Breeze up, but home early
For the first day so far at the 2010 Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships, wind conditions off The Hague allowed racing to get away on schedule for the three groups in the Men's division and the two in the Women's. Welcome respite from yesterday's light winds and powerful tides, today the wind was typically above 10 knots, gusting up to 18 on the men's course, the tide still pushing the doublehanders over the start line early.
Showing that this World Championship is set to be a high scoring affair, in the Men's Division France's Pierre LeBoucher and Vincent Garos are the only team not to have posted a result outside of the top ten. After their perfect scoreline in three races yesterday, Australians Matt Belcher and Malcolm page still hold the top spot, discarding a 15th place in today's second race. After posting a 7-2 today past double World Champions, Skandia Team GBR's Nic Asher and Elliot Willis hold second on equal points with ISAF ranked world no1 duo from Sweden, Anton Dahlberg and Sebastian Östling.
'It was not a bad day," commented Nic Asher. "We could have gone better in the first race, but it was a tricky day - very shifty and gusty off the shore. Massively different from yesterday and downwind it was hard staying in the gusts. It was all quite close which made it quite interesting."
Racing closer to the shore and at a different part of the day, in more wind, the tide was very much less of an issue today. Asher and Willis' scoreline was doubly impressive today since prior to the start of the first race they had broken their kicker.
Another Skandia Team GBR duo going well are youngsters Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, the surprise performers from the World Championship in Denmark last year when they came second. Off the Hague they are putting together a solid set of results and presently lie eighth.
“We were leading the first race,” recounted Patience. “All the signs were pointing to the left of the course. With a converging shore there was more pressure in there and we had a bit of pin bias on the line so we made a definite emphasis on winning the pin and we did that. And we were first around the windward mark and sailed the rest of the race from there. It was quite shifty downwind, especially on the outer loop but we are fans of gybing around and sniggling in little pockets of breeze and gains little chunks, but unfortunately on the last run we rounded in quite a big lull and the group behind rounded in pressure and we just got swallowed up and we had a lot on on that last run. We did well to hang to second - it was looking a bit more dire at one point. We are happy with that – it is early days in the regatta. We don’t need to be worrying about one place."
Second overall yesterday, but down to fourth today, France's Beijing bronze medallist Nicolas Charbonnier felt today's conditions were more difficult than yesterday. “I think tomorrow is windy again. So we will try and do our best, but the championship is just at the beginning, we have many, many races to complete, so we will see what will happen over the next days."
Charbonnier has a new sponsor this year in the form of Roland Jourdains’ IMOCA 60 backer Veolia and he also has a new coach in the French 470 crew who finished 5th in Athens, Nicolas LeBerre. “He knows the boat really well and we are learning new things.” Charbonnier is no longer part of the K-Challenge (now All4One) America’s Cup team as he says he wants to focus on his 470 campaign.
Today it was the shifts that caught out several of the top sailors and promoted some of the underdogs. Thus ISAF world ranked 23 Australians, Sam Kivell and William Ryan, and 27th ranked Germans, Jan-Jasper Wagner and Lennart Scheulfer, were two of the three winners in today's first race, while other winners today included 2007 European Champions, Portugese duo Alvaro Marinho and Miguel Nunes, who claimed first place in today's second race.
In the Women's class, there is still some consistency among the top three, where New Zealanders Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have pulled into the lead, four points ahead of the hotly tipped Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol, in turn another four in front of yesterday's leaders, Americans Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kingsolving Farrar.
"It was pretty good today - it took a while to remember how to sail in over 7 knots!" commented Aleh, trying not to look too surprised at their position in the regatta. "It was nice to have some breeze. On the reach there was bit more puff - it was much better than yesterday. In the second race we did a few silly things, but we got away with it."
ISAF World no1 Ingrid Petitjean and crew Nadège Douroux have had a tougher time and lie currently in an uncharacteristic 20th overall, although this will improve when a discard comes into play after five races. "We had a very bad race and some average scores. We are not doing very well overall. We'll catch up later. It has been very small decisions either too late or not good ones and it makes a big difference in a short time."
