Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield retain European title
With racing being prematurely ended at 13.00 a full two hours before an official start could have been made there was no change to the overnight positions. The race team have in fairness had a good week in tricky conditions. However, their clear intention was to avoid racing if they could. Generally, there is an assumption that racing in light winds on last days is a bad thing. Certainly with the current information about Beijing, sailors would probably prefer the chance to practise, important, high pressure racing in less than four knots.
The French womens team won this event with some confidence and must be encouraged by their strong wind form, especially as the Worlds in August will be raced out of the St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, a venue noted for its consistent medium to strong wind summer breezes.
An interesting aside to the on-the-water action was a meeting arranged by the International Class Association to discuss the ISAF proposal to simplify and increase the excitement of last day racing for the viewing public. My perception before the meeting was that the athletes, who are about to make sacrifices and commitments for the next four years, would resist attempts to change the current format. This format, for all its faults, rewards the most consistent sailors over a series of races and conditions.
My perception was wrong; nearly all the sailors and coaches present were in favour of changing the existing format in favour of last day “dash finals”. With shorter racing, on-the-water judging and a clear understandable format……sort of.
Mid way through the explanation of how the finals system worked at the Holland regatta, I was both bored and confused.
The system as I understand it goes like this: Normal racing. At the end of the series, the top six go to a semi final, at this stage the winner and the runner up are given two and one bonus points respectively. Semi-finals are held on a short ten minute course with all six boats. The last boat gets eliminated unless you have a bonus point in which case no one is eliminated. When a bonus point holder loses a race he loses a bonus point. When down to the final three, the winner wins, unless you have someone who did not win who still has a bonus point, in which case they lose the bonus point and you race again until either a team with a bonus point wins or all the boats have no bonus points and then finally the winner wins. Confused?
It seems that in attempt to have the best of both worlds, i.e. reward the teams with the best series and give them for want of a better expression more lifelines, the waters are being mudied. Surely, we either need to continue with the same tried and tested system and accept it for what it is. Or we need to have a simple first over the line winner in a one race final.
|1||ARG 70||Javier Conte, Juan de la Fuente||28,0||1||5||2||2||1||1||-6||5||-8||5||3||3|
|2||GBR 817||Nick Rogers, Joe Glanfield||36,0||1||1||1||2||1||1||9||-14||5||14||-25||1|
|3||ISR 7||Gideon Kliger, Ehud Gal||39,0||6||2||2||1||2||9||2||4||-14||-13||5||6|
|4||NED 1||Sven Coster, Kalle Coster||47,0||3||4||1||1||4||4||-18||-23||2||2||14||12|
|5||FRA 2651||Benjamin Bonnaud, Romain Bonnaud||49,0||2||3||4||(dsq)||1||9||1||6||-19||9||6||8|
|6||POR 22||Alvaro Marinho, Miguel Nunes||54,0||1||1||6||2||3||5||(raf)||(ocs)||20||4||2||10|
|7||GRE 131||Andreas Kosmatopoulos, Andreas Papadopoulos||54,0||8||-12||3||3||5||7||7||2||4||7||8||-13|
|8||GBR 816||Nic Asher, Elliott Willis||56,0||4||4||5||10||9||6||3||-11||10||3||-24||2|
|9||ITA 2||Gabrio Zandona, Della Torre||60,0||3||2||(dsq)||3||7||8||4||8||6||8||-17||11|
|10||FRA 2574||Ronan Dreano, Ronan Floch||65,0||4||6||5||1||2||4||5||-22||13||12||13||-22|
|11||ARG 61||Matias Buhler, Marcos Lamas||70,0||7||8||10||3||5||2||10||-12||7||11||7||-21|
|12||GER 4931||Lucas Zellmer, Heiko Seelig||72,0||7||7||1||5||5||13||12||-15||12||6||4||-19|
|13||RUS 8||Berezkin Dmitry, Zybin Alexander||75,0||7||10||5||4||4||7||11||13||-24||-15||10||4|
|14||IRL 66||Gerald Owens, Ross Killian||88,0||15||3||9||10||15||3||8||10||-17||10||-16||5|
|15||ESP 1869||Sanchez Francisco, Ramos Alejandro||89,0||8||6||10||4||(ocs)||16||19||3||21||1||1||-25|
|1||FRA 2644||Ingrid Petitjean, Nadege Douroux||22,0||1||1||1||2||1||5||2||6||2||-7||-11||1|
|2||ISR 10||Nike Kornecki, Vered Bouskila||27,0||-15||2||4||1||3||2||5||2||3||1||4||-9|
|3||SWE 323||Therese Torgersson, Vendela Zachrisson||43,0||2||3||3||2||4||10||6||(bfd)||4||5||-16||4|
|4||SLO 142||Vesna Dekleva, Klara Maucec||48,0||7||4||2||7||2||7||13||3||1||-21||(ocs)||2|
|5||NED 11||Marcellien de Koning, Lobke Berkhout||49,0||-14||1||1||1||1||6||7||13||-17||6||10||3|
|6||AUS 357||Elise Rechichi, Tessa Parkinson||53,0||2||3||-17||4||6||3||8||1||8||9||9||-19|
|7||POL 55||Katarzyna Tylinska, Zuzanna Gladysz||53,0||4||2||2||6||3||7||-14||8||-14||4||3||14|
|8||GBR 824||Pippa Wilson, Sheena Craig||58,0||3||7||5||7||2||8||1||10||-11||-11||8||7|
|9||GBR 813||Christina Bassadone, Saskia Clark||58,0||5||(dsq)||7||8||5||5||4||(bfd)||9||3||2||10|
|10||GER 4918||Stefanie Rothweiler, Vivien Kussatz||60,0||6||5||6||4||4||3||10||7||5||10||-15||-13|
|11||FRA 2635||Camille Lecointre, Gwendolyn Lemaitre||75,0||8||8||8||3||7||1||-18||4||16||15||-20||5|
|12||GER 4951||Kathrin Kadelbach, Saskia Schroder||75,0||4||6||3||10||8||4||11||-16||10||13||-21||6|
|13||NOR 6||Siren Sundby, Karianne Melleby||80,0||1||(dnf)||(dnf)||12||6||1||3||9||6||19||12||11|
|14||AUT 431||Sylvia Vogl, Carolina Flatscher||85,0||(dnf)||5||4||5||7||2||(dsq)||12||13||2||13||22|
|15||GER 4954||Sabine Walter, Antje Struckat||91,0||8||14||9||5||8||6||15||5||-21||-20||5||16|