Leaders established

Again today saw good breeze at the ISAF World Sailing Games

Sunday July 7th 2002, Author: Maguelonne Turcat, Location: Mediterranean


The sun was once again burning brightly over Marseilles for the 700 competitors present during the ISAF World Sailing Games. A light but steady breeze for the keelboats but a rather shifty wind for the dinghies enabled all the series to compete. Only the sailboard class - Formula Windsurfing which need at least 8 knots well established wind remained on stand-by. At the end of today, the sixth consecutive day of racing, podium places are already being decided.

Keelboard Female - J22

Podium positions are far from decided in this class where the top three boats ahead in the overall ranking are separated by only two points. The French fleet (Christine Briand) have 6 points, whereas the New Zealanders (Karleen Dickson) have 7 and Cordelia Ellis' British team with Sarah Webb, Cailah Leask and Sarah Allen on board have 8.

Ellis' team began well taking the first race ahead of the French skipper, but Christine Briand's crew won the second race while the Brits came in fifth giving the French a comfortable advance.

At the time of writing New Zealander Karleen Dickson was still racing. The provisory general ranking may yet change. Whatever happens, all three of these crews will be on final series which starts tomorrow, Monday.

Sarah Allan, crew for Cordelia Ellis commented: "we had a good speed on the second race but it was not sufficient. During the first race, we came out and remained first. Christine did not start well, but she steadily recovered and finished just behind us. We wanted to make the difference today, but too bad! What bothers me the most is that we hardly had any races against the New Zealanders and they were given an easier group to perform in... There is a very good race level here, as most of the crews are usually match-racing crews..."

Race 8
1 GBR 526 ELLIS/ ALLAN/LEASK/ WEBB/ Great_Britain 1.00
2 FRA 457 BRIAND/ BOUR/DENTRAYGUES/ PROU France 2.00
3 RSA 679 PROVOYEUR/ COETZEE/FOORD/ ALIS South_Africa 3.00
4 JPN 230 OYAMA/ HORIUCHI/TANAKA/ OJIMA/ Japan 4.00
5 NZL 303 WEST/ WHITE/DORLING/ TAYLOR/ New_Zealand 5.00

Race 7
1 FRA 457 BRIAND/ BOUR/DENTRAYGUES/ PROU France 1.00
2 ITA 787 CONTI/ BORONI/MARENZI/ MAZZOTT Italy 2.00
3 RSA 679 PROVOYEUR/ COETZEE/FOORD/ ALIS South_Africa 3.00
4 NZL 303 WEST/ WHITE/DORLING/ TAYLOR/ New_Zealand 4.00
5 GBR 526 ELLIS/ ALLAN/LEASK/ WEBB/ Great_Britain 5.00

Overall after 6 races
1 FRA 457 BRIAND/ BOUR/DENTRAYGUES/ PROU France 6.00 2 1 1 1 1 2
2 NZL 299 DIXON/ ROBERTS/EGNOT/ LIND MIT New_Zealand 7.00 1 2 1 1 2 3
3 GBR 526 ELLIS/ ALLAN/LEASK/ WEBB/ Great_Britain 8.00 1 1 OCS 2 3 1
4 AUS 113 WALTERS/ GOJNICH/BRISBOIS KARY Australia 12.00 2 3 7 5 1 1
5 USA 446 ZILLMAN/ MC DOWELL/WULFF/ HAWK United_States_of_Ame 19.00 4 4 3 2 6 7
6 RSA 675 HUDSON/ KEYTEL/MC ARTHUR/ SCHA South_Africa 19.00 5 3 4 5 2 6
7 ITA 787 CONTI/ BORONI/MARENZI/ MAZZOTT Italy 19.00 4 4 3 4 4 4
8 USA 450 BERGE/ MALAKIS/SIMPKINS/ MC KE United_States_of_Ame 21.00 6 7 2 3 5 5
9 IRL 595 MITTON/ MC DONALD/MC DONALD/ F Ireland 21.00 3 6 4 7 4 4
10 AUS 117 SPITHILL/ ROBERTS/BULLOUGH/ MA Australia 23.00 8 8 6 4 3 2
11 RSA 679 PROVOYEUR/ COETZEE/FOORD/ ALIS South_Africa 24.00 3 6 5 6 5 5

