A better day for Rogers and Glanfield

Paul Brotherton reports from day two of the 470 European finals

Sunday June 12th 2005, Author: Paul Brotherton, Location: United Kingdom
The finals of the 470 Europeans continued today in light offshore breezes, not conditions for the fainthearted. Getting off the line and being in control of your first decision is normally crucial. Nick Rogers and Jo Glanfield resumed normal service today and achieved just this. Demonstrating why they are regarded by many as the class act in the fleet, they executed a perfect start two boats up from the pin.

The British Silver medalists and the other boats that managed to hold their lanes where rewarded, a large left shift three minutes after the start punished the boats that were forced to tack and clear soon after the start. This left shift stayed through the remainder of the race turning it into a processesion.

Towards the finish and as the rest of the field assumed a simple two sail reach through the line, Rogers and Glanfield gave their second masterclass of the day. Lying in a very countable sixth place and with nothing more than an eight boat length advantage over seventh, the Brits rounded the last turning mark within two lengths of fith. As they drove hard to windward Gabrio Zandona and Della Torre (no fools themselves, Gabrio was 470 World Champion in 2003) in fith had no choice but defend and sail above rhe rhumb line with them. 10 boat lengths to the finish the brits dropped the bow hard hoisted the kite from the windward bag and as it snapped full the Italians reacted hoisting their own, too late the Brits had sailed through to leeward and through the line. The boat in senenth had closed the gap by sailing the direct distance but had, crucially, gained no places.

The women who sailed on the same track had a much more open race. Ingrid Petitejean and Nadege Douroux sailed another clean, smart race moving slowly through the fleet to finish second. There does not seem to be a challenger in the waiting, although Nike Kornecki and Vered Bouskila the experienced Israeli team are still in touching distance, the winner will surely come from this pair. The battle for the bronze medal is still wide open with any of the top 12 still able to take it.

Speaking later about their earlier exploits Joe explained "We are just so much more aggresive than we used to be and what we expect from ourselves is so much higher." The points are still tight at the top, and with 5 races left, anything can happen. Who knows if that point will come in handy, I have my suspicions it will.

Results so far

Men

Pos Sail No Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Net
1 GBR 817 Nick Rogers, Joe Glanfield 1 1 1 2 1 1 -9 -14 5 12,0
2 ARG 70 Javier Conte, Juan de la Fuente 1 5 2 2 1 1 -6 5 -8 17,0
3 NED 1 Sven Coster, Kalle Coster 3 4 1 1 4 4 -18 -23 2 19,0
4 ISR 7 Gideon Kliger, Ehud Gal 6 2 2 1 2 -9 2 4 -14 19,0
5 FRA 2651 Benjamin Bonnaud, Romain Bonnaud 2 3 4 (dsq) 1 9 1 6 -19 26,0
6 FRA 2574 Ronan Dreano, Ronan Floch 4 6 5 1 2 4 5 -22 -13 27,0
7 GRE 131 Andreas Kosmatopoulos, Andreas Papadopoulos -8 -12 3 3 5 7 7 2 4 31,0
8 ITA 2 Gabrio Zandona, Della Torre 3 2 (dsq) 3 7 -8 4 8 6 33,0
9 POR 22 Alvaro Marinho, Miguel Nunes 1 1 6 2 3 5 (raf) (ocs) 20 38,0
10 GBR 816 Nic Asher, Elliott Willis 4 4 5 -10 9 6 3 -11 10 41,0

Women


Pos Sail No Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Net
1 FRA 2644 Ingrid Petitjean, Nadege Douroux 1 1 1 2 1 -5 2 -6 2 10,0
2 ISR 10 Nike Kornecki, Vered Bouskila -15 2 4 1 3 2 -5 2 3 17,0
3 SWE 323 Therese Torgersson, Vendela Zachrisson 2 3 3 2 4 -10 6 (bfd) 4 24,0
4 SLO 142 Vesna Dekleva, Klara Maucec -7 4 2 7 2 7 -13 3 1 26,0
5 AUS 357 Elise Rechichi, Tessa Parkinson 2 3 -17 4 6 3 -8 1 8 27,0
6 NED 11 Marcellien de Koning, Lobke Berkhout -14 1 1 1 1 6 7 13 -17 30,0
7 POL 55 Katarzyna Tylinska, Zuzanna Gladysz 4 2 2 6 3 7 -14 8 -14 32,0
8 GBR 824 Pippa Wilson, Sheena Craig 3 7 5 7 2 8 1 -10 -11 33,0
9 GER 4918 Stefanie Rothweiler, Vivien Kussatz 6 5 6 4 4 3 -10 -7 5 33,0
10 NOR 6 Siren Sundby, Karianne Melleby 1 (dnf) (dnf) 12 6 1 3 9 6 38,0

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