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49er World Championships - Gold for Fletcher and Bithell

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell are the 2017 49er World Champions. The British pair added the world title to the European title they won early in August.

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell - Click image for a larger image

Also in the medals were Britain's James Peters and Fynn Sterritt who took silver, with Ben Bildstein and David Hussl of Austria taking the bronze.

The weather conditions had cancelled the 49er racing Friday leaving the teams to complete four races Saturday for the championship, the medal races were cancelled.

Although not reaching the high levels they showed in the earlier races, Fletcher and Bithell (4,4,2,8) were able to contain the charge of Bildstein and Hussl, who started the day with a 1 - 2, but then faltered in the final two races with a 6 - 18.

Also looking dangerous were team-mates, Peters and Sterritt who started the day in fourth and finished ahead of Fletcher and Bithell in the first race.

Falling to a 16 in the second race, they then finished the day with a 3 - 5 to take second, four points off the new champions, and repeating their result in the Europeans.

Peters and Sterritt - Click image for a larger image

Next up for the newly crowned Champions is a Sailing World Cup event in Gamagori, Japan, and an opportunity to visit Tokyo 2020 host venue of Enoshima.

49er World Championship - Final (81 entries)

Gold GBR 3 Dylan FLETCHER-SCOTT and Stuart BITHELL 19 pts
Silver GBR 25 James PETERS and Fynn STERRITT 23 pts
Bronze AUT 29 Benjamin BILDSTEIN and David HUSSL 28 pts
4th POL 42 Lukasz PRZYBYTEK and Pawel KOLODZINSKI 31 pts
5th GER 59 Justus SCHMIDT and Max BOEHME 32 pts
6th GER 8 Erik HEIL Thomas and PLOESSEL 32 pts
7th FRA 144 Kévin FISCHER and Yann JAUVIN 37 pts
8th ESP 97 Diego BOTIN le CHEVER and Iago LOPEZ MARRA 41 pts
9th ESP 46 Federico ALONSO and Arturo ALONSO TELLECHEA 42 pts
10th ITA 23 Jacopo PLAZZI and Andrea TESEI 42 pts

All results here

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Gerald New - Sailweb
2 September 2017 16:31 GMT


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