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Racing on the Tokyo Olympic medal race course in Enoshima Japan, the Argentinian team of Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza Saroli, who captured the hearts of the world in Rio three years ago, could be on track for an epic repeat just one year out from the Tokyo 2020 games. Lange & Saroli were dynamic in the light and shifty conditions, sailing a tactically solid first two races and recovering from a deep top mark rounding to finish fourth in the third race of the day.

The Australian team of Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, who took home the silver medal at the Rio Games, put together the most consistent set of results over the four races to bring themselves within striking distance of the podium placings.  John Gimson and Anna Burnet from Great Britain also produced excellent results in the first three races and spent much of it in a battle with the Argentinians. They scored a 2 – 2 – 1 mostly by playing the more consistent right side of the course, which was farther out to sea in the offshore breeze. In all three races, the British team won the boat end of the line and tacked right early to find clean lanes to the top mark.

Race one was dominated by Lange/Saroli, who took a three boat length lead at the first windward mark and extended that delta at every rounding. Gimson and Burnet finished a comfortable second while the regatta leaders Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) struggled in 7th.

The second race saw one of the tightest finishes of the regatta, with the Argentinians barely scraping through ahead of Gimson & Burnet and Waterhouse & Darmanin. After extending to a large lead on lap two of the three-lap course, Lange/Saroli rounded the final top mark with a 20-second lead, only to find themselves crossing behind Gimson/Burnet halfway down the run. With a more favourable port lay line into the pin end of the finish and both the British and Australians having to gybe into the finish at the boat end, it was enough to make it two wins from two races for the Rio champions. Post-race analysis on the SAP Sailing live tracking gives the gap between Lange/Saroli and Gimson/Burnet to be zero seconds with only two seconds back to Waterhouse/Darmanin.

As the breeze continued to drop in velocity and increase in variability, the opportunities and risks became more significant. Race three saw Gimson/Burnet and Waterhouse/Darmanin gap the fleet after the first lap only two be swallowed up by the fleet at the halfway mark. The final lap was a four-boat race between the early leaders with Lange/Saroli and Lin Ea Cenholt & Christian Peter Lubeck (DEN), with the British holding out for the wind ahead of Cenholt/Lubeck and Waterhouse/Darmanin.

In the final race of the day, it was multiple Olympic medallist Iker Martinez with crew Olha Maslivets from Spain who capitalised on a late right shift on the final windward beat to lead Tita & Banti into the finish. After the Italian’s lead for the first lap and a half, the final beat would prove decisive. Locking into some-what of a match race on the first half of the final beat, it was Martinez & Olha who split to the right, along with Waterhouse & Darmanin and Britain’s Ben Saxton & Nicola Boniface. As the breeze went hard right, it was those closest to the new breeze who capitalised before a somewhat progressive port tack run to the finish line.

“It was a really difficult day – really tiring for an old man!” said Lange. “It’s a shame we ruined the day a bit in the last race, but overall we are happy; we sailed well with some really good racing. It seems like sailing in Japan is about getting used to difficult conditions and performing. Today we were expecting the wind to die to a sea breeze, but actually, the last race was in some of the strongest winds. We need to be really focused to understand what the wind does every day, so we learn something for next year.”

How to Follow

Racing continues on Tuesday from 1200 local time with three races before the decisive medal race on Wednesday, scheduled for 1530.
SAP Sailing has volunteered their services this week in an unofficial capacity to provide Live tracking of all racing at Ready Steady Tokyo – Sailing.

Live Tracking – Tokyo2020.sapsailing.com
Photos & Results – Nacra17.org/events/2019-test-event

1st – Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti (ITA) 26pts
2nd – Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG) 31pts
3rd – John Gimson & Anna Burnet (GBR) 35pts
4th – Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin (AUS) 41pts
5th – Ben Saxton & Nicola Boniface (GBR) 43pts

Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is famous for its stunning harbours and sailing culture.
It is, without a doubt, a world-class racing and regatta destination. The downtown competition venue offers quick and easy access to a vibrant city with a celebrated culinary scene, fantastic shopping, and dynamic arts and culture. As well as big city sophistication, Auckland also offers an incredible natural setting; beautiful beaches, volcanic cones, island getaways and expansive parks are never too far away.
Home to sailing champions and the highly anticipated 2021 Americas Cup, Aucklanders and New Zealander’s alike are proud of their sailing heritage.
Here, the Championship will enjoy huge support from the public. Auckland is looking forward to welcoming all athletes, teams and supporters of the 49er, 49er FX and Nacra 17 World Championships.

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Amended Sept 12, 2019 with new meeting dates and Sept 29 cut off time for early entry.

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International Shipping Partner

Oceanbridge Shipping are the logistics experts when it comes to major yachting events in New Zealand. Having been in business for more than 37 years they have helped tens of thousands of competitors with all the logistics that goes with competing in regattas around the world.

From the 2016 youth sailing world championships and 2019 Tornado world championships in Auckland to the 2011 Optimist world championships in Napier, they have taken care of shipping for both competitors and regatta organisers. They are the main sponsors of the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta, which is this country’s premier Olympic and youth classes event, and also a major sponsor and supporter of Yachting New Zealand and other sporting events.

Oceanbridge will have a dedicated team to assist sailors competing in this year’s 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Auckland and can assist with international shipping, customs clearance, border security and trucking. Oceanbridge will have staff on the ground at the event to supervise unpacking and packing and will also handle general queries about shipping to make life easy for visiting sailors and teams. If you wish to ship your boats onward to Melbourne for the next regatta, or return home, they can help with it all.

Their dedicated Marine Team are passionate about boats, international sailors and shipping and best contact is:
Nigel  |  nigelb@oceanbridge.co.nz  |  +64 9 489 6070 (bus.)  |  +64 21 909 703

Where to stay

There is a range of accommodation close to the venue to suit all tastes and budgets. Popular choices are university summer accommodation, Air BnB and hotels or motels. Auckland city centre has approximately 11,125 accommodation rooms available from 5-star international hotels to budget-friendly lodges. There are a number of apartments available to rent and Auckland city centre has more than 2000 motel rooms. We highly recommend considering university summer accommodation at AUT which should be available from approximately November 20.  See Wellesley Apartments. Use the event code 49erNacra when booking online. These 5-bedroom apartments are available for approx. NZ$65(or 40 Euro) per night per bedroom for a very short stay or it comes down to about NZ$51(30 Euro) for longer stays. The rate will include the following:

  • Bedding, linen and towels
  • 5 bedroom Apartment with 2 bathrooms
  • Fully equipped kitchen, dining and living area
  • Communal areas on the ground floor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tea/coffee making facilities in the Apartments
  • Towel change 2 x weekly (every 3-4 days)
  • Linen change 1 x weekly (if staying more than 7 days)

Group Bookings should enquire via: shortstays@clv.co.nz quoting the event code 49erNacra also to receive the appropriate rate

For early enquiries please contact: Jude Eades – Regatta Secretary  Auck49erNacraWorlds@gmail.com

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