Photos: Jen Edney

Danes on the ascent

Four races held at the Nacra 17 Worlds in Clearwater

Wednesday February 10th 2016, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United States

Allan Norregaard and Anette Viborg Andreasen rocketed up to second place overall in the Nacra 17 World Championships, the Danish duo showing a rare mastery of the demanding conditions on the turbulent waters of Clearwater Beach, Florida.

After failing to score a finishing in the single race of day one, the Danes were the only team to finish inside the top 10 of all four races, held in 20 knots and very rough, steep waves. Scores of 2,6,5,6 have shot the 49er bronze medallist from London 2012 into second overall, although still some way off the series leaders and winners of the past three Nacra 17 World Championships, Billy Besson and Marie Riou. The French stars sit at the top with scores of 1,1,4,1,(15), while their compatriots and training partners Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet sit 4 points behind the Danes in 3rd overall.
 
The top two French teams managed to put the stress of a measurement protest behind them last night when the French were accused of having illegally adjusted the daggerboard cases that hold the curved foils that help lift the boat out of the water at high speed. Small changes in the angle of attack of these foils can make a big difference to performance, so this part of the boat is millimetre-critical. To the relief of the two French teams, the International Jury found in their favour and they bounced back with an impressive performance on the water.
 
Vaireaux seemed unfazed by the protest, speaking after racing today. “It was OK, it can happen, we do a mechanical sport. It is part of the game and we know we did nothing wrong, so it was good to come back [with a good performance today]. Billy and Marie are three-time World Champions, so everyone is looking at them, and we train together with them. People are asking questions, but we didn't do anything wrong. It's the game, it's sailing, we have to go through that.”
 
Even in the bright Florida sunshine, sailors were shivering as they came ashore. “I only brought my summer wetsuit,” smiled Vaireaux, trying to warm up in the afternoon sunshine. “But today’s conditions were good for us, we like the big waves and big wind. It was really shifty during the races but we made good decisions. Upwind it was about choosing your moment to tack in the wind shifts.”
 
Other sailors that showed bursts of pace in the big breeze included the Italians, Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri, who won the last race of the day, and Tom Phipps and Nicola Boniface from Great Britain who won the second race of the day, even if they didn’t know it at the time. “It was very close at the finish, and we thought the Argentineans crossed the line before us,” said Boniface, grinning after her first ever race win in a World Championship. “Always good to win a race, makes you smile!” The winning strategy was simple enough. “We went fast in the right direction and protected on the other boats. Today was quite a lot about boatspeed, if you went fast and got around the course safely you were going to do pretty well.”
 
The Argentineans they just pipped to the post were Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli. Lange, sitting in 15th overall, was not happy with his day, although at least the 54-year-old Olympic medallist has secured his place at Rio 2016 where he will represent Argentina for the sixth time at an Olympic Games. “Today’s conditions were very difficult for us, we are not well practised and we suffered with lack of speed and a couple of mistakes. But it’s good to be here, and with my sons here as well.” His sons, Yago and Klaus Lange, are racing at the 49er World Championship also taking place in Clearwater, and they too have qualified to represent Argentina at Rio 2016.
 
After four big races, the fleet is looking forward to some recuperation time this evening, to warm up and to refuel. “We’ve burned more calories than we can consume,” said Germany’s top Nacra 17 sailor, Paul Kohlhoff. “Today was really challenging, very big waves, but tomorrow looks like it’s going to be much lighter winds.”

 