Keelboat male - J/80 (yellow group)

It was the last qualification day for the male keelboat series. The yellow group started first and completed two races. The best result being made by the Italian Gianni Sommariva who pulled out two seconds - a remarkable performance when saying yesterday that they were here to 'come and see'!

Lithuanian Raimondeas Siugzdinis and Britain's own Paul Brotherton each won a race reinforcing their leading position in the 'gold' group. Today's races were more difficult for the French World Champion François Brénac who finished 7th and 3rd but still remains in the leading position. One sailor may be able to overtake the Mediterranean sailor: Englishman Ian Williams must win two of today's races. It still remains possible !

François Brenac leader on the general ranking and World Champion commented: "It was the worst day for us since the beginning of the World Sailing Games. Starting tomorrow we be in the in final and we have to be cautious as the level which is going to be twice as high as it was so far. Our first objective was to rank no more than 5th and we finished 7 today and tomorrow's races will be run against competitors who we did not meet so far, such as the Englishman Ian Williams who placed first equal."


Ranking after race 6 yellow group -J/80
1 LTU 236 SIUGZDINIS/ PAJARSKAS/RYMONIS/ Lithuania 1.00
2 ITA 934 SOMMARIVA/ BROCCANELLO/MUNGO/ Italy 2.00
3 AUS 104 OTTOWAY/ O'TOOLE/TALACKO/ NEWC Australia 3.00
4 RSA 671 WILLCOX/ LANGHOUT/WILLCOX/ PAR South_Africa 4.00
5 JPN 226 KURAMICHI/ OKAMOTO/SASAKI/ WAD Japan 5.00

Ranking after race 7 yellow group - J/80
1 GBR 550 BROTHERTON/ LEASK/RUSSEL/ NEAR Great_Britain 1.00
2 ITA 934 SOMMARIVA/ BROCCANELLO/MUNGO/ Italy 2.00
3 FRA 465 BRENAC/ FERRAN/ROHART/ FOUCHIE France 3.00
4 SUI 394 SEGER/ WITTICH/GOOD/ TRACHSEL/ Switzerland 4.00
5 NED 313 KOOIJMAN/ HAAN/VAN DE STADT/ B Netherlands 5.00

Double handed male dinghy - 470
Only one race run today for the men in a very light shifty breeze. It was a bad day for most of the leaders who crossed the line on the less favourable part of the race-area. Only the Israeli Yosef Yogef moved up and is now provisionally placed first, overtaking French brothers Benjamin and Romain Bonnaud who dropped to second. The gap is increasing among the male's ranking.

Romain Bonnaud analysed their performance: "We took a bad option on the first leg as most of the competitors did. However we made a good move on the windward leg and then particularly on the second leeward leg. After the Medemblick Olympic Week (where they ranked 5th), we felt we had nothing to be concerned about the other teams' results. Our target here was to be placed in the top 10, but we revised our objectives and are now aiming for the podium. But the Championships are not finished yet!"

Double handed dinghy - 470 male provisional ranking after 8 races
1 ISR 185 YOSEF YOGEV/AMIR SHAHAF Israel 38.00 8 7 2 10 21 7 2 2
2 FRA 477 BONNAUD BENJAMIN/BONNAUD ROMAI France 45.00 3 4 BFD 11 11 2 4 1
3 ISR 184 GAL UDI/KLIGER GIDEON Israel 53.00 2 3 3 32 23 8 6 8
4 ITA 767 ZANDONA GABRIO/TRANI ANDREA Italy 53.00 9 13 7 9 5 3 7 32
5 ESP 28 MARTINEZ GUSTAVO/CANTERO TUNTE Spain 62.00 6 5 12 31 2 18 12 7

