At 49er & 49erFX World Championships, New Champions Emerged

Katja Salskov-Iversen and Jena Mai Hansen from Denmark and Stuart Bithell and Dylan Fletcher-Scott from Britain take the first ever World Titles on the very first day in Porto.


And another day meant different obstacle from mother nature at the FX World Championship and 2017 International 49er, where an unstable land breeze teased the fleet of gold medalist this morning, when they start their run at 10 AM.

Both the women’s FX and men’s 49er started racing in the Easterly breeze of six to ten knots, and this wind shut off completely, then the participants headed to their finish lines.

About 140 teams from 27 countries participated in the race and they waited with the nervousness with anticipation of the weather forecast and meanwhile, enjoyed the warm summer sun of Portuguese and after about two and a half hours, it filled quickly.

The 8 knots became 12, 12 became 16 and sixteen nearly 20 knots, allowing the fleet of men’s 49er to take up four more races and completed the championship.

The fleet of women’s FX sailed two races prior to heading back to the shore, and with the deadline of the race coming closer, officials sent the top ten teams out to the course of medal race.

Among the top female athletes, the spectators were treated to a full brawl, three teams from three different continents all battling to secure the top spot in the podium spots and win the title of 2017 World Champion.

The winner of the event’s penultimate race remains the Katja Iversen (DEN) and Jena Hansen both won the race by a huge margin. On the other hand, the second position was secured by the Kahena Kunze and Martine Grael, while the third position was secured by Molly Meech and Alex Malone.

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