49er and 49erFX Europeans - Kiwi World Champions in pole position

2014 49er and 49erFX European Championships
At the 49er and 49erFX European Championships, both the men’s and women’s World Champions sit in pole position going into the deciding day in Helsinki. In the 49erFX, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech moved ahead of the defending European Champions, Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen, after a solid day in strengthening winds.

The New Zealanders scored 2,5,4 in the 27-boat Gold Fleet, and carry 42 points into the final day, a single point ahead of the Danes. Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze looked set to take back the yellow jerseys for Sunday’s three theatre-style races, but after scoring three and one in the first two heats they picked up a disappointing 11th in the final heat which puts them in third overall, but still only five points off the lead.

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As the breeze built throughout the afternoon, touching 18 knots by the end of play, two Dutch crews moved to the fore, but Nielsen and Olsen got on a charge downwind to the finish and just stole victory in the final race, the Danish looking very confident with their speed and boathandling the windier it became. Even when they left their spinnaker drops too late on the previous laps, the reigning European Champions somehow kept the wheels on the wagon and look in good shape to defend their title. Along with the Brazilians and Kiwis, they hold a good margin over the rest of the field, although another Danish crew - Jena Mai Hansen and Katja Iversen - are in fourth place and still very much within striking distance.



In the men’s 49er, Pete Burling and Blair Tuke had a rare slip-up in today’s first race, sailing out to the right and into the wrong corner of the race track, leaving them deep in the pack at the first mark. With the wind barely into double-figures for the men’s first race, the Kiwi World Champions failed to exert their usual boatspeed advantage and could only manage a 16th. It was the Austrians who finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic Games - Nico Delle Karth and Nikolaus Resch - who won the race ahead of Italy’s Jacopa Plazzi and Umberto Molinaris.

As the breeze started to build into the early teens, normal service was resumed as the New Zealanders put the hammer down to win the next two races. Burling and Tuke, unbeaten in a regatta since taking the silver medal at the London 2012 Games, have won five of the six heats in the Gold Fleet final. This gives them an 11-point advantage over their arch rivals from Australia and reigning Olympic Champions, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. The Aussies sailed a solid first race today, coming third behind the Austrian and Italian crews, but then slid to 15th in the next. Finally in the third race we saw the Kiwis and Aussies in a proper head-to-head, rounding in first and second at the top mark. 'But then we misjudged our approach to the bottom gate,' admitted Outteridge. 'We wanted to come into the marks with some heat, but we overcooked it and didn’t realise how much the breeze had built.'

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The misjudgment briefly handed the lead to Great Britain’s Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign, although the Kiwis proved unstoppable in the stronger wind. 'We knew we couldn’t match them boat for boat,' said Fletcher. 'Pete and Blair have an incredible amount of speed at the moment, and they maybe eight kilos heavier than us, so we had to try something different.' Even so, the Brits held on to the lead at the final turning mark, but allowed the Kiwis to gybe-set into stronger breeze on the right-hand side of the course. The Aussies followed suit, and both Antipodean crews managed to get past the Brits on the final run to the finish.

Fletcher and Sign still hold third overall, and are only 3.4 points behind Outteridge. Just a few points further back in fourth place are the recent winners of Kiel Week, Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel from Germany, the bronze medallists at last year’s European Championship. With the Theatre Style racing comprising three short-course races with boundary ropes, and involving just the top 10 boats in the overall standings, there are still many opportunities for an upset. But as of this evening, things couldn’t be much better for the Kiwis who sit at the top of both leaderboards.

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Live TV coverage of the Theatre Style racing starts at 13:00 on Sunday.

Tune in at 09:00 tomorrow for the Magic Marine Morning Show where we have fantastic guests each day. Day six will feature Jena Mai Hansen, Molly Meech, Charlotte Dobson, Dylan Fletcher and Blair Tuke.



