|31 May 2004||Pacé Beats Gilmour To Take Grade 1 Event - ACI Htmobile Cup|
|29 May 2004||Moloney and Skandia Ready for the Transat 2004|
|31 May 2004||Crisp Finishes 2nd at SPA Regatta|
|30 May 2004||Aussies Dominate Laser Masters Worlds|
|30 May 2004||Showdown Set for Mistral Women as Crisp Moves into Number One - SPA Regatta|
|29 May 2004||Bethwaite Wins Laser Grand Masters with a Day to Spare|
|29 May 2004||Aussies Improve Their Positions - Day Three SPA Regatta|
|28 May 2004||Ozboyz Challenge Wins in Copenhagen|
|27 May 2004||First Tasmanian, Victorian Nominations for 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race|
|28 May 2004||Exciting Racing in Strong Winds - Laser Master Worlds|
|28 May 2004||Crisp Excels on Day Two of SPA Regatta|
|27 May 2004||Yachting Victoria Appoints New Chief Executive Officer|
|27 May 2004||One Man, One Boat, One Ocean - Nick Moloney takes on The Transat|
|27 May 2004||Pacé Overtakes Gilmour at the ACI HTMobile Cup|
|27 May 2004||Record Number Of Nations To Compete At Pinnacle Youth World Event|
|27 May 2004||SPA Regatta Begins|
|26 May 2004||Australia Dominates at Laser Master Worlds|
|26 May 2004||Gilmour Streaks to 7-0 Lead|
|25 May 2004||Less than Four Weeks till Entries Close - 2004 Australian Schools Team Racing Championship|
|25 May 2004||Early Start for Sailing South Race Week 2005|
|25 May 2004||Sailing Crew Volunteers Required For Youth Campaign In Queensland|
|25 May 2004||No Racing On Day Two - Laser Masters World Championship|
|24 May 2004||Laser Masters World Championship - Day One|
|23 May 2004||Hayman Regatta 2004 - The Fleet Takes Shape|
|22 May 2004||Hobie 16 World Championships Reaches New Heights|
|21 May 2004||Sailing Girls 4th at 470 World Championships 2004|
|21 May 2004||We are the 2004 World Champion - Malcolm Page Reports|
|21 May 2004||Blackburn Reports on the Laser Worlds|
|20 May 2004||First Entries in for 60th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race|
|20 May 2004||Officials Team Up For Epic Olympics|
|20 May 2004||Two Aussies Finish Top Ten at Laser Worlds|
|19 May 2004||Five Cities To Compete To Host 2012 Olympic Games|
|19 May 2004||Anna Kournikova to Start the Transat 2004|
|19 May 2004||Gilmour Goes for Five on the Trot|
|19 May 2004||Thunderstorms Prevent Racing at Laser Worlds/Blackburn and Scheidt Will Fight for Title|
|18 May 2004||Bavaria's Match Series Heading North for the Sun|
|18 May 2004||Sailability Launches Two Payne 24’s|
|18 May 2004||One Million Reasons To Support The Blackmores Three Island Charity Fun Race|
|18 May 2004||Skandia Secures Moloney's Vendée Funding|
|18 May 2004||Blackburn Showing Great Strength as he Closes in on Scheidt|
|17 May 2004||Fleet Size Boost Expected for 60th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race|
|17 May 2004||Aussies Take 2nd and 3rd at Hobie Worlds|
|17 May 2004||Fenders Out for BMW Sydney Winter Series Start|
|17 May 2004||Shreeve Second at Formula Windsurfing European Championship after DNF on Final Day|
|17 May 2004||Aussie Laser Sailors Impress at Worlds|
|17 May 2004||Australian Crew Crowned 470 World Champions|
|16 May 2004||Wilmot and Page in Top Spot Going into Final Day of 470 Worlds|
|16 May 2004||Black Flag Makes Polish Day - Finn Europeans|
|16 May 2004||Bethwaite and Crew Finish Top 10 at Yngling Worlds|
|16 May 2004||Aussies Charge on Day Three of Laser Worlds|
|15 May 2004||Final Series Starts at 470 Worlds|
|15 May 2004||Hard Day at Sea - Finn European Championship|
|15 May 2004||Penultimate Day at Yngling Worlds|
|15 May 2004||Blackburn Equal First at Laser Worlds|
|14 May 2004||Latest Results from Finn European Championship|
|14 May 2004||Gilmour Reigns Supreme on Match Circuit|
|14 May 2004||Last Day of Semi-Finals - Hobie Worlds|
|14 May 2004||Emotion Filled Day Four at 470 Worlds|
|14 May 2004||Allison Shreeve Continues to Impress at Formula Windsurfing Championship|
|14 May 2004||Racing Abandoned on Day One of Laser Worlds|
|13 May 2004||The Latest Information on Sail Melbourne 2005|
|12 May 2004||IOC Commission Expresses Renewed Confidence that Athens will be Ready|
|13 May 2004||Shreeve Still Number One at Formula Windsurfing Championship|
|13 May 2004||Polish Finn Sailor Dominates at Worlds|
|13 May 2004||Awkward Conditions for Day Three of Yngling Worlds|
|13 May 2004||Women to Begin Finals Series/Men Forced to Wait - Day Three of 470 Worlds|
|12 May 2004||Husband And Wife Plot Course To A Warmer Hamilton Island|
|12 May 2004||Nossiter 19th on Day Two of Finn Europeans|
|12 May 2004||Shreeve on Top of Formula Windsurfing European Championship|
|12 May 2004||Final Qualification Regatta for Laser Worlds Begins Tomorrow|
|12 May 2004||Bethwaite and Crew Impressive at Yngling Worlds|
|12 May 2004||Wilmot and Page Move into Second Place at 470 Worlds|
|11 May 2004||Bundock Repeats Win at First 2004 Volvo Champions Race|
|11 May 2004||Aussie Duo Second at the UK 29er Championship|
|11 May 2004||Champion Yachtswoman to Contest Stockland Trophy|
|11 May 2004||Comeback Coutts - Toscana Elba Cup|
|11 May 2004||Australian Crews Off to Great Start as Open Semi Finals Begin at Hobie Worlds|
|11 May 2004||Yngling World Championship Begins|
|11 May 2004||Two Bullets for Wilmot and Page at 470 Worlds|
|10 May 2004||470 Men's Final Run - Malcolm Page Reports|
|9 May 2004||Coutts Beats Gilmour 2 -1 in Best-of-Three to Win the Third Edition of the Toscana Elba Cup|
|10 May 2004||All Star Line Up In Spain for Yngling Worlds|
|10 May 2004||Aussie Defeats Her Prince at Royal Match Event|
|9 May 2004||Aussie's Placed Well at Hobie Worlds in Mexico|
|9 May 2004||Over 100 To Compete In La Rochelle - Finn European|
|9 May 2004||Gilmour Vs. Coutts For Glory - Toscana Elba Cup|
|7 May 2004||History of Women in the Olympic Sailing Competition|
|7 May 2004||Australian Sailors Feature in Latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings|
|6 May 2004||‘Names’ Arrive for Hobie Worlds|
|5 May 2004||Results Confirmed And Final Places Announced - Star World Championship|
|5 May 2004||100 Days To Go - Athens 2004|
|5 May 2004||Kiwi Olympic Team Named|
|4 May 2004||Australian Olympic Torch Relay Not in Danger: Carr|
|4 May 2004||Gold Coasters Setting Sail for Gold|
|4 May 2004||Tamworth Grazier Dedicated To Yachting|
|3 May 2004||Sextant Takes Out the X-Yachts Annual Regatta|
|3 May 2004||One Day To Go - Hobie 16 World Championship|
|3 May 2004||Star World Final Results|
|1 May 2004||470 Worlds - Preview|
|3 May 2004||Ingate Clear Winner of 5.5 Metre Gold Cup|
|3 May 2004||Varuna Cup Win to Yngling Class Yacht|
|2 May 2004||Death of Yachtsman in Association Cup on Port Phillip|
|1 May 2004||Final Day of Competition in Hyeres|
|1 May 2004||Just When We Thought it Was Back on Track - Racing Abandoned at Star Worlds|
ACI Htmobile Cup
Overcoming not only a tough competitor but also difficult sailing conditions, France’s Bertrand Pacé and his Team France crew have won the 18th annual, ISAF Grade 1 ACI HTmobile Cup.
“I feel relieved,” Pacé said afterwards. “When it’s finished it’s very easy.”
Pacé won the first flight outright. In the second flight he came from behind when the wind shifted 180 degrees during the race.
Gilmour got a penalty on Pacé in the third flight pre-start, but the Frenchman was able to extend far enough ahead in the light conditions to perform his penalty turn at the finish line and claim the championship while Gilmour was still some eight lengths behind.
“Bertrand did a good job,” said Gilmour. “He started better than us and kept himself alive.”
“We came here to win a regatta,” said Gilmour, clearly upset. “We’re consistently in the finals, but we’re not consistently winning. We’ll have to go back to the drawing board.”
Gilmour has won two events, but he has placed second in the last two events. He lost to Russell COUTTS at the Toscana Elba Cup two weeks ago. And he placed fourth at the Congressional Cup in April, after winning the round robin.
In yesterday’s final, both crews were put to the test. A decent wind failed to materialize until late in the day. The first attention signal scheduled for 11:00 a.m. was postponed until 2:50 p.m.
A low-pressure system centered over host city Split was the culprit. The system moved over the area five to six hours earlier than predicted, and then parked, robbing the area of any kind of wind pressure.
The race committee attempted a flight around 2:00 in a southeasterly wind, but it quickly died after the first pair, the petit final match featuring Magnus Holmberg’s SeaLife Rangers versus Jes GRAM-HANSEN’S Team Denmark, started.
Their flight was abandoned after four and a half minutes.
Another 45 minutes passed before the race committee attempted to race again.
Once racing started, Pacé displayed a calm demeanor, despite the trying conditions. Despite competing in just his second event on Tour, he sailed brilliantly.
“My crew did a great job,” he said. “Fabrice did a great job calling the wind and everyone was very supportive.”
Pacé was particularly pleased with his starts. Gilmour is renowned for his finesse in the pre-start, but Pacé felt that was the key to his victory.
“I got what I wanted in every start,” said Pacé, who started to the left of Gilmour in the first flight, and then to the right of him in the next two flights.
In the petit final, Holmberg defeated Gram-Hansen 2-0. Wind shifts and patchy conditions had an impact on the outcome.
In the second flight, Holmberg held a big lead up the first beat and around the windward mark. But Gram-Hansen attacked downwind, and closed up around the leeward mark.
Gram-Hansen gained the lead early on the second beat, and led around the second windward mark. He seemed on his way to victory, given that Holmberg was carrying a penalty for contact in the pre-start.
But Gram-Hansen sailed into a hole on the run and Holmberg, trailing, jibed away to the inside of him. Gram-Hansen tried jibing to cover, but couldn’t escape the clutches of the windless hole.
Holmberg retook the lead and did his penalty circle on the finish line. As soon as the race committee signalled Holmberg’s finish, Gram-Hansen, frustrated, fired up his engine and powered back to the dock.
Full results are available on the event website - www.aci-matchrace.com
Final ACI HTmobile Cup Standings
1. Bertrand Pacé/FRA, Team France, 17-2, $12,000
2. Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team, 13-8, $8,000
3. Magnus Holmberg/SWE, SeaLife Rangers, 13-7, $6,000
4. Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Team Denmark, 10-8, $4,000
5. Gavin Brady/NZL, BMW Oracle Racing, 9-5, $2,500
6. Mathieu Richard/FRA, 7-6, $2,000
7. Mattias Rahm/SWE, Team Stena Bulk, 5-8, $1,500
8. Kelvin Harrap/NZL, Team New Zealand, 5-9, $1,000
9. Staffan Lindberg/SWE, 3-11, $750
10. Mate Arapov/CRO, 3-11, $750
11. Frano Brate/CRO, 2-12, $750
Swedish Match Tour 2003-04 Rankings
(After six of eight events)
1. Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team - 117 points
2. Magnus Holmberg/SWE, SeaLife Rangers - 64 points
3. Gavin Brady/NZL, BMW Oracle Racing - 55 points
4. Jesper Radich/DEN, Team Denmark - 43 points
5. Russell Coutts/NZL, Alinghi Team - 35 points
= Bertrand Pacé/FRA, Team France - 35 points
7. Ed Baird/USA, Team Musto - 31 points
8. Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Team Denmark - 26 points
If early forecasts prove correct, Nick Moloney and Skandia will sail directly into the path of a North Atlantic low pressure when The Transat race gets underway on Monday, 31st May in Plymouth UK bound for the United States.
The Transat fleet could face winds 30+ knots and difficult seas when they leave the sanctuary of the English Channel and enter the North Atlantic ocean. Despite the tough weather predictions Nick is upbeat and declared himself 100% ready to go today. 'I'm totally prepared and really happy with Skandia - she is a glam,' he said from Plymouth.
'I'm so impressed with how everything has come together for this race. My shore team John Hilderbrand, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Nick Black, have done a first-class job preparing Skandia.'
With all the supplies onboard and all systems double checked early, Moloney has been able to spend time studying weather charts provided by Météo France. Winds of 25-30 knots are expected for Monday's start off Plymouth breakwater, but as soon as the fleet clear the Lizard (at the south-west tip of England) on the first night, conditions could get worse.
'The biggest problem is a large depression in the mid-Atlantic,' explained Nick. 'It's slowed up and deepening and is sending a huge seaway towards the English Channel. As we pass over the continental shelf we're expecting some big wind from the north-west and a huge seaway. It's a recipe for a hiding'.
'In light of that, we're not deterred as our preparation has been really good and I know the boat really well,' he continued.
Adding jokingly: 'That doesn't mean I'm looking forward to getting soaking wet, freezing cold and thrown around for four days!'
This will be Moloney's fourteenth Atlantic crossing and in two of the three solo races - the 1999 Mini-Transat and the 2002 Route du Rhum - he has encountered gale force head winds in the opening 48 hours. 'I'm starting to think it's me,' he quipped.
Icebergs are another hazard Nick could face. 'The ice lays in the path of the shortest [rhumb line] course,' he explained, looking ahead to the second-half of the 2,800 nautical mile race. Weighing up the option all skippers will face, he posed the question: 'It is going to be better to sail a shorter course slower or longer course faster with less stress? There's also a chance you could get a good flogging from a storm in the ice region with heaps of obstacles in your way.'
The Open 60 fleet of 15 boats are skippered by some of solo sailing's heavyweights. Briton Mike Golding on Ecover and Frenchman Jean Pierre Dick on Virbac, two new and refined designs, are considered the joint favourites for Transat line honours. Considering Skandia's potential for the Transat, Nick said: ' If I can make the top five I'll be really happy and if I can make the podium I'll be jumping out of my skin. It would be a dream result.'
Russian tennis beauty Anna Kournikova will fire the start gun for the Transat on Monday (May 31) at 1400 hrs GMT. Skandia is expected to finish in Boston between 13 and 15 days later.
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The morning of the final racing day at the SPA Regatta in Medemblik, Holland, started off with hardly any wind. Races were therefore postponed until the afternoon when the wind picked up and all classes could sail the last races.
Mistral sailor Jessica Crisp (AIS/NSWIS) was Australia’s best overall result finishing 2nd overall. Crisp was overtaken by Faustine Merret (FRA) who scored a 2nd place on the final day of racing, while Sydney 2000 silver medallist Amelie Lux finished third on countback from Crisp.
Chris Nicholson (AIS/NSWIS) and Gary Boyd (AIS/NSWIS) were amongst a tight 49er fleet with first and fourth place awarded on countback. Jonas Warrer and Peter Kruger Ander (DEN) took first place on countback after finishing on equal points with Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez (ESP).
Nicholson and Boyd joined Tim Wadlow and Pete Spaulding (USA) and current world number one Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks (GBR) on 69 points. After thirteen races and two drops the USA crew took 4th place followed by the Aussies and then the Brits.
Another OCS for Lars Kleppich (AIS/NSWIS) in the final race of the men’s Mistral class forced him to carry a penalty in his final tally. Kleppich's other scores (6th,7th,5th,11th,7th,6th) show competitive and consisitent results.
In other Australian results Colin Beashel (AIS/NSWIS) and David Giles (AIS/NSWIS) did not finish the final race in the Star class dropping one place to 15th overall. Yngling crew Nicky Bethwaite (AIS/NSWIS), Kristen Kosmala (AIS/NSWIS) and Karyn Gojnich (AIS/NSWIS) finished 18th overall. Finn sailor Anthony Nossiter (AIS/NSWIS) and Laser sailor Brendan Casey (QLD) finished 22nd and 38th respectively.
Mistral Final Results (9 races/2 drop)
1. Peter Bromby/Lee White (BER) (16,17,5,1,3,2,5,15,1) 32pts
Finn Final Results (9 races/2 drop)
Laser Final Results (12 races/2 drop)
After the challenging – almost survival conditions of the previous day 141 sailors at the Harken Laser Masters Championship enjoyed close tactical racing in a 9-12 knot westerly on the final day of racing. Only one race was completed when, against all forecasts and predictions, the north westerly backed 65 degrees whilst the Radial and Apprentice fleet were racing forcing an abandonment of their races and the two remaining fleets were unable to start because of a time limit cut off.
The Grand Masters fleet got away at the first attempt in their first race, but unfortunately second placed Rob Lowndes AUS was OCS and had to retire at the top mark, where Magnus Olin SWE led from Willy Gerber GER and Michael Kinnear GBR. After a tense first run, the order was largely unchanged at the start of the second windward leg.  After the next windward leg Colin Cain AUS had overtaken Olin followed by Kinnear with Mark Bethwaite AUS and David Edmiston AUS in close contention.  Kinnear took the lead on the second downwind held his lead to the finish ahead of Olin and Cain.
With this second place in what turned out to be the final race, Magnus Olin SWE moved to second overall in the Series, behind Mark Bethwaite AUS, who had won with a day to spare.  Both David Edmiston AUS third and Rob Lowndes AUS fourth, were very close behind Olin on points.
In the Masters Tracey Usher USA led at the first mark.  Usher started at the committee boat end whilst most of the masters started near the port end of the line.  Usher commented “it looked like there was more pressure on the right so that’s where I went.  Andre Martini DOM went furthest right and had the led the fleet for most of the beat but he let me get right of him just before the mark and I got the lead at the first mark.  Downwind the wind went light and the fleet compressed.  Colin Dibb AUS and I were not looking good until some new pressure pulled us back and I went through the gate in first.  I took the right hand mark and went right looking for pressure but Javier Estarellas Coll ESP and Peter Sherwin GBR took the other mark and they went further right and played the shifts to round first and second ahead of Stefan Kurys-Romer and me.  These positions did not change for the rest of the race although we had some close racing and worrying moments as the wind built and died.
Arif Gurdenli TUR led the apprentice fleet at the fist mark coming from the right ahead of Steve Cockerill GBR, Martin Lehner AUT and Mati Sepp EST.  Downwind Cockerill dropped back whilst Gurdenli held his lead.  On the second upwind there was a left hand shift  which gave Gurdenli and Lehner a 100 metre advantage over the EST and Cockerill.  With Brett Beyer AUS going into the race 2 points ahead of Lehner and points ahead of Cockerill there was careful covering throughout the race. Beyer rounded in fifth which meant that Lehner was in the overall lead.  On the last downwind the wind dropped to 3 knots for a time until new pressure developed from behind.  Lehner takes up the story “I was trying to protect my position when I saw Cockerill and Sepp coming with new wind from behind.  I moved over to stay between them and the mark but the new wind never got to me and they passed me.  This cost me the race.”   Cockerill won the race, Lehner finished third and Beyer finished fifth which left all 3 tied on 20 points and the division decided on a 3 way tie break in favour of Beyer.
Cockerill commented “Brett had more first’s and I ate more bananas” referring to his mistake two days earlier when he thought he saw a shorten course flag on a mark boat when he was leading.
In the Radial combined fleet Great Grand Master, Jack Hansen NZL, was led the fleet at the first mark.  Apprentice David Early AUS rounded in fifth.  On the reach Early pulled through to second and then took Hansen on the downwind leg of the outer loop trapezoid course which he held until the finish.  With all divisions well mixed in the light winds there were places won on lost within the fleet.  Hansen dropped ninth which was academic as fourth placed Peter Seidenberg USA had already secured the overall title in the Grand Masters.  In the Masters series leader, Lyndall Patterson AUS was looking good on the last reach befor ethe short upwind to the finish.  She cheerfully commented “I snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  I was lying in Seventh and had Goran Bonacic CRO behind him me when I slipped into a hole and dropped to fifteenth and let Goran past me.”
For a full list of results visit the event website - http://www.laserchampionships.org/worlds04/
On Saturday, the fourth day of the SPA Regatta the fierce competition in most of the eleven Olympic classes was the main reason for the heated atmosphere.
The heat will continue tomorrow in the women’s Mistral class as Australia’s Jessica Crisp (AIS/NSWIS) attempts to maintain the number one spot. A 1st and 2nd on day four racing knocked Amelie Lux (GER) out of the top spot and made way for Crisp. Crisp and Lux now sit on equal points with one scheduled race remaining.
Mistral Women - Day Four (8 races/1 drop)
1. Jessica Crisp (AUS) (5,6,6,2,3,3,1,2) 22pts
49er Results - Day Four (12 races/2 drop)
Mistral Men - Day Four (8 races/1 drop)
Star Results - Day Four (8 races/1 drop)
1. Ross MacDonald/Mike Wolfs (FRA) (9,6,10,2,2,3,10,12) 42pts
Finn Results – Day Four (8 races/1 drop)
Laser Results - Day Four (11 races/2 drop)
The Apprentice fleet was first away today in an 18 knot north westerly. Dual race winner of yesterday Brett Beyer AUS again showed his upwind speed by rounding the first mark in the lead which he had kept until the finish. Second and third around were Frank Walsh IRL and Hugh Leicester AUS however points leader Martin Lehner AUT and Stephen Cockerill GBR had superior pace on the first downwind leg and sailed into second and third respectively which they also held until the finish.
Race 2 was panning out in similar fashion with Beyer leading the whole race, but on the last downwind leg the wind dramatically increased in strength. Beyer said “I thought ‘Don’t do anything stupid just sail conservatively to the bottom mark and I will win the race”. Mati Sepp EST also survived the run without incident to take second ahead of Cockerill.
In the Masters fleet race 1 series leader Colin Dibb AUS led at the first mark and from there was untroubled to score his fourth race win for the regatta. He led home Jack Schlachter AUS and Ian Lineberger USA who passed Brett Wright BER and Mark Bear USA on the final downwind leg to claim third place.
In race 2 Tracey Usher USA led at the first mark from Dibb and Schlachter with a good break to the remainder of the fleet. Usher held his lead to the following windward mark but then capsized on the reach allowing Dibb through. Dibb capsized on the gybe at the downwind leg but recovered fast enough to hold his lead from Schlachter. However to his dismay on righting the boat he found his sheet rope had wrapped itself around his boom, he attempted to sail the bottom reach in that condition which drastically reduced his boatspeed allowing Schlachter to gain buoy room at the final Mark. From there Schlachter was able to hold on for the win with Peter Sherwin GBR who passed Dibb when he had his second capsize shortly after the mark rounding trying to clear his main sheet.
In the Grand Masters, the first race was sailed in a relatively mild 20 knot Meltem.  It turned into a stirring contest between the Australian and Swedish Olympians, Magnus Olin and Mark Bethwaite.  Olin led narrowly at the first mark after finding more on the left side of the beat, but Bethwaite passed him on the reach and extended his lead on the run.
Olin had his revenge in the second race.  Once more, he led narrowly at the first mark, but Bethwaite again passed him on the reach.  As the fleet was on the first run, a gust of some thirty knots hit the fleet.  First Olin then Bethwaite capsized, with Lowndes showing great boat handling skills to lead the fleet at the bottom gate ahead of Olin, Kevin Pearson GBR and Bethwaite.  Olin and Bethwaite were locked together at the top mark, with Lowndes third.  In a close finish, Olin won from Bethwaite and Lowndes.
With a win and second today, Bethwaite AUS has won the Grand Masters with a day to spare, but second and third places will be closely fought out on the final day.
In the combined Radial fleet apprentice, Martin Baltscheffsky FIN, led the fleet home in both races as did all category winners.
Two races are scheduled for the final day although all the forecasts are showing different wind directions and strengths.
Results Grand Masters
Results Laser Radial Masters
Results Laser Radial Women's Masters
Results Laser Radial Grand Masters
Visit the regatta website for a complete list of results - http://www.laserchampionships.org/worlds04/
The third day at the SPA Regatta was a day filled with sunshine. Although in the morning the wind was weak, all races were sailed.
In the Mistral women’s class Jessica Crisp (AIS/NSWIS) maintains her 2nd overall placing and now sits four points from the top. Star sailors Colin Beashel (AIS/NSWIS) and David Giles (AIS/NSWIS) moved up one place to 9th overall, while Australian 49er crew Chris Nicholson (AIS/NSWIS) and Gary Boyd (AIS/NSWIS) move back into the top ten.
Lars Kleppich (AIS/NSWIS) sailed consistently to achieve a 5th and 11th on day three racing. These results see Kleppich climb six places to 13th overall.
Mistral Women - Day Three (6 races/1 drop)
1. Amelie Lux (GER) (3,14,4,1,2,5) 15pts
Star Results - Day Three (4 races/1 drop)
1. Ross MacDonald/Mike Wolfs (FRA) (9,6,10,2,2,3) 22pts
49er Results - Day Three (9 races/2 drop)
Mistral Men - Day Three (6 races/1 drop)
Finn Results – Day Three (6 races/1 drop)
1. Zbogar Vasilij (SLO) (2,1,3,1,1,1,1,1,1) 7pts
2. Karl Suneson (SWE) (OCS,9,2,1,3,1,1,1,6) 15pts
3. Anders Nyholm (DEN) (4,4,1,14,11,3,11,2,1) 26pts
34. Brendan Casey (AUS) (12,OCS,11,17,31,3,14,34,13) 101pts
Aussies win Danish Youth Match Racing Championships (under 23)
Copenhagen: Last weekend was the Danish Youth Match Racing Championships (under 23) sailed at the Royal Danish Match Race Center in Copenhagen in J22 class keel boats.
OzBoyz Challenge team was represented by 17 years old Seve Jarvin Trimmer, Wade Morgan Bowman and Skipper Michael Dunstan at the helm. 'We arrived at the regatta a couple of kilograms over and had to sit in the sauna to lose the weight, which turned out to be a blessing as the entire regatta was sailed in moderate to fresh winds - only one race of the final was sailed as the wind got over 25 knots,' said teenage Australian Seve Jarvin.
One round robin was completed, but there was no time for semi finals. The OzBoyz Challenge Team went straight into the final against world number 70 from Denmark Peter Wibroe. 'We won the start and played the shifts well. We then extended on to win by nearly 3/4 of a leg. We were then told that the wind was too strong to continue the final, so the result from the first race of the final gave us the win,' added a delighted Skipper Michael Dunstan.
'To win the Danish Championship is a great confidence boost for the team and a good lead up to the Antibes Cup this week in France. The crew will be Michael Dunstan, Seve Jarvin, Ben Morrison-Jack and Nick Partridge,' commented OzBoyz Challenge spokesperson for the 2007 America's Cup Phil Edmiston.
NEXT GENERATION TO TEST THE OZBOYZ CHALLENGE TEAM
Perth: OzBoyz Challenge announced this week that Next Generation Bibra Lake will host WA's physical and psychological testing. OzBoyz Challenge is a national project with a strong focus on mental and physical fitness. 'In partnering with Next Generation, state of the art fitness facilities will be available for OzBoyz candidates and potential crewmembers to undergo testing. After the testing period, those short-listed will have the opportunity to train under the guidance of Next Generation's professional team of instructors,' said Sebastien Destremau of OzBoyz Challenge.
INFORMATION EVENING ON 9TH JUNE IN BIBRA LAKE
An information evening has been organized for Wednesday 9th June at Next Generation Bibra Lake - 25 Port Kembla Drive, Bibra Lake, WA from 6.30pm-7.30pm. The evening will provide details on the OzBoyz Challenge and the road to Australia's bid for the 2007 America's Cup. Media and OzBoyz Challenge supporters are invited to attend.
For further information, contact:
Phil Edmiston - OzBoyz Challenge Spokesperson
Although still seven months away, eight yachts have already been nominated for this year’s 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, including the first boats from Victoria and Tasmania.
The first Tasmanian boat in is David Taylor’s Farr 37, Pippin, representing the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, while in from Victoria are Lou Abrahams’ Another Challenge from Sandringham Yacht Club and Bruce Taylor’s Chutzpah from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, both Sydney 38s.
