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World Sailing Champions Bring Form To Opening Day in Enoshima

As the dust just about settles on the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, many of the newly-crowned World Champions continue their form at the World Cup Series event in Enoshima, Japan.

The 2018 World Cup Series Enoshima is the first to be held on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition field of play, and competitors who have succeeded on Olympic waters ahead of the Games often achieve glory come showtime.

Out of the 466 sailors from 44 nations, the World Champions crowned in Aarhus have come to the forefront once again, suggesting that their talents and racing know-how can be seemingly transferred from one venue to the next.

Kevin Peponnet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) clinched a dramatic gold in Aarhus, moving up from third to first during the medal race with a third-place finish, amidst some slip-ups from their rivals.

The opening event of Sailing’s 2017-18 World Cup Series is in Gamagori, Japan. Held from 15-22 October 2017, more than 250 sailors from 39 nations will race in eight Olympic sailing events. Photo © Jesús Renedo/Sailing Energy/ World Sailing

It was the first World Championship title for the pair and their confidence was sky-high in Enoshima as they snapped up the first race win.

“We got a bit lucky with the wind shifts but we sailed it really well,” explained Peponnet. “We didn’t do well in the second race though, so we will have to improve tomorrow.”

The pair finished tenth in the second race and are third overall at the early stages of the competition. Although they admit another medal would be nice, they have a wider goal after an exhausting World Championship campaign.

“We put a lot of energy into winning the World Championships,” said Mion. “Unlike Aarhus, the goal here is not directly to win it. We want to gain a lot of experience from the Olympic venue, but if we have a lot of good races at the front of the fleet, then we’ll have good confidence for the next couple of years as we build for the Olympics.”

Winning a medal on Olympic waters in advance of an Olympic Games is a strong indicator of what’s to come, and the Men’s 470 fleet is full of world-class competitors aiming for the podium.

Rio 2016 silver medallists Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) are down in eighth, with Greek bronze medallists Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis in fifth.

Japan’s expertise in the 470 and knowledge of their home waters shone, with four teams in the top six after day one. Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono (JPN) lead the way on seven points and are followed by Naoki Ichino and Takashi Hasegawa (JPN) and the French.

Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka won gold in Aarhus but had a mixed day in the Women’s 470 fleet today, yet were still able to find some form.

They opened with a 11th in race one before expertly overhauling Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini (ITA) in the second race of the day to take the win.

The opening event of Sailing’s 2017-18 World Cup Series is in Gamagori, Japan. Held from 15-22 October 2017, more than 250 sailors from 39 nations will race in eight Olympic sailing events. Photo © Jesús Renedo/Sailing Energy/ World Sailing

The Italians, along with Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED), are locked on seven points after they both recorded a fifth and a second.

Summarising the opening day, Dubbini commented, “After a bad start, we did well in the first race as we had a good downwind. In the second race we fought with the World Champions and we were first the whole time, but they managed to take the win. We’re looking ahead to the next one.”

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR), third at the 2018 World Championships, won the opening race of the week and are fourth overall.

Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) have set the bar in the Nacra 17 since it became fully foiling. Undefeated in 2018 in the lead-up to Aarhus, they lived up to expectations as pre-regatta favourites to claim their first world title.

The tag has been placed on them again in Enoshima and they delivered on day one, winning all three races.

Not a team to get too carried away, however, Banti knows it will be a long week, “We did have a really good day but we still have four days of racing and we’ll continue to try to do our best.”

Their compatriots Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari are in second, with Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL) in third.

Mattia Camboni (ITA) started his World Cup campaign with a pair of wins and a second in the Men’s RS:X.

The fleet includes the likes of two-time Olympic gold medallist and 2018 World Champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED), Olympic medallists Pierre Le Coq (FRA) and Shahar Zubari (ISR), as well as numerous World Cup medallists.

And a vibrant Camboni quickly acknowledged the level of competition after racing, “All the best sailors from each national team are here. From Italy, I am the only one here. Other nations didn’t send a big team but they sent the best sailors. The level is high and equivalent to a gold fleet at a World Championships.”

