Finally - two more races

After three days ashore, the SAP 505 Worlds resume

Wednesday March 30th 2011, Author: Di Pearson, Location: Australia

Finally, two more races sailed at the 2011 SAP 505 World Championship as the wind god of Hamilton Island played ball, offering up superb 15-20 knot winds, some great surfing waves and brilliant action that has bought a few competitors much closer to the leading Germans.


An excellent but by no means easy win for Mike Holt and Carl Smit (USA) in Race 3, and a double celebration for Californian Holt, who celebrated his 43rd birthday yesterday, but as he explained: “It’s today in California – so I’m taking that with our win.”

Race 4 winners, Sandy Higgins/Paul Marsh, along with American’s Howie Hamilin/Andy Zinn and Luke Molloy/Jim Turner (GBR) were the last three boats Holt and Smit had to wear down to cross the line in first, surfing big waves and overcoming shifty unstable winds along the way.

“It was a tough race,” admitted Smit who with Holt finished World’s runners-up in 2009. “Crews kept swapping places back and forth in the top eight or so. The pressure kept changing and we just tried to keep grinding the opposition down.

“Mike had to hike so hard going up the last beat where we got ahead of a couple of boats when we picked the right hand shift, then coming down the run we got the last of them and got away a bit,” Smit said.

“It (the pointscore) is so much closer now, because Ted (Conrads) and Brian (Haines) came second in the second race and Sandy Higgins won the second race, so it moves everyone up closer to Wolfgang (Hunger) and Julien (Kleiner), the German series leaders.

In fact, only three points separates the top three, with Hunger/Kleiner leading Holt/Smit by two points and Higgins Marsh by a further point. The Germans had an ordinary 15th in Race 4, which has been used as their drop, a far cry from the two bullets they scored on Day 1.

South Australians Sandy Higgins and Andrew Chisholm looked set to win Race 3, but as Chisholm explained, “we stuffed up the third beat, were trying to get leverage, but we went the wrong way and finished third.”

Not to be deterred, the two, whose World’s best was a third on home turf in Adelaide in 2007, led Race 4 from go to whoa.

“We handled the conditions nicely in that one. The breeze had dropped a little, but we did well to hang on in a decent swell and reasonably confused seas,” Chisholm said of the residual effects left from the past few days’ bad weather.

“We had a fairly good hold on the rest of the fleet, but it was close racing all the same,” he allowed.

Like Holt, Chisholm was pleased to be able to close the gap on Hunger and Kleiner. “It’ll be a much closer series now,” he said smiling.

Howie Hamlin/Andy Zinn, Molloy/Turner and Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen (AUS) did enough today to stay in touch with the leaders.

Provisional overall results after four races with one drop:

