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  • Flying High In Hyres

    The 53rd Semaine Olympique Fran?aise de Hy?res - TPM opened in classic C?te d'Azur style on Monday with the world's best rising to the strong winds through a field of 751 sailors from over 50 countries. It was like they had never been away. After missing two years because of Covid, it was the most welcome and vivacious of returns for a venue and event that means so much to so many. Racing began at 11 in glorious sunshine, under cloudless skies and with strong offshore westerly winds of 15-20 knots. A choppy sea state, more so on the more the easterly courses with less protection from the bay and ?les d'Or, as well as wind tastes between 25-30, kept everyone on their toes. Both the world and sailing have changed since the last French Olympic Week of Hy?res in 2019. The 10 classes that will be contested in Marseille for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games were in Hy?res - which is just 50 miles west down the coast - for the first time. And it was flight time for the five foiling classes on show.
    First iQFOiL flyby

    First iQFOiL flyby
    “We haven't seen the SOF for 3 years, it's great to have all the classes and it's a first regatta for the iQFOiL in Hy?res - we've already done Marseille!” H?l?ne Noesmoen, France's iQFOiL World and European Champion, said. Noesmoen confirmed her total dominance by winning all five of the races. Fellow Frenchwoman, Delphine Cousin, lies in second but it looked as if there were two separate races being run, Noesmoen and the rest.
    France like the iQFOiL. Nicolas Goyard, who like compatriot Noesmoen is the World and European champion, but unlike her didn't have it all his own way in the men's event. He finished the day in second behind fellow Frenchman, Cl?ment Bourgeois after their five races. Thomas Goyard, Nicolas's older brother and silver medallist in the now replaced RS:X event at the Tokyo Olympics last summer is lying in fourth. “Today was a very windy day, I think we are all shattered; the triceps and the thighs have had a good workout,” Nicolas Goyard said. For my part, I didn't have a single really clean race without a lot of mistakes. I stayed well placed, but I had the speed potential to do much better. But it's my comeback, it's been three months since my last regatta.”

    Olympic champion quality
    The quality of competition throughout the fleets was immediately demonstrated at the start of the day in the men's ILCA 7, where Matthew Wearn, Australia's Olympic champion, and Philipp Buhl, Germany's 2020 World Champion, traded wins at the head of a lead group that dominated both breeds.
    “Today was very very nice, I like Hy?res and I prefer a windy Hy?res to a soft Hy?res,” Buhl, who has particular reason to have a soft spot for Hy?res, said. “It's a special place for me because it was my first junior European title in 2007, my first European Cup cup here in 2008, I did my first World Cup Medal Race here in 2009 and ten years ago, in 2012, I had my first ever World Cup win here - it's quite funny to look at the results seeing Tom Burton, Slingsby - Matthew Wearn was in the fleet. So, I have some very good memories.”

    They said:
    Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti (ITA), Olympic champions, Nacra 17
    “It was a very tough race because it was super strong wind. We managed to win at the end but I think we were all pretty close. The Australians were going very fast and surprisingly also the Dutch were super quick. We were all very close to the finish line.
    The real Hy?res came on for the racing, we were really happy and it's what we're used to over the years here. I came here in for the first time in 2010 or 2011. Our boats are kind of foiling so we're super enjoying this flat water and strong wind.”
    Matthew Wearn (AUS), Olympic champion, men's ILCA 7
    “Probably typical Hy?res, nice offshore breeze of 15-20 knots, a few shifts close to shore, that made things a little tricky at times, big puffs so you couldn't really relax when you were out in front, because you never knew what would happen on the downwind. It was a good day for me with a 2 and a 1, we'll take that going into day 2.

