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28 August - 1 September, 2018 / Marseille, France

2018 U23 Junior World Championship

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The Nacra 17 fleet got the 2018 World Championship started yesterday with 3 races in brisk and challenging conditions. On day 2 they will race in front of the TV cameras as they strive to take this championship.

Off to a great start has been perennial winners Rugerro Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) who took three wins from three races to set the bar for the rest of the fleet. The duo has been practically unstoppable since joining up as a team after Rio 2016, with their worst finish being 3rd at least years worlds after they fouled in the medal race. They’ve won every other championship they’ve entered, and are off to a good start so far here in Aahurs.

It is early days for the championship, so most top team will be trying to avoid catastrophe rather than worrying too much about any one individual race. Who contending teams were not so lucky are Gemma Jones with Jason Saunder (NZL) and Riley Gibbs with Louisa Chaffee (USA). Both teams suffered breakdowns in the harsh conditions, each scoring DNF’s in two of the three races. With 68 teams competing, each must get into the top 34 by end of qualifying to make the Gold Fleet and retain a shot at winning on of the 8 national Olympic berths on offer.

The schedule on day 2 for Nacra 17 is two races for each fleet on the TV course. Then on Day 3 they will race another 3 races to finish qualifying.

Aarhus, Denmark is hosting the 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships from 30 July to 12 August 2018. More than 1,400 sailors from 85 nations are racing across ten Olympic sailing disciplines as well as Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding. 40% of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition places will be awarded in Aarhus as well as 12 World Championship medals. ©JESUS RENEDO/SAILING ENERGY/AARHUS 2018 05 August, 2018.

Nacra 17 Top 5 – Full Results
1            ITA        Ruggero Tita, Caterina BantiNZL                2
2            AUT      Thomas Zajac, Barbara Matz                      3
3            ITA       Vittoria Bissaro, Maelle Friscari                    4
4            ARG     Santiago Lange, Cecelia Carranza              4
5            ARG      Mateo Mahdaljani, Eugenia Bosco             7

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Teams and coaches must register for the event in the Manage2Sail system AND Pay for their entry through the class payment portal.

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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


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