Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Polarised and non-polarised readers for sailors

49er and 49erFX North Americans - Pressure rises on final day in Miami

by Ben Remocker on 22 Jan 2014
2014 49er and 49erFX North Americans 49er Class Association http://www.49er.org
At the 49er and 49erFX North Americans, with a poor forecast, the prospects for racing were low, but enough wind filled in for an exciting three races in each class. Both the 49er and 49erFX fleets had clear leaders heading into the final day, with 11 and 14 point leads respectively, but first race blunders put each leader under pressure for the final two races.

In the 49er Class, Jonas Warrer and Peter Lang held an 11 point lead over John Pink and Stuart Bithell of the UK. Three and five points further back were two more French teams, so the pack was chomping at the leaders heals. The first race proved to be difficult for our leaders, as they had a poor start, got stuck below a boat, and then fouled while trying to bail out right requiring a 360 degree turn. There was no recovery available for them, with the only respite being their good drop race and the fact that of the other three teams only FRA 14, Mattieu Frei and Yann Rocherieux had a good race.

The Danes used their drop race to good effect, but now had no margin for error and three teams really close on points behind them. In light and trying conditions they did not falter and finished off with a 3, 2, only bettered slightly by John Pinks two bullets to take the victory by a handful of points.

New team mates Brad Funk and Trevor Burd were the highest place North American team, placing seventh overall in the standings, a good recovery after a poor fist day for these two sailors. They will take home the perpetual trophy for the first time, and the second in a row for a USA based team.

The 49erFX racing followed a similar path. Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze have been the dominant team so far this weekend rolling off an unprecedented six wins from seven races. Also sailing well were the French team of Sarah Steyeart and Julie Brossard, who did not have such a flamboyant scoreline but were only 14 points back.

The first start has a challenging on for the Brazilians, and they could not fight their way back past 17th place while the French managed a fourth place. With drops included in the scoring, there was still an 11 point gap between the two as race 8 started. They matched each other around the course, with the Brazilians ultimately passing the French on the last beat to score a fifth with the French in sixth. That left a 12 point gap.

The pressure was on for the final race, and the Brazilians sailed a good one crossing the line in the top five and securing what they thought was a victory. Ultimately, however, they were undone by their start and were called OSC, disqualifying them from the race and pushing them back into second place overall. At time of press the protest was undecided, so check out the regatta page to find out the result of the protest.

The battle for third was equally close between Ida Neilsen and Marie Olsen of Denmark and Frances Peters with Nicola Groves of Team GB. Neither sailed a great race but the Danes pulled ahead an extra few positions on the last upwind to moved seven boats ahead of the Brits, four more than the minimum of three needed for a past and putting them up into the Bronze medal position. It was not to last though, as the Peters/Groves sailed a blinder of a downwind to catch up to the Danes with only one boat in between them, retaining their Bronze medal position by a single point.

We also had three more race winners on the 49erFX course today, with Noora Ruskola (FIN), Kate MacGreggor (GBR), and Griselda Khng (SIN) all recording their first wins of the regatta. Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd of Canada are the top placed North American team in 16th position placing. This is Canada’s first 49erFX North American Championship after the USA won the regatta last year with Anna Tunnicliffe, who recently retired.

The fleet will stay in Miami for another week of practice before the World Cup of Sailing – Miami starts on Jan 27th and runs through Feb. 1, 49er Website

Naiad/Oracle SupplierSouthern Spars - 100Protector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

OK Dinghy World Ranking List – No change at top
European Champion, Bo Petersen (DEN) continues to lead from Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) and Greg Wilcox (NZL). For the first time in the history of the OK Dinghy World Ranking List, not only are the top three three unchanged, but the entire top 20 of the March 2017 release are unchanged from the previous release.
Posted on 23 Mar
Preparations start for the XXXI edition of Trofeo Marco Rizzotti
Spring is nearly here and in Venice 'Rizzoni time' is approaching - Intl team race regatta for young Optimist sailors Spring is nearly here and in Venice “Rizzoni time” is approaching - the international team race regatta for young Optimist sailors (10-15 years old) organized by Diporto Velico Veneziano and Compagnia della Vela from 18-21 May.
Posted on 21 Mar
Winds of change at the Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR
634 boats, 842 sailors from 53 nations will participate in the different Olympic classes, according to confirmed entries Around 700 boats will participate in this edition of the Majorcan regatta, which kicks off on Friday 24 for ORC, J80 and Dragon (with three racing days until Sunday) and on Monday 27 for Olympic Classes.
Posted on 20 Mar
'Rock n' Roll' is king at Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in San Diego
Thirteen individual class winners took home first-place trophies at the culmination of the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Thirteen individual class winners took home first-place trophies at the culmination of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta San Diego on Sunday, but only one was crowned Overall Winner – skipper Argyle Campbell, of Newport Beach, Calif.
Posted on 20 Mar
Singapore Youth Sailing Championship - Day 3
Lu Junrui suffered a slight blimp in his quest for the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship Laser Radial title Singapore’s Lu Junrui suffered a slight blimp in his quest for the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship Laser Radial title but recovered in his final race. He is on course to claim the 2017 crown.
Posted on 18 Mar
Paving the Way for Paralympic Sailing
The second Paralympic Development Program wrapped up in Hong Kong this week 'Some day I will retire, but I will have a fleet of sailors behind me who will carry on the work!' Philippines sailor Cherrie Pinpin is a determined woman! As one of nine sailors and five coaches to have just completed World Sailing's first ever Asian Paralympic Development Program (PDP) clinic, Pinpin is even more resolute about spreading the word on sailing both at home and across Asia.
Posted on 15 Mar
Finn Class to test new format at Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR
This is in response to discussions that the winner should be decided on the final race, or even first across the line. The format that will be used in Palma is one of several on the table and will allow the class and World Sailing to better understand the consequences and processes of introducing such a system.
Posted on 13 Mar
Entry open for RS Aero World Championship in Carnac
Within the first two days of entry opening, 25 entries from five counties and two continents had jumped onto entry list. Within the first two days of entry opening for the Carnac Worlds, twenty five entries from five counties and two continents had jumped onto entry list. This has since increased to seven countries and three continents. The RS Aero is proving a big hit across America and seven keen owners have already signed up.
Posted on 9 Mar
JJ Giltinan 18fters - Van Munster 'magic' turns around damaged Lumix
Lumix 18ft Skiff hull was badly damaged during a racing incident in race one of the recent 2017 JJ Giltinan Championship When the Lumix 18ft Skiff hull was badly damaged during a racing incident in race one of the recent 2017 JJ Giltinan Championship, sponsored by The Winning Group, on Sydney Harbour, it looked as though the young team who were sailing the hull would have to use a borrowed hull for the remainder of the seven race regatta.
Posted on 6 Mar
JJ Giltinan 18fters - Fired up Yamaha gives another sailing lesson
'We got angry, and we smoked them' was Yamaha skipper Dave McDiarmid's summary of their end to end win 'We got angry, and we smoked them', was Yamaha skipper Dave McDiarmid's summary of their end to end win in Race 6 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Championship. The win was the New Zealand crew's third from six races, all by substantial margins. Today's was a massive 3minutes 45 seconds in the 95-minute race sailed in an SSE breeze and rain.
Posted on 4 Mar