Champagne conditions for Volvo 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Euros

John Gimson and Anna Burnet lead the British charge in the Nacra 17.

John Gimson and Anna Burnet lead the British charge in the Nacra 17. © Nick Dempsey

THE HEADLINES:

  • Champagne conditions for opening day: 13 – 17 knots of ESE wind, waves and sun
  • Three races for 49erFX and Nacra 17 fleets, four for 49ers
  • Nacra 17 pair Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface open regatta with race win
  • John Gimson and Anna Burnet lead British Nacra 17 charge in seventh
  • Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (49erFX) post trio of top four finishes including race win to sit fourth overall
  • Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell start as strongest Brits in 49er class: four top six results, including race win, put them sixth
  • More than 400 sailors competing in week-long regatta, which marks crucial stage in run-up to Tokyo 2020
Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey chase a rival crew.

Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey chase a rival crew. © Nick Dempsey

WHAT THEY SAID:

  • Ben Saxton, 28, Cambridge (Nacra 17):
    “We started with a bang and got a bullet which was wicked. After that we put two okay races in, a 6th and a 6th. It was great fun out there – great wind, great waves. We had 15 knots, a metre of waves and blue skies. It’s really nice competing here in Weymouth, it feels like home. We have spent a lot of time training here and we know it well.”
  • Charlotte Dobson, 32, Rhu, Scotland (49er FX):
    “Day one was exciting. We ripped our kite just before the start of race one and had to re-rig, then we had to do a penalty turn on the start line, so it was definitely an eventful start to the regatta, but we managed to hustle well and ended up with three good races including a win. We’re pretty happy with that for what felt like far too stressful a day one.”
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  • Stuart Bithell, 32, Rochdale, Greater Manchester (49er):
    “Day one of the Euros and Weymouth really delivered. We had lovely wind, beautiful waves and came away with a solid day. We’re certainly in the mix going into the rest of the week. It was like a washing machine out there, waves going everywhere, but we’re used to it. We’re expecting a bit more wind tomorrow so let’s see what happens.”

RESULTS:  

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell in action.