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At the midway point of Ready Steady Tokyo, the official test event for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games hosted by the Japanese capital, it is becoming growingly apparent that versatility and consistency will determine our Olympic champions in a years time.

49erFX
Great Britain’s Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey have lead the 49erFX fleet since the opening race of the regatta, building a solid 10 point lead after 9 races with only one finish outside of the top five. Brazilian superstars Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze head into the penultimate day of racing in second position and are yet to finish a race outside of the top eight. 

“It was pretty hot today.” says Tidey. “The team has done a great job to help us conquer that but I must admit I went for a bit of a swim between races – intentional of course – to cool down. I’m sure everyone is feeling it out there and it’s about trying to focus and not let it take over all your thoughts.”

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech from New Zealand won the day and currently sit in third position. With only a single result out of the top ten the Rio silver medallists are within striking distance of the leaders. Norway’s Helene Næss and Marie Rønningon dropped to fourth after their 1st and 5th results were not good enough to balance out two results outside of the top ten.

The leading British duo has performed intermittently at the elite level but is on the verge of peaking at just the right moment. After the 2018 Europeans and World Championships, it was their national rivals Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth who took the bronze medal at both regattas ahead of Dobson and Tidey and looked like the leading team for the British Sailing Team’s selection to Tokyo. Ainsworth suffered an off-water knee injury just days prior to the 2019 European Championship, hindering their performance and opening the door for Dobson and Tidey to compete at Ready Steady Tokyo. If they can finish on the top of the podium in Enoshima, that could secure their Olympic berth for Great Britain.

49er
In the men’s 49er fleet, New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke regained their overall lead with a consistent scorecard of 4 – 3 – 2 – 2 and were the only top-five team to keep their results inside of the top ten. “When you have four two-lap races, there’s a lot of decisions to make and we managed to do that pretty well today,” Tuke said. “It was nice to walk away with four good ones.”

Poland’s Pawel Kolodzinski and Lucas Przybytek faltered in the second race of the day, scoring their worst result of the day (11th) and dropped back to second place. Austria’s Benjamin Bildsteing and David Hussl looked set to ingress on the leaders scoring two wins and a seventh, but dropped to 14th in the final race. Due to a 19th on day one, their result day is one they will have to carry through to the final scores of the regatta barring any further high scoring races.

The only other team to come close to the Kiwis today was the German pair of Justus Schmidt and Maximilian Boehme who scored 18 points over the four races compared to the 11 points for Burling and Tuke. The Germans move up the leaderboard and into sixth overall behind World Champions Sime and Mihovil Fantela (CRO) and European Champions Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (GBR).

In recent years, the 49er class has become one of the tightest on the Olympic slate. Just 28 points separate 4th from 14th place with six different race winners from the nine races sailed. In the 20 boat fleet for Ready Steady Tokyo and the double points medal race scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, there is still plenty of opportunity for those down the leaderboard to leapfrog their way onto the podium.

How to Follow

Racing continues on Tuesday from 1200 local time with three races before the decisive medal race on Wednesday, scheduled from 1330.
SAP Sailing have volunteered their services this week in an unofficial capacity to provide Live tracking of all racing at Ready Steady Tokyo – Sailing.

Live Tracking – Tokyo2019.sapsailing.com
Photos & Results – https://49er.org/event/2019-test-event/

Results 49er
1st – Peter Burling & Blair Tuke (NZL) 25pts
2nd – Pawel Kolodzinski & Lucas Przybytek (POL) 30pts
3rd – Benjamin Bildsteing & David Hussl (AUT) 41pts
4th – Dylan Fletcher & Stuart Bithell (GBR) 51pts
5th – Sime Fantela & Mihovil Fantela (CRO) 55pts

Results 49erFX
1st – Charlotte Dobson & Saskia Tidey (GBR) 19pts
2nd – Martine Soffiatti Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA) 29pts
3rd – Alex Maloney & Molly Meech (NZL) 34pts
4th – Helene Næss & Marie Rønningen (NOR) 43pts
5th – Ida Marie Baad Nielsen & Marie Thusgaard Olsen (DEN) 54pts

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 November 12 with Amendments 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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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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