For immediate release
21 September 2003
A good start to the day for Australia at the 2003 ISAF World Championships in Cadiz, with Head Coach Victor Kovalenko congratulating Nicky Bethwaite (NSWIS), Kristen Kosmala (NSWIS) and Katie Hage (NSWIS) on qualifying Australia for the 2004 Olympic Games in the Yngling class.
In the final race of the series Bethwaite and crew sailed a 15th, to finish overall in 16th place. This result positioned the Yngling crew 5th on the list of six teams that qualified for the Olympics in this regatta. The other countries to qualify were Russia, Great Britain, Italy, France and Ukraine.
Bethwaite commented on the challenging regatta, ‘it was a tough regatta both mentally and physically, it was exciting, fast and fun.’
‘We had two challenges coming into the regatta, to qualify the country and secondly to put as many points between us and the other Australian team. I am delighted that we have qualified Australia."
Australia’s other Yngling crew, Melanie Dennison (AIS/VIS), Caroline Aders (AIS/NSWIS) and Fiona Herbert (AIS/NSWIS) finished 24th in the final race for an overall 23rd placing.
Lighter and tricky conditions have led to some dramatic changes in the women Mistral sailor’s overall scores.
Allison Shreeve (NSWIS) did not fare well against the conditions and following a 22nd and 16th placing has slipped to 5th overall.
Jessica Crisp (NSWIS) had a better day and finished with a 6th and 11th, but slipped one place overall to 6th.
Now only one point separates Shreeve and Crisp, and with only one race remaining, the stage is set for a thrilling battle tomorrow to decide who takes the higher number of Olympic Nomination points from this regatta.
As it stands with the points accrued, Australia’s results have qualified the nation for the Olympics in the Women’s Mistral class.
Lars Kleppich (NSWIS) had a solid day with an 11th and 7th placing and now sits in 22nd overall. Kleppich has also qualified Australia for Olympic representation.
‘I am relieved to have the two teams qualify and now look forward to concentrating on improving performances by our mistrals sailors in the months ahead,’ Coach Brendan Todd reports.
In the silver fleet Jonathon Bonnitcha (NSWIS) had his best regatta result with a 6th placing, ‘he did very well down wind today, it was one of the best efforts I have seen Jonathon achieve this year,’ Todd said.
The lack of wind made it a long day on the water for the Men''''s 470 and Tornado fleets, who were attempting to sail three races to catch up on those not sailed yesterday. The sea breeze finally arrived at around 4.30pm, although it was a very light 4-8 knots.
With an unusually large number of recalls, frustration brewed on the Tornado course with only one race sailed. The final race was abandoned at 7pm and by this stage sailors had already been out on the water for approximately seven hours. The race committee now plans to sail two races on their rest day tomorrow.
Only one race sailed for the 470 men, but two for the women. This places the men two races behind schedule and they will be sailing tomorrow on their rest day.
The light conditions did not interfere with 470 Women sailors Jenny Armstrong (AIS/NSWIS) and Belinda Stowell’s (AIS/WAIS) performance, the pair achieving a 1st in race five. Moving into the first day of finals, the Olympic gold medallists are in 4th place overall.
Pleasing news from the Laser course where Australia''''s four entrants have all made the gold fleet. Michael Blackburn (NSWIS) shifts into the top three as a result of his 1st place finish in race five.
In the 49er class Coach Bunny Warren reported that he was "disappointed that Mark Turnbull (VIC) didn''''t make gold fleet, as he and Nick Partridge (VIC) had been working very hard in the lead up to this regatta.’
‘The young and promising team of Ben and Marcus Tardrew (VIC) had a very solid day with a 10th and 7th after a slow start to the regatta. Unfortunately they missed the cut too.’
The Star Class is poised for a nail-biting finish, with the Swiss team six points ahead of Iain Murray (NSW), ten in front of Colin Beashel (AIS/NSWIS) and 12 in front of Ian Walker (VIC). The question is, can an Australian team sail well enough to beat the Swiss team?