They join New South Wales early nominations Wild Oats (Howard Piggott), Ichi Ban (Matt Allen), Chris Dawes’ Polaris of Belmont, Geoff Hill’s Strewth and Shane Kearns’ Komatus a Few Good Men.
Pippin sailed under the RYCT burgee in last year’s race after the owners relocated to Hobart and this will be her 12th Sydney Hobart Race, as well as having competed in four Sydney Gold Coast and two Sydney Mooloolaba Races since being launched in 1984.
In last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, Pippin placed seventh overall in the IMS handicap category and ninth in the IRC handicap category whilst in 1996 she placed second in the PHS category.
Pippin is expected to be the first of a larger number of Tasmanian boats entering this year’s 60th Race last year four boats contesting the ocean classic and only two the previous year. John Bennetto is again expected to compete, in what will be his 44th race.
For Lou Abrahams this year will be his 42nd race to Hobart, his fifth in his champion Sydney 38, Another Challenge, while for Bruce Taylor this will be his 23rd race, his third with the current Chutzpah. Both boats have sailed consistently well in recent Rolex Sydney Hobart Races, Another Challenge placing third in IMS in 2002 and Chutzpah third in both IMS and IRC last year.
The CYCA expects a large fleet of the Sydney 38s to contest the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, including US crews in chartered boats.
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The fleet had two more exciting races today in the Harken Lasers Masters championship in Bitez, Turkey.
The offshore winds at times gusted 30 knots at the end of the first race before settling back to an average of 20 knots for the second race.
Colin Dibb from Australia was the only sailor to achieve two firsts places in any fleet.  Sailing in the Masters fleet, who were first to start on a daily rotating system he did not have it all his own way.  In the first race Jack Schlachter AUS was first to show but was overtaken by Dibb at the first downwind mark.  Schlachter took Dibb on the upwind but blew his chances on the next downwind after 3 further swims.
The first lap in the second race was closer than the first. Tracy Usher (USA) benefited from a right hand shift on the first beat to lead the fleet around the first mark with Dibb and Schlachter in close pursuit. Dibb again showed good speed to take the lead at the end of the second beat followed closely by Usher and Schlacter.. Dibb extended on the second downwind for a comfortable first from Schlachter and Andre Martin from the Dominican Republic.
In the Grand Masters first race Rob Lowndes AUS and series leader Mark Bethwaite AUS led from the start. On the first run Bethwaite capsized to miss a Master sailor on the beat and then headed for the wrong gate!  Lowndes gybed and could not see the second boat as he rounded the bottom mark after carnage on the run.
For the third race in a row it was AUS 1,2,3 with Lowndes leading home David Edmiston and then Frank Walsh.
In race 2 Bethwaite made amends by leading after mixing it with Bob Blakey NZL and Uwe Clausen GER who got a big lift out of the right hand side. Bethwaite won comfortably from Clausen followed by former Finn Gold Cup winner Magnus Olsen SWE.
The Radial Fleet were third to start and in both races were recalled.  In the first race lady master, Lyndall Patterson  AUS in the masters division, again showed the men the way rounding the first mark inside fellow Radial Master Goran Bonacic CRO and Apprentice Aydin Yurdum TUR.   Squeezing the inside berth cost Patterson her lead when she hit the mark, had to do a 360 turn and then capsized.  Yurdum took over the lead which he held to the finish ahead of Bonacic.  In the lighter winds of the second race Bonacic got his revenge to take the winning gun after passing David Early HKG in the second half of the race.
In race 1 of the Apprentice fleet Brett Beyer AUS led around the first mark but unfortunately for him located  Mark 3 instead of Mark 4 and lost around ten places. By the time he realised his error he eventually finished in seventh place. This left a tight group of 5 boats dicing for the lead on the second upwind beat and runs to the finish. Mati Sepp EST led at the windward mark the second time from Nick Walsh IRL and Martin Lehner AUT however a capsize at the gybe mark cost Sepp the lead. Walsh eventually won the race from Lehner with Hugh Leicester AUS taking third in a close finish with the top 5 boats crossing the line within 25 seconds of each other.
Mark 3 instead of Mark 4 and lost around ten places. By the time he realised his error he eventually finished in seventh place. This left a tight group of 5 boats dicing for the lead on the second upwind beat and runs to the finish. Mati Sepp EST led at the windward mark the second time from Nick Walsh IRL and Martin Lehner AUT however a capsize at the gybe mark cost Sepp the lead. Walsh eventually won the race from Lehner with Hugh Leicester AUS taking third in a close finish with the top 5 boats crossing the line within 25 seconds of each other.In the second race Beyer and Leicester held on to the starboard tack coming out of the start longer than the rest of the fleet and found a shift to the left to be equal leaders at the top mark, with Lehner rounding third. Positions remained the same on the run however Lehner rounded the opposite gate to the leaders and picked up a shift from the right to take over second place. From there positions remained the same with Beyer beating Lehner then Leicester.
Two days racing remain and if completed a second discard will allowed.
Results Grand Masters
Results Laser Radial Masters
Results Great Grand Masters
Visit the regatta website for a complete list of results - http://www.laserchampionships.org/worlds04/
Day two of the SPA Regatta brought practically the same weather conditions as Wednesday, the first day. Both wind speed and direction fluctuated which made it difficult for all competitors.
Mistral sailor Jessica Crisp (AIS/NSWIS) has again produced the best overall Australia performance. Overnight a 6th and 2nd place moved Crisp to second overall.
Australia’s biggest leap came from Star class sailors Colin Beashel (AIS/NSWIS) and David Giles (AIS/NSWIS). The pair moved 10 places to 10th overall, scoring a 3rd and 6th in race three and four respectively.
After two days of racing, all races have been sailed. Competition is fierce as some teams still need to qualify for the Olympic Games. Other teams are sailing a sail off between two or more teams and others are in their final preparation for the Games. The SPA Regatta competition, with over 60 nations participating, will finish Sunday 30 May 2004.
Mistral Women - Day Two (4 races/1 drop)
1. Amelie Lux (GER) (3,14,4,1) 8pts
Star Results - Day Two (4 races/1 drop)
1. Frednik Loof/Anders Ekstrom (SWE) (2,5,6,12) 13pts
49er Results - Day Two (6 races/1 drop)
Yngling Results - Day Two (4 races/1 drop)
Mistral Men - Day Two (4 races/1 drop)
Finn Results – Day Two (4 races/1 drop)
Laser Results - Day Two (6 races/1 drop)
Peter Merritt, President of Yachting Victoria, today announced the appointment of Ross Kilborn as the new Chief Executive Officer of Yachting Victoria.
In his announcement Peter said ‘ We are very pleased to have Ross join us, he has an excellent career to date in business and organisation development and has succeeded in what was a rigorous and demanding selection process.'
Ross’s business background includes an initial ten years in financial management roles, before moving to general management in several medium size companies. Most recently he was general manager of a consumer marketing consultancy company which he established seven years ago, and which developed to be the leader in its field in Australia.
Ross has been involved in yachting in Victoria for nearly 30 years. He has sailed off the beach, trailable and keel boats. He is currently an active catamaran sailor at Port Melbourne Yacht Club, where he is also Principal of the Sailing School.
Ross commenced at the office today, and said ' I am very much looking forward to this opportunity to work with the Executive and staff of Yachting Victoria and our member clubs in developing an exciting future for yachting in Victoria, and in particular all members.'.
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Nick Moloney and his Open 60 yacht Skandia make their solo ocean racing debut this weekend in The Transat race starting from England. They take on  the wily North Atlantic Ocean and the most formidable fleet of Open 60s ever assembled.
For Moloney and Skandia, in her new livery of the international long-term savings company, The Transat is the final test of form before the pair race  around the world this winter in the Vendée Globe. The three-month solo non-stop circumnavigation starts from Les Sables d'Olonne in France on November 7.
Three leading international fund management companies, Invesco Perpetual, Gartmore Investment Managers and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, recently signed-up with Skandia to create the Skandia MultiManager campaign, which will fund Moloney's decade-long goal to complete a historical hat-trick in round the world sailing by completing the Vendée Globe.
Invesco Perpetual, Gartmore and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers are partners in Skandia's pioneering MultiManager investment programme that is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year. All four companies are now partners in the first entry by an Australian into the race.
This combined investment allowed Moloney to acquire the four-year old boat raced by Briton Ellen MacArthur to second place in the last edition of the Vendée Globe in 94 days and four hours still the third fastest solo time around the world.
A thorough three-month refit means Moloney, 36, feels he has a boat Capable of claiming a top five position against an expected fleet of 20 Open 60s, including five new designs.
'It's hard to describe how honoured and indebted I feel to Skandia, Invesco Perpetual, Gartmore and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers for this opportunity and how nervous I am to justify the huge trust they've put into this project and me.
“The Transat and the Vendée are the pinnacles of solo sailing and for me it will certainly be the biggest challenge of my sailing career,' he said.
Skandia's association with the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team – the company that manages Moloney's Vendée programme, began last year with their three-year sponsorship of Nick's team-mate Sam (Samantha) Davies. She competes full-time on the solo Figaro circuit.
Skandia then co-sponsored Moloney and Davies to compete in the two-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race from France to Brazil last November on the Open 60, then named Team Cowes.
'We have been hugely impressed with the commitment and professionalism of both Nick and Sam,' said Andre Oszmann, Skandia's Group Marketing
'Skandia has been a long supporter of international sailing at all levels and a key aim of our Skandia Set Sail sponsorship programme is to give aspiring sailors the chance to realise their dreams.  Nick has proven his determination over and over again and we at Skandia were equally determined to ensure he competes in the 2004 -'05 Vendée Globe.
Skandia had already provided sufficient funds for Moloney to secure theOpen 60 for the year, to prepare her for racing and to compete in The Transat. 'We are delighted that the Skandia MultiManager campaign is now in place and with our three partners we can confirm Nick's participation in the Vendée Globe,' added Oszmann. 'We wish him a fast and safe journey.'
Should Moloney complete the Vendée Globe, it will be a record-breaking triple in round-the-world yacht racing and the final of three ambitious goals he set himself at the age of 25.
The first was to compete in a fully crewed round the world race with stops. This he did when he was selected to race on Dennis Conner's (of America's  Cup fame) entry Toshiba in the 1997-'98 Whitbread Race.
The second goal was completed two years ago in 2002. Nick won the Jules Verne Trophy for the quickest non-stop lap of the planet.
He was the only English-speaking crewman on the giant French 110-foot catamaran Orange when she set a blistering time of 64 days.  That record stood until April this year.
His third, and most challenging goal is a non-stop solo lap of the planet. By finishing the Vendée, he will be the first person to circumnavigate the world in these three different events.  'The Vendée is the final pinnacle for me and I am prepared to give it everything,' he added.
Moloney has also competed in two America's Cup campaigns in 1992 and 1995. His CV boasts nine sailing world speed records and one Guinness World Record for becoming the first (and still the only) person to windsurf across the Bass Strait from mainland Australia to the Island of Tasmania. Nick Moloney was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for services rendered to the sport of sailing.
SPLIT, Croatia (May 26, 2004) — On a day of predominantly light winds, Bertrand Pacé of France overtook Australian Peter Gilmour for the overall lead at the ACI HTmobile Cup, an event of the Swedish Match Tour.
With Round Robin 1 and the first two flights of Round Robin 2 complete, Pacé leads the event with a 10-2 record.
“It’s still very early,” said a wary Pacé, the slated helmsman of potential America’s Cup syndicate Team France. “There are eight more flights to sail before the semifinals. Anything can happen.”
Sweden’s Magnus Holmberg lies second with a 9-3 record, the same as Gilmour, the Day 1 leader. The two have split their round-robin matches, but Holmberg owns the tiebreaker due to his victory in Round 2 (Flight 13 overall).
Denmark’s Jes Gram-Hansen is fourth with an 8-3 record, and followed by New Zealander Gavin Brady of the Oracle BMW Racing syndicate for the America’s Cup, at 7-5.
Frenchman Mathieu Richard, the world No. 2-ranked match-race skipper, is sixth with a 6-5 record. Team New Zealand’s Kelvin Harrap is 5-7, and owns the tiebreaker for seventh over Sweden’s Mattias Rahm, also at 5-7.
Finland’s Staffan Lindberg, who returned to racing a day after undergoing a procedure to repair a broken facial bone, moved up to ninth with a 3-9 record, followed by Croatians Frano Brate, 2-10, and Mate Arapov, 1-11.
Today’s racing at the 18th annual regatta was held in lighter winds than Day 1. While the Race Committee, led by Alen Kustic and Tonko Petesic, rolled off eight flights and 40 matches yesterday, today they were able to complete just five flights and 25 matches.
Pacé has been on a roll. The champion of the inaugural Swedish Match Tour in 2000 had won six straight races before losing to Gram-Hansen in his final match of the day.
With the west/southwesterly wind down to 6 knots, the Jeanneau One-Design 35s were a bear to handle. The boat’s heavy displacement (8,000 pounds) and short-chord length keel means it side-slips dramatically.
“If you have no speed there’s a lot of leeway,” said Pacé.
That did in Pacé in his match against Gram-Hansen when he hit the pin end at the start.
“There was a lot of tide running,” said Pacé. “We misjudged the layline and the time and distance to the pin. It was a very (crappy) start, to be very clear about it.”
The lighter winds forced a different mode from the crews when compared to yesterday’s 15-knot breeze. Sweden’s Rahm explained that it requires a more tactical mindset than when there’s more pressure.
“You have to be more focused and concentrate harder,” Rahm said.
Rahm relied on a bit of experience in the light winds to help him beat Gilmour in the last flight of Round 1.
“I felt they were similar to last year,” said Rahm, who placed seventh last year. “When the wind dropped in the afternoon, there was a big right-hand shift.”
Anticipating the shift, Rahm opted for a split tack start with Gilmour. He pushed the Aussie toward the pin end, and then tacked to port just before the gun.
The two sailed to opposite corners of the racecourse, and met for the first time at the top of the initial beat.
“When we came together we were ahead by about 100 meters, and that was basically the race,” Rahm said.
After winning his first seven races yesterday, Gilmour stumbled today when he won two of five matches. He lost his first match of the series in today’s first flight, when he faced Gram-Hansen.
With the winds between 3 and 5 knots, Gilmour entered the start box on port and Gram-Hansen on starboard. Former Swedish Match Tour champion (2002-’03) Peter Holmberg feels entering the start box on port in light air is akin to being in jail, and Gilmour found himself penalized for a port-starboard incident with Gram-Hansen when he had no forward momentum.
Gram-Hansen rode a zephyr to Gilmour, who was essentially stopped dead in the water, and lined him up perfectly for the penalty.
Gram-Hansen got a second penalty on Gilmour just after the start of their match, when Gilmour tacked too close in front of the Dane. Forced to perform one of the penalty turns immediately, Gilmour was behind and had little chance of passing in the light winds.
The light winds were welcome by Lindberg. The 32-year-old skipper from Mariehamn, Finland, was knocked to his knees two days ago when hit on the right side of his head by the boom during a practice jibe. Lindberg said he saw stars while on the cockpit floor.
Today, however, the 6-foot, 5-inch tall sailor said he didn’t feel too bad after undergoing surgery yesterday to repair the broken bone. “I feel fine,” Lindberg said. “It doesn’t hurt at all. I have no problems with vision or dizziness.”
Lindberg proved his resiliency by going 3-2 on the day to move up to ninth overall.
Lindberg underwent surgery at the City Hospital of Split to repair the zygomatic arch, the arch of bone that extends along the front or side of the skull beneath the orbit, on the right side of his face.
Dr. Vladimir Ivancev, M.D., the attending physician, explained that the surgeon, Dr. Pavicic, made a one centimeter vertical incision, inserted a hook and pulled the arch back into place.
“It was a simple procedure,” Ivancev said. Lindberg had just two stitches closing the wound.
Last night, Lindberg was measured for a special mask that was delivered this morning. Ivancev emphasized to Lindberg that he should wear the mask to protect the damaged arch in the event of another accident.
Lindberg was a bit hesitant to wear it. “I can’t see that well out of it,” he explained about the inhibited periphery vision. “And I might not be able to see the boom if it comes across again.”
Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow with an attention signal slated for 10:50 a.m.
ACI HTmobile Cup Standings
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This year’s Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, to be held in Gdynia, Poland from 8-17 July, will see a record number of nations competing not only in individual events, but also for the overall Volvo Trophy for the best performing nation.
With an extra event this year in the form of the Open Multihull, which for 2004 will be sailed in the Hobie 16 Race Speed, the total number of nations competing is 53, five more than competed at the previous record-breaking event held in Crozon-Morgat, France in 2001.
The SPA Regatta, in Medemblik, Netherlands, began overnight with all eleven Olympic classes completing their scheduled races.
Australia has entries in seven of the eleven classes. The best Australian overall result came from Mistral women’s sailor Jessica Crisp (AIS/NSWIS), who secured a 5th and 6th to be placed 5th overall.
A full report will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Mistral Women - Day One (2 races)
1. Romy Kinzl (GER) (6,2) 8pts
49er Results - Day One (3 races)
1. Michael Hestbek/Dennis Dengsoe (DEN) (2,2,4) 8pts
Yngling Results - Day One (2 races)
1. Kristin Wagner/Anna Hoell/Veronika Lochbrunner (GER) (2,1) 3pts
Finn Results – Day One (2 races)
1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) (1,7) 8pts
Star Results - Day One (2 races)
1. Iain Percy/Steve Mitchell (GBR) (4,2) 6pts
Mistral Men - Day One (2 races)
1. Bontemps Julien (FRA) (4,1) 5pts
Laser Results - Day One (3 races)
1. Zbogar Vasilij (SLO) (2,1,3) 6pts
After no racing was possible due to insufficient winds yesterday the wind gods smiled on the fleet of 141 master sailors with today’s racing being held in 20 to 25 knots from the north west.
In the first Apprentice race it was extremely close as the top 6 boats rounded within 10 seconds of each other. Leading was Martin Lehner AUT. The leaders were in a close group after the reach and downwind leg. Series leader Stephen Cockerill GBR had improved from 8th to 3rd. Positions remained the same for the next beat until the next downwind leg where Cockerill led for the first time in the race. On rounding Mark 5 the leader thought he had seen a shortened course flag and stopped to eat a banana allowing Brett Beyer AUS and Lehner to pass him to finish first and second with Cockerill recovering to finish third. He said after the race “ I undoubtedly won the daft sailor award for the day” costing himself a race win.
In race two Nick Walsh IRL started close to the committee boat and held on to the port layline to round Mark 1 with a comfortable lead from Mati Sepp EST. Beyer worked a shift on the right on the second beat to drastically reduce Walsh’s lead to round in second place and eventually pass Walsh on the last downwind legs toscore his second win for the day, Walsh finished second with Cockerill coming through to finish third.
In Masters group scoring was the closest of all fleets with two boats scoring 4 points for the day. In Race 1 Jack Schlachter AUS got a great start and hit the left side to take an early lead at the first mark followed closely by Colin Dibb AUS. By the first downwind mark both had opened quite a lead on the following pack now lead by Tracy Usher USA. Positions remained unchanged through the second beat, top reach and final run… but with a capsize at the jibe mark Schlachter lost first to Dibb. Not to be outdone, Usher capsized introducing a bit of drama for third but did manage to recover and hang on.
In the second race Schlachter got a great start and led the fleet for the first part of the windward leg. However, Usher managed to be enough to the right of Schlachter on the first beat to pick up a favourable shift, putting him in the lead at the first mark, with Schlachter very close behind.  <![if !supportEmptyParas]>As in the first race the first two had quite a lead on the following pack. Usher and Schlachter had a tight race, swapping the lead at several times during the second beat and on run, but with Usher leading at the marks, hanging on to win the race. By the final beat the pack had sorted itself out with Dibb coming home third.
In race one of the Grandmasters, the fleet headed left, Mark Bethwaite AUS and Rob Lowndes AUS tacked away early and missed some of the lift from the left but Bethwaite managed to lead at the first mark with good boatspeed. On the first downwind leg several of the top group capsized allowing Dave Edmiston AUS through to second place where he finished the race behind Bethwaite with Frank Walsh AUS finishing third.
In race two the whole fleet sailed to the port layline, Bethwaite again led at the first mark with Sydney Barlow IRL rounding in second. Lowndes and Edmiston passed Barlow on the runs and then held position to finish second and third behind Bethwaite again.
In the first race of the Radial fleet Great Grand Master Dennis O’Sullivan IRL came off the start and went to the right and had a big lead at the first mark in the combined fleet.  Downwind he sailed wide of the straight line course and which allowed Goran Bonocic CRO into the lead.
Lyndall Patterson AUS scored a result for the ladies in the second Radial race leading the combined fleet from start to finish.
With a day off tomorrow the fleet will have a chance to recover from an exciting day’s sailing and prepare for the final 3 days of racing.
Results Grand Master
Results Laser Radial Masters
Results Laser Radial Womens Masters
Results Laser Radial Grand Master
Results Laser Radial Great Grant Master
Gilmour and crew Rod Dawson (NZL), Mike Mottl (AUS), Kazuhiko Sofuku (JPN) and Yasuhiro Yaji (JPN) – the runaway leaders of the Swedish Match Tour Championship Leaderboard, won all of their races today enroute to a 7-0 record after the first eight flights of the 18th annual event off Split Harbour.
Frenchman Bertrand Pacé and Team France trailed close behind at 6-1, and there was a tie for third between Sweden’s Magnus Holmberg and the SeaLife Rangers crew and Team Denmark’s Jes Gram-Hansen, both at 5-2.
‘It was beautiful sailing conditions today,’ said Gram-Hansen, who has placed fifth at this event twice before. ‘Our team was working well and we had some luck, which you need.’
New Zealand’s Gavin Brady and the Oracle BMW Racing team stand fifth at 5-3, and are followed by Mathieu Richard (FRA, 4-3), Mattias Rahm (SWE, 3-4), Kelvin Harrap (NZL, 2-5), Frano Brate (CRO, 2-6), Mate Arapov (CRO, 1-7) and Sweden’s Daniel Wallberg, who filled in for injured Staffan Lindberg of Finland, but was 0-7 on the day.
After a 68-minute postponement this morning due to light winds, the race committee took an aggressive approach to conducting racing.
The south-westerly breeze started at 6 knots for Flight 1, but by Flight 2 it had increased to 10 knots. The wind would gust up to 16 knots throughout the afternoon, and the race committee ran eight flights, 40 matches overall in a bit more than seven hours, over the standard windward/leeward, twice-around course.
‘I think it was very clever of them to get that much racing in,’ said Gilmour. ‘I’ve been at these events where they knock off at 5:00 and then there’s nothing later in the week.’
‘For us it’s like this 65 to 75 days a year,’ said Event Director Emil Tomasevic, who this morning predicted a classic sea breeze, one that builds in strength and veers right after a windless morning. He was spot on.
The conditions were in stark contrast to yesterday’s blustery north-easterly for practice and crew training in the Jeanneau One-Design 35. The wind topped out around 20 knots, and took its toll on two Scandinavian skippers.
Sweden’s Rahm and Finland’s Lindberg both suffered injuries during practice. Rahm suffered a cut on his head that required a trip to the hospital for cleaning and dressage, but Lindberg’s injury was more serious.
This morning the 6-foot, 5-inch tall skipper underwent surgery to repair his orbital bone and cheek bone under his right eye. The injury occurred during a practice jibe.
‘I was pulling the boom across and he didn’t stand back far enough,’ said Lindberg’s mainsail trimmer Wallberg, 24, of Marstrand, Sweden. ‘The boom hit him under the eye.’
Rahm also suffered his injury during a jibe. The 6-foot tall Swede didn’t duck low enough during a jibe and the boom swept across his head.
He reported having a scrape on his head, but not one that kept him from racing today.
Rahm said that both his and Lindberg’s crews practiced last week for this event on DS 37 Match-Racers in Sweden, the boat used at the Swedish Match Cup and the Danish Open.
‘The boom on that boat isn’t as long as the one on this boat,’ said Rahm, comparing the practice boat to the race boat.
Wallberg will fill in for Lindberg on the helm until he is ready to return. Wallberg, who has crewed for Lindberg the past year, began match-racing in 2000. Also joining the crew is local Croatian Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic.
The International Jury, headed by Chief Umpire Bo Samuelsson, has cleared the way for Lindberg to return to the helm when, and if, he feels ready.
‘We took the opinion of the skippers at the umpires’ meeting and they were in favour of us granting Lindberg the permission to return,’ said Samuelsson.
Pressed into service at the last minute, Wallberg, who sailed a Soling briefly in 2000 before match-racing was removed from the Olympics, had a rough day on the helm and left the water with a 0-7 record.
‘Next time I’d want to have some more practice,’ Wallberg said at the end of the day with a laugh. ‘It got better as the day went on. At least we figured out where the start line was.’
Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow with an attention signal slated for 10:50 a.m.
For more detail on today’s racing, results by flight, complete crew lists and the upcoming schedule, please visit www.SwedishMatchTour.com.
Sailors from around Australia have less that four weeks to become part of this year’s Australian Schools Team Racing Championship, hosted by Victor Harbour Yacht Club and Victor Harbour High School, in South Australia.
The maximum number of entries in this pinnacle youth team racing event was last year extended to 12 teams, allowing more schools to enter and increase the competitive spirit.
The regatta will be at Goolwa Aquatic Club located in the District Council of Alexandrina on the lower River Murray near the river’s mouth, approximately 75km south of Adelaide.
Competitors can expect shallow flat water and a range of wind conditions. Spectators will be able to view the racing from the club or a marquee on the grassed beach area with the racing area only 200 metres offshore.
The Notice of Race is now available, and entries (which shall be endorsed by your MYA) must be lodged to Yachting South Australia by the 21st June, 2004.
Boags Sailing South Race Week 2005 will start and finish a day earlier next January, with the first race being part of the King of the Derwent Race on 2 January. This and other changes, plus the large fleet expected for the Rolex 60th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, should see a record line-up for Race Week.
The Prizegiving for the Rolex Sydney Hobart at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania will be brought forward from the morning of 2 January to the late morning of 1 January, giving yachts entered in the Sailing South Race Week ample time to prepare for the opening race on 2 January.
Racing will then continue each day through to 5 January, with no lay day and only one long race, a format that is likely to see more interstate boats stay on in Hobart for Race Week. The likelihood of a Cruising Division in the Sydney Hobart is expected to boost the two Cruising Divisions of Race Week. Other changes include the introduction of a Non Spinnaker Division and a Trailable Yacht Division.
The RYCT has completed a satisfactory arrangement with the Derwent Sailing Club to include the first event of the Boags Sailing South Race Week as part of the traditional King of the Derwent Race. The race prizegiving for Sailing South competitors will be held on the evening of 2 January at Wrest Point, along with the trophy presentation for the King of the Derwent. Subsequent daily prize presentations and the prizegiving dinner at the end of Race Week will be held at the RYCT.
Boags Sailing South Race Week 2005 will include divisions for IRC, IMS, PHS 1 and 2, Sports Boats, Cruising 1 and 2, and the new Trailable Yacht and Non-Spinnaker divisions. Yachts will be able to enter two racing divisions, eg IRC and IMS or IRC and PHS.
Commodore Biddy Badenach is confident the earlier start to Race Week and the shorter duration will attract yachts competing in the Sydney to Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart races to stay on in Hobart. 'Five boats from the RYCT went over to Victoria for the Skandia Geelong Week in January this year, so we plan to approach Royal Geelong Yacht Club to reciprocate for Race Week,' he said.
Commodore Badenach said the Club had invited Michael Spies, the skipper of the Overall Winner of the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, to launch Sailing South Race Week in November. 'Michael has indicated he will be contesting Race Week 2005 in a new boat, a Beneteau 44.7, following the Sydney Hobart Race,' Commodore Badenach added.
The program for the Boags Sailing South Race Week 2005 is:
2 January: Race 1, King of the Derwent Race. Separate start for Cruising Divisions.
3 January: Two harbour races for IRC, IMS, PHS, Sports Boats and Trailable Yacht divisions. Distance race for Cruising and Non-Spinnaker Divisions.
4 January: Distance Race to Storm Bay mark(s) and return. Two harbour races for Cruising Divisions, Non-Spinnaker Division.
5 January: Two harbour races for IRC, IMS, PHS, Sports Boats and Trailable Yacht divisions. Distance Race for Cruising Divisions, Non Spinnaker Divisions.
Peter Campbell, Press Officer, Boags Sailing South Race Week 2005
Phone: 0419 385 028. Email: email@example.com
No experience necessary – just enthusiasm!
Around Australia World Record Holders, Sailors with disABLITIES (SWD) is calling for volunteers who would like to be involved in the NRMA Northern Youth Campaign, which has been running over the last six years, kicking off from Airlie Beach on 31 August.
