Kiwis to the fore

Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk take the lead at the Star Worlds

Wednesday August 5th 2009, Author: Lynn Fitzpatrick, Location: United Kingdom
Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk have been teamed up since the Delta Lloyd Regatta earlier this spring and much of the time Pepper has been under the weather and Monk has been in wonderment about being back on the Olympic sailing circuit since competing in the Finn for New Zealand in the 1996 Olympics. Yesterday's day off from sailing meant rest and relaxation and they resuscitated the Kiwi Magic of 2006 and 2007 when Pepper won the San Francisco Star World Championship and was in the hunt at every regatta.

Pepper and Monk not only won today's first race, they also came out of the day atop the leaderboard following the completion of four races. They popped off the boat end of the starting line and took the express lane up the right hand side of the course with the current propelling them forward in flat (and shallower) water. Others, in the middle of the course, struggled against the current in the light air. The Kiwis followed Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Strube (USA) around the weather mark and overcame the Americans' 40-second lead on the run after Mendelblatt and Strube gybed toward the inside for what looked like more pressure. It was just the break that the Kiwis needed to take the lead and stay in a controlling position for the remainder of the race.

Following the race, Pepper said, "We sailed pretty conservatively today. It's easy to lose boats in this fleet and in these conditions."

The American team was quite pleased with their performance during the first race. Mendelblatt/Strube took second. George Szabo and Rick Peters were third and Andrew Campbell and Magnus Liljedahl were fourth. J

The Germans had their day in the sunshine too. During the second race of the day, Race 4 of the series, the Germans had four boats in the top ten. Johannes Polgar and Tim Kroeger were fourth, Alex Schlonski and Frihjof Kleen were fifth, Matthias Miller and Benedikt Wenk were seventh and Johannes Babandererde and Timo Jacobs pulled out a ninth place finish in a race in which the pressure was up and down and the current continued to be a factor, albeit the breeze had filled to 8-10 knots in the afternoon sun.

Polgar/Kroeger were low point for the day with a 7, 4. Said Polgar, "We had a clear picture in our minds before we went out today. We also had two good starts." Polgar, who spent years sailing Tornados at an Olympic level and transferred into the Star this spring, said, "it is nice to finally be sailing with the leaders after being in another class for so long. I hope that Tim and I and the rest of the Germans can keep the good sailing alive through the remainder of the week."

The lead in Race 4 was passed from Xavier Rohart and Pierre Alexis Ponsot (FRA) to Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI) during the second beat, and Marazzi/De Maria held on for the bullet. Marazzi/De Maria are in fourth place overall after four races, but are likely to be sitting pretty when teams are able to discard their worst race following the completion of five races. The Swiss have three finishes in the top three and one deep score.

Despite ending the day on a low note, Mendelblatt/Strube are in second overall and Andrew Campbell and Magnus Liljedahl are in third. Campbell, a rookie in the Star Class, is sailing with Liljedahl, an Olympic Gold Medalist and Star World Champion. Said Liljedahl earlier in the week, "I've sailed with 15 Olympic medallists and I've already learned things from Andrew. He is incredibly calm and level-headed in a boat." Campbell agreed saying, "We're learning a lot from each other and every race is an improvement. It's a pleasure to sail with someone with so much experience and enthusiasm."

Race 5 of the 2009 Star World Championship in Varberg, Sweden is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, 2009.

More photos on the following pages...

Results:


