British Best of the Best – Gimson and Burnet take Nacra 17 Gold

It’s a lot easier to wait around when you’re in the lead,” said Anna Burnet on shore as she watched the 49ers in their medal race sitting motionless in the sunset. Moments later, the horn blew, the Nacra medal race was canceled and her and John Gimson became the European champions. With a decisive 1,2,1,1 […]

Proving ground for young Italians

Two hours of waiting were worth it for Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei who solidified their lead on the fleet by eight points with a 6,2. An unceremonious swim for Briton John Gimson and charging world champions combined to drop he and Anna Burnet to third place behind Italians Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti. Tita […]

Young Italians float out to a bigger lead

Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei wove a masterful path through the minefield of a difficult race course to extend their lead in the Nacra 17 fleet on day three of the European Championships. Two 2nd places moves the young Italians ahead of the pack, with an 8-point gap back to John Gimson and Anna Burnet […]

Junior Champs making mark on the Fleet

It’s hard to stand out on the Italian Nacra 17 Olympic team with Gold medalists and world champions as teammates but for the moment, Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei are linking fickle shifts and putting the pedal down to lead the fleet. The Italian pair have won the Junior World Championships twice and have been […]

Gimson and Burnet make a solid start

A solid start in the only Nacra 17 race today led to a clear win for Gimson and Burnet of Great Britain, a result even more impressive considering the pair had not trained since August’s world championships. A knee injury for Burnet, attention to sponsors and fitting out a new boat conspired to keep them […]

Italy wins six-way fight for Gold

The Germans won both the nacra17 and nacra17 FX fleets on the final day of the Forward WIP nacra17, nacra17FX and Nacra 17 European Championships in Austria, while Italy foiled to victory in the Nacra 17 catamaran fleet. Although the nacra17FX leaderboard stayed fairly steady, the four races per fleet on the final day generated […]

Tita/Banti blast their way to Force 5 victory

Racing got under way with Argentina and Great Britain fast out of the start on day 5 of the 2020 Forward WIP European Championship. ITA26, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti were close to the overall lead and put the hammer down just as they had a few weeks ago when they dominated Kiel Week. At […]

Chasing the elusive breeze on Attersee

Day 4 of the Forward WIP nacra17, nacra17FX and Nacra 17 European Championships was frustrating for many, but a very successful day for one of the local Austrian teams, nacra17 sailors Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl. A few days ago Hussl was so ill he was unable to keep any food down and had to […]

Greeks shine, Argentina moves to the top

Day 1 of the Nacra 17 competition was all about keeping your wits about you as the wind blew from the south, then the west, then somewhere in between. Thursday’s conditions were much more straightforward, at least in the sense that it was a very one-sided track. What is much less straightforward is how to […]

6am at the police station

Lack of wind on Lake Attersee meant no racing for day two of the Forward WIP nacra17, nacra17FX and Nacra 17 European Championships in Austria.  Olympic sailors, in fact sailors of any breed, know that waiting for the wind comes with the territory. At least this time it offers an opportunity for this global family […]