The NRMA Northern Youth Campaign, provides the opportunity for disabled children to experience sailing for the first time, and by doing so encourages them to pursue their goals.  The program also gives carers a chance to enjoy a day on the water.
Crew volunteers are now required to assist with disabled children who will be sailing out of Airlie Beach, then Mackay, Rosslyn Bay, and Mooloobah. Volunteers can be from each port or within close proximity.
David Pescud, President, Sailors with disABILITIES, said, 'We’re now looking for people who’d like to join us as we make our way down the Queensland coast.  You can be with us in one port only, or join us for a run through a couple of ports.
Volunteers will spend time at sea aboard the 54ft around Australia record breaking yacht, meet some of the crew, but more importantly this program is about having fun for everyone. It all takes place in Queensland waters and we need people who are enthusiastic, enjoy sailing, love working with kids.
For more information on the specific dates and travel arrangements please contact:
Provisional crewing dates for volunteers:
Airlie Beach 31 August and 1 September - 6 volunteers each day 1 September - 2 September - 4 volunteers to sail boat to Mackay 3 September - 6 September - 6 volunteers each day 6 September - 7 September - 4 volunteers to sail boat to Rosslyn Bay 9-10 September - 6 volunteers each day 10-12 September - 4 volunteers to sail boat Mooloolaba 14 - 18 September - 6 volunteers each day 26 - 28 September - 4 volunteers to sail boat to Sydney   NRMA Insurance has teamed with Sailors with DisABILITIES to support the youth program and is looking forward to seeing everyone at these inspiring sailing expeditions with children from special schools and their carers.   For further information on Sailors with disabilities visit: www.sailorswithdisabilities.com For further information please contact Evonne Geluk Tel: 02 9211 6449 or 04040 53040
31 August and 1 September - 6 volunteers each day
1 September - 2 September - 4 volunteers to sail boat to Mackay
3 September - 6 September - 6 volunteers each day
6 September - 7 September - 4 volunteers to sail boat to Rosslyn Bay
9-10 September - 6 volunteers each day
10-12 September - 4 volunteers to sail boat Mooloolaba
14 - 18 September - 6 volunteers each day
26 - 28 September - 4 volunteers to sail boat to Sydney
NRMA Insurance has teamed with Sailors with DisABILITIES to support the youth program and is looking forward to seeing everyone at these inspiring sailing expeditions with children from special schools and their carers.
For further information on Sailors with disabilities visit: www.sailorswithdisabilities.com
For further information please contact Evonne Geluk Tel: 02 9211 6449 or 04040 53040
Following the two races sailed on the first day of racing day two dawned with the promise of eight to ten knots of south-easterly breeze for the Harken Laser Masters World Championships.
As a five knot average is required in order to start racing, organisers were forced to abandon racing for the day, so current results are the same as for day one.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below, along with photographs and further information about the event.
141 Master sailors from around the world left shore for the first two races in the Harken Laser Masters Championship with the promise of a good day’s sailing with a westerly forecast to build to around 14 knots.
The Apprentices (35 to 44 years) in the standard rig group were first away with Stephen Cockerill (GBR) eventually winning the first race of the day despite only rounding the first mark in 7th place. The leader at the first mark was Ari BARSHI (DOM) who eventually finished third as he had also been passed by Martin LEHNER (AUT). In the second race Cockerill led from start to finish to have the perfect score after two races. Lehner again finished second with Brett BEYER (AUS) third.
In the first Masters (45 to 54 years) race Alexander NIKLOLAEV (RUS) led all the way after favouring the right hand side of the first beat. He also displayed exceptional down wind speed to extend his lead to end up with a comfortable win of over 2 minutes from Andre MARTINI (DOM) and Mauro LENTINI (SUI). In the second race Brett WRIGHT (BER) was the leader at the first mark ahead of a group of around 5 boats who were close behind. Although the racing was close Wright managed to lead the whole race to win from Nikolaev who fought his way to second ahead former Masters World Champion, Colin DIBB (AUS).
The Grandmasters (55 years plus) were the third fleet to start and were sailing the outer loop of the trapezoid course. In the first race Dennis LAPHAM (ZIM) blitzed led at the first mark but was passed on the downwind legs by British light weather ace Kevin PEARSON. Pearson went on to win from Mike KINNEAR, also of Great Britain with Lapham third.
In the second race, Mark BETHWAITE of Australia led around all marks to win convincingly, with Canadian Joe VAN
The Radial fleet, starting last, is the largest fleet of the regatta with 62 boats incorporates the Women’s fleet as well as the over 65 Great Grandmaster fleet which has 24 competitors. In the first race again the right side of the beat paid with Alden SHATTUCK (USA) leading at the first mark from Mike Burns (GBR) who had started at the port end of the line and crossed the fleet. Shattuck led all the way round to finish ahead of Don BONNITCHA (AUS) and Olivier FALQUE (FRA) third. First women was Jenni BONNITCHA (AUS). In the second race the breeze had filled in to around 9 knots and Alden SHATTUCK again led the fleet for the entire race.
The new and fully optimised Beneteau 44.7, Planet Ark, owned by Sydney’s David Mason, is the latest yacht to join the growing fleet for this year’s revitalized Hayman Regatta which will be sailed on the waters of the Whitsunday Passage between August 30 and September 4.
Sailing Master Neville Wittey, whose company JC Yachting has coordinated the development of the yacht, has worked with Mason to put Hayman on Planet Ark’s regatta agenda because of the unique and exciting nature of the event.
'It’s one of the best places in the world to sail out of it's Five Star sailing,' Wittey said. 'To be able to come away with the crystal IRC Championship trophy from Hayman would be a fitting reward for the owner who has gone to great lengths to ensure this boat is fully up to speed.'
Wittey said that the extensive optimisation programme for Planet Ark included refinement of the keel, rudder and propeller plus carbon fibre sails.
But Mason and Wittey are not likely to get everything their own way at Hayman. Another Sydneysider, Geoff Ross, is currently working on his championship winning Rolf Vrolijk designed 52-footer, Yendys, with Hayman very much in his sights. Ross is having her converted from an IMS rating configuration to a fully optimised IRC racer.
'I’m very happy with what the designer has come up with and am looking forward to putting her new configuration to the test at Hayman,' Ross said.
While the emphasis at the new Hayman Regatta is away from the ‘Big Boat’ theme there are already some big boats signalling they’ll be there. The Volvo 60 Andrew Short Marine, sailed by Andrew Short, is the first of that class to lodge an entry while Andy Soriano has completed an entry form for his Swan 80, Maligaya, which he will be bringing south from the Philippines. The anticipated fleet of Swans at Hayman will be racing for their own prestigious Swan Gold Cup.
At the opposite end of the scale enthusiastic Townsville sailor Wayne Millar will be a starter with his well travelled and competitive 41-footer Zoe while David Pescud, who won the PHS Division at the last Hayman event, has said he will be racing.
Previous regattas at Hayman have been deemed unique in presentation both on and off the water, so much so that sailors who have competed at the world’s leading regattas see the event as being among the best.
This year’s Hayman Regatta will be open to the widest range of offshore yachts, however it is possible that the size of the fleet will be limited by the accommodation capacity of the resort. All the most popular features of other regattas at Hayman will be retained this year including the magnificent candlelit Yacht Owners’ Dinner in the resort’s Formal Garden.
The Hayman Regatta packages offered this year include everything from the ultimate in internationally acclaimed Five Star accommodation through to opportunities for crew on limited budgets.
Hayman, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, confirmed its standing in the world of luxury accommodation in 2003. Included in the many awards the resort received were – The Best Luxury Accommodation/Hall of Fame at the Australian Tourism Awards The Best Hotel/Resort in Australia at the National Travel Industry Awards being included in Elite Traveller’s ‘Pure Decadence’ list, and being recognised in the World’s Top 100 by the UK’s Conde Naste Traveller.
A Notice of Race and Entry Form for the Hayman Regatta is available through Rob Mundle Promotions. Call (07) 5527 1126 or email to Rob.Mundle@bigpond.com.au
Largest Hobie Event Ever Concludes After Ten Days of Pure Adrenalin Rush
Oceanside, California – May 2004 — The 16th Hobie Cat 16 World Championships have just concluded to accolades from everyone involved. Sponsored by Coca Cola and sanctioned and organized by the International Hobie Class Association, the competition took place from May 4 through May 14 on the warm, beautiful waters off the coast of Riviera Maya, just south of Cancun, Mexico. Top name Hobie racers convened in Mexico to battle for the right to be called champions. Five disciplines included the Open, Youth, Women, Masters, and Grand Masters. Hobie Cat supplied and maintained 64 boats for 47 races over a period of ten unforgettable days.
By the end of the competition, a total of 350 two-person teams representing 29 countries made this World Championship the largest multinational race ever run by the International Hobie Class Association. The Barcelo Maya Beach Resort hosted the event, dedicating a stretch of newly cleared white sand beach to Hobie Cat. For ten days, Hobie 16’s monopolized the surrounding waters, providing adrenalin rushes to the competitors and excitement to the huge spectator crowd on the beach. Award parties followed the finals of each discipline were capped the last night by a pig roast and paella dinner on the beach replete with cheers and a good time by all.
Bragging rights go to the following winners:
● Open – Axel Silvy and Pauline Jupin representing France/ Guadalupe
● Youth – Jerome Legal and Vaik Delevaux representing France/ New Caledonia
● Women’s – Pamela and Martha Noriega representing Mexico
● Masters – Jens Goritz and Simone Monreal representing Germany
● Grand Masters – Michel Le Calvic and Emmanuele Vrousos representing Tahiti
'Our Hobie 16’s are integral to our business as illustrated by the massive effort that went into putting this event on. We take as much pride in our product as these racers take in their accomplishments on the water.' commented Doug Skidmore, president of Hobie Cat in the U.S. 'No prize money was at stake. These competitors were there out of passion for catamaran racing, and we’re glad they chose Hobie to help them achieve their goals.'
For more information, go to www.hobieclass.com orwww.hobieworlds.com. The next Hobie 16 World Championship will be held in 2006 in South Africa.
Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes, and markets an impressive collection of watercraft worldwide. These include an ever-expanding line of recreational and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top kayaks, fishing boats, and authorized parts and accessories.
After scraping into the gold fleet and then getting a little anxious to improve, we finally found the turbo button, and charged up the scoreboard. No racing on the last day due to no wind and thunderstorms, put a stop to our tremendous run. We were only 9 points from the leaders with 2 more races to sail. Another 4th…..
This does not sound too unusual, until I let you know that after the qualifying series we were in 24th position. Admittedly, we should not have been that far back but a light wind, tricky qualifying series saw many of the top sailors struggling to be consistent. Into the finals and we won the first race, but were ‘ocs’ (disqualified for being over the line at the start) hence, making our goals difficult to achieve.
But it was pointed out to me that “you are never lost unless you think you are”. Taking on the challenge, we sailed so well in the final series, charging through the fleet to make a huge comeback.
The final series for us was the most consistent we have sailed in a long time, with all results in the top 4. The lessons from the qualifying series are now well cemented in our heads too. We have made some big improvements in our light wind sailing which we are excited about. After all,
Now, Jenny and I have taken off to opposite sides of the globe to visit members of our families for the 10 days we have off, before the next competition in
Our next report will be from the Europeans in
Thanks a million for all the support, and messages of encouragement, even when we were down.
Belinda and Jenny
Sailing Girls www.sailinggirls.com.au
I know this news most people already know, from all the emails and SMSes wehave received.  Thank you!!
WE ARE THE 2004 WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!
This regatta was the 2nd most important this year.  We are very happy withthe result.
There was 6 races in qualifying.  We started this section in a very consistent manner.  We had very light wind through this phase.  This is normally our weakness, so we were very happy to know that our work in this area had paid off.  There was a little hick-up in this phase.  Race 6 - ended up being the curse of us and most sailors in the 'blue qualifying group'.  On the 3rd and final day of the qualifying, 100m from the finish (with us leading) the race committee abandoned the race.  This abandonment was after the 1st group had completed their race.  So as they had 6 races and our group only 5, we had to complete this race before moving onto the final phase of the regatta.  After being held on the water for 6 hours and 1 more abandonment, we were sent home for the day.  So we had to push onto the 4th day of the regatta to complete this race.
We hit the water early that day, with a tricky land breeze.  We started well,and lead at every mark (again!!) with the race being abandoned (again!!) after a 40 degree wind shift about 2/3rds of the way through the race.  We then waited for a further 2 hours for the new breeze to settle when we had our 4th start of race 6th.  After the wind completely died on the 1st upwind it was abandoned for the 4th time.  After a 2 hour rest on the shore, we gotsent out again for the completion of race 6.  This attempt went ok, with us finishing the race at 8pm in 4th place.  This was not as good as the 1st places we were holding in the other abandoned races, but after 2 full days (6hrs + 8hrs) on the water we were satisfied with a solid result.
The 1st day of finals was a very tricky day.  The wind varied 60 degrees and went from 0 to 15 knots.  So if you were not in the right place at the right time, you got punished.  We did not have a great day.  After the 3 final races we slipped from 3rd overall to 9th.  But as it was a tricky day for all, the points stayed very close between the top 15 boats.  We knew with all good races we could capitalise on the competitors very quickly and easily.
The 2nd day of finals... was awesome.  We sailed very conservatively and accurately and rounded every 1st mark in the top 10.  Then we sailed hard downwind to take large distance and pass other boats.  So we ended the day with a 2,1,3 to take 1st overall by 7 points.  With 1 day, 2 races to go we were in the right spot.
Last day - what a nervous hard day.  We arrived at sailing just like normal to no wind.  But we thought it would come, and we made sure we were mentally prepared.  Then the rain came, the wind came, the wind went, the rain stayed... this continued for 5 hours before the 3pm deadline came for the last race on the last day.  So when the flags went up to formally confirm the day was over, the sun came out and the celebration started!!
It was awesome to be on the No.1 podium spot and listen to the Australian Anthem.  This certainly has motivated us towards Athens.  This title will not stop us continuing to work and developing towards the Olympics.  We still have a lot of work to do.  It is just great to have our performance and development measured in such a way.
I also wanted to give a special 'thanks' to our coach Victor.  He is tireless in his dedication to us and the team.  This is his 9th 470 World title and only our 1st.  An awesome feat.  Also a special thanks to the Aussie 470 team Jenny, Belinda, Nathan, Ayden, Mat, Nick, Rike and Elise.
Nathan and I have now headed in separate directions for a 2 week break. Nathan has gone to Newport, USA to visit his family and girlfriend, while I have just arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria and will be staying with my wife and her family.  We all meet in Germany at the end of May to prepare for the European Championships.
Thanks for all your support and emails.  It is great to know Australia is with us.
As I return to Australia after a month in Europe, here is a run-down on the final day of the Laser Worlds in Bitez, Turkey, the most exciting of my trip.
Going into the last two races, Robert Scheidt (BRA), the 6-time winner was on 14 points, I was on 18 and American Mark Mendalblat was on 27, rounding out the top three.
The race committee sent us out an hour earlier, to try to get two races in and hence make a 10 race series which would only then include a second discard.  As we could only drop one race from the final series but potentially two from the qualifying races, the later fact would advantage Mendalblat by letting him discard an earlier bad race – if finished well..
We were delayed an hour waiting for the breeze to steady and build to about 15 knots. Robert kept a close eye on me during a few false starts and managed to get a little break on me when we finally got away. At the top mark he was about 10th and me about 15th. Meanwhile the American was in 3rd.
Robert is known for working his boat hard. On the reach he worked it too hard and was given the yellow flag penalty for excessive body movement. As he turned his boat through 720 degrees I slipped past him. On the next run he steered straight up behind me, blanketing me.  We came even, and then he slipped ahead on some good waves half way down the run. Toward the end of the leg I had the better run of the waves and rounded the bottom mark just head. We were now in 7th and 8th positions.
We traded tacks a few times on the next beat and he slipped past again when the breeze went lighter and shiftier. I gained again on the next run and we were level again on the last reach. All throughout, a Jury boat (with two members aboard) followed us closely, keeping us honest. I watched as Robert did three big pumps of his sail to try surf down a wave. I thought that surely that would be enough for the Jury to give him his second yellow flag and hence a disqualification from the race. I saw them look at each other, talk about it and pick up the yellow flag but then nothing.
After the bottom mark, there is a short upwind sprint to the finish. Robert led round the bottom mark by a boat length. I tacked off immediately and we split, virtually leaving the outcome at the mercy of any wind shift. I thought I was looking good half way up but then it shifted the other way and Scheidt was ahead again. He dumped on top of me 50 m from the finish line and looked sure to gain more points on me. But then he did something odd. He made his wiry body do three more large bounces. This time the Jury responded immediately. Scheidt had his second yellow flag and was disqualified from the race. I was 7th, the American 2nd.
Before the start of the final race my coach Arthur did the calculations and I could have won the regatta by keeping Robert Scheidt back to 5th or worse. The American had a harder task, having to finish 1st in the race to beat me.  Before this regatta I’ve finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in Laser Worlds so I decided trying to slow Robert down (and ignore the American’s small chance) was the thing to do – it is my last Laser Worlds.
From the 5-min pre-start signal I sought out the Brazilian and matched raced him. We dodged and weaved among the 70-boat Gold fleet preparing to start the race plus a number of coach and jury boats. It’s always exciting to see a match race within a fleet race and the waiting silver fleet, coaches and jury boats saw what was going on and started to follow the action closely. There were four general recalls and on a couple of the false-starts I ended up in a favoured position while in the other attempted starts he slipped away.  All the recalls were black flag starts and the race committee disqualified those who were over, reducing the fleet by nine.
I’ve done many hours of match racing in Lasers during my regular training. And from that I know it is hard to trap or tag a nimble boat like a Laser. This was made more difficult by the number of escape routes open to Robert by way of other Lasers, the committee vessel and other power boats.  Also, the wind had now built to 20-25 knots, and conditions were ripe for the lanky Brazilian to use his remarkable upwind boat speed to escape any cover I could slap on him.
In the final 20 seconds before the actual start Scheidt found a gap on the line next to a fellow Brazillian and nestled close to him, eliminating my chances of luffing him over the line. I came in below the other Brazilian, losing some advantage, and tried to luff both. However, Scheidt had space to windward of him and did two quick tacks to give himself more space and I was stuck where I was. Once the start gun went I seemed to hit a lot of bad waves and Scheidt turned on the speed, forging ahead quickly. The other Brazilian seemed to ‘disappear’.
I struggled in the next few minutes, being forced into a bad position by other boats and fell back. Meanwhile, Mendalblat cracked a great start from one end of the line and led to the top mark with Scheidt 3rd. Up the second beat I was still too far back to make a difference and retired from the race. At the finish it was USA 1, BRA 2.
That meant Robert would win his seventh Laser Worlds, with Mendalblat 2nd and me 3rd.
Last year I was happy with 3rd at the worlds but this year is completely different.
However, I am happy that I sailed well, having visibly improved in some key areas and I eagerly look forward to future events.
After the race Robert said he was ‘very adrenalised’ and gave me a hug.
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has received the first Application for Entry for this year’s 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race from one of its previous overall winners.
CYCA Sailing Committee Chairman and Rear Commodore Roger Hickman has entered his Farr 43 Wild Oats, the 1985 Admiral’s Cup trialist, two-time CYCA Bluewater Champion and winner of the Tattersalls Trophy in the galeswept 1993 Sydney Hobart Race.
Wild Oats was originally constructed in Sydney by John McConaghy for well-known yachtsman Bob Oatley and has a long history of competitive ocean racing, including eight Sydney Hobart Races with solid results in all.
Wild Oats, the last yacht to win the Tattersalls Trophy under the old IOR handicap system, has been reconfigured by Hickman to compete under the IRC rule.
With the 60th anniversary celebrations and the decision by the CYCA to use the IRC rule to decide the Overall Winner, he believes many boats of similar vintage to Wild Oats will make a comeback to ocean racing in the 628 nautical mile bluewater classic.
Already four yachts have been nominated for the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race since the Notice of Race was published this week on the official race website – www.rolexsydneyhobart.com
Wild Oats nomination has been followed by three more Applications to Enter – Matt Allen’s champion Farr 52 Ichi Ban, Geoff Hill’s MKL49 Strewth (because of engine trouble she missed the start of last year’s race) and Komatsu A Few Good Men, Shane Kearns’ latest boat, a Mumm 36.
Because of other plans, Roger Hickman’s long time friend Howard Piggott will skipper Wild Oats to Hobart with his young and very capable crew.
Both Hickman and Piggott hail from the Apple Isle and it is Piggot’s intention to have a solid contingent of Tasmanians in his crew.
'The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has always been a goal in my sailing life and I am very enthusiastic about competing in the 60th race and to sailing on the Derwent River in the Sailing South Race Week regatta immediately following the Sydney Race,' Piggott commented (Hobartians often endearingly refer to the Rolex Sydney Hobart as the ‘Sydney Race’).
CYCA Commodore John Messenger believes that having boats like Wild Oats ramping up to do the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sends a good message to all owners of both new and old yachts. 'The 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race certainly has some interesting initial interest,' Commodore Messenger said.
Wild Oats is a Farr 43 designed and built 19 years ago whilst in contrast Ichi Ban is one of the latest creations of the now US-based Farr design office. She will go into the 60th Race one of the favourites to be Overall Winner following an outstanding past season that saw her win IRC Division A of last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, quickly followed by an IRC Division win in Hobart’s Boag’s Sailing South Race Week and Geelong’s Skandia Week.
Since then she has won the IRC Australian Offshore Championship sailed out of Pittwater in March and the IMS Division of the Brisbane to Gladstone Race in April.
The Notice of Race and Application for Entry for the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race can be found on the official website www.rolexsydneyhobart.com under Race Documents. A quality printed version will be available shortly from the CYCA.
Further media information:
CYCA Communications Manager Lisa Ratcliff on  0418 428 511 or + 61 2 9363 9731 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Media Director Peter Campbell on 0419 385 028 or + 61 2 9869 8197 or email@example.com
The Olympic Games is the culmination of years of hard work for the hundreds of athletes who participate in the World’s most high profile multi sport event.
For sailors the Olympic Sailing Competition is no different, every athlete having trained hard for immense periods leading up to the Games.
All this preparation on the part of the sailors, coaches, Member National Authorities and National Olympic Committees is simply for a two-week long regatta held every four years, and for all the difference between success and failure in this pinnacle competition for sailors can come down to single races and single decisions.
It is doubtful that there is a sailing fanatic in the world who does not remember the epic last race battle between Ben AINSLIE (GBR) and Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) in the single-handed dinghy Open at Sydney 2000, but few know that the seed of this battle was planted four years earlier in Atlanta 1996.
Both sailors, at both Olympic Games were using their knowledge of the ISAF Racing Rules OF Sailing (RRS) to score an advantage over their opponents. In Atlanta, Ben became a victim of being judged OCS at the start of the final race, whilst in Sydney, Robert was disqualified in that final race for failing to give the other boat room to keep clear.
Both Ainslie’s and Scheidt’s confidence in the RRS, and in the system that supports them, meant the difference between a Gold and a Silver medal at both events. When it came down to the protest committee, it was members of the International Jury who ultimately decided the awarding of those medals.
In recent years, and increasingly more so in the sailing competition, those decisions are in the eyes of the world media. Athletes have worked so hard to reach this level of competition that it is the responsibility of all those involved in the organisation to ensure that that competition is the best run in the world.
For ISAF, ATHOC and the army of volunteers now based in the Agios Kosmas Sailing Centre, 2004 is no different. A finely tuned organisational system from the measurement of boats, to the removal of trolleys from the slipway, has been tested over a number of years.
ISAF, in it’s structure of training, educating and qualifying race officials, have ensured that the highest level of decision making, standard throughout the world, is maintained. ATHOC has employed organisers with the highest level of local knowledge and authority who, with the assistance of ISAF training and education, have been tested through no less than two regattas prior to the start of the first race on 14 August 2004.
ISAF has appointed 52 International Technical Officials who will be going to Athens in August. As well as the ISAF officials, there are 58 competition organisers employed by ATHOC, as well as the Competition management.
The Competition management team is headed by Dimitrios ALEVIZAKIS, and includes Administration Manger Constantinos TSANTILIS, Technical Operations Manager Lisa STATHATOU and Results Manager Anastasia PAPAGIANNOPOLOU. The Field Of Play manager is Evangelos ROMEOS.
The 52 ISAF Appointed officials, and 58 ATHOC officials cover four separate areas of the event administration.
The technical aspects of the sport, as laid down by the IOC, are the responsibility of the International Federation and as such ISAF have 10 International Measurers who are class specific, assisted by 11 National class measurers from Greece overseeing that process prior to racing commencing. They are supported by the ISAF measurement committee, which consists of four senior measurers and two ISAF staff, under the direction of Chief measurer Jean-Paul MARMIER (SUI). As well as ensuring that all class rules are adhered to strictly, the measurement team also have the power to change any class rules both before and during the competition.
During races, measurers will be present within each course area to ensure that, following the initial allocation of boats and boards, or initial check measurement, no team are in breach of measurement rules during the Competition. They have the final say when it comes to any breaches of measurement rules.
The Jury in Athens is wholly appointed by ISAF and includes members from 24 countries. All members of the International Jury have the title of “International Judge” (IJ), a position appointed by ISAF for a period of four years and one in which the highest level of consistency is achieved worldwide through a programme of education, examination and development. Every member of the jury has vast international experience and has sat on the jury at a number of the highest level Olympic Classes Regattas. Seven protest officers from Greece assist them in their roles.
The Jury primarily has two roles: The first is to observe the adherence to the Racing Rules of Sailing and to arbitrate and decide any protests that arise alleging breaches of these rules between athletes and secondly the on-water observance of athletes in relation to Rule 42.
Rule 42 can make or break a championship. This “Kinetics” rule allows and disallows certain body movements in the boat, which can cause the boat to go faster than would otherwise be the case simply by using the action of the wind and water. If adjudged to have breached this rule, an athlete can be “yellow flagged”. If an infringement is signalled by the on-water jury with a yellow flag, the athlete must immediately do a 720-degree turn. If he or she is caught for a second time in the competition then they must retire from that particular race a third time, it’s game over, red card, and end of Olympics. The International Jury has a huge responsibility on its hands.
As well as the jury and the measurement team, there is a huge team of course officials, who run the actual races, set the start lines, courses, marks, exclusion zones, and timing. An in-depth local knowledge is vital in these roles, which are primarily covered by the ATHOC Field Of Play officials who have been training at the venue and on the field of play for the last two years. There are 38 Field of Play officials, covering the four courses and includes race officers, assistant race officers, course layers, timing specialists and a host of other officials. The course areas themselves are tightly controlled and only accredited boats are allowed within buoyed exclusion zones. These are patrolled and controlled by ATHOC Marshals and the Hellenic Coast Guard.
Eight ISAF course representatives who advise and ensure that the technical aspects of each race are met as set out in the RRS assist the ATHOC Field Of Play officials.
All aspects of the Olympic Sailing Competition, and the technical side of the organisation are the responsibility of the International Sailing Federation, and the Technical Delegation is headed by Goran PETERRSON (SWE) and Jerome PELS (ISAF), whose role it is to lead the close working relationship between ISAF, ATHOC and the army of volunteers, to create the best Olympic Sailing Competition ever.
Paris (FRA), New York (USA), Moscow (RUS), London (GBR), and Madrid (ESP)' were today accepted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board in Lausanne as Candidate Cities to host the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012.
The decision was made following discussions that led to a unanimous consensus. The cities were accepted from a total of nine Applicant Cities, which also included Leipzig (GER), Istanbul (TUR), Havana (CUB), and Rio de Janeiro (BRA).
The Candidate Cities were selected after a study of their application submitted earlier this year on 15 January. The study was made by a working group comprising Olympic Games experts who made a technical assessment of each Applicant City's ability to stage successful Olympic Games in 2012. The technical assessment was based on 25 questions which included the areas of Government Support and Public Opinion, General Infrastructure, Sports Venues, Olympic Village, Environmental Conditions and Impact, Accommodation, Transport, Security, Experience from Past Sports Events, Overall Project and Legacy.
The five Candidate Cities now have until 15 November 2004 to submit their Candidature File to the IOC. Candidate Cities will benefit from a detailed Observer Programme throughout the Games in Athens. The Candidature Files will be analysed in detail by an IOC Evaluation Commission, which will also visit the Candidate Cities, before issuing a report one month prior to the election.
The final decision on the host city for the Games of the XXX Olympiad will be made by the full IOC membership during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore in July 2005.
Further details on each candidate and the bidding process are available on the IOC website at the address below.
