Hungarians make it two in a row

Majthenyi and Domokos win Flying Dutchman Worlds as final day is cancelled

Wednesday January 7th 2004, Author: Di Pearson, Location: Australasia
Defending champions, Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos (HUN) scored an early New Year’s gift today, winning the Flying Dutchman Worlds for the second time running, when the final day’s racing was abandoned due to excessive winds (clocked at 40 knots at its height), at the Sail Melbourne event at Sandringham Yacht Club today.

Originally, the series was to consist of seven races, but due to unseasonal weather, including lack of wind and too much of it at times, Race Officials at Sandringham had no choice but to wind the series up early.

‘We are happy to win, but sorry that we could not finish the series, it would have been nice to have the last race,’ Szabolcs said this afternoon. The pair never really looked like being beaten, sailing consistently well throughout, as sailors of their calibre do, and making it look easy in the process.

Second place getters, Norman Rydge/Richard Scarr (AUS) were elated with their podium finish, although disappointed they did not have the opportunity of one more race – only three points separated them in the overall score – Szabolcs with 15, Rydge 18.

Hans-Peter Schwarz/Peter van Koppen (GER), ranked No. 1 in the World, finished third after sailing consistently well to end their series on 21 points, with Brett Beyer/Roddy Johnson (AUS) fourth with 24.

Both Australian crews, for obvious reasons, were eager to have one more race.

‘We have mixed feelings about finishing up early, both our top crews (Australian) like the heavier weather, it’s a shame today was just a bit too heavy. The Race Officials did the right thing today though, they had no other choice, but still …..,’ Rydge commented, expressing the wishes of most competitors for one more race.

Experienced Principal Race Officer, Ross Wilson and his crew had difficult five days weather wise, trying to do the right thing by the sailors.

‘It’s been a little frustrating for especially the international crews who would have liked to have a look around Melbourne while they were here, but some days there was no wind and other times too much, so a lot of time was spent sitting around waiting to see if we could race, Rydge said’

Of his second place, the 45 year old Sydneysider had this to say, ‘we’ve never figured in even the top ten before and here we are second, something I never expected, and Brett and Roddy (new NSW State Champions), did really well too, I am happy for them and for the Australians in general, but I would have loved to have taken on the others in the fresher winds – we are at our best.

Roberto Cipriani/Stefano Morelli (ITA) who finished in fifth place overall, were also disappointed not to get a final race in, hoping to improve on their overall placing. As Morelli said, ‘we were starting to get going, to race today; we might have a chance of a better result, maybe.’

Former three-time World champions, Ian ‘Freddy’ McCrossin/James Cook, finished their regatta in sixth place overall. The pair, now in their fifties are still, according to others, a pair to be reckoned with, despite their ages.

Branded the ‘local hero’s’, Victorian’s Gavin Dagley/John Dryden were over the moon to finish seventh overall. The pair have only sailed together for eight months and made it look easy. ‘We are extremely happy with our seventh place, it was unexpected, but a nice feeling just the same,’ Dryden said.

In protests from yesterday, Szabolcs/Domokos were disqualified from their final race, but it did not affect win. The jury found ‘HUN 70 was to give way on port tack and failed to keep clear of NED 327 (Frank Nooijen/Geert Rollingswier). Protest upheld, HUN 70 DSQ under Rule 10’.

In the other incident of yesterday, involving two Dutch boats, Klaas Tilstra/Adriaan Schmal (NED 12) v Frank Havik/Guido Alkemade (NED6) – the jury found ‘NED 6 was give way boat on port tack and failed to keep clear of NED 327. Protest upheld – Rule 11.’


