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Aussies on the ascent

But France's Besson and Riou continue to dominate the Nacra 17 Worlds

Thursday February 11th 2016, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United States

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin made the best of a light airs day three at the Nacra 17 Worlds in Clearwater, Florida, to move to third overall after the young Australians scored 5,4,1. It was a long day on the water, almost six hours, so maintaining concentration was difficult, but absolutely key.


The Italian crew of Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri also did well, moving up to 2nd overall with 3,10,2. Bissaro was rightly pleased with his team’s performance. “Boatspeed was critical today, and we were fast so that made life easier,” he said. “So far at these Worlds we have had a big variety of conditions. Every day is different, so it's a fair battle across many different types of wind.”

Normally the Australian and Italian performances would be enough to close the gap on the leaders, but the leaders are the three-time World Champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou, who appear unstoppable in the Nacra 17 right now. Scores of 4,1,3 have helped them build a lead of 25 points over the second-placed Italians, so it seems likely the French duo will go to the Olympics as winners of all four World Championships in the young life of the Nacra 17 class. Not that Bissaro is seeing things that way. “Billy is doing better races than us at the moment, but we have everything we need to be in front, we are confident.”
 
Denmark’s Allan Norregaard and Anette Viborg Andreasen slipped from 2nd to 4th with a ho-hum day, but they’re still not far away from the podium. Norregaard knew what he needed to do, it was just hard to execute in the light winds and choppy water. “Sail free, find your own space, because as soon as you were close to other people it was hard. Finding your own lanes was important.”

Tom Phipps agreed with that assessment, and together with Nicola Boniface finds himself leading his more experienced British team mates. Scores of 6,5,21 have lifted the young Brits to 7th overall. “A good day in messy conditions,” said Phipps. “We were able to find a lane to use our boatspeed. So often you're caught on the back of someone else, just being held up in one direction or other, but we found lanes that enabled us to optimise the boatspeed.” The young crew are sailing way above expectations, and aren’t considered serious prospects for Rio 2016 selection, although if they were to carry on like this they will be hard to ignore. “For us, Nick and I started sailing together almost exactly a year ago. It's been a baptism. It's been a battle against a lot of things, and it's nice that everything is falling into place now. It bodes well for the future.”
 
Tomorrow’s breeze looks set for a moderate south-westerly breeze, which should suit the Nacra fleet nicely.

Results:

