Nacra pair sailing strong in Genoa

Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders have jumped up to second in the Nacra 17 at the World Cup Series regatta in Genoa. Photo: Sailing Energy / World Sailing.

Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders felt like they have done enough sightseeing in Genoa and finally got to stretch the legs on a boat for a change on day four of the Hempel World Cup Series regatta.

They still completed only one race but their third, combined with the drop for their worst score kicking in, propelled them from 40th to second in the Nacra 17 fleet.

Genoa enjoyed winds of 5-7 knots on day four, which was a relative gale compared to what has hit the regatta so far. It has made life difficult for sailors and race management alike and some fleets, including the men's and women's 470 and Laser Radial, have still completed only one race so far.

The prospect for racing looks more encouraging for day five and a number of New Zealand crews will look to take advantage.

The four Kiwi 49er crews have all qualified for gold fleet, with Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie the best placed in seventh.

The pair didn't have the best of days, with a 17th and 29th in their two races, but Peter Burling and Blair Tuke banked a couple of good results in a third and fourth to sit tenth overall and Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn won the first race of the day.

"It was another tricky day today," Peter says.

"We were in blue fleet, so got two races away, which gets us through to the finals day tomorrow.

"We ended up with two low scores, which was pretty nice moving into gold fleet. We will just try to keep doing the same. It looks like it's going to be a little bit different tomorrow, possibly sailing in the offshore."

Gemma and Jason have proved themselves to be adept at sailing in light conditions so far in Europe this season. They were fifth at the recent Princess Sofia regatta in Palma and have posted two low scores on top of their start line disqualification this week.

Jason says they were just pleased to be racing after so many delays to the regatta.

"It was our fourth day today and we have managed to do only three races in total so it has been pretty frustrating," he says.

"It's meant a lot of visiting all the sites in Genoa and eating a lot of pasta in the boat park.

"Today was actually quite good. We got out there quite late and had one race in about 6-7 knots but then the wind died and we couldn't do another race, unfortunately.

"We have sailed pretty well. We are stoked with our starts and speed and just looking forward to hopefully not waiting around too much and actually getting four races in tomorrow. That's the idea, anyway."

There's a lot of catching up to do in the men's and women's 470 and Laser Radial but the 49erFX have completed five races and will move into gold fleet tonight (NZ time).

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech are 15th overall but the pack is quite bunched and they are only 10 points off third. There is bound to be plenty of chopping and changing once gold fleet racing starts with most teams sitting on a big score among their results.

Results and standings after day 4 of the Hempel World Cup Series regatta in Genoa overnight (NZ time):

Nacra 17 (45 boats)

1st: Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface (GBR) 1 1 (2) - 2 points

2nd: Gemma Jones / Jason Saunders (NZL) (24 UFD) 1 3 - 4 pts

3rd: Iker Martinez / Olga Maslivets (ESP) (4) 4 1 - 5 pts


49er (65 boats)

1st: Sime Fantela / Mihovil Fantela (CRO) (34 UFD) 1 1 11 1 - 14 pts

2nd: Diego Botin le Chever / Iago Lopez Marra (ESP) 5 (20) 6 5 1 - 17 pts

3rd: David Gilmour / Lachy Gilmour (AUS) 2 7 2 8 (12) - 19 pts

7th: Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (NZL) 1 2 8 17 (29) - 28 pts

10th: Peter Burling / Blair Tuke (NZL) 14 (15) 10 3 4 - 31 pts

17th: Logan Dunning Beck / Oscar Gunn (NZL) (34 UFD) 23 6 1 8 - 38 pts

30th: Josh Porebski / Trent Rippey (NZL) (19) 4 14 19 14 - 52 pts


49erFX (50 boats)

1st: Odile van Aanholt / Marieke Jongens (NED) 5 (11) 1 1 1 - 8 pts

2nd: Klara Wester / Rebecca Netzler (SWE) (19) 2 4 2 3 - 11 pts

3rd: Julia Gross / Hanna Klinga (SWE) 3 1 (9) 5 8 - 17 pts

15th: Alex Maloney / Molly Meech 3 (15) 13 3 8 - 27 pts


Men's 470 (44 boats)

1st: Nikolaus Kampelmuhler / Thomas Czajka (AUT) 1 - 1 pt

2nd: Naoki Ichino / Takashi Hasegawa (JPN) 2 - 2 pts

3rd: Panagiotis Mantis / Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) 3 - 3 pts

18th: Paul Snow-Hansen / Dan Willcox (NZL) 18 - 18 pts


Women's 470 (35 boats)

1st: Gil Cohen / Noa Lasry (ISR) 1 - 1 pt

2nd: Fernanda Oliveira / Ana Luiza Barbachan (BRA) 2 - 2 pts

3rd: Amy Seabright / Anna Carpenter 3 - 3 pts

27th: Susannah Pyatt / Brianna Reynolds-Smith (NZL) 27 - 27 pts


Laser Radial (67 boats)

1st=: Line Flem Host (NOR) 1 - 1 pt

1st=: Maud Jayet (SUI) 1 - 1 pt

3rd=: Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) 2 - 2 pts

3rd=: Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) 2 -2 pts

17th=: Olivia Christie (NZL) 9 - 9 pts

59th=: Annabelle Rennie-Younger (NZL) 30 - 30 pts

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