Aug 3, 2017

Nacra 17 Europeans 2017 : Day 4 , Top Gun School

All Images Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy, full gallery at Nacra Sailing fb.  - What a great show was seeing the Nacra 17 MKII fleet today.  Excellent Live stream with drone and close to the actions ribs trying to keep the pace with Waterhouse-Darmanin or  Bissaro-Frascari and others.
Watch replay above, first 3 races are from the Nacra 17.

We've praising the N17 for a while and today I got double feedback on the performance of the new Olympic boat. First was races live with plenty of good action and flights, the N17 MKII has a super stable and forgiving foiling stance, and as we remarked the other day comparing to Moths , these cats have no active control system whatsoever aside the helm & crew handling and weight dynamic placement.

The action was so good, that it felt like an Olympic Final on the adrenaline you could even experience from just watching the stream.
Upwind Jason & Lisa went footing mode and it payed in the first race. is clear with time and more hours they will find the way to maximize upwind flights but it is not an automatic mode right now.

Seems to be a bit behind the latest A-Cats performance in that kind of wind. Of course we need to give more time to the N17 crews.

Second direct feedback I had was from Garda. An F1 vs some N17 MKII: Upwind was total kill for the A-Cat while downwind was for the MKII on their more solid flights.
On the A you can foil really good even with Gada chop, but you need to work hard with sheet and body to make it work as seen many times in the videos we've published.

In contrast , and as seen today at Kiel, the N17 MKII was super stable even with some chop and that made the real gap along a bit more angle , always speaking downwind.

Fer van West that they decided finally on control for the MKII foils and today it showed it was the right decision. +- 22 knots downwind today was enough to convince how good Nacra 17 Olympic racing will become towards Tokyo

Once again great compliments to the new Class mgmnt , Marcus Spillane and Ben Remocker have elevated the quality of the media and organization, at least seen from the distance. They really know what they are doing in terms of promotion for the Class the manage.
Some errors here and there, like when they wanted to penalize with 3k euros those not attending the Europeans, to end telling the sailors to go and complain with Nacra on the late deliveries for them to actually participate in the same event they menace to charge sailors a never seen monetary penalty if not showing... but on the rest these two are top notch.

Live stream, SAP analytics, good inerviews by Alan Block, top quality images by Sailing Energy, timely results and daily reports, what else you could ask?
Hope other Classes can look at them learn how to lead and administer a sailing organization.

The Nacra 17 has become Nr 1 Olympic Class by far. Time to make it Open for next Cycle.

Below official report sent by Nacra 17 Class.
Top Teams Advance To Theatre-Style Medal Racing
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With the all-important Medal Race cutoff kicking in today for all three fleets at the 49er/49erFX/Nacra17 European Championship in Kiel, Germany, all pressure was on the ‘bubble’ teams to perform at their best. Some rose to the challenge, some quietly snuck in to the last spot, and many were left disappointed after a brutally hard day on the water that included a huge squall and
winds from 6-18 knots.

Gold fleet racing began for the Nacra 17 fleet under rainy skies and breeze into the mid teens, with Jason WATERHOUSE and Lisa DARMANIN showing the fleet just what upwind foiling means during the first race of the day. In his first day on the helm since the event began, the injured Waterhouse and crew Darmanin won the pin, put the bow down, and flew away from the fleet. The Australian silver medalists crossed behind the first boat after tacking, sailing fast on the foils to the far right. When they came back in contact with the fleet, it became quickly apparent that the foiling mode had serious potential - at least in the 13-15 knot range.

Waterhouse/Darmanin won the race going away, with the SAP Sailing Analytics showing he’d sailed an astonishing 700 meters further – nearly ¾ of a kilometer –than the second place boat. The Aussie duo’s average boatspeed for the race was an even more astonishing 1.1 knots faster than anyone else on the water. For comparison, the 2nd through 18th place boats’ average speeds were within a one-knot range.

Waterhouse/Darmanin’s win wouldn’t allow them to climb into medal race contention, so tomorrow they will be watching the action from the sidelines.

One skipper that easily made the Medal fleet in the high-flying cats – and then some – saw the future of Nacra 17 sailing today, even if she’s not quite there yet. Denmark’s Lin Ea Cenholt CHRISTIANSEN and Christian Peter LÜBECK continued their march up the leaderboard with a blinding Day 5 performance, easily winning the day with a 2,3,4 performance and cementing their second-place spot ten points behind Nacra 17 newcomers Ruggero TITA and Caterina BANTI.

