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December 3 - 8, 2019

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* either blue notes teams from nations that did not qualify for Tokyo in Aarhus. The top 4 of these nations will qualify here in Auckland. In addition, there is continental qualifying, and unused continental spots will be assigned to the next best placed team at this regatta. Full details

* either blue notes teams from nations that did not qualify for Tokyo in Aarhus. The top 6 of these nations will qualify here in Auckland. In addition, there is continental qualifying, and unused continental spots will be assigned to the next best placed team at this regatta.  Full details

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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.

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.

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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ALL coaches viewing medal racing today shall be restricted to the coaches box between the buoys placed 100m to leeward of the start/finish line.

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Attachment E for Sunday 8th December

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Notice to Medal Race Competitors

These are the Quarantine areas for Medal Race Competitors.

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PLEASE NOTE CUT OFF START TIMES FOR SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 7.2 7.2 On Sunday 8 December there will be no warning signal after 1230 for those taking part in the Final Gold Fleet Races, after 1500 for those taking part in Silver or Bronze Fleet Races and after 1700 for those taking part in Medal Races.

Amendment No. 2 to Support Team Regulations

New Regulation 7.5 added

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Final Series Start Lists

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Fleets

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Sailing Instructions

Updated December 2, 2019.

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Notice of Race

Updated November 14 with Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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Jury Policies

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Standard Penalties

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Protest Time Limits

Protest Time Limits for Sunday 8th December.

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Addendum Q

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Support Team Regulation

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Emergency Rule Change 49er - Flutter Patches

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Entry is a 2 step process.

  1. use our manage2sail registration system to enter your racing information.
    1. For new people to manage2sail, you must first create a profile, and then after your profile is complete you should enter the regatta.
  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.


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.

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