Omega, Official Timekeeper and Principal Partner of The Transat 2004, is pleased to announce that the brand's star ambassador will be coming to Plymouth to give the official start of The Transat 2004. At 1400hrs BST on 31 May 2004, Anna will wave off the largest professional fleet that this gruelling transatlantic yacht race has ever seen.
A great fan of adventure and extreme sports, Anna aims to make the most of her Bank Holiday Monday visit to The Transat Race Village at the Plymouth Yacht Haven. Having survived a thrilling ride down the Olympic Bobsleigh Run in St. Moritz earlier this year, her next challenge will be a unique sailing lesson with fellow Omega ambassador Ellen MacArthur on board an Open 50 class racing yacht in the morning. As the Open 60 class winner of the Europe1 NewMan STAR in 2000 (as The Transat was then known), Ellen is undoubtedly one of the best teachers Anna Kournikova could hope for and one of the best placed people to explain what will be going through the skippers' minds as they prepare to depart.
Having put her navigational skills to the test and gained a unique insight into the race from an insider, Anna will then move on to the Swan Fan Makkum berthed at the Plymouth Yacht Haven for a photocall with Ellen MacArthur from 1000-1030hrs (photocall notice will be issued in advance), after which they will board the HMS Tyne, the Royal Navy vessel that will be moored on the official start line of the race. From there, they will be ideally placed to watch the last few seconds tick away on the Omega countdown clock before Anna gives the official start and both cheer the 40 skippers in the Formula 1 of sailing as they head off for their ultimate destination of Boston.
The Transat 2004 winners and the skippers that set the 24-hour record in the monohull and multihull categories will each be presented with special Omega Seamaster Transat watches. Worn by Ellen MacArthur and Dean Barker, the Seamaster divers' watch is the cornerstone of Omega's communication in sailing. Having evolved from over 70 years of experience in producing watches for the extreme ocean environment, the Omega Seamaster is the watch of choice for those who live their life for the sea.
Photographs of Anna Kournikova taking her sailing lesson with Ellen MacArthur and her presence at the start of the race will be distributed across Europe, the US and Asia via the Keystone satellite network on 31 May at approx 1500hrs BST. These photographs will also be available for download from the press corner on the Omega website (username: transat password: transat), with additional images available from 1 June.
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Can he be stopped? Can any of the world class competitors on the Swedish Match Tour halt or at least interrupt Peter Gilmour’s relentless march toward the Tour Championship?
That’s the question being asked heading into the third to last event of the 2003-’04 Swedish Match Tour schedule, the ACI HTmobile Cup, May 24-29, in Split, Croatia.
Having amassed 97 points after five events, Gilmour’s Pizza-La Sailing Team seems destined to win the Tour Championship. With crewmembers Rod Dawson, Mike Mottl, Kazuhiko Sofuku and Yasuhiro Yaji slated to sail in Croatia, they hold a 48-point lead heading into the final three events.
The crew has placed in the top four at every event they’ve attended, and history would suggest that they’ll fare well in Croatia. Gilmour is the event’s most decorated champion with four titles to his credit (1993, ’94, ’95 and ’97).
Featuring a prize purse of $40,000, and $12,000 for the winner, the ACI HTmobile Cup is one of the oldest events on Tour. Founded in 1987, the event is full of repeat winners.
The organizing authorities are the Yacht Club Croatia – Opatija and the Adriatic Croatia International Club of Opatija. This year marks the 18th edition of the event, but the list of winners is just 10 names long. Five skippers have won it a total of 12 times.
‘I remember the local people really enjoying participation by everybody during the event,’ Gilmour said. ‘I remember their genuine warmth and hospitality.’
Gilmour’s goal of a fifth title won’t be easy. Sweden’s Magnus Holmberg and the SeaLife Rangers crew, placed second on the Tour, and New Zealand’s Gavin Brady of the Oracle BMW Racing crew, who is placed third, are looking to close some ground on the Tour leader. They trail Gilmour by 48 and 52 points, respectively.
The lineup features Denmark’s Jes Gram-Hansen, (third overall on last year’s Tour), Team New Zealand’s Kelvin Harrap (looking to add a top finish to his pair of fifths on the Tour), and Italian Paolo Cian (who is lined up with the fledgling Italian Challenge for America’s Cup 2007).
France will be well represented by Bertrand Pacé (the 2000 Swedish Match Tour champion), and Mathieu Richard (fourth at last year’s match-racing world championship).
Sweden’s Mattias Rahm (eighth at the Congressional Cup) and Finland’s Staffan Lindberg (eighth at the Nippon Cup last November) also will be on hand.
A pair of Croatians, Franco Brate and Mate Arapov, plan to defend the locals’ honour against the foreigners.
Racing will be conducted in Jeanneau One-Design 35s, designed in the early 1990s by Daniel Andreiu for Jeanneau Yachts. Racing will consist of a double round-robin, followed by semi-finals, final and petit final.
‘We’re looking forward to going there,’ said Gilmour. ‘The ACI Marina is what the event is all about. They’re a fabulous conglomerate of marinas along the Adriatic coast. They really give you a great sense of what Mediterranean sailing is about.’
Gilmour and Brady recently have been the two most active skippers on Tour. Both competed in the Congressional Cup last month and the Toscana Elba Cup – Trofeo Locman two weeks ago.
Gilmour placed fourth and second, respectively, and has a combined 32-10 record in those events. Brady scored a pair of thirds and a combined 30-12 record.
Head-to-head, Brady owns a 3-1 advantage, including two straight dating back to the Petit Final of the Congressional Cup.
After Croatia, the Swedish Match Tour rolls into Germany for the penultimate event to the 2003-’04 schedule, Match Race Germany, June 8-14, on Lake Constance in Langenargen, Germany.
For more information on the Swedish Match Tour, its competitors and events please visit www.SwedishMatchTour.com.
The thermal Meltemi (wind) failed to develop today for the sixth day of racing in the Harken Laser World Championships in Bitez, Turkey.  Whilst the fleet were held ashore the Race Committee watched a light easterly swing slowly to the south.  They then watched a thunderstorm build over the Greek Island of Kos, five miles to the south of the course, which further affected the wind.  As the storm cell dissipated the fleet were called afloat only to find another storm cell building which also affected the wind.
When that disappeared an attempt was made to start even though further cells were developing 8 miles to the north of the course area.  After three attempts at a start the gold fleet finally got away in 12 knots of southerly wind.  Five minutes later the northerly system started affecting the course turning the beat into a fetch for those on the right side of a 60 degree shift and the race was abandoned.
The wind then died and started to fill from the north as the sun came out and a new course set in the hope that the breeze would build.  It managed 7 knots but was unstable and at 5pm the Race Committee sent the fleet home.
Strong winds are forecast for the last day and an earlier start has been scheduled in an attempt to get to ten races so a second discard can be counted.
Whatever happens tomorrow Robert Scheidt (BRA) and Michael Blackburn (AUS) cannot be caught by the chasing pack.  They will have their own race with 6 times world champion, Scheidt, going for an unprecedented seventh world title in one of the most competitive classes currently sailing.
Day Five Results (8 races/1 discard)
1. Robert Scheidt (BRA) (6,5,1,1,1,1,2,3) 14pts
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Bavaria's Match series of yachts are gaining in popularity with the big sister of the 38, the Match 42 being launched at Hamilton Island Race Week this August.  Two Match 42's will be in Australia with Bruce Ritchie from Middle Harbour Yacht Club being the first of the owners and Bob 'Robbo' Robertson having the second Australian boat.  Robbo recently skippered the Match 38 Game Set in the Brisbane to Gladstone race after placing second with Tony Kirby in the IRC division of the Sydney to Mooloolaba race.  The Match 38 will be campaigned by Tony Kirby at both Hog’s Breath Race Week and Hamilton Island Race Week later this year after racing in the Sydney to Gold Coast race at the end of July.
The Match 38 is proving to be a boat that will give the larger IRC boats a run for their money.  Results since the October 2003 launch have seen 3rd places in the Pittwater to Coffs IRC division 3 and the Joico regatta.  The FKP Sydney to Mooloolaba race had the Match 38 taking 2nd place in the IRC Overall and IRC Division B, being beaten to the top spot by John Walker's Impeccable by a mere 43 seconds.
Pittwater’s biggest mid-year sailing event, the Blackmores Three Island Charity Fun Race, looks set to top the million-dollar mark when it’s staged out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport on Sunday, June 27.
There to help propel the event towards its target will be a new Associate Sponsor, Jillian McGrath of McGrath Residential. She will be the sponsor of the traditional pre-event fund raising dinner at the yacht club on the evening of Friday, June 25 and supporting the weekend’s activities.
Since its inception the Blackmores Three Island Race has raised almost $900,000 for the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation. The money has gone towards financing a broad range of cancer research projects, including many involving cancer in children.
Organisers are hoping that with on-going strong support from the sailing community and local businesses the magical million-dollar mark will be broken this year.
The Jillian McGrath sponsored dinner is expected to see new heights achieved when some exceptional and unique items are auctioned, including holidays to spectacular destinations and an intricate model of a sailing skiff built by local craftsman Merv Wetton.
The anticipated enthusiastic support from yacht owners is likely to result in a record fleet of more 80 yachts taking part in the Blackmores Three Island Race on the Sunday. It’s an event where the emphasis is on fun for all participants, especially the families and friends who will be joining the crews of competing yachts. It is open to monohull and multihull yachts.
The race will get underway with the usual Le Mans start from the grounds at the front of the club. This is where competing skippers gather for the designated 10am start, take part in an until then secret starting procedure, then rush to their yachts for the actual race. The yachts motor to the starting line while sails are being hoisted then start as they arrive at the line. Among the shoreside starting procedures seen in previous years have been a colourful face painting session and an egg and spoon race.
This year it is hoped a record number of local businesses will support the event by sponsoring a competing yacht. These businesses will be entitled to have guests aboard the yacht and will be racing for a special Corporate Trophy.
A post race party and prize giving back at the club – which has in recent years involved head shaving to help raise more money for the cause – has always been a fitting finale to a great weekend.
For more information contact Nicky Ronalds or Linda Hamilton-Evans at Rob Mundle Promotions on 02 9997 1126. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Skandia, the international long-term savings company, today (Monday) unveiled the yacht that international yachtsman, Nick Moloney, will race in this winter's Vendée Globe. Three leading international fund management companies, Invesco Perpetual, Gartmore Investment Managers and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, have signed up with Skandia to create the Skandia MultiManager campaign which will fund Moloney's decade-long goal to complete a historical hat-trick in round the world sailing.
All four companies are now partners in the first entry by an Australian into the Vendée Globe a three-month solo non-stop circumnavigation starting from Les Sables d'Olonne in France on November 7th 2004.
A thorough three-month refit means Moloney, 36, feels he has a boat capable of claiming a top 5 position against an expected fleet of 20 Open 60s, including five new designs. In the Vendée nothing is sure, and just to finish in itself an enormous achievement, but to have a boat capable of a good result is a great boost for Moloney: 'I'm the proudest skipper in the world at the moment'.
Skandia's association with the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team - the company that manages Moloney's Vendée programme, began last year with their three-year sponsorship of Nick's team-mate Sam (Samantha) Davies. Sam competes full-time on the solo Figaro circuit.
Skandia had already provided sufficient funds for Moloney to secure the Open 60 for the year, to prepare her for racing and to compete in The Transat starting on May 31. 'We are delighted that the Skandia MultiManager campaign is now in place and with our three partners we can confirm Nick's participation in the Vendée Globe,' added Oszmann. 'We wish him a fast and safe journey.'
Moloney's first test on 'Skandia' will be the 2,800-nautical mile Transat, starting on May 31. Leaving from Plymouth, England, Moloney will race solo across the harsh north Atlantic arriving in Boston, USA, two weeks later.As the prevailing winds blow from America towards Europe, this race sends competitors into westbound gales and currents and through dense fog and icebergs off the Newfoundland coast.
His third, and most challenging goal is a non-stop solo lap of the planet. By finishing the Vendée, he will be the first person to circumnavigate the world in these three different events. 'The Vendée is the final pinnacle for me and I am prepared to give it everything,' he added.
With four races to go at the Harken Laser World Championship, Sydney 2000 Olympic bronze medallist Michael Blackburn (AIS/NSWIS) has reduced the overall lead of silver medallist, Robert Scheidt (BRA). Blackburn has narrowed the margin to four points to set the stage for an exciting final two days.
After a one hour delay waiting for two conflicting breezes to sort themselves out, the first day of finals provided some excellent racing. For the first time all the top sailors sailed two races together in the gold fleet and, as expected, the racing was close and tough with mistakes costly. Good starts were essential as was a good first windward leg.
In an 8 to 10 knot wind the gold fleet got away at the second attempt under a black flag. Peer Moberg from Norway was leading at the first mark with series leader, Robert Scheidt (BRA) buried in 15th position. The leaders went high on the reach whilst Scheidt went low and took 13 boats to get to second before starting the downwind leg.
This included his closest rival in the overall points, Michael Blackburn (AUS) who started the downwind leg in fifth position. By the end of the downwind and next windward leg Blackburn had pulled up to first ahead of Moberg and Scheidt.
Moberg dropped to third on the second downwind behind Scheidt with Blackburn still in the lead. There was a twist in the end when Blackburn received a yellow flag penalty from the on water judges and had to do a 720 degree turn. As he did his turns Scheidt passed him but not for long as Blackburn responded to pass Scheidt again before the last short windward leg to the finish. Behind, Hamish Pepper NZL also passed Moberg on the last reach to finish third.
The wind increased to 13 knots average for the second race. Andreas Geritzer (AUT) started at the pin end and went hard left with Andre Streppel (BRA). These two rounded second and first respectively with Geritzer passing Streppel on the reach.
Blackburn and Scheidt were playing catch up in tenth and fifteenth position. Geritzer extended his lead throughout the race to finish first. Behind him the battle was on for the runner up positions amongst Streppel, Hugh Styles GBR and Patrick Bergmanns BEL.
On the second downwind this group had been joined by Scheidt and Blackburn who both had good second windward legs and the group traded places in close racing on the downwind. At the mark Blackburn caught a wave and surfed through Streppel, Scheidt, Bergmanns and Mark Mendalblatt USA, into second. On the reach Scheidt passed Streppel as did Mendelblatt. With no further changes on the short windward to the finish the race ended with Blackburn second, Scheidt third and Mendelblatt fourth as each protected their hard earned positons.
Australia’s Tom Slingsby (NSW) continues to impress, moving into the top ten of the gold fleet. Slingsby is keeping pace with the top Laser sailors finishing day five racing 5th and 6th.
Day Five Results (8 races/1 discard)
1. Robert Scheidt (BRA) (6,5,1,1,1,1,2,3) 14pts
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This year’s 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is expected to see a dramatic increase in fleet numbers as a result of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s new initiatives for the ocean classic aimed at attracting a wide and varied range of boats from Australia and overseas.
The 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be the final event in the Rolex Challenge for International Teams, with the race itself including 20 Year and 30 Year Veteran Yacht divisions.
The owners of the super maxi yachts Skandia (Grant Wharington) and Zana (Stewart Thwaites), which finished a close 1-2 for line honours in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, have indicated they will compete again.
Neville Crichton, owner of the 2003 line honours winner, Alfa Romeo, is also considering bringing his boat back to Australia after its Mediterranean campaign.
Veteran yachtsman Peter Kurts has advised the CYCA that his two-times Sydney Hobart Race handicap winner, Love & War, will be on the starting line on Boxing Day, 26 December, for the 628 nautical mile ocean classic. Love & War was Overall Winner in 1974 and 1978 and won the 20-Year Veteran’s Division of the 50th Sydney Hobart Race in 1994.
Early overseas interest in the 60th race has also come from owners in New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom.
The CYCA’s plans to celebrate the 60th race to Hobart since 1945 are contained in the Notice of Race now published on the official website – www.rolexsydneyhobart.com
The single biggest change to affect this year’s fleet, however, is the fact that the Overall Winner of the 2004 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be the boat that wins the IRC (International Rule Club) handicap category overall on corrected time, announced by the CYCA in February.
Any of the grand prix boats, or indeed those entered in the 20 and 30 Year Veteran’s Divisions, will be eligible for the Tattersalls Cup which has, for the past ten years, been presented to the boat that wins the IMS (International Measurement System) handicap category.
There will be no IMS category in this year’s race, only IRC, PHS and one-design class divisions.
To allow for early planning and a maximum international fleet to celebrate the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the Notice of Race, or requirements of entry, and Application for Entry is now available on the race website with printed copies expected by mid-year.
The Rolex Challenge international teams event will be sailed as part of the Rolex Trophy, with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as the final and double-scoring race. Teams will comprise two boats with an IRC rating band of 1.050 to 1.615 inclusive. A separate interstate/interclub teams competition will also be held.
A significant change to the Notice of Race from previous years is that owners may not be required to submit a current, valid IMS certificate to satisfy the stability requirement. However, in its place, they will still have produce certified evidence of stability as detailed in the Notice of Race.
After a process of consultation with a number of affected owners, the CYCA also announced earlier this year that there would be a slight increase in the upper speed limit from 1.61 to 1.615. The decision means that a boat such as the 30m LOA Skandia, will remain eligible to compete in 2004 despite its rating having increased.
A separate Notice of Race will be published shortly for the new Rolex Trophy regatta that begins Saturday, 11 December, following the traditional Canon Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour on Friday, 10 December. The Rolex Trophy will continue through to 19 December, with racing on the Harbour and offshore.
The Notice of Race and Application for Entry for the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is now available at www.rolexsydneyhobart.com under Race Documents.
For further media information please contact Peter Campbell on 0419 385 028 or Lisa Ratcliff on 0418 428 511 or the CYCA at +61 2 9363 9731.
Coca Cola Hobie 16 World Championship Mexico
Nineteen year old sailors Axel Silvy and Pauline Jupin, from Guadeloupe, French West Indies won the Coca a Cola Hobie 16 Worlds raced on the waters of
With 236 teams from 29 countries these two young sailors showed maturity and great skill in the choppy waters to win convincingly. With winds varying between 7 and 18 knots for the series they showed they were the best sailors by having a discard of 10th place.
In second place was the defending Hobie 16 World Champions Gavin Colby and Simone Mattfield (AUS) 50 penalty point behind the winner. In third place Andrew Keag and Naomi Angwin (AUS) a further 8 points behind.
The youngest sailor in the finals was ten year old Cody Alter sailing with father Jeff  who finished as the top
Full story, photos video and results can be found at www.hobieworlds.com
'It's like Westfield on a Saturday out here,' said CYCA sailing manager Justine Kirkjian, as the fleet stalled on the start line of Race 4 of the BMW Sydney Winter Series in less than 3 knots of breeze.
It took some boats up to an hour to cross the start line and as they drifted hopelessly, those heading into the melee were putting fenders out to minimize any damage from potential collisions.
'You could have walked from one end of the start line to the other,' said dockmaster Scott Finsten, describing the mayhem.
The light west sou'west breezes and balmy temperatures continued into the afternoon, sending some frustrated competitors back to the marina, but for those sitting patiently on the rail, prayers were finally answered when the wind freshened to 15 knots.
The 155-strong fleet then settled into some perfect autumn sailing, the only incident when George Snow's Brindabella collected the Bradley's Head mark during a rounding and dragged it 50 yards down the course, however this didn't dent her performance as she finished second in Division A.
Denis O'Neil's Atomic was declared the Division A winner ahead of Brindabella and the third placed Andrew Short Marine while in Division B the supremely sailed Lady Ann (J & A Kirkjian) took the gun from Stuart Gilbert's Inner Circle Rum, which bettered last week's position by one place, and Warwick Sherman's Occasional Coarse Language, aptly named for today's race.
In Division C, the Pittwater-based Super 30 The Cone of Silence (J & J Neill) was too strong for Peter Franki's Salt Shaker and Alan Kendall's Talon.
In Division D results, Don Young's Foreshore led from Richard Lavers' Summersalt and Michael Belakhov's Sea-Change while in Division E, David Champtaloup's Caprice of Huon pipped Neil Hamilton's Kelly 2 and Ann and Bob Penty's Big Blue.
Following a frightening broach in last Sunday's race, Phil Bower and David Eastwood made the most of the lighter conditions, sailing Wild Child into first place in Division F, and in the process relegating Gary Corstorphan's Youngstar to second and Philip Grove's Diana to third.
Ben Shakespeare's Argy Bargy finished the Division G winner while Always Sailing School Sirocco (J. Stevens) placed second and Carl Braden's Cocomo third, and in the non-spinnaker Division J, Denis Doyle and Lynne Smith's Sextant was too good for Tanami (626 Marketing) and A Bientot (John Walton).
In the Sydney 38 Division, CYCA Commodore John Messenger out-sailed his fellow one-design skippers to finish first in division ahead of Team Lexus (Henry/Miller/Mayo) and Robin Tedder's Stonybroke.
For further information please contact Lisa Ratcliff on 0418 428 511. Full results available from www.cyca.com.au under Sailing.
Australian Allison SHREEVE finished second overall after a DNF in the final race at the Formula Windsurfing European Championship on Lake Garda in Italy, after leading for most of the series.
However, the 22 year-old did say this series would be, ”mainly to test my equipment and look at the other competitors so I can do well at the Worlds.’”
Karin JAGGI who held down third place throughout the Championships, held on to finish third overall.
In the men's fleet, the title went to Wojtek BROZOZOWSKI, making it a Polish double for the event. He was closely followed by Antoine ALBEAU (FRA) and Devon BOULON (ISR). Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
1 POL Staszewska Dorota 8,2
1 POL Wojtek BROZOZOWSKI 13,5
In perfect sailing conditions two more races were completed to end the qualifying series of the Harken Laser World Championship in Turkey.
Australia’s Michael Blackburn (AIS/NSWIS) continues to hold onto the number two spot, securing his first bullet of the championship in the yellow fleet.
'I had a good start and good speed. I was patient and waited for the knock and then had a few good tacks sailing the high angles and got to the top mark third behind Brendan Casey (AUS) and Mark Mendelblatt (USA). On the second windward I had a little bit of extra speed, which hasn't been the case in every race, and got to the top mark first,' Blackburn reports.
Queensland’s Brendan Casey advances into the top ten for the first time in the championship, while Tom Slingsby (NSW) made a huge leap from 49th to 15th, securing himself a spot in the gold fleet. Youngster Ricky Ironmonger (VIC) produced his best results so far, a 14th and 18th, place him 48th overall.
Current championship leader Robert Scheidt (BRA) completed a perfect day by winning both blue fleet races.
'Again I played the shifts nicely up the first beat and came to the top mark behind Andreas Geritzer (AUT). We had a bit of a match race for the rest of the race and I managed to win by twenty metres,' Scheidt said.
Day Four Results (6 races/1 discard)
1. Robert Scheidt (BRA) (6,5,1,1,1,1) 9pts
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Last year they finished second at the World Championship in Cadiz, this year they strived to do one better in Zadar, Croatia, and succeeded.
Overnight Australia’s Nathan Wilmot (AIS/NSWIS) and Malcolm Page (AIS/NSWIS) were crowned the world’s newest sailing champions, taking out their first 470 class title.
Things looked positive for Wilmot and Page early on in the championship, however some average mid competition results and the strength of the fleet made it difficult to maintain position.
Moving into the final series the current world number two crew were placed 9th overall. A superb second last day of competition, saw Wilmot and Page consolidate when possible, risk when required, taking home a 2nd, 1st and 3rd.
A seven-point lead going into the final day of competition still meant the pair needed to work hard to ensure they were not over taken by Johan Molund and Martin Andersson (SWE).
However, torrential rain saw racing postponed and then as the 15.00hrs deadline approached, AP over A was raised to signify the end of possible racing for the Championship.
Wilmot and Page follow the lead of 2000 gold medallist Tom King and Mark Turnbull who won the corresponding World Championship leading up to the Sydney games.
This win will be a big boost of confidence for the Aussie pair who will now prepare for the 470 European Championships in Warnemunder, Germany.
In other Australian results, Mathew Belcher (QLD) and Nick Behrens (TAS) finished 21st in the 101 crew fleet, while Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Ayden Menzies (NSW) finished 36th.
In the women’s fleet, Sydney 2000 gold medallists Jenny Armstrong (AIS/NSWIS) and Belinda Stowell (AIS/WAIS) made a miraculous surge in the final series of the world championship.
As the finals approached Armstrong and Stowell were placed 23rd overall, this soon crept up to 13th and then as the pressure was on the pair produced three consecutive 2nd places to finish 4th.
The women’s championship was one of the closest in many years. The top three spots separated by only two points. The Swedish team of Therese Togersson and Vendela Zachrisson taking the title from the Slovenian crew of Vesna Dekleva and Klara Maucec courtesy of a bullet in the final race.
New Australian 470 combination Elise Rechichi (WA) and Rike Ziegelmayer finished with some top results in the silver fleet (1st and two 8th) to take 29th place overall.
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Today Zadar turned it on.. a light south west all morning and then as if someone had flicked the switch a beautiful 16-18 knots piped in around 13.45hrs. The fleets that had been amusing themselves ashore came to life. The heavy air specialists first to hit the water.
The men were first to get away in the gold fleet at 14.20hrs followed by a clear start from the women's gold at 14.35hrs. The breeze topping 20knots with a confused sea ontop of a 1 metre swell. Katie McDowell (USA) had flown home for back treatment between the Hyeres regatta and the Worlds but was showing no signs of the effects as she headed the fleet at the top mark the first time up. Katie and her Crew Isabelle Kinsolving were never headed as they went on to take out the first heat of a 'Three race Day'.
In the men's second race of the day , early regatta leaders UKR 7 Braslavets/Matvienko took an early lead coming out of the right hand side of the course to be 10 second leaders at the top mark and 15 second leaders at the first wing from locals Tomi Basic & Petar Cupac (CRO) with Aussies Wilmot/Page in third.
Wilmot and Page were able to get the better of the Croatians on the next windward leg. Then in what might be considered a turning point of the Regatta, the Ukrainians split gybe with the Australians and failed to cover Wilmot/Page on the final run before the reach to the finish . The pair converged on the final mark neck and neck, the Australians picking up a couple of well planned waves into the mark and rounding before the Ukrainians.
Johan Moland & Martin Anderson Sailed some inspired down wind sailing today fignting back from a bad start and average first work to place 7th in race 2.
In the 3rd race of the gold Women's fleet. The fast improving Russian pair of Ilenko/Gaponovich made a supurb start at the pin end of the line and sailed for 5 minutes on starboard before tacking and crossing the fleet. But the swedes were not to be outdone, working back from the less fancied righthand side and picking up a nice lift Torgensson & Zachrisson headed the fleet to the first mark. Going on to take the race in a now softening 16 knots.
The Swedish win was enough to put then on top overall, ahead of previous leaders Dekleva/Maucec of Slovenia who surrended their lead for the first time in 4 days but by only 1 point. Israels' Nike Kornecki & Verad Bouskila held onto 3rd overall and closed the gap on the leaders to mean that bthere is just 3 points between 1st and 3rd overall. Movers of the day were the Australian reigning Gold Medallists Armstrong & Stowell who registered 2,2,2 and lifted 9 places from 13th to 4th overall.
With just one day to go the countries in Qualifying positions are the USA, Argintina, Canada, Brazil and Italy.
Tonight Wilmot & Page sit atop the men's World Championship Results. The last possible start is scheduled for 15.00hrs local and the Australians take a 7 point lead into the last day. Having sat at the top of the ISAF Rankings for 7 months it is well deserved but with Drop races of 23 and 19 anything is still possible. Swedes Johan Moland & Martin Andersson lie in second overall with the GBR's Nick Rogers & Joe Glandfield sitting just 3 points back and past World Champions Gildas Phillippe just 2 points further.
Racing was Tough in the Silver fleet mean on the Windier Charlie course area. Dutch Brothers Sven and Kalle Coster head the silver table but all attentionis on the 6 Qualification spots for Athens tobe decided in the silver fleet Sunday.
Selim Kakis & Ozgoneng Kaak have sailed consistantly all week and will take the first of the 6 spots. In the remaining five sit Poland, Belerus, Korea, Hungary and Austria.
Racing continues at 11.00 Local for the last day of competition.
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Day five results 470 Men (12 races/2 drops)
Day five results 470 Women (9 races/2 drops)
When the Black Flag came up on the second start of the last race, it penalized 11 sailors. The third start under the Black rule was going to take a toll among Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ opponents for the Championship title.
At the top mark, their names were on the race committee black board, forcing them to leave the race, scoring a disqualification on the last race of the event. “It was such a relief, I could sail my own race.” declared Mateusz. “My only worry was the down wind legs. I had to restrain myself from moving. I have never been so still in the boat, but I couldn’t afford a third penalty.” Mateusz, who had to retire from race five after receiving 2 penalities for rule 42 infingements would have to retire from the whole regatta if he received a third one.
