Cascais, Portugal (May 8, 2021) – On the fifth and penultimate day of the Cascais 49er & 49erFX Championship 2021, the small wind hit Cascais Bay, leaving the 49er fleet three races, but only one race for the 49erFX class. The Olympic classes are saying goodbye to the inaugural series today with a single medal race scheduled tomorrow for the top ten of each fleet.
With the wind coming from a different direction than the rest of the week, today from the western quadrant with an intensity between 8 and 10 knots, the men’s fleet started the show after 12:30 p.m. local time. Although the podium remained unchanged, we had different faces at the top in different conditions.
Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson from the USA keep the lead. The Irish Robert Dickson and Sean Waooilove hold second place, just one point ahead of Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges (BRA).
When it was the turn of the female 49erFX class, they also picked up remnants of the constant westerly wind to complete a race. However, the wind eased as the race progressed and dropped to 6 knots. After no suitable wind could be found in Cascais Bay, the day was called.
Despite today’s 15th race, the 2020 world champions, Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barcelo (ESP), are in the lead, followed by the German Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke. In third place, the Dutch team made up of Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED) is back on the podium after finishing fifth in the only race of the day.
The teams from the Netherlands and Germany shouldn’t underestimate the team in fourth place, Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen from Denmark, who are 4 points away from second place. Still the chance to shine on the last day are the winners of the only race of the day, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA), who made their debut with a ball in this championship today.
Grael and Kunze had a less regular championship as the Brazilian sailors adapt to their new boat, which was christened “Samba” less than a week ago in Cascais. After today’s good result, the Brazilian team kept the door open for the medal race in order to move up to second place overall.
Georgia and Antonia Lewin-LaFrance (CAN) took 15th place and Ali ten Hove and Miriah Millen (CAN) took 16th place.
There are four continents – America, Europe, Asia and Oceania – and a total of 19 nationalities that were represented at this important training event ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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