Williams leads J/80s

ISAF's World Sailing Games is onto its home straight in Marseilles

Monday July 8th 2002, Author: Maguelonne Turcat, Location: France


More surprises today from the ISAF World Sailing Games in Marseilles. The first was the the wind. This was forecast to be all but non-existent but as is the way here when it did come through, was blowing enough to cause several breakages in the fleet.

The second surprise was in the J/80 fleet, where a dog fight was taking place between Britian's Ian Williams and the French defending champion François Brénac.

The level will be one stop beyond in the final !

Today saw the start of the final series for the events which had a qualifying series. These includes being the keelboat men - J/80, keelboat women - J/22 and the single-handed dinghy open - Laser. After the qualifying series, the fleet is then split into Gold and Silver fleets, with the Gold fleet sailing for medals, so the top 20 boats in the J/80, top 9 in the J/22 and top 38 in the Laser sailing will go into the Gold fleets, with the rest of the respective fleets sailing silver.

Sailboards - Formula Windsurfing male and female

The board sailors were the first ones surprised by the south-easterly wind steadily increasing during the first race. After today's races both Alessandra Sensini and Eugénie Rafin (FRA) look assured of medals, but behind them the fleet remains open.

With the increased wind, the Race Committee chose to move the course to a rather more protected area, and at the time of writing the second race of today, race 8, had just finished; with a possible race 9 and 10 yet to be sailed tonight.

Sailboard results after 7 races (one discard) - Formula Windurfing female of 13
1 14 SENSINI ALESSANDRA Italy 7.00 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 5 RAFFIN EUGENIE France 22.00 7 2 8 3 2 3 2 3
3 6 VIDAL LISE France 25.00 2 6 2 6 3 4 DNC 2
4 1 SHREEVE ALLISON Australia 33.00 8 4 4 4 4 2 DNC 7
5 7 JOHNSTON CHRISTINE Great_Britain 35.00 6 5 7 2 5 5 DNC 5

Results after 8 races (one discard) in Formula Windurfing male of 22
1 39 CUCCHI ANDREA Italy 10.00 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 4
2 43 SCHURMANN WILHELM Brazil 14.00 OCS 2 2 3 2 3 1 1
3 38 MENEGATTI ALBERTO Italy 26.00 6 4 3 2 4 2 7 5
4 28 BONTEMPS JULIEN France 39.00 5 9 7 10 6 6 3 3
5 29 MOUSSILMANI BENOIT France 41.00 2 3 4 DNC 3 4 DNC 2

Keel boat female - J/22

The domination of the French team helmed by Christine Briand took another step forward today. The French crew won the first race, while their closest rivals including the New Zealand team led by Karleen Dixon and Cordelia Ellis' British team finished 6th and 7th.

Two days before the end of the World Sailing Games, the French crew has a very comfortable lead (10 points) with only one 'poor' result and that was fourth place. In comparison, her rivals each have a redress hearing underway, which at the time of writing is still in the protest room. So whilst Gold looks safe for the French, the competition for the silver and bronze medals remains open.

Second placed Karleen Dixon, commented: "It is a very tight competition particularly for us as we only did sail one time on a J/22 series before we came to Marseilles. Still it is very interesting to race here as all boats are similar and equally equiped. Financially speaking it is also a good deal. We had no idea about our possible score when we came over to Marseilles and remaining in the top 3 would be quite good."

Results after 9 races
1 FRA 457 BRIAND/ BOUR/DENTRAYGUES/ PROU France 10.00 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 4
2 NZL 299 DIXON/ ROBERTS/EGNOT/ LIND MIT New_Zealand 20.00 1 2 1 1 2 3 RDG 6 9
3 AUS 113 WALTERS/ GOJNICH/BRISBOIS KARY Australia 21.00 2 3 7 5 1 1 RDG 5 2
4 ITA 787 CONTI/ BORONI/MARENZI/ MAZZOTT Italy 24.00 4 4 3 4 4 4 2 2 1
5 GBR 526 ELLIS/ ALLAN/LEASK/ WEBB/ Great_Britain 28.00 1 1 OCS 2 3 1 5 7 8

Keelboat male - J/80

All change in this fleet with the British team helmed by Ian Williams being the top performers of the day with a 1st and 2nd in the first two races, to propel them to equal first with the defending French Champion François Brénac. Conversely Brénac and his crew notched up their worst result of the racing so far, scoring an 11th. However, the French redeemed themselves and got back on form to take a bullet this afternoon. Both crews now share 1st place with 9 points each . Behind them five or six other competitors are very close and the finals results look like they will remain wide open until the end of the competition on Wednesday.

