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ISAF Worlds: Continuing light winds mean next to no racing

Yachting New Zealand


16 SEP 2014

NZL Sailing Team at ISAF Worlds: Continuing light winds mean next to no racing

On a day where 35 races were to be sailed at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander, Spain, just two were possible due to the continuing light wind weather pattern.

Image: Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski © Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy
More photos from today here

Only the 49er yellow fleet raced, featuring NZL Sailing Team’s Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski. For the remaining 49ers, and the 49erFX, Finn, Nacra, 470 and RS:X fleets there was a long wait for wind which never came.

Forecasters and organisers are predicting a change in the wind direction for tomorrow and promising better conditions for racing. Santander’s typical north easterly sea breeze is anticipated to give way to an onshore southerly, which could prove tricky.


Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski were silver medallists at the 2013 49er World Championships and they opened the 2014 regatta in fine style today with a yellow fleet race win.

The pair, who are training partners to Burling and Tuke, went on to place 23rd in the subsequent race and find themselves in 8th on the 49er leader board. With no racing possible for the second 49er fleet, in which the other kiwi entrants were scheduled to race, the overall standings only include half of the field.

Laser & Laser Radial

The Laser and Laser Radial fleets had a reserve day in the schedule today providing them with an opportunity to rest. For both the men’s and women’s single-handed dinghy classes two days of finals racing remains during which sailors will be vying for a top ten position and a start in the medal races scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Spain.

National qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is also on offer at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships – read ISAF’s Qualification System for Rio 2016 for the details.

2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, Santander, Spain
New Zealand’s Current Standings

Full results here

49er Skiff
8th Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (1, 23)
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – yet to race
Logan Dunning-Beck and Jack Simpson – yet to race

Laser (Men’s single-handed dinghy / 150 boats)
12th Andy Maloney (18, 10, 19, 4, 1)
13th Sam Meech (12, 6, 2, 43, 16)
18th Mike Bullot (23, 11, 4, 24, 4)
20th Thomas Saunders (11, 5, 22, 5, 23)

Laser Radial (Women’s single-handed dinghy / 120 boats)
17th Sara Winther (7, 19, 10, 13, 27)
35th Susannah Pyatt (18, 11, 36, 61, 11)
108th Ali Nightingale (19, 58, 58, 58)

Men’s RS:X Windsurfing / 100 sailors
16th Jon-Paul Tobin (9, 10, 9, 4)

Women’s RS:X Windsurfing / 62 sailors
8th Natalia Kosinska (10, 5, 18, 4, 3)

Women’s 470 (double-handed dinghy)
8th Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (7, 5)

Men’s 470 (double-handed dinghy)
27th Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox (14)

49erFX Skiff - Racing now starts Tuesday 16th
Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech
Erica Dawson and Ellie Copeland

Nacra 17 (mixed multihull) - Racing now starts Tuesday 16th
Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders

Finn (men’s heavy-weight dinghy) - Racing now starts Tuesday 16th
Andrew Murdoch
Josh Junior
Karl Purdie

Support and Coaching:
Jez Fanstone , Nathan Handley, Mark Howard, Dave Robertson, Ian Neely , John Cutler, Hamish Willcox, Will Howden, Peter Evans, Grant Beck, Louise Johnson, Rebecca van Weerd


Regatta website
ISAF website
Yachting New Zealand website
NZL Sailing Team sailor profiles
NZL Sailing Team Facebook page

About the NZL Sailing Team

The NZL Sailing Team includes New Zealand’s top Olympic campaigners who have made the top 20% in their most recent (respective) class World Championships or pinnacle event and have shown consistency of performance over the year including other significant Championships.

Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance Programme is focussed on winning medals at the Olympics in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

NZL Sailing Team sailors all started out at grass roots yacht clubs around the country and with commitment, dedication and drive have risen to be world class athletes; they work hard in the gym, train long hours on the water and are supported by great coaches.

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