Saturday, December 10, 2011

ISAF World Championships Perth Day 8: Daily Wrap

Fremantle, Western Australia
Saturday 10 December 2011
Photo:  © Paul Kane/Perth 2011
There was plenty of drama on Day 8 of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships when Great Britain's Ben Ainslie became involved in an altercation with a media boat after he crossed the line in the second last qualification race ahead of Sunday’s Medal Race.The protest hearing is now before the regatta Jury.

Ben Ainslie (GBR)  Photo: © Paul Kane/Perth 2011
Ainslie's shocker of a started with the finish of Race 9 when he was being headed by Dutchmann Pieter-Jan Postma. He crossed the line second, after being being almost swamped by wake of a TV boat. Ainslie swung his Finn into the wind, dived  into the water and swam over to the offending boat where he hauled himself on board and angrily confronted the crew before swimming back to his un-manned boat and sailing away.
Ben Ainslie Photo: © Paul Kane/Perth 2011
Ainslie, a triple Olympic gold medallist, was behind rival Postma as the Dutchman rode the wake of the television boat just ahead of crossing the finish line. As Postma kept momentum toward the line, Ainslie was left floundering and almost swamped in the wake’s turbulence.

Spectators in the nearby grandstand watched the entire drama unfold Postma took first and Ainslie second and third place went to Giles Scott (GBR).
Finn start Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011 
Ainslie's woes continued into the 10th and final race when he was black-flagged at the start. He continued sailing with the fleet despite the disqualification. The race was won by Rafael Trujillo (ESP) in a return to form, with Zach Railey (USA) second and Jonas Hoeg-Christensen (DEN) third.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011 
The provisional medal race qualifiers (subject to protest) are:

1. Ainslie (GBR), 2. Scott (GBR), 3. Postma (NED), 4. Wright (GBR), 5. Hoeg-Christensen (DEN), 6. Trujillo (ESP), 7. Lobert (FRA), 8. Mills (GBR), 9. Railey (USA), 10. Karpak (EST)

The Medal Race for the Finn class is scheduled to start at 1610 local time on Centre Course

Men’s 470

Defending world champions, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS), did enough on the penultimate day of the Men’s 470 to put them in the box seat in Sunday’s Medal Race off Bathers Bay.
Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
The pair picked up sixth and fifth placings on Saturday for an overall 20 points, well clear of Great Britain’s Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, and Croatia’s Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic, who are both on 37 points. All three crews are guaranteed medals.
Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 201
The mathematics are clear. With double points on offer on the final day, the British or the Croatians would need to win and the Australians finish last in the 10-boat medal fleet, something that might be unusual given the Aussies have won six races and finished no lower than sixth of the nine counting races.
Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
The Croatian pair had an awesome day, winning the ninth race and taking third in the 10th while Great Britain’s Luke Patience only managed an eighth and ninth to slip six crucial points behind the Aussies going into the Medal Race.
Patience/Bithell (GBR) Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
Two of the biggest movers in the final two races were Israel’s Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela and Greece’s Panagiotis Kampouridis and Efstathios Papadopoulos.The Israelis finished fifth and first to go from 17th to a medal-race sixth while the Greeks were third and second, lifting their final ranking from 22nd to 12th.
Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
Men's 470 crews contesting the Medal Race (subject to protest).

1. Belcher and Page (AUS), 2. Patience and Bithell (GBR), 3. Fantela and Marenic (CRO), 4. Charbonnier and Mion (FRA), 5. Leboucher and Garos (FRA), 6. Kliger and Sela (ISR), 7. Snow Hansen and Saunders (NZL), 8. Rogers and Grube (GBR), 9. Mantis and Kagialis (GRE), 10. Barreiros and Sarmiento (ESP)

The men’s 470 Medal Race is scheduled to start at 1410 on the Centre course on Sunday.

Women’s RS:X

The competition level Israel’s Lee Korzits (ISR), Marina Alabau (ESP) and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (POL) intensified in the RS:X on Saturday with the three leading sailors even closer on points after the final two Gold fleet races.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011 
Only eight points separate the three athletes who are now all guaranteed a medal as well as a place in RS:X history.

Korzits placed fourth and third in the final Gold fleet but remains on top overall, closely followed by Alabau with Noceti-Klepacka third. Despite Korzit’s overall lead, Saturday’s racing belonged to Noceti-Klepacka, the Polish sailor winning both race 9 and race 10. The solid sea breeze also helped Olha Maslivets (UKR), who finished third.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011 
The women’s RS:X Medal Race is scheduled to begin at 1510 on Sunday Perth time on the Centre Course.

Laser Radial

On the eve of the all-important Medal Race, world number one Marit Bouwmeester (NED) eclipsed Evi van Acker (BEL) to grab the overall lead by six points while Paige Railey (USA) is third on 53 points.
Marit Bouwmeester Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Annalise Murphy (IRL) moves up to fourth place despite dominating Saturday’s Gold fleet racing with two wins. Race 9 encountered a delay on the Centre course and finally got underway once the sea breeze settled in at 12 to 18 knots. The wind strengthened to 17-20 knots, building up waves and swell, perfect downwind conditions for the this class.
Veronika Fenclova (CZE) Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Annalise Murphy sailed her own race, dominating  from start to finish to take out race 9 without any threat from the rest of the fleet. Marit Bouwmeester fought back strongly to finish seventh after rounding the top mark in 31st position.
Marinda Powrie (NZL) Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Bouwmeester’s consistency with a fifth in the final race of the day has secured her the overall points lead. Former competition leader Evi van Acker finished in 19th, her worst result for the second time.

Prospective Laser Radial sailors in Sunday’s Medal Race (subject to protest):

1. Bouwmeester (NED), 2. van Acker (BEL), 3. Railey (USA), 4. Murphy (IRL), 5. Scheidt (LTU), 6. Fenclova (CZE), 7. Young (GBR), 8. Drozdovskaya (BLR), 9. Winther (NZL), 10. Multala (FIN)

Sunday’s Medal Race for Laser Radial is scheduled to begin on Centre Course at 1310.

Women’s Match Racing

The repechage component of Women’s Match Racing has held in Fremantle’s Inner Harbour.

With a fairly consistent sea breeze blowing in the afternoon, nine flights were completed on the first day of repechage competition, which will determine the final list for the quarterfinals.

New Zealand finished with two wins and two losses, defeated by the two Australian crews while Germany’s Silke Hahlbrock wrapped up her day without recording a win, a testament to the intense competition in stage two

There was a slight upset in flight 57 when BRA-1 triumphed over three-time world champion Lucy Macgregor (GBR).

Competition was close throughout the day with AUS-1, POR and BRA-2 scoring three points each. In the end, Lucy Macgregor (GBR) managed 4 wins for the day to snatch the lead.

The repechage round is scheduled to continue on the Harbour course at 1000 local time on Sunday.

Lulu Roseman

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