Ranking on race 6 yellow group - J/80
1 LTU 236 SIUGZDINIS/ PAJARSKAS/RYMONIS/ Lithuania 1.00
2 ITA 934 SOMMARIVA/ BROCCANELLO/MUNGO/ Italy 2.00
3 AUS 104 OTTOWAY/ O'TOOLE/TALACKO/ NEWC Australia 3.00
4 RSA 671 WILLCOX/ LANGHOUT/WILLCOX/ PAR South_Africa 4.00
5 JPN 226 KURAMICHI/ OKAMOTO/SASAKI/ WAD Japan 5.00

Ranking on race 7 yellow group - J/80
1 GBR 550 BROTHERTON/ LEASK/RUSSEL/ NEAR Great_Britain 1.00
2 ITA 934 SOMMARIVA/ BROCCANELLO/MUNGO/ Italy 2.00
3 FRA 465 BRENAC/ FERRAN/ROHART/ FOUCHIE France 3.00
4 SUI 394 SEGER/ WITTICH/GOOD/ TRACHSEL/ Switzerland 4.00
5 NED 313 KOOIJMAN/ HAAN/VAN DE STADT/ B Netherlands 5.00

Multihull catamaran female - Hobie Cat 16.

The 15 crews in this class again had a very tight race, but in only 5 knot winds and an almost flat sea.

Five teams are in contention: the French crews Florence Delory and Lauriane Le Gac and Marie Duvignac and Claire Japhet, the American duo Stéphanie O'Connor and Sue Korzeniewski, as well as the Italian crew Alessia Berini-Sara Poli and the British girl Ellen Forshaw-Jenny Deyes who all regularly switched places.

We had to wait until the last windward leg was over to be definitely sure of Delory and Le Gac's victory. Both of the French crews are on 19 points, 11 points ahead of the Americans and the English. The Americans and British currently share third.

Ellen Forshaw-Jenny Deyes, British selection commented: "We first of all want to congratulate the French teams placed 1st equal at the provisory ranking. For those athletes one point must however be underlined : the sailing of this type of boat being much more developed in France, they have a good advantage on the other competitors as it is almost a first time for us at a high level sailing the Hobie. We have only been training for a couple of months. I usually sail with a South African crew mate but it was impossible to mix nationalities here! For the rest of the races we remain confident and hope to finish in the top 3."

Provisory ranking after 8 races multihull female - Hobie Cat 16
1 FRA 811 DUVIGNAC MARIE/JAPHET CLAIRE France 19.00 4 1 1 2 4 1 7 6
2 FRA 809 DELORY FLORENCE/LE GAC LAURIAN France 19.00 3 3 7 4 1 6 1 1
3 USA 859 KORZENIEWSKI SUSAN/O' CONNOR S USA 30.00 9 4 4 1 8 4 6 3
4 GBR 548 FORSHAW ELLEN/DEYES JENNY GB 30.00 2 DNF 5 3 5 8 2 5
5 ITA 784 BERTINI ALESSIA/POLI SARA Italy 37.00 6 DNC 3 10 3 9 4 2

Laser Standard, single handed men

After a start which was cancelled, the racers of the yellow group finally sailrf one race this afternoon in very shifty conditions. With a particularly weak wind it was easy to have a bad race on the wrong side of the course as the 5 knots wind conditions were far from stable.

Austrian Andreas Geritzer was considered favourite and confirmed this as he led the race from start to finish. At the time of writing the Race Committee is still hoping for an other race today.

Austrian Andreas Geritzer, 5th at the Sydney Olympics, 3rd at the European Championships in 1998 and winner of the yellow group Laser's race commented on how it was panning out: "The race was shifty today; Just before the start I decided to choose the right hand side of the race area and could anticipate getting clear air. The first downwind leg I was ahead and maintained my advantage untill the end. I would like to finish in the top 5. This competition looks a little bit like the Olympics but a little bit more complicated as the two best sailors of each nation are represented here. Just one regret however - the lack of wind. I prefer sailing in wind conditions over 15 or 20 knots."

