Draper and Greenhalgh take the lead

After another light day for the Olympic classes at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mapfre

Monday March 29th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: Spain

It was a long day for competitors and race management alike on the second day of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mapfre on the Bay of Palma, with light winds causing a delay to the start of the day’s racing.

In the 470 Men, two races were held leaving Greece’s Panagotis Kambouridis and Gerasimos Orologas topping the leaderboard after they won the first race today in their group leaving them ahead of the powerful Croatian reigning World Champions Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic and Swedes Anton Dahlberg and Sebastian Östling. After a disappointing 18th yesterday, double Olympic medallist Nick Rogers and Pom Green had a much better day posting a 4-5-4 leaving them in eighth overall.

“It’s been hard work,” Rogers admitted. “We’ve done a lot of hours this year now already and we’ve made a really big effort. We were both disappointed last year with our results in sailing but we both had an awful lot of other things going on [in our lives].

“Now, we’ve really managed to bring the sailing to the forefront and it’ll be nice to get a result here if we can. I’d like to see that the improvements we’ve made we can actually put onto a racecourse. “

In the 470 Women Italy’s Guilia Conti and Giovanna Micol posted a lowly 18th in today’s first race dropping them from the top spot, where Brazil’s Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luisa Barbachan now reside. The reigning World Champions Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout had a day they would wish to forget posting a 33-23 dropping them to 17th overall. Top Brits are development squad sailors Sophies Weguelin and Ainsworth in 21st.

The Finn class got their regatta underway today with two races and a good local result with Spain’s own Rafael Trujillo leading. The opening race saw a British surge across the finish line, with Giles Scott in third, Mark Andrews fourth, Ed Wright fifth and Andrew Mills seventh, but race two proved trickier with Wright crossing as the first British boat in eighth place to see him in sixth overall, with Mark Andrews in seventh after two races. See Robert Deaves’ report below for more on the Finns.

In the 49ers four races were held with the result that Skandia Team GBR now hold the two top spots with G4S-backed sailors Chris Draper and Pete Greenhalgh scoring bullets in the final two races to take the overall lead, who points clear of Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes who won today’s final race in their group. Both teams have solid scorelines discarding a 7th and a 9th respectively. At present four British boats reside in the top seven.

Two races were held in the Laser where Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic has surged into the lead on 15 points to second placed Austrian Andres Geritzer. Britain’s big hope Nick Thompson posted a 19th in the final race which will become his discard.

In the Radials, there were two races held and the Czech Republic continues to dominate, only with Veronika Fenclova taking over from Marketa Audyova who plummeted to 26th overall. Fenclova is soaring away on 11 points to second placed Spanish sailor Susana Romero Steensma on 24. Top Brit is Charlotte Dobson in 13th.

It remains tight at the top of the Star class where Switzerland’s Flavio Marazzi and Enrico de Maria leading from former European champion Italy’s Diego Negri and Ferninando Colaninno but with just four points separating the top four boats after four races.

In the Women’s Match Racing, the leaders in the three groups of the round robin were the teams of Sally Barkow (USA), Renee Groeneveld (NED) and Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen. Skandia Team GBR’s Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin finished second in their group behind Barkow.

In the Women’s RS:X, Beijing bronze medallist Bryony Shaw has taken the lead after she collected a fourth and a race win to put her four point ahead of Italy’s Laura Linares.

“It was really nice to get a win today, and I was in a position to do better in the first race but had a slippery boom which made it tricky,” Shaw commented. “I’ve just got to keep going through the motions for the rest of the week. I’m not focussing on a result here – it’s a process event so mostly it’s about working on specific techniques, learning, refining and how we can draw on other peoples’ strengths which is the most important thing at this stage.” The hotly tipped Spanish Marina Alabau and Blanca Manchon are currently 4th and 7th respectively.

Israel’s Shahar Zubari is tied at the top of the RS:X Men with Italy’s Fabian Heidegger. Nick Dempsey is having a bit of a shocker in 26th.

In the 2.4m Thierry Schmitter is leading but only two points head of Skandia Team GBR’s Helena Lucas in second with Megan Pascoe still fifth.

Racing on Tuesday looks set to be disrupted, 25-30 knots westerlies forecast.

Full results here

Robert Deaves reports on the Finns

Rafael Trujillo (ESP) the Spanish sliver medalist from 2004 and the 2007 World Champion sits on top of the 53 boat Finn fleet after day one at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE in Palma, the third stage of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup.

After yesterday's abandonment for the Finn class, light winds again plagued the race course early on. After a slight delay, the Finns finally got two races in, with a third and a second enough for Trujillo to lead the field on 5 points.

The first race started at 12:30 with the wind at 8-10 knots. It was won by Gasper Vincec (SLO), followed by Trujillo and then Giles Scott (GBR) in third. The conditions worsened for the second race with a very shifty breeze that decreased substantially during the race. The second race was won by the 2009 European Champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO). Second placed Giorgio Poggi (ITA) had a shock after the finish as he was scored OCS, which elevated Peer Moberg (NOR) to second and Trujillo to third.

Trujillo said, "This is only the first day of racing and I am pleased to have started well, but what matters is the result at the end of the week. I have a lot to work on this week. I did make some mistakes today and I have learnt from them and I will keep focusing on improving."

Though expecting to sail three races today, Monday, the Finn class still only got two in as the AP was again raised at 16.12 to send the fleet shore.

After a 12th and a sixth today, Deniss Karpak (EST) lies in 8th overall. He summed up the conditions on the last two days. "There was actually no wind yesterday and we were waiting for RS-X to finish their races and clear the racing area....but when they did that, the wind totally died. Today was the same story, but RS-X were waiting us to come back to shore. Until 12.00 there was no wind and then the sea breeze starts working...but up to 14 knots in the first race and up to 7 in the second one...and then wind starts shifting too much and goes to the west. Now it's already 20 knots and I think tomorrow there will be no races again...according to the forecast."

Caleb Paine (USA), had a great second race to place fifth. He is part of the US Sailing Development Team, a new youth pipeline team. He said, "In the second race I started well with Rafael and went out to the left. I tacked with Rafael and then had the opportunity to go back left with Ivan. I tacked back left and then once near lay line I tacked back ducking Ivan. I was fast going to the starboard lay line and then tacked to round the first mark in the lead. I lost two boats on the downwind but made them back on the second beat. The third beat also went well for me after dropping to sixth after the second run. The downwind was really challenging and close. It all came down to the finish where the speed and boat handling of the other competitors beat me out at the end."

So after two races, Trujillo leads with 5 points ahead of Moberg on 10 points and Kljakovic Gaspic on 11. Racing on Tuesday again looks doubtful with strong winds forecast, but the regatta continues until Friday when the medal races will be held.


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