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When the 49erFX fleet joins the 49er and Nacra17 for the 2019 Volvo Europeans, amongst the battles for Olympic selection will be the defending World Champions. Bekkering/Duetz, (NED) who look to keep their Tokyo 2020 campaign alive.

At the recent Hempel World Cup Series event in Genoa, the Olympic classes were plagued with extremely light and challenging conditions. Winning the 49erFX class was the Dutch team of Odile Van Aanholt and Marieke Jongens. While a single event win won’t make or break your four-year campaign, in this instance it almost could.

The Dutch Olympic selection process takes into account two regattas: the Hempel World Cup Series regatta in Genoa, and the 2019 Volvo Europeans. Dutch competitors receive 10 points for 1st place, down to 1 point for 10th place. Van Aanholt/Jongens received the full ten points for their win. The reigning World Champions of Annamiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz finished the regatta in 9th place. They received just 2 points towards Olympic selection and face a mountain to climb at the 2019 Volvo Europeans if they wish to keep their Tokyo 2020 dreams alive.

Odile Van Aanholt and Marieke Jongens (NED) celebrate with their medals after an important win at the Hempel World Cup Series Genoa.
© Sailing Energy / World Sailing

The 49erFX gold and silver medalists from the Rio 2016 games look set to continue their battle on the water. Martine Grael and Kahene Kunze (BRA) won the Olympic Gold ahead of Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL). Repeating their Rio 2016 one-two results in Enoshima, Miami, and Palma, Maloney/Meech continually find themselves one step short of their Brazilian competitors on the top step of the podium. Both teams had differing regattas in the extremely light conditions at Genoa, so we’ll put that down as their discards.

For the British Sailing Team, their best 49erFX teams continue to place in the top ten at most regattas. Sophie Weguelin & Sophie Ainsworth placed 3rd at the 2018 World Sailing Championships, qualifying Great Britain for the Tokyo 2020 Games. In 2019, it has been their teammates and local Weymouth sailors Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey who have been the top performers. While both teams have placed in the top ten at the 2018 World Sailing Championships as well as at Enoshima, Miami, and Palma, Dobson/Tidey have continuously placed higher than Wiegulan/Ainsworth.

Defending European Champions Helena Næss and Marie Rønningen (NOR)
© Drew Malcolm / 49er Sailing

The defending European Champions from Norway, Helena Næss and Marie Rønningen have had an inconsistent start to the 2019 season. With a scoreline ranging from 4th to 20th since Enoshima in late 2018, the Norwegians certainly have the skills to make it back to back Championships, but this won’t happen unless they can ensure their results rarely dip outside of the top ten.

Consistency has been less of a problem for the Danish team of Ida Marie Baad Nielson and Marie Thusgaard Olsen. After qualifying their country in Aarhus, placing 7th, they have placed 5th or better in three of the past four regattas.

Continuing the trend in strength from Northern Europe are Klara Wester and Rebecca Netzler (SWE). The young duo have emerged on the schene in 2019 as one of the most consistent high performers with 7, 11, 6, 7 at Miami, Vilamoura, Palma, and Genoa respectively. If you haven’t seen how hard this team trained in their first year, and how quickly they learned, then make sure you do, and don’t be surprised if they work their way all the way to the top.

The U.S. Sailing Team members Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea should be expected to make the top ten at the 2019 Volvo Europeans, and with a bronze medal at the recent Hempel World Cup Series in Genoa, they will be eyeing the podium once again.

While the 2019 Volvo Europeans is not an Olympic qualification event, most teams will be using this regatta as a major turning point in their selection process towards the Tokyo 2020 Games. Many MNA’s are using this event as selection for the Test Event in Tokyo, and/or as part of their Olympic selection, so you can be sure all teams will be aiming to put their best foot forward.

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) at the Hempel World Cup Series Genoa.
© Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Olympic Qualification Update

The Olympic Qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 games began at the 2018 World Sailing Championships. Nine countries secured their nation a place at the Games; Australia, Austria, Brazil, Denmark Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Norway alongside the automatically qualified host nation of Japan.

A further six spots will be up for grabs at the 2019 World Championships in Auckland, with the remaining six spots being allocated at Continental Championships.
For a more in-depth look into the Olympic Qualification process for the 49er class, CLICK HERE.

Upcoming Qualification Events
2019 Pan Am Games – Lima, PER
2019 World Championships – Auckland, NZL
2020 World Championships – Geelong, AUS
2020 Asian Championships – Abu Dhabi, UAE
2020 Sailing World Cup – Genoa, ITA

How To Follow

Schedule:

Wednesday 8 May          1700                    Beach Clean

Friday 10 May                  0900 – 1800        Registration/Inspection

Saturday 11 May             0900 – 1800       Registration/Inspection

1000 – 1600       Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre open day

1900                    49er Open Class Forum

Sunday 12 May                0900 – 1100       Registration/Inspection

1255                    Practice Races

1730                    Competitors Briefing

1800                    Opening Ceremony

Monday 13 May              1055                    Qualifying Races

Tuesday 14 May              1055                    Qualifying Races

Wednesday 15 May        1055                    Qualifying Races

Thursday 16 May             1055                   Qualifying or Fleet Races

Friday 17 May                   1055                   Fleet Races

Saturday 18 May              1055                   Fleet Races

Sunday 19 May                 0955                   Fleet Races

1500                    Medal Races

TBC                      Prize giving

Live Broadcast:

1. 49er Sailing – Gold Fleet Day 1 – 2019 Volvo European Championship

URL https://youtu.be/b3fsnwNGyqQ

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2. 49er Sailing – Gold Fleet Day 2 – 2019 Volvo European Championship

URL https://youtu.be/7pxYk7L_Q54

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3. 49er Sailing – Gold Fleet Day 3 – 2019 Volvo European Championship

URL https://youtu.be/OGd_TQC3qEY

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4. 49er Sailing – Gold Fleet Day 4 – 2019 Volvo European Championship

URL https://youtu.be/rxrV_BLsZ_k

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5. 49er Sailing – Medal Races – 2019 Volvo European Championship

URL https://youtu.be/XBxlZofvxPc

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Highlights, Interviews & VNR:

  • Between May 16 and 19, Icarus Sports will be producing:
    • A daily two-minute highlights video
    • VNR and interviews for news
  • Footage can be downloaded from the Icarus portal – https://portal.icarus-sports.com/
  • Please contact Will Carson to request interviews

Results:

Results will be posted race by race, as they happen

Social media:

  • Please follow the @49ersailing and @Nacra17sailing class social media channels on twitter, Instagram, and facebook for the latest info from the regatta. On youtube the channels are youtube.com/49ersailing and youtube.com/nacra17sailing

Upcoming Events

2019 Asian Championship

November 4th - November 9th
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2019 Oceania Championship

November 25th - November 27th
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2019 World Championship

November 29th - December 8th
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