    Philipp Buhl, (GER) 2020 World Champion, ILCA 7
    “I had two good starts. The first race was very nice, I was leading from the first mark to the finish, although it got really close on the last gate. I was on outer loop downwind and it was a little bit puffy to say the least. In the second race, I had a good start, but missed one big shift in the first part of the first downwind, lost a few of boats but got them back at the finish.
    Matthew Wearn was in our group, he did a 2 and a 1. He almost overtook me in the first race. In the second he race he was a boat length ahead of me in second at the top mark. And Micky Bennett, who won the regatta in Palma, was also up in our group as well.
    But the main goal in the first three days of this competition is not to have big scores. If you do 1.1 or 1.3 or 5.5, it's all probably ok, you just want to keep your discard for the days before the finals.”
    H?l?ne Noesmoen (FRA) World and European Champion, iQFOiL
    “It went rather well for all the French women, in the early races; several times we had passages with 3-4 French women at the front, it was cool, I think everyone feels good here.
    In the Mediterranean, you have a cross chop that may look familiar, but we are dealing with lots of on site effects, so it's specific to each body of water and there will be everything to reset in Marseille. But in terms of settings we are close to what you can do in Marseille.”
    Nicolas Goyard, who like compatriot Noesmoen is the World and European champion, iQFOiL
    “It's a comeback but the speed is there, there is nothing to worry about for the future. It's the first SOF I've done with all the classes, it's funny. We are in our own universe on the beach and I go home in the evening, it allows us to stay focused. The level is increasing, the competitors are going fast, the settings are being refined...The week is going to be long with a lot of races planned. The competition is getting closer, the level is getting tighter.”
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  • #2

    , FRANCE (April 30, 2022) – The medal race and finals series concluded today on Mediterranean waters for the 53rd French Olympic Week and the US Sailing Team is bringing home a gold and two silvers.

    Medal Winners:
    • GOLD: Daniela Moroz, Women’s Formula Kite
    • SILVER: Steph Roble / Maggie Shea, 49erFX
    • SILVER: Nevin Snow / Mac Agnese, 49er
    Other USST Top Finishers at French Olympic Week 2022:
    • 9th: Andrew Mollerus / Ian MacDiarmid, 49er
    • 11th: Ian Barrows / Hans Henken, 49er
    • 14th: Sarah Newberry / David Liebenberg, Nacra 17
    • 20th: Markus Edegran, Men’s Formula Kite
    “Going into the finals today I only needed to win one race to win the event,” said Women’s Formula Kite athlete Daniela Moroz. “It was super light wind so there was a lot of pumping out of tacks and gybes. It was key to stay in the pressure and get to the right side of the course as quickly as possible and I ended up coming away with the win on that first race of the day and securing the gold.”

    “It was a really fun week,” continued Moroz. “We sailed a wide variety of conditions and rode almost all of the kite sizes in our kit to adapt to the wind and the sea state. It was really tough and I had some very tight battles with Lauriane Nolot [from France] but overall enjoyed a great week in Hyeres.”

    “This week went really well for us,” said 49er athlete Nevin Snow. “We learned a lot every day and we managed to stay in the top three all six days of the event, finishing off in second. We’re happy with how we delivered on the goals we set out at the beginning of the event and the results that came in the process of executing on those goals.”

    “The Palma regatta and this regatta in Hyeres were our first chance to test the new mast and sails, so it was a great opportunity to gather some data,” added Maggie Shea. “We found some good settings and some bad settings, and we’re excited to go back to the drawing board this spring and continue progressing before the Europeans and Worlds this summer.”

    “Hyeres provided great conditions and competition for our athletes to test themselves,” said USST Coach Charlie McKee. “Steph and Maggie took some lessons away from Palma, put them to good use here, and sailed really well to earn a well-deserved silver. Daniela came here focused and well-prepared, and delivered an extremely consistent and impressive performance to win the gold. In the 49er fleet Nevin and Mac came back to international competition after a long absence and shocked the fleet with their ability to immediately perform at the highest level. Their teammates (and Palma silver medalists) Ian Barrows and Hans Henken were hugely helpful in getting Nevin and Mac back up to speed, and the cooperative spirit these athletes displayed showed the true power of ‘Team’ within the resurgent US skiff program.”

    “The sailors are focused, training hard and collaborating,” said Paul Cayard, Executive Director of US Olympic Sailing. “We have great coaches. There is a TEAM behind the athletes and coaches. Thanks to our sponsors and donors, we have more resources to provide more support. The results from the Spring events in Europe are encouraging. However, our destination is far.”
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