Bundock and Ashby on the rise

But French maintain a slim lead as Tornado Worlds reach halfway stage

Thursday February 28th 2008, Author: Jodie Bakewell-White, Location: United Kingdom
  • After a day lost to lack of wind yesterday, today the fleet raced in sea breeze condition
  • Discard now comes into play and Bundock and Ashby (above) zoom up to second
  • The Canadian team of Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle are sailing well and looking for country qualification for the Games
  • Two further races scheduled for Friday, racing concludes Saturday

Yann Guichard and Alexandre Gaebler of France still hold the lead at the 2008 Tornado World Championship now past the mid way point in Takapuna, North Shore City, Auckland.

While the forecast wasn’t promising Takapuna turned it on this Thursday with fabulous sailing conditions and warm, sunny skies. Racing started on time and sailors enjoyed a north easterly breeze which built through the afternoon to around 12 knots for the second race of the day making for exciting sailing.

The snakes and ladders on the leader board continued today with constant shuffling in the overall standings. Now past the midway point in this ten race series, the one discard for the series has come into play which saw some competitors make big gains on the board.

Guichard and Gaebler were 13th in the first race of the day allowing the Canadian’s to steal the overall lead momentarily , however the French were quick to fight back coming 4th in race 6, they then discarded their worst result and took back the lead.

Defending world champions Bundock and Ashby were the big movers of the day shifting up to 2nd just six points adrift of the leaders putting themselves right back in the game for the title. They were 8th in race 5 and then followed that up with a win in race 6 to rocket six places up the leaderboard aided by the first discard coming into play.

It was a mixed day for Canadian’s Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle who took the overall lead after a 4th in race 5. But in race 6 they were 19th across the line and now sit in 3rd place overall at the end of the day. Still looking to qualify their country for an Olympic spot they are well out in front in this race which sees ten nations who are yet to qualify fighting it out for four remaining places.

German’s Roland Gaebler and Gunnar Struckman had a disappointing day losing their overnight position of 2nd falling back to 5th with a 30th and an 18th in racing today.

Lying second in the race for Olympic qualification is the kiwi pair of Aaron McIntosh and Mark Kennedy. The New Zealander’s were pleased with their performance on the water today and happy with their overall consistency.

“That was a good one for us,” said Aaron McIntosh. “The big thing is that we’ve been super consistent all the way through.”

When asked about their tactics for racing McIntosh replied, “Keep it simple, do the simple things well. We’ve had two days of offshore and today we had the sea breeze which was pretty light, and a little bit sticky. But we had good starts and managed to get to the right side of the course early.”

McIntosh is pleased and perhaps a touch surprised at his overall standing. When asked how he was feeling now six races in he said “Really great, a little surprised, but we know we’ve got in ourselves.”

Austrian’s Hagara and Steinacher who are reigning Olympic champions improved their overall standing today from 14th up to 9th which also puts them in a good position to earn Olympic qualification.

Racing resumes tomorrow with a planned start time of 1 o’clock with two races scheduled; racing concludes on Saturday.

To listen to an interview today on the event website with Darren Bundock click here .


