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18-21 August 2022 / Nova Scotia, Canada

2022 North American's

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A perfect ‘Bay Day’ with 8 to 14 knots of sea breeze in sunny St Margaret’s Bay
  • Port tack start is the high point of a sensational day for Lambriex & van der Werken in the 49er
  • Lambriex’s girlfriend, Odile van Aanholt, continues to lead the 49erFX fleet with crew Annette Duetz
  • A perfect six bullets for Tita & Banti so far in the Nacra 17

49er:

Bart Lambriex & Floris van der Werken (NED) launched into the lead with a sensational scoreline of 2,1,1 on their side of the qualifying draw in today’s three 49er heats. All the Dutch starts were good, but particularly in race 3 when the reigning World Champions risked a port tack start and fired across the front of the blue fleet into the lead.

“Our starts were good which made it very easy for us,” said van der Werken. “Free lanes were very important today and you needed a good start to be able to get a good lane. Bart and I are working on making sure we’re synced with our time and distance judgement and today we were on the same page.”

Almost as good in the other qualifying group, the yellow fleet, were the 2018 World Champions from Croatia, Sime and Miho Fantela. Again, the starts were the key moment to get right, according to Sime. “The committee boat was a bit favoured and we managed to pull out three good starts and keep a clear lane all the way out to the left hand side of the course.”

Keeping your eyes out of the boat was also key, both for spotting changes in the tide and current flows across the course, as well as the presence of speed-sapping weed patches. “There were some areas where you could see two waters fighting each other,” said Sime. “So it was trying to work out what the current was doing there, as well as sailing to avoid the weed. When the boat speed feels a bit off, you can never quite tell if there’s a real speed problem or if it’s a strand of weed on the daggerboard.”

The Fantela brothers’ scores of 2,1,5 in yellow group place them second overall, just two points behind the Dutch leaders as the 65 men’s teams head into the final day of qualifying before the gold/silver fleet split at the end of Friday.

Fantela Broathers (CRO) out in front

For others in the fleet, the Worlds is an opportunity to reconnect with the 49er after a few years out. The Brazilian team of Dante Bianchi and Thomas Low-Beer have reunited in the boat for a bit of a holiday, with Bianchi taking time away from his duties as a doctor in Brazil while Low-Beer is working for a tech company in New York. “We’re enjoying being back in the boat again,” said Low-Beer, “and when the Worlds were in Nova Scotia, Canada, we thought, why not!”

With the PanAm Games due to take place in Chile, the brothers Benjamin & Exequiel Grez have teamed up again as the sole Chilean representatives in the 49er fleet. “We dropped out of Olympic campaigning for a few years when the politics in Chile went bad, but it’s good to be back,” said Benjamin who campaigned in the lead-up to Rio 2016. “It’s always an honour to represent Chile outside the country,” added Exequiel. “We don’t have a huge budget, no coaches or anything like that, so we have to do everything ourselves.”

That self-reliance was put fully to the test on day one in the windy race, as Benjamin explained. “On the bearaway our rudder snapped, which is when we realised just how windy it was getting. We had to lower the mainsail and make our own way back to the beach with the jib and what was left of the rudder, and we managed it. Today with a new rudder we sailed pretty well, the speed was coming back and we’re having a good time here,” said Benjamin.

With the 49ers behind schedule on the races, the plan is for four back-to-back races on Friday.

Seabreeze grind in FX Fleet

Lilac blooming

49er FX – “It’s one of those days you’re full on, all day,” said veteran British FX crew Saskia Tidey, standing on her toes, shaking a bit with goosebumps on her arms, mimicking the flat-out trapezing technique needed in today’s solid 15 to 18-knot sea breeze on St. Margaret’s Bay.

Even though Tidey and her driver Freya Black moved well up the leaderboard into 8th by winning race four, it seemed like a ton of effort after three races to have the top three in the 49er FX remain virtually unchanged.

The fleet wasn’t giving an inch and van Aanholt/Duetz of the Netherlands weren’t flinching, either, with a 3, 2, 5, the last score being their throwout, to stay five points ahead of Bobeck/Netzler of Sweden.

New Zealand’s Aleh/Meech and Maloney/Hobbs joined the British in their climb into the top ten and are lying in fifth and sixth, respectively.

“We didn’t have the best start and tacked to port and went right which we thought was the right decision anyway,” said Black about their win. “We came out in front and tried our best to stay ahead.”

Black rose from the 29er and 470 classes. Clark called her after her former skipper Charlotte Dobson retired. That team were sixth at the Tokyo Games and were silver medalists at the 2020 worlds.

Canadian FX crew Mariah Millen sits in 17th with Ali Ten Hove but is not satisfied with today’s performance. “We weren’t really able to go where we wanted to go,” said Millen who was eighth at the European Championship last month. “The sea breeze wasn’t very forgiving, but the best practice is doing it with the top teams in the world so we just keep pushing forward.”

Tita and Banti score straight six

Tita and Banti (ITA) looking every part the champions they are.

After Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti (ITA) scored three more bullets in the Nacra 17 fleet today, their rivals continue to scratch their heads about how to close the performance gap. Sinem Kurtbay (FIN) thought she and her crew Akseli Keskinen had sailed a pretty bad day so was pleasantly surprised to find out she had emerged from the three races in third place overall. “It didn’t feel like that,” said Kurtbay. “When we came off the start line in the second row of the first race, the Italians were back with us. The difference is that we couldn’t find a way through to the front. They [Tita & Banti] are so fast it didn’t matter even when they had a slow start.”

Six wins from six races is unheard of in Olympic class competition, yet that is the standard being set by Tita & Banti a year after winning Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020. The Italian team have embraced the new era of full foiling and the young crew Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei (ITA) were easily the second best team of the day with scores of 4,2,2 lifting them to second overall and nine points ahead of the Finnish crew. 

