Thursday at the 49er Europeans and some surprise winners today so far – Men’s Race 8 Fletcher/Sign GBR won their flight – d’Ortoli / Delpech won 2nd flight and Schmidt / Boehme GER 3rd flight. And in race 9, Januszewski / Nowak POL won their flight, Bukzak / Godzik POL the 2nd flight and Rodolfo Pires / Goncalo Pires POR the 3rd flight.
Overall after 9 races at the 49er Europeans, Lima / Costa POR keep lead – Outteridge /Jensen AUS drop to 9th – Fletcher/Sign GBR now 5t
Very light airs made for a tricky fourth day at the 49er and 49er FX European Championships in Porto. After a long wait ashore for the breeze to fill in, the 49erFX sailors were sent home without any gold fleet finals racing today. By late afternoon a light breeze was blowing out to sea, and the 79-boat 49er men’s fleet went out for two tricky races to complete their qualifying regatta before the gold fleet split.
Consistency across the two races was hard to find, with no obvious pattern to the breeze. Two teenage brothers from Portugal, Rodolfo and Gonçalo Pires (64th overall), were over the moon to win a race today.
Best performers of the day were an under-23 German team, Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf, who scored a sensational 3,2. This lifts them to 24th overall, just squeaking into Gold Fleet by a point, ahead of last qualifiers Dante Bianchi and Thomas Low-Beer.
Just missing the cut by a point were New Zealand’s Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski. Silver medallists two years ago at the World Championships, the young Kiwis will be mighty disappointed to have missed out on the Gold Fleet.
The reigning Olympic Champions, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, also suffered in the fickle conditions, falling from 3rd to 11th overall after scoring 13, 22 this evening. Their big rivals, the reigning World Champions from New Zealand, keep on chipping away with some solid results, even if Pete Burling described the outing as, “not the easiest day at the office.”
Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign were best of British with a win in their first race and then a 15, to finish the day in 5th. John Pink and Stuart Bithell had a 13, 12, to be 11th overall and James Peters and Fynn Sterritt a 10, 5, to finish 15 overall.
Qualifying is now complete for both the men’s and women’s fleets, so Friday sees the start of Gold Fleet finals. The forecast is for better breeze.
49er Men – European Championship Leaders after 9 races
1st POR 5 Jorge Lima / José Costa 18 pts
2nd POL 42 Lukasz Przybytek / Pawel Kolodzinski 24 pts
3th NZL 1 Peter Burling / Blair Tuke 24 pts
4th DEN 2 Jonas Warrer / Anders Thomsen 28 pts
5th GBR 33 Dylan Fletcher / Alain Sign 29 pts
6th 13 FRA 13 Julien d’Ortoli / NoÈ Delpech 29 pts
7th 29 POL 52 Tomasz Januszewski / Jacek Nowak 30pts
8th 34 GER 59 Justus Schmidt / Max Boehme 31 pts
9th AUS 3 Nathan Outteridge / Iain Jensen 31 pts
10th ESP 46 Frednico Tellechea / Arturo Tellechea 32 pts
11th GBR 6 John Pink / Stuart Bithell 33 pts
15th GBR 25 James Peters / Fynn Sterritt 42 pts
49erFX Women – European Championship Leaders after 9 races
1st Blue GER 55 Victoria Jurczok / Anika Lorenz 19.0pts
2nd Yellow NED 4 Annemiek Bekkering / Annette Duetz 22 pts
3rd Blue DEN 10 MaikenFoght Schütt / AnneJulie Schütt 25.0pts
4th Blue DEN 71 Jena Hansen / KatjaSalskovIversen 32.0pts
5th Blue DEN 2 IdaMarie Baad Nielsen / MarieThusgaard Olsen U23 33.0pts
6th Yellow ITA 3 Giulia Conti / Francesca Clapcich 36.0pts