Results - race 6

1 AUT 75 GERITZER ANDREAS Austria 1.00
2 POL 325 GRABOWSKI MACIEJ Poland 2.00
3 ITA 764 PAOLETTI MICHELE Italy 3.00
4 GRE 140 MANOLAKIS ADONIS Greece 4.00
5 FIN 43 SUOAMALAINEN ROOPE Finland 5.00
6 FRA 814 MURATI MATHIEU France 6.00

Laser Radial, single handed women
Still sailing...

Provisory ranking after 10 races - singlehanded dinghy Laser Radial
1 428 DE TURKHEIM SOPHIE France 12.00 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 1 3 1
2 400 SZOTYNSKA KATARZYNA Pologne 26.00 2 2 2 2 5 2 5 4 2 5
3 403 BARBIE GEA Croatia 50.00 3 3 3 9 14 4 2 3 9 15
4 406 POWRIE MIRANDA New_Zealand 67.00 6 11 15 1 8 5 7 6 8 19
5 430 NEVIEROV LARISSA Italy 71.00 4 8 8 24 6 3 10 9 11 12

Results by nation
1- France 40 pts
2- Italy 36 pts
3- Australie 35 pts
4- Great Britain 32 pts
5- South Africa 28 pts
6- Sweden 23 pts
7- USA 20 pts
8- Spain 20 pts
9- Brazil 17 pts
10- New Zealand 16 pts
(of 64 nations)

Nota :

This ranking is made out of the 4 best results of each nation.
A 1st rank results brings 10 points.
A 2d rank result brings 9 points and so on ..
A fleet ranking over 10 does not bring any point.


Lalou Roucayrol,
Light sailing introduction to the open sea racing

Before racing for Banques Populaire on three hulls, Lalou R. started sailing on much smaller boats. Similar to most sailors, he started sailing in an Optimist.

When he was six, he competed in his first major regatta, The French Championship. Then he raced with his sister Valerie, but that didn't last long as it is often the case when you race with your siblings.

A decade later, as a student at the Marseille Merchant Navy school he gave up sailing his new Europe dinghy (single-handed dinghy) preferrding to sail half and quarter tonners.

After he had started sailing offshore, the skipper of the Banque Populaire's trimaran still remembers what he learnt when racing in light airs : “Light touch, sensations and reflexes are things you learn when practicing light sailing . Training for the Olympic Games enables the competitors to improve these crucial qualities that open sea racers do not necessarily possess.” Today when talking about races such as multihull transoceanic championship, Route du Rhum or Grand Prix 9 Telecom, we work on an exchange basis. Many teams try to get new talents from sailors who have campaigned for the Olympic Games.

He uses this same approach when it comes to his own team on board the Banque Populaire Trimaran. Members of the team are Daniel Souben who is a catamaran specialist and the coach of the best young French Olympic multihull sailors, as well as Philippe Neiras, ex-training coach of the Tornado team (Olympic catamaran), Mr Arnaud Derringer, who is the grinder (wincher) on board, and who is the coach of the French Hobie Cat 16 team at the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games.

Lalou is not alone in his opinion. The Bayer trimaran was entrusted with Frederic Le Peutrec (French representative at the 1996 Olympic Games where he finished 6th) , who brought his Olympic Partner Franck Citeau with him. Other high level athletes such as Yann Guichard, Pierre Pennec, Loïc Fouchier can be found competing in this circuit of multihull racers.
This tendency which began a few years ago with Loïc Peyron and his crew on Fujicolor is still clearly affirmed clearly. There is currently a fleet of about fifteen maxi multihulls competing.


Programme of July 8th
First start at 11:00 am.
5:30 pm : 1st prices will be granted on the day results.

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