Paul Ambroise Sevestre on one of the French boats commented: "the wind increased steadily and when it seriously turned from south east the race became favourable on the left hand side. During the second race our crew got mixed up with the J/22s. Some were bothered whereas other competitors managed to take advantage of the situation like François Brénac who made it up from the 10th to the 1st position.

Race 6
1 ITA 934 SOMMARIVA/ BROCCANELLO/MUNGO/ Italy 1.00
2 GBR 549 WILLIAMS/ LLEWELLYN/NICHOLLS/ Great_Britain 2.00
3 JPN 219 HATAKEYAMA/ AIZAWA/NAKAZAWA/ K Japan 3.00
4 AUS 108 BREWER/ WILLIAMS/MC CUAIG/ CRO Australia 4.00
5 FRA 469 SEVESTRE/ LE HELLEY/CAUJOLLE/ FRANCE 5.00

Race 7
1 FRA 465 BRENAC/ FERRAN/ROHART/ FOUCHIE France 1.00
2 GBR 549 WILLIAMS/ LLEWELLYN/NICHOLLS/ Great_Britain 2.00
3 IRL 581 ROSE/ DARRER/MOORE/ DEASY/ Ireland 3.00
4 JPN 226 KURAMICHI/ OKAMOTO/SASAKI/ WAD Japan 4.00
5 AUS 108 BREWER/ WILLIAMS/MC CUAIG/ CRO Australia 5.00

Results after 5 races
1 FRA 465 BRENAC/ FERRAN/ROHART/ FOUCHIE France 8.00 1 1 3 2 1
2 GBR 549 WILLIAMS/ LLEWELLYN/NICHOLLS/ Great_Britain 21.00 1 1 15 3 1
3 ITA 934 SOMMARIVA/ BROCCANELLO/MUNGO/ Italy 23.00 4 4 10 1 4
4 SUI 389 MONNIN/ MONNIN/MONNIN/ HEUSS/ Switzerland 27.00 6 2 6 1 12
5 GBR 550 BROTHERTON/ LEASK/RUSSEL/ NEAR Great_Britain 29.00 3 8 2 6 10

Doubled handed Dinghy female - 470

Three races were sailed on Monday on the double handed event in the 470. Australian crew Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell, Gold medallists at the Sydney Olympics, took another victory to maintain their lead. However, the French crew of Ingrid Petitjean/Nadège Douroux continued to sail consistently taking a 2nd, 4th and 2nd to lie 11 points behind the Aussies.

Only four points behind the French are the Spanish crew of Natalia Via Dufresne/Sandra Azon who took their first bullet in today's race 8, consolidating their third place overall. There is then a considerable 11 point margin between the Spanish and the next placed French crew in 4th.

French sailor Marie Riou, Anne Claire Le Berre's crew mate currently 4th in the general results said: "The first race was awful! The wind was completely crazy, sometimes very calm and then strong again, just a nightmare! The wind got very strong reaching some times over 20 to 25 knots and certain boats were damaged, including the Greek World Champions who tore their spinnaker. However, the strong wind is a delight for us and finally the day ended up very good for our crew!"

Australian Belinda Stowell, Jenny Armstrong's crew mate, currently 1st overall added: "It was a very interesting race and with the World's very best sailors it looks a little bit like a series World Championship. The only major difference are the boats which need to be trimmed just a little bit more than usual. Further, we do not dare to sail the boats at their maximum, so we are less aggressive and probably not as fast as usual."

Results after 8 races - double-handed dinghy boat female - 470
1 AUS 88 ARMSTRONG JENNY/STOWELL BELIND Australia 22.00 1 1 4 1 11 18 1 3
2 FRA 474 PETITJEAN INGRID/DOUROUX NADEG France 33.00 11 3 9 13 2 2 4 2
3 ESP 31 VIA DUFRESNE NATALIA/AZON SAND Spain 37.00 2 5 11 6 7 16 5 1
4 FRA 475 LE BERRE ANNE CLAIRE/RIOU MARI France 48.00 13 6 3 15 13 6 2 5
5 ISR 183 KLIGER LINUR/FABRIKANT ANAT Israel 63.00 14 10 2 7 14 28 10 6

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