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Leader Mark Bulkeley reports on the Tornado Worlds in Palma

Thursday April 15th 2004, Author: James Boyd/Mark Bulkeley, Location: none selected
The boat park and the Jury Room were busy last night at the Tornado Worlds in Palma. While competitors were repairing their boats, the Jury had seven protests to hear and of these four were dismissed and one was considered invalid.

“The sailors do not seem to understand the requirement to fly the red flag when protesting and that’s why some protests were not heard”, explained International Jury Chairman Pat Healy.

Day 2 of the Tornado Worlds started with shifty conditions on the water and the boats had to wait for more than an hour before the wind direction was stable enough to start racing. From the Southeast to east the wind was blowing at 14 knots and gusty.

The Dutch team Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen had a very good day with a second and a first. The UK's Leigh McMillan and Mark Bulkeley put in two thirds and have taken over the leader from Charlie Ogletree and John Lovell. “The races today weren’t easy. Really shifty and we tacked and jibed at least 10 to 12 times on each leg”, commented Booth.

“In such conditions one little mistake cost us 20 positions in 200 meters and it was difficult to recover them. The first race was easier than the second”, added German Roland Gaebler who finished fourth in race three and 27th in race four.

French Youth team Gabart/Romain had another excellent result, coming fifth in race three. “We feel very motivated to be sailing among the best sailors in the world," said Gabart.



Above: Roman Hagarah

Mark Bulkeley GBR Tornado sailor and leaders at the Worlds gives his perspective on today's racing: "The pin end was heavily favoured on race one and many boats chose to tack onto port and find a gap, boats that could immedietely got out into the wind and the favoured tack. Santiago Lange was one of these and he led the fleet from start to finish. We rounded the top mark 15th and sailed a very sensible race in the shifty conditions to chip away each leg and finally finish third taking a few boats down the last run. The pressure was filtering in from the left and big gains were made playing that side of the course. Darren Bundock was a casualty of the conditions and scored a 32nd. Other results of note included a fourth for Roland Gaebler. Day one leaders Lovell and Ogletree were in the top 5 but a costly error on the last run saw them lose places as they ran out of wind.

"Race 2 started shortly after the end of race 1, much to the surprise of the fleet. The wind was shifting through 45 degrees and up and down in strength, however the race started and again the pin was favoured. Mitch Booth won the pin and along with Bundock we had a great start from the pin too. We sailed most of the way to the left before tacking in one of the new bands. Roman Hagara managed to get across from the middle and would lead the fleet for most of the race. We rounded the top mark 6th and again set about chipping away at the fleet. The race turned into a bit of a one way track after this and it was downwind where we moved up to fourth and then third, passing the Greeks on the final run to the finish.

"Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen won the race on the final run to add to their second in the first race. Bundock and Forbes had a better race finsihing 5th. There were some casualties of the conditions, and these included Lovell and Ogletree who were nearly last at the first mark but battled to score a 16th."

The weather forecast for the two races scheduled for tomorrow is 15 knots from the east.