Yngling – Final results (11 races)
1. Hannah Swett/Joan Touchette/Melissa Purdy USA (16,12,2,7,1,10,4,1,12,4) 54pts 2. Ulrike Scheumann/Wibke Buelle/Winnie Lippert GER (15,27,1,1,13,2,2,10,4,1,12) 61pts
3. Dorte O Jensen/Helle Jesperson/Rachael Kiel DEN (1,5,7,17,32,6,5,15,7,2,2) 67pts
16. Nicky Bethwaite/Kristen Kosmala/Katie Hage AUS (11,11,18,14,25,19,13,20,24,13,15) 158pts
23. Melanie Dennison/Caroline Aders/Fiona Herbert AUS (6,20,4,13,26,7,20,30,33,38,24) 183pts
41. Patricia Warn/Margaret Morgan/Joyce Warn AUS (41,41,DNC,DNC,38,39,39,DNF,DNC,DNC,DNC) 408pts
Tornado – Day three racing (4 races)
1. Darren Bundock and John Forbes AUS (2,1,2,14) 19pts
2. Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley GBR (1,7,1,12) 21pts
3. Mitch Booth/Herbert Derckson NED (7,11,4,4) 26pts
Laser – Day three racing (6 races)
1. Gustavo Lima BRA (1,1,3,2,1,1) 6pts
2. Robert Scheidt BRA (4,1,4,1,1,2) 9pts
3. Michael Blackburn AUS (5,1,5,1,1,11) 13pts
8. Brendan Casey AUS (7,2,15,2,7,2) 20pts
23. Tom Slingsby AUS (4,8,10,15,10,5) 37pts
48. Ricky Ironmonger AUS (13,25,10,3,6,OCS) 57pts
470 Men – Day three racing (4 races)
1. Gabrio Zandoria/Andrea Trani ITA (1,1,2,2) 6pts
2. Alvaro Marinho/Miguel Nunes POR (8,4,1,3) 16pts
3. Mathew Belcher/Daniel Belcher AUS (5,1,5,6) 17pts
7. Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page AUS (2,12,1,7) 22pts
37. Nathan Outteridge and Ayden Menzies AUS (10,26,8,13) 57pts
83. Mark Padgett/Nick Behrens AUS (27,25,25,24) 101pts
470 Women – Day three racing (6 races)
1. Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa GRE (1,1,2,1,1,2) 6pts
2. Christina Bassadone/Katherine Hopson GBR (4,4,3,OCS,2,4) 17pts
3. Vlada Ilienko/Natalia Gaponpvich RUS (2,4,6,3,3,6) 18pts
4. Jenny Armstrong/Belinda Stowell AUS (7,9,1,5,1,19) 22pts
Mistral Women (Day five racing/day two of finals (10 races)
1. Lee Korsitz ISR (1,4,3,6,1,32,2,2,14,5) 38pts
2. Barbara Kendell NZL (2,1,12,5,11,9,4,1,10,1) 44pts
3. Lai Mingshuang CHN (9,3,9,8,17,8,7,8,3,3) 58pts
5. Allison Shreeve AUS (24,14,4,2,2,1,1,3,22,15) 64pts
6. Jessica Crisp AUS (4,10,1,10,29,11,6,7,6,10) 65pts
49er– Day three racing (8 races)
1. Christopher Draper/Simon Hiscokcs GBR (3,2,2,1,4,2,2,2) 14pts
2. Andre Otto Fonseca/Roderigo Linck Duarte BRA (1,3,3,DSQ,5,3,6,1) 22pts
3. Marcus Baur/Max Groy GER (3,2,7,2,1,5,16,3) 23pts
6. Chris Nicholson/Gary Boyd AUS (DNF,1,4,1,2,6,2,11) 27pts
37. Mark Turnbull/Nick Partridge AUS (14,13,4,11,11,9,17,21) 79pts
48. Ben Tardrew/Marcus Tardrew AUS (17,17,16,18,DNC,22,10,7) 107pts
Star – Day six racing (9 races)
1. Xavier Rohart/Pascal Rembeau FRA (1,2,5,2,3,1,4,1,2) 16pts
2. Fredrik Loof/Andrew Ekstram FRA (3,6,2,3,2,3,1,DNF,1) 21pts
3. Iain Percy/Steven Mitchell GBR (13,1,1,2,1,1,2,2,19) 23pts
15. Iain Murray/Andrew Palfrey AUS (16,13,8,15,22,11,OCS,11,6) 102pts
16. Colin Beashel/David Giles AUS (9,DNC,DNC,1,4,4,21,6,18) 106pts
17. Ian Walker/Nick Williams AUS (OCS,10,16,16,26,16,11,5,7) 107pts
65. Michael Jones/Bill Sykes AUS (34,25,31,37,38,33,21,17,14) 212pts
Mistral Men – Day five racing/Day two of final (10 races)
1. Przemek Miarczynski POL (1,1,1,8,1,1,1,1,1,6) 14pts
2. Nikolaos Kaklamanakis GRE (4,3,2,OCS,1,21,5,4,3,3) 46pts
3. Gal Fridman ISR (3,4,1,DSQ,7,10,4,12,5,2) 48pts
22. Lars Kleppich AUS (13,9,17,OCS,8,8,52,16,11,7) 141pts
43. Michael Lancey AUS (21,20,18,24,17,37,55,45,37,29) 248pts
Silver Fleet – 9 races only
77. Jonothan Bonnitcha AUS (36,37,50,47,42,30,26,16,6) 239pts
89. Corey Plant AUS (46,46,37,40,49,41,23,24,29) 286pts
Finn – Rest day/Results as Day three racing (6 races)
1. Jona Hoegh-Christensen DEN (4,3,6,2,8,23) 23pts
2. Ben Ainslie GBR (3,5,7,8,19,4) 27pts
3. Andrew Simpson GBR (32,14,9,1,13) 28pts
10. Anthony Nossiter AUS (6,20,16,9,4,OCS) 55pts
45. Paul McKenzie AUS (56,26,41,44,44,31) 186pts
73. Dean McAullay AUS (75,69,70,72,63,70) 344pts
74. John Shallvey AUS (71,72,76,71,70,67) 351pts
Europe – Final results (11 races)
1. Siren Sundby NOR (1,1,3,5,2,3,14,1,23,1,DNC) 54pts
2. Sari Multala FIN (1,1,2,1,33,53,1,15,1,6,1) 62pts
3. Mary Gaillard USA (9,4,3,7,5,8,21,33,5,9,10) 81pts
20. Sarah Blanck AUS (11,18, DNC,23,12,12,10,29,8,31,29) 183pts
85. Clare Hozack AUS (38,42,44,43,DNE,26,14,38,19,37,33) 349pts
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