Brits strengthen medal hopes on penultimate day of Worlds

Written by 7th December 2019 Featured-post, World Cup Series

EVENT:   49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships (December 3-8)

VENUE:   Auckland, New Zealand


  • Three teams remain in the Worlds medal hunt
  • Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (below) move in to third in the 49er
  • Jack Hawkins and Chris Thomas claim race win and sit 13th overall
  • Two British teams still within shot of Nacra 17 podium
  • John Gimson and Anna Burnet (bottom) just off podium in fourth
  • Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface remain eighth
  • Dobson and Tidey sit in 11th in 49erFX
  • Racing continues at 10pm GMT Saturday / 11am local time Sunday
  • There will be two more fleet races before the final medal races:
    49er medal race – 2.55am GMT / 1.55pm local
    49erFX medal race – 3.40am GMT / 2.40pm local
    Nacra 17 medal race – 4.25am GMT / 3.25pm local

49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 World Championships, Auckland 2019 © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy 07 December, 2019.


All results will be published here.

  • Dylan Fletcher (31, Thames Ditton, Surrey), 49er“It’s been a tough event for us so far, I haven’t fully been firing as I would like. We are in the mix and going into the last day we are focusing on our processes to come out and sail to the ability we know we can. It’s all about finishing on the podium tomorrow.”
  • John Gimson (36, Congleton, Cheshire), Nacra 17
    “We are excited to get out on the water tomorrow, it’s all to play for in the final fleet races.  Hopefully we can get ourselves in to the medal race in reasonable shape. We will give it our all.”
  • Ben Saxton (29, Cambridge), Nacra 17
    “We’re looking forward to tomorrow, so far this week we’ve been sailing well but we haven’t quite had the rub of the green. It’s a testament to the form we’ve shown all year that we’re still in the mix. We are looking forward to trying to finish the event strongly. It’s going to be fun.”
  • Saskia Tidey (26, Portland, Dorset), 49erFX
    “We have had a tough week so far. Struggling to find our flair until today. We are hanging in with a chance of medal racing with two more races left. Lets have it.”

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The 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships, Auckland, New Zealand / © Matias Capizzano