Americans lead 49er Champs in Cascais
Published on May 6th, 2021
Cascais, Portugal (May 6, 2021) – On the third day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49erFX Championship races, the two Olympic class fleets returned to the Guia race area to fulfill the scheduled races of the day.
The wind at the scheduled time of the first warning signal, still showed some instability forcing the Race Committee to delay the first race as it had to move around to find a better position for the demanding Olympic fleet of the 49er class.
The men’s fleet completed the trio of the schedule races, as usual, and with the wind blowing in the northwest quadrant building up during the morning from 14 to 18 knots. On the third day of racing, and after 9 races, the podium in the men’s race begins to take on a final form, but as we know, anything can happen.
Ian Barrows and Hans Henken (USA) remain in the lead tied with compatriots Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson, who had two first place races today. Snow and Wilson practically reached perfection with a third in the first race of the day and two bullets in the following races. With these results, the American teams, who are tied with eighteen points each, are playing a real duel in Cascais. The Brazilian team of Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges fell today to third place.
The 49erFX class fleet of 28 boats completed three races today with the most demanding wind conditions, in the northwest quadrant and blowing in the twenties, so there have been significant changes in the podium.
Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barcelo (ESP) took the highest place on the podium at the end of the third day of the championship. In second place we have new faces on the podium with the rise of the Bavarian team, Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke. In third, the Danish team made up of Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen.
Ali ten Hove and Miriah Millen (CAN) are in in 16th place, two points ahead of fellow North Americans Georgia and Antonia Lewin-LaFrance (CAN), in 17th.
There are four continents – America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania – and a total of 19 nationalities represented in this important training event prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Racing is planned for May 4-9.