Brits on top
Thursday April 15th 2004, Author: James Boyd/Mark Bulkeley, Location: none selectedThe 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.
|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|