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British Teams at 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships - Day 2

by British Sailing Team 11 Feb 11:36 GMT 10-15 February 2020
Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell - 2020 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, day 2 © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Headlines:

  • Racing begins on day two as yesterday's racing (day one) abandoned due to strong winds (25-30 knots)
  • Unstable weather offers range of racing conditions for all
  • All fleets complete three races each
  • Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell lead British charge with two race wins and second place to sit top of the 49er
  • Also leading the way are John Gimson and Anna Burnet in the Nacra 17 with the help of two race wins
  • 49rFX team Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey also take two race wins but sit fifth overall
  • Chris Taylor and Rhos Hawes sit 23rd and Jack Hawkins and Chris Thomas 28th

What they said:

Anna Burnet (27, Rhu, Scotland), Nacra 17

"It was a day that was dictated mainly by the seaweed in the water, a bit like in the warm-up regatta a week or so ago so we kind of knew what to expect a little bit. But it was the same for everyone, it was all about staying calm and clearing the weed when you could.

"It's a good start. We have lots of races to go but if we can carry on that form, chip away and carry on what we are doing then we will be pretty happy. We have a couple of windy days coming up. Today was quite light so a few different conditions to contend with."

Saskia Tidey (26, Portland, Dorset), 49erFX

"We've had a pretty long day on the water today, a lot longer than we thought we were going to be out there. We've had three races in three very different conditions.

"We spend all year trying to maximise time in all different types of conditions and this venue is throwing us all sides of the dice. We've had a challenging day, everyone has, but I think we have come out of it pretty well."

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

"We had a brilliant day. We were a little unsure of how it was going to go, we snapped our top section a couple of days ago. We put a new one on and rigged up today and had a little issue trying to get it all sorted but in the end you can't really start a Worlds any better than we did. It's certainly the best start we've had that I can remember."

Results for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Worlds can be found here.

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