Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Tokyo 2020: Great Britain and Italy take home gold

by 49er & Nacra 17 Sailing 3 Aug 12:37 BST 28 July - 4 August 2021
Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (GBR) take gold in 49er. © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell become the first British team to win 49er gold, and in the process knock Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) from their perch atop the sailing world.

The medal race was a tense and intense race from start to finish, with all of the protagonist teams sailing well and going head to head for the medals. As the race progressed the Kiwi leaders heading into the race were no longer in control of their fate. They watched from third place as it came down to whether the British pair could overtake Eric Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) to put a boat between themselves and the New Zealanders.

Read on here...

Grael and Kunze (BRA) repeat gold with courage and smarts

The Brazilian 49erFX Champions repeated their Rio performance after beating their challengers in another incredibly tight medal race. Sailing as always with courage, guts, and smarts, Grael and Kunze (BRA) worked hard to win the boat end of the start line, got the first shift, consolidated over the top of their challengers, and then extended forward cleanly with win comfortably in the end.

The Brazilians were tied on points heading into the final race with Annemiek Bekkering with Annette Duetz (NED) who continued to sail to their strengths by winning the pin end. Unfortunately for the Dutch, they didn't have as clean a start as they would have liked and were blocked from a perfect lane by Norway and Argentina who went on to win and place second in the race.

Read on here...

Tita and Banti (ITA) pure class to victory in Nacra 17

Ruggero Tita with Caterina Banti (ITA) completed their win in the Nacra 17 in a no-nonsense and straightforward fashion to claim a clear victory in Tokyo 2020. They went into the medal race 12 points ahead of John Gimson with Anna Burnett (GBR) and then stayed very close to the British the whole way around the medal race to ensure they could not be passed overall.

With every tool in their arsenal, from starting to boat speed to boat handling, they took a safe start and a safe approach to win their first Olympic medals convincingly. Tita is a converted 49er sailor and Banti is a converted Radial sailor. Together they were strong from the start of the quadrennial, winning the first major foiling regatta, the 2017 European Championship, and now have won the last regatta of the 2020 Quadrennial as well.

Read on here...

Related Articles

49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Europeans overall
Staniul & Sztorch narrowly win 49er Euros in a first for Poland Mikolaj Staniul with Kuba Sztorch (POL) won a tit for tat battle with Tim Fischer with Fabian Graf that played out over two 49er gold races on the final day in Thessaloniki. Posted on 20 Sep
49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Europeans day 3
French Nacra squad making strides For three French Nacra 17 teams, they are working cooperatively on the med coast, sharing time between Marseilles and La Grand Motte, and working against time to move into the elite group as quickly as possible. Posted on 17 Sep
49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Europeans day 2
Next generation of Spanish, German, Austrian, and American skiffs Most of the big names in 49er sailing are taking some well earned time off after Tokyo. As such, now is the time for the Paris potential stars to usurp the aging veterans. Posted on 16 Sep
49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Europeans day 1
Raw rookies and Olympic veterans lead on day one The Schultheis sisters had a storybook start to their first ever European Championships winning all three races. Posted on 15 Sep
49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 Europeans day 1
Finally, racing starts in Thessaloniki for 112 teams The 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 European Championships begins racing on September 14, 2021. It was originally scheduled for May 2020, then September 2020, then May 2021, and now finally will occur in the denouement from Tokyo 2020. Posted on 14 Sep
Tokyo 2020: Setting up for the skiff medal races
Will the Rio gold medalists repeat? The 49er and 49erFX medal races each set the returning Rio Gold medalists against a cadre of worthy challengers. It will not be an easy task for either Peter Burling with Blair Tuke (NZL) nor Martine Grael with Kahena Kunze (BRA) to defend their titles. Posted on 2 Aug
Tokyo 2020: Narrow leads in 49er classes
A totally different challenge show top teams in full command of their skiffs Fleet racing at its best is meant to challenge teams to race across a variety of conditions in order to discover who is best. A phrase uttered dozens of times at elite regattas, Burling and Tuke (NZL) win the day to move into the lead. Posted on 31 Jul
Tita and Banti fly downwind for Nacra lead
Breakaway Speed separates Italians from fleet in Nacra 17 In the first full day of racing since the 2020 Worlds, it's clear that Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) have used their time wisely. Posted on 28 Jul
Strong winds make for lively FX start
Dobson and Tidey rise to the occasion at Tokyo 2020 After a slow start in the first race, Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) put the hammer down, moved through the fleet and proved unstoppable. It was a sign of things to come. Posted on 27 Jul
49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Junior Worlds
Poland and Italy secure dominant victories Mikolaj Staniul with Jakub Sztroch (POL) capped a wire to wire Junior Worlds victory by winning the final four races in a row. The 27 point margin of victory is the largest ever for a Junior World Championship. Posted on 13 Jul