Cape Town boats gunning hard

But Craig Burlton's Gill team clings on to the lead at the Laser SB3 Worlds

Wednesday September 2nd 2009, Author: Katie Ashworth, Location: United Kingdom
Looking at the results, it’s been another extremely tough day of competitive racing today at the Laser SB3 World Championships in Cascais. Craig Burlton maintains his lead tonight, and has reinstated his margin of four points over Roger Hudson and the Spirit of Cape Town crew.

Race winners today included Roger Hudson/Taariq Jacobs, Rob Gullan and David Hudson. Catching up with them as they came ashore, they all had plenty to report after what has clearly been a really challenging day in terms of the competitive fleet and shifting wind.

Roger Hudson (son of David Hudson) trimming main and calling tactics for Taariq Jacobs on board Spirit of Cape Town, commented: “Race 1 today was full of wind shifts and we spent the whole of the first beat reading them and tacking accordingly.” It was an extremely tactical race that Roger described on the dock this evening. Having rounded the windward mark in first position, they didn’t look back and managed to extend their lead on the first downwind leg and managed to seal a victory with a comfortable lead, “Although we were only too aware that Craig [Burlton] was chasing us and catching up fast; he has an amazing ability to work his way through a fleet of boats without careless errors.” Spirit of Cape Town are aiming for consistent results in the remaining five races and will be looking to improve their tactics to maintain their dominance at the top of the fleet.

Race 2 saw Robert Gullan back on form. Having won race 5 in the Championship, Gullan worked his way to the front of the fleet again today. Sun Microsystems have not been a regular feature on the SB3 circuit for some time, but with a newly formed team, Pieter Heyn’s boat (a previous Cowes Week winner) is clearly stacked with talent. Ben Ainsworth and Maria Stanley are working the bow, Pieter trimming the main and Robert helming, is proving to be a lightening combination. It would not be unfair to say that this team comes without SB3 pedigree making their overall position of fifth extremely impressive. Having won the pin in the start of the second race they were the first boat to tack onto port and spent the race working the shifts in the breeze upwind and holding onto their position in the downwind legs. Gullan added, “We’ve sailed a conservative Championship, but now we are going to change mode and start attacking the leaders”.

David Hudson (father of Roger Hudson) added a 3, 9, 1 to his results tally today. Race 1 saw a photo finish with Craig Burlton, which Craig won, “We had to ask the race committee for confirmation of our finishing order we had been so close, there can’t have been more than 1 metre in it. It really shows how tight the racing is at the top of the fleet.” Race 2 City of Cape Town started well, but by the first windward mark were well down the pack and did well to recover to 9th position. By all accounts, race 3 was text book perfect and after establishing a reasonable lead, City of Cape Town lead the fleet over the finish line and home. A great day’s racing for David.

Craig Burlton gave some insight into the spectacularly consistent performance that his team has put in over the first three days of this Championship. “After all these years of sailing, we still can’t start. On a more serious note, today really has been the toughest day’s sailing of my life.” Burlton leads the Championship by four points, but with five races still to be sailed, there is still a lot of pressure on Gill Race Team who are sailing well as a crew although Craig added that “Adam [Heeley] has been sat on the naughty step this afternoon!” Steve ‘AB’ White has been calling tactics and reading the wind shifts, of which there are plenty, with great skill. All in all Gill Race Team are thoroughly enjoying their Championship; they are well aware that Roger Hudson and Taariq Jacobs are hot on their heels and are yet to post a first to the results sheet.

The top Italian boat is helmed by Roberto Caresani and crewed by Pietro Negri and Giulia Conti who has arrived directly from the 470 World Championships in Denmark. Roberto and Pietro claim that they sail faster when they have a woman onboard, it’s their Italian blood you know! Ferdinand Ziegelmayer who is racing with brother Maximillian and father Sebastien are the only all family crew. They are the leading German boat and are enjoying the tight racing for their first time at an international SB3 event and first time racing together as a crew. Ferdinand added: “Today we were fast, unfortunately too fast at the start of the final race as we over the line! Our crew work is improving and we are delighted with the way that the Laser SB3 is performing in these fantastic conditions.” Currently in 13th position overall, they are hoping to move into the top 10.

