Scene set for 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Medal Races
Friday, April 19, 2019 6:47 PM
The scene has been set for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Medal Races at Hempel World Cup Series Genoa following the conclusion of fleet racing in the Italian city.
The fifth day of competition in Genoa saw a long awaited 6-9 knot steady western breeze arrive, ensuring that 41 of 42 races were completed.
Fleet racing in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 concluded and the top ten have qualified to Saturday’s Medal Races.
Italy’s Carlotta Omari and Matilda Distefano advanced into pole position in the 49erFX after finding near perfect form on the race track. From four gold fleet races the Italians secured a 3-2-1-2 scoreline.
Australian brothers David and Lachy Gilmour moved up to first overall after four gold fleet races in the 49er but the biggest movers were New Zealand Olympic champions and America’s Cup winners Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) who went from tenth to second.
Four blue and four yellow fleet races brought fleet racing to a close in the Nacra 17 and Great Britain’s Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface will take a seven point lead into the Medal Race.
The Men’s and Women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn sailed three races each and will continue with final series racing on Saturday before Medal Races on Sunday.