The first World Cup Series event in Enoshima has been highly-anticipated, but the RS:X World Championship was held in the venue just under one year ago, so many of the fleet are well-accustomed to the conditions.

“Last year we had one day with huge waves after the typhoon and it was amazing,” Camboni continued. “We had big waves and big surf which equals big fun.”

On the conditions and the strategy required racing on Olympic waters, he added, “You have to watch the course and make a decision on where you want to go right at the last moment. That is why I love racing here – because it’s a challenge.”

Kiran Badloe (NED) won the day’s other race and is second overall, with Le Coq in third.

The theme of dominating 2018 World Champions continued in the Women’s RS:X, as Lilian de Geus (NED) snapped up a pair of wins to lead the way in the 30-boat fleet.

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) continued their comeback in the 49erFX, following Grael’s voyage around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, by advancing to the top of the pack after three races.

Santander, Spain, hosted the Final of Sailing’s 2017 World Cup Series from 4-11 June 2017. More than 250 sailors from 43 nations raced across the ten Olympic events as well as Open Kiteboarding. ©Tomas Moya / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Grael and Kunze sailed consistently at the front of the fleet, taking a first, second and a fifth, which they discard. Just one point behind them sit two familiar foes – Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL). The Brazilians and Kiwis were split by just two seconds in a winner-takes-all race at Rio 2016; and if day one of racing in Enoshima was anything to go by, the margins might be even closer come Tokyo 2020.

Denmark’s Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen are in third.

After finishing sixth at their last two events, today 49er sailors Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell (GBR) found the kind of form which saw them finish on the podium at 12 of their previous events. A first, second and a fourth gives them the lead over Poland’s Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski and their British rivals James Peters and Fynn Sterritt.

After an absence of more than half a year from the Finn to concentrate on the British America’s Cup campaign, it was almost as if Giles Scott (GBR) had never been away as he sailed to the top of the fleet in Enoshima.

A sixth and a race win gives him the lead after day one. Trailing him is Nicholas Heiner (NED) and Josh Junior (NZL).

2018 World Cup Series Enoshima

Having won World Championship gold in Aarhus, it was business as usual for Emma Plasschaert (BEL) who sailed consistently on the opening day in Enoshima, posting a third and fifth to grab the early initiative.

Sarah Douglas, who finished sixth in Aarhus and qualified Canada for Tokyo 2020 as a result, is second overall, followed by Josefin Olsson. The day’s race wins went to Anne Marie-Rindom (DEN), who is 17th overall, and Olsson.

There were some mixed scores in the Laser, as no sailor truly mastered the conditions. Michael Beckett’s (GBR) eighth and second hands him an early lead.

Racing continues at 11:40 on Wednesday 12 September.

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$10,000 USD Prize To Be Awarded to World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award winner

World Sailing and 11th Hour Racing are pleased to announce that a prize of $10,000 USD will be awarded to each winner of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award over the next three years to fund their sustainability work.

The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030.

Photo © Jesús Renedo/Sailing Energy/ World Sailing

Click here to submit an entry for an individual or organisation who you believe should be awarded the inaugural World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.

National Federations, sailing clubs, event organising committees, individual sailors or any other sailing related organisations that have implemented and delivered a successful sustainability initiative after November 2017 are invited to apply.

Individuals or organisations can be nominated by its own members and employees, or by another individual or organisation. The project should align with World Sailing’s objectives, demonstrate meaningful impact, be innovative and be replicable in other sailing organisations.

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 October 2018.

Dan Reading, World Sailing Sustainability Programme Manager, said, “The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award will enable both parties to learn about further worldwide initiatives and organisations who are contributing to ensure a sustainable future for our sport.

“We will use the process to amplify and learn from successful, replicable projects to progress World Sailing’s sustainability strategy for the sport – Sustainability Agenda 2030.

“11th Hour Racing were a crucial partner in us delivering the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships where several sustainable initiatives ensured it was a plastic-free event that inspired the next generation of sailors to having sustainability at the forefront of their mind. We are thrilled to be partnering with them again as they have supported sustainability projects at all levels in sailing and it will be valuable to have their input once again.”

