Tight at the top

Paul Brotherton reports on the penultimate day of racing at the 470 European Championships

Monday June 13th 2005, Author: Paul Brotherton, Location: United Kingdom
All the best met and topographic preparation in the world would have been little more than useless today! The short intense gusts the large unpredictable holes and the choppy confused sea all added to the challenge.

Only the Argentian team of Javier Conte and Juan De La Fuente could claim anything like a consistent day in either fleet. A scoreline of a fith and two third's for the races today was head and shoulders above any other combined scoreline for the three truly testing races.

Being excluded from the final European Championships will matter only little to them and for that matter, to the Europeans. Currently on 28 points and discarding a 6th and an 8th, it will be tough for the closest European Team, Rogers and Glanfield, to catch them. The RYA Team GBR pair had a tough time today, only getting into the game in the last race, which they duly won. They have a cushion of 11 points over the Dutch Brothers Sven and Kalle Coster, but only two to spare on the Israelis, who are also excluded from the European results.

The Brits will need to make a call tomorrrow about sailing to win the title or sailing to win the event.

The European title in the womens fleet has already been decided. With two races left to complete Ingrid Petitjean and Nadage Douroux cannot be beaten by any European Team. Only the Israelis Nike Kornecki and Vered Bouskila can now win this event on the water. The French have only a five point lead and the unpredictable nature of the finals races so far, must give the Israelis plenty of hope.

Only 17 points seperates third and tenth and with some big discards on nearly all of the individual scorelines there is still plenty of room for someone to grab the last two races by the scruff of the neck and secure a podium finish. Tomorrow promises to be riveting viewing.

Results so far

Men

Pos Sail No Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Net
1 ARG 70 Javier Conte, Juan de la Fuente 1 5 2 2 1 1 -6 5 -8 5 3 3 28,0
2 GBR 817 Nick Rogers, Joe Glanfield 1 1 1 2 1 1 9 -14 5 14 -25 1 36,0
3 ISR 7 Gideon Kliger, Ehud Gal 6 2 2 1 2 9 2 4 -14 -13 5 6 39,0
4 NED 1 Sven Coster, Kalle Coster 3 4 1 1 4 4 -18 -23 2 2 14 12 47,0
5 FRA 2651 Benjamin Bonnaud, Romain Bonnaud 2 3 4 (dsq) 1 9 1 6 -19 9 6 8 49,0
6 POR 22 Alvaro Marinho, Miguel Nunes 1 1 6 2 3 5 (raf) (ocs) 20 4 2 10 54,0
7 GRE 131 Andreas Kosmatopoulos, Andreas Papadopoulos 8 -12 3 3 5 7 7 2 4 7 8 -13 54,0
8 GBR 816 Nic Asher, Elliott Willis 4 4 5 10 9 6 3 -11 10 3 -24 2 56,0
9 ITA 2 Gabrio Zandona, Della Torre 3 2 (dsq) 3 7 8 4 8 6 8 -17 11 60,0
10 FRA 2574 Ronan Dreano, Ronan Floch 4 6 5 1 2 4 5 -22 13 12 13 -22 65,0

Women

Pos Sail No Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Net
1 FRA 2644 Ingrid Petitjean, Nadege Douroux 1 1 1 2 1 5 2 6 2 -7 -11 1 22,0
2 ISR 10 Nike Kornecki, Vered Bouskila -15 2 4 1 3 2 5 2 3 1 4 -9 27,0
3 SWE 323 Therese Torgersson, Vendela Zachrisson 2 3 3 2 4 10 6 (bfd) 4 5 -16 4 43,0
4 SLO 142 Vesna Dekleva, Klara Maucec 7 4 2 7 2 7 13 3 1 -21 (ocs) 2 48,0
5 NED 11 Marcellien de Koning, Lobke Berkhout -14 1 1 1 1 6 7 13 -17 6 10 3 49,0
6 AUS 357 Elise Rechichi, Tessa Parkinson 2 3 -17 4 6 3 8 1 8 9 9 -19 53,0
7 POL 55 Katarzyna Tylinska, Zuzanna Gladysz 4 2 2 6 3 7 -14 8 -14 4 3 14 53,0
8 GBR 824 Pippa Wilson, Sheena Craig 3 7 5 7 2 8 1 10 -11 -11 8 7 58,0
9 GBR 813 Christina Bassadone, Saskia Clark 5 (dsq) 7 8 5 5 4 (bfd) 9 3 2 10 58,0
10 GER 4918 Stefanie Rothweiler, Vivien Kussatz 6 5 6 4 4 3 10 7 5 10 -15 -13 60,0

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