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49er and 49erFX Europeans - Maloney and Meech bullet into the lead

by International 49er Class on 12 Jul 2014
49erFX - NZL- Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech. © Mick Anderson / Sailingpix.dk http://sailingpix.photoshelter.com/
The reigning World Champions from New Zealand dominated both the men’s and women’s fleets at the Seiko 49er and 49erFX European Championship in Helsinki today. With the sun shining brightly and the breeze blowing a perfect 12 to 16 knots, Alex Maloney said the conditions were similar to what they often experience back home in New Zealand. Maloney and crew Molly Meech, the reigning FX World Champions, duly went out and won the first two races of the gold fleet finals, followed up by a respectable seventh in the last race of the day.

The Kiwi girls are really hitting their stride after a bad first day in Helsinki. By last night they had moved up to seventh overall and now, after their two bullets, they sit just a point off the new series leaders, the defending European Champions from Denmark, Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen. Today’s wearers of the yellow jerseys, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze, have slipped to third overall. 'We were sailing on a header all day,' said the Brazilian who is looking forward to stronger wind tomorrow. 'We were happy with how we sailed in the big winds earlier this week, no capsizes, so it would be nice to do it again.'

Maloney and Meech were very happy with their outing and looking forward to another strong showing tomorrow. The only race they didn’t win was taken by British team, Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth, whose clear victory in the final race leaves them in fourth overall with a big gap to fifth placed Leonie Meyer and Elena Stoffers.



The men’s 49er Gold Fleet was next on the TV course, and where the Kiwi girls left off, the reigning 49er World Champions picked up the Kiwi baton and ran with it all the way through the three races. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke fired three Kiwi bullets, a perfect recovery from the previous day when they had capsized three times in the strong winds.


'We had good boatspeed all day,' said Tuke, 'and that got us out of trouble even when we found ourselves on the wrong side of the shifts. We picked up a penalty at the start of race one but still managed to find our way through to the front. And then getting a port tack start over the fleet was like winning a race all by itself.'

In the final race their margin of victory was so big that they had their boat back up the ramp and in the boat park by the time their great rivals, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, had crossed the finish line in fifth place. By the time the final boats were crossing the line, Tuke was already in the TV studio for a live broadcast interview.

The yellow jersey wearers from France, Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis, slid down a lot of snakes to fall to sixth overall, with Burling and Tuke now holding an 8-point lead over Outteridge and Jensen who moved up to second overall. Earlier this morning on the Magic Marine Morning Show, the top Kiwis and Aussies talked about their battle for 49er supremacy which is shaping up to be one of the great sailing rivalries of the modern era.


The Olympic gold and silver medallists from London 2012 remain the class act in the 49er. Even if Outteridge has lost some of his legendary dominance, the four-time World Champion was still happy with his day. 'Maybe the Kiwis were making us look a bit ordinary, but we’re still stoked to keep all our scores in the top five today,' said the America’s Cup helmsman for Artemis Racing. 'It was super-shifty and when you came off the start line you never knew if left or right was going to pay. You just had to use what was ahead of you, and going up the middle hardly ever worked. But it was great racing, and in one race we had eight boats going round all within 20 seconds of each other. Bring on the big breeze tomorrow!'





Gold Fleet racing continues on Saturday, with a first start at 11:00.

Tune in at 09:00 tomorrow for the Magic Marine Morning Show where we have fantastic guests each day. Day five will feature defending European Champion in the 49erFX, Ida Marie Nielsen from Denmark, and the talented Brazilian, Martine Grael.

49erFX GOLD Fleet Results are as of 13:17 on July 11, 2014

After 10 Results - (End of Day 4) (Preliminary)

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 26, Scoring system: Appendix A

Ra nk

Fle et

Na t

Sail

No

Club

HelmName

CrewNam e

Carried

Fwd

Penalt ies

Net t

R1

R2

R3

1st

1Gol d

DE N

11

Aarhus Sejlklub/ Sailling Aarhus

Ida Marie

Baad

NIELSEN

Marie Thusgaar d OLSEN

18.0

 

37.

0

8.

0

5.

0

6.

0

2n d

1Gol d

NZ L

1

MBSC, RAYC, TYBC

Alexandra MALONEY

Molly MEECH

29.0

 

38.

0

1.

0

1.

0

7.

0

3rd

1Gol d

BR A

12

 

Martine GRAEL

Kahena KUNZE

17.0

 

44.

0

10

.0

12

.0

5.

0

4th

1Gol d

GB R

22

RNCYC

Charlotte

DOBSON

Sophie

AINSWOR

TH

21.0

 

45.

0

15

.0

8.

0

1.

0

5th

1Gol d

GE R

777

NRV

Leonie MEYER

Elena

STOFFERS

23.0

 

59.

0

12

.0

2.

0

22

.0

6th

1Gol d

GB R

8

Hayling island

Frances PETERS

Nicola

GROVES

33.0

 

62.

