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Starting late launches Hunger into the lead

One race sailed at the SAP 505 World Championship

Saturday July 31st 2010, Author: Sailing Intelligence, Location: Denmark

Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner have moved into the lead of the SAP 505 World Championships after dominating today’s race on day 2 in Aarhus, Denmark.

With the wind blowing 16-17 knots at the start, Hunger was watching the dark clouds flying over head as he weighed up his strategy for the gate start, the method used to start the 126 boats competing at this World Championship. Where most of the top teams like to start early out of the gate rather than wait for the pathfinder boat to sweep past on its 6-minute lonely journey on port tack, Hunger decided to bide his time.

“We saw the dark clouds on the right-hand side, and we knew the current was less on the right, so we started at about 4 minutes after the gun,” said Hunger, bidding to win his fourth 505 world title. “Once we were out of the start we tacked on some of the wind shifts and we led around the mark.”

It was a handsome lead too, more than a minute by the end of the first lap, and after two hours of racing around the mammoth race track the Germans high-fived their way across the finish line, 1 minute 23 seconds ahead of the next boat. On that next boat were the Bojsen-Møller brothers from Denmark, Jorgen and Jacob. Hunger had been concerned that the Danes were perhaps a little quicker, although Jorgen never felt he could threaten the German lead today. “But still we are quite satisfied,” said Jorgen, an Olympic Champion from his days racing the Flying Dutchman. “Yesterday we didn’t sail so well in the strong breeze and downwind we were not so fast, but today everything was good.

“Our start could have been better, though,” he added. “We started very early out of the gate, because we thought our speed was better than the pathfinder. We saw a cloud on the right hand side but decided to go left, which was not so good.” The brothers recovered well, though, moving into 4th at the first mark and making ground throughout the race. It was a happy day for Danish families, with son and father team, Nikolaj and Henrik Buhl, finishing in third behind the Bojsen-Møllers.

Americans Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn are another team who prefer to start sooner than later out of the gate, but found themselves on the wrong side of the course as a result. “We got the impression there was a right-hand shift on the first beat but we were never connected with the leaders,” said Zinn. Even so, they picked off boats during the two hours and hauled themselves up to 9th by the finish. They may have relinquished their lead in the series, but they’re still in 3rd overall.

Britons Ian Pinnell and Ian Mitchell spent most of the race battling around the 10th place position but a late bid for the extreme right of the final beat launched them past some of their rivals to give them 4th across the finish line. “We just decided to go hard right and while everyone else tacked under the layline for the finish, we got there in one go and took three boats right at the finish,” said Pinnell, the 2008 World Champion. This moves the Brits into 2nd overall, 4 points behind Hunger’s lead and just a point ahead of the Americans.

Today’s race started in 16-17 knots and dropped off to 12-14 knots towards the end, but tomorrow it could be much lighter. Only five teams have kept all of their scores in the top 10 so far, and with the breeze dropping lighter they will be pleased to have banked some good numbers before the really tricky, tactical racing begins. One team that could really profit from a drop in wind strength are the recently crowned German National Champions, Meike Schoemaeker and Holger Jess, a male/female combo whose 7th place today has lifted them into 9th place overall. While they have sailed very well in the strong winds of the first two days, they will no doubt be looking forward to the lighter breeze even more.

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 Helm Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 Tot
1 Hunger, Dr. Wolfgang Kleiner, Julien GER 6 1 1 8
2 Pinnell, Ian Mitchell, Ian GBR 1 7 4 12
3 Hamlin, Howard Zinn, Andy USA 2 2 9 13
4 Bojsen-Møller, Jørgen Bojsen-Møller, Jacob DEN 4 8 2 14
5 Böhm, Stefan Roos, Gerald GER 3 3 8 14
6 Kellner, Christian Schöler, Martin GER 11 9 6 26
7 Smith, Andy Needham, Tim GBR 5 4 22 31
8 Schomaeker, Meike Jess, Holger GER 13 11 7 31
9 Rosen, Ebbe Wenrup, Olle SWE 12 6 16.0 DPI 34
10 Stauffer, Florian Jacot, Philippe SUI 7 13 18 38
11 Conrads, Edward Haines, Brian USA 15 19 5 39
12 Goerge, Martin Goerge, Rainer GER 9 5 30 44
13 Cédric, Bart Ueli, Marti SUI 19 15 21 55
14 Diaz, Augie Lawrence, Luke USA 14 14 31 59
15 Buhl, Nikolaj Hoffmann Buhl, Henrik DEN 47.0 DPI 17.0 DPI 3 67
16 Hyysalo, Sampsa Salonen, Antti FIN 22 20 25 67
17 Lehmann, Claas Oehme, Leon GER 10 32 27 69
18 Holzapfel, Alexander Worm, Stefan GER 26 21 26 73
19 Bøjland, Tom Friis, Anders DEN 16 25 34 75
20 Ferrarone, Ted McKeige, Doug USA 23 26 29 78
21 Christiansen, Mikkel Christiansen, Mads DEN 24 18 47 89
22 Kemper, Florian Krause, Michael GER 25 30.0 RDGa 35 90
23 Heeschen, Klaus Schmidt, Stefan GER 36 23 33 92
24 Andersen, Jon Andreasen, Lasse DEN 23.0 DPI 27.0 DPI 53 103
25 Owen, Tudor Forwood, Nolan GBR 33 33 41 107
26 Christensen, Kim Overbeck, Søren DEN 48 31 36 115
27 de Kergariou, Hervé Geron, Basile FRA 31 46 43 120
28 Chappell, Peter Spence, Graeme AUS 28 27 66 121
29 Petermann, Gilles Grob, Laurent SUI 40 35 48 123
30 Esdorn, Daniel Esdorn, Joerg USA 29 30 71 130
31 Johan, Calvert Haas, Marcus SWE 41 35.0 RDG 58 134
32 Napier, Rob Cram, Francis GBR 34 34 67 135
33 Kandzia, Lutz Deutscher, Martin GER 53 41 52 146
34 Scutcher, Terry Diebitsch, Christian GBR 8 126.0 DSQ 13 147
35 Hastenpflug, Tom Hastenpflug, Toni SWE 45 44 61 150
36 Quirk Reffold AUS 21 126.0 DNF 10 157
37 Cameron, Kevin Cooper, Marcus AUS 126.0 DNC 10 23 159
38 Nelson, Macy Barclay, Parry USA 126.0 DNC 16 17 159
39 Roos, Ronald Roos, Kirsten GER 51 43 65 159
40 Moore, Tyler Ewenson, Geoff USA 17 126.0 DNC 20 163
41 Dr.Plattner, Hasso Alarie, Peter GER 126.0 DNF 24 16 166
42 Nieminen, Jukka Lehtonen, Kari FIN 49 39 79 167
43 Deane, Roger Cartwright, Dennis GBR 55 36 77 168
44 Broise, Xavier Des Jamonières, Nicolas FRA 30 126.0 DNF 14 170
45 Ebeling, Petri Heimsch, Juhani FIN 56 47 75 178
46 Lott, Nigel Franks, Bob AUS 126.0 DNC 28 28 182
47 Funke, Peter Funke, Thomas RSA 126.0 DNC 17 42 185
48 Niediek, Volker Heising, Stefan GER 20 126.0 DNF 39 185
49 Heyer, Sophie Salein, Sebastian GER 37 126.0 DNC 24 187
50 Dasenbrook, Norbert Meier, Sven GER 32 126.0 DNC 32 190

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