The championship was in the bag for the Polish personality, who went on to win the last race. With the second and third placed boats out of contention, Guillaume FLORENT, fourth before the last race had to place in the top eight to take second overall or better than 30 to place third.
The French sailor was looking good in the top five before the last beat, but chose to go right on the last upwind leg. He finished the race in thirteenth place, taking Bronze, leaving the Silver to Ben AINSLIE. Dean Barker finished fourth in his first European Championship in front of Sebastien GODEFROID.
The five countries who have qualified for the Olympic regatta are (subject to ISAF ratification): Argentina (Alejandro COLLA 28th), Russia (Vladimir KRUTSKIKH, 29th), Hungary (Balazs HAJDU, 33rd), Austria (Florian RAUDASCHL, 36th), Italy (Michele MARCHESINI, 39th).
For the Prize Giving Ceremony, the Yacht Club invited all the famous French Finn sailors of all time to come and congratulate the World’s best. Among them, Serge MAURY, Olympic Champion in Kiel in 1972, Didier POISSANT, Olympic Games representative in 1956 in Melbourne, Yves-Louis PINAUD, 1960 in Roma, Gerard de VILLARD, Tokyo in 1964, Philippe SORIA in Mexico in 1968.
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Going into the final day, it looked as though any of six crews could win the championship. With 10 knots blowing from North East on the race course, the conditions were perfect for the show down between the crews.
But it was not only for those trying to win the championship, but also those in their selection regattas as well as those still trying to qualify their nation for Athens!
A clean start and a good first beat saw Shirley ROBERTSON and her crew of Sarah WEBB and Sarah AYTON (GBR) lead round the top mark. They were closely followed by Kirstin WAGNER, Anna HOLL and Veronika LOCHBRUNNER (GER) and Karianne EIKELAND Beate KRISTIANSEN and Lisa FREDIRKSEN (NOR). But it was behind them that the real battles were taking place. Trine PALLADUN, Christina OTZEN and Ida HARTVIG who going into today's racing were fourth overall, rounded in fourth place.
She needed to be at least seven boats ahead of compatriots Dorte JENSEN Helle JESPERSEN and Rachel KIEL in order to take the championship. JENSEN would round in the mid teens with Carol CRONIN, Elizabeth FILTER and Nancy HABERLAND, stuck in the middle of the fleet.
ROBERTSON continued to lead down the run and rounded the bottom mark clear ahead of the rest of the fleet.
The Dutch crew of Annalies THIES, whilst having secured their nation and entry to Athens, was now fighting for her selection. However after THIES had a poor start it was the other Dutch crew of Janneke NIN, Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN and Hanne BUIS in the controlling seat.
ROBERTSON took a comfortable race win from WAGNER in second and BARKOW in third. PALLUDAN finished in fourth and only had to count the number of boats between her and JENSEN. In the end JENSEN's gamble down the run did not pay off as expected, crossing the line in 12th place with CRONIN one place behind.
So at the end of a very exciting weeks racing, where no one boat has stood out from the fleet, it is Trine PALLUDAN and her crew of Christina OTZEN and Ida HARTVIG who are crowned the Yngling Women’s World Champions for 2004.
JENSEN, who has had a few disappointing results, finished in second place, just two points behind PALLUDAN, with CRONIN third.
Looking to Athens, subject to ratification by ISAF, it is the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Canada who will join the other 12 qualified nations on the start line at Athens in three months time.
For the Netherlands, it is HIN who has been selected to go to Athens, eventually beating THIES by five points overall. THIES will be very disappointed as they had won previous regattas at Palma and Princess Sofia earlier in the year and had been leading for much of these championships.
1. Trine Palludan/Christina Otzen/Ida Hartvig (DEN) (2,12,4,14,8,29,15,22,3,4) 84pts
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Racing started on time today as a 15 knot north westerly wind greeted the sailors as they arrived on the course area. As with previous days the breeze was again very shifty and it was the fourth start before yellow fleet successfully got away after two general recalls and one postponement.
At the first mark Andre Strepple (BRA) led from Alexander Schlonski (GER) with eventual race winner Karl Suneson (SWE) rounding in fourth. By the time their second windward leg began the breeze had increased to 20 knots.  Suneson found more speed in the stronger wind and gradually picked off the boats ahead of him to take the winners gun.
In the second race Suneson scored a second after Mark Mendelblatt (USA) had a victory to go with his third in the first race.
Seven time former world champion Robert Scheidt, (BRA)l put his competitors on notice by winning both heats of Blue fleet. Robert said of the first race “I started in the middle of the line and tacked onto port and then held that tack for a fair while. I finally got a shift back to the right so I tacked and was able to cross the whole fleet.” In both races he led Paul Goodison from Great Britain.
Day Three Results (4 races)
1. Robert Scheidt (BRA) (6,5,1,1) 13pts
2. Michael Blackburn (AUS) (3,6,2,4) 15pts
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Forecasts have almost been thrown out the window here over the past few days but it looks more likely that a 10-15 knot wind can be expected.
No protest over the Confused finish of the Men's fleet yesterday were successful so results stay as posted last evening.
It's a testament to the competitiveness of the 470 Fleet that sees the winner of the recent French Sprint cup that attracted over 2 nations just scrapping into Silver Fleet as is the 2002 World Champion Simon Cooke.
A stronger than usual fresh 8 knots greet sailors arriving at S.C.Uskok here in Zadar for the first day of finals.
Race officers expect to use Race area Charlie for todays racing in what is expected to be the true ' Bora' breeze from the Nor-nor-West.|
For the Unqualified countries the equation is simple... win silver fleet.
Day five results 470 Men (9 races/2 drops)
Day five results 470 Women (9 races/2 drops)
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Day Five results (8 races/1 drop)
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Three different race winners and a new leader are the result of racing today. Following on from yesterday’s layday, the 37 crews sailed out in to the bay of Santander and were greeted by a gentle 5-7 knot breeze and clear blue skies.
With the Dutch team of Annelies THIES (NED), Annemieke BES and Petronella de JONG and the Danish team of Dorte JENSEN tied for the championships on 26 points each, today's three races proved that the title was far from settled!
Race 7 in the series of ten started with an individual recall. Paula LEWIN (BER) and Shirley ROBERTSON (GBR), Sarah AYTON, and Sarah WEBB (GBR) both returned to re-start but the crews of Loreana JACOB (COL) and Lena CARLSSON (SWE 51) didn't and were scored OCS for the race.
Up the first beat the majority of the fleet headed inshore to the left had side of the course. It was noted that the few boats that headed to the right hand side were sailing in a different wind to the others and benefited greatly. At the top mark it was the local boat Mar CASTANEDO, Sheila MEDIAVILLA and Laura CHINCHURRETA (ESP 2), who showed good upwind speed, that held a minute lead over the American boat of Carol CRONIN. (USA). As CASTANEDO hoisted around the top mark, a twenty degree right hand shift came in, allowing the following fleet to gybe set at the mark and sail directly for the bottom mark. CASTANEDO had sailed beyond the shift and had to gybe late to sail back to the rest of the fleet. However they had retained enough of their lead to round the bottom mark at the same time as CRONIN. These two leading boats were soon followed by Coraline JONET (FRA 5), Katerine GIAKOUMIDOU (GRE 1) and Kristin WAGNER (GER 268).
CASTANEDO again showed good upwind speed and tactics to lead again around the top mark for the second time with a healthy 30 second margin over CRONIN. Behind it was Yumiko SHIGE (JPN 1) who also had a good beat to round in fourth place behind BARKOW (USA 337). The run saw CRONIN again chase down CASTANEDO, who just managed to hold on for the race win with CRONIN only a boat length behind. The Japanese crew of Yumiko SHIGE, Ako NAKURO and Mitsue HIROTSU did very well to take third place, followed by the next American crew of Sally BARKOW in fourth.
Race eight of the series was sailed in a slightly more wind averaging around 8-10 knots. This time the fleet got away cleanly and with the wind settled at 300, the beat was a more even affair. As the boats reconverged at the top mark it was the French crew of Anne LE HELLEY, Elodie LESAFFRE and Marion DEPLANQUE (FRA) who rounded first, coming in from the right hand side of the course. She was closely followed by the Norwegian boat of Karianne EIKELAND (NOR) and Betsy ALLISON (USA) who came in from the left hand side. As with the beat, the run was tactically open and the fleet were undecided as to which was the best route to the bottom mark. LE HELLEY managed to pick the best course and rounded clear ahead of the fleet and would continue to stay ahead to take the race win. Behind it was the Ukranian crew Ruslana TARAN who was showing good speed again to take third place behind EIKELAND (NOR 406) and just ahead ALLISON (USA). CRONIN continued her run of good form to take fifth place.
Race 9 again started in the 8-10 knot breeze. This time it was Dorte JENSEN'S turn to shine as she led the up the beat to round first. Having scored a 31 and 17 in the first two races of the day, the World number 1 started to show some of her previous form. Again it was CRONIN who was doing the chasing as she rounded in second place. Ekaterina SKUDINA (RUS) rounded in third place followed by WAGNER (GER), PALLUDAN (DEN), Karianne EIKELAND (NOR) and FERRIS (NZL).
JENSEN and CRONIN extended from the rest of the fleet whilst having a battle between themselves for the lead. CRONIN, who had showed good downwind speed all day, edged out JENSEN at the gate to lead up the second beat. SKUDINA rounded in third with EIKELAND in fourth, WAGNER having lost two places on the run.
JENSEN and CRONIN continued the battle up the beat and it was CRONIN who just managed to sneek around the top mark before JENSEN. CRONIN extended on the run for the race win and to finish the day with an impressive scoreline of 2, 5, 1 for the day.
Overall, JENSEN has moved up into first place but with CRONIN having a very consistent day, she has jumped from 15th to 2nd overall, just one point behind CRONIN. The Dutch team of THIES, who were leading before today's racing, dropped down to third with a not so impressive scoreline of 9, 30, 16.
When asked about today's racing THIES commented, 'With the calibre of the fleet here, the start and first beat is so important for a good result. You have to round in the top five otherwise you are sucked into the fleet and are struggling the whole time.'
As THIES looks set to qualify the Netherlands for Athens, she now has to concentrate on beating the second Dutch boat of Janneke HIN, who is lying in seventh. 'We are not really concentrating for a win here as we really just need to beat the other Dutch crew, though it would be a bonus if we did get a medal here!', said THIES of the importance of tomorrow’s race.
The second Danish boat of PALLUDAN (DEN) and second American boat of BARKLOW (USA) rounded out the top five with fourth and fifth respectively.
Tonight as the boats are being packed away, evidence of the intense rivalry of some of the crews is shown as the two Russian boats vying for selection have both filed protests against each other. These will be heard later this evening and could change the top ten score board.
Tomorrow’s race will be vital with only sixteen points separating the top eight crews. Where all of the top boats have been struggling at some point during the regatta, it is still very open and no one is willing to say who will become the Yngling World Champion.
With Holland looking almost definite to qualify, the next three qualification spots look likely to go to New Zealand, Norway and Canada.
Day four results (9 races/1 drop)
1. Dorte O Jensen/Helle Jesperson/Rachel Kiel (DEN) (4,4,10,OCS,6,2,31,17,2) 76pts
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Seven hours spent on the water was worth it for both competitors and race committee in the Harken Laser World Championship. The championship finally got underway with two races completed after a delayed start and one race having to be abandoned and re-sailed for one of the two fleets.
In 8 to 9 knots the yellow fleet were recalled on their first start and then started under a black flag. Michail Aristeidis (GRE) led at the first mark from Maciej Grabowski (POL) and Michael Bullot (NZL).  Aristeidis extended his lead throughout most of the race.  Bullot passed Grabowski on the loop and closed Aristedis for a short period on the last reach of the trapezoid course but this was not enough to threaten the Greek. The blue fleet race was abandoned after the wind shifted 40 degrees on one side of the first downwind causing chaos at the downwind gate.
Hamish Pepper from New Zealand was first to show at mark one on a re-set course  in winds of 13 to 15 knots. By the end of the first downwind defending champion, Gustavo Lima from Portugal had caught Pepper and they both rounded opposite marks of the gate at the same time with Michael Blackburn just behind.  At the reach mark Pepper looked comfortable and Blackburn had edged ahead of Lima. Lima had a powerful downwind leg to overtake Blackburn and close on Pepper but it was not enough to dislodge Pepper.
Mathias Rieck from Germany led the second race from start to finish which together with his ninth in the first race places him 3rd overall, a good start to his chances of achieving his national Olympic committee's tough qualification criteria.
In a day of mixed fortunes several top sailors scored a bad result. Lima was one of these who scored a bad race, getting trapped on the left hand side of the course in his second race and finding himself well back in the fleet which even a defending champion could not recover from.  However, in this highly competitive fleet with nine nations from five continents in the top ten, there is a long way to go.  A mixed forecast for the remainder of the championship will most likely see a few more stars have at least one bad race.
Day Two Results (2 races)
1. Hamish Pepper (NZL) (1,8) 9pts
2. Michael Blackburn (AUS) (3,6) 9pts
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Day four results (6 races/1 drop)
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Australian Peter Gilmour and his Pizza-La Sailing Team remain the undisputed leaders of the 2003-'04 Swedish Match Tour Championship Leaderboard.
There is no question that the Australian dominates, but there is a mad scramble for positions below him on the Swedish Match Tour.
Featuring names like Coutts and Gilmour, Baird and Brady, Holmberg and Radich, the top eight on the Swedish Match Tour Championship Leaderboard have achieved great success in all levels of sailing and match-racing in particular.
The combined resumes of the top eight on the Tour include three America's Cup victories, four Olympic Gold medals, 13 match-racing world championships, two Swedish Match Tour Championships, and countless world, regional or national championships.
‘The Leaderboard proves that the Swedish Match Tour is the series that sailors choose when they want to hone their skills and advance their match-racing careers,’ said Tour Director Scott MacLeod.
Gilmour, a three-time match-racing world champion and veteran America's Cup campaigner, and his mixed Australian and Japanese crew have the Tour in a stranglehold.
With top-four finishes in all five events they've entered, they have amassed 97 of a possible 125 points, and are the clear favourites to win the $60,000 bonus from Tour sponsor Swedish Match and Wedgwood-crafted championship trophy.
While Gilmour and crew are in line to become the fifth different Tour champion in its five years of existence, there's a mad scramble taking place for second through eighth to be eligible for parts of the $200,000 bonus purse from Swedish Match.
Six points separate second through fourth on the leaderboard, and 18 points separate second through sixth. Three more events remain for competitors to solidify their standing.
Sweden's Magnus Holmberg and his SeaLife Rangers team hold second, with 49 points. Holmberg, the 2000-'01 Tour champion, and crew are just four points ahead of New Zealander Gavin Brady and the Oracle BMW Racing crew.
Consecutive third-place finishes at the Congressional Cup and Toscana Elba Cup have moved Brady, the silver medallist at the 2001 Star World Championship, up the ranks to third from seventh after the first three events.
Jesper Radich, the reigning Tour champion, and his Team Denmark crew, who placed sixth at the Toscana Elba Cup, are fourth overall with 43 points.
By winning the Toscana Elba Cup in early May, New Zealander Russell Coutts, the record-setting skipper of America's Cup champion Alinghi Team, leaped to fifth place, with 35 points.
Coutts, who holds the record for most consecutive victories in the America's Cup Match at 14 straight, is expected to miss the next two events but is scheduled to compete at the Swedish Match Cup in July.
American Ed Baird, the reigning match-racing world champion, and Team Musto, champions of the 40th Congressional Cup, are sixth with 31 points.
New Zealander Dean Barker, skipper of Team New Zealand and the Omega Match Race Team, is seventh with 24 points. Barker hasn't competed on the Tour because he is preparing for the Olympics.
Four skippers are tied for eighth with 20 points, including four-time Olympic medallist Jesper Bank (DEN), three-time match-racing world champion Chris Dickson (NZL), the CEO and skipper of Oracle BMW Racing, Kelvin Harrap (NZL), of Team New Zealand, and Terry Hutchinson (USA), who placed second at the Congressional Cup.
The Tour awards 25 points for first at an event, 20 points for second, 15 points for third, 12 points for fourth, ten points for fifth, eight points for sixth, six points for seventh and four points for eighth.
Gilmour and Brady are the only skippers in the top eight scheduled to compete at each of the three remaining Tour events.
Next up is the 18th annual ACI HTmobile Cup (May 24-29) in Split, Croatia.
The seventh annual Match Race Germany (June 8-14), on Lake Constance in Langenargen, Germany, is the penultimate event, followed by the season-ending 11th annual Swedish Match Cup (July 5-9), in Marstrand, Sweden.
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Five races were sailed yesterday in ideal conditions and 10 – 15 knots of breeze. 60 boats from 23 nations took to the water for the first race of the day (race eight) was won by Axel SILVY and Pauline JUPIN (FRA) followed by Tom PHIPPS and Jon COOK (GBR) in second and Andrew KEAG and Naomi ANGWING (AUS) in third.
Open Semi Finals
Day four at the 470 World Championship in Zadar, Croatia was emotion filled, with races postponed for the men, women striving for success in the first race of their final series, and an injury that could see a champion’s career end.
'An 11.00hrs start was postponed as the morning 6 knots disappeared, only to fill in again, to tempt a race on both courses that eventually saw abandonment. Several more attempts were unsuccessful as race officials re-jigged courses to the shifting breeze,' Darren Dunkley-Smith reports from Croatia.
At 13.30hrs, as the 470 sailors waited onshore a storm covered the racing area bringing with it an 18-20 knot. By 14.15hrs racing got under way in a dying breeze for one of the two men’s fleet waiting to complete their qualification series.
Things were not as lucky for the other men’s fleet and the women’s gold fleet who waited until 17.30hrs to begin their races. A solid and consistent 10-12 knots made for a very even start after a general recall in the men and the following Women.
There is no doubt Australia’s Nathan Wilmot (AIS/NSWIS) and Malcolm Page (AIS/NSWIS) would be feeling the frustration of the up and down conditions. Before yesterday’s controversial abandonment, Wilmot and Page led two races and today led another, only to have the races abandoned. Finally in the completed race in the afternoon, the Aussie crew scored a 4th to move to 3rd overall.
A great race six effort by young Australian crew Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Ayden Menzies (NSW), a sixth, moved the pair from 70th to 58th.
In the women’s first race of the final series, Jenny Armstrong (AIS/NSWIS) and Belinda Stowell (AIS/NSWIS) were penalised for starting over the line (OCS) and accumulate maximum points for their mistake.
Adding to the emotionally day came the shocking news that championship favourite Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE) had to withdraw from the championship. Following yesterday's race, Sofia, four time World Champion and Athen's gold medal favourite was forced back to shore with terrible back pain and unable to use her legs correctly.
The recurring injury was treated on scene but she was immediately airlifted back to Greece for possible surgery. This obviously hinders the Greek chances of home town Gold, but more over, Doctors are concerned about the long term damage Sofia may have suffered to her spine.
Day four results 470 Men (6 races/1 drop)
Day four results 470 Women (6 races/1 drop)
Day Three Result (no racing in the silver fleet)
37. Elise Rechichi/Rike Ziegelmayer (AUS) (22,18,14,25,12,7) 72pts
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A futher two races were contested overnight at the 2004 Formula Windsurfing European Championship, being held at Lake Garda, Italy.
Overnight Sydney-sider Allison Shreeve (AIS/NSWIS) maitained the top spot and continues to impress the Italy locals and race competitors.
Results - Day Three
Laser World Championship and Olympic Qualification Regatta, Turkey.
Racing for the 2004 Harken Laser World Championships began today with 143 competitors representing a total of 60 countries vying for the final eight country allocations for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
At their first attempt the start was postponed with 40 seconds to go before the start. A second attempt on a re-set course was recalled after the fleet pushed the line. After several further changes to the course and delays waiting for the wind to settle a third start was attempted three hours after the scheduled start time. The fleet got away to a clean start but within 5 minutes the wind shifted 60 degrees to the left and the race was abandoned.
With no sign of the wind settling the fleet were sent home to prepare for three races tomorrow when the forecast is for a westerly wind which should be more stable than today's easterly.
The Sail Melbourne International Regatta is one of only five ISAF Grade 1 events held each year and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is an event that attracts competitors from around the world who know that not only will they have top level class racing, but the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of other sailors on shore at the end of each day. In 2004 the Olympic and invited classes event had athletes from 21 countries participating in the regatta.
In 2005 the Sail Melbourne Olympic and Invited Classes event will be held from January 10th through to January 15th inclusive at Sandringham Yacht Club on the shores of Port Phillip.
Port Phillip is recognised as one of the world’s best open expanses of water for yacht racing. It is non-tidal with an afternoon sea breeze of 10-15 knots average wind strength. In January the climate is ideal with a daily average temperature of 25 – 30 degrees Celsius and warm water.
Racing in the Olympic Classes will be for:
The nominated Invited Classes in 2005 will comprise:
Advance race details are:
A low cost City of Bayside Homestay accommodation program in support of the regatta and in close proximity to the Yacht Club is available to all competitors. This has proven to be a most popular initiative.
Schenker Stinnes Logistics have been appointed to provide assistance with shipping boats to and from Australia. Full details on the services that Schenker can provide including related costs can be directly accessed through the Sail Melbourne web site.
We are currently endeavouring to obtain concessional container shipping rates for overseas competitors. Whatever we can achieve will be advised on the regatta website.
A pre-event commencing on January 5th through to January 7th 2005 (tentative dates) will be held at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club (adjacent to Sandringham) for nominated classes: 470’s men and women Europe Finn and Yngling.
A Mistral men and women pre-event may also be held from January 5th through to January 7th (tentative dates) 2005 at Parkdale Yacht Club or Elwood Sailing Club.
The preliminary notice of race for the Olympic & Invited Classes regatta will be posted on the event website:www.sailmelbourne.com.au early April 2004. Other information on the Sail Melbourne International regatta will also be available on the site throughout the year.
After three days of productive meetings in Athens, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission today confirmed its renewed confidence that the remaining venues to be completed for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games will be ready on time.
This assurance came as IOC members and officials of the Commission completed their 12th and final meeting with the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad (ATHOC) and the Greek authorities, witnessing for themselves the progress made by the organisers since the Commission’s last visit six months ago.
Allison Shreeve (AIS/NSWIS) continues to dominate the 2004 Formula Windsurfing European Championship, being held at Lake Garda, Italy.
Shreeve who usually sails Mistrals, is surprising everyone with her quick mastering of Formula racing. Shreeve, the only Aussie competing in the championship, is currently placed in front of Poland's Dorota Staszewska and Karin Jaggi (SUI).
'Formula racing is definitely a different style of racing for me coming from a Mistral background. Instead of pumping like crazy for forty min in gusty conditions we where all fully powered up and plaining the whole race. The race tactics are similar to those of Tornado sailing get a good start, do minimal tacks and jibes, have good laylines, and sail fast,' Shreeve reports.
Results - Day Two
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Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) continues to dominate the Finn European Championship in La Rochelle, France - his worst result a third!
Kusznierewicz was in no danger at all in the first race of the day, sailing in the forefront of the fleet to win the race by an unbeatable margin. The second race had a very different ending, with experienced Croatian sailor Karlo Kuret beating reigning world champion Ben Ainslie (GBR) within a few metres of the finish line.
Sailing in a highly competitive fleet with the worlds best Finn sailors, Anthony ‘Nocka’ Nossiter (AIS/NSWIS) is placed 15th in the 90 boat fleet. Nocka progressed from 19th to 15th overnight, scoring a 25th and 9th in the two races of the day.
Day two results (5 races/1 drop)
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Santander kicked up some awkward seas and 10-knot North-westerlies for Races 5 and 6. A northerly swell combined with the waves created by the NW wind made for some tricky upwind conditions and some downwind surfing prospects for the boats racing today.
Again the first run saw many place changes and it was Annalies THIES Annemieke BES and Petronella De JONG (NED) who managed to sail around some of the leading pack to round in fourth place, just behind the leading trio of TARAN, BALSAKINA and RIOS. On the second windward leg, the fleet were divided in tactics with a 50/50 split in sides of the course. However it was again TARAN who lead around the top mark with BALSAKINA still chasing hard. By this time, these two boats had opened up a 20-boat length lead on the third placed boat of THIES.
Shirley ROBERTSON, Sarah AYTON and Sarah WEBB (GBR) rounded in fourth place, having picked up two places on the beat, and she was followed by RIOS (ESP) who had not been able to maintain her lead from the first beat.
It was only at the finish that TARAN found out that she had been judged OCS at the start and therefore handed the race win to BALSAKINA. THIES and ROBERTSON rounded out the top three with RIOS coming in fourth.
For the second race of the day, the fleet were a little too anxious to start with two general recalls being ordered before finally being able to start at the third attempt. This time it was race 5 winner Anna BALSAKINA (RUS), judged to be OCS. Straight from the start it was TARAN (UKR), CRONIN (USA) and FERRIS (NZL) who tacked immediately on to port and headed for the right hand side of the course, the rest of the fleet choosing to head inshore. It was these three boats that had the best first beat and it was CRONIN who rounded first followed by TARAN and then Giulia CONTI, Alessandra MARENZI and Angela BARONI (ITA), who made the best of the left hand side of the course. FERRIS rounded in fourth place.
The leading three would stay the same for the run but it was Dorte JENSEN who was moving up the fleet quickly and by the second top mark she was in fourth place behind CRONIN, TARAN and CONTI. As the boats surfed towards the finish line, JENSEN managed to sneak past both TARAN and CONTI into second place with CRONIN taking the race win.
Overall it is still the Dutch who lead the scoreboard but Annalies THIES has taken over the top position from Janneke HIN, who with a 29 and 18, has dropped down into third.
With six races sailed the discard comes into effect and this allows Dorte JENSEN to drop her OCS from yesterday and move onto equal points with THIES to sit in second place overall. PALLUDAN (DEN) drops down into fourth from her second overall place of yesterday. Russia also had a good day today with both BALSAKINA (RUS) moving up into seventh place and Ekaterina SKUDINA (RUS) moving into fifth. The New Zealand boat of FERRIS separates the two in sixth position.
However, whilst having two teams in the top ten is good for the Netherlands, Russia and Denmark, the championships are also part of their national selection process. For some selection panels, this event is going to cause some large headaches in choosing which crew to send to Athens!
For the nations looking to qualify it is still the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada and Norway who are the top four unqualified nations.
Tomorrow is a lay day with racing continuing on Friday and Saturday. Tonight the crews will be treated to a Gala Dinner at the Palacio de la Magdalena, a past home to the King of Spain.
In Aussie results Nicky Bethwaite (AIS/NSWIS), Kristen Kosmala (AIS/NSWIS), and Karyn Gojnich (AIS/NSWIS), were unable to maintain the form which saw them escalate 23 places on day two of racing. The awkward conditions saw the 'Aussie Angels' finish with a 29th and 17th in race five and six, placing the trio in 13th place overall.
Day three results (6 races/1 drop)
1. Annalies Thies/Annemieke Bes/Petronella De Jong (NED) (28,3,9,2,2,10) 26pts
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Simone Green, Media and PR Co-Ordinator, Yachting Australia
A controversial decision by the race committee at the 2004 470 Class World Championship left two of the five men’s fleet frustrated and anxious.
'The race officer on the Men's course abandoned the finish of 2 men's groups after a 35 degree windshift. This would normally be applauded however this happened just 30 metres before the finish line and with 2 minutes to go in the time limit,' explained International 470 Class President, Darren Dunkley-Smith.
At the women’s course it was a whole different story. The course area was blessed with consistent 6-8 knot of breeze throughout their races, the breeze disappearing immediately after the finish.
Australia’s new 470 combination, Elise Rechichi (WA) and Rike Ziegelmayer moved up six places, after crossing the finish line in 7th place, their best result of the qualification series.
A 16th placing for 2004 Olympic representatives Jenny Armstrong (AIS/NSWIS) and Belinda Stowell was not what the pair would have hoped for at this stage of the championship. Armstrong and Stowell fell three places to 23rd.
After a disappointing final race on day two, Vesna Dekleva and Klara Maucec (SLO) secured third spot in the final race of the qualification series, to overtake yesterday leaders, Swedish crew Therese Togersoon and Vendela Zachrisson.
Fighting for Olympic selection the Japanese crew of Yuka Yoshisako and Mitsuko Satake snatched third place overall from the reigning world champion Greek crew (who slip to 8th overall).
The men and women’s fleet are now at different stages of the championship. The women go into tomorrow’s races ready to contest the final series, however due to today’s abandonment, the men must wait while two fleets complete the qualification stage of the Championship. This means the start of the men’s final series will be delayed.
Conditions are expected to improve overnight for an on time start of 1100hr local.
