Series leader, Szabolcs Majthenyi
 

Series leader, Szabolcs Majthenyi

Aussies close the gap

Ryde and Scarr win race six of Flying Dutchman Worlds to bring them within three points of leaders

Tuesday January 6th 2004, Author: Di Pearson, Location: Australasia
Norman Rydge/Richard Scarr (AUS), narrowly won today’s Race 6 of the Flying Dutchman Worlds at the Sail Melbourne Regatta to close the series gap on Szabolcs Majthenyi/Andras Domokos (HUN).

Szabolcs/Domokos had their worst race today, finishing 14th and obviously used it for their drop. They lead Rydge/Scarr for the series by three points with a total score of 15.
Second and third places were so close, the two crews involved arrived ashore still unsure as to who had got it, "it was so close, I don’t know if it was us or the Dutch team (Frank Havik/Guido Alkemade), it was so close, we have to wait for results," said Stefano Morelli, the crew for Roberto Cipriani (ITA).

As it turned out, the Italians got it, and Morelli commented, "for sure and unfortunately, this was our best result so far at this regatta. We were sailing terribly in the last few days; the Aussies have been sailing much better.

Today we sailed with our heavy jib, the wrong one, and still finished well, so we did O.K.. We made a lot of good decisions today, it was very weak and shifting out there, but we concentrated like we have to on the lakes at home and that is why we finished well," he added.

Norman Rydge said Cipriani/Morelli were normally one of the toughest crews to beat. "They had a bit of a bad run here, first their boat arrived late, then it was held up in customs, they didn’t get any time to practice or get used to the conditions, their results so far do not reflect how good they are, they are one of the best all-rounders in the world."

On his and Scarr’s win today and overall performance, Rydge said although they expected to be in the top five, they were a little surprised to be in second place, because the regatta has mainly been light and the pair normally sail better in heavier winds. Unexpectedly, their best results came in the many light races.

"Today, we had a look at who we had to beat, we also looked at the potential of this being the last race of the series, the weather doesn’t look good for tomorrow, but there were so many we had to look out for, we decided just to sail our own race and go for the win. We thought that to concentrate on the others in the light shifting winds would have been a big mistake," he said.

"When you look at the Australian’s overall results, we all did extremely well. The Flying Dutchman doesn’t have a big following in Australia, but I hope these results encourage others to come into the class - it’s the World’s best boat," Rydge commented, referring to the series results to-date, which have Brett Beyer/Roddy Johnson in fourth, Ian McCrossin/James Cook in sixth and newcomer locals, Gavin Dagley/John Dryden in seventh.

He and Scarr, along with Brett Beyer, were long-time Laser sailors, Scarr commenting, "Laser’s are way too hard, you have to work hard at your fitness, watch what you eat and drink, keep your weight down - the competitive nature of Laser sailors was just too much for me, I much prefer the more laid-back attitude of the F.D. sailors. They are a very friendly bunch, and although the F.D. is a technically difficult boat to sail, it is enjoyable and you certainly don’t have to watch your weight!"

In an incident from yesterday, Kay-Uwe Luedtke/Kai Schaefers (GER), were disqualified from their second place last night, failing to sign on before the race, lifting everyone behind them up one place.

Lack of pressure out on Port Phillip Bay for most of today forced Sandringham Yacht Club Race Officials to postpone racing until after 1500 hours local time. Eventually, though, a little breeze did appear from the west-nor-west, veering north-west, but only 4-10 knots worth – a distinctly lightweight crew day, officials having to shorten the course on the last downwind leg.

The Weather Bureau has predicted a solid 30 plus knots of squally winds and rain and if that is the case, there will be no racing tomorrow. Knowing tomorrow’s predicted weather for the final day of racing in the Sail Melbourne event may cancel out the last race, officials were hoping to finish the event one day early.

Now competitors will have to wait and see what tomorrow holds in store for them. "We would obviously love to have one more race," Ryde said of their three point deficit for first place.