Todd McGuire, 11th Hour Racing Program Director, commented, “We are honoured to be partnering with World Sailing on this new award which recognises, promotes and incentivizes sustainability across the sport and beyond.

“We are aware of some of the sustainability initiatives happening within the sport of sailing, but we are excited to review the submissions to the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, so we can learn about the other great work being done by sailors across the globe to restore the health of our ocean.”

The judging panel will consist of World Sailing’s Sustainability Commission, World Sailing’s Sustainability Programme Manager, a representative from World Sailing’s Board and a representative from 11th Hour Racing.

The recipient of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award will be invited and hosted at the 2018 World Sailing Awards, set to be held on Tuesday 30 October 2018 in Sarasota, Florida, USA, where they will be presented with an iconic perpetual trophy made from recycled carbon fibre and bioresin.

2016 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
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The World Sailing Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing. The highlight of the annual Awards night is the presentation of the ultimate recognition of excellence – the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.

The Awards night is the social highlight of the World Sailing Annual Conference and 2018 is
set to be a ground breaking edition with the introduction of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, the Team of the Year and the Boat of the Year.

Alongside Rolex World Sailor of the Year and the new Awards, the Beppe Croce Trophy, President Development Award and eSailing World Championship Trophy will be presented.

First Laser, Radial and 49erFX Nations Confirmed For Tokyo 2020

Following the conclusion of Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser / Laser Radial and Women’s Skiff – 49erFX fleet racing at the Hempel Sailing World Championships, the first nations in those fleets have booked their spot at Tokyo 2020.

In the Laser and Radial, 14 and 18 places respectively were available in Aarhus. In the 49erFX there were eight places available. Subject to final notification from World Sailing after the event to the relevant Member National Authority / National Olympic Committee, the following nations have qualified:

49erFX
Australia
Austria
Brazil
Denmark
Great Britain
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway

Within the 60-boat fleet, 25 nations were represented.

Laser
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Cyprus
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
New Zealand
Norway
Peru
South Korea
USA

Laser fleet in Aarhus, Denmark © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Sixty-five nations were represented in the 165 boat fleet, the largest in Aarhus.

Laser Radial
Belgium
Canada
China
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Switzerland
Sweden
Turkey
USA

Out of 119 entrants in the Radial, 53 nations were represented.

Japanese sailors were represented in all fleets so as host nation, receive an entry into every Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing event.

Italy’s Tita/Banti Become First Back-to-Back European Champions in Foiling Nacra 17 Era

With racing starting an hour early to compensate for lost races earlier in the week, sailors hitting the water for the final day of the 2018 49er and Nacra 17 European Championship saw what by now is a rare sight: A consistent 8-11 knot breeze! Race officials across all four courses on Gdansk Bay rushed into action, burning through races and getting scores on the board across all fleets. With so few Gold Fleet races conducted thus far, all three classes would see their championships decided on the final day.

With all three gold fleets getting 3 or 4 races in before noon, the fleets returned to shore in anticipation. They’d soon be notified of their scores, with the top ten teams suiting back up for their final, double-points Medal Race.

With 2017 European Champs Ruggero Tita and Catarina Banti winning 6 of the 7 Gold Fleet races, the medal race was mostly a formality. Mathematically the Italian pair could still fall out of contention – however unlikely – and indeed Tita and Banti saved their worst race for last. They started late, on port tack, while Rio Silver Medalists Waterhouse/Darmanin (AUS) charged off on foils to the left corner of the race course and a big lead. With barely 5 minutes on each leg of the short Medal Race, Tita/Banti never found the chance to claw back positions, though they didn’t need to: Despite a 7th place and 14 points on the board, Tita/Banti became the first repeat European Champions in the foiling Nacra 17.

The Aussies would have a typically strong performance in the moderate winds while British Sailing Teammates Saxton/Boniface and Gimson/Burnet – both ahead of the Aussies – fought each other around the short course. Genuises in the breeze, Waterhouse/Darmanin continued to extend their lead, and their bullet, combined with average finishes from the duelling English teams allowed them to jump both UK teams.to take 5th for the event.

