29er World Championship – Antipodeans Rule

Published on July 28th, 2013

Aarhus, Denmark (July 28, 2013) – Morning rain and a dead calm greeted the sailors upon arrival at the Kaløvig Sailing Club in Aarhus, Denmark for the first day of the 2013 World Championship. After a bit of a postponement on the water, the wind slowly built from nothing to 19 knots and 3 races were held on the 4 courses set on Kaløvig Bay.

After some close racing and a quick ride back to the shore, the sailors downunder stand in the top two positions. Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto of Australia sit in first with 1-3-1 followed by New Zealanders Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson with 5-3-1. American brothers Dane and Quinn Wilson sit in third overall posting a 2-1-7.

Dane Wilson, crew of the US boat commented on the day, “it was shifty in all conditions, but we sailed well.” When asked about coming from the Youth Worlds, “we’re really practiced and we sailed against the best; coming here there’s more depth.”

ISAF Youth World champions Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros of France sit in 4th overall. The top female team of sisters Ragna and Maia Agerup of Norway who finished 11th in the Youth Worlds and were the only all-female team, currently are the top female team in the Worlds sitting 11th overall. Denmark’s top team of Frederik Just Melson and Markus Oliver Nielsen are 21st overall in the standings and also came straight from the ISAF Youth Worlds.

Click here for day one results.

Twenty-five nations are representing all continents with 213 entries in this highly competitive fleet.

Racing continues on Monday, July 29 with two more days of the qualifying series followed by three days of the final series. The prizegiving will be held on Friday, August 2.

Event website: www.29erworlds.org

Contact: Jerelyn Biehl, jerelyn@odmsail.com

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