470 World Championships in Zadar, Croatia
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Posted on Monday 10 May @ 22:00:45 |
470 World Championship - Yngling World Championship - Finn European Championship
Today saw the start of the 470 world championships in Zadar, Croatia for the 101 men's teams and 53 women’s teams. After a short postponement waiting for the wind to fill in, two races were sailed in both fleets in 8 knots of breeze.
Team GBR sailors Christina Bassdone and Katherine Hopson made a steady start to the championship scoring an eighth and a third place which places them sixth overall after day one. The Polish team of Katarzyna Tylinska and Zuzanna Gladysz currently lead the fleet at this early stage.
Fellow British sailors Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield started well to score a second place in their group in the first race of the day. They followed this up with an eighteenth place which places them 23rd overall. Team mates Nic Asher and Elliot Willis started well scoring an eleventh and fifth and are 15th overall, two places in front of Graham Vials and Bevis Field.
The 470 competitors have four days of qualifying races where they are spit into groups, before going on to race the final series from the 13-16 May. Full results can be found on the event websitehttp://www.uskok.biz.hr/470wc2004/index.htm.
1, Katarzyna Tylinska/Zuzanna Gladysz, POL (3,4) 7 pts
2, Franziska Duerig/ Monika Meier, SUI (2,7) 9 pts
3, Elisabetta Saccheggiani/ Myriam Cutolo, ITA (6,3) 9 pts
6, Christina Bassadone/Katherine Hopson (8,3) 11 pts
1, Philippe Gildas/Nicolas Le Berre, FRA (1,1) 2 pts
2, Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page, AUS (1,1) 2 pts
3, Andreas/Kosmatopoulos/Kostas Trigonis, GRE (4,1) 5 pts
15, Nic Asher/Elliot Willis (11,5) 16 pts
17, Graham Vials/Bevis Field (6,10) 16 pts
23, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield (2,18) 20 pts
Yngling world championship
The first day of the Yngling world championships started in a light 5-7 knots of breeze with heavy rain and the first race of the event got underway after a general recall. As the race continued the wind turned very light and shifty and the New Zealand boat of Sharon Ferris, Joanna White and Kylie Jameson rounded the second mark first, a position they maintained for the remainder of the race.
After a poor start and then getting caught up in the pack, Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson and team mates Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb struggled to recover in the spread out fleet and finished race one 34th. Their luck didn't change in race two and after a number of general recalls the British team received a black flag along with six other boats for starting prematurely. At the bottom mark the wind died and the Race Committee decided to abandon the race, however this does not make a difference for Team Robertson/Ayton/Webb as they are now forbidden to race the re-sail.
Robertson commented, We made costly schoolboy errors today, starting poorly and not reading the clouds well. Perhaps also after the practice race when tide was a winning factor, we were considering tide as a bigger influence than it was. It is a really tricky venue; waves, cliffs, tide, real weather - for sure its going to be high scoring, with only one discard were now relying on it.
Tomorrow sees a further two races scheduled and it is hoped that the conditions will be a little steadier. A total of ten races are scheduled for the championship which concludes on Saturday 15 May. Further information can be found on the event website http://www.rcmsantander.com/yngling/index-y-i.htm.
1, Sharon Ferris/Joanna White/Kylie Jameson, NZL (1) 1 pt
2, Trine Palludan/Christina Otzen/Ida Hartvig, DEN (2) 2 pts
3, Ulrike Schuemann/Wibke Buelle/Winnie Lippert, GER (3) 3 pts
25, Dominica Lyndsey/Victoria Symmers/Annie Lush (25) 25 pts
34, Shirley Robertson/Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb (34) 34 pts
Finn European championship
Racing got underway today for the worlds top Finn sailors who have flocked to La Rochelle, France to compete in their European championship. After racing was postponed first thing due to lack of wind, the event finally got underway in 8 knots of breeze.
The 1996 Olympic gold medallist Mateusz Kusznierewicz of Poland was the most consistent sailor of the day in the tricky conditions, scoring two second places to give him the overall lead.
Double Olympic gold medallist and reigning European champion Ben Ainslie did not have the strongest start to the regatta scoring a 29th place, but he quickly followed this up with a fourth in the second race which took place in ten knots of breeze. Team mate Andrew Simpson finished just behind Ainslie in the first race of the day, but got the better of him in race two finishing one place in front in third.
A total of nine races are scheduled for the event which concludes on Sunday 15 May. Further information can be found on the event website http://www.srr-sailing.com/divers/pagesiteeuropefinn.htm.
No Finn results are available at this time.