Medemblik, The Netherlands (June 9, 2021) – After the first half of the Hempel World Cup Series – Allianz Regatta finished competing for the ILCA 6, ILCA 7, men and women RS: X and Nacra 17, the second half on the 9 Jun-13 hosts the 49er and 49erFX fleets.
Light wind was predominantly prevalent throughout the event and the first day of racing for the 32-boat 49er fleet and the 18-boat 49erFX fleet was a tactical affair.
“It was a bit like playing chess on the water,” commented Frenchman Emile Amoros, who, along with his coxswain, Lucas Rual, were the grandmasters of the 49er fleet as they took two seconds and one. victory to seize the first place. .
“It was a very good day,” continued Amoros. “We were fast and it was just a pleasure to get back on the water. The conditions were really tough.
“There were a lot of tactics there, but we had three good starts and once you’re in front it’s always a little easier. We were going fast today and I hope we can continue on this path.
The French crew, selected to race for their nation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, have already gained a great advantage. They lead with five points and are followed by Germans Jakob Meggendorfer and Andreas Spranger with 16 points.
The victories of the day went to Erwan Fischer and Clément Pequin (FRA) who are fourth in the general classification and to Bart Lambriex and Pim van Vugt who are fifth.
Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED), bound for Tokyo, put in the perfect performance in the 49erFX, taking all three race wins.
“It was pretty light and super unstable,” Bekkering said of today’s action. “It was never the same upwind or downwind which was a lot of fun. We tried to play the shifts, be careful of the pressure and it worked pretty well. ”
“We are quite happy to be sailing in a light wind event after so much wind during the winter. We are making our final preparations at home and we have a good fleet, which is nice to prepare for the Games.
Germans Marla Bergmann and Hanna Wille and Britons Isabelle Fellows and Alice Masterman are behind the Dutch pair, tied with 11 points for second and third respectively.
Three days of qualifying races remain 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