Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Searching for silver in Southern France

by Ben Remocker www.49er.org on 26 Apr 2014
Mens 49er - ISAF World Sailing Cup Hyeres Yvan Zedda © http://www.zedda.com.
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - A spectacular week of racing in Hyeres, France has tested the fleets with a full schedule of races and wonderful weather on the French Riviera. Day five of the regatta brought more wind again for the fleet, and challenged even the very best. The regatta culminates with three theatre style races for each of the 49er and 49erFX fleets.

At the top of the leaderboard it looks exactly the same as two weeks previous, when Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) and Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) won the ISAF World Cup of Sailing – Majorca. While both teams are mathematically catchable, both should have a reasonably easy time securing their victories. The Kiwis and Brazilians are 23 and 18 points ahead respectively of second place with a maximum of 27 points available.

Where the action gets really interesting is in the 49er fleet, where four teams are virtually locked and will sail off for the final two podium positions. Each of the 49er generations is present in the fight for Silver and Bronze, with Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (NZL) tied on points with Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern (IRL), local heros Manu Dyen and Stephane Cristidis (FRA) are four points back, and 2012 Gold medalists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) are 7.7 points back, having secured redress for an incident in the final race of the series.


The young Kiwis, the Aussies, and the French have been in this situation before, but this is the first time we’ve seen the Irishmen complete for a podium position at a major European or World event. The skiff scene in Ireland has been a long and steady progression, with a single team always pushing at the world level. Now, with the 49erFX girls and Matt and Ryan there is a bit more momentum for skiffs in the Emerald Isle, and these two racers will be ever so eager to bring home some hardware in the sixth year of their partnership.

For the Australians, Outteridge and Jensen, this is the first time they will have competed in a bounded course area since the America’s Cup as they have been absent from the 49er circuit for most of the duration of the theatre style test period. A start in the theatre could also be an end, as there is a chance this will be the last ever theatre style conclusion to a regatta, with ISAF set to vote again on the matter in less than two weeks time. While theatre style racing has upped the intensity of fleet racing, many in sailing leadership positions prefer consistency among the events and traditional racing.


Hansen and Porebski had a poor qualifying in Palma but have been able to bounce back sharply in Hyeres. They are sailing with plenty of confidence as they know they can keep up with the very best after training day in, day out with Burling and Tuke. For the French pair of Dyen and Christidis, this is also a bit of redemption from Palma, where they too missed out on qualifying. They won the Bronze medal at the 2013 World Championship just down the road in Marseille, and will be looking to do at least that well again this time around.

In the 49erFX, there is no chance of a French bronze medal this time, like there was at the Worlds last year, as Sarah Steyaert and Julie Bossard withdrew from the event after Sarah suffered an ankle injury in training just days before the first race.


There is a good fight shaping up for Silver, as the 2013 World Champions, Maloney and Meech (NZL) and 2013 European Champions, Nielsen and Olsen (DEN) are separated by only five points after 15 races. The 49erFX raced as a single large fleet for the first two days of qualifying, and then a split fleet of 21 boats for the three days of gold fleet. All of these teams have had plenty of opportunity to go head to head, and it will take three more short races to see who emerges. Nielsen and Olsen picked up the silver in Palma, while Maloney and Meech took a little while to get going in both Palma and Hyeres, but not seem to have regained their swagger from 2013.

In fourth place are Dobson and Ainsworth (GBR) who have an outside shot at a medal should either of the teams ahead falter.

Up to date results are being published and updated quickly, so that’s a good way to see what’s going on.



Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted today at 5:56 am
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Bakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - FloatersNaiad