Top female helm Gemma Jones and crew Jason Saunders finished just ahead of Tita/Banti while keeping a charging Fernando Echavarri/Tara Pacheco behind; they would hold on to the second podium place and earn their silver medal with a strong and consistent week, and just 3 races all week outside the top ten.. All week long Echavarri/Pacheco were smoking in the light air, but when the breeze came on they found it hard to hang with the leaders – a problem Echavarri said he and Tara “are working hard to fix” before next month’s World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark.

Henri Demesmaeker and Frederique van Eupen (BEL) Win 2018 Nacra 15 Worlds

Over the last week in Barcelona, 60 eager Nacra 15 youth teams representing 18 Nations and four continents sailed their inaugural Nacra 15 World Championship. Competitors from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, US Virgin Islands, Holland, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States.

Catalonian weather conditions although beautiful, were difficult with Monday and Tuesday leaving the fleet ashore without a breath. After a long wait afloat on Wednesday, when it did fill for three races it was shifty and puffy suiting the tactical and lighter teams. 19 races were scheduled for the championship and the race committee did well to run a total of 10. Thursday saw maximum effort to get the race count in with a scheduled 8.15am start seeing the fleet prepare at dawn. Unfortunately after two attempts to get the fleet away the light northerly gave out slowly swinging to the east and after a very long wait, finally giving the fleet a further 3 races again in light wind conditions.

Photo credits : Laurens Morel – saltycolours.com

Saving the best until last, on the final day Barcelona delivered. Friday brought excellent conditions with the building breeze testing the sailors and giving the older more powerful sailors the opportunity to push on, twin trapezing and really getting the best from the exciting Nacra 15. The breeze built in the first three races and dropping again for the fourth of the day. Although a predominantly light regatta, there was something for everyone giving a balanced, hard earned result.

Winners Nacra 15 World Championships 2018:
1, Henri Demesmaeker & Fredrique van Eupen (BEL)
2, Doran Gouran Le Rich & Kenza Coutard (FRA)
3, Thomas Proust & Martineau Clement (FRA)

The best team under 16 was the French team Thomas Proust (11 year) & Martineau Clement (14 year). After the first 2 days they were leading the fleet, but could not consolidate this during the final racing day with more wind. We expect a lot from this team in the future!

This championship was also important for the qualification of 7 further countries to participate in October 2018 during the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. The goal, to be one of the fourteen Nacra 15 teams representing their respective countries who will participate during these Youth Olympic Games. The teams must be mixed teams in the age born between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2003.

The qualification system to participate the Youth Olympics is based on four qualification events: In October 2017 in Medemblik Switzerland and Tunisia qualified; in November in America the USA and Uruguay qualified and in January in Australia the Australia and Singapore qualified. Host Nation, Argentina has a wildcard to participate the Youth Olympics. following the Nacra 15 Worlds in Barcelona 7 more countries have qualified: Belgium, France, Netherlands, Austria, Spain and Germany to complete the 14 allowed countries/teams.

Photo credits : Laurens Morel – saltycolours.com

The Nacra 15 class, originating in 2016 has grown quickly, now approaching almost 200 boats distributed Worldwide. The Nacra 15 is the smaller non-foiling version of the Olympic Nacra 17. Nacra 15, complementing the C foil fleet with a fully foiling option potentially available over 2019. The Nacra 15 is the perfect to have maximum fun whilst being a pathway for the youth to Olympic Sailing.

It’s so enthusing to see such a wide range of young sailors and athletes embracing Nacra 15, racing hard whilst making friends across the globe. For young sailors the Nacra 15 is really very exciting to sail. Sailors are predominantly coming from Optimist, Topper, 29’er or 420 and are sailing the Nacra 15 now for only 6 – 12 months. For some it’s been a big transition but teams have learned very fast which has made it so competitive, with tight racing right across the fleet with multiple boats finishing just meters from each other. Total high performance sailing at an impressive level, that’s Nacra 15.

The Nacra 15 Worlds has taken place at Barcelona International Sailing Center and is organized by Federació Catalana de Vela, Real Nautical Club, Reial Club Maritim Barcelona and the International Nacra 15 Class Association. The event is sponsored by the Government of Barcelona, Forward WIP, Island Tribe sun protection, Code Zero, Harken, PEGA trailers and Nacra Sailing.

