France and America consolidate leadership in Cascais
Cascais Bay gives participants headaches.
On the second day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49er Fx Championship races, the forty Olympic boats filled the bay of Cascais with colour to complete the three races planned for this day.
Once again, it was up to the ladies’ fleet to start hostilities in Cascais Bay. This time the race committee setted the course inside the Cascais bay where competitors could find wind conditions between 10 and 17 knots in intensity but with some shits in the direction. These bearing oscillations gave Olympic sailors some headaches, which were forced to change their strategy in order to a shifty in wind conditions day. The homogeneity of the fleet is impressive since, after 6 races, the winners of the races is all the times in a change. The podium on the second day is different from the opening day where only yesterday’s leaders, the French mixed team Lili Sebesi and Yann Jauvin remain. Moving up to second place is also the French mixed team Kevin Fischer and Dubois Albane. Closing the podium is the Danish team, bronze medalist in the 2019 world championship, composed by Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen.
The Singaporean female duo and Cascais residents, since the end of 2016, composed by Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low had a second day in great prominence to make two fifths and one seventh in the three races disputed in the second day rising to the tenth position of the general overall .
With the wind increasing in intensity during the afternoon, it was the turn of the men’s Olympic fleet to show their attitude. With the wind already in their twenties and maintaining the direction instability of the morning, the American duo composed by Ian Barrows and Hans Henken remained in the lead. The Carioca duo made up of Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges rose to second place in the overall standings, being two points behind the leadership. At the bottom of the podium is the American duo composed of Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson.
In total, in the two races, 4 continents are represented – America, Europe, Asia and Oceania – in a total of 19 nationalities will sail in the bay of Cascais.
This championship has the support of Turismo de Portugal, Visit Cascais, Cascais Town Hall, Cascais Marina and Vista Alegre. We also have the institutional support of the non-governmental association Sailors For The Sea – Portugal