Lea into the lead

Good opening day for Ocean BMW Melges 24 Worlds in Torquay

Monday September 19th 2005, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
The Ocean BMW Melges 24 European Championship 2005 got underway today with two classic light airs races that kept the 50 competitors from 10 nations on their toes and left several of the top favourites feeling decidedly off the pace.

Race one started in approx 6 knots of wind and the right was favoured. At the first mark it was Jamie Lea, helming Stuart Simpson's Team Barbaians from Philippe Ligot's Partner & Partners, sailing with new helm Francois Brenac. Frenchman Thomas Rouxel in Cotes D'Amor Sail de Mer rounded third with the Austrian team of Michael Schineis fourth and Henri Samuel fifth.

By the second weather mark Partner & Partners had snuck past Barbarians as behind them Italy's Gabrio Zandona, helming for the reigning European Champion crew of Giovanni Maspero aboard Joe Fly, pulled into third. Fourth was Schineis with Frenchman Antoine Albaret in Cotes D'Armor Perros Guirec fifth and Samuel sixth. The leading three held position on the last run. Andrea Racchelli played the shifts from seventh to fourth with Schineis fifth and Rouxel sixth.

By the second race the wind had increased to 8 knots. Right was still preferred and at the first mark Alba Batzill, fresh from winning the 6m Worlds and sailing Eddy Eich's No Woman No Cry, led from Barbarians with Tim Collins in third, Antoine Albaret fourth and Andrea Racchelli fifth. Race one winner Partner & Partners had a disasterous start and rounded in the 40s.

Bazill confidently defended to the finish as the pack did battle. The shifts ensured many place changes. Racchelli eventually ground Barbarians into third. Rouxel pulled into and held fourth as Stuart Rix, helming Team Gill for Britain's Quentin Strauss, claimed fifth despite a mediocre fifteenth at the first mark. Back in the pack Partner & Partners worked every little shift moving steadily through the fleet from 40th to 11th.

In the overall standings Jamie Lea and Team Barbarians lead with 5 points from Andrea Racchelli in Altea on 6 points. Thomas Rouxel in Cotes d'Armor Sail de Mere is third, Philip Ligot's Partner & Partners Sailing Team, helmed by Francois Bernac, is fourth and Stuart Rix, with Quentin Strauss's Team Gill, lies fifth.

Sail No Boat Owner Helm Pts R1 R2
1 GBR406 Team Barbarians Stuart Simpson Jamie Lea 5 2 3
2 ITA438 Altea Andrea Racchelli Andrea Racchelli 6 4 2
3 FRA470 Cotes d'Armor Sail de Mer CDVH Thomas Rouxel 10 6 4
4 FRA571 Partner & Partners Philliipe Ligot Francois Brenac 12 1 11
5 GBR431 Gill Quentin Strauss Stuart Rix 14 9 5
6 FRA261 Cotes d'Armour Perros Guirec CDVH Antoine Albaret 17 8 9
7 SUI599 PoiZon Rouge Jean-Marc Monnard Jean-Marc Monnard 25 10 15
8 FRA423 Zig Zag 15 Henri Samuel Henri Samuel 26 7 19
9 MON601 Sogeti Benjamin Cohen Antoine Frickey 27 14 13
10 FRA193 Cotes d'Armor CDVH Vincent Biarnes 30 13 17
11 FRA387 Douarn-Mason Winches Club Vincent Sauleau 32 11 21
12 GER582 No Woman No Cry Eddy Eich Alba Bazrill 33 32 1
13 ITA550 Joe Fly Giovanni Maspro Zandona Gabrio 34 3 31
14 AUT531 EdelweiB Michael Schineis Michael Schineisssssss 34 5 29
15 GBR546 Helmut Rises Again Nigel Grogan Nigel Grogan 34 16 18
16 GBR269 Ali 2 Joe Woods Ann Ashworth 37 25 12
17 FRA173 Au Planning Jerome Aubert Jerome Aubert 38 24 14
18 FRA383 Merck Generique Jean-Marc Sparfel Jean-Marc Sparfel 38 22 16
19 GBR368 Team Turn-Turtle.com A Brown, B Cooper, G Birbeck Alan Brown 39 15 24
20 FRA422 Dyneema-Euros Remy Arnaud Remy Arnaud 42 19 23
21 FRA358 Dottore Jigolo Douchy & Marcadet P Y Lambert 43 37 6
22 GBR611 WKD Red Joe Woods Joe Woods 43 21 22
23 GBR527 Comfortably Numb Andrew Dellow/Simon Dobson Simon Dobson 46 20 26
24 FIN476 Suunto Henrik Thelen Kennet Thelen 48 41 7
25 GBR334 Easy Tiger Tim Collins Tim Collins 50 42 8
26 GBR535 March Hare Simon Henning Mike Henning 53 43 10
27 GBR432 Wolf Cub Glyn Williams Glyn Williams 53 28 25
28 FRA461 Euro-Voiles Denis Infante Christophe Barrue 54 12 42
29 ITA297 Pioneer Investments Igino Angelini Andrea Formaro 56 18 38
30 NOR341 Dolly Per Andresen Erik Arthur 60 40 20
31 FRA473 Gybe Set Anne Gellez Oliver Gellez 60 23 37
32 SUI578 Music 55 Ruedi Huber Ruedi Huber 60 33 27
33 NOR349 Party Girl Jens Wathna Jens Wathna 61 29 32
34 GBR573 Xcellent John Pollard John Pollard 62 34 28
35 FRA471 Mu Emmanuel Nebout Emmanuel Nebout 67 31 36
36 GBR516 Highland Heritage Ian Cleaver Paul Brotherton 68 17 51
37 GBR453 Ramshackle Steve Williams/Dave Farrimond Paul Owen 70 26 44
38 NOR279 Marella V Nils Nordenstroem Nils Nordenstroem 70 35 35
39 GBR403 Envy Martin Miller Dean Argent 71 30 41
40 GBR377 Henri Lloyd Tony Jaffa Tony Jaffa 76 46 30
41 GBR452 Eric's Mate Martin Wedge Martin Wedge 78 27 51
42 SUI382 Zerowo/e-brokerline.com Michael Good Michael Good 78 45 33
43 GBR534 Hooligan Norman Broom Norman Broom 78 39 39
44 GBR589 Badger Paul Lovejoy Paul Lovejoy 83 49 34
45 GBR478 www.formulacars.co.uk Tim & Steve Jones Tim Jones 83 36 47
46 FRA272 Speed'eau Antoine Jeu Antoine Jeu 87 44 43
47 GBR548 Team Panasonic Adrian Peach Adrian Peach 89 38 51
48 GBR340 White Rabbit Simon Henning Simon Henning 90 50 40
49 SUI270 Boorinsla August Schram Ann-Kathrin Hoh 92 47 45
50 MLT435 Wild Thing David S Franks David S Franks 94 48 46

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