Penultimate day of the Cascais Champs
Published on May 8th, 2021
Cascais, Portugal (May 8, 2021) – On the fifth and penultimate day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49erFX Championships, the little wind hit the bay of Cascais allowing the 49er fleet to complete three races but only one race for the 49erFX class. The Olympic classes bid farewell to the opening series today with a single Medal Race scheduled tomorrow for the top ten in each fleet.
With the wind from a different direction from the rest of the week, today from the west quadrant with the intensity between 8 and 10 knots, the men’s fleet started the show after 12:30, local time. Although the podium was unchanged, with different conditions we had different faces in the top places.
Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson from the United States maintain the lead. Irishmen Robert Dickson and Sean Waooilove maintain the second position, just one point ahead of Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges (BRA).
When it was the turn for the female 49erFX class, they also picked up remnants of the consistent west wind to complete one race. However, the wind faded over the course of the race, dropping to 6 knots. After unable to find suitable wind on Cascais Bay, the day was called.
Despite finishing today’s race in 15th, 2020 World Champions Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barcelo (ESP) hold the lead, followed by Germans Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke. In third place, the Netherlands team composed of Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED) is back on the podium after fifth place in the only race of the day.
However, the teams from the Netherlands and Germany should not underestimate the team in fourth, Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen from Denmark, who are 4 points from second place. Still with a chance to shine on the last day are the winners of the only race of the day, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA), who debuted today with a bullet in this championship.
Grael and Kunze had a less regular championship since the Brazilians sailors are adapting to their new boat that was baptized with the name “Samba” in Cascais less than a week ago. The Brazilian team, after the good result of today, kept the door open for the medal race to be able to ascend to second place in the overall.
The the top ten now advance to the double-point Medal Race.
Georgia and Antonia Lewin-LaFrance (CAN) finished in 15th and Ali ten Hove and Miriah Millen (CAN) in 16th place.
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.