0

9.

0

3.

0

17

.0

7th

1Gol d

DE N

136

Hellerup, YF

Jena Mai HANSEN

Katja

SALSKOV-

IVERSEN

33.0

 

67.

0

2.

0

9.

0

23

.0

8th

1-

Gol

DE

49

Horsens Sejlklub

Maiken Foght

Anne-

Julie

Foght

28.0

 

70.

16

13

13

 

 

d

N

 

 

SCHTT

SCHÜTT

 

 

0

.0

.0

.0

9th

1Gol d

ES P

23

RCN Sanxenxo

Tamara

ECHEGOYE

N

Berta

BETANZO

S

42.0

 

72.

0

7.

0

21

.0

2.

0

10t h

1Gol d

GB R

99

Royal Thames

Kate

MACGREG

OR

Katrina BEST

24.0

 

74.

0

19

.0

15

.0

16

.0

11t h

1Gol d

AU S

246

SSCBC/PYC/SYC/R BYC/FSC

Tess LLOYD

Caitlin

ELKS

42.0

 

79.

0

13

.0

20

.0

4.

0

12t h

1Gol d

GE R

6

Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee (VSaW)

Victoria

JURCZOK

Anika LORENZ

30.0

 

79.

0

23

.0

16

.0

10

.0

13t h

1Gol d

GE R

161

CYC, HYC

Tina LUTZ

Susann BEUCKE

40.0

 

89.

0

17

.0

7.

0

25

.0

14t h

1Gol d

NE D

999

Watersportverbond

Lars VAN

STEKELEN

BORG

Floris

VAN DE

WERKEN

74.0

 

91.

0

3.

0

6.

0

8.

0

15t h

1Gol d

FR A

3

CMVSB

Sarah

STEYAERT

Julie

BOSSARD

68.0

 

91.

0

5.

0

4.

0

14

.0

Click here for full results

49er GOLD Fleet (After 10 Races)

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 26, Scoring system: Appendix A

Ran k

Fle et

Nat

Sail

No

Club

HelmName

CrewName

CarriedF wd

Penalti es

Nett

R1

R2

R3

1st

1Gol d

NZ L

1

Tauranga/Ker

ikeri

Peter

BURLING

Blair TUKE

23.0

 

26.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

2nd

1Gol d

AU S

5

Wangi Sailing Club

Nathan

OUTTERRI

DGE

Iain

JENSEN

23.0

 

34.0

4.0

2.0

5.0

3rd

1Gol d

GB R

4

 

Dylan

FLECHER

Alain SIGN

14.0

 

34.0

3.0

9.0

8.0

4th

1Gol d

DE N

30

KDY

Jonas WARRER

Anders THOMSEN

23.0

 

37.0

7.0

3.0

4.0

5th

1Gol d

GE R

12

NRV Hamburg

Erik HEIL

Thomas PLOESSEL

26.0

 

39.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

6th

1Gol d

FR A

3

Aix-les-bains

/ Cagnes sur mer

Manu DYEN

Stephane

CHRISTIDI

S

13.0

 

42.0

12.

0

11.

0

6.0

 

7th

1Gol d

AU T

84

KYK/YCV

Delle

KARTH &

RESCH

Nikolaus

Leopold

RESCH

19.0

 

53.0

10.

0

7.0

17.

0

8th

1Gol d

CR O

13

J.K.USKOK

Pavle KOSTOV

Petar CUPAC

41.0

 

66.0

2.0

14.

0

9.0

9th

1Gol d

AU S

66

Sorrento

Sailing Couta

Boat Club

Will

PHILLIPS

Fang

WARREN

34.0

 

70.0

22.

0

12.

0

2.0

10t h

1Gol d

PO L

42

AWFiS Gdansk

Lukasz

PRZYBYTE

K

Pawel

KOLODZIN

SKI

42.0

 

70.0

8.0

13.

0

7.0

11t h

1Gol d

IRL

99

BYC/CSC

Ryan SEATON

Matt

MCGOVER

N

44.0

 

73.0

6.0

4.0

19.

0

12t h

1Gol d

GB R

10

HLSC

John PINK

Stuart BITHELL

34.0

 

76.0

21.

0

6.0

15.

0

13t h

1Gol d

FR A

6

YCPR

Julien D ORTOLI

Noé

DELPECH

41.0

 

85.0

23.

0

10.

0

11.

0

14t h

1Gol d

SW

E

500

GKSS

Victor

BERGSTRÖ

M

Victor

VÄSTERNÄ

S

44.0

 

87.0

19.

0

8.0

16.

0

15t h

1Gol d

BR A

300

Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro

Dante BIANCHI

Thomas LOWBEER

37.0

 

87.0

11.

0

16.

0

23.

0


http://49er.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/GOLD-SILVER-BRONZE-FLEETS-Sailwave-results-for-49er-European-Championship-2014-at-Helsinki-11072014-1609.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for full results

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