Today's winner Charlie Ogletree and John Lovell
 

Today's winner Charlie Ogletree and John Lovell

Americans grab the lead

GBR's man on two hulls Mark Bulkeley recounts their first day at the Tornado Worlds in Palma

Tuesday April 13th 2004, Author: James Boyd/Mark Bulkeley, Location: none selected
Following immediately on from the Princess Sofia Trophy in the Bay of Palma are the Tornado World where 62 boats from 24 countries had their first races today in a 8-10 knot sea breeze that picked up late in the morning.

GBR Olympic crew Mark Bulkeley reports on how he and Leigh McMillan got on today:

"Race 1 started at the first attempt, and we got a great start from the middle of the line and headed into the shore line looking for more pressure. We lifted off the boats at the pin end and did find more pressure, however when we tacked out on the port lay line there was a big right shift and all of a sudden the boats on the right looked favoured. Billy Besson rounded first but was over the line at the start. Santiago Lange from Argentina was second and would eventually take the race on the final downwind leg. We rounded the top mark around 17th and fought back all race to finish 12th, however it could have been an 8th but for a poor third upwind leg. Other notable results from race 1 included Oskar Johansson from Canada and Yann Guichard with a 3 and 4 respectively. John Lovell fought back to 5th and Bundock to 8th.

"For the second race the breeze had built a little and we again had an amazing start. Pinching out Roman Hagara we sailed out to the left with good pace, we wanted to tack out to the right but delayed this move until a clear lane was available. Unfortunately this was too late as again the right was favoured. Lovell and Ogletree hit the right perfectly and then judged the lay line spot on to lead the fleet by some margin. They would not lose their grip on this lead.



Above: Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen

"We rounded the top mark around 8th, just ahead of Darren Bundock. The rest of the race was a pursuit out to the right hand side, however clear air was also essential and it was a fine balance between the two that seemed to work. We chipped away at the leaders taking boats by judging lay lines well. On the final beat the wind had gone 20 degrees right under the influence of a cloud, and this opened up some opportunities, we tacked early on the leaders and went out into the old wind and made some nice gains rounding the top mark for the last time 5th. We then set about chasing Roman Hagara of Austria. He gybe set and we carried on and by the finish we just pipped him to finish 4th.

"In the overall results it is Lovell and Ogletree who lead with a 5.1 followed by Lange / Espinola on 9 points with a 1.8. There are then four boats within 1 point in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. It was a really tricky day with lots of holes in the wind and some notable shifts, so we are quite happy with the start we have made to the regatta."

Two races are scheduled for tomorrow.

Results

Pos Sail Crew R1 R2 Tot
1 USA 808 John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree 5 1 6
2 ARG 1 Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola 1 8 9
3 FRA 28 Yann Guichard/Christophe Espagnon 4 11 15
4 ESP 1 Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz 9 6 15
5 AUS 967 Darren Bundock/John Forbes 8 7 15
6 GBR 420 Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley 12 4 16
7 AUT 380 Roman Hagara/Hans Peter Steinacher 13 5 18
8 FRA 279 Xavier Revil/Laurent Guillemette 10 9 19
9 CAN 369 Oskar Johansson/John Curtis 3 19 22
10 PUR 1 Enrique Figueroa/Jorge Hernandez 7 17 24
11 FRA 295 Olivier Backes/Laurent Voiron 22 3 25
12 FRA 293 François Gabart/David Romain 2 25 27
13 POR 2 Hugo Rocha/Luis Beito 14 13 27
14 RUS 007 Sergey Dzienbaev/Oleg Ryazantsev 15 RDG 30
15 FRA 282 Matthieu Souben/Gurvan Bontemps 21 10 31
16 SLO 1 Dusan Puh/Alan Biderman 31 2 33
17 GER 1087 Johannes Polgar/Carsten Happel 23 12 35
18 NZL 87 Aaron McIntosh/Mark/Kennedy 17 20 37
19 GRE 1 Dimitris Theodorakis/Andonis Bougiouris 19 18 37
20 ESP 23 Toni Rivas/Fabian Escude 6 33 39
21 SWE 201 Hans Wallen/Christoffer Rappe 18 21 39
22 RUS 97 Andrey Kirilyuk/Valery Ushkov 29 14 43
23 SWE 199 Martin Strandberg/Kristian Mattsson 32 16 48
24 ESP 121 Jose Mª Ponce/Ramon Illan 11 39 50
25 NED 1 Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen 20 32 52
26 NED 162 Sven Karsenbarg/Mischa Heemskerk 38 15 53
27 ITA 257 Francesco Marcolini/Edoardo Bianchi 27 27 54
28 ESP 2004 Enrique Garcia de Soto Lastra/Fernando Sales 26 30 56
29 ITA 5 Vincenzo Sorrentino/Giorgio Colombo 30 28 58
30 ESP 11 Manuel Calavia/Carlos Varea 37 22 59
31 ESP 7 Francisco Sanchez Ferrer/Juan Manuel Barrionuevo 24 36 60
32 BRA 37 Mauricio Santa Cruz/Henrique Pelicano 35 26 61
33 DEN 1 Peder Ronholt/Soren Schmidt Jorgensen 33 29 62
34 FRA 278 Guillaume Coyon/Lucas Millieret 25 38 63
35 CAN 1 Eric Holden/Mark Coakley 34 31 65
36 FRA 260 Moana Vaireaux/Romain Petit 28 42 70
37 FRA 276 Baptiste Balzeau/Gaël Ledoux 42 35 77
38 AUT 381 Thomas Zajac/Thomas Czajka 16 DNC 79
39 SUI 227 Martin Rusterholz/Michiel Fehr 36 43 79
40 RUS 77 Konstantin Emelyanov/Alexander Yanin 43 37 80
41 UKR 21 Stanislav Golimbiyevskyy/Oleksandr Meninkov 39 41 80
42 GER 1090 Roland Gaebler/Gunnar Struckmann 48 34 82
43 FRA 286 François Morvan/Matthieu Vandame OCS 23 86
44 GBR 415 Leo Farrow/Tristan Lamb 40 46 86
45 FRA 281 Besson/Arnaud Jarlegan OCS 24 87
46 BRA 52 Luiz Eduardo Adler Pimentel Duarte/Gualberto Naldi 41 47 88
47 GBR 404 Jonathan Hutchcroft/Marcus Lynch 51 40 91
48 ESP 5 Bernardo Benítez/Miguel Quintana 44 50 94
49 GBR 402 Andrew Walsh/Ed Barney 46 48 94
50 BRA 51 Jose Roberto de Jesus/Fernando Jacobina 52 45 97
51 GRE 11 Constantinos Gkiris/Andreas Tsamitas 45 52 97
52 HUN 1 Arpad Litkey/Peter Szaniszlo 49 49 98
53 CZE 52 Zdenek Pavlis/Jri Pavlis 47 53 100
54 ITA 7 Giuseppe Angilella/Giovanni Barraja 50 51 101
55 RUS 27 Alexey Chekrygin/Sergey Bogatkin OCS 44 107
56 GBR 398 John Bernard Ready/Angus Roberts 54 54 108
57 GER 1024 Günter Mörtl/Walter Kerf 56 55 111
58 ESP 277 Pablo de Villar Farrés/Nicolás de Virgiliis 53 DNF 116
59 BRA 43 Alex Leal/Thiago K Leal 55 DSQ 118
60 ESP 3 Oriol Bou Bohé/Eduardo Olmos DNC 56 119
61 POR 1 Diego Cayolla/Nuno Barretto RDG RDG 126
61 GRE 7 Iordanis Paschalides/Christos Garefis DNF DNF 126

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