No wind stops play

At both Yngling Worlds and Finn Gold Cup

Thursday July 25th 2002, Author: Sasha Oswald, Location: Mediterranean
It was not a good day for sailing in parts of Europe today as both the Yngling World Championships, Brunnen, Switzerland and the Finn Gold Cup, Piraeus, Greece had to be cancelled due to a lack of breeze.

The 93 competitors at the Finn Gold Cup saw little breeze all day and eventually the decision was made to abandon racing. This means that the results stand as day two with Olympic champion and RYA team GBR sailor Ben Ainslie leading the pack from Karlo Kuret of Croatia in second place and fellow Olympian Sebastien Godefroid of Belgium in third position overall. With four races sailed so far, it is hoped to get in a nine race series with racing concluding on Sunday.

The Yngling fleet suffered their second day of no wind, a light wind did appear and the fleets were sent out onto Lake Lucerne, but the wind was too random and racing could not get underway, eventually causing the race committee to abandon racing for the day. Therefore the results still stand as day two with the American trio of Betsy Alison/Lee Icyda/Suzy Leech leading the 46 boat women's fleet from Ulrike Schümann/Wibke Bülle/Winnie Lippert of Germany.

Top British sailor is Olympic champion Shirley Robertson, sailing with Sarah Ayton and Inga Leask, who is currently in 24th place overall. With tomorrow being the last day of the championship the race committee will be hoping that they can get in a few more races for the competitors.


1, Ben Ainslie, GBR (6,2,5,1) 14 pts
2, Karlo Kuret, CRO (7,4,16,6) 33 pts
3, Sebastien Godefroid, BEL (3,20,7,4) 34 pts
other GBR
8, Charlie Cumbley (9,5,10,30) 54 pts
12, Andrew Simpson (12,41,8,7) 68 pts
14, Chris Brittle (J) (33,7,19,17) 76 pts
27, Dave Mellor (47,21,51,5) 124 pts
34, Adam Cowling (41,39,27,36) 143 pts
46, Matt Howard (37,53,49,37) 176 pts
64, Edward Greig (J) (74,48,67,62) 249 pts

1, Betsy Alison/Lee Icyda/Suzy Leech, USA ((26),2,4,1,1) 8 pts
2, Ulrike Schümann/Wibke Bülle/Winnie Lippert, GER (2,(16),2,4,10) 18 pts
3, Melanie Dennison/Fiona Herbert/Caroline Aders, AUS (4,1,18,(22),3) 26 pts
team GBR
24, Shirley Robertson/Sarah Ayton/Inga Leask (25,18,21,10,(27)) 74 pts
28, Lizzie Edwards/Caroline Edwards/Sarah Allen (17,23,(30),25,21) 86 pts
33, Nicole Johnson/Jane Norris/Jo Line (33,27,15,32,(35)) 107 pts

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