Results

Pos Sail no Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot
1 GBR 420 Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley 12 4 3 3 22
2 ARG 1 Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola 1 8 1 14 24
3 USA 808 John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree 5 1 8 16 30
4 AUT 380 Roman Hagara/Hans Peter Steinacher 13 5 10 2 30
5 FRA 279 Xavier Revil/Laurent Guillemette 10 9 6 13 38
6 ESP 1 Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz 9 6 13 12 40
7 FRA 28 Yann Guichard/Christophe Espagnon 4 11 9 19 43
8 FRA 295 Olivier Backes/Laurent Voiron 22 3 11 11 47
9 POR 1 Diego Cayolla/Nuno Barretto RDG RDG 16 8 48
10 AUS 967 Darren Bundock/John Forbes 8 7 30 5 50
11 NED 1 Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen 20 32 2 1 55
12 RUS 97 Andrey Kirilyuk/Valery Ushkov 29 14 7 9 59
13 FRA 293 François Gabart/David Romain 2 25 5 28 60
14 GER 1087 Johannes Polgar/Carsten Happel 23 12 18 7 60
15 POR 2 Hugo Rocha/Luis Beito 14 13 34 6 67
16 CAN 369 Oskar Johansson/John Curtis 3 19 29 18 69
17 SWE 199 Martin Strandberg/Kristian Mattsson 32 16 14 10 72
18 SWE 201 Hans Wallen/Christoffer Rappe 18 21 17 20 76
19 SLO 1 Dusan Puh/Alan Biderman 31 2 12 35 80
20 GRE 1 Dimitris Theodorakis/Andonis Bougiouris 19 18 41 4 82
21 NZL 87 Aaron McIntosh/Mark/Kennedy 17 20 24 25 86
22 PUR 1 Enrique Figueroa/Jorge Hernandez 7 17 40 24 88
23 FRA 282 Matthieu Souben/Gurvan Bontemps 21 10 21 36 88
24 ESP 121 Jose Mª Ponce/Ramon Illan 11 39 20 21 91
25 NED 162 Sven Karsenbarg/Mischa Heemskerk 38 15 23 26 102
26 BRA 37 Mauricio Santa Cruz/Henrique Pelicano 35 26 28 15 104
27 ESP 7 Francisco Sanchez Ferrer/Juan Manuel Barrionuevo 24 36 19 29 108
28 RUS 007 Sergey Dzienbaev/Oleg Ryazantsev 15 RDG 36 31 109,3
29 GER 1090 Roland Gaebler/Gunnar Struckmann 48 34 4 27 113
30 ESP 23 Toni Rivas/Fabian Escude 6 33 47 37 123
31 ESP 2004 Enrique Garcia de Soto Lastra/Fernando Sales 26 30 25 43 124
32 ESP 11 Manuel Calavia/Carlos Varea 37 22 22 46 127
33 DEN 1 Peder Ronholt/Soren Schmidt Jorgensen 33 29 32 34 128
34 FRA 276 Baptiste Balzeau/Gaël Ledoux 42 35 15 42 134
35 ITA 5 Vincenzo Sorrentino/Giorgio Colombo 30 28 46 30 134
36 UKR 21 Stanislav Golimbiyevskyy/Oleksandr Meninkov 39 41 26 33 139
37 CAN 1 Eric Holden/Mark Coakley 34 31 37 47 149
38 ITA 257 Francesco Marcolini/Edoardo Bianchi 27 27 OCS 39 156
39 RUS 27 Alexey Chekrygin/Sergey Bogatkin OCS 44 33 17 157
40 RUS 77 Konstantin Emelyanov/Alexander Yanin 43 37 39 38 157
41 FRA 286 François Morvan/Matthieu Vandame OCS 23 35 40 161
42 FRA 278 Guillaume Coyon/Lucas Millieret 25 38 49 49 161
43 SUI 227 Martin Rusterholz/Michiel Fehr 36 43 45 41 165
44 FRA 281 Besson/Arnaud Jarlegan OCS 24 OCS 22 172
45 FRA 260 Moana Vaireaux/Romain Petit 28 42 51 51 172
46 CZE 52 Zdenek Pavlis/Jri Pavlis 47 53 43 32 175
47 HUN 1 Arpad Litkey/Peter Szaniszlo 49 49 27 53 178
48 AUT 381 Thomas Zajac/Thomas Czajka 16 DNC 38 DNC 180
49 BRA 52 Luiz Eduardo Adler Pimentel Duarte/Gualberto Naldi 41 47 42 50 180
50 GBR 415 Leo Farrow/Tristan Lamb 40 46 50 45 181
51 GRE 11 Constantinos Gkiris/Andreas Tsamitas 45 52 DNF 23 183
52 GBR 404 Jonathan Hutchcroft/Marcus Lynch 51 40 48 52 191
53 GBR 402 Andrew Walsh/Ed Barney 46 48 44 54 192
54 GRE 7 Iordanis Paschalides/Christos Garefis DNF DNF 31 44 201
55 ITA 7 Giuseppe Angilella/Giovanni Barraja 50 51 52 55 208
56 BRA 51 Jose Roberto de Jesus/Fernando Jacobina 52 45 55 57 209
57 ESP 5 Bernardo Benítez/Miguel Quintana 44 50 DNC DNC 220
58 GER 1024 Günter Mörtl/Walter Kerf 56 55 54 56 221
59 BRA 43 Alex Leal/Thiago K Leal 55 DSQ 57 48 223
60 ESP 277 Pablo de Villar Farrés/Nicolás de Virgiliis 53 DNF 53 58 227
61 GBR 398 John Bernard Ready/Angus Roberts 54 54 DNC DNC 234
62 ESP 3 Oriol Bou Bohé/Eduardo Olmos DNC 56 56 DNC 238

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