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British Team at 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships day 3

by British Sailing Team 5 Dec 2019 09:42 GMT 3-8 December 2019
John Gimson and Anna Burnet - 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships day 3 © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy

The Headlines:

  • Qualification concludes - regatta now moves into finals series
  • John Gimson and Anna Burnet hold their Nacra 17 lead on tricky day of light winds in Auckland
  • Third race win for Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface but a 16th in final race moves them to sixth
  • Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell are top Brits in 49er in fifth overall
  • Jack Hawkins and Chris Thomas still within sight of top 10 in 13th
  • Brit 49er pairs Grummett and Budden / Taylor and Hawes miss gold fleet cut
  • Dobson and Tidey go into 49erFX gold fleet in 12th; Brickwood and Orton will race finals in silver fleet
  • Racing continues at 10pm GMT Thursday / 11am local time Friday

What they said:

John Gimson (36, Congleton, Cheshire), Nacra 17

"Quite a stressful day with three wacky light races but we managed to just about keep all the scores inside the top 10 with a couple of big comebacks, which I think will be important heading in to gold fleet - it only gets harder from here. Nice to finish the day with a second in the final race, which made the long postponement for it worthwhile. I've no idea how we are doing, I don't follow the results during the regatta as no-one is really winning until the end, but so far so good in terms of how we are sailing."

Dylan Fletcher (31, Thames Ditton, Surrey), 49er

"We have had a tough start out here in Auckland but have dug our way through to be in the mix. We can't wait to get into finals racing tomorrow and be back with a bang. There's plenty of racing left and now it's the real game with the top 25 boats."

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