2019 Volvo Euros Come to a Close, Top Americans Henken and Tobias Finish in Tenth
49erFX athletes, Paris Henken and Ann Tobias were the only U.S. competitors at the 2019 Volvo European Championships to compete today. The duo is the top American boat at the 2019 Volvo European Championships. They finished 9th in the medal race and will conclude their regatta in 10th overall.
49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 European Championships, U.S. Athlete Results:
View results on the event website here.
- Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) & Anna Tobias (Pittsburgh, Penn.) – 10th, 26-14-16-26-6-7-5-2-4-16-9-19-1-6-4-22-5-9
- Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) & Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) – 36th, 15-17-UFD-11-12-21-10-DSQ-22-14-5-UFD-14-5-10-11-6
- Ian Barrows (Miami, Fla.) & Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.) – 24th, 11-10-10-3-8-14-6-14-9-9-25-15-23-24-3-22-12-25-15-11
- Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) & Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.) – 32nd, 25-11-3-19-12-3-18-9-17-8-22-1-1-30-17-7-21-8
- Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) & Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.) – 46th, 17-DNS-8-7-26-23-DNF-19-13-17-6-20-5-13-30-16-7-19
- Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.) & Dane Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – 49th, 7-6-6-13-23-17-24-1-6-13-36-13-36-7-BFD-14-24-BFD
- Harry Melges (Lake Geneva, Wisc.) & Finn Rowe (Lake Forest, Ill.) – 56th, 15-20-19-10-19-13-21-18-28-11-28-33-32-32-27-34-13-3
- Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) & David Liebenberg (Livermore, Calif.) – 24th, 13-12-13-UFD-12-15-19-12-14-25-18-25-DPI-DPI-DPI-12-12
- Ravi Parent (Sarasota, Fla.) & Caroline Atwood (Killingsworth, Conn.) – 31st, 19-20-26-UFD-18-17-14-15-1-2-11-15-1-19-1
- Nicolas Martín (Houston, Tex.) & Romy Mackenbrock – 46th, 22-23-24-20-23-22-25-25-BFD-18-8-17-19-17-12-6
- Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) & Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – 55th, RET-DNF-DNS-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC
49er, FX, and Nacra Euros All But Wrapped
It was a huge day of shuffling on the scoreboard, and Sunday will be a contentious battle among all the fleets, particularly for the crowning of the ‘European’ Champions.
U.S. athletes didn’t necessarily have the same experience, as most sailors position has not changed much from yesterday. All U.S. competitors apart from Paris Henken and Anna Tobias who will be competing in tomorrow’s FX medal race, have concluded racing at the 2019 Volvo European Championships.
Sarah Newberry and David Liebenberg lead the U.S. sailors in the Nacra 17 fleet. The pair is finishing the event in 24th overall. Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss also finished in 24th, and lead the U.S. athletes in the Men’s 49er fleet.
Henken and Tobias will be competing in tomorrow’s Medal race at 14:00, local time. This will be the pair’s first as a team.
Henken and Tobias Contend for Medal Race Spot
Today’s conditions out in Weymouth Bay were stronger than forecasted, and the sailors have hardly had to bend their legs on the wire. The forecast continues to predict a much lighter concluding weekend, which could shake up the pack.
Still, tomrrow will be the final day for most U.S. atletes as contention for a spot in the top ten is out of reach for most American competitors.
Paris Henken and Anna Tobias have steadily climbed through the ranks this week, and may be within reach of competing in Sunday’s medal race. Tune in to the live stream tomorrow to find out if they will make the cut.
Tune in Live This Weekend
Fans interested in a closer look at racing have an opportunity to tune in live. From May 16-19 a live show including coverage of the racing will be broadcast via the 49er class Youtube channel and the Nacra 17 class Youtube channel. The presenters are Genny Tulloch, Andy Rice, Stevie Morrison, and Hannah Mills.
Day Three Brings Promising Finishes for USA
Overall, U.S. performance at the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 European Championships is looking up.
In the 49er fleet, two U.S. boats scored two finishes in the top ten today. Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson moved up four places after claiming first and sixth place in the first and second races of the day. Meanwhile, Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss also broke the top ten twice. Barrows and Kiss finished the last two races of the day in ninth.
