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2 February 2006, 02:42 pm
REVIL And ESPAGNON Triumph In Miami
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Tornado North American and Roland Smith Championship 2006
Miami, Florida

Xavier REVIL and Christophe ESPAGNON (FRA) lifted the Roland Smith Trophy after a storming finishing at the ISAF Grade C1 Tornado North American Championship on Biscayne May, Miami, USA. The French duo edged out Olympic silver medallists John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE (USA) to take the title.
The Championship got off to a slow start, with a two hour traffic delay, caused the Miami Marathon, keeping the sailors from the boat park on Biscayne Bay and then the first race abandoned due to light and shifty conditions.

The second race was sailed in a light but more stable south easterly, and REVIL and ESPAGNON immediately made their mark by scoring a bullet ahead of Enrique FIGUEROA and Jorge HERNANDEZ (PUR) and World and European Champions Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP).

Day two saw the cloudy skies and light rain showers give way to sunny conditions, with the 20 strong fleet completing three races in ten to 15 knots of southerly breeze.

Olympic silver medallists LOVELL and OGLETREE scored finishes of two and five in the opening two race, hos, before a bullet in race four moved them a point ahead of REVIL and ESPAGNON and into the overall lead. ECHAVARRI and PAZ were still right on the pace as well, and with the Championship heading towards the halfway mark, these three were separated by just two points at the top of the leaderboard.

Challenging Day Three

The following day showed Biscayne Bay at its most challenging with a northerly breeze ranging from six to 14 knots, and substantial variability in wind speed and shifts occurring constantly across the race course.

LOVELL and OGLETREE remained consistent throughout the day to hold onto the overall lead ahead of REVIL and ESPAGNON, whilst ECHAVARRI and PAZ seemed to struggle in the tricky conditions, losing third place to the German team of Johannes POLGAR and Jonathan FARRAR (GER).

The final day of racing took place with a five to ten knot easterly breeze sweeping across the course. REVIL and ESPAGNON seemed to be in their element, crucially winning races seven and eight, and then coming sixth in the final race, whilst LOVELL and OGLETREE slumped to twelfth. This slip from the Americans let in the French team, who took the honours by a two point margin. ECHAVARRI and PAZ also showed their mettle to come back from the disappointment of day three with finishes of two and five in the final two races to snatch third place. The Canadian team of Oskar JOHANSSON and Kevin STITTLE took fourth place overall, however as seperate scroing (amongst only the entrants from Canada, the USA and Puerto Rico) was used to decide the winner of the North American Championship, the Canadians took that title on countback from LOVELL and OGLETREE. POLGAR and FARRAR completed the top five

Following on from the ISAF Grade 1 Sail Melbourne and ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR earlier in the month, it looks as though there could be some major changes at the top of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings when they are next released on Wednesday 8 February. Sign up to receive the Rankings by email via ISAF Sailor.

The Tornado North American Championship took place as part of the Winter Circuit surrounding the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, which took place from 22-27 January.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10
1 FRA Xavier REVIL Christophe ESPAGNON 1 5 6 2 (12) 8 1 1 6 30
2 USA John LOVELL Charlie OGLETREE 5 2 5 1 8 3 3 5 (12) 32
3 ESP Fernando ECHAVARRI Anton PAZ 4 1 3 7 11 (13) 7 2 5 40
4 CAN Oskar JOHANSSON Kevin STITTLE (11) 4 4 9 10 1 9 4 3 44
5 GER Johannes POLGAR Jonathan FARRAR 6 (13) 1 5 3 2 12 9 7 45
6 GBR Rob WILSON Mark BULKELEY (12) 6 2 6 4 12 6 11 1 48
7 FRA Olivier BACKES Paul-Ambroise SEVESTRE 8 8 (13) 12 2 6 2 8 4 50
8 GBR Andrew WALSH Edward BARNEY 9 7 9 8 5 4 4 7 (11) 53
9 SWE Kalle SUNESON Frederik SVENSSON 10 3 11 (14) 1 10 10 3 8 56
10 PUR Enrique FIGUEROA Jorge HERNANDEZ 2 11 7 10 7 11 (13) 6 10 64

For a complete list of all the news about the Rolex Miami OCR 2006 CLICK HERE.

International Tornado Association (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Xavier REVIL and Christophe ESPAGNON triumphed in Miami:© Dan NERNEY/Rolex
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