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Hamlin and Zinn take the lead

SAP 505 World Championship gets underway in big conditions in Aarhus

Friday July 30th 2010, Author: Sailing Inteligence, Location: Denmark

With the breeze gusting up to 30 knots, the SAP 505 World Championship started with a bang in Aarhus, Denmark. Too much of a bang for many of the 126 teams who struggled to complete two gruelling opening heats in this toughest of regattas.

Among the many casualties were some of the favourites for the world title. Gear failure forced the 2007 World Champions, Denmark’s Jan Saugmann and Morten Ramsbæk, to retire after they had been leading race one. Runner-up in last year’s Worlds, Mike Holt and Carl Smit of the USA, profited from the Danes’ demise and moved into the lead, only to suffer their own set of breakdowns. They too, failed to complete either race.

Britain’s Ian Pinnell and Ian Mitchell, former world champions, took up the reins at the front of the pack and sailed a steady race to cross the line first, with USA’s Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn in second.

In heat two, Hamlin and Zinn took up the lead for a good part of the race, with Germany’s three-time World Champion Wolfgang Hunger and Julian Kleiner in hot pursuit. Hunger attacked up the final beat and Hamlin failed to cover him as closely as he might have done, allowing the German crew to slip past for the winner’s gun.

Hamlin may not have won a race, but he’s leading the regatta after a tough day. He’s happy with that. Runner-up seven times and World Champion in 1999, the legend from Long Beach is competing at his 30th 505 World Championship. Today his experience showed. “Perfect 505 conditions,” he smiled. While others were facing a long evening of boat work, Hamlin’s nine-year-old hull emerged from a tough day unscathed. Zinn looked ready for another two races. “It wasn’t even that windy out there,” he said, an observation that few others would have agreed with. Even by the standards of a world 505 fleet, today was a tough one, with the 25-30 knot breeze combining with the waves to test the crews and equipment to breaking point.

Like the Americans, German team Stefan Bohm and Gerald Roos sailed very consistently to notch up two 3rd places, one point ahead of Hunger/Kleiner. As for Saugmann, who has now used up both of the discards available in this nine-race series, he was philosophical more than upset. “So many things went so wrong today, we have to laugh about it,” he said. “First one of the trapeze rings broke, and then later in the race the spinnaker pulley at the top of the mast broke and the halyard snapped.” With the spinnaker falling in the water they sailed over the soggy sail and did well to avoid a capsize. They had hoped to regroup and get fixed in time for the second race. But when they came ashore they discovered the halyard had sawed its way about 30cm down the front face of the mast. So they have to replace the mast with a new one before tomorrow’s single scheduled race.

Mike Holt is paying the price for racing in a brand new, untested boat that he has borrowed for the Worlds. “We had half an hour sailing in it yesterday,” he shrugged. “The boat is fine, we were going fast today, but the fittings let us down, just not strong enough.” After a broken mainsheet ratchet made the boat much harder to sail, they finally had to retire from race one when the highly-loaded rig adjustment fittings pulled out of their anchor points in the boat. Holt and Smit will be working hard tonight replacing equipment with bigger, heavier stuff that they can be confident will get them through the rest of the regatta. But Smit knew that today was the day that got away. “Those were our conditions, just like sailing at home in San Francisco Bay,” he said. “The breeze is meant to be dropping lighter in the next few days, so it’s going to be hard winning after what happened today.”

The war of attrition has begun. For those who aren’t working on fixing their boats this evening, they might get a chance to go back through all the tracking data and video footage from the race course today. Not that anyone needs to learn the lesson from such a brutal outing. If you keep your boat upright, and if you can keep your boat in one piece, then you’ll do well.

The SAP 505 World Championship takes place in Aarhus, Denmark, from 30 July to 5 August. This regatta is the latest in a series of major sailing championships hosted by the City of Aarhus over the past 10 years, with the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds having taken place here in 2008 and with a number of major championships scheduled in the near future, including the A-Class Catamaran Worlds in 2011.

The 2010 SAP 505 World Championship is organised by Sailing Aarhus in cooperation with Sport Event Denmark, Sport Aarhus Event and the Danish Sailing Association. With a strong focus on innovation and new technology to promote sailing to a wider audience, Denmark and the City of Aarhus are bidding for the ISAF Worlds 2014, the most prestigious regatta next to the Olympic Games.