The eSailing World Championship Is Coming

The Official eSailing World Championship will launch at World Sailing’s headquarters in London, Great Britain starting the journey to a live arena final this October.

In partnership with the leading digital sailing platform, Virtual Regatta, the inaugural season of the eSailing World Championship will commence at 20:30 BST / 21:30 UTC on 10 May and will culminate in the final in Sarasota, Florida, USA on Tuesday 30 October 2018.

From now, through to the launch, the countdown will commence on Virtual Regatta’s in-shore game (https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/index_vrinshore.php).

The eSailing World Championship will be made up of a series of Challenges and Live Events with different levels of importance. During each Challenge and Live Event, gamers will be able to compete in as many races as they want, for free. These regattas will enable players to accumulate points that will establish their standings in the eSailing World Rankings.

Leading gamers will then advance to the Playoffs to determine who will head to Florida, the sunshine state, for the final for the opportunity to be crowned the first ever eSailing World Champion.

The eSailing World Championship is aimed at everyone from expert sailors to sports gamers. Virtual Regatta has experienced that around half of players are non-sailors, and with a young age profile and World Sailing view the Championship as a perfect way for fans without access to sailing equipment or facilities to become engaged in the excitement of the sport.

The unique qualities of sailing – combining sport, nature and technology – lend themselves to a virtual gaming environment. The multiplicity of variables, with the combination of equipment and the forces of nature, make virtual sailing every bit as challenging and strategic as the real thing.

Virtual Regatta currently has more than one million active players on its platform and has acquired in excess of 100 million views on Dailymotion.

“Following our announcement of the eSailing World Championship last November, anticipation for the competition format, types of boat which will be available and playability has been incredibly high,” commented World Sailing President Kim Andersen.

“We’re delighted with the progress we have made and in Virtual Regatta we have a committed partner to ensure we appeal to expert sailors and gamers with a fantastic user experience at the heart of the game play.

“We’re excited to release the game to the world and inspiring more people to engage with our sport.”

“We are very pleased to be joining World Sailing in partnership,” expressed Philippe Guigne, founder and CEO of Virtual Regatta.

“Our e-sailing model has been proven over the years by players from around the world.

“The support of the governing body of the sport adds value to our concept and the players involved. It also confirms the growing importance of gaming on a digital platform for the development of our sport.”

Opening Day In Hyères Sets Scene For Enthralling Week Of Sailing Competition

The opening scene at the third round of Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France saw the 647 sailors from 46 nations remain cautious as they laid down markers to build on for a full week of competition.

In a variable 6-11 knot easterly breeze, the competitors looked to achieve good finish positions that would put them in a strong place on the leaderboard for the latter part of the week.

The early races have set the scene and with a light wind forecast ahead, it’s going to be a mesmerising week of competition with all the competitors expecting more close racing.

Highlights from the opening day can be viewed herehttps://youtu.be/uXEQHiSEqjc.

The 49er features 40 strong teams and Poland’s Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki had the best of the day, recording a 3-(5)-1 scoreline. They are tied on four points at the top of the leaderboard with David Gilmour and Joel Turner (AUS).

“We started well and that was the key to winning today. Because the shifts weren’t very big, that allowed us to stay at the front from the beginning of the race,” explained Buksak on the secret to their consistent performance as those around them failed to do so.

“Our opponents were our biggest challenge,” continued Buksak. “We have some top sailors here and it’s a pleasure competing with them. Now that we are on the top, we will try our best to stay there and sail our best throughout the week.”

Although the Australians are tied with the Polish team, they picked up a 27th in the final race of the day, which they discard, meaning they’ll have to have a degree of caution for the rest of the week. “We started off pretty well in all our races,” said Gilmour, “but we found the wind to be quite tricky because weren’t sure of the wind speeds and shifts.

“In our last race, the wind speed just died, and it was tough competing in that. It was quite packed and highly competitive but that’s what makes World Sailing regattas different because you always get larger 49er fleets.”

Turner concluded, “Having a 40-boat fleet, it was tight racing and we couldn’t afford to make any mistakes.”

