On the first day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49er Fx Championship races, the Olympic fleet consisting of 28 boats, of the 49erFx class plus 10 boats, of the 49er class, fulfilled the day’s schedule when holding the three scheduled races.
The womens fleet, which started the day first, found the Guia race course in the morning, with the classic conditions of that local wind in the northwest quadrant with 15 knots of intensity. The French team of Lili Sebesi and Yann Jauvin closed the opening day at the top of the podium with a victory in the second race of the day. In second place, two points behind the leadership, are the world champions in title, the Spanish Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barceló. Closing the podium are the gold medalists at the OJ in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze from Brazil.
In the 49er men’s Olympic class, he started racing around 3:00 pm after the organization was forced to change its position on the race course due to the strong wind that was felt in the place where the female fleet fulfilled its schedule during the morning. With the wind blowing in the same direction as in the morning but rising to the 20 knots of intensity, the boys also fulfilled the program scheduled for the inaugural day. The North American duo composed of Ian Barrows and Hans Henken leads the championship after two victories in the last two races of the day. In second place are the compatriots of the leaders the sailors Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson. In the lowest position of the podium are the French Robert Solune and Sipan Valentin
The Cascalense duo, Jorge Lima and José Costa were unable to participate in the first day of racing due to physical problems. The Portuguese team of the 49er class has been qualified, since 2018, for the Tokyo Olympic Games that will be played this summer. Lima e Costa has its training base in Cascais and will represent Portuguese colors for the second time this year.
In total, in the two races, 4 continents are represented – America, Europe, Asia and Oceania – in a total of 19 nationalities will sail in the bay of Cascais.
This championship has the support of Turismo de Portugal, Visit Cascais, Cascais Town Hall, Cascais Marina and Vista Alegre.