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Russia ahead after four races

As the IP Office SB20 (Laser SB3) Nationals get underway in Weymouth

Thursday June 14th 2012, Author: Katie Ashworth, Location: United Kingdom

With boats launched and competitors registered and briefed, the IP Office SB20 UK National Championships got underway today on Weymouth Bay in 15 (chilly) knots of wind and rolling seas. Although only three races were scheduled for today, the Race Committee took the wise precaution to run a fourth race as the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday is looking dubious.

After four races, Team Russia lead the fleet, having delivered an impressive performance.

“We’ve been training really hard all winter in Portugal, our crew work is really polished. We sailed well together today and didn’t make many mistakes,” explained Oleg Zherebtsov on the dock after sailing.

Craig Burlton, Stephen White and Roger Gilbert lie second overall having not sailed in the fleet since the Spring Championships in April - a great result for them. “The Russians are sailing really well, they’ve not got better boat speed than us, but they are extremely consistent and their starts are very clean,” explained Burlton. “We’re lacking time together in the boat, but we’re pleased to be second at the end of today.”

It might have been a long day on the water, but everyone returned ashore full of smiles and positive chatter to enjoy drinks in the bar provided by the title sponsor, IP Office.

Today’s conditions were enjoyed by all, everyone is sure to sleep well tonight! Racing continues tomorrow, weather permitting!

Results:

Pos Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot
1 LUKA 1 2 2 1 6
2 BURLTON 3 5 1 6 15
3 HILL 2 1 5 8 16
4 LLEWELLYN 9 3 3 2 17
5 POLLARD 4 4 4 9 21
6 HOWARD 8 7 6 7 28
7 ENTWISTLE 10 9 10 4 33
8 STOKES 19 6 7 3 35
9 STYLES 6 8 12 12 38
10 KING 7 10 9 18 44
11 PEACH 16 11 16 11 54
12 TILLEY 14 20 11 13 58
13 SIMONDS 5 16 25 16 62
14 PRYDE 12 15 21 15 63
15 GAST 15 19 13 21 68
16 ODDIE 11 17 17 26 71
17 HAINE 46.0 DSQ 13 8 5 72
18 VAN DRIEL 26 12 15 19 72
19 SUMMERS 22 14 20 17 73
20 WHELAN 27 24 14 14 79
21 WHARRAM 13 18 39 20 90
22 NEWTON 21 21 22 28 92
23 MITCHELL 20 30 18 25 93
24 LOVEJOY 17 25 30 22 94
25 BUITENHUIS 18 27 26 29 100
26 GOODMAN 23 26 27 31 107
27 SHEPPARD 24 22 40 23 109
28 SUMMERS 32 23 24 32 111
29 CUMMINS 46.0 DNC 46.0 DNC 19 10 121
30 HUME 25 28 31 38 122
31 JONCKHEERE 35 29 28 35 127
32 GILLETT 28 31 46.0 OCS 27 132
33 LIEVESLEY 29 32 29 44 134
34 ARMSTRONG 46.0 DNC 42 23 24 135
35 SOUTHAN 30 41 34 33 138
36 ANDREWS 36 35 37 30 138
37 HARRIS GUERRERO 31 34 36 37 138
38 ELLEBOUDT 33 36 35 40 144
39 CROSS 37 33 38 36 144
40 NOE 40 43 32 34 149
41 GREENAWAY 39 40 33 39 151
42 ZANFORLIN 34 39 41 43 157
43 HUDSON 38 37 42 41 158
44 STOCK 46.0 DNF 38 43 42 169
45 HAUGHVIK 41 44 46.0 DNS 46.0 DNC 177

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