New Zealand’s Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn follow the leading duo in third.

Hyères, France is hosting the third round of the 2018 World Cup Series. More than 830 sailors from 46 nations, sailing in one Para World Sailing event and the ten Olympic classes will race in the French town from 22-29 April 2018 © Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing

In the 49erFX, just two races were completed. Denmark’s Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen snapped up both race victories to open up an early five point lead over Norway’s Helene Naess and Marie Rønningen.

In a bid to win his tenth title in the 2.4 Norlin OD in Hyères, Damien Seguin (FRA) could not have had a better start. The Frenchman won two out of two races and was pleased with his performance, “Today was a beautiful day and a great start to the competition.

“The first race was good, we had 8 knots, but the second race was quite hard because the wind speed dropped to 6 knots and it was a long race – about an hour.

“I would say that I am quite competitive, and I like to win. That kind of hunger makes me push myself and that is how I win most races.”

Seguin’s compatriots Bruno Jourdren and Xavier Dagault follow in second and third.

Sixty eight sailors are competing in the Laser fleet in Hyères with nine of the world’s top ten racers and the three Rio 2016 Olympic medallists spearheading the fleet.

In such a highly competitive fleet it’s uncommon for one racer to maintain consistency and dominate. The norm was smashed to bits by Rio 2016 silver medallist Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) who won both the day’s races by huge margins.

“On my first race, I was struggling at the start and kept my main focus in mind,” explained Stipanovic. “My plan was to reach the left side, which I did eventually, and then tack for the mark. It was a good plan and it paid off.

“The second race was good, but I struggled with speed but the guys on the right had more pressure, so I decided to tack and clear to the right side which put me back on top.”

If today wasn’t good enough for the Croatian, he concluded by putting out a further warning to his rivals, “I hope that tomorrow I will be faster.” Pavlos Kontides (CYP) and Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) follow in second and third.

Paige Railey (USA) imitated Stipanovic in the Laser Radial by taking another pair of victories. She is followed by Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Viktorija Andrulyte (LTU).

Hyères, France is hosting the third round of the 2018 World Cup Series. More than 830 sailors from 46 nations, sailing in one Para World Sailing event and the ten Olympic classes will race in the French town from 22-29 April 2018 © Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing

The Finn fleet was the last to conclude racing as the breeze began to decrease towards the latter part of the day. Race victories went the way of Nicholas Heiner (NED) who is fifth overall and the second placed overall sailor, Jorge Zarif (BRA). Jonathan Lobert (FRA) sailed his way to a second and third which sees him lead.

Pierre Le Coq (FRA) was in fine form on his home waters in the Men’s RS:X fleet. The Frenchman, Rio 2016 bronze medallist, took two races wins and a fourth and holds a narrow lead over Mengfan Gao (CHN) who won the final race of the day.

Only Gao separates Le Coq from three of his compatriots, Thomas Goyard, Louis Giard and Oël Pouliquen who are firmly in the hunt in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Hyères, France is hosting the third round of the 2018 World Cup Series. More than 830 sailors from 46 nations, sailing in one Para World Sailing event and the ten Olympic classes will race in the French town from 22-29 April 2018 © Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing

In the Women’s RS:X, Peina Chen (CHN) and Noga Geller (ISR) are locked on five points each at the top of the pack. Hei Man Chan (HKG) and Maya Morris (ISR) are joint third on eight points apiece.

China’s Mengxi Wei and Haiyan Gao grabbed the early advantage in the Women’s 470 and are two points clear of Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR). Camille Lecointre, Rio 2016 bronze medallist, making her first World Cup appearance with Aloise Retornaz (FRA), won the first race of the day and is third overall.

Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström (SWE) are top in the Men’s 470 fleet, two points ahead of Hao Lan and Bo Zhou (CHN). Race victories went to Paul Snow Hansen and Dan Wilcox (NZL) and Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi (JPN).

The single Nacra 17 race win went the way of Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR). They were followed by Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti (ITA) and Iker Martinez and Olga Masilvets (ESP).

Racing will resume on Wednesday 25 April at 11:00 local time.

Daniel Smith
World Sailing