Day three results 470 Women (6 races/1 drop)
1. Vesna Dekleva/Klara Maucec (SLO) (10,2,1,1,21,3) 17pts
Day two results 470 Men (5 races/1 drop)
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Simone Green, Media and PR Co-Ordinator, Yachting Australia
Alan and Beverly Glover who live in the lovely New Zealand nautical address of Tauranga in Bay of Plenty will cast the mooring ropes to spend another winter in the land of the 12 month summer.
Now that the chill factor has set in on the latitudes south of the Tropic of Capricorn the husband and wife cruising and racing crew will point the bow of their Davidson 38 Sabian on a compass bearing towards a land fall on the international standard aquatic address of Hamilton Island in tropical North Queensland.
Sabian launched in 1990 for the purpose of allowing her popular owners the choice of racing and cruising to a number of the exotic locations in the South Pacific region will compete in her 7th International Hahn Premium Race Week series at Hamilton Island in late August.
'We invested in Sabian for the purpose of racing and cruising and she is the best financial decision Bev and I have made, she provides us with the opportunity to discover so many lovely places where we have met and made many new friends'. Alan Glover said.
Her marina mooring at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club will become vacant in early June when the delivery crew of Alan and Bev chart Sabian’s course via Fiji and New Caledonia before clearing the Australian port of entry formalities in Gladstone on route to Hamilton Island.
To say the least the Glover’s love living aboard Sabian having entered a mammoth 84,000 sea miles in her cruising and racing log book over the past 13 years.
'It’s really not a lot when you say it quick'. A proud Alan Glover said.
During this time Sabian has won the Auckland to Fiji and Auckland to Noumea races and has also won the prestigious Coral Sea Classic at Hamilton Island.
'We’ve enjoyed celebrating our individual race results but as yet have not won our overall Hamilton Island Race Week class championship, but we and the crew have a mighty time trying'. He said.
However there will be the opportunity for the Sabian crew to enjoy another special occasion in the cockpit this year when they join in with the high standard fleet representing a number of the Worlds best yachts including the Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours champion Skandia (Grant Wharington) and Bob Oatley’s Admirals Cup champion Wild Oats by ‘Popping the corks’ to celebrate the 21st International Hahn Premium Race Week at Hamilton Island.
Only one race was contested overnight at the 2004 Finn European Championship in La Rochelle, France. Racing started with a light and steady 10 knot breeze and sunny conditions.
After a slow start to the regatta, Australia’s Anthony Nossiter (AIS/NSWIS) finished with a 13th, adding to his tally of 53rd and 8th.
Competition leader Mateusz Kusznierewicz maintains his lead after scoring another second place.
Two races are scheduled for tomorrow. The weather forecast is for 10-12 knots and flat water.
Day two results (3 races)
1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) (2,2,2) 6pts
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Australia's Allison Shreeve (AIS/NSWIS) leads the way at the 2004 Formula Windsurfing European Championship, being held at Lake Garda, Italy.
Results - Day One
Plc Sail No  Competitor              Born Cat.Plc Total   01    02    03
Reports, pictures and a full list of results can be found here - http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/event.php?id=4
Laser World Championship And Olympic Qualification Regatta
The Final Olympic Qualification Regatta before the Olympic Sailing Competition in Athens in August starts tomorrow as the world’s single-handed sailors in the Laser Class travel to Bodrum in Turkey for their World Championship.
Of all the equipment used at the Olympic Sailing Competition, the Laser holds the record for the most number of nations who compete at the World Championship. Here in Turkey, for the Senior Worlds at least, there are 62 nations represented, and 148 individual sailors.
The eight qualification places could come from any one of the 27 unqualified nations at the World Championship. Of the unqualified nations, Ireland are topping the bill as far as their positions in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings is concerned. Rory FITZPATRICK is currently 42 in the rankings, with his fellow countrymen close behind. Kevin LIM (MAS) follows Fitzpatrick in 58 position. Lim is part funded by the IOC Olympic Solidarity Scholarship initiative and will be fighting hard for one of the remaining eight places for the Olympic Games.
For some though, Olympic qualification is not on their mind, either they have already got their sites firmly set on Athens, or they are using the World Championships to gain experience in big fleet racing.
Robert SCHEIDT (BRA), is back at the top of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and at the World Championship to try and wrestle the title back from Gustavo LIMA, to claim a record seventh World Championship win in the class, but these are not the only two who could top the leader-board at the end of the final series of racing next week. Paul GOODISON (GBR), with his return to form will be looking to hit the favourites hard, as will Roope SUOMALAINEN (FIN), a veteran in the class and currently ranked 12 in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.
Challenges to Lima’s superiority could also come in the form of Michael BLACKBURN (AUS), recent Laser Radial World Champion, ranked second in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and bronze medallist at the 2000 Olympic Games. Phillippe BERGMANS (BEL), fifth at the recently held Semaine Olympique Francaise, could also make an appearance at the top, as he has been a consistent performer.
Two out of the three medallists at last year’s ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships have also made the trip to Turkey to try their hand in the senior fleet. Ricky IRONMONGER (AUS), part of the record-breaking Nations Cup Trophy winning team, and Bronze medallist Tonci STIPANOVIC (CRO), are in at the deep end. These two appear on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings at 66 and 235 respectively.
Another name on the entry list is that of the WSSRC performance certificate holder for the circumnavigation of Bahrain, Sami AL KOOHEJI (BRN), a different kind of racing in store for him over the next few days.
Racing gets underway with qualification races between 13 and 16 may and the final series of races from 17-19 May when the World Champion and the final Olympic Qualification places for 2004 will be decided in Turkey.
What a difference a day can make at the 2004 Yngling World Championship in Santander, Spain.
Australia’s Olympic selected team in the Yngling class, Nicky Bethwaite (AIS/NSWIS), Kristen Kosmala (AIS/NSWIS) and Karyn Gojnich (AIS/NSWIS) yesterday were placed 32nd in the 37 crew fleet.
Today, results that outclassed many of the hot favourites, moved the AIS Yngling crew to 9th overall. A bullet in the first race of the day, a 15th in the second and a 3rd in the third race, saw the trio finish ahead of the in-form British team, led by skipper Shirley Robinson (who received a BFD,3rd,16th) and current world number one Danish crew led by Dorte O. Jensen.
Two bullets for current regatta leader Janneke Hin, Klaatje Zuiderbann and Hanne Buis (NED), on day two of competition, places them in a comfortable position 17 points ahead of the second placed Danish crew.
The Australians, who finished second at the Open World Championships in Sydney earlier this year, will need to repeat the days performances and maintain consistency if they are to progress further on the pointscore and secure a top ten finish.
Day two results (4 race)
1. Janneke Hin/Klaatje Zuiderbann/Hanne Buis (NED) (7,6,1,1) 15pts
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Simone Green, Media and PR Co-Ordinator, Yachting Australia
Sailors at the 470 World Championship in Zadar, Croatia, were greeted with sunny and virtually breathless conditions on day two of competition. In a building 6 knot breeze the 53 crew in the women's fleet hit the water first.
Revenge was on the mind of many of the top women’s crews after recording poor results on day one. Australia’s Jenny Armstrong (AIS/NSWIS) and Belinda Stowell (AIS/WAIS) made a surge overnight, recording a 5th, 18th and 4th. Moving up 11 places to 20th.
Another big move came from reigning World Champions Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE). Dropping a 19th from yesterday’s racing and picking up a 3rd, 2nd and 3rd has moved the Greek pair from 26th to 3rd in just one day.
Current regatta leaders Therese Togersson and Vendela Zachrisson (SWE) were awarded for their efforts against the testing conditions, crossing the line first in race four and five in their fleet.
Although shifty, the conditions were readable, and thus it seems at the moment that the women’s results are very much based on whether or not a crew is on 'top of their game'.
Not one crew in the 470 men’s fleet looks certain to maintain their position, with only 10 points covering 2nd place to 18th.
Silver medallists at last year’s world championship, Nathan Wilmot (AIS/NSWIS) and Malcolm Page (AIS/NSWIS) are Australia’s best placed crew at the Worlds, having moved up from 6th to 2nd overnight.
Wilmot and Page will have to continue to maintain top results with many of the favourites beginning to step up.
After a slow start to the championship, last year’s gold medallists Gabrio Zandona and Andrea Trani (ITA) scored a 1st place in race five, but still sits in 18th position.
'It's obvious the regatta is tough when scores of 8,9,2 and 4 only gets you 17th place overall. As in the case of Japan's top hope Kazuto Seki and Kenji Todoroki,' explains Darren Dunkley-Smith, Class President 470 Internationale.
Tomorrow, both Men and Women's teams complete Qualifying with one race each.
Day two results 470 Men (5 races/1 drop)
1. Therese Togersson/Vendela Zachrisson (SWE) (3,15, 6,1,1) 11pts
Lake Starnberg / Bavaria, Germany: One thing was crystal clear when the first 2004 Volvo Champions Race ended this Sunday in Starnberg, Bavaria: 35000 spectators have seen the biggest sailing festival ever happening at Lake Starnberg. Three days of action-packed racing with rounding marks not more than 40 metres away from the audience at the shores created a unique stadium atmosphere.
Its was an exciting last day as the fight for podium places was not decided until the last race in the Tornado Class. It was four times World Champion Darren Bundock and his British crew Will Howden, Tour winners of last year´s first Volvo Champions Race Series, who started the new Tour with another win. They did though benefit from the retirement of Mitch Booth and Herbie Dercksen from the entire race after a jury decision did not meet their expectations. Austria´s Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher came second ahead of Sydney´s Bronze Medallist Roland Gäbler and his crew Gunnar Struckmann.
The tricky conditions on Lake Starnberg offered more stable and stronger winds up to five Beaufort on the last day.
The Volvo Champions Race in Starnberg, Bavaria is the first of three Stops of this year´s Volvo Champions Race Tour. Following are the Volvo Champions Races in Rostock (2 - 4 July) and Travemünde (24 - 26 September) right after the Olympics.
Top five final results
Tornado Sport (11 Races/2 Discards)
49er (10 Races/Race 7 was cancled by the Jury/2 Discards)
Tristan Jaques & Alain Sign dominated the second round of the 29er EuroCup raced on the weekend from the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy.
Results (Top 10)
Sail No,Helm,Crew,Points,Place,Race 1,Race 2,Race 3,Race 4,Race 5,Race 6
1. GBR629,Tristan Jaques,Alain Sign,5,1,1,1,1,1,1,1
2. AUS648,David O'Connor,Scott Babbage,16,2,4,2,6,5,2,3
3. FIN548,Lauri Lehtinen,Miikka Pennanen,19,3,2,6,3,3,14,5
4. GBR781,James Stewardson,Tom Morris,20,4,11,9,2,4,3,2
5. GBR931,Ed Chapman,Tom Peel,29,5,9,5,4,2,11,9
6. GBR900,Justin Visser,Simon Wheeler,30,6,3,4,7,15,6,10
7. GBR950,Dylan Fletcher,Nick Hollis,33,7,10,3,8,8,7,7
8. GBR873,Jonathan White,Alex Cruttenden,35,8,5,7,5,6,12,14
9. FIN015,Silja Lehtinen,Silja Kanerva,41,9,DNF,10,13,7,5,6
10. GBR777,David Hall,Laura Hall,46,10,8,12,11,11,8,8
Highly skilled Runaway Bay yachtswoman Pam Sherring has made a firm challenge to secure a major place in the 2004 Stockland Crab Island Classic to be contested on the Southport Broadwater over the Queens Birthday holiday weekend.
Sherring who regularly skippers her Blazer 23 class yacht Bundy Express in male dominated fleet racing has issued a friendly warning.
'Just tell those men we in Bundy Express are preparing to push them hard'.
'Sure I know they will laugh as they normally do, but we are not about to pushed around either' She said.
Bundy Express which lost the Silver Medal in the Go to Blazers championship on count back on the same course recently has the form and the tactical racing skills to support Pam Sheering’s claim to be in the thick of the action.
She had actually finished in a tie for second place only to lose under the count back rule to her younger brother Neil skippering Urgent.
'We gave them a fright and they can expect more of the same'. She said.
Skipper Sherring and a number of other crews representing Queensland and New South Wales Clubs will use the Stockland Crab Island Classic series as an official evaluation trial for the Hog’s Breath National championship at Airlie Beach in August.
'I have nominated for the Australian championships and have already made my brother Neil and cousin Graham aware that our Bundy Express crew wants to win the best family boat award'.
'That is easier said than done however I know they are learning to respect that we are knocking on the door'. A happy and confident Pam Sheering said.
Go to Blazers champion Still Crazy skippered by Peter Lahey and Neil Sherring’s Urgent are listed as the favourites to win the prestigious Stockland Trophy but Bundy Express is capable of causing an upset.
Noel Leigh-Smith’s All Fired Up a previous Crab Island Classic champion will need to produce her best form and regatta tactics to stall the challenges from visiting skippers Pierre Gal in the high performance Coffs Harbour sports boat Vivace and the Brisbane champion Stealthy (Alan Carwardine).
Staging a massive comeback from deep in the standings, New Zealander Russell COUTTS, the record-setting America’s Cup skipper, won the third annual ISAF Grade 1, Toscana Elba Cup – Trofeo Locman.
At the end of racing on Thursday, May 6, Coutts was last in the field of 12 crews with a 1-5 record. After sailing 22 races, the maximum number possible, he has become the champion and won Euro 35,000 (approximately $41,600).
“I felt a little uncomfortable for a while there,” Coutts said dockside amid a throng of fans and media. “We didn’t do any practice for this event and we almost paid for it.”
Coutts’s crew consisted of Rodney ARDEN, Josh BELSKY, Warwick FLEURY, Lorenzo MAZZA, Dean PHIPPS and Peter Van NIEUWENHUYZEN. “I really enjoyed the racing,” Coutts said. “The conditions were difficult and tricky.”
Gilmour’s crew consisted of Rod DAWSON, Mike MOTTL, Mark NEWBROOK, Alan SMITH, Kazuhiko SOFUKU and Yashuhiro YAJI. “To my guys, I’m sorry I messed up the last start,” Gilmour said.
The conditions for the final were as glorious as semi-final Saturday. The winds were out of the east/southeast between 8 and 12 knots. With the championship score tied at one-all, the decisive moment came in the pre-start of the third race. Both crews were deep in the start box and on starboard tack, with Gilmour to windward.
He tried to get across Coutts’s bow, but Coutts luffed and tagged Gilmour’s port push-pit, bending it inward. “He set a nice trap and got a penalty on us,” Gilmour said. “We were overlapped, and he gave us a sharp and fast luff. I think it could’ve gone either way.”
Coutts won the first race in the final, a nail biter. The two veteran crews were never more than two boatlengths apart. Gilmour was to leeward of Coutts at the start and forced him to the right side. Gilmour would leebow Coutts twice, sending him back to the right side. But that worked in Coutts’s favour.
Near the top of the one-third mile leg Coutts got a little more pressure on the right and was able to cross Gilmour at their third meeting. The slight advantage was all he needed, and he won by approximately 10 seconds.
Race two was Gilmour’s turn to work the right side of the beat. To windward of Coutts in close-quarters off the start line, he tacked to port when Coutts luffed 10 seconds into the race.
Gilmour was happy with that development, as he found more pressure on the right side. When they met again he held a one and a half boatlength lead and stretched it out to about four boatlengths at the finish.
“I made a couple of mistakes in the pre-start of Race two,” Coutts said. “It was very close racing. You have to be careful not to get too complacent.”
The final was a wonderful climax to a week that started with loads of frustration for competitors and organizers alike. Bad weather on the first three days threw the regatta schedule off track. The weather turned favourable on Friday and continued to improve throughout the weekend.
Like the previous day’s quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, yesterday’s final on a sunny spring day attracted hundreds of spectators along the shoreside to watch the racing held just hundreds of yards away on the Bay of Porto Azzurro. The spectators couldn’t have been any closer if the event were staged in a stadium.
“I’d like to compliment the race committee and the organizers,” Gilmour said. “A few days ago I didn’t think we could get this series in. But they did a great job.” Coutts got into the final after he defeated New Zealander Gavin Brady of the Oracle BMW Racing Team, 3-2, in the semifinal.
The Oracle BMW Racing team gained redemption in the Petit Final when they defeated Poland’s Karol Jablonski and the Toscana Challenge team 2-0.
Coutts and Gilmour are two veterans of the match-race circuit. Each has won three match-racing world championships and they’ve staged many epic battles in the past.
Given Coutts’s rough, 1-5 start to the regatta, Gilmour seemed a good bet in the final. But Coutts, who has won three straight America’s Cup Matches and 14 straight races in the Cup Match, both records, showed his mastery once again.
“He has an ability to make something out of nothing,” Gilmour said.
Open - Semifinals - Race 1
120 Teams are alive now. We go up the next step in the World Championship stair. The rest of the competitors can only look up.
The day started with a perfect morning. The sails went out to cruise the ocean. Suddenly, nature surprised us with its quietness. Windless, rainless and dark... but most of all, quiet. The weather: moist, the people: dismayed. The sails were flat, hungry for wind. However, we had none.
Little time after that, the situation changed dramatically. Right now, all participants are witnessing a discussion. A big argument between sky, clouds, water and lightning. We hear them screaming. Shouting.
The Race Committee has decided that no mortal can be under that riot. It is not safe. We will let you know when mother nature comes to calm her children and race number one of the semifinals can start.
When arriving to the first weather mark, Colby and Mattfield have dropped three places, and the group is lead by Hobie Cat #33 of their countrymen Aaron Worral and Sean Seibold.
In the downwind mark, 33 is still leading and the 01 climbs to position 2. Minutes after. In the final weather mark, minutes later, Maegli and Tardew from Guatemala go from 2nd to 3rd place.
And the end is very tight. With the number one… arriving second.
Open - Semifinals - Race 2
Gray sky is the remnant of the morning storm. The wind has maintained the same speed than the last race. 16 knots (29.5 km/h)
The waves are much stronger, compared to other days, but manageable for the experience of those who are now in the World Championship. Now it is the second group of competitors turn a board of 61 ships and it seems that this is one of those days in which the ones who are going to win, do it from the beginning.
France flees away as soon as the air horn sounds. The catamaran with the sail number 24, commanded by Cristophe Renaud and Alban Rossolin as a cre member will not yield one millimeter in this water track.
First, second round and finish. They maintained their supremacy. Like a shadow, boat 45 from Australians Mick Butler and Bridget Waterhouse. Jerome Legal and Vaik Delevaux are also representing the land of Roquefort Cheese and Burdeaux wine, who went going up, arriving in third place.
Let see the competitors of the country hosting the event. They touch a mark by accident and they have to do the 360 degree maneuver. After this unfortunate incident the Mexican pair formed by Ponce and Gasque fall all the way to the second half of the table. We wish they have better luck in the next race.
Open - Semifinals - Race 2
1G is the race’s course. It is the second of the competirors who got first into the water. They are 61 and among them is, again, Gavin Colby from Australia.
It is 5 in the afternoon when the group comes to shore. It is late because of the long delay due to the morning storm. The sky is still gray and the dusk is rapidly coming. The thermometer marks 29 Celsius. The Regatta Committee decides to postpone for early tomorrow the fourth race of this day.
Top Three Results (score/overall points)
Open World Championship (Semi Final)
Women's World Championship (6 races)
Youth World Championship (6 races)
The first day of the Yngling World Championship and Olympic Qualification Regatta started in a light 5-7 knot breezes and heavy rain on the Southern side of the Bay of Biscay in the Spanish Port of Santander.
It was Danish boat of Trine Palludan that got the best of the first beat, rounding the top mark three boat lengths ahead of Ulrike Schumann (GER). Sharon FERRIS and Janneke Hin were next to round. These four boats were quickly followed by the pack with the top ISAF ranked boat of Dorte Jensen (DEN) leading the chase.
Sydney twins Patricia and Joyce Warn lead the Australian race for the world championship title. After day one of competition the Warn’s with crew Margaret Morgan are sitting five places ahead of 2004 Olympic representatives Nicky Bethwaite (AIS/NSWIS), Kristen Kosmala (AIS/NSWIS) and Karyn Gojnich (AIS/NSWIS) who are placed 32nd.
Shirley Robertson (GBR), who had come to the Worlds having won the last regatta at Hyeres, was finding the conditions hard and rounded the bottom mark in the late twenties. Her crew eventually finished 34th.With four places still up for grabs for Olympic qualification, as well as being the team trials for many of the nations involved competition, competition will be aggressive as the days go on. Australia qualified for the Olympic Games in the Yngling class at last year’s world championship in Cadiz, when Bethwaite and crew finished 16th.
Day one results (1 race)
1. Sharon Ferris/Joanna White/Kylie Jameson (NZL) (1) 1pts
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Simone Green, Media and PR Co-Ordinator, Yachting Australia
After day one racing was completed at the 470 World Championship in Zadar, Croatia, the top placed men’s crews were no surprise, however the women’s fleet saw some outsiders and unknown crews fill the top spots.
The day started with a postponement in the morning followed by abandoned races with showers and unpredictable breeze covering both course areas. Racing finally got under way at 14:30hrs.
Silver medallists at last years world championship Nathan Wilmot (AIS/NSWIS) and Malcolm Page (AIS/NSWIS) looked on their way to securing another top spot this time around.
In the tricky conditions Wilmot and Page, Australia’s Olympic selected team, showed the 101 participating crews that they are genuine competition, taking home two bullets on day one.
This placed the Aussie crew on equal points with current world number one French crew Gildas Philippe and Nicolas Le Berre, who have only recently taken the number one placing from the Aussies.
In the third race of the day, Wilmot and Page were unable to continue their clean sweep. A 10th in race three moving the pair to 6th overall, where they remain until racing begins tomorrow.
Mathew Belcher (QLD) and Nick Behrens (TAS) are showing great improvement taking two top five positions on day one (3rd and 5th). Up and coming stars, Nathan Outteridge (NSWIS) and Ayden Menzies (NSWIS) also showing growth with an 8th in race three.
In the Women's fleets the stand out performances of the day did not come from the expected well-known crews. In race one little known Brazillian pair Fernanda Oliveira and Adriana Kostiwr led all the way to take out the race and backed it up with a solid 9th in the second race to be 4th overall at the end of the day.
Rank outsiders Katarzyna Tylinska & Zuzanna Gladysz of Poland lead the women's overall results with a 3rd and 4th with the Swiss pair of Duerig and Meier in 2nd overall.
Jenny Armstrong (AIS/NSWIS) and Belinda Stowell (AIS/WAIS) finished 11th and 18th in their fleet, to position themselves 31st overall.
Armstrong and Stowell will be disappointed with their starting results. However, they are not alone, many of the top women’s crews not performing to potential on day one.
Current world number one French crew are ranked 11th after day one racing, while reigning world champions Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE) are also way down the list in 26th place.
1. Gildas Philippe/Nicolas Le Berre (FRA) (1,1,1) 3pts
Day One Results 470 Women (2 races)
1.Katarzyna Tylinska/Zuzanna Gladysz (POL) (3,4) 7pts
Firstly I must apologise (again!!) for a late newsletter.  I have many excuses about being busy and not having great internet speeds.  But I will not bore you with that detail.
Also thanks to Victor Kovalenko - coach extraordinaire.  He spoke with great passion!  Although we see this everyday while we are racing and training, I
Thank you to all and for your great donations.  Although all the figures are still not in yet, it looks like we have cracked the $10K mark, which will be enough to purchase a new boat.  This is great news.  This support has taken a load of our minds, which in turn will allow us to concentrate on things that really matter.
Competitions in Europe:
We ended up making some big gains on the last day to scrape into 12th position overall.  Although this is not our normal standard, we were happy with what we got out of it.  It is always nice also to get the first European regatta shacks out of the way.
French Spring Cup - This regatta was being held in a beautiful little town called 'Sablettes' just near Toulon in the South of France.  Our aim of this regatta was to use it as a 'training regatta'.  Which meant to watch other competitors, to gain as much information from them and to keep ourselves fresh (ie race only when we wanted).
Many people might remember my story on our fundraiser evening of this regatta 2 years ago.  This is when Nathan ended up having an express ride in an ambulance to the hospital, and came out with a neck brace.  Well we were joking in the car as we were driving 'we should find out where the local hospital is before you need it'.  On the 2nd day of racing we had around 30knots (very strong!) of wind.  We managed to hit the lead with just the down wind legs to go, when we tacked around the mark Nathan came out a little blue in the face.  We immediately capsized with him saying 'I can't breath!'.  We stayed for a while on our side allowing him to relax.  When things were not improving quickly we righted the boat and pulled the mainsail down.  Again! Nathan got an express ride back to shore via Coach Boat and left me to single hand sail the boat home in the wind.  But things started to improve quick when Nathan hit the shore.  The Australian physio made a special journey to see him that evening and they came to assumption it was an asthma attack.  Nathan in his normal organised way had not brought any Ventolines to Europe.  So with some help from the physio and many visits to the local hospital for tests, Nathan is now back on the drugs program. His performance has improved out of sight when he can breath.
This in turn meant we missed the final 2 days of racing.  So we decided to pack up early and move to the next regatta site, I can't even tell you our final result, as we left.  But only completing 2 races out of 7 would have not left us in a good position.
French Olympic Week (SOF Hyere) - This is the best grade 1 regatta in Europe.  We have always liked this regatta with winning it in '02 and taking\ bronze last year.  We were looking to have some better results at this regatta.  We started in flying colours with being 2nd overall after day 1. But then our racing became a little inconsistent (we had the opportunities but wasted them) and had 2 bad results within the qualification section.  If we sailed well in the finals, we would have been able to discard these results and still be in contention.  But we made a fatal mistake on the 1st day of finals.  We did this with the rest of the fleet ... with only 1 boat of the 37 realising that we were going to have a 3rd race of the day.  All others proceeded to sail home after the 2nd race.  Only 5 other boats that stayed out there training got told of the extra race and made it in time to compete.  So there were only 6 boats that were scored finishers.  So with this stupid mistake, we had no chance of being able to drop the bad qualifying races... ouch & oops!  So again with some hard sailing on the last day we managed to drag ourselves just into the top 10.  But as many people said 'lucky it was not the Worlds or the Olympics'...
We are now in Croatia.  In a small coastal town called Zadar.  This is where this year's World Championships are being held.  It is renowned for light wind.  We have been here now for 1 week and we have had 5 days of really strong wind (above 30 knots most days)... 'its never normally like this'. So with some very early and very late training sessions we have managed to get our hours on the water.  We have now past through the measurement check and are ready for the regatta.  Racing will start on Monday (10th of May) and will run for 7 days straight.  You will find the link to the regatta via the international sailing website www.sailing.org
Also, the latest rankings have just been updated after the last grade 1regatta.  We have slipped to 2nd in the world.  The French Team has jump us to take the number 1 spot.  They have not beaten us in a regatta since July (11 regattas) last year, until last week.  But as all these regattas in between have been smaller in grading, it was enough for them to jump us on the table.  But we are very motivated and hope we can do well this week and will rectify things very shortly.  We have managed to win Silver and Bronze at the 470 worlds in the past, but never the Gold.  We will put everything into it and see what we can bring back to AUS!
Thanks for your support.
The race between Coutts, winner of the last three editions of the America¹s Cup and Peter Gilmour, current leader of Swedish Match Tour, started at around 12:30 with east-winds (100 - 110°) reaching up to 13 knots.
The first match started off in favor of Coutts, who hit a rough patch at the first mark trying to lower the spinnaker as it slipped partially under the boat. Gilmour didn¹t manage to take advantage of his rival¹s problems and the New Zealander went on to victory.
Gilmour dominated the second match and the two were even. Gilmour got a pre-start penalty and Coutts took the lead and won.
Final results Toscana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman:
Leaderboard after 5 matches:
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Yngling Women’s World Championship and Olympic Qualification Regatta
Starting in Spain this weekend, 36 of the World’s best Women Yngling teams will do battle in their World Championship and final Olympic Qualification Regatta for the Athens Olympic Games.
Eighteen nations are represented, 12 of which have already gained an entry to the Olympic Games, including Greece as the host nation. In Santander, there is the opportunity for a further four places to be granted, three from the original qualification criteria and a further one place granted following the amendment to the qualification quotas on March 15 2004.
Canada, Norway, Columbia, Poland, Japan and the Netherlands will all be pushing hard for Olympic qualification. For Columbia, represented in Spain by the crew of Loreana JACOB, Jessica JACOB and Paula DOUAT, if they are successful in their campaign, the Yngling will be the only class they are represented in at the Olympic Sailing Competition.
Norway, who have sailors representing them in the 49er, Europe, Laser and Mistral Women will add a further string to their bow if successful in qualifying and have two crews at the Worlds who can barely be separated in the rankings. Carolina TOLL and Karianne EIKELAND are 31 and 32 respectively.