Nat Helm Crew
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
Total
Nett
1st FRA Yann Guichard Alexandre Guyader
4
9
1
3
-13
4
34
21
2nd AUS Darren Bundock Glen Ashby
14
-23
2
2
8
1
50
27
3rd CAN Oskar Johansson Kevin Stittle
-21
1
3
1
4
19
49
28
4th ITA Francesco Marcolini Edoardi Bianchi
11
7
10
5
1
(52 OCS)
86
34
5th GER Roland Gaebler Gunnar Struckman
3
3
4
9
-30
18
67
37
6th FRA Billy Besson Arnaud Jarlegan
19
-20
7
4
5
6
61
41
7th NZL Aaron McIntosh Mark Kennedy
-17
8
5
7
10
13
60
43
8th NED Mitch Booth Pim Nieuwenhuis
7
2
6
8
-26
22
71
45
9th AUT Roman Hagara Hans Peter Steinacher
10
-25
12
15
2
9
73
48
10th USA John Lovell Charlie Ogletree
2
5
29
(52 DNF)
3
16
107
55
11th GRE Iordanis Paschalidis Konstantine Trigonis
6
-24
20
16
9
5
80
56
12th FRA Xavier Revil Cristophe Espagnon
18
12
14
6
6
(52 OCS)
108
56
13th ESP Fernando Echavarri Anton Paz
1
14
8
11
23
(52 OCS)
109
57
14th ARG Santiago Lange Carlos Espinola
15
10
13
12
-17
8
75
58
15th GBR Andrew Walsh Edward Barney
5
4
21
-28
22
10
90
62
16th RUS Andrey Kirilyuk Valery Ushkov
16
13
15
13
-33
12
102
69
17th GER Johannes Polgar Florian Spalteholz
-27
22
18
14
20
3
104
77
18th UKR Pavlo Kalynchev Andrey Shaufranyuk
9
19
-24
21
15
15
103
79
19th BEL Carolijn Brouwer Sebbe Godefroid
12
11
19
10
27
(52 OCS)
131
79
20th GBR Rob Wilson Mark Bulkeley
13
15
11
23
21
-30
113
83
21st DEN Allan Norregaard Michael Risoer
-22
18
17
22
11
17
107
85
22nd GBR Leigh McMillan Will Howden
20
21
9
(52 DNF)
14
24
140
88
23rd ESP Toni Rivas Fabian Escude
34
6
-36
17
25
7
125
89
24th PUR Enrique Figueroa Jorge Hernandez
8
17
28
-32
31
11
127
95
25th GER Tino Mittelmeier Niko Mittelmeier
23
32
(52 DNF)
29
16
2
154
102
26th GBR John Gimson Stuart Bithell
26
-29
16
27
18
20
136
107
27th NZL Bruce Kendall Blair Tuke
31
-38
30
24
7
21
151
113
28th AUT Thomas Zajac Thomas Czajka
29
16
25
31
-32
14
147
115
29th RUS Sergey Dzhienbaev Maxim Semenov
24
-40
27
20
19
25
155
115
30th NZL Rex Sellers Brett Sellers
32
26
23
-33
24
27
165
132
31st GBR Tom Phipps Marcus Lynch
43
(52 DNF)
22
19
28
23
187
135
32nd CHN You Jia Lu Xiu Ke Chen
30
37
34
25
12
(52 OCS)
190
138
33rd AUS Rohan langworthy Jack Benson
25
34
31
18
-40
35
183
143
34th BRA Bruno Di Bernaldi Mario Tinoco
33
27
35
26
29
(52 OCS)
202
150
35th AUS Brett Burvill Ryan Duffield
-35
33
32
30
34
26
190
155
36th POL Piotr Kowalewski Maciey Klosowicz
37
31
33
34
-42
32
209
167
37th NZL Nigel Williams Jeremy Stephenson
38
36
26
-39
37
33
209
170
38th NZL Dave Shaw Susan Shaw
36
35
37
37
-38
31
214
176
39th GER Eckart Kaphengst Rasmus Toepsch
28
30
(52 DNF)
52 DNC
36
34
232
180
40th VEN Saba Yamil Cendiza Gonzalo
39
39
38
-41
35
29
221
180
41st NZL Paul Francis Aaron Duncan
40
28
(52 DNF)
36
41
36
233
181
42nd AUS Damian Ford Mark Edmonds
(52 DNS)
41
40
35
45
28
241
189
43rd CHN Bo Lin Shan Feng Yang
44
42
39
38
-48
41
252
204
44th AUS Paul Peterson Matt Thackray
42
-44
44
44
39
40
253
209
45th AUS/GBR Stephen Medwell Stuart Offer
41
(52 DNF)
41
43
46
39
262
210
46th NZL David Mead Chris Burgess
-48
43
42
40
47
43
263
215
47th AUS Allan Gamble Kim Nicholas
46
46
45
42
-49
37
265
216
48th NZL William Caunce Andrew Springford
(52 DNF)
47
46
47
44
38
274
222
49th GER/NZL Justus Wolf Justus Maus
45
45
43
46
-51
45
275
224
50th AUS Paul Raymond Nicholas Raymond
-49
48
47
48
43
44
279
230
51st CHN An Jie Lu Xie Hai Zhuang
47
(52 DNF)
48
45
50
42
284
232

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