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August 2, 2013

2013 29er World Championship - French Rule The World

Aarhus, Denmark

Racing on Kaløvig Bay was perfect today with sunny skies and 8-15 knots.  ISAF Youth World champions Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros (FRA) can now add the title of 29er World Champions to their list of accolades.

Rual and Amoros put a little fear into their supporters as they began the day with a 32nd, but kicked it into gear and followed up with a 10-2 to win the title by 27 points over Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson of New Zealand. Spaniards Marti Llena and Oriol Mahiques also sailed two top finishing races to move them ahead of the Australians who had been holding down the top few positions throughout the week.  Ragna and Maia Agerup of Norway were the top finishing all female team and Rual and Amoros also were top youth team.

Winners of the silver fleet: Clementine Mindren and Elitte Ferroniere (FRA); Bronze fleet: Douglas Campbell and Cameron Seagreen (AUS) and Emerald fleet: Var Osborg and Eric Collet (NOR). 

Sailing Aarhus and Kaløvig Sailing Club were excellent hosts throughout the week providing a fantastic venue for sailors and spectators alike.  Twenty-five nations representing all continents with 213 entries competed in this highly competitive fleet.

The 29er Class will now look toward Kingston, Ontario, Canada for the 2014 World Championship.fin 

Final results can be found on www.29erworlds.org with photos on Facebook: Int29erClass

August 1, 2013 

2013 29er World Championship - French Regain Lead

Aarhus, Denmark

The racing was close today on Kaløvig Bay with the lead for the Gold fleet changing at each race.  Four races were held starting at 3pm after a postponement on shore waiting for a front to pass, but leaving behind light winds for the sailors. 

In the Gold fleet, Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros (FRA) sailed a consistent day of 13-2-1-13 to regain the lead after falling yesterday in the standings.  6 knots across the course persisted through the first three races with the wind shifting 90 degrees to the north and increasing in strength to 10 knots.  The conditions pushed the sailors to perform at their best and the results rewarded those who did.  Nick Muller and Kai Frieseke (USA) moved up in the standings to third overall by sailing a 10-5-5-6 series while Kiwis Marcus Somerville and Jack Simpson were able to maintain second overall.  Previous days leaders Jack Colley and Shaun Connor (AUS) had a more difficult day and used the last race as their discard and have dropped to 4th overall.

Silver fleet leaders are Tomas and Mads Mathisen of Norway with Bronze leaders Douglas Campbell and Cameron Seagreen from Australia.  Var Osborg and Eric Collet (NOR) lead the Emerald fleet.  The top female team remains Ragna and Maia Agerup of Norway.

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

The final race and prizegiving will be tomorrow, Friday, August 2.  Live reports and daily results can be found on www.29erworlds.org or Facebook: Int29erClass


July 31, 2013 

2013 29er World Championship - Change of Leaders in the Finals

Aarhus, Denmark 

With the fleet now split into Gold, SIlver, Bronze and Emerald, competition heated up with every race on the line.  Three races were held on the four courses simultaneously but with differing winds as they were spread across Kaløvig Bay 

With a noon start for all, the first races were held in light to moderate breeze on the Bronze and Emerald courses while the Silver and Gold had 6-8 knots. Two small rain squalls crossed the course bringing rain, increased wind with puffs to 18, and shifty conditions for the sailors and Race Committee to monitor.  Once the squalls had passed the wind dropped again below 10 knots with enough to complete the scheduled races.  

On the Gold course Aussies Jim Colley and Shaun Connor sailed consistently with a 6-3-4 today and sit atop the leader board.  Americans Campbell D’Eliscu and Connor Kelter, also consistent throughout the qualifying and first day of the finals sit in second overall. The team of the day was Ida Svensson and Rasmus Rosengren (SWE) who carried a 36th position from qualifying for their initial score, but sailed a 8-9-3 to move them into 5th overall.  Previous regatta leaders Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros (FRA) fell to third after a 16th in the last race.  

Only one point separates the top two all-female teams in the Gold fleet with Ruth Allan and Alice Masterman (GBR) ahead of sisters Ragna and Maia Agerup (NOR).   

Leaders of the other fleets are: Silver - Don and Dylan Whitcraft (THA); Bronze - Joshua Belben and Robert Masterman (GBR); Emerald - Marco and Matteo Bucalossi (ITA). 

After racing, the sailors were able to meet 2008 49er Gold Medallist Martin Kirketerp (DEN) and try on the medal for a photo with future aspirations of their own in the 49er or 49erFX.

