The first race is for the reigning world champions Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl at the Star World Championships taking place in Medemblik, The Netherlands.
Just after the skippers meeting at 10 a.m. thunder and lightning were hanging over Medemblik. Once it was time for starting clouds had been cleared up the Dutch way, there was a wind force of 20 to 25 knots, choppy waters: in other words promising. Only after 6 starts ( the 5th and 6th with the Black Flag!) the fleet was off. Sadly 20 boat were disqualified to continue being over the line too early.
The Olympic Champions and ruling World Champions won the first race of the series. Only yesterday Mark Reynolds said it would be difficult in these conditions, but this team started off with the first place. Beforehand also Magnus Liljedahl, ark's crew, did not expect they would succeed in the first race. ' In light air there are many more sailors who could win. On a day like today the top is much smaller. Anyway, this one is in the pocket, we won the first race!' , the champions crew tells us.
Second in this race were Fredrik Loof and Christian Finnsgard. They are the European Champions for 2001, followed in third place by Vincent Hoesch and Florian Fendt.
The Dutch team Mark Neeleman and Jos Schrier had some trouble to get in the top: ' A bit of a rusty battle' coach Maurice Paardenkoper concluded. ' Many wind shifts an a first day like today is always a matter of getting use3d to in a fleet of over 100 boats.' According to this coach the presence of many amateurs (?) and lack of discipline the result of so many false starts before they could go off. As for the result of team Neeleman / Schrier this coach Maurice tells us: ' There is more in it and they will getting better as the series go on.' According to Jos they could have sailed better, which means they cannot be really satisfied with the result of today. 'Too many times we chose to the starboard side of the beat, which was the wrong thing to do. We got tangled up in a muddle of too many boats and could not get rid of them for clear winds. We have put our expectations to end up within the first ten, so we will have a lot to do tomorrow!'
Results, Top 10 After 1 race:
1 USA 7829 Reynolds, Mark 1.0 pts
2 SWE 7650 Lööf, Fredrik 2.0 pts
3 GER 8051 Hoesch, Vincent 3.0 pts
4 NZL 8065 Brady, Gavin 4.0 pts
5 BRA 7875 Grael, Torben Schmidt 5.0 pts
6 DEN 7854 Andersen, Benny 6.0 pts
7 USA 8056 MacCausland, John A. 7.0 pts
8 DEN 8061 Rasmussen, Christian 8.0 pts
9 USA 7956 Brun, Vincent 9.0 pts
10 FRA 7947 Rohart, Xavier 10.0 pts