Pos Nhelm Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot Net
1 Hamish Pepper Craig Monk NZL 11 9 1 11 32 32
2 Mark Mendelblatt Mark Strube USA 8 4 2 26 40 40
3 Andrew Campbell Magnus Liljedahl USA 14 14 4 8 40 40
4 Flavio Marazzi Enrico De Maria SUI 3 3 35 1 42 42
5 Alexander Schlonski Frithjof Kleen GER 9 17 11 5 42 42
6 Fredrik Lööf Johan Tillander SWE 2 5 15 23 45 45
7 Nicola Celon Edoardo Natucci ITA 7 21 8 25 61 61
8 Johannes Polgar Tim Kroeger GER 31 22 7 4 64 64
9 Lars Schmidt Grael Ronald Seifert BRA 30 6 14 14 64 64
10 Afonso Domingos Frederico Melo POR 38 7 10 10 65 65
11 Matthias Miller Benedikt Wenk GER 5 24 31 7 67 67
12 Robert Scheidt Bruno Prada BRA 26 2 33 13 74 74
13 Diego Negri Valerio Chinca ITA 22 11 19 22 74 74
14 Mats Johansson Leif Möller SWE 10 20 44 2 76 76
15 Marin Lovrovic Jr Sinisa Mikulicic CRO 18 26 27 6 77 77
16 George Szabo Rick Peters USA 54 1 3 20 78 78
17 John Gimson Ed Greig GBR 19 27 12 21 79 79
18 Max Treacy Anthony Shanks IRL 12 32 24 12 80 80
19 Mateusz Kusznierewicz Dominik Zycki POL 1 12 50 18 81 81
20 Johannes Babandererde Timo Jacobs GER 4 34 34 9 81 81
21 Alejo Rigoni Juan Pablo Percossi ARG 16 16 38 15 85 85
22 Benny Andersen Mogens Just DEN 32 25 6 28 91 91
23 Horacio Carabelli Ubiratan Matos BRA 20 30 9 37 96 96
24 Peter O'Leary Tim Goodbody IRL 15 10 22 53 100 100
25 Robert Stanjek Markus Koy GER 35 19 13 39 106 106
26 Xavier Rohart Pierre Alexis Ponsot FRA 43 15 46 3 107 107
27 Andrew Macdonald Brian Fatih USA 17 13 64 17 111 111
28 Silvio Santoni Fabio Toccoli ITA 6 54 26 27 113 113
29 Erik Dahlén Krister Carlsson SWE 13 46 25 33 117 117
30 Alberto Barovier Nando Colaninno ITA 21 42 20 40 123 123
31 Manuel Voigt Paul Sradnick GER 24 39 16 46 125 125
32 Ante Razmilovic Brian Hammersley GBR 28 38 23 41 130 130
33 Juan Kouyoumdjian Steven Erickson ARG 29 43 29 29 130 130
34 Tibor Tenke Miklos Berezeti HUN 25 37 18 52 132 132
35 Dan Lovrovic Antonio Arapovic CRO 59 8 45 30 142 142
36 Kunio Suzuki Daichi Wada JPN 41 59 21 24 145 145
37 Paul Mckenzie Philip Toth AUS 45 18 32 60 155 155
38 Alexander Hagen Kai Falkentahl GER 47 31 40 44 162 162
39 Herluf Joergensen Lars Wegener DEN 39 49 30 51 169 169
40 Andrew Landenberger Beat Stegmeier AUS 33 87 DSQ 5 47 172 172
41 Lars Edwall Henrik Ljungdahl SWE 48 52 36 36 172 172
42 Henrik Dannesboe Vincent Hagin SUI 34 65 43 38 180 180
43 Flemming Sorensen Niels Trysoe-Hansen DEN 23 82 58 19 182 182
44 Sander Jorissen Erik Veldhuizen NED 56 36 82 16 190 190
45 Henrik Jörhov Karl Kristensen SWE 44 35 61 50 190 190
46 Calle Schröder Stefan Hemlin SWE 27 87 DNF 42 35 191 191
47 Andre Mirsky Marcelo Jordao BRA 60 23 51 63 197 197
48 Mate Arapov Ivan Misura CRO 37 72 59 31 199 199
49 Brian Cramer Matt Johnston CAN 51 28 63 62 204 204
50 Kurt Scheidegger Markus Scheidegger SUI 46 66 54 45 211 211
51 Fredrik Ljungkvist Daniel Alm SWE 40 79 37 58 214 214
52 Konstantin Datsenko Bazurin Ilya UKR 36 57 80 43 216 216
53 Philip Carlson Benjamin Peterson SWE 70 63 17 70 220 220
54 Sune Carlsson Dan Anders Carlsson SWE 74 44 28 76 222 222
55 Hans Oskarsson Håkan Lundgren SWE 69 67 39 48 223 223
56 Andrea Fornaro Riccardo Capociuchi ITA 65 60 65 34 224 224
57 Joni Leeve Asko Salminen FIN 58 64 55 49 226 226
58 Tomas Franzen Pontus Gabel SWE 78 45 41 64 228 228
59 Gerhard Weinreich Alexander Kagl AUT 82 40 53 56 231 231
60 Pelle Petterson Anders Ekström SWE 50 29 75 78 232 232
61 Claude Bonanni Richard Burgess USA 52 62 62 59 235 235
62 Jan Strömbeck Stefan Jacobsson SWE 75 61 69 32 237 237
63 Ingvar Krook Henrik Hasselgren SWE 62 47 72 57 238 238
64 Vasyl Gureyev Volodymyr Korotkov UKR 53 74 70 42 239 239
65 Johnny Jensen Claus Lauritsen DEN 55 55 78 55 243 243
66 Olle Johansson Dag Hansson SWE 73 33 71 67 244 244
67 Roman Juchli Philipp Juchli SUI 77 51 52 66 246 246
68 Peter Van Veen Paul Goeist NED 57 68 48 74 247 247
69 Regis Berenguier Laurent Bernaz FRA 76 53 57 73 259 259
70 Roberto Tomasini Grinover Gunnar Bahr AUT 71 69 67 54 261 261
71 Hubert Rauch Chris Conrads GER 49 87 BFD 49 77 262 262
72 Juerg Wittich Christian Trachsel SUI 72 50 68 72 262 262
73 Christian Paucksch Christian Knoll GER 63 73 60 68 264 264
74 Florian von Linde Tobias Steffens GER 42 76 76 79 273 273
75 Anders Hoagland Gunnar Faernert SWE 79 41 81 75 276 276
76 Jochen Diercks Herbert Braasch GER 64 81 66 65 276 276
77 David Tabb Tom Peyton GBR 66 70 73 69 278 278
78 Fredrik Fransson Tomas Åkerman SWE 81 77 56 71 285 285
79 Arkadiusz Wierzbicki Krzysztof Pawlowski POL 61 80 84 61 286 286
80 Daniel Wyss Urs Joss SUI 68 58 74 87 DSQ 287 287
81 Benny Nilsson Stefan Fagerlund Nilsson SWE 83 78 47 80 288 288
82 Börje Larsson Carl-Fredrik Larsson SWE 85 48 79 81 293 293
83 Gösta Eriksson Björn Beskow SWE 84 56 77 87 DNF 304 304
84 Andrey Berezhnoy Sergey Masalov RUS 67 71 85 82 305 305
85 Dierk Thomsen Philip Behn GER 80 75 83 83 321 321
86 Mariusz Modrzynski Sebastian Moras POL 87 DNF 83 86 84 340 340

Latest Comments

Add a comment - Members log in

Latest news!

Back to top
    Back to top