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Bertrand faces the Razmilovic attack

Two more races held at the Etchells World Championship in Howth

Thursday August 26th 2010, Author: Graham Smith, Location: Ireland

John Bertrand’s dominance of the Etchells World Championships at Howth Yacht Club continued on day 4 of the regatta with a win in the afternoon race after scoring a disappointing 9th earlier in the day. His lead, however, has been trimmed back by his main rival Ante Razmilovic whose 4th and 5th places have closed the gap to 7 points after discards The other Razmilovic – Nils – had mixed fortunes on the day and lies third overall, a further seven points adrift.

The Championship, sponsored by the local Fingal County Council, has three more races on the schedule, two on Friday and one on Saturday, with only one discard allowed for the 9-race series, underlining the need for consistency at this level. Four wins in six races by Bertrand is undoubtedly exceptional consistency!

The 42-boat fleet faced a freshening north-easterly for the start of Race 5, sailing in 18 knots of wind and a choppy sea. Nils Razmilovic of the Royal Swedish YC (sailing for Singapore) enjoyed the conditions to lead from the first windward mark to the finish. He was followed at various stages by his brother Ante, Eamonn O’Nolan of the RORC, Jake Gunther of Royal Brighton YC and Julia Bailey of Royal Thames YC.

Somewhat surprisingly, series leader John Bertrand could not keep with the pace and indeed slipped from 5th to finish 9th, a disappointing result by his standards and one which he will no doubt hope to be his discard. Despite that setback, he still held a 6-point lead in the overall standings after the fifth race.

It was a good day for the British contingent, filling the next three places, with O’Nolan securing his best placing in 2nd spot and Julia Bailey taking a well-earned third while Ante Razmilovic’s 4th was enough to retain 2nd overall, tied on points with his brother.

As if to exorcise the ghosts of his 9th place in the previous race, Bertrand got back to winning ways in the sixth race to extend his overall lead, although he left it late. He was behind the ever-improving Julia Bailey at each mark rounding but on the final beat – shortened earlier because of dropping wind strength – he pulled ahead of the Royal Thames helm by the finish.

Damien King of Australia, never out of the top three throughout the race, held on to that slot, with Eamonn O’Nolan completing a satisfying day with a 4th to add to his earlier 2nd. Ante Razmilovic had to settle for 5th while 6th for Marvin Beckmann of Houston represented the equal best American result in the series so far.

For the Burrows family – Richard on helm with son David and daughter Samantha crewing - seventh was an encouraging result, maintaining their 11th place on the leader-board and consolidating their position as the leading Irish boat.

Results:

 

Pos Boat Skiper Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot Net
1 Triad John Bertrand AUS 5 1 1 1 -9 1 18 9
2 Swedish Blue Ante Razmilovic GBR 1 4 2 -12 4 5 28 16
3 Matatu Nils Razmilovic SIN 4 8 6 4 1 -28 51 23
4 barry D King/S Cunnington AUS 2 5 9 5 -10 3 34 24
5 The Boat Jake Gunther AUS -21 2 4 3 5 11 46 25
6 Arbitrator Graham Bailey GBR 3 9 5 -15 7 12 51 36
7 Holly Scott! Eamonn O'Nolan GBR 16 6 -19 11 2 4 58 39
8 Stampede Julia Bailey GBR 19 12 10 -21 3 2 67 46
9 1224 Jud Smith USA 9 10 -15 10 6 13 63 48
10 Keep Smiling Marvin Beckmann USA -24 13 8 6 23 6 80 56
11 Matatu Dubh David Burrows IRL 12 23 12 8 -29 7 91 62
12 Black Jack Argyle Campbell USA 10 17 -28 18 8 9 90 62
13 Freelance Laurence Mead GBR 23 11 -29 2 15 14 94 65
14 Iris III Peter McNeill AUS -25 3 18 13 24 10 93 68
15 China White Andrew Cooper GBR 8 16 7 -29 18 21 99 70
16 Raging Rooster Peter S. Duncan USA 18 (44.0 DNF) 22 7 12 15 118 74
17 Tango Chris Hampton AUS -30 7 25 14 13 16 105 75
18 Kootamundra Dan O'Grady IRL -32 15 16 9 20 18 110 78
19 Moonlight Mark Downer GBR 6 14 14 17 35 -41 127 86
20 Conjurer Alex Lacy/Paul Derham NED 26 22 -31 25 11 8 123 92
21 Bedrock Robert Elliott GBR 17 20 13 -27 26 19 122 95
22 Lambay Rules Laura Dillon IRL 14 27 -33 16 17 24 131 98
23 Fetching Stephen Quinn IRL 11 19 23 -28 25 25 131 103
24 Fuzzy Duck Tim Patton BER 7 25 -32 32 28 17 141 109
25 Miss Murphy Kjeld Hestehave USA -37 28 11 22 33 20 151 114
26 Elvis David Franks GBR 22 18 24 26 27 -32 149 117
27 northside dragon Jay Bourke IRL -42 30 3 23 36 27 161 119
28 Agent Smith Jim Gregory USA 27 29 17 30 22 -39 164 125
29 Loup Garou IX Douglas Flynn AUS 20 21 21 -35 30 33 160 125
30 Annie Gary D Gilbert BAH 13 (44.0 DNF) 44.0 OCS 20 21 29 171 127
31 Dragon Lady Bill Steele AUS 36 -38 37 19 14 23 167 129
32 Motomar Marco Cimarosti ITA -40 31 38 24 16 22 171 131
33 White Pointer Richard Grey IRL 28 (44.0 DNF) 26 33 19 31 181 137
34 Jazasa Jan Muysken AUS -39 33 30 31 31 26 190 151
35 Jabberwocky Simon Knowles IRL 31 36 20 -38 32 35 192 154
36 Defiance William Lacy IRL 15 34 -40 36 39 38 202 162
37 Ragtime Rob Goddard GBR 33 32 34 -39 37 30 205 166
38 Gelert John Flynn IRL 35 37 27 40 -41 36 216 175
39 1173 Garrett Donnelly IRL 38 26 39 -41 38 37 219 178
40 The Don Don Wilson AUS 41 (44.0 RAF) 36 34 34 34 223 179
41 Blue Marc Fitzgibbon IRL -43 35 35 37 40 40 230 187
42 Glance Robert Dix / Tom O'Reilly IRL 34 24 (44.0 DNC) 44.0 DNC 44.0 DNC 44.0 DNC 234 190
43 Evelina Sam Carter GBR 29 (44.0 DNF) 44.0 DNC 44.0 DNC 44.0 DNC 44.0 DNC 249 205

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