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Final Gold Fleet Races Decisive in 49er and Nacra 17

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Final Gold Fleet Races Decisive in 49er and Nacra 17_2
Nacra 17 fleet at Hempel Sailing World Champs. Sailing Energy

The breeze arrived in force for the final day of Gold Fleets for 49er and Nacra 17. The 49erFX had already completed their gold series, so there were just two races for the 49er and three for the Nacra 17 on the docket.

A huge system blew in overnight soaking Aarhus, Denmark, but it left a fresh offshore wind behind for racing.

Nacra 17

The racing was tremendously intense today, with mostly sunny conditions, flat water, and plenty of gusts to 20 knots to challenge the fleet for three great races. Unfortunately, we only got to see one of the races live, as the rest of the coverage was dedicated to the laser and radial medal ceremonies, but perhaps some highlights will be found.

The Nacra 17 fleet is incredibly close heading into the medal race. Four teams will enter the race within six points of each other and there is a 5th team 12 points back of the lead.

Winning the day were Tita and Banti (ITA) with only a 1 point lead over the Outteridge siblings. Two points further behind are Lange and Ceroli (ARG) the 2016 Gold medalists and then a further 3 points behind are locals Cenholt and Lubeck (DEN).

Each of these teams have compelling back stories so it will be easy to cheer for whoever wins, but only 1 team will be able to.

Will the Italians win their first World Championship after dominating every other competition in the foiling Nacra 17? Will Nathan Outteridge win another World Title in a 3rd type of elite boat? Can the Santi and Ceci continue their heroic run of results despite the health issues Santi continues to manage? Can Lin and CP win a worlds just 9 months after CP suffered a deep cut while training in the Nacra 17 this past winter? Lin could also be the first every female helm to win the Nacra 17 World Championship.

All this will play out on Sunday. (notes and results are prior to protest hearings)

49er

Sime and Mihovil Fantela proved today they can hang in the bigger breeze, extending building a 13 point lead heading into the medal race. Sime is on track to move from 470 Olympic Gold Medalist to 49er World Champion in two years if the Croatian brothers can hang on in the medal race.

Tim Fischer and Fabien Graf could not keep up the pace with the Fantelas, but held on nicely after a drop in the first race of the day to grab a 7th in the final race and all but guaranteeing their first senior level World Championship medals. Whether they can move up to challenge the Croatians, or fend off their German team mater, Heil and Ploessel will be the focus of the medal race.

Having the best day of all are 49er veterans Mathieu Frei and Noe Delpech (FRA) with a 1, 4, 5, to move into 4th overall and within striking distance of a medal.

The British Sailing Team had a good day, with Fletcher and Bithell moving into 5th with a 10, 1 while Peters and Sterritt moved into 6th with a 3, 9.

Jorge Lima and Jose Costa (POR) had a great day to move into the medal race, and crucially grab a nation spot for the games. The way 49er qualifying works out will be terrifying to watch as so many great sailing teams need to fit into so few games spots.

Nacra 17 Top 5 – Full Results

1 ITA Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti 69

2 AUS Nathan and Haylee Outteridge 70

3 ARG Santiago Lange, Cecelia Carranza 72

4 DEN Lin Cenholt, CP Lubeck 75

5 BRA Samuel Albrecht, Gabi Nicolino 81

49erFX Top 5 – Full Results

1 AUT Tanja Frank, Lorena Abicht 71

2 GBR Sophie Weguelin, Sophie Ainsworth 82

3 NED Annemiek Bekkering, Annette Duetz 85

4 DEN Jena Hansen, Katja Iversen 89

5 BRA Martine Grael, Kahena Kunze 96

49er Top 5 – Full Results

1 CRO Sime and Mihovil Fantela 62

2 GER Tim Fischer, Fabien Graf 75

3 GER Erik Heil, Thomas Ploellel 80

4 FRA Mathieu Frei, Noe Delpech 89

5 GBR Dyland Fletcher, Stuart Bithell 92

Information from 49er and Nacra 17 Associations

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