At around 1400 local time after the second race, the boats were sent ashore. "There was a warning for a big storm with a lot of wind and thunder. The warning was given that it would be at 1500," explained Event Director Edwin Lodder. After several boats were caught out and some damage caused when a similar prolonged squall came through on Monday afternoon bringing with it 30 knot winds, Lodder opted for prudence.
Sitting ashore mid-afternoon in blazing sunshine several sailors queried this decision as in the event the qualification series could have been completed in both classes before the torrential rain did indeed begin at around 1700 local, but without Monday's giant gusts. Still, as they say, 'hindsight is 20-20'. "We have two kinds of weather radar - Dutch and European," explained Lodder. "One says it will pass in an hour, the other says it will be slower." Sadly the latter proved true.
"They are being a bit cautious now: Fair enough with 180 boats, it could go pretty bad," commented Jo Aleh.
Tomorrow the Men's groups will have to sail one more qualification race and the women two before they are sent back in to be divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze (for the men) fleets.
Top 50 Men:
|1||BELCHER Mathew, PAGE Malcolm||AUS 11||1||1||1||5||-15||8|
|2||ASHER Nic, WILLIS Elliot||GBR 854||1||1||-11||7||2||11|
|3||DAHLBERG Anton, ÖSTLING Sebastian||SWE 341||1||-12||6||3||1||11|
|4||CALABRESE Lucas, DE LA FUENTE Juan||ARG 7||-10||3||3||3||3||12|
|5||LEBOUCHER Pierre, GAROS Vincent||FRA 44||2||2||-9||2||7||13|
|6||CHARBONNIER Nicolas, MEYER DIEU Baptiste||FRA 7||2||3||2||7||-10||14|
|7||MARINHO Alvaro, NUNES Miguel||POR 1||3||5||-13||6||1||15|
|8||PATIENCE Luke, BITHELL Stuart||GBR 844||4||5||8||2||-9||19|
|9||LINDGREN Joonas, LINDGREN Niklas||FIN 7||8||8||1||-20||3||20|
|10||MANTIS Panagiotis, KAGIALIS Pavlos||GRE 1||7||9||4||1||-12||21|
|11||COSTER Sven, COSTER Kalle||NED 1||10||2||6||4||-17||22|
|12||HARADA Ryunosuke, YOSHIDA Yugo||JPN 4396||9||-20||2||11||1||23|
|13||FANTELA Sime, MARENIC Igor||CRO 83||-14||5||5||11||2||23|
|14||KLIGER Gideon, SELA Eran||ISR 7||2||1||-20||4||18||25|
|15||KIM Daeyoung, JUNG Sungahn||KOR 100||3||6||-33||12||4||25|
|16||MCNAY Stuart, BIEHL Graham||USA 1713||7||2||16||4||-17||29|
|17||SAXTON Ben, KOHLER David||GBR 846||-21||16||3||5||5||29|
|18||SHEREMETYEV Mikhail, SHEREMETYEV Maxim||RUS 2||9||4||11||9||-28||33|
|19||NAOKI Ichino, RYOUHEY Yosimi||JPN 4318||5||22||1||-28||6||34|
|20||ZEPUNTKE Daniel, BALDEWEIN Dustin||GER 74||13||-17||7||3||11||34|
|21||Zellmer Lucas, SEELIG Heiko||GER 49||8||17||-20||2||8||35|
