Medemblik, Netherlands (June 10, 2021) – It was a contrasting day for the 49er and 49erFX in the Hempel World Cup Series – Allianz Regatta as the sailors raced in two types of conditions.
A stable and precocious land breeze prevailed during the first part of the day before changing to a broad breeze which brought light spots, numerous changes and occasional gusts to test the competitors.
Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED) maintained their lead in the fleet of 18 49erFX boats and their teammates, Bart Lambriex and Pim van Vugt, rose to the top of the fleet ranking of 31 49er boats.
Only two out of three races were completed in the 49erFX, and Bekkering and Duetz extended their lead with a third and a race victory.
Meanwhile, the new Dutch duo of Odile van Aanholt and Emma Siewers claimed their first race victory of the week and are now in second place.
The pair continued their victory with an eighth, which they dismissed, and are one point ahead of Marla Bergmann and Hanna Wille (GER).
“We were looking to see where the wind would come from next,” van Aanholt noted. “It kept us on our toes. We didn’t expect the northeast to have arrived, but we are grateful for it.
“We got off to a good start and focused on our own work and it worked for us.
“When you arrive in a place like Palma, the sailors already know what to do and what is going to happen. Right here [in Medemblik] you never know and should always try to find the next step.
Van Aanholt campaigned for Tokyo 2020 with Marieke Jongens but narrowly missed the selection, with Bekkering and Duetz doing enough to take the place.
The partnership with Siewers is fresh, new and exciting and Medemblik marks the start of their journey. “We are a relatively new team,” commented van Aanholt. “We teamed up in December and our goal is to do well at the World Championship in Oman, so whatever we learn here we will be looking to take it with us.
“We want to do our best. We learn a lot in light winds.
In 49er, Lambriex and van Vugt started the day with 11th place but fought back with two race wins, and they attributed that to the change in conditions.
Lambriex explained: “It was a pretty strange day because we started off with a steady breeze on land. We did the first race but then the wind came from the open sea so it was a bit more devious and gusty. It went a little better for us.
Overnight leaders Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros (FRA) struggled from their opening day and got a score of 10-10- (21) which relegates them to third place.
Jakob Meggendorfer and Andreas Spranger (GER) are second.
Kevin Fischer Guillou and Noé Delpech (FRA) won the first race of the day and are fourth.
The format of the Hempel World Cup Series – Allianz Regatta is four days of qualifying races from June 9 to 12 for the 49er and 49erFX fleet as the Sailors battle for a place in the decisive Medal Races on June 13.
Event Information – Race Details – Results
The World Cup Series is an annual world-class Olympic sailing series for elite and professional sailors. Over 2,000 of the world’s best sailors, representing over 75 nations, have competed in the World Cup Series, which offers a definitive guide to the best of the best in the world of Olympic sailing.
Source: World Sailing, Scuttlebutt
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Program
Men’s single-seater sailing dinghy – ILCA 7
Women’s single-seater sailing dinghy – ILCA 6
Men’s two-seater sailing dinghy – 470
Women’s two-seater sailing dinghy – 470
Men’s single scull – 49er
Women’s single scull – 49erFx
Single-person heavy dinghy for men – Finn
Windsurfing for men – RS: X
Windsurfing for women – RS: X
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17
Original dates: July 24 to August 9, 2020
Revised dates: July 23 to August 8, 2021