Last year at the Worlds in Oman, Ugolini & Giubilei finished runner-up to John Gimson & Anna Burnet (GBR) who won back-to-back world titles in 2020 and 2021 as well as Olympic silver in Tokyo. The British crew had an ever-improving day of 6,5,3 to lift them to fifth overall behind the Rio 2016 silver medallists from Australia, Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin in fourth overall. Behind the front two Italian teams, all the points are very close.

Racing at the World Championship runs from August 31 – September 5, 2022 and is best accessed via the website: https://49er.org/event/2022-world-championship/

Daily tracking, results, photos, highlights, and articles will be available from the website. Additionally, Days 3 through 6 (Sept 2-5) will have live broadcast coverage via the CBC Sports App, youtube.com/49ersailing and fb.com/49ersailing. 

Here are the daily links:

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Qualifying — Day 3
September 2, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/Fh4zFApLpc0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/GqLQIVgIIEY (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 4
September 3, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PoHeOF0XvI0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/aW78tdhUqfk (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 5
September 4, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/T598V4SwIhQ (49er) or https://youtu.be/Hbvr4L0tRsE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 10:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PolhasjOgU4 (49er) or https://youtu.be/Z4-zTS-B3lE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Medal Races — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 14:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/pjJxn2cKZ3E (49er) or https://youtu.be/OVPNdM3XJN8 (Nacra17)

NOVA SCOTIA AT A GLANCE Located on the Atlantic Coast of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia is blessed with more than 13,000 kilometers of alluring coastline, the highest tides in the world, spectacular lakes and forests, exquisite seafood, and amazing people. We are Canada’s Ocean Playground! WEATHER Moderately cold winters, warm (but rarely hot) summers and long, mild autumns. Nova Scotia has a mild overall climate due to ocean currents. CURRENCY Nova Scotia uses the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Currency exchange services are available at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and local banks. LANGUAGE Although Canada is officially bilingual (English and French), English is the main language spoken in Nova Scotia, but services are often offered in French as well, particularly in the southwest and northeastern parts of the province.

VENUE LOCATION Hubbards, Nova Scotia, Canada The event will be held on the waters of St. Margarets Bay, which has played host to several national and international sailing events over the years. These waters make an excellent venue for the World Championships. The sailing venue has clean water and moderate to strong consistent winds in a spectacularly beautiful setting, with a very active sailing community. VENUE INFORMATION SITE ACCESS The Event Site will be open for access from August 15, 2022. Team containers will be accessible prior to this date at a location near the Hubbards Community Waterfront. Services and facilities will be available on site August 18, 2022. LAUNCHING AREA The Event Site will have three separate slipways for launching throughout the designated boat park areas. There is a short sail through the cove and channel that connects to the open waters of St. Margarets Bay. COACH BOAT BERTHING & FUELING The Local Organization Authority will provide a designated area for coach boats at the Hubbards Community Waterfront. There will be a fuel truck provided near the site with water access for daily refueling, which will provide debit/credit payment options. ADMINISTRATION OFFICE FACILITIES There will be an administration office located on site with photocopier/scanner/printer access. Dedicated Wi-Fi networks will be established throughout the Event Site for competitors & coaches, administration, officials, and media. FOOD & BEVERAGE Food services will be available on site for purchase, along with several recommended restaurant options in the local community. Nutritious post race snacks will be provided by the Local Organizing Authority and refillable water bottle stations will be available throughout the Event Site. CAR PARKING There will be a designated parking area located a few minutes away from the Event Site with shuttles providing transportation to and from the site throughout the day. WASHROOM & CHANGE FACILITIES Facilities will be provided on site to accommodate all participants in this event.

NAs Protest Hearings

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Intentions for Day 3

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49er Fleet Splits Day 3 - Gold

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Sailing Instructions

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TRAVEL VISITORS TO CANADA The Government of Canada provides current travel information for visitors including COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. Information can be found at: https://travel.gc.ca/ CANADIAN VISA REQUIREMENTS All foreign travelers to Canada will require a passport and an Electronic Travel Authorization. Some travelers will require a visa. See list of visa exempt and visa required nations: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigrationrefugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/entry-requirements-country.html TAXES & DUTIES ON ARRIVING Travelers to Canada are generally exempt from taxes and duties on personal property they are carrying with them. For more information on this topic see: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html While visiting Nova Scotia, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 15% applies to most purchases, including accommodations. Food supplies, other than those consumed at restaurants, are generally exempt from HST.

TRANSPORTATION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) Located just 38 kilometers from Halifax’s city center and 64 kilometers from the event venue at Hubbards, the award-winning Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the main gateway into Eastern Canada and the Atlantic hub for all domestic, regional, and international carriers. Air carriers serving Halifax include Air Canada, WestJet, United Airlines, Delta, Condor, Icelandair, Air Saint-Pierre, Air Canada Rouge, Flair, and Porter Airlines. With over 600 flights a week, you can travel by air to Halifax on direct flights from most Canadian cities, along with Boston, JFK, Newark, Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago, and overseas via London, Frankfurt, Munich, Hannover, and Iceland. There are also hundreds of connecting flights — you can get to Halifax from just about anywhere in the world, often with just one stop en route. LOCAL TRANSPORTATION Once you arrive at our airport, you will find limousine, car rental companies, taxi, shuttle bus services, and city transit available to transport you to your accommodations in Halifax. Transportation from Halifax to the Host Venue will require a car rental. There are several car rental operators located conveniently at the Airport Parkade for pick up and drop off. Parking will be available near the Host Venue in Hubbards, Nova Scotia. For contact information visit: https://halifaxstanfield.ca/transportation/car-rentals/

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