Please select your home edition

Rio 2016 - Swiss 49er Grab Final Rio Berth - 49erFX Still Uncertain

by Ben Remocker, on 27 Jun 2016
Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean - 49er Worlds Florida 2016 Jen Edney
It was a day to remember for Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean of Switzerland who claim the final berth for the 2016 Olympic games and will be competing in Rio. Sebastien was delighted posting, “Who would have thought so two years ago when I quit my little Laser Radial to jump in this crazy boat that is the 49er!”

The duo will be some of the youngest sailors to ever race 49er in the Olympics as Sebastien placed third at the 2013 youth worlds in the radial. They have been consistently mid silver fleet to date in their career and will no doubt be looking for a great Olympic experience to take forward into a campaign for 2020.

After the Swedish Olympic Committee denied their sailors a chance in Rio, the berth fell to Canada on the basis that they were the next highest placing country at the 2015 World Championship not yet qualified. Sail Canada also opted to reject the berth, deciding that none of their 49er teams met their internal standards. Therefore, the berth went to the next best placed team from the 2015 World Championship, the Swiss, who snapped it up.

Olympic qualifying is now complete in the 49er, with the following line up heading down:

Host Nation
Brazil – Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges

2014 Santander Worlds Qualifiers
New Zealand – Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
Demark – Jonas Warrer and CP Lubeck
Australia – Nathan Outteridge & Iain Jensen
Austria – Nico Delle Karth & Niko Resch
Portugal – Jorge Lima & Jose Costa
Great Britain – Dylan Fletcher & Alaign Sign
Ireland – Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern
France – Julien D’Ortoli& Noe Delpech
Spain – Diego Botin & Iago Mara
Italy – Ruggi Tita and Giacomo Cavalli

2015 Worlds Qualifiers
Poland – Lukasz Przybytek & Pawel Kolodzinski
Argentina – Yago and Claus Lange
Germany – Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel

Continental Qualifiers
Croatia – Pavel Kostov and Petar Cupac (this spot would have gone to Oceania but there were no entries)
North America – USA – Tom Barrows & Joe Morris
South America – Chile – Grez Brothers
Asia – Japan – Yukio Makino and Kenji Takahashi
Belgium – Yannick Lefebre & Tom Paelsmaker (this spot would have gone to Africa but there were no entries)
Europe – SUI – Sebastien Schneiter & Lucean Cujean (this spot was won by Sweden but they did not accept)

The competition in Rio will be hot, with odds on favorites Peter Burling and Blair Tuke on everybodies radar. Rio is notoriously tricky, there are all sorts of distractions both on and off the water, and it’s likely the event may end up short of races. The most sure fire bet ever in 49er sailing is much more precarious than most realize!

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) have been on a roll of late, winning the latest act of the America’s Cup and back consistently on the podium of 49er events they enter. The chasing bunch includes a post Olympic gold medalist (DEN), two top Europeans at the last two European championships (GER and ESP), and two medalists from the most recent 49er World Championship (AUT and GBR). Rounding out the other contenders are young guns Yago and Klaus Lange (ARG), light air specialists from POR and FRA, the Polish duo of Lukasz and Pawel who seem to always be just off the podium, and the mercurial Irish, who are able to break onto the podium every now and then.

49erFX still up in the air
The Australian federation is still holding onto the final 49erFX Olympic berth despite publicly saying they will not send a 49erFX team to Rio. Tess Lloyd and Caitlin Elks have taken their case to the court of Arbitration for sport in order to win a final appeal to go to Rio. A massive facebook page and petition have been launched to support their fight against their MNA. If they fail in their appeal the berth will go to the Croatian team.

Update: Caitlyn and Tess will have heard CAS hearing on Monday, June 27th. We have also learned that if Croatia is offered the spot they will turn it down, and then Austria would be next in line.

Vaikobi 2021 Boots - FOOTER38 South - Sun Fast 3300 - FOOTER - Sept2021Sea Sure 2020 - FOOTER

Related Articles

Lure of Airlie Beach Race Week in winter
Owners and crews once again feeling the pull of Airlie Beach Race Week The lure of sailing on the warm waters of the Whitsunday islands in August, not to mention the competition from Australia-wide, has owners and crews once again feeling the pull of Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW)
Posted today at 4:57 am
2022 ILCA 7 Men's Worlds at Vallarta, Mexico day 2
Classic Banderas Bay conditions continue Classic Banderas Bay conditions continued for day 2 of the 2022 ILCA 7 Men's World Championship.
Posted today at 4:33 am
Bahrain to host the SSL Gold Cup 2022 Final Series
At the new development project Water City Garden From October 28th to November 20th 2022, the Kingdom of Bahrain will host the SSL GOLD CUP 2022 Final Series, the first Football World Cup... in Sailing.
Posted today at 4:07 am
Emirates Team NZ off to Oz chasing speed record
Emirates Team New Zealand next challenge will be ashore, and conducted in Australia. For the past 35 years, Emirates Team New Zealand has been synonymous with competing on the water in boats which are at the leading edge of professional sailing and technology. It's next challenge will be ashore, and conducted in Australia.
Posted today at 2:28 am
Aussies at the ILCA 7 Worlds day 2
Consistency challenges the Australian squad Building consistency is the greatest challenge for the Australian ILCA 7 squad, as they battle it out with the world's best on Banderas Bay at the 2022 World Championships.
Posted today at 2:17 am
ETNZ Project Speed: Glenn's Diary Week 1 - 75kts
Out of the box Horonuku has worked extremely well hitting speeds in excess of 140kph Emirates Team New Zealand's Glenn Ashby reports on the first week of testing in Horonuku, the team's 14metre long land yacht, to be piloted by Ashby, in an attempt to break the world speed record set in 2009 of 220kph/120kts for a wind powered craft.
Posted on 24 May
52 SUPER SERIES Baiona Sailing Week Day 1
Phoenix leads but dream start in Baiona for amateur Vayu Team The Plattner family's Phoenix team, with man of the moment Tom Slingsby calling tactics, issued a clear statement of intent when they unrolled a truly comprehensive victory in the first race of the 2022 52 SUPER SERIES season.
Posted on 24 May
Memorial Day racing, Summit Stockholm, Vendée
This is a great time to be a sailor in North America This is a great time to be a sailor in North America. Days are still waxing light, Memorial Day races are in the front window, as are the Newport Bermuda Race and other classic distance races, and the regatta calendar is full of great events.
Posted on 24 May
Lisa Blair sets Antartica Record
Lisa Blair set to achieve the fastest solo, non-stop and unassisted lap of Antarctica tomorrow. Australian solo sailing record holder Lisa Blair is set to make landfall in Albany, Western Australian tomorrow morning, (Wednesday May 25th) shaving 10 days off the record to claim the Antarctica Cup
Posted on 24 May
Clipper Race 11 to end at Finish Gate 3
The race results will be based on the crossing times of this gate The Clipper Race Committee has announced that Race 11: Seattle Pacific Challenge will end at Finish Gate 3. The race results will be based on the crossing times of this gate.
Posted on 24 May