Canada also has two crews, helmed by Lisa ROSS and Felicity CLARKE respectively, both up there fighting for the right to represent their nation at the Olympics. They are both in the top 40 of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, and if Canada successfully qualify, will have a tough nomination battle on their hands.
As well as qualification, sailors are competing for the accolade of 2004 World Champion and all the top ranked sailors are capable of winning the title. Shirley ROBERTSON (GBR) and her young crew are in form since taking delivery of a new boat and their victory at Semaine Olympique Francaise stands them in good stead to take the World title for the first time.
Ulrike SCHUEMANN (GER) and crew, silver medallists in the 2003 ISAF World Championships, will be hoping to go one better than last year in Cadiz, whilst Dorte JENSEN, ranked number one in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, and bronze medallist in Cadiz, can never be discounted, neither of course, can the USA’s representative in Athens, Carol CRONIN.
Annelies THIES (NED) and her team, who are yet to qualify as a nation in the class for Athens, are on top form though, and are looking like they may be able to win the World Championship and grab Olympic qualification in one regatta.
Hannah SWETT (USA), last year’s World Champion, is not here in Santander so at least one thing can be certain – there will be a new Women’s World Champion in a few days time.
Measurement is currently underway and racing starts on Monday for the Olympic Class fleet and concludes next Saturday 18 May. A full entry list and full results will be available on the event website at the address below.
Sunday May 9th marked the day of sailing events as part of the wonderful wedding week celebrations leading up to the nuptials of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Tasmanian Mary Donaldson on 14th May.
The brilliant weather and excellent spectating venue of Langelinie Quay on the edge of central Copenhagen brought out 10,000 people to watch the events.
In addition, the afternoon’s sailing was covered live in a three hour programme on the Danish television network.
Amongst a range of events, ranging from youth sailors in 29er dinghies, to water-ski displays and an air-sea rescue demonstration, match racing was fitted in.
Former America’s Cup winner, and current world number one Etchells sailor, John Bertrand (Australia), raced Jesper Bank (Denmark), two-time Olympic gold medallist in the Soling class and former World match racing champion.
First on the match racing agenda was a race in old America’s Cup 12 metre boats, built in the 1930’s, between John Bertrand and Jesper Bank, their crews consisting of the people who normally sail these boats.
In very light winds, which left the boats ghosting to the finish on the last leg Bank defeated Bertrand, having extended on every leg of the course.
The official royal match races took place in the Copenhagen match race centre’s DS match racers.
Crown Prince Frederik, a world top ranked Dragon sailor, took the helm of the Danish boat, giving Jesper Bank the role of tactician. His Australian fiancée, Mary Donaldson, left the role of skipper helmsman in the capable hands of John Bertrand, whilst she crewed on the boat, together with other Danish sailors.
The wind strength was around 10 knots, in perfect warm and sunny sailing conditions. The crowds added energy and vibrancy to the proceedings, with applause whenever one of the boats came near the Quay.
In race one, the Crown Prince, on port tack, got the better of Bertrand at the start, staying just ahead around the course. On the run, Bertrand tried the desperate measure of gybing to starboard and rapidly luffing the Danes, for which he was given a penalty, which handed the match to the Danes.
Race two and the Crown Prince’s starting technique improved yet further, as he sailed Bertrand out beyond the pin, ensuring that Bertrand crossed the line in his wake.
A split to the left on the second beat, however, and the Australian team overcome the odds to finish a boat length ahead.
The decider was almost a repeat of race two, as the Danes won the start, but were overtaken by Bertrand splitting left on the beat.
Result: the Australians overtook and could not be caught, giving a winning score line of 2-1 to Mary Donaldson over her royal fiancé.
Bank was full of praise for the Crown Prince, saying, ’I think it has been amazing to see a good sailor fit straight into a boat and get straight into match racing the way he did. I’m surprised that it’s possible still.
It’s a pity that you need a winner and a number two in all of this, ’cause with the backgrounds so different, I don’t think we gave him full credit.’
Bertrand had not sailed previously with Mary Donaldson, but said, ’she integrated beautifully into the team. She was all over the boat. It was a real pleasure to have her involved. She’s very, very keen a very enthusiastic young woman.’
A re-match in Australia is rumoured, but the details of timing, venue, etc. are still to be determined.
The whole event was a great on-water spectacle and family fun day out.
Such events can only serve to bring the sport of sailing into the lives of non-sailors and give them appreciation for the sport.
Open - Round 1 - Race 5
This is the second and decisive day for the participants of the Round 1 of the Open to qualify for the semifinals. Most of the participants are aware that they have to sail like if their lifes deppend on it.
You can see the determination in their eyes as they push their boats to the first race of the day which they'd hate to be last in the Mayan Riviera.
The weather has grant them to have more oportunities to prove themselves. Wind is only 8 knots and the day is sunny and warm.
Those who could take the best out of the 8 knots of wind we have for this race, on the first leg upwind are: Dhal, from Sweeden Figueroa, from Puerto Rico Ziolkwoski, from USA Engwirda, from Australia Zanesco, from Australia and Viana, from Brasil.
On the second leg upwind the positions remained the same. We're sure that, with all this effort, tonight they will mantain their positions for a long time... laying down in bed.
Open - Round 1 - Race 6
The start of this race comes to us with the equator of the day. The next group iis now leaving the shore for the first time today, to race a 2G. The wind has gone up and the sun will not lose sight of one second of this great party.
It is thrilling to hear the comments and expressions of the competitors - Hey, we saw two turtles floating while we sailed! – A marlin jumped in front of us! And it is a fact that we are in front of a living sea of perfectly clear waters reflecting a blue sky. Today, palm trees are working as dusters cleaners that blow away the clouds.
The camera guys are happy with so much color around them. The interviews of the radio and television chains to the organization committee, participants and the staff, are endless. It is Sunday and also hundreds of visitors watch the race from other ships on the sea.
These are the scenes of the moment. And these are the winners.
Open - Round 1 - Race 7
The spirit is “in-crescendo”. The first group comes back to the sea, while Ingrid, our special reporter is constantly capturing emotions with pen and paper. Michael Walker, on the surface, shoots his pictures with great expertise. Gonzalo Arcila is 10 feet down below the surface with his scuba gear with a video camera catching the moments when the catamarans fly over his head in the A mark.
The communication center boils with activity, like every single day. The editors select the best sequences for the daily videos. The images come out of the cameras and go into CD’s. In the Internet department, millions of bites come and go. We write what you are read and there’s no time for a Caribbean “siesta”.
And like everything that begins comes to an end, these are the numbers of the sails that, at the end, came first: 38, 03, 64, 44 and 50. Who are they, you ask? You are only one tack away.
Women's World Championship - Top three
Maters World Championship - Top three
Youth World Championship - Top three
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Finn European Championship and Olympic Qualification Regatta
Over 100 sailors from around the world are now registered and arriving in La Rochelle, France for the 2004 Finn European Championship and final Olympic Qualification Regatta for the 2004 Olympic Games In Athens.
32 nations are represented and amongst them some of the world’s best single-handed sailors in recent years. Olympic Champions, World Champions and America’s Cup sailors have all descended on this west coast resort in France for some fierce competition.
No harder will the competition be than that amongst those nations for whom this is the final chance to qualify for the Olympic Sailing Competition. Currently there are 21 nations qualified for Athens, including Greece as host nation, with a further five places available in La Rochelle.
Current qualified nations are as follows:
Of the 32 nations represented in La Rochelle 21 have already qualified for the Olympic Games, leaving ten nations fighting for the final five spots. The big battles will be between Italy, Russia, who have Evgeny TCHERNOV in the top forty in the world and is the second highest ranked unqualified nation, and Finland who is just behind Russia in the rankings. Finland will be looking for a place at Athens in the Men’s single-handed fleet, to augment their qualified teams in the Europe, Laser and 49er. Italy, whose star performer and Silver medallist at the 2000 Olympic Games Luca DEVOTI retired from elite Finn sailing last year, has yet to be replaced. As the highest ranked unqualified nation, Italy will be hoping that Michele MARCHESINI who has been making steady progress up the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and currently sits at 35 will secure the honour.
Alongside Russia, there are several other countries who were on the startline in Sydney, but are as yet to secure their spot for Athens, namely Hungary, Italy, South Africa, US Virgin Islands, Estonia, and Sri Lanka. South Africa and Sri Lanka do not current field sailors on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, and will therefore not be in this year’s game.
Hungary’s top sailor, Balazs HAJDU, is currently ranked 65 and carries Olympic credentials having represented his nation at the 2000 Olympic Games. The US Virgin Islands may put in an appearance with Ben BEER, who was also on the startline in Sydney, and similarly Estonia have a chance with their top sailor Janno HOOL.
Three times World Champion Ben AINSLIE (GBR) will be out in La Rochelle hoping to assert his authority once again on the world-class fleet. After his recent result in Palma at the Princess Sofia Trophy, few will bet against him repeating the feat, however, the Popular Polish sailor Mateusz KUSNIEREWICZ, on top-form in Hyeres at the Semaine Olympiqe Francaise, will be hot on Ben’s heals.
As the countdown to Athens drops below 100 days, all athletes with their heart, minds and bodies set on the Olympic Games, will be sailing hard in La Rochelle.
Local sailor, Guillaume FLORENT (FRA), who was forth at last year’s ISAF World Championships in Cadiz, commented on the forthcoming Europeans.” It's with great pleasure that I shall participate in this Championship. It's a fact that La Rochelle has the chance of benefiting from an extraordinary expanse of water. Current, Atlantic swell, high low pressure or low thermal current, La Rochelle isn't lacking in persuasive arguments to challenge the contestants. The SRR [Organizing Committee] experience will be an additional advantage in the organization of a Championship which we hope will remain in every Finnist's memory.”
Porto Azzurro, Elba, ITALY
Peter GILMOUR has advanced to the finals of the ISAF Grade 1 Toscana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman and will faceTeam Alinghi’s Russell COUTTS in the best of five race final today in Porto Azzurro.
The fifth day of the Toscana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman featured close matches with penalties and lead changes the order of the day. Rarely were boats separated by boatlengths at mark roundings. Frequently the trailing boat's bow was on the lead boat's stern.
A fresh east/southeasterly blew this morning at 12 knots for the quarterfinals and racing was conducted on the Bay of Porto Azzurro with the racecourse parallel to the shoreline to the delight of the hundreds of spectators who turned out on a glorious spring day.
The wind moderated throughout the day and backed to the east, but the race committee conducted 17 match-races to set up tomorrow's climatic final.
Gilmour, the Australian skipper of the Pizza-La Sailing Team, arrived in the final by defeating Ed BAIRD (USA/Team Musto) 2-1 in the quarterfinal. Gilmour then deposed of Karol JABLONSKI (POL/Toscana Challenge) 3-(-1) in the semifinal.
'Gilmour showed today that he's a much better sailor,' said Jablonski. 'He was always in the right place in the pre-start.'
In their first semifinal match, Jablonski was an early starter and had to return below the line to start properly. He didn't clear the line enough in his first attempt at restarting, and was forced to dip a second time. But when he dipped 'about three or four metres' below the line, in his estimation, he still didn't see his flag lowered on the race committee boat to indicate he was clear.
Frustrated by starting as much as 20 seconds late while Gilmour sailed away, Jablonski turned toward the race committee and said something he shouldn't have. This prompted the umpires to initiate a Rule 69 protest for unsportsmanlike conduct against Jablonski after the match. In the hearing on the water, Jablonski admitted he yelled a profanity at the race committee, and the umpires penalised him a full point.
'All of my crew were sure we were clear,' Jablonski said. 'But the flag wasn't coming down. It was an unnecessary incident on my part. It shouldn't have happened.'
With the score 2-0, Gilmour got a penalty on Jablonski in the pre-start of their third match, which essentially put the Aussie in the final. The two were luffing head to wind, with Gilmour to the left of Jablonski. Gilmour gybed around to port, while Jablonski bore off on starboard. In the light 5- to 8-knot winds, Gilmour, on port, had to harden up to avoid a collision, but their gunwales touched and Jablonski was penalised.
'He hunted us down and stopped us from maneuvering. We banged side-to-side,' Gilmour said. 'The rules are written to make the right-of-way boat keep clear.'
Said Jablonski, 'I had to give him room to gybe, and did. The minute he started to come up I couldn't keep clear.'
Jablonski got to the semifinal by beating Jesper RADICH (DEN/Team Denmark) 2-1 in the quarterfinal. With the score tied 1-1, Radich won the start of the third and deciding match. He forced Jablonski to the left of the course, and seemed in control.
A 10-degree wind shift to the left allowed Jablonski to lay the windward mark while Radich had to cross from the right on the header. Jablonski rounded the windward mark with an eight-boatlength lead and sailed away to victory.
Also in the quarterfinal, Gilmour beat Baird 2-1, nailing him with a penalty in the deciding race. Gilmour, who sailed circles around Baird in the pre-start, was pushing him from behind.
'Ed's a benchmark sailor,' Gilmour said. 'When he's on he's tough to beat. But because he changes crew so much he doesn't have the finesse in the pre-start.'
Brady and Coutts staged epic battle that has seen lead changes and come-from-behind victories in two of the three matches. Coutts won the first flight after trailing by nearly 30 seconds at the first windward mark. He rode a puff up to Brady on the first run and then played the right side of the second beat to pass Brady and extend to a roughly 30-second victory.
In Flight 2, Brady led around the first lap, but once again Coutts closed at the leeward mark. Brady rounded inside with Coutts overlapped. Coutts then luffed Brady, but there was slight contact and Coutts was penalised.
'That was an aggressive move,' Brady said.
With the score tied 1-1, Coutts took it to Brady in the pre-start of Flight 3. The two skippers sat luffing head-to-wind for an extended period, and Brady was first to fall off onto starboard. Coutts followed and had command. He pushed Brady well past the pin end before tacking to port and sailing back to start. Coutts was 35 seconds late, and Brady 40 seconds late.
On the beat, however, the two split, Coutts going right and Brady left. At the first meeting Coutts held a slight edge and tacked in front of Brady, sending him back to the left. Brady found more pressure on the left side of the course, which helped him sail a higher angle toward the windward mark. Brady rounded the windward mark with a three-boatlength lead, a similar advantage he held at the second windward mark. On the run to the finish Coutts closed from behind to make it interesting, but Brady held on for a narrow, one boatlength victory.
Brady said that his downwind sailing ability was lacking at the Congressional Cup two weeks ago, when he finished third, and admitted it still needs some work. 'It's not our strength,' the 30-year-old skipper said.
Brady arrived in the semifinal by beating Magnus Holmberg (SWE/SeaLife Rangers) 2-0 in the quarterfinal. He was the only skipper to sweep his opponent in the round.
Coutts got the semis by beating Bertrand PACÉ (FRA/Team France), 2-1, in a battle of former Team New Zealand sailors. Coutts won the America's Cup twice for Team New Zealand as skipper (1995 and 2000), while Pacé was the tune-up helmsman for the unsuccessful defense in 2003.
Coutts lost the first quarterfinal match to Pacé, then won two straight to advance. The final is due to take place today and all the resuls and standings are on the event website at the address below.
Whilst women have participated in the Olympic Sailing Competitions from the early days of the Olympics, it was not until the 1988 Olympic Games that a specific women’s event was included on the sailing programme.
Moving onto 1996, and the number of events remained the same, although a greater allocation of slots was given to the women’s events, to bring the total number of female athletes up to 99 - 21% of the total number of 458 athletes in Savannah, USA.
Sydney 2000 saw the introduction of an eleventh event, the high-performance dinghy open (49er). However, this new event made little dent in the athlete quotas given to women. Whilst the overall athlete quota fell to 402, the women athlete quota was 94, given an overall female participation of 23%.
1As per Olympic Qualification System
Athens 2004 will see women’s participation almost hit the magic 35%. This is the benchmark which ISAF has set the sport for 2004, and which the IOC has striven to attain across all sports. The introduction of the Women’s Keelboat (Yngling) has seen a further 45 athlete slots given to women. Again, this new event has not impacted the quotas across the other women’s events. The Double-Handed Dinghy Women (470) has the same number of athletes as in 2000 – 38. The Windsurfer Women (Mistral) has been allocated 28 slots in 2004, down one from 2000. The Women’s Single-Handed Dinghy (Europe) has been allocated 26 slots in 2004, down one from 2000.
Athens 2004 will welcome 137 women sailors, the greatest ever number to participate in an Olympic Regatta. Competition will be fierce, but alongside this the camaraderie amongst the women sailors will be strong.
The top performing nation since the introduction of women’s events in 1988 has been the USA, who have claimed 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals. However, a total of 17 different nations have claimed medals, and there are many more striving for success in Athens.
Moving across to the Windsurfer Women, one sailor stands out from the rest, New Zealand’s Barbara KENDALL, who has achieved a quiver of medals, Gold in 1992, Silver in 1996 and Bronze in 2000. To perform at this elite level across three Olympiads is incredible, and she will be back on the startline at the 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition and has every chance of taking a medal. Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) has also put in a superb performance on the Mistral, taking the bronze medal in 1996 and the Gold in 2000.
The first woman to win a medal in sailing at the Olympic Games was Frances RIVETT-CARNAC (GBR) at the 1908 Olympics held in London (GBR). Frances was part of the Gold Medal winning crew of four sailing in the 7 Metre Class.
The next Olympic Games to see a woman win a medal were the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp (BEL) where Dorothy WRIGHT (GBR) was also part of the Gold Medal winning 7 Metre Class crew.
It was another 8 years during the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam (NED) for the next women medallist. This time the honours went to Virginie HERIOT (FRA) who took the Gold Medal as part of a crew of six in the 8 Metre Class.
The eight year cycle for women winning medals was repeated again as it was not until the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (GER) that another woman could take to the podium. Dagmar SALEN (SWE) was part of the Bronze Medal crew of 5 in the 6 Metre Class.
After the break in Olympic Games for World War II there were no women medallists until the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki (FIN). This time two women went home with medals Vibeker LUNDE (NOR) won the Silver Medal as part of the crew of 3 in the 5.5 Metre Class and Emelyn WHITON was one of 6 crew members who took the Gold Medal in the 6 Metre Class.
Latest Rankings Released - 6 May 2004
With a host of World Championship and final 2004 Olympic Qualification Regattas now completed, the latest rankings released today 6 May 2004 show some big movers in the build up to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens in August.
The Yngling, 470 and Laser classes all have their World Championship starting within the next few days and with them the final opportunity for nations who have yet done so, to qualify for an entry to the Olympic Sailing competition.
But as well as World Championships and Olympic Qualification Regattas, we have also seen the ever-popular ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française just completed in the French sailing mecca of Hyères. As well as the final Olympic Qualification regatta for the Europe Class, it was a regatta attended by a world-class fleet in eight of the nine classes. The Stars were hosting their World Championship in Gaeta, Italy at the same time so the fleet did not attend Hyères.
The Grade 1 and World Championship events tend to be those that produce the most movement at the top end of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, but slightly back from the top few, events such as the Laser Europa Cup and Youth Grand Prix, The United 4 and the SSECS Europe Regatta proved much scope for picking up valuable ranking points.
Windsurfer Men – Mistral
Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) still occupies the top spot that sees him remain as one of the favourites for success at the Olympic Games in Athens. Just behind him, and looking forward to perhaps peaking at the right time is the 2003 World Champion “Pont” MIARCZYNSKI (POL). The top three is rounded out by French windsurfer Nicolas HUGUET.
Piotr MYSZKA, Polish team mate of the 2003 World Champion, has rocked up the rankings into fourth position after a ninth at the 2004 World Championship in Turkey consolidated a consistent few months in the class. Although he will not be competing at the Olympic Games as this honour was claimed by Pont, his current position shows what depth there is in Polish windsurfing.
Nick DEMPSEY (GBR), on the back of his selection as the British nominee for Athens has picked up his game a little to step back into the top ten after falling to a low point of 13 following the 2003 ISAF World Championships in Cadiz. He finished fifth in Turkey, a result that can only have been confidence boosting in his build up to Athens.
Tom ASHLEY (NZL) is the biggest mover in the top twenty this time around, although he didn’t start the day in the top twenty, he moved a massive 14 places higher amongst the best sailors in the world to 17 overall in the rankings. His seventh place in Turkey, along with runner up position in the ISAF Grade 1 event in Hyères, gave the young sailor all the points he needed to make a break for the top tier.
Windsurfer Women – Mistral
In the Mistral Women there are again some bold appearances in the top flight from some of the younger sailors in the world. 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championship gold medallist Lee KORSIZ (ISR), following a strong presence on the tour this year, has almost emulated the rise of Tom ASHLEY, and has broken into the world’s top 10 at 10, a rise of eleven places.
Jannicke STALSTROM (NOR) was ranked in 27 in the last ranking release, and she has also popped up in the top twenty, now residing firmly entrenched behind Amelie LUX (GER), following a 12 place finish at the 2004 World Championship in Turkey and a fifth in Hyères.
Lee LAI-SHAN (HKG) is making her comeback to the top of the windsurfing tree as she builds-up to represent Hong Kong in August. San-San, as Lee is known will be on a quest for the second sailing medal for Hong Kong since she won a Gold medal in Atlanta in 1996, the first gold medal in any sport ever achieved by the country. She is now in second and replaces Romy KINZL (GER), who has dropped to fourth. Faustine MERRETT (FRA) is another who has popped back into the top three, jumping from fifth to third.
Single-handed Dinghy Women – Europe
No change in the top three for the class who used Semaine Olympique Francaise as their final Olympic Qualification Regatta. The event was won by the ever assertive Siren SUNDBY (NOR), who is now suggesting that after a fantastic year in 2003, which culminated in her becoming ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, she has no intention of letting her grip on the fleet falter leading up to Athens. She is tailed by Sari MULTALA (NOR)
Christiane DE NIJS (GER), along with German teammate Petra NIEMANN, round out in third and fourth. De Nijs actually having closed the gap on her rival by rising up from eighth to fourth.
There is not much other movement amongst the remainder of the top ten, although Trine Julie ABRAHAMSEN (DEN) has dropped from sixth to 11 and Meg GAILLARD (USA), recently granted the spot to represent the USA in Athens, appears in the top ten.
Single-handed Dinghy Open - Laser
The World Championship and final Olympic Qualification Regatta is looming for the class and all eyes will be focussed on the effect this has on the rankings in the future build up to the Olympic Games. Meanwhile, there have been a number of ISAF Grade 1 events, not least, Semaine Olympique Francaise.
Following Hyères, Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) has returned to his favourite place at the top of the rankings, a victory in France reassured the world of his intention to challenge hard for a seventh World Championship title in Turkey over the next seven days. All this counts in Scheidt’s build up to reclaim the Olympic Gold Medal he lost out to Ben AINSLIE (GBR) at Sydney 2000.
Other notable recent accomplishments include Ed WRIGHT (GBR), who after finishing behind Paul GOODISON in the fight for Olympic nomination, has climbed into the top ten in the world. Goodison himself is suffering in the rankings from his time out of the boat last year and is still in third place. Michael BLACKBURN (NZL), recent winner of the Laser Radial World Championship (which of course doesn’t count in the calculation for these rankings), is in second.
Double-handed Dinghy Men – 470
It’s all change at the top of the double-handed dinghy men rankings. Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) who have held the top spot since October 2003 have slid down to number two, to be replaced by Philippe GILDAS and Nicolas LE BERRE (FRA).
Gustavo MARTINEZ-DORESTE and Dimas WOOD (ESP) make the biggest climb in the top twenty, rising four places to number three, pushing Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS and Kostas TRIGONIS (GRE) and the Bonnaud brothers from France down to fourth and fifth respectively.
The only new entry in the top twenty is Kristian KJAERGAARD and Mads MOLLER from Denmark who are up three to twenty. Further down the pile, the 2002 470 World Champion Simon COOKE (NZL), now sailing with Alistair GAIR, is steadily making his way back up the rankings. He now sits at 30 – a rise of fourteen places certainly helped by an eleventh place at Hyères where the duo won two races.
Racing gets underway at the 2004 470 World Championship in Croatia on Monday and this, the final qualification regatta for the class, will see six more male teams bagging a place in Athens. Likely contenders from a glance at the rankings are Poland, Turkey, Finland, Austria, Canada, Belarus and Hungary – there doesn’t appear to be much to choose between them.
Double-handed Dinghy Women – 470
The women’s 470 are only counting two events in this ranking – the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française and the ISAF Grade 2 XXXIX International 470 Spring Cup held in France.
Whilst the top five of the rankings remain the same and Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA) remain at the top, there are two new teams moving into the top twenty. Lisa WESTERHOF and Margriet MATTHIJSSE (NED) move up to seventeen from 23 and Shelley HESSON and Linda DICKSON (NZL) rise four places to 20. Hesson and Dickson finished tenth in Hyères.
Further down the pack another Kiwi has made a huge leap up the rankings. A fifth place finish at the XXIX International 470 Spring Cup and 22 in Hyères has boosted Melinda HENSHAW and Jan SHEARER nineteen places up the rankings to number 52.
Five more women’s teams will also qualify for Athens 2004 at the 470 World Championship starting on Monday. Canada, surprisingly as they are now sitting at number 15 in the world, are yet to qualify and they are likely to be joined by the USA, Argentina, Austria, Switzerland, Poland or Croatia who will all be having a shot at qualification. The USA is clearly confident of qualification, as they have announced the selection of Katie MCDOWELL and Isabelle KINSOLVING to represent the nation in Athens. McDowell is ranked at number 23.
Double-handed Dinghy Open – 49er
At the recent 49er World Championship held in Athens, Greece, Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ (ESP) took back their crown from Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) who had to settle for second. The Spanish pair have subsequently moved slightly up the rankings and are now sitting at number 16. Martinez and Fernandez were also looking hot to take victory in Hyères but after completing four races had to return to Spain for a routine injury check up. This pair are certainly ones to watch in Athens and their explosion back onto the scene at the Worlds illustrates that their lack of results over the last twelve months is not an indication of form.
Draper and Hiscocks meanwhile remain at the top of the world rankings ahead of Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK from the Ukraine. The USA’s representatives in Athens, Tim WADLOW and Pete SPAULDING continue to climb and are at their highest ever position, number four. They finished fourth in Hyères and fifth at the Worlds.
The biggest casualties in the 49er rankings are Paul BROTHERTON crewed by Mark ASQUITH (GBR) and Santiago LOPEZ VAZQUEZ and Javier DE LA PLATA (ESP). After a performance at the Worlds that they would probably like to forget, Brotherton and Asquith have slid from third down to thirteenth. Lopez Vazquez and de la Plata have gone further, disappearing from number eight out of the top twenty altogether to number 22.
Three crews have leapt into the top twenty, the highest being the winners of Semaine Olympique Française, brothers Pietro and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) at number 14. Allan NORREGAARD and Klaus NAUR from Denmark move up eight places to number 15 and Nico DELLE-KARTH and Niko RESCH (AUT) sneak into number twenty from 26.
The 49er World Championship saw five more teams securing a slot for their nation to Athens. Finland, France, Ireland, Japan and Switzerland bring the total nations competing in the double-handed dinghy open event up to twenty.
Single-handed Dinghy Men – Finn
It has been close between these two giants of single-handed sailing for some time. At the top of their game, it can sometimes take one event to make the entire difference. In this case it was two. Mateusz KUSNIEREWICZ (POL) has regained the number one spot from Ben AINSLIE (GBR). Ben won the Princess Sofia Trophy in April in such dominant form and Mateusz finished third, yet all it took was an eleventh place for the Polish heart throb in Hyères last week to claim back the top spot.
All that will come down to little when the first race starts in Athens in August. The Olympic Games, with its pressures and the eyes of the world upon you will be the true test of these sailors’ mettle.
Back to the rankings, Michael MAIER (CZE) has made a brilliant appearance into ninth place, leaping from 13 into ninth, whilst winner of Hyères, Emilios PAPATHANASOU (GRE) has done his position in the World Rankings no harm, appearing once again rightfully in the top twenty before his proud moment of representing the host country at the Olympic Games.
Multihull Open – Tornado
Hyères is proving to be a useful event for sticking at the top of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERKSON (NED) won the regatta this year and the points gain has enabled them to further consolidate their lead at the top of the rankings.
Multiple World Champions and Olympic medallists Darren BUNDOCK and John FORBES (AUS) have clearly been doing something right, despite a disappointing third place finish at the World Championship in Palma, they have climbed into seventh, to occupy their highest position for 12 months.