The quality of the racing in Cascais is fantastic. The good teams have adapted quickly to the conditions and there are so many boats pushing really hard for the top 1o and higher. The key appears to be working the shits upwind and plenty of gybes downwind to stay in the breeze, which is quite a different approach to stand Solent downwind sailing.

Three more races are scheduled for Thursday when the 2nd discard will come into action. Watch this space!

Results:
 
Pos Boat Helm Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Tot
1 Gill Race Team Craig Burlton Adam Healley/Stephen White GBR 8 2 2 7 2 5 2 2 4 26
2 Spirit of Cape Town Roger Hudson Taariq Jacobs/Ashton Sampson/Marlon Jones RSA 2 1 55 13 3 1 1 6 3 30
3 City of Cape Town David Hudson Neil Malan/Wandisile Xayimpi/Jamie Waters RSA 3 6 7 1 12 17 3 9 1 42
4 3 Sad Old Blokes Jerry Hill Joe Llewellyn / Paul Kameen GBR 9 12 1 3 4 15 9 3 2 43
5 Sun Microsystems Robert Gullan Ben Ainsworth/Pieter Heyn/Maria Stanley GBR 7 7 6 17 1 4 13 1 12 51
6 Zimmer Mike Budd Mark Greaves / Sam Gardner GBR 1 5 12 55 8 2 12 10 5 55
7 Black Bird/Capital Moura Filipe Silva Joaquim Moreira / Pedro Costa Alemão POR 6 4 18 12 9 8 5 5 7 56
8 Sail Boat Spares.com Sarah Allan Charlotte Savage/Michael John Gifford/David Giles GBR 4 9 11 20 5 3 10 20 8 70
9 Rumbleflurg David Cummins Ian Schenkel/Chris Cousins GBR 14 10 9 15 20 14 6 11 9 88
10 In Your Pocket Andrew Oddie Gareth Edwards / Andy Rice GBR 5 18 4 35 6 34 4 15 16 102
11 Sponge Bob Marshall King Matt Waite / Steven McLean GBR 41 16 20 10 22 7 16 8 10 109
12 Else Ferdinand Ziegelmayer Maximilian Ziegelmayer/Sebastien Ziegelmayer GER 10 14 16 16 10 18 19 14 55 117
13 Team Solent Helly Hansen Guy Jackson Jorgen Stromquist / James Moore GBR 55 3 35 18 7 9 7 7 33 119
14 Selden Mast Chris Jennings Simon Everest/ Neil Hughston GBR 15 19 26 4 11 23 15 34 6 119
15 Badger Racing Paul Lovejoy Sam Minns/Fredrik Blencke GBR 20 17 55 6 35 10 11 13 13 125
16 Bettersoft/Cidade Setubal Luis Santos Rui Duarte/João Bolina POR 31 8 3 11 17 21 21 28 26 135
17 Cheeky Monkey Ian Sullivan Tom Mallindine / Chris Noble GBR 18 19 19 2 34 20 17 31 11 137
18 Darling Associates Chris Darling Alice Darling/Sian McCleave/Alastair Shaw GBR 44 21 15 14 27 12 23 12 14 138
19 Rui Caldas Barreiro Diogo Pereira / Gonçalo Cabrita POR 17 25 8 28 16 11 14 29 27 146
20 Stenghele Roberto Caresani Pietro Negri/Giulia Conti ITA 12 27 24 21 21 16 8 17 55 146
21 Quebramar Rui Brites Gonçalo Esteves/Francisco Neto POR 16 11 10 9 31 19 26 44 28 150
22 Phi!Number Luca Bacci Duccio Colombi/Michele Saleri ITA 19 20 55 19 24 29 20 27 20 178
23 Citta di Numana Vicenzo Graciotti Camillo Zucconi/Andrea Trani ITA 29 36 17 24 30 13 31 16 29 189
24 Fishbone Giovanni Meloni Massimiliano Pez/Cristian Ferro ITA 30 24 21 5 37 27 40 23 23 190
25 António Mello João Mello/João Westwood/Lourenço P. Gonçalves POR 40 55 13 29 19 28 28 24 15 196
