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Volvo 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 European Championship 2019 - Day 5: GBR team report

by British Sailing Team Media 17 May 16:49 BST 13-19 May 2019
Day 5 of the Volvo Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX European Championship © Nick Dempsey / RYA

The Headlines:

  • Lighter, shifty winds test sailors on second day of final series racing
  • John Gimson and Anna Burnet (Nacra 17) slowed by weed in day 5 opener, recover with a third in final race to sit third overall
  • Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface (Nacra 17) close points gap with trio of top results; sitting fifth overall
  • Rupert White and Kirstie Urwin (Nacra 17) knocking on door of top ten
  • Three counters including race win for Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (49er) keep them in third
  • James Peters and Fynn Sterritt up to 4th as podium battle intensifies
  • Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (49erFX) slip to fourth, one point off podium
  • One full day of fleet racing now follows to decide Sunday's medal race top ten
  • Live broadcast continues tomorrow from 11am at www.britishsailingteam.com

What they said:

Anna Burnet, 26, Shandon, Scotland (Nacra 17): "It was a really different day to the rest of the week - we were inside the harbour and it was really shifty. We got pretty unlucky in the first race - we got a massive clump of weed on the board and couldn't get it off in time. It was a bit of a disaster but we pulled through, kept fighting and got a third in the final race of the day. It's a really long event and we're taking every day as it comes."

Nikki Boniface, 25, Eastbourne, East Sussex (Nacra 17): "We had a better day than yesterday. Inside the harbour we were doing three laps instead of two, so it was all a bit faster, closer and shiftier so it was all quite exciting. Today was all about finding the pressure on the water."

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