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After a hit and miss regatta the final day came in beautifully so catch the action in these videos of the medal races below. Analysis and spoilers to follow, so watch first if you haven’t seen.

The Nacra 17 medal race was compelling, there is no doubt. with 6 teams fighting for the win, all of which have tremendous pedigree a shootout is always fun racing. Combine that with beautiful building conditions and three internal battles between national team members and the race was set up perfectly.

The start got off cleanly with most teams on starboard and only Kohloff/Stuhlemmer taking the port tack option. A few teams tacked right after getting rolled, but it was an upwind battle among most of the favorites holding on starboard.

You have to feel for the Outteridge siblings as they won the lineup and moved briefly into Gold medal winning position up the beat. Then a 15 degree right shift came in meaning those that chose or got bounced right took the front positions.

The first downwind was where the action really lit up though. At least half the fleet suffered huge stuffs, with Jason Saunders (NZL) heading all the way around the bow as the action heats up. The Outteridges get stuck below Finland and then do a huge roll to windward, then we see Waterhouse / Darmanin (AUS) also stuff into their gybe.

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All the while, Tita and Banti (ITA) remain the most stable and calm, but as the clip progresses note how the whole fleet is in safety mode, with one hull in the water almost all of the time instead of trying to foil (more on this later). The is safety mode is really just trading one danger for another, but the teams have far more time to react to single hull stuffs than to falling off the foils while foiling, so that’s why they choose the healed ride.

The fleet gets it’s act in gear, but by the leeward marks Saxton and Boniface’s lead is in serious jeopardy, and the gold medal position is up for grabs. In front of the race it’s Tita / Banti and Delapierre / Audinet (FRA) who are out in front.

Delapierre is new to the Nacra 17 scene, only starting to race in 2019. He comes from some match racing and laser sailing, but then teamed up with Audinet, who is a veteran crew from the start of the Nacra 17 back in 2013. The team have done increasingly well through 2019, and could be a real contender for the French Olympic berth unless we see Besson and Riou return to the dominant from from the last quad.

The final run is where things really heat up. With the two lead boats fighting it out for who beats who medal positions, and then as Saxton/Bonniface move forward and backward the gold medal becomes in play or not.

As the run develops, watch the moment Tita and Banti start going for the win! They shift from safety mode to full foiling mode, throwing caution to the wind and trying to make the pass they need to secure victory. For a good few moments it looks like they’ll get it as they push forward and look like they’ll be able to roll the French for the win…

.. as the French start to suffer a few bad waves, their fate is looking dire, but then the Italians suffer the same troubles and they come off the foils and have to settle for second in the race and third overall.

Quite a race, shame the fleet only got to race for 20 minutes on the day instead of a full three races to catch up to schedule.

Check out the epic photos from our friends at Sailing Energy, and catch the action from the 49er races too!

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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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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