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13 - 19 May 2019 / Weymouth, UK

2019 Volvo European Championship

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Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubelei of Italy closed in on the Nacra 17 podium after the Italian team posted the best scores of the day, the young crew negotiating the first ocean swell of the regatta with great downwind technique. Results of 3,3,1 move them into fourth,  just one point behind fellow Italians Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari. Halfway through the regatta it remains tight at the top, and like in the FX Worlds fleet, just four points are separating the top four crews.

Moving into first place overall are the experienced German crew Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer. The Germans scored 2,5,2 which might have been cause for celebration, but Kohlhoff was still sore at losing places in the race where they finished fifth. “Mistake after mistake,” he said. “It was frustrating to lose out after we’d been in third place for a lot of the race.”

Along with many other of the more established teams, Kohlhoff and Stuhlemmer have barely stepped on to the Nacra 17 since foiling their way to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Regatta back in early August. “One hour of sailing in Kiel and two days training here,” said Stuhlemmer.

Gigi and Maria (ITA)

The fleet seemed to invert on the first beats as the favored side flipped in the last third of the course, often leaving those on the right side hung out to dry. It was the runs, however, where the concentration of the more experienced teams paid dividends.

With ocean swell topped with small chop, the fleet decided to fly the weather hull and conservatively skim the leeward hull instead of laying flat and foiling high on all four appendages. “You could foil for a short period but you’d end up crashing pretty hard,” said American crew, Sara Stone. “With the leeward hull in, it was like a stabilizer and we could skim when more often that way.”

The 2021 World Championship runs from November 16-21, 2021 from Mussanah, Oman.

LIVE BROADCAST LINKS

Day 4 – noon local time – https://vimeo.com/event/1536994/92b883887c

Day 5 – noon local time – https://vimeo.com/event/1537033/b3600eaa81

Day 6 – fleet races – 10am local time – https://vimeo.com/event/1537033/b3600eaa81

Day 6 – Medal Races – 13:30 local time – 

49er has three days of qualifying followed by two days of gold fleet and a medal race.

49erFX and Nacra 17 will have five days of racing followed by a medal race.

Live broadcasts of the racing from November 19-21, 2021

Results photos, live and highlights from World Championship

Omani Gold on National Day

Musab Al Hadi with Waleed Al Kindi (OMA) moved into 25th place and qualified for Gold fleet in a first for Oman at a 49er World Championship. The pair have been sailing 49er for almost a decade, and became quite emotional upon realizing their effort had secured them this milestone.

The achievement was even sweeter to occur on Oman National Day, a celebration of the founding of modern Oman on the Sultan’s birthday. Considering it was Sultan Qaboos that drove the formation of Oman Sail, an effort to rekindle the Omani spirit of seamanship, it was as if the Sultan was looking down from overhead in the final race of qualifying.

The Omani pair were emotional after being told on shore. “Oh really? First gold fleet? Oh finally!,” said Al Hadi. Laughing and shaking his head he raised his hands to the sky and said, “First time in history. Give thanks, god.”

Al Hadi and Al Kindi were aiming at Tokyo qualification, but only managed a third place finish at the Asian qualifier in 2021.

At the front of the 49er fleet, Bart Labriex with Lars wan de Werken (NED) had a solid day of all top fives to move into the lead. They are chased by a pair of German boats.

American’s Ian Barrows and Hans Henken managed to wind the final two races of yellow fleet to move up the standings nicely.

Day 4 marks the beginning of gold fleet, where the top 25 49er teams will race off for the championship. Gold fleet racing is likely to make a big impact on the overall results due to the larger number of boats in the fleet, and the higher quality. Join us to watch live as the championship unfolds.

Mission Impossible for FX Fleet

Three different race 49erFX teams take wins on day three, but nobody can grab control of the regatta. 

Overall leaders Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen (NOR) expressed frustration at how they struggled to hold lanes during the races, despite sailing well enough to move into the lead.

“Every time we would tack into a lane we thought ‘this is the one’,” said Marie. “Only then we’d loose it due to an isolated shift or puff that wasn’t hitting anyone.”

“We won a race today,” commented Antonia Lewin-Lafrance (CAN), “but don’t ask about the rest of the day.” They scored a 12, 8 to finish out, maintaining a sixth overall after their third place finish at the 2021 European Championship.

“We had a hard time today, we practiced a lot in the light winds but not so much when the breeze is up and it showed today,” commented Elize de Ruyter, (NED) who three top ten’s and moved down to second overall.

If that is how the race winners are talking about the day, you can imagine how those at the back are feeling. It was the kind of racing where every position was hard-fought, every position loss hard felt. Despite being the windiest day of the regatta so far, there was a swell and chop that added further complication.

At the half way point of the regatta four teams are within four points at the top, and anyone in the top nine could realistically dream of winning. 

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Our History
 
The Royal Yachting Association had been trying for decades to secure a suitable site locally to make the most of these natural advantages, but the opportunity came when in 1999 it was announced that the Royal Naval Air Station at Portland was to be closed.
 
A group of local people established a not-for-profit company to take the vision of a national centre of excellence for the sport of sailing forward and with the support of the Royal Navy, the Royal Yachting Association, the South West Regional Development Agency, Sport England and all the local authorities in the area, this idea started to take shape.  The Academy started sailing operations on the site in March 2000.
 
After initially operating from the disused military buildings and facilities, in 2003 the Academy was in a position to start construction work on redeveloping the site.  At the same time the London bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was gathering momentum and the Academy was selected as part of the sailing venue in the bid to the International Olympic Committee.
 
Construction works were completed in the spring of 2005 and HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the new Academy buildings on 9th June 2005.  Less than a month later London was selected as the venue for the 30th Olympiad.  This impressive facility had therefore moved from starting sailing operations on the site to being part of an Olympic venue in slightly more than five years.  Once the decision had been made to award the 2012 Games to London, plans were put in place to further enhance the facilities to bring them up to the standard required by the International Olympic Committee.  The Olympic Delivery Authority then funded further marine works to meet these standards.  These works, consisting of additional reclamation of the harbour, new slipways, construction of a breakwater and pontoons were finished in 2008, on time and on budget, making the Academy the first of the 2012 venues to be completed.
 
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Notice to Competitors #35 (Failure to Tally – 18th May)

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Notice to Competitors #38 ("U Flag Rule" )

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Notice to Competitors #39 (Tracker Collection 19th May)

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