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Agger    118

Not really Olympic style sailing, but in a few hours one of the most legendary events starts in Bermuda with the qualification for the 35th America's Cup beginning.

 

We have 2 weeks of qualifiers in front of us with one team emerging as the final challenger to take up the fight against the defending champions, Oracle Team USA.

Five teams will take on the challenge going head to head with each team twice (the defenders take part in this as well) before the bottom team is eliminated. Then it's semi finals and a final, all done as best of 5.

 

The teams are:

 

Defenders:

:USA Oracle Team USA (Skipper: James Spithill)

 

Challengers:

:SWE Artemis Racing (Skipper: Nathan Outteridge)

:NZL Emirates Team New Zealand (Skipper: Peter Burling)

:GBR Land Rover BAR (Skipper: Ben Ainslie)

:FRA Groupama team France (Skipper: Franck Cammas)

:JPN Softbank team Japan (Skipper: Dean Barker)

 

Land Rover BAR comes into the qualification with a slight advantage as they got 2 points as winners of the America's Cup World series. As 2nd Oracle got one point, but that doesn't really matter as they're already in the final.

 

It's hard to say who looks the strongest. Artemis has been strongest in the practice races and should be mentioned as one of the favourites. Emirates are always to be counted on with their innovative designs and several skilled sailors. 
Land Rover BAR hasn't seemed too strong during the practice races, but with Ainslie in the lead, they should never be forgotten (I still remember Oracle's comeback from 1-8 4 years ago).

Groupama has one of the best skippers as well, but will be a slightly smaller outsider after a bad last week of practice racing with no wins.

Softbank had a good start to the campaign but seemed to have lost a bit of ground until the last week of practise racing, where they had a 100 % win rate.

 

Meanwhile the defenders have been going up and down with the arrow pointing upwards after a good last week.

 

It's a damn tough race to call, but if I had to do it, I would guess that Groupama lose out after the group stage. Then we'll have Artemis and Emirates in the final which Emirates will win. The cup itself will go to New Zealand as well.

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Agger    118

A highly interesting first day of sailing showing how close the race is. 

 

The only team to take 2 wins in the first 6 match races was the defenders taking a massive win against the French team before beating Emirates (NZL) in an extremely close race.

In the 3rd race of the day, Emirates got a win after beating the French team with about 2½ minutes after French problems with manoeuvres.

Artemis (SWE) took one win after overtaking the japanese team after a bad start. In their second race of the day, they lost against Land Rover BAR (GBR) once again starting the race slightly worse that the competitor.

Land Rover BAR could have put up another win in the last race of the day against the Japanese team, but a collision in the start meant a major penalty for the British team taking away their chances.

 

That means with 2 races for all teams, Land Rover BAR and Oracle USA takes the lead with 3 points. Artemis Racing, Emirates and Softbank got a win each putting them at one point, while the French are last showing that they seriously need to improve if they want to be able to fight for the cup.

But there's still a long way with each team having 8 more races before the cut.

 

Tonight the most interesting races seems to be the two for Land Rover BAR against Emirates and Oracle. Will Ainsley's team manage to get back up after the collision and take a lead in the standings or will the other big teams prove too difficult. 

The American team will have quite a busy evening with 3 races while Groupama only has one race (against Artemis) to show that they're still in the game.

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Agger    118

With one day of racing left in the group stage, it's clear that Groupama will not advance after having won only 2 races.

Emirates is looking strong winning all their races except the loss against Oracle on day one, though one win was after a slightly controversian penalty for Team Artemis.

Oracle has been looking very strong having only lost their two races against Artemis. But they have races against the two top teams tonight.

Artemis haven't been looking too good, especially in the starts, but after they had a rest day, they had 2 great starts yesterday. Are they back on course and ready for the semis?

Land Rover BAR will surely be happy about their 2 points from the series, as it has been up and down for them in the group stage with only 3 wins in 8 races so far.

Softbank will just make it into the playoffs with 3 wins and one race left.

 

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Agger    118

With 2 wins on the last day, Oracle secured the win in the group stage, but has now done their part until the actual cup starts in 2 weeks. 

That win also means that they have a slight advantage in the cup starting it with one point.

 

Meanwhile Land Rover BAR and Artemis took a win each.

 

For the semi finals, Emirates made what seems like a rather surprising decision, when they were able to decide their opponent (as the winner of the challengers) picking 3rd place finishers Land Rover BAR who on the paper seemed like a much stronger opponent than SoftBank, who will be up against Artemis.

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vinipereira    118

49er World Championship

 

Gold: :GBR

Dylan Fletcher-Scott
Stuart Bithell

 

Silver: :GBR

James Peters
Fynn Sterritt

 

Bronze: :AUT

Benjamin Bildstein
David Hussl

 

 

49er FX World Championship

 

Gold: :DEN

Jena Mai Hansen
Katja Salskov-Iversen

 

Silver: :BRA

Martine Grael
Kahena Kunze

 

Bronze: :NZL

Alexandra Maloney
Molly Meech

 

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phelps    90
25 minutes ago, Gianlu33 said:

The british duo Saxton-Dabson won the gold medal at the nacra world championship.

 

Nacra 17 Foil World Championships 2017

 

Gold: Ben SAXTON/Katie DABSON (GBR), 92.0 Pts
Silver: Fernando ECHAVARRI ERASUN/Tara PACHECO van RIJNSOEVER (ESP), 95.0 Pts
Bronze: Ruggero TITA/Caterina BANTI (ITA), 109.0 Pts

 

Full Results (and News) here:

http://nacra17.org/events/2017-world-championship/

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Gianlu33    298
11 minutes ago, phelps said:

 

Nacra 17 Foil World Championships 2017

 

Gold: Ben SAXTON/Katie DABSON (GBR), 92.0 Pts
Silver: Fernando ECHAVARRI ERASUN/Tara PACHECO van RIJNSOEVER (ESP), 95.0 Pts
Bronze: Ruggero TITA/Caterina BANTI (ITA), 109.0 Pts

 

Full Results (and News) here:

http://nacra17.org/events/2017-world-championship/

I watched the video..and it's a steal gold for us.. what shame :facepalm:

 

Edited by Gianlu33

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phelps    90
4 hours ago, Gianlu33 said:

I watched the video..and it's a steal gold for us.. what shame :facepalm:

 

 

In sailing sometimes mechanical accidents happen...I still remember the medal race of the 49er class in Beijing 2008...it was a real mess because of the strong wind...and it was unfair to many athletes, too...

but in the end it was also very spectacular (despite Italy throwing away at least the silver, maybe even gold medal in that infamous day)...

 

however, today also the Finn Gold Cup (the World Championships of that class) got to the end...

 

Gold: Max Salminen (SWE), 47 Pts

Silver: Jonathan Lobert (FRA), 48 Pts

Bronze: Nicholas Heiner (NED), 50 Pts

 

Full Results here:

https://www.2017finngoldcup.org/results

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