Skunked at Niner-Nacra Worlds

Published on February 14th, 2020

Geelong, Australia (February 14, 2020) – Summer storms wreaked havoc with the breeze on the fifth day at the 2020 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 World Championships, keeping weather watchers busy but ultimately preventing any racing for the day.

The storms passed over and around the host city, bringing thunder, rain and lightning, and leaving sick breeze in each frontal system’s wake. The race committee took off on boats after 4pm thinking there was a chance of a late green light, but it was not to be.

The good news is tomorrow’s forecast is promising – wind out of the south-west building to the class’ upper limit of 25 knots, a figure that also takes into consideration the sea-state, which is not a factor at this flat-water venue. Showers are forecast and the hope is they will clear early and not hinder the breeze once again.

Six days of racing is planned for February 10 to 15.

Event details:

Results: 49er Men49erFX WomenNacra 17 Mixed

Source: Lisa Ratcliff/Worlds media

Tokyo 2020 Selection: The Worlds will finalize nomination for the USA Tokyo Team, with the finish position in this event to be added to the points total for selection. See the asterisk below for the team holding the advantage after day four:

Nacra 17 (9 races): 10. Sarah Newberry/ David Liebenberg; 18. Riley Gibbs/ Anna Weis*; 26. Ravi Parent/ Caroline Atwood
49er (10 races): 13. Andrew Mollerus/ Ian MacDiarmid; 18. Nevin Snow/ Dane Wilson*; 21. Ian Barrows/ Mitchell Kiss; 23. Harry Melges/ Finn Rowe
49erFX (9 races): 7. Stephanie Roble/ Maggie Shea; 10. Paris Henken/ Anna Tobias*
Note: USA did not qualify for Tokyo in the 49er event but is first in line to claim a forfeited spot from other countries.

The final three days will be streamed live online from Geelong, Australia:

February 13, 2020:

February 14, 2020:

February 15, 2020:


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