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Sailors racing at the Hempel World Cup Series Final in Marseille, France needed to use all the strength and fitness they could find with strong winds bringing the second day to an early close.

Gusts well in excess of 30 knots were reported across the five racing areas. Only a small number of races for the sailors from 41 nations racing across the ten Olympic events and Open Kiteboarding were completed as the wind speed was deemed unsafe for competition. The Principal Race Officer brought the sailors back to the shore with proceedings cancelled at 15:00 local time.

The 49er completed a single race in a breeze that started at 20 knots and quickly rose to 25 knots with stronger gusts. Of the 14-boats in the fleet, only four of them completed the race with capsizes aplenty on the race track.

Federico and Arturo Alonso, brothers from Spain, focused on doing the simple things well on the race track and not overcomplicating their processes which resulted in them claiming the race win. They are now one point off the leaders, Kévin Fischer and Yann Jauvin (FRA), who finished second in the race. The seventh placed Swiss team of Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean came through in third and Italy’s Uberto Crivelli Visconti and Gianmarco Togni came through in fourth.

No other team were able to complete the race with capsizes and boat damage halting their progress.

“I think it was really close to the limit for the 49er class. You can see that in results and around the boat park,” said Federico looking around at the rest of the fleet assessing their boats for any damage sustained.

“It was really difficult for us today but it is part of the game and everyone had to deal with it. We had some scary moments. It’s a good, small fleet so there were no major incidents but we were on the edge at some points.

“It was quite difficult to sail in a straight line. At the leeward marks it was really choppy so it was difficult to gybe. We just tried to make things easy for ourselves and not take any risks. We didn’t capsize and we managed to win the race.

“We think the gusts were close to 30 knots. They were really strong.”

With such strong breeze playing out across the entire field of play, boat handling and strength was the key to success. Alonso continued, “You can see some sailors that aren’t as strong or tall but they sail the boat well so that can help but you have to be strong and keep calm. If you get stressed it’s easy to capsize or have contact with another boat. You have to minimalise the risks.

“You have to do everything you can to make things easy for yourself. Boat handling is crucial and it’s down to the experience of the team.”

The French lead on five points followed by the Spaniards on six. Crivello Visconti and Togni are third on 11 points.

The 49erFX fleet started a race but this was later abandoned due to the strong breeze.

Day 2 racing was in start contrast to day 1, where a variable 7-12 knot south easterly breeze, completed every scheduled race on the opening day. In some fleets, there were some exceptional individual performances whilst in others, consistency was scarce at the early stage of the event.

No teams were consistent in the skiff fleets, with scores a scramble. With big difference in wind strength and bigger differences in angle it was tough to know what the day meant in the bigger picture.

The Marseilles venue is going to give a lot of team managers sleepless nights from now through 2024. No entity in sailing likes to have control and certainty more than those accountable for a teams performance to funding backers.

Looking forward to Paris 2024, one would be hard pressed to know which type of sailing will be rewarded? Light air performance, with tons of patience and concentration while waiting? Heavy wind stability and survivalist instincts, to make it around the course in max wind conditions? Will the race officers push the light wind limits or the heavy wind limits? Which specialists will get more races in the series? How desperate will race teams get if there have been a few days without racing due to too much or too little wind?

As a sport we’re going to see many more race reports like the one above for the next 5 years. As one development coach said, “at least when you’re capsizing in Marseille, the water is warm and it’s beautiful around.”

Full regatta info

Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is famous for its stunning harbours and sailing culture. It is, without a doubt, a world-class racing and regatta destination.

The downtown competition venue offers quick and easy access to a vibrant city with a celebrated culinary scene, fantastic shopping, and dynamic arts and culture. As well as big city sophistication, Auckland also offers an incredible natural setting; beautiful beaches, volcanic cones, island getaways and expansive parks are never too far away.

Home to sailing champions and the highly anticipated 2021 Americas Cup, Aucklanders and New Zealander’s alike are proud of their sailing heritage. Here, the Championship will enjoy huge support from the public.

Auckland is looking forward to welcoming all athletes, teams and supporters of the 49er, 49er FX and Nacra 17 World Championships.

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We are pleased to let you know we have an app available for all competitors and supporters coming to Auckland to compete and for those following the regatta back home.

Please download for free from the app store, 49er FX Nacra

This will be continually updated as we have new information about the regatta.

The regatta app will be our main communication tool with the sailors at the event so be sure to read and take notice of any push notifications.

Registration

Entry is a 2 step process.

  1. use our manage2sail registration system to enter your racing information.
  2. proceed to the payment portal to pay for your entry fee. For clarity, the fees on the payment system will change over on the dates in the NOR, so non-payment prior to those dates will mean higher entry fees.

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Updated Sept 12, 2019 with updated meeting times, and corrected Sept 29 cut off date for early entry fee.

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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:
Nigel  |  nigelb@oceanbridge.co.nz  |  +64 9 489 6070 (bus.)  |  +64 21 909 703

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$51 (or 30 Euro) per night per bedroom . 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.

 

Summer Stays is a public service provided by the University of Auckland offering large scale, cost effective accommodation in the heart of Auckland over the New Zealand summer. Vacated student king-single rooms with shared bathrooms are available to 49er attendees. Special rate of $70 per night (or approx. 40 Euro) including breakfast with a minimum of 7 nights stay and full payment at the time of booking is required. Use the booking code, 49ER19.

  • WiFi included
  • Bedding, linen and towels
  • Laundry facility at an additional cost
  • Reception manned 8am – 8pm
  • Lounge room with bi-folding doors opening onto a large deck with a barbecue
  • Two large study areas
  • Music room
  • Communal lounge area and basic kitchenette on each floor that is the centre of the two wings
  • Basketball court available just opposite the building

    Bookings should be sent through to summerstays@auckland.ac.nz or call 09 923 5678

 

If you want to rent a house Brendan at Goodwins is the best to contact, as he has many houses for Americas Cup of which some are available during the Worlds.

 

For any other assistance with accommodation, please contact regatta secretary Jude Eades (Auck49erNacraWorlds@gmail.com).

 

 

For early enquiries please contact: Jude Eades – Regatta Secretary Auck49erNacraWorlds@gmail.com

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