Race leader yellow flagged

As Andrew Simpson wins race six of the Finn Europeans in La Rochelle

Thursday May 13th 2004, Author: Corinne McKenzie, Location: France
“It was puffy, shifty,…a patient man’s day”, Richard Clarke who finished second in race six today, summarised the conditions for the Finn Europeans off La Rochelle.

Starting with 15 knots, the wind was going all over the place. Boats at each end of the
line were sailing on different tacks. “It was hard to know who was leading on the first
beat,” explained Guillaume Florent.

First at the top mark, Nenad Viali from Croatia enjoyed 'half an hour of glory' before dropping to fourth position at the end of the reach. He was followed by Soren Holm, Rafael Trujillo, Richard Clarke, Andrew Simpson, Zhang Xiangfeng and Dean Barker. Holm, who had lost some ground on the reaches took first place at the end of the second beat in front of Richard Clarke and Andrew Simpson. The wind by then had dropped to 10 knots and the Racing Committee changed the Oscar flag allowing free pumping downwind to Romeo, reverting to the usual RRs 42. This caused the jury to leap into action penalising four sailors including Ben Ainslie and Mateusz Kusznierewicz for the second time, forcing the regatta leader to retire from the race.

“This is so stupid, I saw the C flag for the change of course at the top mark but I didn’t see the R flag. I was so concentrated on the shifts and Sebastien just behind me. It is a real pity, I was coming 8th and this will make it harder to win the regatta.” declared a disappointed Kusznierewicz.

Former illbruck crewman Richard Clarke led the fleet around the last leeward mark with Andrew Simpson just behind. The last beat proved tricky. Simpson took the option to go right while Clarke sailed more conservatively in the center. More pressure on the right lifted Andrew Simpson to the finish. Clarke was second in front of Soren Holm in third and Rafael Trujillo in fourth. Ainslie finished 15th.

If yesterday was 'Kiwi day', today was declared 'Croatian day' with Nenad Viali, Karlo Kuret and Marin Misura taking 5th, 6th and 7th places. The first Junior was Wietze
Zetzema (NED) in 40th place.

After six races (and one discard) Kusznierewicz still holds the lead 16 points clear of Ben Ainslie and 18 points ahead of Sebastien Godefroid.

The first Junior is Lei Gong from China in 43rd position. Tapio Nirkko is second junior in 45th place and Oleksyi Borisov 3rd in 49th.

In the battle for Olympic qualification, the top five nations are: Austria (Florent Raudaschl, 26th), Argentina (Alejandro Colla, 31st), Russia (Vladimir Krutskikh 32nd), Italy (Michele Marchesini, 33rd) and Hungary (Balazs Hajdu, 35th).

Three more races scheduled, two races for tomorrow, with a start at 1300 and there is still all to play for.

Results

Pos Sailor Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot Pts
1 KUSZNIEREWICZ Mateusz POL 2 2 2 1 3 DNF 101 10
2 AINSLIE Ben GBR 28 4 1 4 2 15 54 26
3 GODEFROID Sébastien BEL 1 6 3 35 7 11 63 28
4 FLORENT Guillaume FRA 11 5 9 2 13 10 50 37
5 BARKER Dean NZL 4 37 6 18 10 9 84 47
6 PAPATHANASIOU Emilios GRE 29 1 4 17 8 22 81 52
7 WEBB Clifton NZL 3 9 19 9 BFD 14 145 54
8 HOGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas DANEMARK 13 7 7 24 19 8 78 54
9 CLARKE Richard CAN 17 35 11 13 12 2 90 55
10 HOLM Soren DEN 5 10 25 30 15 3 88 58
11 SIMPSON Andrew GBR 41 3 24 5 30 1 104 63
12 FOX Peter NZL 6 15 35 14 6 24 100 65
13 ADAKAN Ali Enver TUR 14 46 12 7 18 19 116 70
14 NOSSITER Anthony AUS 53 8 13 25 9 16 124 71
15 KURET Karlo CRO 21 26 26 19 1 6 99 73
16 MISURA Marin CRO 19 42 23 27 5 7 123 81
17 ZIELHUIS Jaap NED 8 54 10 10 24 30 136 82
18 FELLMANN Michael GER 52 11 20 3 17 34 137 85
19 TRUJILLO Rafael ESP 33 17 33 8 23 4 118 85
20 VINCEC Gasper SLO 40 50 14 11 4 26 145 95
21 SIGNORINI JoÆo BRA 20 24 15 20 16 27 122 95
22 VIALI Nenad CRO 34 16 31 12 33 5 131 97
23 ADERMAN Kristian SWE 42 23 40 6 14 43 168 125
24 O'GRADY Aaron IRL 7 22 29 58 35 32 183 125
25 TILLANDER Johan SWE 10 20 63 15 21 DNF 220 129
26 RAUDASCHL Florian AUT 16 64 30 47 25 13 195 131
27 COOK Christopher CAN 12 32 47 23 54 21 189 135
28 DE VRIES Stefan NED 27 61 36 33 31 12 200 139
29 BRUNO Ismaël FRA 32 53 5 40 28 35 193 140
30 SZUKIEL Rafal POL 9 12 49 28 45 46 189 140
31 COLLA Alejandro ARG 43 28 18 36 32 29 186 143
32 KRUTSKIKH Vladimir RUS 44 25 21 38 20 48 196 148
33 MARCHESINI Michele ITALIE 26 21 43 29 50 31 200 150
34 MUELLER VON BLUMENCRON Othmar SUI 51 13 38 34 34 33 203 152
35 HAJDU Balazs HUN 15 51 39 61 22 28 216 155
36 MAIER Michael CZE 65 63 22 37 11 23 221 156
37 ALSOGARAY Julio ARG 58 47 17 53 27 18 220 162
38 CHERNOV Evgeny RUS 64 29 32 41 26 41 233 169
39 BURGER Christoph SUI 35 43 37 21 BFD 38 265 174
40 BIRGMARK Daniel SWE 31 18 44 46 38 50 227 177
41 BURROWS David IRL 54 38 16 51 BFD 20 270 179
42 GONG Lei CHN 30 14 BFD 45 47 51 278 187
43 HOWARD Matthew GBR 46 48 27 31 51 36 239 188
44 NIRKKO Tapio FIN 36 36 61 52 41 40 266 205
45 BOYD Bryan USA 23 44 69 22 62 55 275 206
46 LIU Bo CHN 24 69 8 26 BFD DSQ 309 218
47 MILLER Mattias ALLEMAGNE 57 77 53 16 48 52 303 226
48 JACOB Youen IRLANDE 56 45 41 42 BFD 44 319 228
49 BORYSOV Oleksiy UKR 70 27 28 DSQ 46 61 323 232
50 THEURER Peter SUI 49 31 56 64 37 59 296 232

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