|22||SANTURDE Pablo, RAMOS Alejandro||ESP 68||11||12||6||-17||6||35|
|23||WOOLLEY Geoff, WILLCOX Daniel||NZL 98||-37||12||5||15||5||37|
|24||MIKULIN Mitja, PRINCIC Sebastian||SLO 21||4||4||-25||25||5||38|
|25||CHAUS Vladimir, GRIBANOV Denis||RUS 7||4||4||-28||17||13||38|
|26||BARREIROS Onan, SARMIENTO Aaron||ESP 9||-15||11||10||7||10||38|
|27||SNOW-HANSEN Paul, SAUNDERS Jason||NZL 212||-16||9||15||10||6||40|
|28||KIVELL Sam, RYAN William||AUS 13||12||17||12||1||-20||42|
|29||LEFEVRE Steven, KROL Steven||NED 77||24||-28||4||11||3||42|
|30||MEE Matt, DOBSON Ian||GBR 853||3||8||-24||15||16||42|
|31||NAUJOCK Denny, SCHROEDER Nils||GER 75||11||3||15||13||-27||42|
|32||WAGNER Jan-jasper, SCHEULFER Lennart||GER 55||11||-23||19||1||12||43|
|33||ZANDONÀ Gabrio, ZUCCHETTI Pietro||ITA 2||6||10||-18||13||15||44|
|34||BOUVET Sofian, MION Jeremie||FRA 27||25||(dsq)||8||5||7||45|
|35||LEVINE Eyal, HAMBURGER Ayal||ISR 9||6||26||-30||6||8||46|
|36||PILLAR Fabio, THIESSEN Gustavo||BRA 37||33||(ocs)||2||12||2||49|
|37||BERTOLA Niccolo, ALCIDI Danilo||ITA 22||5||13||-21||16||15||49|
|38||CATTANEO Paolo, ZAOLI Vittorio||ITA 70||-36||9||17||9||16||51|
|39||LARDIES Francisco, DRUMMOND Finn||NZL 209||-28||8||26||14||4||52|
|40||YOSEF Yogev, AMIR Yam||ISR 11||(bfd)||7||15||13||17||52|
|41||MATSUNAGA Tetsuya, IMAMURA Kimihiko||JPN 4326||12||6||21||-29||14||53|
|42||ISHIKAWA Yuya, YANAGAWA Shouichi||JPN 4271||(ocs)||10||14||20||9||53|
|43||GERZ Ferdinand, BOLDUAN Tobias||GER 4988||-20||18||13||10||13||54|
|44||SCHMID Matthias, REICHSTÄDTER Florian||AUT 3||-32||13||32||6||4||55|
|45||ROBERTS Adam, MARTIN Nick||USA 1770||20||-23||12||8||16||56|
|46||SPARKS Philip, GRUBE Chris||GBR 852||-29||11||22||14||11||58|
|47||BOGACKI Morten, STEINBORN Jens||GER 77||20||-25||13||9||18||60|
|48||SIVITY KOSUTA Simon, FARNETI Jas||ITA 29||14||14||16||16||-30||60|
|49||KAVAS Fanis, ORFANOS John||GRE 333||17||7||-27||12||25||61|
|50||ELSNER Tim, SZYMANSKI Oliver||GER 18||5||-29||29||16||13||63|
Top 50 women:
|1||ALEH Jo, POWRIE Olivia||NZL 75||2||2||1||4||9|
|2||CONTI Giulia, MICOL Giovanna||ITA 23||6||3||3||1||13|
|3||MAXWELL Erin, KINSOLVING FARRAR Isabelle||USA 1757||1||1||5||10||17|
|4||KONDO Ai, TABATA Wakako||JPN 4151||6||6||7||3||22|
|5||WESTERHOF Lisa, BERKHOUT Lobke||NED 11||19||5||1||2||27|
|6||SOFFIATTI GRAEL Martine, SWAN Isabel||BRA 187||10||4||2||11||27|
|7||FOKKEMA Margriet, JONGENS Marieke||NED 6||3||2||17||9||31|
|8||CLARK Penny, HUGHES Katrina||GBR 850||15||10||2||5||32|
|9||LECOINTRE Camille, GERON Mathilde||FRA 9||3||11||4||16||34|
|10||ROL Emmanuelle, DEFRANCE Hélène||FRA 12||9||1||21||6||37|
