Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - GR

Nacra Infusion Worlds 2011 - De Koning and Visser dominate

by Diana Bogaards on 23 Jun 2011
Beattie/Leitner battling with De Koning/Visser without jib - Nacra Infusion Worlds 2011 Bootinbeeld.nl
Nacra Infusion Worlds 2011 was held during the Zwitserleven Sailing Week, from Monday 20 June until Wednesday 22nd.

Coen de Koning and Thijs Visser from the Netherlands won the first Nacra Infusion Worlds. They dominated the fleet and took the victory with an eleven point lead after nine races. Dutchmen Gunnar Larsen and Sam Frank maintained their second position overall, followed by the Australians Adam Beattie and Jamie Leitner. The weather forecast showed strong and building winds for today, but the conditions in the morning were not that extreme. The fleet sailed with a south-western breeze of about force 4-5.

The Nacra carbon 20 sailors decided to stay ashore and save the boats for the rest of the week, so there are no changes in podium positions. Mitch Booth (AUS) and Olivier Witteveen (NED) take the overall win. In the Open Class only one boat showed up for the start. Pierre Meermans and Oscar Brommer (NED) proved to be true winners and won the whole series.

Failed experiment
One team competed without the jib and it turned out to be the leaders Coen de Koning and Thijs Visser. According to the forecast the wind would build more and more. But was it a successful experiment? De Koning with a smile: 'It depends on how you look at it. We have learned something but we were not faster. We practiced with it beforehand and we tried it at the North Sea Cup in Belgium, but there we had flat water and it was blowing. We did not win or lose anything without the jib, but I had the feeling we needed more practice. Today the breeze would increase as well and we had pretty big lead over the runners up, so it was time to experiment. Nobody else will do it, so if you don't try, you never know. But we only had 15 knots in thr first race and it was hard to sail against the waves.'

As a result De Koning and Visser finished fifth and fourth today, which was still enough to win the title with a lead of 11 points. 'That feels good', says De Koning. 'There were a few strong teams. Until now we have had some issues this season and we were slowly improving. But, so far, we haven't performed so well against the competitors.' Visser does not really realize that they just won their first World title of 2011: 'The day is not over yet. We have to get ready for the Open Dutch Championships, starting this afternoon.' De Koning about their strategy: 'We will hoist the jib for sure.'


Leitner and Beattie on fire
The Aussies Jamie Leitner and Adam Beattie were on fire today and climbed again two places on the leader board, as they won both races. 'It was good', says Adam Beattie. 'We like this wind. It's the same as home, although it's not so cold out there.'

In spite of their wins this morning, they couldn't beat Gunnar Larsen and Sam Frank in the final results. Leitner and Beattie are third overall, three points after Larsen and Frank. Beattie: 'We came one race short. We didn't perform well on the first day and missed some important points there. But that's racing. Beforehand we did have a chance of winning the worlds. We beat all the competing teams before at the Dutch Open in May but at least we're in the top three and that was our goal. It was a good regatta, with perfect conditions.'


Larsen and Frank maintain ranking
'We're second overall', says Gunnar Larsen proudly. 'We're very happy with that. The first race of today didn't go well, the second luckily we sailed better.' Larsen and Frank finished sixth in the first match. Larsen: 'We expected more wind, so we were a bit surprised. According to the forecast and the actual sight of the sea, we thought it was blowing harder. We tacked a bit too early to the sea and lost several meters to the other teams. We came in sixth, which isn't a good result for us. The second race we did better and finished third. We started at the pin end and were immediately up to speed. We raced conservatively, only focusing on keeping our second ranking overall and now it's over. We are very satisfied with our silver medal.'

Geijssen/Van Asselt best mixed crew
Dominique van Asselt (NED, 15 years) is not only the youngest competitor, she is also the best female sailor and mixed crew of the 2011 Nacra Infusion Worlds. Willem Geijssen and Dominique van Asselt finished fourth overall. Her eyes light up as the Olympic Games of 2016 are mentioned: 'Yes, I do have ambitions for sure.' These Nacra Infusion Worlds are her first F18 racing experience. 'It was fun', she says. This afternoon she will switch back to her own Hobie 16 as helmsman with Ingrid Bakker as crew. The girls will compete in the Texel Dutch Open. Geijssen will continue with Gilles Tas from Belgium.

Top five Nacra Infusion Worlds 2011 (33 entries) after nine races, including a discard:
1. NED - De Koning/Visser, 17 points
2. NED - Larsen/Frank, 28 points
3. AUS - Beattie/Leitner, 31 points
4. NED - Geijssen/Van Asselt, 33 points
5. GBR - Piggott/Garcka, 37 points

The Zwitserleven World Championship, Nacra Infusion and the Int. Nacra Open Championships can be followed via the event website and Facebook.

The Nacra Championships 2011 are made possible by: Zwitserleven, Provincie Noord-Holland, Paal 17, TNG Watches, Lazy Jack, Ultrasun, LensExpress.nl, KS Tools, Boskalis, Maasstad Ziekenhuis, Schouwstra Transport B.V., KZV Westerslag, Watersportverbond and Nacra Championships website

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - Kids rangeT Clewring One Design

Related Articles

2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - This day last year…
Around St Katharine Docks, air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as Clipper Race crew said goodbye 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Around St Katharine Docks, the air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as the Clipper 2015-16 Race crew said goodbye to the thousands of well-wishers that gathered to bid them farewell on their round the world adventure.
Posted on 31 Aug
New Zealand team wins Etchells Open Europeans ahead of Worlds
The team from Auckland scored no worse than a seventh, in the four race series, to win the first regatta of the event. After two days of tricky shifting breeze in the Solent, the New Zealand Team racing Feng Shui of Andrew Wills, Anatole Masfen and Matthew Kelway, has won the 2016 Etchells Open European Championship, sailed off Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK. The regatta is a preliminary to the World Championships which start on Monday.
Posted on 30 Aug
2017 Marion Bermuda Race offers front row seats for America’s Cup
Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat
Posted on 30 Aug
Dodging ducks, savoring summer—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 30 Aug
Full focus on board Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg
With a lead on the overall scoreboard following their last gasp win in Hamburg the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus With a five-point lead on the overall scoreboard, following their last gasp win in Hamburg, the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus to make sure they perform to their maximum capabilities right up until the final race in Sydney in December.
Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Etchells Europeans - Kiwis on top after Day 1 after long day in Cowes
For the first day of the 2016 Etchells Open Europeans, PRO Phil Lawrence, prophesied that it might be a long day The top Etchells team today was Feng Shui, from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Auckland, NZ. Helmed by Andrew Wills and owned by Anatole Masfen, Matthew Kelway completes the line up. The team has won several New Zealand National Titles and Wills was on Jud Smith's winning team for the 2006 Etchells Worlds.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug