

3            ESP        Fernando Echavarri, Tara Pacheco           25

4            GBR        Ben Saxton, Nikki Bonniface                     33

5            GBR       John Gimson, Anna Burnet                        42

9erFX Top 5 – Full Results

1            ESP      Carla Munté, Marta Munté                        39

2            NOR       Helene Naess, Marie Ronningen               47

3            GBR        Sophie Weguelin, Sophie Ainsworth        48

4            SWE       Julie Gross, Hanna Klinga                           58

5            USA       Stephanie Roble, Margaret Shea              66

49er Top 5 – Full Results

1            POL       Łukasz Przybytek, Pawel Kolodzinski       30

2            ESP        Diego Botín, Iago Marra                             31

3            ARG       Yago Lange, Klaus Lange                             40

4            GER       Justus Schmidt, Max Boeme                      41

5            GBR       Dylan Fletcher-Scott, Stuart Bithell          43

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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