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Perfect conditions return for ISAF World Sailing Games in Marseilles

Saturday July 6th 2002, Author: Maguelonne Turcat, Location: Mediterranean

Finally perfect sailing conditions, 15-20 knot winds and a powerful sun, returned to Marseilles and the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games, much to the relief of competitors.

Boardsailing - Bic Techno

In the boardsailing event, today's races re-confirmed the superiority of the leaders from Tuesday. In both the male and female classes after four races it is the Italian racers who are dominating. Andrea Cucchi (ITA) on the male side and Alessandra Sensinni (ITA) on the female, have both posted four bullets for the series. Less consistent are the French sailors, Lise Vidal (FRA) and Benoît Moussilmani (FRA), who after today's races each sit in second place behind the Italians. However, everything still remains open, and racing was still underway in the men's event at the time of writing.

Formula Windsurfing Female -provisory general ranking after 5 races
1 14 SENSINI ALESSANDRA Italy 5.00 1 1 1 1 1
2 6 VIDAL LISE France 19.00 2 6 2 6 3
3 5 RAFFIN EUGENIE France 22.00 7 2 8 3 2
4 12 ZHANG CHUJUN China 24.00 3 3 3 9 6
5 1 SHREEVE ALLISON Australia 24.00 8 4 4 4 4

Formula Windsurfing Male - provisory general ranking after 4 races
1 39 CUCCHI ANDREA Italy 4.00 1 1 1 1
2 38 MENEGATTI ALBERTO Italy 15.00 6 4 3 2
3 26 NELSON MICHAEL Australia 21.00 4 7 6 4
4 37 JACKSON ALAN Great_Britain 29.00 8 10 5 6
5 43 SCHURMANN WILHELM Brazil 30.00 OCS 2 2 3

Double-handed 470 Female

The results of racing in the 470 fleet are proving that the competition is very close. From the warning signal everybody was jostling to be first over the line and take the coveted bullet. However, with the black flag flying, there were several premature who were OCS. They included the reigning World Champions from Greece Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa who despite taking the gun in both races 4 and 5, lost out with their OCS score on Race 4.

Today's second race was held in a light breeze weakening from 20 to 15 knots, with the Greek crew redeeming themselves to take the gun, just ahead of the French crew Petitjean/Douroux.

However, with three victories in the races so far, the Sydney Gold Medallists, Jenny Armstrong/Belinda Stowell (AUS) remain in first place and currently have a 13 point lead over the chasing Spanish team of Natalia Via Dufresne /Sandra Azon.

Emilia Tsoulfa, commented : "We should have won both races. We are very disappointed as we do not really agree with the disqualification based on the black flag rule. In fact, we felt we had a bad start on this race and as a result could only tack and sail on the right-hand side of the race-area, rather than the left where we would have finished ahead at the leeward mark. There are some good sailors in this event and it is interesting to compete on brand new boats, all of which are identical. This emphasis on the tactical skills, is being developed race on race by the each crew. Unfortunately, we have received two disqualifications for OCS, and we cannot bet on a good final result, however we will keep sailing good races."

Double handed female 470 - provisory ranking after 5 races
1 AUS 88 ARMSTRONG JENNY/STOWELL BELIND Australia 18.00 1 1 4 1 11
2 ESP 31 VIA DUFRESNE NATALIA/AZON SAND Spain 31.00 2 5 11 6 7
3 SWE 730 TORGERSON THERESE/ZACKRISSON V Sweden 38.00 3 4 1 18 12
4 FRA 474 PETITJEAN INGRID/DOUROUX NADEG France 38.00 11 3 9 13 2
5 RUS 700 ILIENKO VLADELINA/KRUTSKIKH DI Russia 41.00 10 7 12 2 10

Multihull Open - Hobie 16
Conditions today in Marseille Bay were excellent conditions for the Hobie cats. The multihull open fleet got to the race area at 12:35 with only 10 knots winds, but with the thermal winds taking hold later it increased to 18 knots establishing itself for the rest of the racing.

