Action at the top mark
 

Action at the top mark

Another new leader

After a day of multiple OCSes, split sails and capsizes at the Tornado Worlds

Friday April 16th 2004, Author: Leigh McMillan, Location: none selected
A shifty NE wind, 15-18 knots with gusts reaching 20 knots, provided the competitors with lively conditions on the water for the first race of day three of the Tornado Worlds out of Palma's Club Nautico Arenal. 12 boats were OCS, but following video evidence delivered at a subsequent protest four boats got their original positions back including the new overall leaders Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen, Strandberg/Mattsson, Rivas/Escude and Garcia de Soto/Sales.

“The sailors were early over the line but if the Race Committee got 12 - and I reckon there were even more - why not call out a General Recall?” asked Swiss Martin Rusterholz, who was also OCS. “You could clearly see that all the boats in the top end were over. Denmark was the only one to come back. The shifty conditions today didn’t make it any easier but we are happy to be back in the game”, said Darren Bundock, who now lies fifth overall.

For race two the northeasterly had built to a steady 21 knots but with big shifts. On this occasion there were no OCSes.

Leigh MacMillan provides his account:

"Race one started and 14 boats were over the line, including race winner Mitch Booth. We had a great start from the middle of the line and won the left hand side of the course, however boats out on the right were looking favoured, and it was only a small shift back left, right at the top of the course, that saved our bacon, rounding the top mark 7th or 8th. We then quickly pulled through to 4th on the run, pushing it hard in the big gusts. Just ahead of us was Olivier Backes and the Greeks. The second upwind again saw the right favoured, however we took a small hitch left on a shift which initially helped us but eventually lost us some ground. By this point in the race, we were just ahead of a big pack of chasing boats, including Lovell and Ogletree and Lange and Espinola.

"Once again we gained on the run moving into 3rd place. The final upwind again looked like a similar right hand favoured course, however we again took a short hitch left and then came across in a left hander and pressure and were right up behind the Greeks and pushing for second on the water (but first in the results after the OCS boats had been discounted). Disaster nearly struck as Mark's trapeze gear failed and he was dropped into the water, fortunately he held on to the mainsheet and managed to drag himself back on board, not losing any places. The final run saw us dual with the Greeks and nearly beat them losing out on the line by a few feet. Lange and Espinola finished third.

"In between the races we fixed the trapeze gear and then waited for the second race, all the while the breeze building. The race officer started us and again the right was favoured, and again we had a good start from the middle. Unfortunately there were no lanes across and we rounded the top mark in the 20s. Mitch Booth had hit hard right and led comfortably. We then smoked the run to get back in to the race by the bottom mark, until our mainsail ripped in half on the gybe. This ended our race and means that with four races left we have used our discard. Booth easily won the race from Bundock and Forbes.

"In the overall results we are second equal on 24 points with Lange and Espinola of Argentina and 10 points ahead of Bundock and Forbes. Tomorrow is a lay day for the fleet. Four more races are due to be sailed on Saturday and Sunday."