Sail No Skipper Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1 Agg Score
1 HUN70 Szabolcs Majthenyi [14.00] 6 1 4 3 1 15
2 AUS37 Norman Rydge 1 1 5 [14.00] 7 4 18
3 GER87 Hans-Peter Schwarz 5 [8.00] 7 6 2 2 22
4 AUS365 Brett Beyer 6 4 3 11 1 [15.00] 25
5 ITA10 Roberto Cipriani 2 7 8 7 [13.00] 10 34
6 AUS33 Ian McCrossin 11 13 6 2 4 [23.00] 36
7 AUS338 Gavin Dagley 10 9 13 3 [56.00Q] 3 38
8 GBR382 Toby Dale [27.00] 20 4 1 5 13 43
9 NED6 Frank Havik 3 3 2 [30.00] 22 14 44
10 NED26 Enno Kramer 7 10 [14.00] 13 8 7 45
11 GER206 Kay-Uwe Luedtke 8 2 [56.00Q] 8 23 6 47
12 NZL111 Andrew McKee 12 24 [25.00] 9 11 8 64
13 NED12 Klaas Tilstra 4 14 12 18 [56.00C] 19 67
14 GER33 Hans Genthe 41 11 [56.00F] 5 6 9 72
15 NED32 Albert van Vianen 17 12 10 15 18 [56.00F] 72
16 ESP7 Gines Romero [35.00] 5 30 24 14 5 78
17 AUS337 Cameron Hooper 13 17 27 10 12 [30.00] 79
18 NZL110 Hideo Tayama 9 [56.00F] 17 22 19 26 93
19 AUS21 Peter Bartels 31 21 [38.00] 21 10 11 94
20 GER113 Kilian Konig 15 23 9 19 31 [34.00] 97
21 AUS35 Peter Higgins [26.00] 19 19 17 20 22 97
22 NZL1 Daryl Way 21 25 16 [32.00] 9 28 99
23 GER99 Uwe Steingross 18 [28.00] 20 20 21 20 99
24 GER13 Hans-Albert Konig 19 [27.00] 23 23 24 12 101
25 NED348 Langenslag Wim 22 16 11 41 [56.00F] 16 106
26 AUT4 Klaus Schober 25 [36.00] 28 25 15 17 110
27 AUS123 Douglas Parker [47.00] 29 26 26 17 18 116
28 AUS358 Ian Dixon 20 31 31 [33.00] 16 21 119
29 NED312 Pieter Staal [32.00] 26 18 27 25 25 121
30 AUS342 Craig Ginnivan 29 15 [37.00] 28 30 24 126
31 AUS32 David Ham 30 32 [35.00] 12 26 29 129
32 AUS327 Peter Woolman 23 35 29 16 [56.00F] 27 130
33 AUS339 Gary Cameron 24 18 24 [43.00] 32 33 131
34 AUS361 Ian Ruff 37 [39.00] 22 29 27 35 150
35 NED327 Frank Nooijen [45.00] 22 43 31 28 31 155
36 GBR377 Peter Doran 28 34 [45.00] 34 36 39 171
37 GER1777 Hartmut Wesemueller [46.00] 41 21 37 34 40 173
38 NED315 Clovis Buijs 16 51 15 [56.00F] 41 51 174
39 ITA19 Fulvio Colletti 34 38 [47.00] 42 33 32 179
40 ITA7 Alberto Barenghi 33 42 32 [56.00C] 38 36 181
41 AUS321 Andy Allsep 36 33 [44.00] 35 35 43 182
42 SUI6 Christoph Baumann 52 30 34 36 [56.00Q] 38 190
43 NZL107 Alisdair Daines 38 44 33 39 39 [47.00] 193
44 GER189 Georg Altenhain 44 40 36 46 [56.00F] 37 203
45 AUS001 Alister McCowen [53.00] 48 40 38 29 50 205
46 NED77 Niels Kamphuis 42 46 [46.00] 40 37 41 206
47 USA3 Paul Hemker 39 53 39 [56.00F] 45 44 220
48 NED33 Tanja Heijink 40 49 50 [56.00F] 42 42 223
49 AUS322 Colin McLeod 48 37 51 [56.00F] 43 46 225
50 NZL106 Daniel Manderson 49 45 42 45 44 [56.00F] 225
51 AUS329 Andrew Belford 51 47 41 [56.00F] 40 48 227
52 ESP10 Jorge Comin 43 43 48 56.00F [56.00F] 45 235
53 NZL112 Ray Dyson 50 50 49 44 [56.00F] 49 242
54 AUS40 John Ford 54 52 52 [56.00C] 46 52 256
55 AUS357 William Fenelon 56.00S 54 56.00C 56.00C 56.00F [56.00F] 278

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