In the Nacra fleet, Ravi Parent and Caroline Atwood jumped ahead nine places and finished the day with a win.
Paris Henken and Anna Tobias had a great day in the 49erFX fleet. By finishing all three races of the day in the top five, that pair moved up 16 places, putting them in 16th overall.
Waves Up and Breeze on in Weymouth
A 15-18 knot easterly kicked up some big waves in Weymouth Bay and delivered spectacularly fast conditions for the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 sailors, today.
Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss took the lead among American 49er sailors, today. The pair is in 22nd overall with a tight point spread ahead of them and room to move up.
Paris Henken and Anna Tobias maintained their lead on teammates Steph Roble and Maggie Shea with two finishes in the top ten, today.
The standings among the U.S. Nacra sailors haven’t changed much, after day two. With plenty of racing left in the opening series, the U.S. athletes will be looking to make up for for a few U flag penalties they received today.
The qualifying series will resume tomorrow at 10:35 local time with three races scheduled in each fleet.
Tokyo-Lite Conditions for Day One in Weymouth
Weymouth delivered conditions that some competitors described as Tokyo-Lite. In other words, the sunny skies and 16-knot easterly winds on a challenging but manageable swell were a softer version of what competitors might expect if Enoshima delivers some of the big Pacific surf conditions that could arrive at next year’s Olympic Games. Today’s beautiful conditions come as a welcome relief from a run of light-air regattas in 2019.
49er team Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson are leading the U.S. athletes in the 49er fleet. The pair is in 19th overall, with just six points separating them from the top ten.
In the 49erFX fleet, Paris Henken and Anna Tobias are a few places above Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea, sitting in 38th overall.
Sarah Newberry and David Liebenberg lead the U.S. Nacra squad, comfortably. Their teammates Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis had to call their regatta early when Weis aggravated an old injury in the first race of today. In an effort to avoid further injury before the Pan American Games, Gibbs and Weis will not be competing for the rest of the week.
Preview: 49er, FX and Nacra 17 Athletes Line Up in Weymouth for European Championships
Tomorrow, racing begins at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for the 2019 Volvo 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships. Racing will be taking place from May 13 to 19.
While a number of teams will be using this event as a port of athlete selection to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the U.S. athletes will not be battling for a spot on the Olympic team just yet. Still, the regatta will attract more than 400 of the world’s best sailors, providing a crucial training opportunity for the U.S. athletes on the way to the Olympic Games.
- Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1SA
Monday 13 May 1055 Qualifying Races
Tuesday 14 May 1055 Qualifying Races
Wednesday 15 May 1055 Qualifying Races
Thursday 16 May 1055 Qualifying or Fleet Races
Friday 17 May 1055 Fleet Races
Saturday 18 May 1055 Fleet Races
Sunday 19 May 0955 Fleet Races
1500 Medal Races
TBC Prize giving
- High-resolution imagery will be available to download from the World Sailing Photoshelter site using the password WSimages. Images are free for editorial use and must be credited accordingly.
- From May 16-19 a live show including coverage of the racing will be broadcast via the 49er class Youtube channel and the Nacra 17 class Youtube channel. The presenters are Genny Tulloch, Andy Rice, Stevie Morrison, and Hannah Mills.
Highlights, Interviews & VNR:
- Between May 16 and 19, Icarus Sports will be producing:
- A daily two-minute highlights video
- VNR and interviews for news
- Footage can be downloaded from the Icarus portal
- Please contact Will Carson to request interviews
Results will be posted race by race, as they happen
- Please follow the @49ersailing and @Nacra17sailing class social media channels on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest info from the regatta. On YouTube, the channels are youtube.com/49ersailing and youtube.com/nacra17sailing
US Sailing Team Press Contact:
Brittney Manning; OlympicCommunications@ussailing.org
About the US Sailing Team:
The US Sailing Team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. US Sailing names the top Olympic class athletes to the team annually, through both event qualification and at the discretion of team leadership. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing, and communications support. US Sailing Team sponsors include partners Kilroy Realty, Helly Hansen, Harken, McLube, Groupe Beneteau, and Marlow Ropes. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics.