Day #10 Morning Report - Aarhus Sailing World Championships 2018

Angeliki Skarlatou
Angeliki Skarlatou (GRE) - RS:X W

Aarhus World Championships

Saturday, August 11

Schedule: Day 10 and the third day of medal races at the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018. The medals for four of the 12 fleets are scheduled to be decided today; 49er, 49erFX, men’s kiteboard and women’s kiteboard.

  • 49er (Medal race, 5-minute warning signal 14:07 local time)
  • 49erFX (Medal race, 5-minute warning signal 14:47 local time)
  • Men’s kiteboard & Women’s kiteboard (Medal races, 5-minute warning signal 15:17 local time)

Croatian brothers, Šime & Mihovil Fantela  go into the medal race 13 points clear of the younge German pair, Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf, who are second. Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel, also from Germany, are third, 18 points behind. The French pair in fourth are nine points further back.

If the Fantelas finish seventh or better they are guaranteed gold.

Women’s 49erFX
Tanja Frank / Lorena Abicht (AUT) are 11 points ahead of Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth (GBR). Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Deutz follow closely in third, three points behind. The Danes lie ready to strike in fourth, four points further back.

If Frank and Abicht finish six of better they are guaranteed gold.

Women’s kiteboard
The USA’s Daniela Moroz, the pre-race favourite, leads Russia’s Elena Kalinina by 13 points. There are three medal races (single points rather than double points) so there are 30 points up for grabs today. France’s Alexia Francelli is a further 14 points behind in third and the battle for bronze looks like being the tightest. The key for the front two will be about avoiding gear breakages and staying out of trouble.

Men’s kiteboard
It’s much tighter at the top for the men. France’s Nicolas Parlier leads Britain’s Guy Bridge by just 4 points with France’s Theo de Ramecourt only three points further back. The top seven are separated by 21 points, which with 30 points up for grabs means there could be a lot of changes.

Weather forecast:
The wind looks to be going light in the early afternoon – around the time of the medal races (14:00 – 16:00) in a lull between two low-pressure systems. The problem is the second front will bring heavy rain, thunder and lightning and wind south-east winds gusting up to 40 knots.

Temperature: 16-18 ℃
Sea temperature: 19 ℃

The medal races for the Laser and Laser Radial were run yesterday.

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Held every four years, the Sailing World Championships is one of the biggest global sailing events in the world and the principal qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus Denmark 2018 will include all 10 Olympic boat classes. Kiteboarding will be added to the programme for the first time. The ambition is to make the championships in Aarhus a unique and spectacular event, where sailing is made more popular and accessible than ever before.

The Championships will be held from 30 July to 12 August 2018 and 1,400 sailors from up to 85 nations will race in up to 1,000 boats.

Held simultaneously with the Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, a large festival will provide opportunities visiting families to get out on the water. The event expects to draw 400,000 visitors to Aarhus.