Reporte Clase Sonar
3 September 2012, 07:27 pm
Hessels, van de Veen and Rossen Settle In At Top
The Netherlands’ Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen established their spot at the top of the 14-boat Sonar fleet after another consistent day that included their second race win.
After two protests mixed the leader board up late on 2 August the Dutch trio had a good lead coming into the third day of racing. And with two more good races they capitalised to take a 10 point into the final five races.
“We’re only half way through the regatta with five races to go,” said Hessels. “We just need to keep going with the same tactics.”
Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen (NOR) won the days second race and move up into second place whilst Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary and Eric Flageul move into the top three despite an 11th in Race 5.
“We had problems with speed, but we did really well this afternoon (in the second race),” said Jourdren. “We’re still in the running – we’re in line for the bronze.”
In the days first race Hessels held off a sustained challenge from Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson (USA) and sailed to victory in 67 minutes, with the American crew finishing second and Vasilis Christoforou, Theodoros Alexas and Anargyros Notaroglou (GRE) third.
The second race of the day was sailed in eight knots, the strongest breeze of the day. The surprise front runners early on in the race were Japan’s Shinya Yamamoto, Tsuneo Aso and Katsuya Nishiyama (JPN) who recovered from having to return from a premature start by chancing their luck on the right of the first leg as the rest of the fleet went left.
Their gamble paid off and the crew who sit in last place overall enjoyed a taste of the action at the front of the pack, rounding the first mark in second behind the Norwegians.
But the Japanese challenge for glory faded after the second mark, leaving the Norwegians to battle with the French in second and the Dutch in third. These three stalked each other throughout the 65-minute race, with The Norwegian trio keeping ahead to win, the French finishing second and the Dutch crew third.
After a disqualification on the second day of racing for Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Stephen Churm things worsened for the early leaders on the third day as they recorded an eighth and a ninth to fall to fifth overall.
The fleet continue racing tomorrow at 11:20 local time.
1. Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen & Mischa Rossen (NED) – 13pts
2. Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg & Per Eugen Kristiansen (NOR) – 19pts
3. Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary & Eric Flageul (FRA) – 21pts
4. Paul Callahan, Tom Brown & Bradley Johnson (USA) – 22pts
5. Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris & Stephen Churm (AUS) – 23pts
Reporte Clase Skud
3 September 2012, 06:28 pm
Little Separation Amongst Top SKUD18 Teams
As the discard comes into play just two points separates the top three crews in the 11-boat SKUD18 fleet at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition.
Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesh (AUS) lead the fleet on eight points having sailed to second in Race 5 and to the bullet in Race 6. Race 5 victors Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) are second on nine points whilst America’s Jen French and JP Creignou had a consistent day to sit third on 10 points.
With the top three crews in devastating form it’s hard to see how Canada’s John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit, who are fourth overall, can make up the eight point deficit.
In Race 5 the Australians and Brits quickly resumed the battle they’ve been fighting for two years. Fitzgibbon and Tesch had to re-start after the crossing the start line early but their superb boat speed brought them up to second by the first mark, 48 seconds behind the Brits.
French and Creignou (USA) were a considerable distance behind the front runners in third place but after their double bullets from the second day a third was not the end of the world as the positions remained the same until the close.
On the race win crew Birrell said, “I’m absolutely delighted. It was a clear first. We had good boat speed.” Rickham added, “We’re obviously happy with the results. We’re aiming for a top three every day, but we’re still battling it out with the US team and the Aussies.”
It was a similar scenario in Race 6 as the leaders hit the front early on. Fitzgibbon and Tesch led from the first mark but faced pressure from the Brits. At the first downwind the Americans once again showcased their wonderful downwind sailing to climb from fourth to second.
Rounding the third mark 28 seconds behind the Australians French and Creignou chipped away at their lead but ultimately had to settle for second, an agonising five seconds behind Fitzgibbon and Tesch. Rickham and Birrell came through in third. “We’re very pleased, especially with the final race over the top of the USA,” said Tesch.
McRoberts and Louttit finished in fourth allowing the Americans to further extend the gap between the podium places and fourth place. Nonetheless French isn’t getting carried away and remains wary, “We have our eye on our competition. We’re not going to drastically change anything at this stage. The Canadians are still in the race and that makes it entertaining.”
The SKUD18 fleet are set to resume racing at 11:00 local time tomorrow on Portland Harbour.
1. Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) – 8pts
2. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) – 9pts
3. Jen French and JP Creignou (USA) – 10pts
4. John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (CAN) – 18pts
5. Marcos Gualandris and Marta Zanetti (ITA) – 29pts
Reporte Clase 2.4mR
3 September 2012, 05:54 pm
Lightwinds Suit Lucas As She Regains Top Spot
Helena Lucas (GBR) stormed back to the top of the 2.4mR leader board following a fantastic day of racing that saw the Brit win both races at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition.
With six races done and dusted the discard has now come into force and Lucas sits at the top of the tree on eight points, losing her 11th in Race 4.
“The lead is fantastic, but it could easily be eroded,” said Lucas after racing. “I’ve got to keep it in perspective after yesterday’s second race disappointment. [Lucas finished 11th]. I was not rattled by yesterday and I had really good speed today.”
The light winds, sometimes dropping below three knots, were far from kind to the Sunday evening leaders. Overnight leader Heiko Kroger (GER) had his worst day on the water with a fourth in Race 5 followed up with a discarded 12th in Race 6. He trails Lucas on 17 points. Thierry Schmitter (NED) rounds up the podium midway through the competition on 20 points.
As light winds forced a morning postponement the afternoons 7-8 knots seemed to suit Lucas who led Race 5 from start to finish as she blew the fleet away to take the bullet 36 seconds ahead of Denmark’s Jens Als Andersen who also revelled in the lighter winds for his best day so far.
Race 6, raced in similar conditions, saw Lucas weave her way through the field having rounded the first mark in sixth. She made up two places by the next mark and crossed the finish line in second place behind Norway’s Bjorner Erikstad. However the Norwegian had been on the course side at the start and scored 17 points for the race. Lucas took the one point and with five races to go she has a commanding nine point lead.
The fleet resume racing tomorrow at 11:10 on the Portland Harbour Course.
1. Helena Lucas (GBR) – 8pts
2. Heiko Kroger (GER) – 17pts
3. Thierry Schmitter (NED) – 20pts
4. Damien Seguin (FRA) – 21pts
5. Paul Tingley (CAN) – 30pts