World Title No.4 for Tita & Banti

Italian foiling stars Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti have won their fourth Nacra 17 world title in La Grande Motte, France. It was also a great day for first-time winners of a major championship for teams from Uruguay and Belgium in the 49er and 49erFX European Championships. After winning their first world title in Denmark […]

Italy with one hand on the Worlds trophy

Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti are too professional to admit it, but a strong performance in Saturday’s light airs races has all but secured the Italian defence of the Nacra 17 world title. After scoring the best set of results of the day, 6,2,2, on a very light day out on the Mediterranean, the reigning […]

Day 4 at the Worlds: Not just a pretty face

If John Gimson and Anna Burnet continue to win races in the Nacra 17 World Championship, perhaps we’ll see a flurry of new face fluff appearing on other Nacra sailors’ faces. The British helmsman is sporting the start of a new moustache which he says is there for aesthetic purposes but could be proving helpful […]

Worlds Day 3: Flying Dutchpeople

Laila van der Meer and Bjarne Bouwer surprised themselves with a spectacular day on the Nacra 17 race course. The young Dutch team scored 3,1,1 in blue group to move up to second overall in the World Championship behind the defending champions from Italy, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti. “It was nerve wracking out there,” […]

Olympic Trials Tussles continue at Nacra 17 Worlds

Big breeze and massive wind shifts of day two of the Nacra 17 World Championship delivered plenty of drama in La Grande Motte, the South of France. Selection trials continue for three countries at what is the last big event of the season before the greatest one of all, the Olympic Games just over two […]

Germany stumbles while Tita & Banti race ahead

Nacra 17 Worlds, Day 1: Germany stumbles while Italy races ahead Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer opened their Nacra 17 World Championship in the best way possible, the German crew winning the first of three scheduled races in their half of the qualifying groups. But things started to go wrong in the second race, as […]

Could the Young Italians steal Olympic thunder this week?

The Nacra 17 World Championship along with the 49er and 49erFX European Championships is about to start in La Grande Motte in the South of France, with sailors looking to make the most of the final major test before this summer’s Olympic Games. The World Championship has attracted all but one of the teams who […]

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 […]