Reporte del 2.4mR
1 SEPTEMBER 2012, 04:06 PM
Girl Power In The 2.4mR Fleet
Girl Power, Helena Lucas (GBR)
Great Britain’s Helena Lucas is the only female sailor in the 16-boat 2.4mR and it was a case of girl power on the opening day of sailing as she stormed to an early overall lead.
The Briton finished behind Athens 2004 gold medallist Damien Seguin (FRA) in Race 1 before going to claim her first bullet of the competition in Race 2.
With experience and Paralympic medals in abundance spread across the fleet Lucas could be seen as an outsider for gold after a seventh at Beijing 2008. But she is using that memory and her home water knowledge to spur her on, “The disappointment of Beijing is a massive incentive. It feels great to be at the top, but it’s going to be tough. Every point will count.”
Rounding the final mark in Race 2 in fourth place and 21 seconds behind the leaders it looked like the race win would go to Seguin again. However Lucas pulled herself back into contention using her downwind speed to pull level with Seguin, Thierry Schmitter (NED) and Heiko Kroger (GER) as a tense race for the finish ensued.
Lucas squeezed in front of the Dutchman by one second followed by Kroker and Seguin to give the Brit an early lead. Seguin was later disqualified from Race 2 after he failed to keep clear of Paul Tingley (CAN).
Schmitter and Kroger are tied on seven points in second and the German was happy with his start, “I’m pleased with my two third places on this the first day; it’s a solid start and I’m confident.”
The fleet resume racing tomorrow at 11:10 on the Portland Harbour Course.
1. Helena Lucas (GBR) – 3pts
2. Thierry Schmitter (NED) – 7pts
3. Heiko Kroger (GER) – 7pts
4. Mark LeBlanc (USA) – 11pts
5. Matthew Bugg (AUS) – 12pts
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Reporte Clase Skud 18
1 SEPTEMBER 2012, 02:45 PM
Australians And Brits Open With SKUD18 Dog Fight
Australia’s Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch and Great Britain’s Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell opened up the Paralympic Sailing Competition with a race victory apiece on the first day SKUD18 racing in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain.
Both crews finished behind each other in both races as they set an early marker in the race for gold, ending the day tied on three points.
Fitzgibbon and Tesch took the opening bullet after a race that saw the lead change hands throughout. The Australians held the early advantage before the Brits fought back to take the lead. On the final run the Australians overtook them and won Race 1 by just three seconds.
Tesch, competing in her first Paralympics as a sailor having previously represented Australia in wheelchair basketball, was happy with her day, “We had a great time out there on the water today. Sailing is tougher than basketball. It’s far harder out there; you have to concentrate all the time.”
The second race was led from start to finish by the Brits as they dominated the fleet. They reached the first mark with a 14 second lead and they never looked back, going on to win by a comfortable 17 seconds.
The Brits and Australians have been dominant leading up the regatta as Rickham said, “No surprises they are up there. We’ve been battling out with them for the past two years.”
Canada’s John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit end the first day on seven points and currently sit in the final podium spot. Jen French and JP Creignou (USA) are just one point behind them whilst Marco Gualandris and Marta Zanetti (ITA) and a further point behind.
The SKUD18 fleet are set to resume racing at 11:00 local time tomorrow on Portland Harbour.
1. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) – 3pts
2. Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) – 3pts
3. John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (CAN) – 7pts
4. Jen French and JP Creignou (USA) – 8pts
5. Marcos Gualandris and Marta Zanetti (ITA) – 9pts
Reporte Clase Sonar
1 SEPTEMBER 2012, 06:05 PM
Australian Sonars Take Early Advantage
Australia’s Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Stephen Churm sailed consistently on day one of the Paralympic Sailing Competition to lead the 14-boat Sonar fleet.
The Sonars were the last fleet to hit the water and in a gentle eight-knot breeze the Australians won the opening race of the series and backed it up with a third in Race 2. They lead Germany’s Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka and Robert Prem and France’s Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary and Eric Flageul, who are tied on seven points..
In the opening race Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson (USA) emerged from the pack in the lead at the first mark, chased by the Australians in second. However, by the end of the second leg everything had changed at the front, with the Australians rounding first just ahead of the French crew who had powered into second on the downwind leg while the Americans dropped to third.
A lap later the French crew were in the lead, with Australia in second and USA third. Harrison struck back on the next leg, overhauling Jourdren to lead at mark three. No further places changed in the final leg which gave the Australians the race win.
In the second race of the day, the German crew capitalised on a good start to lead the fleet around the first mark with Harrison steering his boat behind them in second. Whilst the Germans extended their lead, the Australians slipped back a place which allowed Udo Hessels, Marcel Van De Veen and Mischa Rossen (NED) to move into second,
On the third leg, Kroker had built a large lead and rounded the third mark well ahead of the Dutch trio in second and the Australians in third. The places remained the same capping off a good start for the Australians and Germans.
1. Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris & Stephen Churm (AUS) – 4pts
2. Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka & Robert Prem (GER) – 7pts
3. Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary & Eric Flageul (FRA) – 7pts
4. Paul Callahan, Tom Brown & Bradley Johnson (USA) – 9pts
5. Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen, Mischa Rossen (NED) – 10pts