Tears of Relief and Regret at Skiff Worlds

It was a day of mixed and extreme emotions in the boat park this afternoon after the fleet came ashore at the end of a vital third day of Qualifying at the 49er and 49erFX World Championships in Lanzarote. For some this was perhaps the hardest day they will ever experience in their Olympic sailing […]

A Good Headache for the French

The French Tricolor was flying strongly on day two of the 49er and 49erFX World Championships in Lanzarote. On each side of the Yellow and Blue Qualifying Groups in the 49er, two different French teams put in some world-beating performances. For the French selectors trying to work who to send to their home Games, Paris […]

China jumps to early FX lead. USA fly in the 49ers

Xiaoyu Hu and Mengyuan Shan have taken a surprise early lead in the women’s skiff competition on day one of the 49er and 49erFX World Championships in Lanzarote. With the 51-boat FX fleet divided into Yellow and Blue qualifying groups for the first three days, the groups headed off towards two separate race courses. Few […]

Breezy, Shifting Northerlies could challenge the Favourites

The sailors at the 49er and 49erFX World Championships know the waters of Lanzarote better than almost any other. It has become the training ground of choice for many of the teams from around the world. On the eve of six days of competition, the 126 teams from 36 nations are looking at a forecast […]

Norway wins in 49erFX, France wins 49er

Norway Næss and Ronningen win in 49erFX skiff and France Rual and Amoros win 49er skiff 2023 European Championship! 49erFX – Second title a long time coming for Næss and Ronningen Five years after winning their first 49erFX European title, Norwegians Helene Næss and Marie Ronningen have done it again. Silver goes to Jana Germani […]

Norway move to the top in close FX battle

Norway edges past Italy in the 49erFX Gold Fleet, while New Zealand closes in on the Austrians at the top of the 49er standings… 49ers: Narrow escape for the French A gold fleet race win for Isaac McHardie and Will McKenzie has lifted the New Zealanders to second overall in the 49er Europeans. Finally the […]

Infallible Italians lead into Gold Fleet

49erFX: Infallible Italians Jana Germani and Giorgia Bertuzzi of Italy stayed firmly atop the leaderboard keeping all their races in the top five. For many FX sailors who started the event slow, it was the last chance to advance up the leaderboard and into the Gold fleet. The harsh reality of these events is the […]

McKiwis take early 49er lead

49ers: McHardie and McKenzie, the McKiwis ‘luck’ their way into the lead With three qualifying races completed for the 91-strong 49er Men’s fleet across three groups, two Austrian teams find themselves in second and third overall. Just a point off the lead are Keanu Prettner and Jakob Flachberger and two points them are fellow Austrians […]

Italians keen to grab the golden Games ticket

Two races completed for two 49erFX groups in qualifying, and one race apiece for the three qualifying groups in the 49er Men… 49erFX: Italians keen to grab the golden Games ticket They say it’s unlucky to win the warm-up regatta but Jana Germani and Giorgia Bertuzzi dismissed that theory as superstitious mumbo jumbo. The Italian […]

Double 9er Victory for Germany

The Germans won both the 49er and 49er FX fleets on the final day of the Forward WIP 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships in Austria, while Italy foiled to victory in the Nacra 17 catamaran fleet. Although the 49erFX leaderboard stayed fairly steady, the four races per fleet on the final day generated […]