Results

Pos Sail no Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot Net
1  FRA 1 Billy BESSON
Marie RIOU
1 1 5 1 -13 21 8
2  DEN 281 Allan NORREGAARD
Anette Viborg ANDREASEN
-44 2 7 5 4 62 18
3  FRA 285 Moana VAIREAUX
Manon AUDINET
5 8 9 2 -15 39 24
4  ITA 307 Vittorio BISSARO
Silvia SICOURI
11 4 10 -23 1 49 26
5  SUI 220 Matías BÜHLER
Nathalie BRUGGER
2 3 11 -15 12 43 28
6  NED 3 Mandy MULDER
Coen de KONING
7 10 -22 6 5 50 28
7  GBR 254 Ben SAXTON
Nicola GROVES
6 6 12 8 -16 48 32
8  BRA 110 Samuel ALBRECHT
Isabel SWAN
-25 11 23 3 2 64 39
9  AUT 277 Thomas ZAJAC
Tanja FRANK
10 17 -18 10 3 58 40
10  GER 211 Paul KOHLHOFF
Carolina WERNER
13 12 8 -14 7 54 40
11  GBR 120 Tom PHIPPS
Nicola BONIFACE
15 15 1 -20 10 61 41
12  AUS 2 Jason WATERHOUSE
Lisa DARMANIN
4 16 21 4 -44 89 45
13  CAN 271 Luke RAMSAY
Nikola GIRKE
14 9 14 -31 11 79 48
14  ARU 297 Nicole van der VELDEN
Thijs VISSER
9 13 15 12 -44 93 49
15  ARG 226 Santiago LANGE
Cecilia CARRANZA SAROLI
8 20 3 -26 20 77 51
16  NZL 222 Gemma JONES
Jason SAUNDERS
-27 22 2 24 8 83 56
17  GBR 301 John GIMSON
Hannah DIAMOND
18 5 19 -22 14 78 56
18  ESP 028 Fernando ECHAVARRI
Tara PACHECO
-44 19 13 17 9 102 58
19  DEN 282 Lin Ea Cenholt CHRISTIANSEN
Christian Peter LÜBECK
22 -44 4 28 6 104 60
20  GER 258 Jan Hauke ERICHSEN
Lea SPITZMANN
-24 23 16 7 18 88 64
21  USA 234 Michael EASTON
Katherine PETTIBONE
21 7 20 -25 17 90 65
22  ESP 246 Iker MARTINEZ
Julia RITA
3 14 6 -44 44 111 67
23  NZL 261 Olivia MACKAY
Micah WILKINSON
12 26 -28 13 21 100 72
24  AUS 158 McNicol EUAN
Lucinda WHITTY
17 25 17 18 -44 121 77
25  SWE 153 Ida SVENSSON
Rasmus ROSENGREN
-34 27 24 9 19 113 79
26  GBR 042 Lucy MACGREGOR
David EVANS
16 21 35 11 -44 127 83
27  BRA 230 Joao SIEMSEN
Gabriel NICOLINO
-30 18 27 16 23 114 84
28  USA 027 Mark MENDELBLATT
Carolina BORGES-MENDELBLATT
20 24 26 -27 24 121 94
29  RUS 247 Sergey DZHIENBAEV
Daria IVANOVA
26 -29 29 21 22 127 98
30  GBR 215 Rupert WHITE
Kirstie URWIN
-33 33 30 19 30 145 112
31  USA 286 Bora GULARI
Louisa CHAFEE
-32 31 31 29 26 149 117
32  ARG 292 Nahuel MARTINEZ
Eugenia BOSCO
29 32 -36 34 25 156 120
33  BUL 047 Yoana PETROVA
Nikolay TASHEV
31 30 -33 32 27 153 120
34  SIN 016 Justin LIU
Denise LIM
23 36 -40 33 29 161 121
35  USA 123 Stephanie HUDSON
Dalton TEBO
-44 28 32 30 32 166 122
36  USA 305 Sarah NEWBERRY
Matthew WHITEHEAD
19 -44 25 35 44 167 123
37  USA 25 Jeremy WILMOT
Mayumi ROLLER
-44 35 37 38 28 182 138
38  DEN 151 Anne-Line Lyngsø THOMSEN
Jakob FAARVANG
28 34 34 -44 44 184 140
39  NOR 196 Nicholas Fadler MARTINSEN
Martine Steller MORTENSEN
-44 44 38 36 31 193 149
40  GER 265 Stefan RUMPF
Alexa GRAUER
-44 44 42 39 33 202 158
41  MON 007 Jean RODELATO
Blandine MEDECIN RODELATO
-44 44 39 37 44 208 164
42  CAN 135 Maxime LOISELLE
Justine ANTAYA
-44 37 41 44 44 210 166
43  USA 033 Sandra TARTAGLINO
Charles MACBAIN
-44 44 44 44 44 220 176

 

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