Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Brits Take Charge at F18 Worlds in Tuscany - Day 2

The British pair of Hugh Styles and Richard Mason have been catapulted to the top of the leader board at the F18 Worlds in Tuscany after scoring 1,2,3 in today's races to be on five points overall.
Photo: © cdvg/sailingandtravel.com / Fabrizio Gandini
Hot on their heels are three French teams François Gabart/Matthieu Vandame (six points), Gurvan Bontemps/Benjamin Amiot (seven points) and Billy Besson/Jeremie Lagarrigue (eight points)
Photo: © cdvg/sailingandtravel.com / Fabrizio Gandini
Three races were held today in flat westerly conditions in winds ranging between 9-15 knots.
Photo: © cdvg/sailingandtravel.com / Fabrizio Gandini
"It was a great day for us and we won the first race with more than two and a half minutes ahead, so all is turned in the right direction. In the other two races unfortunately we made some mistakes that cost us on the long run. Conditions were very stable in the first race and a little bit more changeable in the other two. The committee made the right decision to call us back ashore," Styles said.
Photo: © cdvg/sailingandtravel.com / Fabrizio Gandini
Australia's Mitch Booth slipped down to seventh place overall after posting 8,6,11. The next best placed Australian Skippper is Andrew Mcpherson (10,12,5) in 20th followed by the usually dominant duo of Jason Waterhouse/Brett Goodall in 22nd (13,4,15). The pair made an incredible recovery today after being disqualified in yesterday's only race.
Photo: © cdvg/sailingandtravel.com / Fabrizio Gandini
"We had a port starboard incident yesterday that was my fault. After we did our 360 penalty turn the guy we hit somehow broke his rudder to avoid us and had to retire so we got pinged for it," Waterhouse said.
Photo: © cdvg/sailingandtravel.com / Fabrizio Gandini
The Race Committee is expecting to get the competition underway tomorrow at midday for the last two qualifying races before the 161 fleet are split into gold and silver divisions for the finals.

1. GBR 7 - Styles/Mason - 2, 1, 2, (3) – 5 points
2. FRA 301 - Gabart/Vandame - 2, (81 BDF), 1, 3 - 6 pts
3. FRA 004 - Bontemps/Amiot - 3, (80 OCS), 2, 2 - 7 pts
4. FRA 1796 - Besson/Lagarrigue - 1, (6), 5, 2 - 8 pts
5. NED 2 - Zeekant/Van Hek - 6, (80 OCS), 3, 4 - 13 pts
6. GER 277 - Sach/Sach - 4, 3, 7, (10) - 14 pts
7. ESP 1910 - Booth/Booth - 1, 8, 6, (11) - 15 pts
8. NED 2010 - Veenman/De Waard- 3, (35), 6, 8 - 17 pts
9. USA 888 - Reiss/Whitehead - 7, (21), 5, 7 - 19 pts
10. GRE 77 - Paschalidis/Dyrssen - 6, (80 OCS), 7, 6 - 19 pts

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Lulu Roseman

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