March 2024

Germans have banger day at Worlds

The 14-16 knot stable onshore breeze made for a more predictable race course. The German team of Simon Diesch and Anna Markfort took full advantage of the heavier breeze and came away with two bullets for day 4. Just four points off the Japanese leaders going into the medal race today.

Olympic qualifier update
There are four nation’s spots available from the Worlds, one each for the continents of South America, North America, Africa and Europe.

South America: Brazil was the only South American nation to make it into the Gold Fleet, so it’s in the hands of Henrique Haddad and Isabel Swan to book their place at the Games. However, the Brazilian Federation requires a top 16 finish from them at this event to confirm the spot. Currently they sit in 27th overall.

North America: Having already won the USA trials and with no other North American countries present in Palma, Stu McNay and Lara Dalmann-Weiss will be heading to the Olympics.

Africa: There is a battle in the silver fleet between the two African nations present. Angola’s Matias Montinho and Manuela Paolo are currently at an 8 point advantage over the Mozambican sailors. Whichever of these teams comes out ahead will book their place at Paris 2024. 

Europe: There are three nations yet to confirm their Olympic berth who made it through to Gold Fleet: Great Britain, Italy and Greece. GBR is currently looking most likely to grab that spot with Vita Heathcote and Chris ‘Twiggy’ Grube lead the British charge in 5th overall, followed by Martin Wrigley and Bettine Harris in 7th.