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2023 ALLIANZ SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MID-REGATTA UPDATE

We’re at the halfway point of the massive 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships (SSL 2500), taking place at The Hague in the Netherlands. All the Olympic classes are competing, and the stakes couldn’t be higher as the event is being used to qualify nations for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Here are some of the stand-out performances so far which have caught our eye at SSL HQ…

470 Mixed Dinghy

Japan’s Keiju Okada (SSL Skipper #104) and Miho Yoshioka (SSL Crew #120) are having an exceptional event, and after eight races they are on 17 points, a massive 24 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Germany’s Simon Diesch (SSL Skipper #249) and Anna Markfort (SSL Crew #248). Remarkably the Japanese pair are discarding a 6th, so even counting this discard they are comfortably leading.

470 Mixed Dinghy - Japan's Keiju Okada and Miho Yoshioka (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing
470 Mixed Dinghy – Japan’s Keiju Okada and Miho Yoshioka (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Three more races are scheduled for today in the 470 Mixed Dinghy ahead of the Medal Race on Thursday.

49er Men’s Skiff

In the tightest battle at the event, Spain’s Diego Botin Le Chever (SSL Skipper #33) and Florian Trittel Paul (SSL Crew #51) lead The Netherlands’ Bart Lambriex (SSL Skipper #3) and Floris van der Werken (SSL Crew #2) by 0.2 points.

49er Men's Skiff - The Netherlands and Spain battle for the lead (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing
49er Men’s Skiff – The Netherlands and Spain battle for the lead (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Roaring into contention are Great Britain’s James Peters (SSL Skipper #175) and Fynn Sterritt (SSL Crew #278) who recorded three bullets in a row and current sit third, just 6 points behind the leaders.

Three more races are scheduled for today, with the Medal Race to be held on Friday.

49er FX Women’s Skiff

Sweden’s Vilma Bobeck (SSL Skipper #69) and Rebecca Netzler (SSL Crew #81) are having a remarkable event, leading by an incredible 35 points. In a fleet where consistency is exceptionally hard to come by, then recorded a podium finish in all their first 11 races, including a run of five bullets, with their only blemish being a 19th in race 12.

49er FX Women's Skiff - Sweden's Vilma Bobeck and Rebecca Netzler (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing
49er FX Women’s Skiff – Sweden’s Vilma Bobeck and Rebecca Netzler (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing

The final three fleet races are scheduled for today, with the Medal Race to be held on Friday.

Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull

Reigning Olympic and World Champions, Italy’s Ruggero Tita (SSL Skipper #5) and Caterina Banti (SSL Crew #7) went into the 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships on a poor run of form, but they’re putting this behind them with a run of 8 wins in the 9 races. They then had a poor (for them) day 4, recording 9, 12, 5 results, but they still lead the catamaran class by 6 points from the British pair of John Gimson (SSL Skipper #6) and Anna Burnet (SSL Crew #5).

Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull - Italy's Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull – Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Three more races are scheduled for today, with the Medal Race on Thursday.

ILCA 7 Men’s Dinghy

They may be only four races in, but Great Britain’s latest star Micky Beckett (SSL Skipper #32) is already atop the leaderboard, ahead of Pavlos Kontides (SSL Skipper #14) of Cyprus.

ILCA 7 Men's Dinghy - Great Britain's Micky Beckett (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing
ILCA 7 Men’s Dinghy – Great Britain’s Micky Beckett (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Racing continues for the fleet until Friday, with the Medal Race scheduled for Sunday.

ILCA 6 Women’s Dinghy

After four races Hungary’s Maria Erdi (SSL Skipper #87) is top of the ranking. There’s a long way to go, but she’s the only sailor in the fleet to have kept all her results in the top ten, discarding a 7th place. After a string of top ten places at events throughout the past couple of years, will this be her breakthrough regatta?

ILCA 6 Women's Dinghy - Sweden's Maria Erdi (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing
ILCA 6 Women’s Dinghy – Sweden’s Maria Erdi (c) Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Racing continues for the fleet until Friday, with the Medal Race scheduled for Sunday.

Full results can be found at https://thehague2023.sailing.org/results-centre/.