SAILING Preview: New World Cup series starts in Enoshima Bay

Didn’t we just have the quadrennial World Sailing Championships in Denmark?

Yes, just three weeks ago, but it’s already time to start the 2018-19 World Cup series in Japan’s Enoshima Bay, with competition starting Sunday (9th) and continuing through 16 September for the 10 Olympic classes. The events and the 2018 World Champions:

∙ RS:X:
1. Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED)
2. Kiran Badloe (NED)

∙ 470:
1. Kevin Peponnet/Jeremie Mion (FRA)
2. Tetsuya Isozaki/Akira Takayanagi (JPN)

∙ 49er:
1. Sime Fantela/Mihovil Fantela (CRO)
2. Mathieu Frei/Noe Delpech (FRA)

∙ Finn:
1. Zsombor Berecz (HUN)
2. Max Salminen (SWE)

∙ Laser:
1. Pavlos Kontides (CYP)
2. Matthew Weam (AUS)

∙ RS:X:
1. Lilian de Geus (NED)
2. Charline Picon (FRA)

∙ 470:
1. Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka (JPN)
2. Silvia Mas Depares/Patricia Cantero Reina (ESP)

∙ 49er FX:
1. Annemiek Bekkering/Annette Duetz (NED)
2. Tanja Frank/Lorena Abicht (AUT)

∙ Laser Rad.:
1. Emma Plasschaert (BEL)
2. Marit Bouwmeester (NED)

∙ Nacra 17:
1. Ruggero Tita/Caterina Marianna Banti (ITA)
2. Nathan Outteridge/Haylee Outteridge (AUS)

The RS:X, 49er/49erFX and Nacra 17 classes have 13 races scheduled; the Laser/Laser Radial, Finn and 470 classes have 11 races scheduled. This is another test event in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

There are four rounds in the World Cup Series, starting this week, and followed by Miami (USA) from 27 January-3 February 2019; a regatta somewhere in Europe next April or May and a World Cup Series final in Marseille (FRA) next June.

Look for results here.