|11||AYTON Sarah, CLARK Saskia||GBR 842||4||17||6||10||37|
|12||CLARK Amanda, CHIN Sarah||USA 1736||5||6||26||2||39|
|13||ERICSON Lisa, GABRIELSSON Astrid||SWE 344||20||12||3||5||40|
|14||GALLEGO DURAN Marina, RITA ROMAN Julia||ESP 133||11||4||4||22||41|
|15||WAGNER Annina, STEINHERR Marlene||GER 66||8||16||6||11||41|
|16||FENG Huimin, HUANG Lizhu||CHN 600||14||9||12||7||42|
|17||OLIVEIRA Fernanda, BARBACHAN Ana Luisa||BRA 177||15||10||15||3||43|
|18||PACHECO Tara, BETANZOS Berta||ESP 696||13||15||13||4||45|
|19||HENSHAW Melinda, BARBARICH-BACHER Bianca||NZL 202||5||12||9||19||45|
|20||PETITJEAN Ingrid, DOUROUX Nadège||FRA 4||21||3||9||14||47|
|21||MILLS Hannah, CUMMING Claire||GBR 847||4||25||12||8||49|
|22||YOSHISAKO Yuka, OKUMA Noriko||JPN 4321||11||19||11||8||49|
|23||KRAVARIOTI Virginia, TSIGARIDI Olga||GRE 224||19||7||5||19||50|
|24||CAI Liping, GAO Yang||CHN 660||10||13||16||12||51|
|25||WANG Xiaoli, HUANG Xufeng||CHN 248||1||13||7||ocs||53|
|26||MRAK Tina, CERNE Teja||SLO 64||8||16||13||16||53|
|27||KOLOMIETS Anastasiia, DMYTRENKO Kateryna||UKR 7||23||5||20||9||57|
|28||NINCEVIC Enia, ZUPAN Romana||CRO 111||13||15||24||6||58|
|29||SESTO María Fernanda, MONSEGUR Consuelo||ARG 8||25||14||8||13||60|
|30||IVANOVA Natalia, KRUTSKIKH Diana||RUS 12||16||26||18||1||61|
|31||KADELBACH Kathrin, BELCHER Friederike||GER 21||27||8||14||12||61|
|32||HAEGER Annie, PROVANCHA Briana||USA 1712||16||23||8||15||62|
|33||COHEN Gil, MAMRIEV Dana||ISR 311||2||18||22||21||63|
|34||WEGUELIN Sophie, AINSWORTH Sophie||GBR 840||14||8||18||23||63|
|35||SKRZYPULEC Agnieszka, OGAR Jolanta||POL 55||9||9||25||20||63|
|36||HASLER Stéphanie, HASLER Romy||SUI 14||7||19||20||18||64|
|37||SÖDERSTRÖM Karin, SÖDERBOM Martina||SWE 331||12||21||16||18||67|
|38||LUTZ Tina, BEUCKE Susann||GER 61||21||dnf||10||7||70|
|39||KOCH Henriette, SOMMER Lene||DEN 143||18||7||19||26||70|
|40||KOMATAR Francesca, CARRARO Sveva||ITA 4452||22||17||19||13||71|
|41||JURCZOK Victoria, BACH Josephine||GER 12||17||24||17||14||72|
|42||SODERSTROM Ingrid, WENNERGREN Linnea||SWE 342||27||22||10||17||76|
|43||WRIGGERS Wibke, GENRICH Geeske||GER 96||29||11||14||24||78|
|44||STOWELL Paris, HALL Chelsea||AUS 7||18||20||23||17||78|
|45||BAKKER Rosita, KISTERS Jeske||NED 26||7||23||24||25||79|
|46||KYSELOVA Anna, CHUNIKHOVSKA Liubov||UKR 93||17||14||21||29||81|
|47||ILIENKO Vladelina, KHRUKINA Elena||RUS 700||20||20||25||20||85|
|48||Bochmann Annika, Lorenz Anika||GER 72||23||21||11||ocs||87|
|49||PETERS Frances, MCINTYRE Eilidh||GBR 831||22||27||15||27||91|
|50||HESS Lena, SCHIMAK Eva-Maria||AUT 443||12||29||28||26||95|