Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ISAF Worlds In Perth - Day 11 Wrap Up

Fremantle, Western Australia
Monday 13 December 2011
Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
The strong 20+ knot offshore afternoon proved to be a challenge for sailors on Day 11 of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. There were 10 capsizes in the 49er class and the shock withdrawal of Star Olympic champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson.

Star

The big news of the day was when UK pair Percy and Simpson withdrew from the rest of the day’s races after finishing race one.
Percy and Simpson (GBR) © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Percy was suffering from severe back pain and it might have been a relief when he and Simpson received their second yellow flag of the regatta. Percy was taken to shore for treatment and they may not sail again at these World Championships.

“We had an okay run, but Iain hurt his back and was in tears. It looks like it’s his lower back, but we don’t know yet. No way could we have raced the second race,” Simpson said “It’s frustrating; sadly this is the second event in a row Iain has injured himself. He injured his ankle last time,” he said. “I guess we won’t be sailing, but we never rule anything out.”
Scheidt/Prada Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Shortly after the race, Percy tweeted “My back fully went today half way through the first race. Unfortunately the end of the championships and the beginning of a few weeks of physio.”

“Sadly we picked up a yellow flag and we don’t know why – we’re still confused,” Simpson said about the penalty that ended their race.

Race five was won Polish sailors by Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki who led from start to finish. Closely behind in second place were the 2008 silver medallists Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) followed Germany’s Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy in third.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
In the sixth race, Scheidt and Prada had to be content with another second place after crossing the finish line just two seconds behind Swedish pair Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen. Coming in third and with only one second separating them from the Brazilians were Kusznierewicz and Zycki.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
After six races, Scheidt and Prada move into first position overall. Mendelblatt and Faith (USA) and Kusznierewicz and Zycki (POL) trail the Brazilians by only one point.

Star racing is scheduled to continue on Wednesday from 1300 local time on the Leighton course.

Laser

Laser world champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) had an awesome day clocking three wins from four starts
Under ominous skies and on a day where one race went for 10 minutes before it was restarted because of a significant 20-degree wind shift, Slingsby was like a lightning bolt as he bolted away from the rest of the fleet.
Tom Slingsby Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
“I actually sailed well today. The first race was crazy. There was probably 10 knots difference around the course with pressure and at times I looked really good, then really bad," Slingsby said

“I was lucky coming into the top mark. I might have been 15th but got a nice left-hander right at the top and somehow got into second. Then the leader got a yellow flag on the run and it allowed me to get into the lead.”
Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
The Aussie was the only double winner  and is in a league of his own on single figures of nine points followed by British sailors Paul Goodison (18 points) and Nick Thompson (19 points) and Germany’s Simon Groteluschen (19 points).
Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
World number two Nick Thompson, had to be content with shadowing Goodison in race four for second place, after finishing eighth in race three. Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA), who scored a second and 10th today, sits in equal fifth place with Sweden’s Johan Wigforss.

With six races contested in the three fleets today, Slingsby covered the Blue Fleet; Goodison and Australia’s Tom Burton dominated Yellow fleet; while Rutger van Schaardenburg (NED) and Pavlos Kontides (GRE) won in the Red fleet.

Laser competition is scheduled to continue on Wednesday from 1200 local time on the Parmelia course.

Women’s Match Racing

Women’s Match Racing was charged with excitement and devastation in equal measures on Tuesday as places in the quarterfinals and the London 2012 Olympic Games Sailing Competition were finalised with the end of Stage 2.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
It was an important day for all teams in the repechage round robin and perhaps a night of celebration for elated teams from Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Portugal, who all secured a place for their country at the Olympic sailing competition at Weymouth and Portland next July.

Stephanie Hazard (NZL-1) and her crew got through early in the day after just two matches and were pleased with their performances despite being beaten by ESP-1. A close win against USA-2 in the last lap secured their spot.
 Photo: © Alastair Hyde=Tetley /Perth 2011
Sweden’s Anna Kjellberg and her crew got their country an Olympic place after beating Portugal and Denmark (DEN-1).

It was a nail biting finish as the final place in the Olympics was decided in the very last match of the day. Screams of delight came from the stand when the Portuguese team realised they had succeeded, thanks to Nicky Souter (AUS-1) beating Finland.

Winds were up to 20 knots and shifty in a south easterly breeze for most of the day. It confused some of the skippers, with Nicky Souter making a mistake which cost her second place in the quarterfinals.
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Souter (AUS-1) and Olivia Price (AUS-2) were neck and neck on points up to the second last match in the race for quarterfinal berths, until a mistake by Souter in her penultimate match against Great Britain.

