Same mode at World Cup Series Hyères
Published on April 26th, 2018
Hyères, France (April 26, 2018) – The third day of competition at round three of Sailing’s World Cup Series provided further challenges for the competitors as light winds continued to dominate.
The 647 sailors from 46 nations racing across the ten Olympic disciplines and one Para World Sailing event contested a variable 5-7 knot breeze which enabled the light wind specialists to move to the front of their fleets.
French sailors occupy the top three spots in the Men’s RS:X with Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Pierre Le Coq (FRA) leading the way at the front of the fleet.
The fleet sailed two gruelling light wind races that involved an extreme amount of physical exertion as they pumped their sails to make gains.
In the tough conditions, Le Coq did enough to take the lead, “I managed to have a good first race, finishing seventh, but had a bad second race and finished 15th,” he commented.
“The conditions were physically draining and the fleet in these conditions were really close, so you couldn’t afford to make a mistake. It was difficult because of the uncertain weather and it was too shifty and quite challenging to predict what was going to happen. This made it hard to be consistent.”
Thomas Goyard (FRA) is three points off in second and Louis Giard (FRA) is third. On the success of the French in Hyères, Le Coq commented, “We train together and we train in Hyères quite often so we know the venue. It’s great to see this quality of windsurfing in France.”
Just one race was completed in the Women’s RS:X. Japan’s Megumi Komine claimed a rare victory, leaving her in 23rd place. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (POL) retained her lead although it was dented by Peina Chen (CHN) who finished seventh compared to Klepacka’s tenth. Noga Geller (ISR) advanced to third overall after a second.
Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom (SWE) continued their consistency with a fifth and a second from two Men’s 470 races. They are five points clear of Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Wilcox.
“It was a long day on the water,” said Dahlberg. “We had four races, two races got abandoned because the wind dropped but we had a great day with two great starts. Our plan was to keep it simple and we did that well.
“We are halfway through the regatta so far, so a lot can change but we feel very confident running up to the Medal Races.”
Japan’s Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi are 13 points off the leading Swedes in third.
Camille Lecointre’s comeback to the World Cup Series continues to go from strength to strength. Sailing with Aloise Retornaz, the French Rio 2016 Women’s 470 bronze medallist picked up a fifth and a fourth to take a six point lead over Silvia Mas and Patricia Reina (ESP) into Friday’s racing.
“We are in our home country and we do train here sometimes,” said Lecointre. “After finishing fourth in Palma recently, we hope to achieve a medal this time.
“However, we are just using this event to train to be ready for the [Hempel Sailing] World Championships in Aarhus, [Denmark].”
David Gilmour and Joel Turner (AUS) won the sole 49er race which was enough to propel them into the lead, overhauling Poland’s Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki who led during the first two days.
The Polish duo finished 32nd in the race and although they discard it, they drop to third. Diego Botin and Iago Lopez (ESP) moved up to second after a fifth.
It is tight at the top in the 49erFX but Norway’s Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen continue to lead after two races on Thursday. Denmark’s Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen reduced the deficit to four points to occupy second place. Meanwhile Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) slipped down to third but firmly in contention for gold.
The 17th placed Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) won the solitary race and sit in 17th place.
Damien Seguin (FRA) got back in the winning groove in the 2.4 Norlin OD, snapping up another pair of victories. He is now four points clear of Antonio Squizzato (ITA) and six ahead of compatriot Bruno Jourdren.
It was a late finish for the Finn fleet as they came ashore at 19:50. Nicholas Heiner (NED) leads, Jorge Zarif (BRA) follows in second place and Alican Kaynar (TUR) climbed up to third.
The Laser fleet managed to sail two races and although the conditions were similar to the day prior, a significant shift in the leader board occurred.
The early pacesetter, Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) finished 44th and 20th in two races. He discards the 44th but counting the 20th, he has dropped to sixth.
Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) took the initiative and moved up to first but Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR), Filip Jurisic (CRO), Sam Meech (NZL) and Tom Burton (AUS) are separated by just six points behind him.
In the Laser Radial, Marit Bouwmeester (NED) continues to hold first place however Maité Carlier (BEL) moved up from fifth to second. Finland’s Monika Mikkola shifted up one spot to third.
There was not much change on the Nacra 17 leaderboard. The Italians, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti, hold onto their lead after day three, whilst Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR) remain second. The Brazilians, Samuel Albrecht and Bruna Martinelli Cesário de Mello, moved up one place and now sit third.
Tomorrow’s racing will be the final day of fleet racing for the 2.4 Norlin OD, 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, Men’s RS:X and Women’s RS:X ahead of their Medal Races on Saturday April 28.
The remaining fleets will complete their series on Saturday with Medal Races following on Sunday.
All Medal Races streamed live online. See below.
Canada, Mexico, USA update:
Among the 25 entrants, the only top ten competitors are the American Laser Radial duo of Paige Railey and Erika Reineke in 4th and 9th, respectively. The other teams in the top 20 are Canadian Tom Ramshaw (19 – Finn) and Americans Stu McNay/ Dave Hughes (14 – 470), Riley Gibbs/ Louisa Chafee (17 – Nacra 17), Stephanie Roble/ Margaret Shea (14 – 49erFX), Henry Marshall (14 – Laser), Charlie Buckingham (15 – Laser), and Chris Barnard (16 – Laser).
Racing is planned for April 24-29 in Hyères, France.
Medal Races for the 2.4 Norlin OD, 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, and RS:X fleets on Saturday April 28.
Medal Races for the Men’s and Women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial, and Finn on Sunday April 29.
Teams from Canada, Mexico, and USA:
470 M (1): Stu McNay/ Dave Hughes
470 W (3): Atlantic Brugman/ Nora Brugman (USA), Alison Knoles/ Audrey Franchett (USA), Madeleine Rice/ Laura Slovensky (USA)
49er (3): William Jones/ Evan DePaul (CAN), Alexander Heinzemann/ Justin Barnes (CAN), Andrew Mollerus/ Ian MacDiarmid (USA)
49erFX (2): Erin Rafuse/ Mariah Millen (CAN), Stephanie Roble/ Margaret Shea (USA)
Finn (1): Tom Ramshaw (CAN)
Laser (8): Robert Davis (CAN), Justin Norton (CAN), Fillah Karim (CAN), Yanic Gentry (MEX), Marek Zaleski (USA), Henry Marshall (USA), Charlie Buckingham (USA), Chris Barnard (USA)
Laser Radial (5): Sarah Douglas (CAN), Coralie Vittecoq (CAN), Paige Railey (USA), Erika Reineke (USA), Haddon Hughes (USA)
Nacra 17 (2): Riley Gibbs/ Louisa Chafee (USA), Bora Gulari/ Helena Scutt (USA)
RS:X M (0):
RS:X W (0):
The World Cup Series is an annual circuit of Olympic sailing for elite and professional sailors, and a key touchpoint for fans and media to connect to the sport of sailing and develop support for athletes on their road to Tokyo 2020 and beyond. Over 2,000 of the world’s leading sailors, representing 75 nations, have competed in the World Cup Series since its inception in 2008.
2017-18 World Cup Series
October 17-22, 2017 – World Cup Series #1 – Gamagori, Japan
January 21-28, 2018 – World Cup Series #2 – Miami, USA
April 24-29, 2018 – World Cup Series #3 – Hyères, France
June 3-10, 2018 – World Cup Series Final – Marseille, France
Source: World Sailing