Germany takes lead

At the Disabled Sailing World Championship in Holland

Thursday September 26th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
It was all change at the top of the leader board in the Sonar fleet on day four of the Disabled Sailing World Championships. After a further two races, team GBR sailor Andy Cassell switched positions with Jens Kroker and his team from Germany.

In the tricky conditions, with the wind ranging from 5-8 knots and flicking through 40 degrees shifts, some of the top sailors faltered allowing the points to close up and make for a more exciting last day.

Jens Kroker sailing with Hans Peter Reichl and Ludger Grother of Germany took the first race of the day in front of last years gold medallists, Brian Mackie/Brian MacDonald/Paul Tingley of Canada. Team GBR sailor John Robertson sailing with Hannah Stodel and Mike Hawker scored their best result of the championship, finishing in third place. Overnight leader, Andy Cassell, sailing with Brian Harding and Ed Suckling crossed the line in eighth place.

In the second race of the day, racing was even tighter, with big gains and losses to be made. Towards the end of the race some of the top names were looking deep in the fleet, which would make for interesting overall results. First to finish was Swedish sailor Carl Gustaf Fresk, followed by a gaggle of ten boats all finishing within 30 seconds of each other. Australian Stephen Churm crossed in second with Paul McCarthy of Ireland third. Britain's Andy Cassell crossed in eleventh place, just behind Kroker, handing over the overall lead.

Racing will be tight going into the final day as there are only three points separating gold and bronze medal positions. John Robertson has moved up into eighth position and Martin Cheshire is sixteenth.

Two races were also sailed out on the 2.4mR fleet. Paralympic gold medallist Heiko Kroger retains the lead after scoring a first and a ninth place. Damien Seguin of France has moved back up the leader board now that a discard has come into play and he can omit his OCS, although he is carrying a 22nd place. Jostein Stordahl of Norway is in third place overall.

Team GBR sailor Allan Smith is currently in thirteenth place overall after scoring a twelfth and an eighth in the tricky conditions. Team mate Andrew Millband is in fifteenth place and fifteen-year-old Megan Pascoe has moved up to 21st place.

Preliminary results:

1, Jens Kroker/Hans Peter Reichl/Ludger Grother, GER (2,1,1,(12),8,1,10) 23 pts
2, Andy Cassell/Brian Harding/Ed Suckling, GBR (1,2,6,4,3,8,(11)) 24 pts
3, Brian Mackie/Brian MacDonald/Paul Tingley, CAN (5,6,11,1,1,2,(14)) 26 pts
other GBR
8, John Robertson/Hannah Stodel/Mike Hawker (13,7,5,(18),11,3,12) 51 pts
16, Martin Cheshire/Dennis Manning/Nigel Smith (15,(19),13,16,5,9,18) 76 pts

1, Heiko Kroger, GER (1,2,(12),1,2,1,9) 16 pts
2, Damien Seguin, FRA (2,5,1,2,(OCS),22,2) 34 pts
3, Jostein Stordahl, NOR (3,10,2,7,6,6,(17)) 34 pts
13, Allan Smith (12,13,11,15,(DNF),12,8) 71 pts
15, Andrew Millband (8,9,13,11,14,(OCS),29) 84 pts
21, Megan Pascoe (20,14,16,30,(33),19,14) 113 pts
28, Michael Cogswell (26,33,32,(34),28,24,12) 155 pts
35, Val Millward (37,(OCS),34,26,23,20,33) 173 pts

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