Sail No Skipper Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1 Agg Score
1 HUN70 Szabolcs Majthenyi [56.00Q] 6 1 4 3 1 15
2 AUS37 Norman Rydge 1 1 5 [14.00] 7 4 18
3 GER87 Hans-Peter Schwarz 4 [8.00] 7 6 2 2 21
4 AUS365 Brett Beyer 5 4 3 11 1 [15.00] 24
5 ITA10 Roberto Cipriani 2 7 8 7 [13.00] 10 34
6 AUS33 Ian McCrossin 10 13 6 2 4 [23.00] 35
7 AUS338 Gavin Dagley 9 9 13 3 [56.00Q] 3 37
8 GBR382 Toby Dale [25.00] 20 4 1 5 13 43
9 NED26 Enno Kramer 6 10 [14.00] 13 8 7 44
10 GER206 Kay-Uwe Luedtke 7 2 [56.00Q] 8 23 6 46
11 NZL111 Andrew McKee 11 24 [25.00] 9 11 8 63
12 NED12 Klaas Tilstra 3 14 12 18 [56.00C] 19 66
13 GER33 Hans Genthe 39 11 [56.00F] 5 6 9 70
14 NED32 Albert van Vianen 15 12 10 15 18 [56.00F] 70
15 NED6 Frank Havik [56.00Q] 3 2 30 22 14 71
16 ESP7 Gines Romero [33.00] 5 30 24 14 5 78
17 AUS337 Cameron Hooper 12 17 27 10 12 [30.00] 78
18 NZL110 Hideo Tayama 8 [56.00F] 17 22 19 26 92
19 AUS21 Peter Bartels 29 21 [38.00] 21 10 11 92
20 GER113 Kilian Konig 13 23 9 19 31 [34.00] 95
21 NZL1 Daryl Way 19 25 16 [32.00] 9 28 97
22 GER99 Uwe Steingross 16 [28.00] 20 20 21 20 97
23 AUS35 Peter Higgins [24.00] 19 19 17 20 22 97
24 GER13 Hans-Albert Konig 17 [27.00] 23 23 24 12 99
25 NED348 Langenslag Wim 20 16 11 41 [56.00F] 16 104
26 AUT4 Klaus Schober 23 [36.00] 28 25 15 17 108
27 AUS123 Douglas Parker [45.00] 29 26 26 17 18 116
28 AUS358 Ian Dixon 18 31 31 [33.00] 16 21 117
29 NED312 Pieter Staal [30.00] 26 18 27 25 25 121
30 AUS342 Craig Ginnivan 27 15 [37.00] 28 30 24 124
31 AUS32 David Ham 28 32 [35.00] 12 26 29 127
32 AUS327 Peter Woolman 21 35 29 16 [56.00F] 27 128
33 AUS339 Gary Cameron 22 18 24 [43.00] 32 33 129
34 AUS361 Ian Ruff 35 [39.00] 22 29 27 35 148
35 NED327 Frank Nooijen 43 22 [43.00] 31 28 31 155
36 GBR377 Peter Doran 26 34 [45.00] 34 36 39 169
37 NED315 Clovis Buijs 14 51 15 [56.00F] 41 51 172
38 GER1777 Hartmut Wesemueller [44.00] 41 21 37 34 40 173
39 ITA19 Fulvio Colletti 32 38 [47.00] 42 33 32 177
40 ITA7 Alberto Barenghi 31 42 32 [56.00C] 38 36 179
41 AUS321 Andy Allsep 34 33 [44.00] 35 35 43 180
42 SUI6 Christoph Baumann 50 30 34 36 [56.00Q] 38 188
43 NZL107 Alisdair Daines 36 44 33 39 39 [47.00] 191
44 GER189 Georg Altenhain 42 40 36 46 [56.00F] 37 201
45 NED77 Niels Kamphuis 40 46 [46.00] 40 37 41 204
46 AUS001 Alister McCowen [51.00] 48 40 38 29 50 205
47 USA3 Paul Hemker 37 53 39 [56.00F] 45 44 218
48 NED33 Tanja Heijink 38 49 50 [56.00F] 42 42 221
49 AUS322 Colin McLeod 46 37 51 [56.00F] 43 46 223
50 NZL106 Daniel Manderson 47 45 42 45 44 [56.00F] 223
51 AUS329 Andrew Belford 49 47 41 [56.00F] 40 48 225
52 ESP10 Jorge Comin 41 43 48 56.00F [56.00F] 45 233
53 NZL112 Ray Dyson 48 50 49 44 [56.00F] 49 240
54 AUS40 John Ford 52 52 52 [56.00C] 46 52 254
55 AUS357 William Fenelon 56.00S 54 56.00C 56.00C 56.00F [56.00F 278

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