In this class the top 10 crews have pulled out a clear margin over the chasing pack in this 36 boat fleet.

The Australian crews of Gavin Colby/Simone Matfield and Darren Bundock/Mark Padgett put in good performances today, maintaining their first and third places respectively. Darren Bundock, Silver Medallist at the 2000 Olympics in the Tornado fleet, won two races out of three in today's competition. However, the continued top performance of the Puerto Ricans, Enrique Figueroa/Carla Malatrasi keeps them firmly in sight of a podium place, despite their 16th in race 5 due to a capsize.

Bundock commented: "I have rediscovered the pleasure of the Hobie 16! It is a funny multihull, less technical than the Tornado, which remains at the forefront of multihulls. It takes a day to adapt to and get used to the Hobie 16 for me as helm, but less for my crew Mark Padgett who usually sails the 470 class. This event is only the second time he has sailed a multihull. We finished ahead today and just a couple more victories will be welcomed."

Multihull Hobie Cat 16 mixt crew - provisory ranking after 5 races
1 AUS 92 COLBY GAVIN/MATFIELD SIMONE Australia 23.00 2 9 5 4 3
2 PUR 338 FIGUEROA ENRIQUE/MALATRASI CAR Puerto_Rico 26.00 6 1 2 1 16
3 AUS 96 BUNDOCK DARREN/PADGETT MARK Australia 26.00 7 8 1 2 8
4 RSA 1 FERRY SHAUN/BALL ALISON South_Africa 30.00 9 2 10 7 2
5 FRA 805 RENAUD CHRISTOPHE/ROSSOLLIN AL France 34.00 4 7 8 11 4

Keelboat Male - J/80
The J/80 fleet got off on schedule today. However, after three general recalls, the Race Committee decided to stop the enthusiasm of the competitors by implementing the 'Z' flag rule (which gives a 20% penalty to those who cross the line prematurely).

This was enough to calm down the crews and achieve a clean start, with Italians skippered by Gianni Sommariva, Italian Champion in the Beneteau 25 Class, taking the bullet. Today's surprise result came from the Japanese team, helmed by Hatakeyhama, who took their highest score to date and finished second!

Gianni Sommariva, winner of today's first race commented: "We had a fantastic start and then chose the best option on the right hand side of the course area; which was just perfect. Although we are a very strange team, mainly being former 420 Class sailors, we have discovered the pleasure of this boat. Racing here, we had no objective to live up to, unlike certain crews such as the Frenchman, François Brénac or the British.

J/80 - provisory ranking after 4 races
1 FRA 465 BRENAC/ FERRAN/ROHART/ FOUCHIE France 7.00 1 1 3 2
2 SUI 389 MONNIN/ MONNIN/MONNIN/ HEUSS/ Switzerland 15.00 6 2 6 1
3 ITA 934 SOMMARIVA/ BROCCANELLO/MUNGO/ Italy 19.00 4 4 10 1
4 GBR 550 BROTHERTON/ LEASK/RUSSEL/ NEAR Great_Britain 19.00 3 8 2 6
5 RSA 671 WILLCOX/ LANGHOUT/WILLCOX/ PAR South_Africa 20.00 4 3 5 8

Overall Nation Competing for the King's Trophy
Today, after five days of the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games, the Organising Committee published the nation ranking, indicating the top performing nation, based on each nation's top four regatta scores. After 4 to 5 races for each series, it is the French delegation who is leading, but is only two points ahead of the defending Italian team. France was the third overall nation in 1994 and 12th in 1998. The Australian team sits 3rd. The Australians have previously ranked 8th and 6th respectively in 1994 and 1998.

Provisionaal national ranking
1 France 40 pts
2 Italy 38 pts
3 Australia 32 pts
4 Great Britain 25 points
5 Israel 23 pts
6 Croatia 21 pts
7 South Africa 21 pts
8 Poland 20 pts
9 Ukraine 20 pts
10 USA 19 pts

64 nations are taking part

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