26 Bicasco/Cidade Setubal António Santos Fernando Faneco/José Miguel Cunha POR 48 15 14 22 13 48 27 38 21 198
27 Pelican Racing Ash Holmes Ian Gilmour / Simon Davies GBR 21 28 36 26 25 37 33 25 19 213
28 Peter Straton Francisco Garcia/Miguel Pedro POR 45 23 55 30 14 32 22 19 31 216
29 Manias José Pedro Dias Pinheiro Antonio Leal Faria/ Bernardo Dias Pinheiro POR 25 26 5 31 32 39 34 35 32 220
30 Hot Pants Mike Wood Mike Walker / Ian Martin GBR 36 40 30 8 23 36 37 21 55 231
31 Sete Bernardo Pinto Gonçalves Carlos Empis / Lourenço Empis/Martim Mello POR 13 22 37 55 29 40 30 18 42 231
32 Xcellent John Pollard Robert Smith/Martin Schwartz GBR 37 55 55 55 15 6 55 4 18 245
33 Isabella II Reinhard Schroeder Stephan Sorgel/Nico Thielemann GER 39 38 22 44 42 33 24 30 17 245
34 Trunk Monkey Joe Burnie Doug Peniston/Mike Austen GBR 23 35 28 23 47 35 36 32 37 249
35 Purple DayDream João Duarte Gonçalo Boto/Paulo Lobo/Christian Bayon POR 22 13 27 55 26 38 35 42 35 251
36 Trinca Espinhas Luis Figueiredo Gonçalo Lacerda/Nuno Rosa Lopes POR 11 29 31 36 41 45 39 33 34 254
37 Razzmatazz Sebastian Dohrendorf Fieda van Belle/Jonathan Griffiths/Frank Geerlings GER 26 55 23 27 28 49 32 39 36 260
38 Wagop Michael Quirk Jordan Spencer / Michael McLean AUS 55 55 32 40 40 22 25 26 25 265
39 Vasco Passanha Tiago Malhão Pereira/André Caiado POR 34 30 39 55 18 30 31 45 36 273
40 Dom Pedro Hotels José Paulo Ramada Abilio Amaral / Pedro Ribeiro da Cunha POR 55 34 25 39 39 25 41 37 39 279
41 Audi Sunshine Girls Lauren Calder Lissa McMillan/Louise Watson/Morgann Stanton AUS 55 33 29 32 49 41 29 43 24 280
42 ROFF - SAP Consulting Gonçalo Horta Hugo Mastbaum / Pedro Rebelo POR 32 31 34 33 38 43 38 36 41 283
43 Coating Team Luca Maitan Luca Zuklic/Manuel Faro ITA 35 39 41 25 33 31 46 48 44 294
44 ESRI Piedade Colaço Diana Caldeira/Ariana Nunes/Luisa Figueiredo POR 28 41 55 34 36 44 45 47 22 297
45 Super Bad Emmet Ryan James Budd/Anna Mackenzie/Jonny White IRL 24 55 55 55 45 26 18 22 55 300
46 Casilda Duarte Bello Gonçalo Eusébio /Eduardo VanZeller POR 27 37 33 37 50 50 43 49 30 306
47 Clube Millenium BCP Vanessa Batista Telma Miranda/Inês Soares/Mariana Freitas POR 33 43 19 45 48 46 42 41 38 307
48 Herdade do Esporão Diogo Corrêa Mendes Fernando Passeiro / Duarte Pinto Coelho POR 46 46 55 41 44 24 55 40 43 339
49 Skallywag James Ford Rob Day / Nina Day GBR 43 42 40 38 46 47 44 50 40 340
50 Rumshack Event Management Roger Hexton Peter Christie/Christopher Anthony GBR 42 32 38 42 43 42 55 55 55 349
51 Delta Q Gonçalo Almeida João Lino/Daniel Matias/Elisa Matias POR 49 44 55 46 51 51 47 51 45 384
52 Mergulhão André Gray Rodrigo Amaral/Filipe Hogan POR 47 45 55 43 52 52 48 46 55 388
53 Engexpor Fernando Bello António Gois/Francisco Mourão POR 38 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 423
54 Santa Maria Firmino Morgado Elísio Lourenço/Luis Rosario POR 50 47 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 427

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