Off to a good start

The World Sailing Games are underway in Marseilles

Tuesday July 2nd 2002, Author: Maguelonne Turcat, Location: France

Keel Boat Male - J/80 / Yellow Fleet

A very good start for France's François Brénac and his team, who won the first two rounds in the keelboat male yellow fleet. Behind them, ten teams were still contending in both rounds for the top places. The most consistent among them was the Ukranian team skippered by Denys Khahchyna, who finished second in the provisional results with five points. Switzerland's skipper Eric Monin and Italia's Sommariva are third in a tie.

Xavier Rohart, François Brénac's tactician, commented : "Our strategy is not based on striking, it is a very conservative one. Our goal is to be among the top five at the first leeward mark, and from there to rise slowly. That's what happened on the first round. At the second start, we took more risks. We stayed on the left and from then on we were in control. We are not the fastest in the fleet, but our manoeuvres are smooth and we've always been well positioned."

Keel Boat Male - J-80 / Yellow Fleet Overall results before Jury decisions after two races
1st François Brénac (Fra) 2 pts / 2nd D. Khahchyna (Ukr) 5 pts / 3rd (tie) E. Monin (Sui) and G. Sommariva (Ita) 8 pts.

Keel boat female - J22 Yellow Fleet

The French team skippered by Christine Briand and the New Zealand crew with Karleen Dixon are in a tie at the top of the J22 Yellow Fleet. But the French seem to have the upper hand, even if they've had to pay a heavy price for a small mistake. Close behind, there is a tight fight between South Africa's Dale Hudson and Italy's Julia Conti, also in a tie. Elodie Bour, Christine Briand's crew member , said after today's racing : "What a shame, we should have won both races, but at the first round we were not aware that the 'dog leg' had been cancelled by an Amendment to the Sailing Instructions issued this morning. We saw the other teams go straight on. Fortunately, we were ahead of them, so we so we managed to finish in the second place. We stayed on top throughout the second round. We had good speed, we were in control."

Keel boat female - J22 Yellow Fleet - Overall results after two races
1st ex aequo D. Karleen (Aus) and C. Briand (Fra) 3 pts ; 3rds ex aequo D. Hudson (RSA) and Giulia Conti (Ita) 8 pts.

Double handed female - 470

Australian Olympic Champions Jenny Armstrong / Belinda Stowell won both rounds today. A unsatisfactory day, however, for one of the other favourite teams, the current World and European Champions and world ranking leaders, Greece's Sofia Bekatorou / Emilia Tsoufla, who after ranking 6th in the first race were disqualified in the second because of an early start.

Double handed female - 470 - Overall results before Jury decisions after two races
1st : J. Armstrong - B. Stowell (Aus) 2 pts / 2nd (Tie) N. Dufresne - S. Azon (Esp) and T. Torgerson-V. Zackrisson (Swe) 7 pts

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