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Another day of racing and another style of breeze for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Test event in Enoshima, Japan. In a much more stable and predictable sea breeze the Nacra17 leaderboard tightened up around the top five teams as we head into tomorrow’s double points medal race.

Italian’s Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti and Argentina’s Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza Seroli both recorded two respectable scores but deep finishes outside of the top ten allowed the chasing pack to close the gap.
The British Sailing Team arguably had the best day on the water out of the potential podium placing teams, with John Gimson & Anna Burnet and Ben Saxton & Nicola Boniface both finishing the day with one win and 13 points apiece, moving them into 2nd and 5th respectively.

Ready Steady Tokyo Sailing 2019. Olympic Sailing Test Event ©/SAILING ENERGY/WORLD SAILING 20 August, 2019.

Rio 2016 silver medallists Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin from Australia moved to within two points of the podium with a 2-3-9 scoreline, almost matching the consistent performance of the British teams.
Today’s top-scoring team was Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lubeck from Denmark, while France’s Quentin Delapierre & Manon Audinet notched up their first race win of the regatta.

The implications of the results from Ready Steady Tokyo should not be overlooked. Out of the top five boats, only Lange & Saroli are the stand out performer in their national squad for Argentina and will more than likely have their Tokyo 2020 tickets booked well in advance.
For the British Sailing Team, things are not so clear cut. Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface won the recent 2019 European Championship in Weymouth, while John Gimson and Anna Burnet placed higher than Saxton & Boniface at the Princesa Sofia Trofia in Palma early in the season. With Gimson & Burnet currently ahead on the rankings at the Olympic venue, and with this regatta sailed in the Olympic format with a smaller fleet over a fewer number of races, the British selectors will have a tough decision to make regarding who to send to the Games.

The Australian Sailing Team have things slightly easier than the British. Their top team over the past two Olympic cycles has been Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, who medalled in Rio 2016. They won three events in a row in 2018-2019 before skipping the 2019 European Championships, putting the pressure on their countries “B-Squad” none other than multiple 49er Olympic medallist Nathan Outteridge, sailing with his sister Hayley. In their first international Nacra17 regatta, the sibling duo placed second at the 2018 Aarhus Worlds, ahead of Waterhouse & Darmanin, to really put the pressure on their more experienced Nacra teammates.

Ready Steady Tokyo Sailing 2019. Olympic Sailing Test Event ©/SAILING ENERGY/WORLD SAILING 20 August, 2019.

The top five placings will all be decided in tomorrow’s medal race with only the top ten boats competing and double points being awarded. For Tita & Banti anything less than a second-place will open the door for Gimson & Burnet, with the following teams needing the Italians to slip to fifth or worse for the third to fifth-placed teams to be in with a shot at winning the regatta.

HOW TO FOLLOW
The medal race will be tracked LIVE via SAP Sailing’s website and is scheduled to start at 3:30pm local time (GMT +9)

Live tracking: Tokyo2019.sapsailing.com
Official results: Nacra17.org/events/2019-test-event

Results – Provisional
1st Ruggero Tita / Caterina Banti 🇮🇹 46pts
2nd John Gimson / Anna Burnet 🇬🇧 48pts
3rd Santiago Lange / Cecilia Carranza Saroli 🇦🇷 53pts
4th Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin 🇦🇺 55pts
5th Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface 🇬🇧 56pts

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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Entry is a 2 step process.

  1. use our manage2sail registration system to enter your racing information.
  2. proceed to the payment portal to pay for your entry fee. For clarity, the fees on the payment system will change over on the dates in the NOR, so non-payment prior to those dates will mean higher entry fees.

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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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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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