Results

Pos Sail no Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 NED 1 Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen 20 32 2 1 1 1 25
2 ARG 1 Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola 1 8 1 14 4 11 25
3 GBR 420 Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley 12 4 3 3 3 DNF 25
4 USA 808 John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree 5 1 8 16 6 16 36
5 AUS 967 Darren Bundock/John Forbes 8 7 30 5 14 2 36
6 ESP 1 Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz 9 6 13 12 5 5 37
7 RUS 97 Andrey Kirilyuk/Valery Ushkov 29 14 7 9 7 6 43
8 FRA 28 Yann Guichard/Christophe Espagnon 4 11 9 19 DNF 3 46
9 FRA 295 Olivier Backes/Laurent Voiron 22 3 11 11 9 13 47
10 FRA 279 Xavier Revil/Laurent Guillemette 10 9 6 13 20 9 47
11 GRE 1 Dimitris Theodorakis/Andonis Bougiouris 19 18 41 4 2 7 50
12 AUT 380 Roman Hagara/Hans Peter Steinacher 13 5 10 2 29 22 52
13 SWE 199 Martin Strandberg/Kristian Mattsson 32 16 14 10 18 8 66
14 CAN 369 Oskar Johansson/John Curtis 3 19 29 18 22 12 74
15 GER 1087 Johannes Polgar/Carsten Happel 23 12 18 7 17 21 75
16 GER 1090 Roland Gaebler/Gunnar Struckmann 48 34 4 27 12 4 81
17 FRA 282 Matthieu Souben/Gurvan Bontemps 21 10 21 36 15 18 85
18 FRA 293 François Gabart/David Romain 2 25 5 28 OCS 27 87
19 POR 2 Hugo Rocha/Luis Beito 14 13 34 6 OCS 20 87
20 POR 1 Diego Cayolla/Nuno Barretto RDG RDG 16 8 28 29 92,6
21 PUR 1 Enrique Figueroa/Jorge Hernandez 7 17 40 24 8 37 93
22 BRA 37 Mauricio Santa Cruz/Henrique Pelicano 35 26 28 15 10 19 98
23 SWE 201 Hans Wallen/Christoffer Rappe 18 21 17 20 27 25 101
24 ESP 2004 Enrique Garcia de Soto Lastra/Fernando Sales 26 30 25 43 13 10 104
25 SLO 1 Dusan Puh/Alan Biderman 31 2 12 35 32 30 107
26 NZL 87 Aaron McIntosh/Mark/Kennedy 17 20 24 25 24 28 110
27 ESP 23 Toni Rivas/Fabian Escude 6 33 47 37 23 14 113
28 ESP 121 Jose Mª Ponce/Ramon Illan 11 39 20 21 31 36 119
29 NED 162 Sven Karsenbarg/Mischa Heemskerk 38 15 23 26 19 DNF 121
30 ITA 257 Francesco Marcolini/Edoardo Bianchi 27 27 OCS 39 25 15 133
31 ESP 7 Francisco Sanchez Ferrer/Juan Manuel Barrionuevo 24 36 19 29 DNF 26 134
32 ESP 11 Manuel Calavia/Carlos Varea 37 22 22 46 21 DNF 148
33 DEN 1 Peder Ronholt/Soren Schmidt Jorgensen 33 29 32 34 35 24 152
34 FRA 281 Besson/Arnaud Jarlegan OCS 24 OCS 22 11 39 159
35 CAN 1 Eric Holden/Mark Coakley 34 31 37 47 26 33 161
36 ITA 5 Vincenzo Sorrentino/Giorgio Colombo 30 28 46 30 OCS 32 166
37 FRA 286 François Morvan/Matthieu Vandame OCS 23 35 40 42 31 171
38 UKR 21 Stanislav Golimbiyevskyy/Oleksandr Meninkov 39 41 26 33 34 43 173
39 GRE 7 Iordanis Paschalides/Christos Garefis DNF DNF 31 44 16 23 177
40 FRA 276 Baptiste Balzeau/Gaël Ledoux 42 35 15 42 DNF 47 181
41 RUS 27 Alexey Chekrygin/Sergey Bogatkin OCS 44 33 17 37 53 184
42 RUS 007 Sergey Dzienbaev/Oleg Ryazantsev 15 RDG 36 31 DNF DNC 186,6
43 FRA 260 Moana Vaireaux/Romain Petit 28 42 51 51 33 35 189
44 RUS 77 Konstantin Emelyanov/Alexander Yanin 43 37 39 38 OCS 38 195
45 AUT 381 Thomas Zajac/Thomas Czajka 16 DNC 38 DNC 36 45 198
46 ITA 7 Giuseppe Angilella/Giovanni Barraja 50 51 52 55 30 17 200
47 GRE 11 Constantinos Gkiris/Andreas Tsamitas 45 52 DNF 23 40 42 202
48 FRA 278 Guillaume Coyon/Lucas Millieret 25 38 49 49 OCS 46 207
49 HUN 1 Arpad Litkey/Peter Szaniszlo 49 49 27 53 OCS 34 212
50 CZE 52 Zdenek Pavlis/Jri Pavlis 47 53 43 32 45 49 216
51 GBR 402 Andrew Walsh/Ed Barney 46 48 44 54 38 41 217
52 BRA 52 Luiz Eduardo Adler Pimentel Duarte/Gualberto Naldi 41 47 42 50 43 48 221
53 GBR 404 Jonathan Hutchcroft/Marcus Lynch 51 40 48 52 44 40 223
54 SUI 227 Martin Rusterholz/Michiel Fehr 36 43 45 41 OCS DNC 228
55 GBR 415 Leo Farrow/Tristan Lamb 40 46 50 45 47 51 228
56 ESP 5 Bernardo Benítez/Miguel Quintana 44 50 DNC DNC 39 44 240
57 BRA 51 Jose Roberto de Jesus/Fernando Jacobina 52 45 55 57 41 DNF 250
58 BRA 43 Alex Leal/Thiago K Leal 55 DSQ 57 48 46 50 256
59 GER 1024 Günter Mörtl/Walter Kerf 56 55 54 56 OCS DNC 284
60 ESP 3 Oriol Bou Bohé/Eduardo Olmos DNC 56 56 DNC DNC 52 290
61 ESP 277 Pablo de Villar Farrés/Nicolás de Virgiliis 53 DNF 53 58 DNC DNC 290
62 GBR 398 John Bernard Ready/Angus Roberts 54 54 DNC DNC DNC DNF 297

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