49er European Championship 2014 Results are as of 18:30 on July 12, 2014 1-Gold Fleet Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 28, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

CrewName

CarriedFwd

Nett

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Q5

Q6

1st

NZL

1

Peter BURLING

Blair TUKE

23.0

28.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(16.0)

1.0

1.0

2nd

AUS

5

Nathan

OUTTERRIDGE

Iain JENSEN

23.0

39.0

4.0

2.0

5.0

3.0

(15.0)

2.0

3rd

GBR

4

Dylan FLECHER

Alain SIGN

14.4

42.4

3.0

9.0

8.0

5.0

(17.0)

3.0

4th

GER

12

Erik HEIL

Thomas PLOESSEL

26.0

47.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

6.0

2.0

(8.0)

5th

FRA

3

Manu DYEN

Stephane

CHRISTIDIS

13.0

54.0

(13.0)

11.0

6.0

12.0

3.0

9.0

6th

DEN

30

Jonas WARRER

Anders THOMSEN

23.0

63.0

8.0

3.0

4.0

(13.0)

12.0

13.0

7th

AUT

84

Delle KARTH & RESCH

Nikolaus

Leopold RESCH

19.0

65.0

11.0

7.0

17.0

1.0

10.0

(26.0)

8th

ITA

22

Giuseppe ANGILELLA

Pietro

ZUCCHETTI

21.0

85.0

6.0

20.0

(28.0

UFD)

10.0

5.0

23.0

9th

ITA

23

Jacopo PLAZZI

Umberto MOLINERIS

46.0

86.0

(21.0)

17.0

10.0

2.0

6.0

5.0

10th

CRO

13

Pavle KOSTOV

Petar CUPAC

40.8

86.8

2.0

14.0

9.0

9.0

(22.0)

12.0

11th

GBR

10

John PINK

Stuart BITHELL

34.0

90.0

22.0

6.0

15.0

7.0

(28.0

DSQ)

6.0

12th

AUS

66

Will PHILLIPS

Fang WARREN

34.0

95.0

23.0

12.0

2.0

(24.0)

13.0

11.0

13th

POL

42

Lukasz

PRZYBYTEK

Pawel

KOLODZINSKI

42.0

102.0

9.0

13.0

7.0

(28.0

DSQ)

21.0

10.0

14th

IRL

99

Ryan SEATON

Matt MCGOVERN

44.2

106.2

7.0

4.0

(19.0)

17.0

16.0

18.0

15th

BRA

300

Dante BIANCHI

Thomas LOWBEER

37.0

108.0

12.0

16.0

(22.0)

22.0

7.0

14.0

16th

SWE

500

Victor

BERGSTRÖM

Victor

VÄSTERNÄS

44.0

111.0

(20.0)

8.0

16.0

18.0

9.0

16.0

17th

ITA

969

Stefano CHERIN

Andrea TESEI

42.0

111.0

19.0

15.0

12.0

8.0

(25.0)

15.0

18th

FRA

14

Mathieu FREI

Yann

ROCHERIEUX

44.0

114.0

(28.0

DNF)

22.0

14.0

11.0

19.0

4.0

19th

FRA

6

Julien D ORTOLI

Noé DELPECH

41.0

117.0

(24.0)

10.0

11.0

15.0

23.0

17.0

20th

GBR

114

Nic ASHER

Fynn STERRITT

45.5

120.5

17.0

21.0

13.0

4.0

(24.0)

20.0

21st

ITA

444

Luca DUBBINI

Roberto DUBBINI

45.0

125.0

18.0

23.0

(28.0

UFD)

14.0

18.0

7.0

22nd

POR

27

Jorge LIMA

José COSTA

34.0

126.0

14.0

(25.0)

23.0

20.0

11.0

24.0

23rd

GBR

98

David EVANS

Ed POWYS

44.0

128.0

16.0

18.0

20.0

(28.0

DNF)

8.0

22.0

24th

AUS

20

Steve THOMAS

Sam PHILLIPS

46.0

134.0

10.0

(24.0)

18.0

19.0

20.0

21.0

25th

POL

52

Tomasz

JANUSZEWSKI

Jacek NOWAK

45.0

137.0

15.0

19.0

21.0

23.0

14.0

(25.0)

26th

ESP

32

Carlos Paz BLANCO

Anton Paz BLANCO

50.0

150.0

(28.0 P)

28.0 P

28.0 P

21.0

4.0

19.0

27th

ESP

8

Federico ALONSO

Arturo ALONSO

37.0

177.0

(28.0

DNC)

28.0

DNC

28.0

DNC

28.0

DNC

28.0

DNC

28.0

DNC

28th

NZL

2

Marcus HANSEN

Josh POREBSKI

46.0

186.0

(28.0 P)

28.0 P

28.0 P

28.0 P

28.0 P

28.0 P

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49erFX European Championship 2014 Results are as of 18:21 on July 12, 2014   1-Gold Fleet Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 28, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Fleet