Keelboat women – Yngling
Despite there being only one event included for the Yngling in this ranking, the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, France, there have been a number of notable movements. Dorte JENSEN, Hellen JESPERSEN and Rachel KIEL (DEN) retain their position at number one and still have a commanding lead over the pack. Behind them Ulrike SHUEMANN, Winnie LIPPERT and Wibke BUELL (GER) and Betsy ALISON, Suzy LEECH and Lee ICYDA (USA) have swapped second and third – Alison has not competed at a graded event since the ISAF Grade 1Rolex Miami OCR.
Climbing into the top ten is the USA representative to Athens 2004 Carol CRONIN, with crew Liz FILTER and Nancy HABERLAND. They move up from ten to six despite finishing 15 in Hyères. Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA), who had a much better regatta, finishing third, have finally broken into the top 20 of the rankings, rising five places to number 20 and becoming the fifth American team in the top 20.
Eighteen year old Giulia CONTI from Italy continues her rise up the rankings, moving up another two places to sit at number ten. Conti and her crew Alessandra MARENZI and Angela BARONI produced a consistent performance in Hyères their worst results were 18 and 15 and Conti is displaying all the signs of a solid performer and a star of the future.
Semaine Olympique Française was one for the British team of Shirley ROBERTSON, Sarah AYTON and Sarah WEBB who won four of the eleven races and finished twenty points ahead of second placed Kristin WAGNER, Anna HOLL and Veronika LOCHBRUNNER of Germany. Robertson however drops a place in the rankings to number nine and Wagner stays firm at number five.
The 2004 Yngling World Championship, the final qualification regatta for the 2004 Olympic Games kicks off on Friday. Crews will be flexing their muscles as the countdown to the Games continues and those who haven’t qualified will be focussed on those final four spaces. A look at the rankings suggest the likely contenders will be New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Canada, Norway and Sweden.
Keelboat Men – Star
The next ranking release will take place on 3 June 2004 up to and including the SPA Regatta in Medemblik, NED.
Racing was due to start overnight in the Women’s, Youth, Master and Grand Masters Hobie 16 World Championship being staged in Mexico.
The forecast was for partly cloudy skies with a high of 87F with winds from the east-nor-east at 12 knots.
In the Women’s fleet, the defending World Champions from France, Lauren Pelen and Lea Jeandott, will be on the starting line ready to defend their title.
To be successful, they will have to hold off their French team mates and winners of the ISAF Worlds in the Hobie 16 class Marie Duvignac with her crew Pauline Thevenot.
Bronze medallist from the ISAF Worlds, Susan Korzeniewsi and Kathleen Tracy (USA) will be looking for their first World Championship victory, while Annie Nelson, with her crew Eliza Cleveland, will be making her return to the class after winning the Women’s Worlds in 1995.
The youth skippers who finished first, second and third at the last World Championships, are all in Mexico for the Youth Worlds.
Defending Youth World Champion from Australia, Robbie Loving will be crewed this time by Sarah Holland. Christophe Relaud/Alban Rossollin (FRA), second in 2002, will also be on the start line. Third placed Brice Pelen, also from France, will be crewed this time by Loraine Beaumont.
The best hope for a good US finish will most likely come from Bret Sullivan/Samantha Simon from New Jersey.
In the Masters, Kerli and Ali Corlett will be the team to beat as the highest placing returning team from the 2002 Masters Worlds at which they finished third.
To win, they will have to beat New Zealand’s Rex and Bev Sellers. Rex is a Gold ('84) and Silver ('88) medallist in the Tornado class.
Bruce Tardrew/Sarah Turnbull (AUS) finished second in the Grand Masters in 2002 and are in Mexico. The pair will be challenged by Brazilians, Luiz Gonzaga Machado, winner of the 200 Masters Championship, with crew Carlos Motta.
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Following some problems with the scoring of the Star World Championship that delayed the final results, results have now been released and those nations who have qualified for an entry to the Olympic Sailing Competition confirmed.
The results mean that Spain and Germany now join Australia, France and Great Britain as the only nations to have qualified in every sailing event in Athens. They will be sending a full team of sailors along with Greece, who as host country automatically qualify in every event.
To see a full list of currently qualified nations, CLICK HERE.
One hundred days before the 2004 Olympic Games to be held in Athens, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Dr Jacques ROGGE, and the President of ATHOC Mrs Gianna ANGELOPOULOS-DASKALAKI, made the following statements.
Dr. Jacques ROGGE, President of the International Olympic Committee:
Five yachting crews were today selected for the New Zealand Olympic team, but more could be added after regattas in Europe this month.
Boardsailing veteran Barbara Kendall heads the list confirmed for Athens, where the former world champion will be taking part in her fourth Olympics.
With a Gold, a Silver and a Bronze medal from successive Games, beginning in Barcelona in 1992, the Aucklander will be New Zealand sailing's top medal hope in Greece.
Others named today are Europe sailor Sarah Macky, former world Laser No 1 Hamish Pepper, up-and-coming boardsailor Thomas Ashley and the men's 470 pairing of Andrew Brown and Jamie Hunt.
All five crews had been nominated by Yachting New Zealand.
Today's team naming caps a controversial year for YNZ after the Sports Disputes Tribunal upheld two of three appeals against YNZ's nominations to the New Zealand Olympic Committee in March.
YNZ then appealed against the tribunal's decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport who eventually overruled the tribunal's original decision allowing YNZ's nominations in the Laser and 470 men's class to stand.
If the number of crews stays as it is, it will be the smallest New Zealand sailing contingent selected for an Olympics since the boycott-hit Moscow Games in 1980.
Yachting NZ chief executive Simon Wickham said he expected further names to be added after Finn, women's 470 and Yngling events in Europe over the next fortnight.
‘If it stays in its current state it will be one of the smallest,’ Wickham said of team size. ‘I doubt very much if it will end up like that. I would expect that after these regattas, we would be adding people.’
One strong possibility is in the Finn event, in which New Zealand has qualified for Athens and has a strong tradition, with Russell Coutts winning gold in 1984, John Cutler bronze in 1988 and Craig Monk bronze four years later.
The final selection trial for the single-handed men's dinghy class will be the European championships in France starting this weekend, with the contenders being Dean Barker, Peter Fox and Clifton Webb.
America's Cup skipper Barker, 12th in the world championships last year, finished the best of the trio at the Hyeres world ranking regatta in France last week with a placing of 14th overall.
In the women's 470, Melinda Henshaw and Jan Shearer have the inside running over main rivals Shelley Hesson and Linda Dickson, having won the national trials in January.
However, they have to demonstrate, through their performance at the world championships beginning in Croatia this week, that they have the potential to finish in the top 10 at Athens.
‘They are doing reasonably well and improving as they go, but they haven't finished in the top-10 in one of the major regattas yet,’ Wickham said. ‘Although that is not necessarily a requirement, it strengthens their case when they are considered by the selectors.’
New Zealand has not yet qualified for Athens in the Yngling women's keelboat class, with the final qualifying regatta being the world championships in Spain.
Meanwhile, New Zealand has been confirmed as missing out on qualifying for the Star class, after the crew of Rohan Lord and Andrew Taylor were initially thought to have done enough last week.
However, after redress was given to another country at the world championships in Italy, New Zealand's Olympic berth was reallocated.
Wickham was reluctant to be drawn into talking about medals in a sport in which New Zealand has done well in over recent Olympics, but believed a number of crews were within ‘striking distance’. He rated Kendall as the strongest prospect, while Sydney Olympian Macky had pressed her case with consistent top-10 results this year.
‘Hamish, you can never write off and he's proving he can finish in the top-10 in major regattas,’ he said. ‘In Tom, you've got an unknown quantity, being a young guy who has risen quickly through the ranks and shown top-three form in key regattas.’
At Hyeres, Ashley finished runner-up, while Pepper, a 1996 Olympian who returned to dinghy sailing after Team New Zealand's unsuccessful America's Cup defence last year, was eighth. Yachting team:-
Men's 470 - Andrew Brown/Jamie Hunt
Women's Mistral - Barbara Kendall
Men's Mistral - Thomas Ashley
Laser - Hamish Pepper
Europe - Sarah Macky
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The Olympic torch relay was not in danger of missing Australia and the issue of security would be resolved, NSW Premier Bob Carr said today.
'We're negotiating vigorously of course,' Mr Carr told reporters.
'We want it here and we'll do anything reasonable to get it here.'
The torch relay is due to head to Sydney and Melbourne next month as part of its global tour in the lead up to the Athens Olympics which begin on August 13.
But Australian authorities and Athens organisers are at loggerheads over security arrangements for the two days the torch relay is in Australia.
Athens organisers insist local torchbearers be accompanied by Greek security personnel.
Mr Carr said the state government had a problem with non-Australian security personnel policing an Australian event.
'The one outstanding issue is that of security ... and there are legal restraints on anyone else running around with a security function on Australian soil other than our police,' he said.
Athens organisers offered a compromise overnight that would be reviewed, with the Australian Olympic Committee to respond tonight.
The International Olympic Committee is also meeting Athens organisers about the torch relay tonight.
Tamworth grazier Len Payne divides a busy life on the land with enjoying his love for recreational yachting at the helm of his Lidgard 10.6m sloop Kerinda.
During week days his time is occupied with a busy workload tending to 1400 head of Hereford cattle while at weekends he slips into the yachting mode racing Kerinda on Lake Macquarie.
Geographically the Hereford cattle that graze in ideal country near the Moonbi and Liverpool Ranges in central New South Wales and Kerinda moored at Toronto on picturesque Lake Macquarie are separated by some 300 klms as ‘the crow flies’.
However the distance is no real barrier for the dedicated Len Payne who loves his life on the land and recreational hours at the helm of his racing yacht with equal intensity driving almost 7 hours to the coast and back home every weekend to simply have the pleasure of wearing his yachting rig and feeling the spray on his face and the wind in his hair.
'We sail to enjoy our company with the crew and always have a great time, with the results, be it first, last, or in between treated as a bonus'. Payne said.
Kerinda is well maintained for her racing and never lays idle at her mooring for long with skipper Len Payne and his crew of good sailing mates competing or casually cruising every weekend.
Skipper Payne and wife Louise will again fly north to Hamilton Island in early August for another sailing vacation in the land of the 12 month summer.
They will join the delivery crew of Kerinda to contest the Hog’s Breath Race Week at Airlie Beach before sailing down the Whitsunday Passage to compete in the International Hahn Premium Race Week series at Hamilton Island.
'This trip is the highlight of our sailing season and we are going to keep racing in the Whitsunday Island regattas till we win'. Skipper Len Payne said.
Kerinda’s crew are highly respected and admired for their sporting attitude to always place personal enjoyment as a priority ahead of winning trophies.
'Sure we would love to win, but in reality our Kerinda crew sails for the love of the sport and the opportunity to meet old mates and make new sailing friends'.
'It’s one of the reasons why Hamilton Island Race Week remains as a priority on the racing calendar for Kerinda'. An enthusiastic Len Payne said.
Perfect autumn conditions greeted the 10 boats that made up the fleet in the fifth annual X-Yachts regatta held on Sydney Harbour.  Ranging from 33 to 44 feet in size the handicap fleet raced a windward-leeward course from Clifton Gardens to Rose Bay.
Defending champion and winner for the last two years, Howard De Torres skippering Nips 'n Tux, returned from a successful Sydney to Mooloolaba race to compete in the event.  De Torres has also taken out the CYCA's Bluewater Point score for IMS, Cape Byron Series for IRC and Tasman Performance Series for PHS for the 03/04 season.
The fleet raced in a light easterly breezed that topped 12 knots during the days racing.  A ship heading out the harbour split the fleet in the first start and Sextant steered by new owner Denis Doyle took advantage of the situation to put some distance on the rest of the fleet who let the ship pass.  ' We had a fantastic regatta and were pleasantly surprised at the boat's performance, to be able to beat the defending champion Howard De Torres was a thrill as well' commented Doyle.  'We plan to compete in the BMW Winter Series then the Sydney to Gold Coast race and hopefully the Gosford to Lord Howe and Rolex Sydney to Hobart races later this year.'
Two new yachts to the fleet, the X43's have had positive results with Great Xpectations skippered by Rod Wills finishing third in IRC class A in the Coffs Harbour Series earlier this year.  White Satin owned by Bill and Nevine Neill won the CYCA's Autumn SOPS series on IRC and PHS with North South Yachting's Andrew Parkes onboard for the X Yacht regatta and the Autumn series.
X-Knox was skippered by Tony Kirby from North South Yachting in the first race then race two saw 'TK' venture forward to the bow with Bob Mulkearns from North South Yachting steering for the second race.
Neil Edwards steering his X 332 Xanthe, the smallest boat in the fleet, placed fifth in the overall placing's.  Edwards will be trading up to a Bavaria 44 in the next month.
Steering his X 442 Toy Box, the largest boat in the fleet, Ian Box is a regular on Sydney harbour during the year and is also a supporter of the Whitsundays racing.  Box, the Commodore of Middle Harbour Yacht Club finished third overall after a second and third in the series.  He also won the Line Honours trophy.
' It was an enjoyable autumn day with all owners old and new having a great day of racing and socialising' commented Tony Kirby.
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The Hobie 16 World Sailing Championship is only days away with 243 teams, representing twenty-eight countries, registered for the largest Hobie event in history.
Racing for the Women, Master, Grand Master and Youth World Championships will be contested on the May 5, 6 and 7.
The Open World Championship will start on May 8 with a two day qualifying round for the semi-finals. The semi-finals will be sailed for three days, followed by a two-day final with the top 56 teams.
Open: 199 teams registered Women: 18 teams Master: 44 Grand Master: 13 Youth: 34
Registration closed eight weeks prior to the event with some teams registered for more than one event.
More information is available on the event website via the link below.
Gaeta, Italy: Star sailors were lucky to compete in the final race of the World Championship. The wind filled in just half an hour before the time limit to start the last race and in a light seabreeze the fleet got off at the first (black flag) start. It was down to just one point on who would be the World Champion of 2004. Ian Percy/Steve Mitchell (GBR) in second place, got a clean start in the middle and led away to the right side of the course where less current and better pressure could be expected. But at some stage the left side of the fleet was lifted and the British wanted to play it safe and tacked.
Meanwhile the Swedish team Loof/Ekstrom didn't have such a brilliant start and sailed with lots of courage (or desperation) into the far right corner, came out perfectly right and closed up to the British. Shortly before the windward mark they overtook them and started to sail them back. Percy tacked, Loof tacked on him and gave him bad air, Percy tacked away, Loof ... And so on. Boats passed and the Swedes sailed the British back, not dissimilar to the duel for Gold in the Laser in 2000 between Ainslie and Scheidt.
Percy and Mitchell's engagement with Loof/Ekstrom cost them dearly as they lost not just the championship but also lost second place to Marazzi/ De Maria from Switzerland who scored fourth today.
Australia's best performance at the 2004 Star World Championship in Italy, was secured by 2004 Olympic representatives Colin Beashel (AIS/NSWIS) and David Giles (AIS/NSWIS). The AIS crew finished 12th overall.
Overall Results – Six races
A report will be published as soon as it becomes available.
Regatta website - http://www.starworld2004.com/
A fabulous 43 Nations will contest the last of the 2004 470 Class Olympic Qualification regatta's starting this week at the S.C. Uskok, Zadar Croatia. With 6 Olympic Slots to be decided in the Men's division and 5 in the Women's, competition among the 140+ Teams will be hot from the start.
Sailors from around the World including 8 teams from China and 11 from Japan will also be contesting their National Olympic Selections in Zadar. Qualifying rounds for the 34th Worlds Championship will start on the 10th of May with Finals beginning on the 13th of May.
Many eye's will be on the dominant Women's Greek team of Sofia BEKATOROU & Emilia TSOULFA to see if they can secure their record breaking 5th World Championship in a row. This would certainly be a good omen for the Greek pair looking to 'Grab Gold' in their home country's Olympic Games come August.
Chasing Sofia and Milly, ISAF Sailors of the Year 2002, will be the French pair of Ingrid PETITJEAN & Nadege DOUROUX and the rapidly rising Russian Team of Vlada ILIENKO & Natalia GAPONOVICH.
Reigning Olympic Gold Medallists Jenny ARMSTRONG and Belinda STOWELL are due to run into some form and may have a hand in the final standing. While young veteran's Susanna and Michaela WARD are starting to re-gain speed after a break following the 2000 Olympics.
Not to forget the Spanish Medallist skipper Natalia VIA DUFRESNE as well as Lisa WESTEROFF crewed by 1999 ISAF Sailor of the year and Olympic Medalist Margriet MATTHIJSSE of the Nederlands.
In the Men's Championship, competition has never been tougher with 15 or more teams possible Title winners. Just 10 points separated the top 6 places at the recent Princess Sofia regatta. But favourites must come from the Australian's Nathan WILMOT & Malcolm PAGE , ranked at number 1 in the ISAF Rankings, Johan MOLUND & Martin ANDERSSON from Sweden (Winner of the 2 Pre-Olympic regattas) or Nick ROGERS & Joe GLANFIELD of Britain (winners of the Princess Sofia) .
But one cannot count out the '96 Gold Medallists Eugeniy BRASLAVETS & Igor MATVIYENKO of the Ukraine and boats from Argentina, Portugal, the Nederlands, Russia , Greece, France, the USA, Israel or the reigning World Champions Gabrio ZANDONA & Andrea TRANI of Italy.
The Winner of the 2004 Worlds will deserve the ranking of 'Favorite for the Gold' in Athens , but in both fleets the possiblities are numerous as to who the champions will be.
Regatta website - http://www.470.org/worlds04/index.htm
Well known Australian sailing identity, Gordon Ingate, representing Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, and his capable crew of Nev Wittey and Tony Hearder sailing Skagerak won two of yesterday’s three final races to win the 5.5 Metre Gold Cup, and in doing so, won the berth to the Scandinavian Gold Cup to be sailed in
By far the more experienced crew, the three won four of the six race series, second placing in two, sailed in extremely shifty westerly winds that veered south and north of west at times, ranging anywhere from 5-20 knots with gusts at any given time during each race.  It made life extremely tricky for the ten boats in the series and left officials no alternative but to keep moving the windward mark throughout the afternoon.
Conditions were almost a carbon copy of the first three races sailed in the six race series the previous week, except on the earlier occasion, breezes remained light.
Hosted by Vaucluse Yacht Club, the 5.5’s sailed two lap windward-leeward courses on Sydney Harbour, former Olympian, America’s Cup helmsman and master match race, Nev Wittey, calling the shots for Gordon Ingate, not putting a foot wrong all day.
Host club sailor, Michael Polkinghorne, sailing Antares, with son Steve and Bret Ballantyne as crew,  had his moments in all six races, winning the first, finishing second in four, only to lose his jib halyard just prior to the final race for a DNC for a second overall.
Colin Ryan’s Rhapsody won the final race after a spectacular Chinese gybe in Race 5, to come home third overall ahead of another local, and winner of the Silver Cup, Dave De Coster’s Barragoola.
Ingate, who won the Scandinavian Gold Cup in 1969, sailing his 5.5 Metre Pam, said ‘I am thrilled to be representing
The 78 year old, known to the yachting fraternity as ‘Wing Nut’, and is perhaps best known for his various
In a illustrious sailing career that spans 70 years, Ingate was chosen to represent Australia at the Olympic Games on three occasions in three different classes the first in 1948, but was unable to go in both ‘48 and ’52, as he was unable to get time off work – the only mode of travel in those days was by ship!  However, after finishing second in the ’56 trials, he did make it in the Tempest class in ’72, but disappointingly finished well down the field.
Asked about the competition over the weekend, he commented, ‘I expected a bit more trouble during the regatta, I thought Rhapsody would give us some hard racing, but it was Antares that gave us the harder time. The conditions yesterday made it all the more interesting the opportunities were there for the others, particularly in the final race. We were fortunate to get home second in that one.’
It is likely that another Australian icon, Frank Tolhurst, now in his eighties and unequalled Australian winner of the Gold Cup on four occasions, may join Ingate for the Cup in
Polkinghorne, a former 16’ skiff champion who has raced Antares successfully at VYC this season – unbeaten in the class on scratch, did not cover his adversary in most cases, but chose to sail his own course. This was perhaps his downfall to the wily Ingate who, along with Wittey, is the master of tactics, match racing and fleet racing – their experience telling at this series.
Dave De Coster and his crew, younger brother Ben and Rex Cameron, finished third in the final three races today to finish fourth overall – the earlier part of their series not all it could have been.  De Coster had his chances, leading in both Races 5 and 6, but it was hard work against the likes of Ingate and Polkinghorne, the latter’s boat had superior speed upwind, but lacked the skills of team Ingate.
Commodore of VYC,
‘The racing was much tighter today, Gordon didn’t have it all his own way, Dave De Coster from our Club led for most of Race 5 today, then Colin Ryan led the final race to the finish – it was good to see a bit of a mix-up in the top three results,’ he added.
This event was a precursor to the 5.5 Metre Worlds which will also be sailed on
1. Gordon Ingate  (Skagerak)  6 points
The International Yngling class yacht Yertle, sailed by James Hawkins, Gavin Andrews and Andrew Howe, won the Varuna Cup on Sydney Harbour on Sydney Harbour on Saturday, narrowly beating the presenter of the prestigious perpetual trophy, Dr John Musgrove, in his classic boat Varuna.
Only 27 seconds separated the modern one-design Yertle and the 70-year-old wooden boat Varuna, her skipper recently turning 80.
The Varuna Cup is the final event on the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s summer racing program, contested by overall winners and placegetters of each division over the Main Season pointscore.
The 60-footer Sydney, skippered by Charles Curran and winner of Division 1 pointscore, was fastest boat around the course, but on corrected time placed third to Yertle and Varuna, just 19 seconds the margin between second and third.
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The Commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Colin Johnston, today confirmed that prominent club member and successful racing yachtsman Graeme Paul had died after falling overboard from his yacht during yesterday’s second heat of the Association Challenge Cup on Melbourne’s Port Phillip.
'It is a tragic accident and the loss of a yachtsman who always gave 110% to the sport he enjoyed so much,' Commodore Johnston said. 'I have personally conveyed the sincere condolences of the Club and his fellow sailors to Graeme’s wife, Anna, and their family.'
As a mark of respect, the RYCV cancelled today’s third and fourth heats of the Association Challenge Cup, an interclub series in which teams of three boats from seven club were contesting the various handicap divisions.
Graeme Paul, representing the RYCV, the holders of the Cup, had skippered his Adams 10, Adams Den, into first place in heat one of the series yesterday, with the 70 boat fleet racing in a gusty south-westerly wind, varying from 10 to 30 knots.
In the second heat, Adams Den was well placed, running under spinnaker when a sharp wind gust caused the boat to broach. The tiller broke and Graeme fell overboard.
Another crew member also went overboard, but was pulled back onto the yacht which, without steering, was out of control and sailing well away from Graeme.
Two times Sydney Hobart Race winner Lou Abrahams, sailing for Sandringham Yacht Club in his ocean racer Another Challenge, spotted Graeme floating in the water and immediately went into MOB (man overboard) mode, dropping sails and starting the engine. The crew recovered him, applying CPR as Another Challenge headed to Brighton Pier and a waiting ambulance.
'Unfortunately, Graeme did not respond to the efforts of the crew of Another Challenge,' Commodore Johnston added.
Graeme Paul, a businessman in his 50s, lived at North Balwyn and had been an active member of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria at Williamstown which he joined after a extensive membership of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, where he was a member of the syndicate that owned the yacht Sportscar.
Australia moved into the final day of racing at the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres, France, in good medal contention in at least three class events.
The tough competition and challenging conditions throughout the regatta saw the lead in many of the classes change daily. The final day of racing was no exception.
In the 470 women’s class, Australian Olympic representatives Jenny Armstrong (AIS/NSWIS) and Belinda Stowell (AIS/WAIS) were unable to maintain their top spot. They were outclassed by a very competitive French (Pettijean/Duoroux) and British (Bassadone/Hopson) crews, who after finishing second and first (respectively) in race nine, were on equal points going into the final race of the championship.
Armstrong and Stowell completed the regatta with two results out of the top ten – 11th and 20th. These results placed them one off a podium finish.
In this, there first year together as a crew, 470 sailors Elise Rechichi (WA) and Rike Ziegelmayer finished 23rd overall. The pair managed to secure one top ten result and four results in the low teens.
In the Laser class, Michael Blackburn (AIS/NSWIS) fell from 2nd to 4th on the final day of racing, producing two of his lowest results of the series – 34th and 10th. Blackburn however was lucky to finish at the top of the fleet, having to charter a Laser on hearing news that the container in which is Laser was traveling was due to be late.
“Luckily with a Laser it is easy to charter a boat for a regatta and I did so.  The only trouble with the charter boat was the mast, specifically the top section, was UK-made and these are softer than the Aussie top masts which are preferred by most,” Blackburn explained.
“So I struggled a little (couldn’t point high enough) in the light winds which prevailed in 4 of the 5 days of racing in Hyeres. However, when it blew I was super fast, scoring 2,1,1 on the first day of the finals, lifting me up to 2nd overall. But the second day of the finals (today) was a whole lot lighter wind,” he continued.
Laser sailors Brendan Casey (QLD) and Tom Slingsby (NSW) finished 30th and 34th respectively. While the youngster from Victoria, Ricky Ironmonger finished 85th.
The top position in the Europe class fleet was secured by Siren Sundby (NOR) who only had to secure her lead in today’s first race. This left only the silver and bronze up for grabs.
Ranked 4th coming into the final day, Australia’s Sarah Blanck (AIS/VIS) had the opportunity to take a podium finish. Unfortunately a 34th in the first race of the day made it impossible to recover, even though Blanck took 4th in the final race.
In the Europe class silver fleet, Riana Haldane (SA) finished 70th.
The 470 victory went to French brother combination (Bonnaud’s) stealing the regatta title from Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield (GBR) who in the end could only manage third. Despite a win in the last race, the Marinho Alvaro and Miguel Nunes (POR) had to settle for Silver.
Current world number one 470 crew, Nathan Wilmot (AIS/NSWIS) and Malcolm Page (AIS/NSWIS) finished just inside the top ten, with a 3rd and 19th on the final day. A few too many results outside of the top ten crippled their chances of gaining a higher result.
New combination Mathew Belcher (QLD) and Nick Behrens (TAS) were not too far behind in 16th. While, two-time youth world champions in the 29er and 420 classes, Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Ayden Menzies (NSW) are rising up in the 470 class, finishing 27th in the 74 boat fleet.
Finn class sailor Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE) took gold increasing his lead to 41 points over young Croatian, Marin Misura on the final day of racing. AIS sailor Anthony Nossiter (AIS/NSWIS) produced mixed results in the ever-changing conditions. Nossiter managed to finish 15th overall, a great comeback from being ranked 50th in the early stages of the championship.
Fellow Aussie Finn sailor Paul McKenzie (VIC) finished in 36th place.
The gold medal went to the British trio in the Yngling class (Robertson, Ayton and Webb). Having won with a race to spare the Brits did not complete the last race, instead opting to complete a round of honour before heading back to the harbour.
Australian representatives in the Yngling class (Bethwaite, Kosmala and Gojnich) finished 22nd.
Overall, Australia was unfortunate not to receive any medals, finishing 4th in two classes. Many of the Australian’s struggled in the unusually light Hyeres conditions. But the experience of sailing in such conditions will bode well for future regattas, in a year where such conditions seem to be prevalent in most European regattas.
470 Women Results - (10 races/2 drop)
Laser Results - (10 races/2 drop)
1. ROBERT SCHEIDT (BRA) (1, 4, 3, 2, 1,1,3,2,4,1) 14pts
85. RICKY IRONMONGER (AUS) (35, 21, 13, 12, 24,2,31,9,0,0) 112pts
Europe Results - (10 races/2 drop)
1. SIREN SUNDBY (NOR) (1, 1, 21, 1, 1,3,2,8,1,DNC) 17pts
470 Men Results – (11 races/2 drop)
Finn Results - (9 races/1 drop)
1. EMILIOS PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) (4, 2, 1, 43, 2,4,6,3,2) 24pts
Yngling Results - Day Three (11 races/2 drop)
1. SHIRLEY ROBERTSON/SARAH AYTON/SARAH WEBB (GBR) (1, 3, 4, 8, 11, 1,1,1,1,3,8,DNF) 30pts
Regatta website - http://hyeres.ffvoile.net
Despite the best attempts of the Principal Race Officer and the Race Committee, the wind failed to materialize today and so Race 4 of this AUDI Star Class World Championship was abandoned due to a lack of wind and a constantly shifting wind which prevented a good starting line to be set.
Some of the Star sailors have abandoned this series although many remain as it will serve to qualify four nations seeking an Olympic berth later in the summer. The big worry is that the six races are completed to qualify the series as a World Championship.
Overall Results – Three races
1. FREDERIK LOOF/ANDERS EKSTROM (SWE) (3, 2,6) 11pts