She finished the match one lap too soon, putting Price ahead of her on points and in second place in the quarterfinals. Souter now faces world champion Anna Tunnicliffe (USA-1) in the quarters, while Price is up against Russia.

There was also confusion over the winner of the match between Germany (GER-1) and Netherlands (NED-2) when both teams followed the wrong course and then corrected their mistake without stopping.A discussion by Race Committee umpires late in the afternoon found that the match still counted and awarded Silke Hahlbrock (GER) with the point as they had crossed the line in first place.

Women’s Match Racing is scheduled to continue on Wednesday at 1000 local time on the Harbour course.

49er

After a hard day of dramatically fluctuating winds and more than 10 capsizes in the racing, Denmark’s Peter Kruger Andersen and Nicolai Thorsell are the overall leaders at the end of the second day of competition for the 49ers at the ISAF Worlds.
Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
Erik Storck and Trevor Moore (USA) finished first in race 4 for the Yellow fleet, crossing the line 21 seconds ahead of Santiago Silveira and Philipp Umpierre (URU), who placed second.

Race five saw Allan Noerregaard and Peter Lang (DEN) win comfortably with David Evans and Edward Powys (GBR) second and Storck and Moore with another good race in third place.
 von Giejer/During (SWE) Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
After a complicated start with several boats called back to the line, Kruger Anderson and Thorsell (DEN) took out the sixth race a massive 101 seconds ahead of Jonathan Ladha and Daniel Inkpen (CAN), with Storck and Moore again in third place.

The first race of the day for the Blue fleet saw wind speeds soar to 23 knots in the last leg of the race which allowed Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen to maintain the lead for the entire race, crossing the line 42 seconds ahead of Emil Toft Nielsen and Simon Toft Nielsen (DEN).
Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Outteridge and Jensen had another win in race 5, with the Nielsen brothers once again finishing shortly behind by a mere 11 seconds.

Wind changes caused huge dramas in the last race of the day resulting in constant course alterations, but this did little to hinder Stephane Christidis and Emmanuel Dyen (FRA) who crossed the line first, 21 seconds ahead of Will and Sam Phillips (AUS).
Photo: © Alex McKinnon/Perth 2011
Favourites to win the last race, Outteridge and Jensen struggled from the start and ended up finishing 13th.

The 49er competition is scheduled to continue on Wednesday from 1200 local time on the Owen course.

Men’s RS:X

Israel’s Nimrod Mashich heads the leader board after four races in the Men’s RS:X event with two top ranked Polish sailors, including the world number one, just four points behind.
Barger (USA) Photo: © Paul Kane/Perth 2011
The second day of racing began with Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) leading a good distance ahead of the Blue fleet in race 3, until a lapse led him off track. Dropping from a clear first place down to seventh after the third marker, he wound up in 15th position

The race went to Zachary Plavsic (CAN), the first win at the Perth 2011 World Championships for the Canadian RS:X team.
Pastor (ESP) Photo: © Paul Kane/Perth 2011
Rijsselberghe redeemed himself in race 4 however, coming first, 15 seconds ahead of Tom Ashley (NZL). Piotr Myszka was third.

In the Yellow fleet, Poland’s Prezemyslaw Miarczynski won race 3. However Nimrod Mashich (ISR) maintained his overall number one position by placing second and winning race four.

The Men’s RS:X event is scheduled to continue Wednesday from 1230 local time on the Centre course.

Women’s 470

Spain’s Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos have wrapped up the second day of competition in Women’s 470 with wins in races three and four to claim top position overall.
Pacheco/Betanzos (ESP) Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) held on to their second place overall, while Japan’s Ai Kondo and Wakato Tabata slipped from first to third in the fleet standings.

After a number of changes at the front of the fleet early in race three, it was Pacheco who managed to hold on to the lead as they rounded the sixth and final mark before the finish.
Clark/Hughes (GBR) Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Italy’s Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol (ITA) finished second, Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes (GBR) third, followed by Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke (GER) fourth, while Yuka Yoshisako ad Noriko Okuma (JPN) rounded out the top five.
Westerhof/Berkhout (NED) Photo: © Richard Langdon/Perth 2011
Great Britain’s Clark and Hughes led the pack from the start in race four, followed closely by Israel’s Gil Cohen and Vered Buskila as they rounded the first mark. But again the Spaniards were just too good crossed the line in first place.
Rechichi/Stowell (AUS) Photo: © Paul Kane/Perth 2011
In Race 4, Israel’s Cohen and Buskila finished second, Westerhof and Berkhout (NED) third. They were followed by Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN) in fourth and Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron (FRA) in fifth.

The Women’s 470 competition is scheduled to continue on Wednesday from 1430 on the Success course.

Lulu Roseman

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