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

CrewName

CarriedFwd

Penalties

Nett

R4

R5

R6

1st

1-

Gold

NZL

1

Alexandra MALONEY

Molly MEECH

29.0

 

42.0

2.0

5.0

4.0

2nd

1-

Gold

DEN

11

Ida Marie Baad NIELSEN

Marie

Thusgaard

OLSEN

18.0

 

43.0

5.0

(9.0)

1.0

3rd

1-

Gold

BRA

12

Martine GRAEL

Kahena KUNZE

17.0

 

47.0

3.0

1.0

11.0

4th

1-

Gold

DEN

136

Jena Mai HANSEN

Katja

SALSKOV-

IVERSEN

33.0

 

55.0

4.0

2.0

5.0

5th

1-

Gold

GER

777

Leonie MEYER

Elena

STOFFERS

23.0

 

66.0

6.0

13.0

10.0

6th

1-

Gold

GBR

22

Charlotte

DOBSON

Sophie

AINSWORTH

21.0

 

73.0

7.0

21.0

(22.0)

7th

1-

Gold

ESP

23

Tamara

ECHEGOYEN

Berta

BETANZOS

42.0

 

85.0

8.0

12.0

14.0

8th

1-

Gold

DEN

49

Maiken Foght SCHTT

Anne-Julie

Foght SCHÜTT

28.0

  

85.0

12.0

7.0

12.0

9th

1-

Gold

GBR

8

Frances PETERS

Nicola GROVES

33.0

 

87.0

14.0

11.0

17.0

10th

1-

Gold

GBR

99

Kate

MACGREGOR

Katrina BEST

24.0

 

92.0

(28.0

DSQ)

3.0

15.0

11th

1-

Gold

NED

999

Lars VAN

STEKELENBORG

Floris VAN DE WERKEN

74.0

 

93.0

1.0

6.0

3.0

12th

1-

GER

161

Tina LUTZ

Susann

40.0

 

97.0

17.0

8.0

8.0

 

Gold

 

 

 

BEUCKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th

1-

Gold

GER

6

Victoria

JURCZOK

Anika LORENZ

30.0

 

105.0

18.0

22.0

9.0

14th

1-

Gold

SWE

25

Julia GROSS

Cecilia

JONSSON

70.0

 

110.4

11.4 RDGa

10.0

6.0

15th

1-

Gold

FRA

3

Sarah

STEYAERT

Julie BOSSARD

68.0

 

112.0

(20.0)

14.0

7.0

16th

1-

Gold

AUS

246

Tess LLOYD

Caitlin ELKS

42.0

 

114.0

16.0

19.0

(24.0)

17th

1-

Gold

NED

666

Jolbert VAN DJIK

Karel

BEGEMANN

44.0

  

119.0

22.0

(27.0)

2.0

18th

1-

Gold

IRL

997

Andrea

BREWSTER

Saskia TIDEY

71.0

 

124.0

9.0

(20.0)

16.0

19th

1-

Gold

NED

110

Emile AMOROS

Josca HUMMEL

66.0

 

129.0

11.0

4.0

13.0

20th

1-

Gold

GER

810

Jule GÖRGE

Lotta GÖRGE

43.0

 

131.0

23.0

15.0

20.0

21st

1-

Gold

NOR

123

Helene NÆSS

Marie

RØNNINGEN

51.0

 

133.0

15.0

16.0

(26.0

UFD)

22nd

1-

Gold

USA

826

Paris HENKEN

Helena SCUTT

55.0

 

151.0

24.0

17.0

(25.0)

23rd

1-

Gold

NOR

888

Ragna AGERUP

Maia AGERUP

58.0

 

152.0

(21.0)

18.0

19.0

24th

1-

Gold

ARG

19

Victoria

TRAVASCIO

Maria Sol BRANZ

57.0

 

157.0

19.0

23.0

(26.0)

25th

1-

Gold

FIN

101

Noora RUSKOLA

Camilla

CEDERCREUTZ

73.0

 

164.0

10.0

(26.0)

21.0

26th

1-

Gold

SWE

381

Lisa ERICSON

Hanna KLINGA

76.0

 

167.0

13.0

25.0

18.0

27th

1-

Gold

FIN

17

Sinem KURTBAY

Silja KANERVA

65.0

 

175.0

(25.0)

24.0

23.0

28th

1-

Gold

NZL

484

Erica DAWSON

Ellie

COPELAND

78.0

5.0

193.0

(26.0 P)

24.0 P

23.0 P

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