Burlton takes the lead

Race gets underway at the Laser SB3 Worlds

Tuesday September 1st 2009, Author: Katie Ashworth, Location: United Kingdom
Last night Cascais enjoyed the fiesta that recognises the end of the summer, bands played on the huge stage on the beach front and fireworks lit up the sky. The Laser SB3 sailors unfortunately missed the festivities as they headed to bed early in preparation for day 1 of the 2009 Laser SB3 World Championships.

With the beach freshly combed this morning and the streets hosed and polished, it was business as usual for residents of Cascais, while the 56 Laser SB3 crews gathered at the Clube Naval de Cascais for the first day of racing of the fleet’s 2nd World Championships.

The fleet left the marina in very light winds this morning, and headed to Race Area A where a building northerly breeze awaited them. Throughout the day the wind increased to 25 knots. After the second Race, the Race Officer chose to move the race course to the east where he was able to complete his final scheduled race of the day although the wind was considered patchy by many of the fleet.

Catching up with the race winners as they came ashore this evening there were some tales of mixed fortunes to share.

Mike Budd and his crew on Zimmer took an early lead on the first downwind leg of Race One, and extended their lead each leg there after. Taking a conservative approach to maintaining their lead, they took the bullet in Race 1 with five boatlengths to spare. Unfortunately in Race 2, Zimmer lost its second position following a spectacular wipe out. With a disappointing start in Race 3 and a poor first upwind leg in shifty conditions Budd and crew finished 10th and put their lesser performance down to lack of warm clothing and food, “44 calories in the one remaining Alpen cereal bar wasn’t enough to keep three hungry sailors happy at the end of a long day” remarked Sam Gardner, mainsheet trimmer onboard Zimmer.

Spirit of Cape Town’s Roger Hudson and helm Taariq Jacobs had a strong start to the day’s racing with their sights set on catching Mike Budd in Race 1 they managed to diminish his lead to just five boat lengths by the time they crossed the finishing line. With a promising first race, they went on to win the second race. Sister-ship, City of Cape Town helmed by David Hudson, followed Spirit of Cape Town around the first windward mark, but unfortunately suffered a bad bout of luck and Craig Burlton picked his way through the fleet to finish Race 2 in second position and Hudson Senior dropped back to 8th. Unfortunately, the failure of the lower gudgeon bracket on the first windward mark rounding of Race 3 saw Spirit of Cape Town’s luck take a turn for the worse with them being unable to finish the third Race. Hudson and Jacobs remain positive and are grateful that they didn’t suffer the damage during the first race of the day.

By his own admission, Jerry Hill was unable to start well all day, but after picking some good lay lines he and his crew onboard 3 Sad Old Blokes managed to work their way to the front of the fleet in the third race. 3SOB’s third race was described on the dock by an un-named source as “A true display of sailing skill!”

Overnight leader, Craig Burlton awarded Spirit of Cape Town the “Boat of the Day” Award with their excellent performance in the 1st 2 races of the event, and knows that Spirit of Cape Town team will be one to keep a very close eye on during the Championships. Burlton added, “It was a great start to the World Championships with 3 Races completed in lively conditions in a highly competitive fleet. It’s clearly going to be a tough event to win.”

If Day 1 at the Laser SB3 World Championships in Cascais is anything to go by, it’s going to be an exciting week as the results unfold in the rolling Atlantic swell.

More photos on the following pages...

Results:

Pos Boat Nat Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 Tot
1 Gill Race Team GBR Craig Burlton Adam Healley/Stephen White 8 2 2 12
2 City of Cape Town RSA David Hudson Neil Malan/Wandisile Xayimpi/Jamie Waters 3 6 6 15
3 Zimmer GBR Mike Budd Mark Greaves / Sam Gardner 1 5 11 17
4 Sun Microsystems GBR Robert Gullan Ben Ainsworth/Pieter Heyn/Maria Stanley 7 7 5 19
5 3 Sad Old Blokes GBR Jerry Hill Joe Llewellyn / Paul Kameen 9 12 1 22
6 Sail Boat Spares.com GBR Sarah Allan Charlotte Savage/Michael John Gifford/David Giles 4 9 10 23
7 In Your Pocket GBR Andrew Oddie Gareth Edwards / Andy Rice 5 18 3 26
8 Black Bird/Capital Moura POR Filipe Silva Joaquim Moreira / Pedro Costa Alemão 6 4 17 27
9 Rumbleflurg GBR David Cummins Ian Schenkel/Chris Cousins 14 10 8 32
10 Quebramar POR Rui Brites Gonçalo Esteves/Francisco Neto 16 11 9 36
11 Else GER Ferdinand Ziegelmayer Maximilian Ziegelmayer/Sebastien Ziegelmayer 10 14 15 39
12 POR Rui Caldas Barreiro Diogo Pereira / Gonçalo Cabrita 17 25 7 49
13 Manias POR José Pedro Dias Pinheiro Antonio Leal Faria/ Bernardo Dias Pinheiro 25 26 4 55
14 Spirit of Cape Town RSA Roger Hudson Taariq Jacobs/Ashton Sampson/Marlon Jones 2 1 55 58
15 Selden Mast GBR Chris Jennings Simon Everest/ Neil Hughston 15 19 25 59
16 Purple DayDream POR João Duarte Gonçalo Boto/Paulo Lobo/Christian Bayon 22 13 26 61
17 Stenghele ITA Roberto Caresani Pietro Negri/Giulia Conti 12 27 23 62
18 Trinca Espinhas POR Luis Figueiredo Gonçalo Lacerda/Nuno Rosa Lopes 11 29 30 70
19 Sete POR Bernardo Pinto Gonçalves Carlos Empis / Lourenço Empis/Martim Mello 13 22 36 71
20 Fishbone ITA Giovanni Meloni Massimiliano Pez/Cristian Ferro 30 24 20 74
21 Bicasco/Cidade Setubal POR António Santos Fernando Faneco/José Miguel Cunha 48 15 13 76
22 Sponge Bob GBR Marshall King Matt Waite / Steven McLean 41 16 19 76
23 Darling Associates GBR Chris Darling Alice Darling/Sian McCleave/Alastair Shaw 44 21 14 79
24 Citta di Numana ITA Vicenzo Graciotti Camillo Zucconi/Andrea Trani 29 36 16 81
25 Pelican Racing GBR Ash Holmes Ian Gilmour / Simon Davies 21 28 35 84
26 Trunk Monkey GBR Joe Burnie Doug Peniston/Mike Austen 23 35 27 85
27 Team Solent Helly Hansen GBR Guy Jackson Jorgen Stromquist / James Moore 55 3 34 92
28 Badger Racing GBR Paul Lovejoy Sam Minns/Fredrik Blencke 20 17 55 92
29 Bettersoft/Cidade Setubal POR Luis Santos Rui Duarte/João Bolina 31 8 55 94
30 Clube Millenium BCP POR Vanessa Batista Telma Miranda/Inês Soares/Mariana Freitas 33 43 18 94
31 Phi!Number ITA Luca Bacci Duccio Colombi/Michele Saleri 19 20 55 94
32 Casilda POR Duarte Bello Gonçalo Eusébio /Eduardo VanZeller 27 37 32 96
33 ROFF - SAP Consulting POR Gonçalo Horta Hugo Mastbaum / Pedro Rebelo 32 31 33 96
34 Isabella II GER Reinhard Schroeder Stefan Sorgel/Nico Thielemann 39 38 21 98
35 POR Vasco Passanha Tiago Malhão Pereira/André Caiado 34 30 38 102
36 Razzmatazz GER Sebastian Dohrendorf Fieda van Belle/Jonathan Griffiths/Frank Geerlings 26 55 22 103
37 Hot Pants GBR Mike Wood Mike Walker / Ian Martin 36 40 29 105
38 POR António Mello João Mello/João Westwood/Lourenço P. Gonçalves 40 55 12 107
39 Cheeky Monkey GBR Ian Sullivan Tom Mallindine / Chris Noble 18 36 55 109,5
40 Rumshack Event Management GBR Roger Hexton Peter Christie/Christopher Anthony 42 32 37 111
41 Dom Pedro Hotels POR José Paulo Ramada Abilio Amaral / Pedro Riebiro da Cunha 55 34 24 113
42 Coating ITA Luca Maitan Luca Zuklic/Manuel Faro 35 39 40 114
43 Audi Sunshine Girls AUS Lauren Calder Lissa McMillan/Louise Watson/Morgann Stanton 55 33 28 116
44 POR Peter Straton Francisco Garcia/Miguel Pedro 45 23 55 123
45 ESRI POR Piedade Colaço Diana Caldeira/Ariana Nunes/Luisa Figueiredo 28 41 55 124
46 Skallywag GBR James Ford Rob Day / Nina Day 43 42 39 124
47 Super Bad IRL Emmet Ryan James Budd/Anna Mackenzie/Jonny White 24 55 55 134
48 Wagop AUS Michael Quirk Jordan Spencer / Michael McLean 55 55 31 141
49 Xcellent GBR John Pollard Robert Smith/Martin Schwartz 37 55 55 147
50 Mergulhão POR André Gray Rodrigo Amaral/Filipe Hogan 47 45 55 147
51 Herdade do Esporão POR Diogo Corrêa Mendes Fernando Passeiro / Duarte Pinto Coelho 46 46 55 147
52 Engexpor POR Fernando Bello António Gois/Francisco Mourão 38 55 55 148
53 Delta Q POR Gonçalo Almeida João Lino/Daniel Matias/Elisa Matias 49 44 55 148
54 Santa Maria POR Firmino Morgado Elísio Lourenço/Luis Rosario 50 47 55 152

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