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

The finals continue on Thursday, August 1 followed by one more day of the final series. The prizegiving will be held on Friday, August 2.  Live reports and daily results: www.29erworlds.org; Facebook: Int 29er Class. 

July 30, 2013 

2013 29er World Championship - French Remain Atop Leader Board

Aarhus, Denmark

A challenging day for competitors and race committee alike on Kaløvig Bay!  A morning race was held in 8 knots for all courses with the Race Committee holding a watchful eye on the radar with an approaching thunderstorm.   The impending storm cell hovered south of Aarhus before bringing wind and rain at the finish of the race, sweeping across the edge of Kaløvig Bay. 

Thomas Jorgensen, IRO commented “We have had a long day for the 4 Race Management teams on the water. We started at the scheduled time at 12:00 but we had heavy rain with thunder at the finish and displayed  AP on all courses and waited for better conditions.  But another cell was behind it and we made the decision to send all fleets ashore for safety reasons.  After 2 hours on shore, the wind arrived again from the southwest and we had 12 knots with 2 fine races to complete the qualifying series.” 

With the fleet now split into gold, silver, bronze and emerald fleets, the final push is on to determine the 29er World Champion.  Leaders in the gold fleet are Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros (FRA) who remain in the lead. Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto (AUS) had a stellar day moving back to second and American brother duo Quinn and Dane Wilson sit third overall. Ragna and Maia Agerup of Norway continue to be the top female team and are 17th overall.

Aarhus Sailing and Kaløvig Sailing Club are host to the event and have enlisted the many parents as volunteers to help with the launch and retrieval and trolly sorting as well as distributing the daily after race snack to all competitors.

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

The finals begin on Wednesday, July 31 followed by two more days of the final series. The prizegiving will be held on Friday, August 2.  Live reports and daily results: www.29erworlds.org; Facebook: Int 29er Class. 

 

July 29, 2013

 2013 29er World Championship - French Into the Lead

Aarhus, Denmark

After five hour delay due to a dead calm, the second day of qualifying for the 2013 29er Worlds held out of Kaløvig Sailing Club in Aarhus, Denmark got back on track. Two more races were held in 8 knots which fell to 6 knots during the final race, enough to count for all competitors.

ISAF Youth World champions Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros of France moved into the lead with two bullets for the day.  New Zealands Isaac McHardie with Micah Wilkinson on the wire sit in second followed by brothers Quinn and Dane Wilson of the USA in third. Yesterdays leader Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto of Australia fell to fourth in the lighter winds.  Ragna and Maia Agerup of Norway remain the top female team. 

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

Qualifying finishes on Tuesday, July 30 followed by three days of the final series. The prizegiving will be held on Friday, August 2.  Live reports and daily results: www.29erworlds.org; Facebook: Int 29er Class. 

July 28, 2013 

2013 29er World Championship - Antipodeans Rule

Aarhus, Denmark

Morning rain and a dead calm greeted the sailors upon arrival at the Kaløvig Sailing Club in Aarhus, Denmark for 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 and across the pond stand in the top 3 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. 

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.  Live reports and daily results: www.29erworlds.org; Facebook: Int 29er Class. 

 

July 26, 2013 

2013 29er World Championship: Preview

Aarhus, Denmark

 The sailors have arrived in beautiful Aarhus, Denmark at the Kaløvig Sailing Club to contest the 2013 World Championship.  Twenty-five nations are representing all continents with 216 entries in what will be a highly competitive fleet.

Many of the competitors are coming straight from the ISAF Youth Worlds just concluded in Cyprus including ISAF Youth World gold, silver and bronze medalists Luca Rual/Emilie Amoros (FRA), Ida Svensson/Rasmus Rosengren (SWE) and Markus Somerville/Jack Simpson (NZL).  

The current 29er World Champions Spanish sailors Carlos Robles and Florian Trittel have moved up to the 49er with many of the female teams now training in the FX, eleven of the top twenty from the 2012 Worlds are here to contest the title.  

You can never count out the local teams of which there are twenty-eight, who have been sailing in these waters most of their lives and will undoubtedly bring some surprises to the competition.

Jens Villumsen, Chairman of the 29er Worlds, commented, “Kaløvig Sailing Club and Sailing Aarhus are excited to have the level of competition at the 29er Worlds and we welcome all the competitors from the various nations.  This will be an exciting event for competitors and spectators alike.”   

Racing begins on Sunday, July28 with three days of the qualifying series followed by three days of the final series. The prizegiving will be held on Friday, August 2.  Live reports and daily results: www.29erworlds.org; Facebook: Int 29er Class. 

Photos & links

Robert Hajduk, www.shuttersail.com/29erworlds2013

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