Top 50 results:

Pos HelmName CrewName Nat R1 R2 Tot
1 Hamlin, Howard Zinn, Andy USA 2 2 4
2 Böhm, Stefan Roos, Gerald GER 3 3 6
3 Hunger, Dr. Wolfgang Kleiner, Julien GER 6 1 7
4 Pinnell, Ian Mitchell, Ian GBR 1 7 8
5 Smith, Andy Needham, Tim GBR 5 4 9
6 Bojsen-Møller, Jørgen Bojsen-Møller, Jacob DEN 4 8 12
7 Goerge, Martin Goerge, Rainer GER 9 5 14
8 Rosen, Ebbe Wenrup, Olle SWE 12 6 18
9 Stauffer, Florian Jacot, Philippe SUI 7 13 20
10 Kellner, Christian Schöler, Martin GER 11 9 20
11 Schomaeker, Meike Jess, Holger GER 13 11 24
12 Diaz, Augie Lawrence, Luke USA 14 14 28
13 Cédric, Bart Ueli, Marti SUI 19 15 34
14 Conrads, Edward Haines, Brian USA 15 19 34
15 Bøjland, Tom Friis, Anders DEN 16 25 41
16 Lehmann, Claas Oehme, Leon GER 10 32 42
17 Christiansen, Mikkel Christiansen, Mads DEN 24 18 42
18 Hyysalo, Sampsa Salonen, Antti FIN 22 20 42
19 Holzapfel, Alexander Worm, Stefan GER 26 21 47
20 Ferrarone, Ted McKeige, Doug USA 23 26 49
21 Andersen, Jon Andreasen, Lasse DEN 23.0 DPI 27.0 DPI 50
22 Kemper, Florian Krause, Michael GER 25 25.0 RDGa 50
23 Chappell, Peter Spence, Graeme AUS 28 27 55
24 Heeschen, Klaus Schmidt, Stefan GER 36 23 59
25 Esdorn, Daniel Esdorn, Joerg USA 29 30 59
26 Buhl, Nikolaj Hoffmann Buhl, Henrik DEN 47.0 DPI 17.0 DPI 64
27 Owen, Tudor Forwood, Nolan GBR 33 33 66
28 Napier, Rob Cram, Francis GBR 34 34 68
29 Petermann, Gilles Grob, Laurent SUI 40 35 75
30 Johan, Calvert Haas, Marcus SWE 41 35.0 RDG 76
31 de Kergariou, Hervé Geron, Basile FRA 31 46 77
32 Christensen, Kim Overbeck, Søren DEN 48 31 79
33 Nieminen, Jukka Lehtonen, Kari FIN 49 39 88
34 Hastenpflug, Tom Hastenpflug, Toni SWE 45 44 89
35 Deane, Roger Cartwright, Dennis GBR 55 36 91
36 Kandzia, Lutz Deutscher, Martin GER 53 41 94
37 Roos, Ronald Roos, Kirsten GER 51 43 94
38 Guillou, Nicolas Lapeyre, Bertrand FRA 49.0 DPI 47.0 DPI 96
39 Ebeling, Petri Heimsch, Juhani FIN 56 47 103
40 Scutcher, Terry Diebitsch, Christian GBR 8 126.0 DSQ 134
41 Cameron, Kevin Cooper, Marcus AUS 126.0 DNC 10 136
42 Nelson, Macy Barclay, Parry USA 126.0 DNC 16 142
43 Funke, Peter Funke, Thomas RSA 126.0 DNC 17 143
44 Moore, Tyler Ewenson, Geoff USA 17 126.0 DNC 143
45 Niediek, Volker Heising, Stefan GER 20 126.0 DNF 146
46 Quirk Reffold AUS 21 126.0 DNF 147
47 Dr.Plattner, Hasso Alarie, Peter GER 126.0 DNF 24 150
48 Jungclaus, Andreas Priegann, Axel GER 27 126.0 DNC 153
49 Lott, Nigel Franks, Bob AUS 126.0 DNC 28 154
50 Broise, Xavier Des Jamonières, Nicolas FRA 30 126.0 DNF 156




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