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49er Worlds Odd Results

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Their spreader broke, releasing the trapeze wires whilst sailing downwind in the footloops. Kevin broke his ankle. 


Grosse pensée ce soir pour Kévin Fischer Guillou et Yann. La loi du sport est parfois difficile à accepter. Alors qu’ils étaient deuxièmes au classement général du championnat du monde de 49er après la première journée, vainqueur de la première manche du deuxième jour, la rupture d’une pièce toute neuve dans la seconde course, les fait dessaler. Les deux se blessent avec sans doute une fracture de la cheville pour Kevin. Fin du championnat, fin des espoirs pour cette olympiade. 8 années d’efforts pour caresser le rêve olympique qui se terminent sur un coup du sort. Terrible...

And this from LiveSailDie


Undone by a spreader

Spare a thought for Kevin Fischer and Yann Jauvin (FRA) who were leading the Worlds after three races with a 1, 4, 1 scoreline, setting themselves up for their best ever 49er Worlds placing. Overnight they had to replace their spreader as it was breaking, and then their new spreader also broke in the second race of day two leaving them with three DNF finishes and out of contention of the regatta.

Southern Spars, who supply all of the 49er and 49erFX masts were on site this morning to offer non-destructive testing for all teams that want it. The 49er Class has selected a new spar supplier starting after the Tokyo games.


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