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Beashel and Smyth just miss qualifying the 49er

Beashel and Smyth just miss qualifying the 49er

Beashel and Smyth narrowly missed qualifying the 49er class at the World Championships sailed off Athens, finishing 9th in the Silver Fleet. They fell short of qualifying by 6 points from Sweden.

It was bad luck for the Kiwi’s who had to race the Worlds using a chartered boat after their boat went missing in shipping. To top it off, the pair had to change the chartered boat they had been using in training a day before racing started. ‘It meant we weren’t able to focus solely on sailing the boat but rather had to get to learn the equipment on the chartered boat.’ Says Beashel.

Beashel and Smyth only teamed up in December last year, and went on to win the Australian National Championship earlier this year.

Simon Wickham, Yachting New Zealand’s CEO, says ‘With a team that shows so much potential, it’s a very disappointing result. Unfortunately in sailing it’s a tough qualification process, similar to the Games where you have to put it all together for one regatta.’

Did you know?

More than 2/3rds of New Zealander's say they are interested in yachting (source: NBR Compaq poll)

Yachting New Zealand is the National body for competitive and recreational sailing in New Zealand. We represent the needs and interests of over 160 member clubs and class associations throughout New Zealand as we work toward our goal of ensuring Yachting remains a lifelong activity of choice for New Zealanders, and one of the leading international sports, on and off the water.

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