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Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) sailed a 3, 7, 3 in light and tricky conditions of the final day of the mid winters regatta to claim the win in the 49erFX. On the 49er side, it was never in doubt with Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP) dominating from the first day to win comfortably. These two teams are also good friends off the water, so it was a happy weekend celebrated by post racing wake foiling!

The Spaniards had complete control of the regatta despite a 37 boat fleet that had almost all of the global contenders in attendance. In a deep fleet it’s rare to win a 3-day regatta by so much, but with everyone in practice mode it’s slightly different than a proper championship.

Winds were light on days 1 and 3, and quite heavy enough on day 2 so that only 2 races were held. Day 2 was survival conditions for both fleets. Most teams have been spending the winter in Vilamoura, on the southern end of Europe, but capsizing into warm waters was a welcome change. Botin and Marra’s worst race was a 9th but that included a capsize right before the finish line, which can give an idea of the amount of breeze these teams were dealing with.

It was so windy that late arrivals to Miami, Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel decided to only do the upwinds. They were 3rd to the first mark in race 1 and then lead to the top mark in race 2 before heading straight home. The Bronze medalists from Rio haven’t trained or sailed since the 2018 Worlds as they are both finishing their studies. Training regattas can sometimes lead to different choices on the race course, and these two decided prudence was their best course of action.

Austrians Bildstein – Hussl won two races on the final day to grab second spot overall, while #Don’tCallMeYoungGun’s Meggendorfer – Spranger (GER) sailed a consistent series to grab third overall. Fourth overall was a new pairing, as David Gilmour has teamed up with his younger brother Lachy to be the newest sibling team in the 49er Fleet. Gilmour and Turner finished 3rd at the 2017 World Championship, but never really got on track in the 2018 seasons so have now each teamed up with new crews and are tackling the 2019 season as foes.

The 49erFX was a tighter battle for the win, with the lead changing places on each night. At regattas end, it was Grael & Kunze who finished without a result out of the top 10 except for the opening race OCS. Their 10 point win exaggerated their lead as both 3rd and 4th place finished with double digit finishes they could not drop.

American’s Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea were in contention for the win all weekend, but a 14, 12 start to the third day pushed them out of touch of the ultimate win and into second place. They finished the regatta with a bullet, to go along with 5 other races out of 8 in the top 10. The American 49erFX fleet has plenty of competition, and this duo, coached by 2015 World Champion Giulia Conti, is steadily improving.

The final place on the podium went to Odile Van Aaholt and Marieke Jongens from the Netherlands. They were leading after day 1 and also scored 6 top 10 races, but scored too many points between days 2 and 3 to remain in overall contention.

The fleets continue racing with the World Cup beginning on January 29th, 2019.

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International Shipping Partner

Oceanbridge Shipping are the logistics experts when it comes to major yachting events in New Zealand. Having been in business for more than 37 years they have helped tens of thousands of competitors with all the logistics that goes with competing in regattas around the world.

From the 2016 youth sailing world championships and 2019 Tornado world championships in Auckland to the 2011 Optimist world championships in Napier, they have taken care of shipping for both competitors and regatta organisers. They are the main sponsors of the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta, which is this country’s premier Olympic and youth classes event, and also a major sponsor and supporter of Yachting New Zealand and other sporting events.

Oceanbridge will have a dedicated team to assist sailors competing in this year’s 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Auckland and can assist with international shipping, customs clearance, border security and trucking. Oceanbridge will have staff on the ground at the event to supervise unpacking and packing and will also handle general queries about shipping to make life easy for visiting sailors and teams. If you wish to ship your boats onward to Melbourne for the next regatta, or return home, they can help with it all.

Their dedicated Marine Team are passionate about boats, international sailors and shipping and best contact is:
Sara Meyer  |  saram@oceanbridge.co.nz  |  +64 9 489 6070 (bus.)  |  +64 21 658 133

Where to stay

There is a range of accommodation close to the venue to suit all tastes and budgets. Popular choices are university summer accommodation, Air BnB and hotels or motels. Auckland city centre has approximately 11,125 accommodation rooms available from 5-star international hotels to budget-friendly lodges. There are a number of apartments available to rent and Auckland city centre has more than 2000 motel rooms. We highly recommend considering university summer accommodation at AUT which should be available from approximately November 20.  See Wellesley Apartments. Use the event code 49erNacra when booking online. These 5-bedroom apartments are available for approx. NZ$65(or 40 Euro) per night per bedroom for a very short stay or it comes down to about NZ$51(30 Euro) for longer stays. The rate will include the following:

  • Bedding, linen and towels
  • 5 bedroom Apartment with 2 bathrooms
  • Fully equipped kitchen, dining and living area
  • Communal areas on the ground floor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tea/coffee making facilities in the Apartments
  • Towel change 2 x weekly (every 3-4 days)
  • Linen change 1 x weekly (if staying more than 7 days)

Group Bookings should enquire via: shortstays@clv.co.nz quoting the event code 49erNacra also to receive the appropriate rate

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