Pos Helm Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot Net
1 Wolfgang Hunger Julien Kleiner GER 1 1 3 -15 20 5
2 Mike Holt Carl Smit USA 3 -6 1 3 13 7
3 Sandy Higgins Paul Marsh AUS 2 -7 5 1 15 8
4 Ted Conrads Brian Haines USA 7 2 -10 2 21 11
5 Howie Hamlin Andy Zinn USA 4 -10 6 4 24 14
6 Luke Molloy Jim Turner GBR -14 11 2 5 32 18
7 Nathan Outteridge Iain Jensen AUS -9 3 7 8 27 18
8 Jens Findel Johannes Tellen GER 5 5 16 -25 51 26
9 Ian Pinnell Charles Dwyer GBR 8 -13 8 10 39 26
10 Mike Martin Geoff Ewenson USA -23 4 22 9 58 35
11 Bill Cuneo John Warlow AUS 12 17 -23 6 58 35
12 Terry Scutcher Christian Diebitsch GBR 24 -25 4 12 65 40
13 Shane Guanaria Leigh Riddell AUS -25 8 19 14 66 41
14 Jan Saugmann Morten Ramsbaek DEN (86.0 DNF) 9 17 16 128 42
15 Mike Quirk Sam Heritage AUS 6 12 26 -33 77 44
16 Mick Babbage James McAllister AUS (86.0 DNF) 14 14 18 132 46
17 Claas Lehmann Leon Oehme GER 18 22 -24 7 71 47
18 Bruce Edwards Mathias Kennerknecht USA -41 15 21 11 88 47
19 Robin Deussen Jordan Spencer AUS 11 18 18 (86.0 DNF) 133 47
20 Carter Jackson Peter Holden AUS 10 30 9 -46 95 49
21 Meike Schomaker Holger Jess GER 20 -45 13 17 95 50
22 Malcolm Higgins Andrew Chisholm AUS 26 19 12 -31 88 57
23 Brett Beyer Darren Gilbert AUS 15 -35 29 13 92 57
24 Ryan Cox Stu Park USA -30 21 11 28 90 60
25 Stefan Koechlin Thomas Jung GER 19 26 -28 21 94 66
26 Kevin Cameron John Mortensen AUS 33 16 -37 22 108 71
27 Philip Cragg Reto Corfu CAN 16 28 27 -37 108 71
28 Nick Davis Michael Duffield AUS 21 23 -40 27 111 71
29 Hasso Plattner Peter Alarie GER 13 37 -51 23 124 73
30 Nigel Lott Bob Franks AUS 28 20 -49 26 123 74
31 Jeff Miller Mike Smith USA 31 -34 31 19 115 81
32 Daniel Keys Darryl Roos AUS -38 29 20 34 121 83
33 Brett Sharpe Anthony Gaunt AUS 22 (86.0 DNF) 41 24 173 87
34 Peter Nicolas Luke Payne AUS 42 (86.0 DNF) 25 30 183 97
35 Paul Von Grey Doug Hagan USA 29 40 30 -58 157 99
36 Peter Chappell Matt Smith AUS 17 39 -47 44 147 100
37 Ayden Menzies Lachlan Hornsby AUS 27 -41 34 41 143 102
38 Helen Fischer Lars Dehne GER 32 -48 32 38 150 102
39 Michael Thomson Marcus Cooper AUS -39 32 35 36 142 103
40 Ebbe Rosen Olle Wenrup SWE 55 (86.0 DNF) 15 35 191 105
41 Nicholas Deussen Jonno Bannister AUS 34 36 36 -43 149 106
42 Paul Mitchell Sam Haines AUS 43 31 33 -50 157 107
43 Earle Alexander Ian Gregg AUS 37 38 -43 32 150 107
44 Mark Thornburrow Laurence Mead HKG -56 53 42 20 171 115
45 Jeff Robinson Neville Kerr AUS 48 24 46 -54 172 118
46 Ryan Menzies Joel Castle AUS 36 44 -54 42 176 122
47 Xavier Broise Gilles Carvallo FRA 40 43 -59 39 181 122
48 Rob Waterman Aaron Ross USA 45 -50 39 40 174 124
49 Carol Buchan Carl Buchan USA 44 33 (86.0 DNF) 53 216 130
50 Nicola Birkner Angela Stenger GER 51 -64 38 49 202 138
51 Claus Ejlertsen Mick Patrick AUS -54 49 44 48 195 141
52 Nikolaj Buhl Henrik Buhl DEN (86.0 DNF) 27 86.0 DNS 29 228 142
53 Roger Deane Adam Kenney GBR 35 57 52 -65 209 144
54 Hubert Guy Xavier deTappe USA 46 -56 53 45 200 144
55 Matt Hansen Anthony Dean AUS 50 -51 48 47 196 145
56 Clint Bowen Anthony King AUS 53 55 45 -62 215 153
57 Ed Cox Cameron McDonald AUS 57 47 50 -64 218 154
58 Stefan Schollmeyer Frisco Sanguino GER 52 54 -57 51 214 157
59 Nathan Rosenberg Reeve Dunne AUS 58 59 -62 52 231 169
60 Sam Cronin Kevin Whitbread AUS 61 -62 56 57 236 174
61 Richie Gallimore Bryce Penfold AUS 47 46 (86.0 DNC) 86.0 DNC 265 179
62 Steve McConaghy Nick Johnstone AUS 49 52 (86.0 DNC) 86.0 DNC 273 187
63 Bob Tennant Rich Mundel CAN (86.0 DNF) 42 86.0 DNF 60 274 188
64 Antoine Lafortune Geraud Lafortune FRA 65 (86.0 DNF) 67 56 274 188
65 Tom Brewer Lindsay Whitton AUS -70 61 66 61 258 188
66 Enno Wilts Klaus Heeschen GER 60 (86.0 DNF) 58 75 279 193
67 Sarah Withall Robert Gilchrist AUS 67 65 61 -79 272 193
68 John Paterson Paul Greenwood AUS (86.0 DNF) 68 63 63 280 194
69 John McLean Dennis Winstanley AUS 59 71 65 -78 273 195
70 Gilbert Ford James Ford AUS 66 60 69 -71 266 195
71 Richard McCulloch Glen Stewart AUS 62 (86.0 DNF) 68 69 285 199
72 Herve Dekegariou Bernadette Dekegariou FRA 63 63 (86.0 DNC) 73 285 199
73 AJ Crane David Parker USA 68 66 (86.0 DNS) 67 287 201
74 Luke Rhodes Andrew McCole AUS 64 -72 70 68 274 202
75 Grahame Tindall David Johnson AUS (86.0 DNF) 69 64 70 289 203
76 Peter Croft Gary Rushton AUS 72 58 (86.0 DNF) 74 290 204
77 Ian Taylor Robin Bath AUS (86.0 DNF) 86.0 DNF 60 59 291 205
78 Brett Bowden Bradley Greenrod AUS (86.0 DNF) 86.0 DNF 55 66 293 207
79 Tim Jeans Tom Connell AUS 73 67 (86.0 DNS) 76 302 216
80 Bruce Vandeventer Scott Weiler USA 74 70 (86.0 DNS) 77 307 221
81 Ian Burford Dave Christie AUS (86.0 DNS) 86.0 DNF 86.0 DNS 55 313 227
82 Jonathon Ross Ian Scholes AUS 69 (86.0 DNF) 86.0 DNS 72 313 227
83 Patrick McGale Chris Pearson GBR 71 (86.0 DNF) 86.0 DNC 86.0 DNC 329 243
84 Christian Pittack Annie Fitzpatrick USA 75 (86.0 DNF) 86.0 DNC 86.0 DNC 333 247
85 Adrian Kiely Darren Cooney AUS (86.0 DNS) 86.0 DNF 86.0 DNC 86.0 DNC 344 258

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