Brits in medal contention as storms scupper Worlds racing

49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 World Championships, Geelong , Australia 2020 © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy 14 September, 2017.

EVENT: 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Worlds (10-15 February 2020)

VENUE: Geelong, Australia

HEADLINES:

No racing as storms sweep through Port Philip
Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey in contention for gold in the 49erFX heading in to final day of racing
In the Nacra 17 John Gimson and Anna Burnet in second overall
Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell with work to do in eighth overall
All fleets scheduled for two races and a final double points medal race
Racing streamed LIVE tomorrow on the British Sailing Team social media accounts

EVENT: Laser Worlds (11-16 February 2020)

VENUE: Sandringham, Melbourne, Australia

HEADLINES:

Michael Beckett heads British charge in seventh
Elliot Hanson just out of top ten in 11th
Former world champion Nick Thompson in 19th
European champion Lorenzo Chiavarini completes the gold fleet line-up for British sailors in 32nd
Penultimate day of racing tomorrow

WHAT THEY SAID:

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

“Today being cancelled doesn’t make any odds to us. I think it was the right decision. It’s been really unstable all day and the only breeze came with thunder and lightning, and no one wants to go out in that.

“Looking forward to tomorrow, there is still a lot to play for and a lot of points up for grabs. Most of the fleet has picked up a discard so we are looking for two counters and see what we need for the medal race. But when you have a shorter series the whole leaderboard changes really quickly.”

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

“Wow that was a long day of waiting. We are pretty disappointed not to get racing today but probably best to stay ashore in the lightning. Melbourne has been a very dramatic venue for weather.

“We are looking forward to getting back out on the water tomorrow for the final day of racing. Nothing changes, waiting and patience is part of our sport, you just have to manage it well. Tomorrow will be about settling back into normal race prep and routine. We are ready to fight.”

RESULTS:

Results for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Worlds will be published here

Results for the Laser Worlds will be published here