The evening before the World Cup final, Erik Heil and Thomas Plößel from Berlin were in fourth place. The gap to the third-placed Austrians was nine points. But helmsman Erik Heil already sensed the chance for his team to sail onto the podium. "Somehow I have the feeling that tomorrow will be a good day. But that's just a feeling …" And the day turned out to be good. The crew from the Norddeutscher RegattVerein opened the medal race strongly and did not give up the leadership that was quickly taken over to the finish. That was enough for the set on the bronze place.
With their sovereign victory in the medal race, they finished third overall on the World Cup podium: Erik Heil and Thomas Plößel
Erik Heil was particularly happy on the final day: "The day could hardly have gone better for us. But we were also a bit lucky in a tight situation with the Austrians at the start. They hooked us because I didn't have them Then they protested against us, but got the penalty themselves, because the jury was of the opinion that we did not have enough time and space to keep clear. That could have turned out differently … "National coach Marc Pickel said after the award ceremony in Geelong: "Erik and Thomas did a great job here. But the Austrians also did a great series, which we congratulate on. They are a very personable crew who we also like to train with."
After winning the silver medal in 2019, Heil / Plößel once again proved their world class with the bronze medal and are among the podium candidates on the Enoshimklar course. The official Olympic nomination is still pending, but mathematically Heil / Plößel can no longer be beaten in the national Olympic elimination with 55 points after the first two of a total of three elimination regattas. Her friends and sparring partners Justus Schmidt and Max Boehme from the Kiel Yacht Club sailed in ninth place in Phillip Bay in front of Geelong, and so far have scored 21 points for their elimination account. Because in the third elimination regatt in the Palmde Mallorc area there are only 25 points left to sail, Schmidt / Boehme can no longer turn the tide. Erik Heil said: "That causes very mixed emotions for me today because we were a great team for eight years."
For the sixth time 49er world champions: Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
The America's Cup high-flyers Peter Burling and Blair Tuke secured their sixth world title in Australia. With the Spaniards Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marrdie, sparring partners of Erik Heil and Thomas Plößel won silver at the World Cup. Unfortunate fourths were Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl. With 20th place in the eleventh race, they had already torpedoed their own series, which had previously sailed so outstandingly. With sixth place in the medal final, the Austrians could no longer defend the hoped-for bronze place against Heil / Plößel after the penalty at the start, despite a furious chase after the penalty, they had to admit defeat with one point behind the Germans in the fight for third podium place.
Fought for fifth place in the medal final in the World Championship: Vicky Jurczok and AnikLorenz
In the 49erFX, TamarEchegoyen and PaulBarceló benefited from the capsizing of Charlotte Dobson and SaskiTidey in the thrilling final battle for the World Championship crown. With that gold and silver went to Spain and Great Britain. For the versatile Echegoyen, who was 49erFX world champion in 2016, once belonged to the world class in the match race and had meanwhile contested the Volvo Ocean Race on "Mapfre", the second world title marked the successful comeback in the Olympic skiff discipline for women. Vicky Jurczok and AnikLorenz catapulted themselves to fifth place in the World Championship with their second place in the medal race. TinLutz and her replacement vorschoterin LottWiemers (Kiel), who jumped in for Susann Beucke as a result of her fibula fracture, finished ninth in the World Championship. The performance is to be rated highly, because Wiemers had not sailed the 49erFX for two and a half years before her "fire service" and had only a few weeks of training to prepare for the World Cup task. In the Olympic elimination, Jurczok / Lorenz were able to significantly shorten their deficit after the unsuccessful and pointless World Cup 2019. Lutz / Beucke (Wiemers) are still clearly in the lead with 28:16 points after two of three elimination regattas. At the last elimination regatt in the spring before Palmde Mallorca, a maximum of 25 points can be earned for a victory.
TinLutz and LottWiemers fought for an impressive ninth place in the World Championship in a substitute configuration
The new Spanish world champions TamarEchegoyen and PaulBarceló in luck
In the Nacr17, the British John Gimson and AnnBurnet benefited not only from their own outstanding performance and victory in the medal race, but also from the gripping Australian duel between Nathan and Haylee Outteridge and Jason Waterhouse and LisDarmanin in their World Cup triumph. The two crews from Down Under fought another exciting duel in their home territory for just one Nacra 17 ticket for their country. The former 49er Olympic champion and America's Cup player Nathan Outteridge and his sister were able to prevail with silver against their compatriots Waterhouse / Darmanin, who won bronze. Paul Kohlhoff and AlicStuhlemmer, on the other hand, had painfully missed the medal race due to capsizing shortly before the finish in the last race before the medal final, tied with the tenth-placed Finns Sinem Kurtbay / Akseli Keskinen. Helmsman Kohlhoff said: "That was a very disappointing end. But we will start again in two weeks. And we are going full throttle again to achieve our goals before Palm."
Are not satisfied with eleventh place in the World Cup, but have met the DOSB criteria for an Olympic nomination: the Nacra 17 mixed crew Paul Kohlhoff and AlicStuhlemmer
The new Nacra 17 world champions: John Gimon and AnnBurnet from England
Will world championship silver for Nathan and Haylee Outterdige make Australian nominations for Olympic rich?