Fog clears the way for great opening Race Day at the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds

Associations, Events, Sailing, Sports, Yachting — By on September 12, 2014 at 6:40 PM
Santander 2014 - Veronika Fenclova - Photo credits: ISAF

Santander 2014 – Veronika Fenclova – Photo credits: ISAF

Friday 12 September 2014 – The thick fog that covered the harbour in Santander at the start of the day soon burnt off and gave way to a light 5 to 7 knot breeze from the north east allowing the Laser and Laser Radial Fleets to get afloat and start the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

After a delay ashore there was a further postponement afloat waiting for the wind to fill before the start of the four race qualification series.

Laser Radial

The 120 boat Women’s Laser Radial Fleet is split into two groups of 60, each scoring points from 1 to 60. In this size fleet a good start is critical especially as the right hand side of the course was favoured and in the lighter conditions boat speeds are similar. Those sailors that were able to put together two single figure results were guaranteed a place in the top ten whilst others were having death and glory results not necessarily in that order.

Veronika Fenclova (CZE) had a big smile on her face as she explained, “In the first race I had a good start and led at the first mark but I could not hold my position downwind and dropped to third even though we did change places several times before the finish.” In the second race she led from start to finish, “I had a good lead which protected me on the downwind.” Fenclova’s results were better than she expected as she has had a year off from sailing although she has been training hard for a month at Santander prior to the championship.

Santander 2014 - Juan Ignacio Maegli - Photo credits: ISAF

Santander 2014 – Juan Ignacio Maegli – Photo credits: ISAF

Min Gu from China is already looking like a worthy successor to the retired Olympic Champion Lijia Xu as she shares the same points with Fenclova at the top of the pack.

Laser Radial Results


In the record 76 nation Men’s Laser fleet, sailing on a nearby course to the women, the story was much the same with Juan Maegli from Guatamala scoring exactly the same as Fenclova. He said “I had two good starts and went right both times. I had good speed and concentrated on trying to be consistent.”

He has created a four point gap over second place Tom Burton (AUS) who scored a fifth and third.

Defending champion Robert Scheidt BRA saw his fellow countryman Bruno Fontes finish four places ahead of him but he has been around enough to know that there is still a long way to go in this event, “I did not get far enough right for the shift. I struggled to catch up and could only get back to 13th. I was happy to finish second in the next race.”

Santander 2014 - Laser Fleet Start - Picture credits: ISAF

Santander 2014 – Laser Fleet Start – Picture credits: ISAF

Two more races are scheduled for tomorrow to conclude the qualification series before the fleet is split into a gold, silver and bronze. A final six race series will be followed by a Medal Race.

Laser Results

Laser and Laser Radial Reports courtesy of Jeff Martin, International Laser Class Association

Schedule of Racing:

12-18 September, Laser and Laser Radial
13-19 September, RS:X Men and RS:X Women
14-20 September, 470 Men and 470 Women
15-21 September, 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17

Live Blog – A live blog will follow the ISAF Worlds from Thursday 11 September through to Sunday 21 September. The live blog is available here

Results are available here.

Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds Event Website
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Opening Ceremony Highlights
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Calm Before The Storm
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Results are available here.


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About Santander 204 ISAF Worlds
More than 1, 250 sailors in over 900 boats from 84 nations will compete at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships from 8-21 September 2014. The best sailing talent will be on show and as well as world titles being awarded across ten events 50% of Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition places will be won based on results in Santander. The regatta format will feature an opening qualification series and a final series with the top ten in each event proceeding to the Medal Race where the final positions will be decided.

About The International Sailing Federation
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of sailing.

ISAF is made up of 140 Member National Authorities (MNAs), who are its principal members, and responsible for the decision making process that governs the sailing world.

There are currently more than 100 ISAF Class Associations, ranging from the small dinghy classes for young people up to 60 foot ocean racers.

Sailing is a lifetime sport enjoyed right across the world.

The sport encompasses a massive range of disciplines and events including Olympic sailing, offshore sailing, windsurfing, match racing, team racing, fleet racing and disabled sailing.

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