“At this stage, we’re still a little disappointed that we don’t have faster VMG on the foils upwind, but the Australians proved by winning the first race that it’s the way we’re all going to go in the future,” said Cenholt. “We don’t quite have the technique yet, but that’s just a matter of time on the water and growing our skills.” Cenholt added that she and crew C.P. Lubeck will spend the Northern Hemisphere winter in New Zealand to work on their technique along with several training partners.

The Danish skipper entered the multihull world just 3 years ago, and she says it’s time for more female sailors to take the helm on the Nacra 17. “Now that so many women have more experience sailing these catamarans, we’re starting to be able to compete against very experienced male helms,” she explained. “I hope we will see more girls on the helm soon, and we believe we’re going to prove that in Tokyo.”

Watch an interview with Cenholt – including her explanation of her exciting finish and brief swim – on Facebook here. Click here for the swim.

Germany’s Paul KOHLHOFF and Alica STUHLEMMER missed the final Medal Race qualification spot by the slimmest of margins, with the final leg of the final race making all the difference. Team GBR’s Chris RASHLEY with crew Dr. Laura MARIMON held off the surging German Red Bull Youth America’s Cup helmsman to squeak through to tomorrow’s all-important chance for the Gold by just a single point.

While no German teams made the Nacra medal races, their strength in the women’s 49erFX was clear for all to see; Rio Olympians Victoria JURCZOK and Anika LORENZ continued their streak of top finishes after a bullet in the final race yesterday, scoring a day-winning 1,8,4 today to leapfrog over training partners LUTZ/BEUKE and Danish Olympic medalists HANSEN/IVERSEN to take first going into tomorrow’s frenetic action. The Danes led for most of the week here in Kiel without registering a double-digit score, and then today, they somehow caught three of them with a scoreline of 18,19,12. When asked what went wrong, Hansen’s answer was illustrative: “You want to know what happened? I want to know what happened!” She explained that they just couldn’t seem to get the boat going with any speed. The Danish team secured their spot in the medal race just 13 points ahead of training partners NIELSEN/OLSEN, dropping from 2nd place to 9th on the day.

Lutz and Beucke seemed unphased by their drop from first to third place today. “I like it more being behind and being able to attack,” said Lutz – a thought echoed by Beucke, who said she was a little uncomfortable being in the lead. “We definitely like to attack,” she said. With more than 20 knots on call for tomorrow’s final action, Lutz said they’re ready. “Tomorrow is about being well rested and strong, not capsizing, and having good maneuvers, and we’re feeling good about it,” she said.

The narrowest margin at all for the Medal Race cutoff came in the ultra-competitive 49er fleet. Spain’s Diego BOTIN and Iago LOPEZ-MARRA – bronze medalists in the 2016 Euros - overcame an uncharacteristically weak start to their event to claim the final spot on the board. Their 0.5 point margin came despite ‘missing most of the shifts this week,” as Botin explains. “We had real trouble reading the course here, and with racing so close in the Gold fleet, there’s no room for error in the 49er,” said Botin. Crew Lopez said he’s excited to go up against the best in the world tomorrow. “It will be good to get back into the mix, and the short course racing is great training for Worlds later in the month, which has the same format.” You can listen to the young Spanish crew in their own words here.

After an abysmal Day 4, early regatta leaders Dylan FLETCHER and Stuart BITHELL found their form in the bigger breeze. “Stu made me sail better, I made him sail better, and things went relatively smoothly,” said Fletcher. Bithell explained that it was important to set things up well, but not to be perfect. “We set things up at an average setting and just got on with it,” said Bithell. Check out the interview here.

A monster day of finals racing is forecast with breeze into the 20’s and gusts potentially over 30 knots. It should be the best conditions of the week for fast and furious racing.

Live coverage of the medal racing begins tomorrow at 1100 CET, with aerial and on-water video with professional commentary from sailing journalist Alan Block and former Olympic 49er sailors Ben Remocker and Marcus Baur, live tracking and graphics, and special guests. Tune in to Facebook for all the action, and find live notifications via our alerts if you sign up.

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– August 4 will see us covering the finals. Each fleet will have 3 ‘theatre style’ races to determine the European Champions.
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