Pos Sail no Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot Net
1  FRA 1 Billy BESSON
Marie RIOU
1 1 5 1 -13 4 1 3 29 16
2  ITA 307 Vittorio BISSARO
Silvia SICOURI
11 4 10 -23 1 3 10 2 64 41
3  AUS 2 Jason WATERHOUSE
Lisa DARMANIN
4 16 21 4 -44 5 4 1 99 55
4  DEN 281 Allan NORREGAARD
Anette Viborg ANDREASEN
-44 2 7 5 4 22 7 9 100 56
5  FRA 285 Moana VAIREAUX
Manon AUDINET
5 8 9 2 15 -17 16 6 78 61
6  AUT 277 Thomas ZAJAC
Tanja FRANK
10 17 -18 10 3 10 8 10 86 68
7  GBR 120 Tom PHIPPS
Nicola BONIFACE
15 15 1 20 10 6 5 -21 93 72
8  ARG 226 Santiago LANGE
Cecilia CARRANZA SAROLI
8 20 3 -26 20 1 2 23 103 77
9  SUI 220 Matías BÜHLER
Nathalie BRUGGER
2 3 11 15 12 -26 22 14 105 79
10  DEN 282 Lin Ea Cenholt CHRISTIANSEN
Christian Peter LÜBECK
22 -44 4 28 6 2 13 4 123 79
11  NED 3 Mandy MULDER
Coen de KONING
7 10 -22 6 5 19 14 22 105 83
12  GBR 254 Ben SAXTON
Nicola GROVES
6 6 12 8 16 21 -23 15 107 84
13  GER 211 Paul KOHLHOFF
Carolina WERNER
13 12 8 14 7 25 -33 25 137 104
14  NZL 261 Olivia MACKAY
Micah WILKINSON
12 26 -27 13 21 9 20 5 133 106
15  USA 234 Michael EASTON
Katherine PETTIBONE
21 7 20 25 17 -31 6 11 138 107
16  BRA 110 Samuel ALBRECHT
Isabel SWAN
25 11 23 3 2 23 25 -44 156 112
17  CAN 271 Luke RAMSAY
Nikola GIRKE
14 9 14 -31 11 20 18 26 143 112
18  ESP 028 Fernando ECHAVARRI
Tara PACHECO
-44 19 13 17 9 8 3 44 157 113
19  NZL 222 Gemma JONES
Jason SAUNDERS
27 22 2 24 8 18 -30 17 148 118
20  GBR 042 Lucy MACGREGOR
David EVANS
16 21 34 11 -44 11 17 12 166 122
21  GER 258 Jan Hauke ERICHSEN
Lea SPITZMANN
24 23 16 7 18 16 24 -28 156 128
22  GBR 301 John GIMSON
Hannah DIAMOND
18 5 19 22 14 29 -31 27 165 134
23  SWE 153 Ida SVENSSON
Rasmus ROSENGREN
-34 27 24 9 19 28 15 16 172 138
24  ARU 297 Nicole van der VELDEN
Thijs VISSER
9 13 15 12 -44 24 35 31 183 139
25  USA 027 Mark MENDELBLATT
Carolina BORGES-MENDELBLATT
20 24 25 27 24 7 -32 13 172 140
26  BRA 230 Joao SIEMSEN
Gabriel NICOLINO
-30 18 26 16 23 30 9 18 170 140
27  AUS 158 McNicol EUAN
Lucinda WHITTY
17 25 17 18 -44 12 21 35 189 145
28  USA 123 Stephanie HUDSON
Dalton TEBO
-44 28 31 30 32 27 11 7 210 166
29  RUS 247 Sergey DZHIENBAEV
Daria IVANOVA
26 29 28 21 22 13 -38 29 206 168
30  USA 286 Bora GULARI
Louisa CHAFEE
32 31 30 29 26 -33 19 8 208 175
31  SIN 016 Justin LIU
Denise LIM
23 36 -39 33 29 14 26 19 219 180
32  ESP 246 Iker MARTINEZ
Julia RITA
3 14 6 -44 44 44 44 44 243 199
33  GBR 215 Rupert WHITE
Kirstie URWIN
33 33 29 19 30 -34 28 30 236 202
34  USA 305 Sarah NEWBERRY
Matthew WHITEHEAD
19 -44 44 35 44 15 34 24 259 215
35  ARG 292 Nahuel MARTINEZ
Eugenia BOSCO
29 32 35 34 25 37 29 -44 265 221
36  NOR 196 Nicholas Fadler MARTINSEN
Martine Steller MORTENSEN
-44 44 37 36 31 32 12 33 269 225
37  BUL 047 Yoana PETROVA
Nikolay TASHEV
31 30 32 32 27 -42 41 36 271 229
38  DEN 151 Anne-Line Lyngsø THOMSEN
Jakob FAARVANG
28 34 33 -44 44 38 27 32 280 236
39  USA 25 Jeremy WILMOT
Mayumi ROLLER
-44 35 36 38 28 35 37 37 290 246
40  CAN 135 Maxime LOISELLE
Justine ANTAYA
35 37 40 -44 44 36 39 38 313 269
41  USA 033 Sandra TARTAGLINO
Charles MACBAIN
-44 44 44 44 44 41 36 20 317 273
42  GER 265 Stefan RUMPF
Alexa GRAUER
-44 44 41 39 33 39 42 39 321 277
43  MON 007 Jean RODELATO
Blandine MEDECIN RODELATO
-44 44 38 37 44 40 40 34 321 277

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