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20 January 2006, 12:54 pm
Germany Hits The Top
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Alcoa IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships 2006
Perth, Australia

Germany now heads the leaderboard in both events at the 2006 Alcoa IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships, after a tough day on the Swan River in Perth, Australia. Heiko KRÖGER (GER) chalked up a bullet and an eighth place in the 2.4 Metre, whilst Jens KROKER, Holger SCHOENBERG and Tobias SCHUELTZ scored first and second places in the Sonar.
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These results put the KROKER, SCHOENBERG, SCHUELTZ team level on points with the British team of John ROBERTSON, Hannah STODEL and Stephen THOMAS, who led at the end of the first day, but on a countback, the Germans take the top spot.

KRÖGER's position at the top is as much due to the mistakes of Helena LUCAS (GBR), who led overnight, as to his own good sailing. LUCAS had to take a penalty in the second race, which dropped her down through the fleet.

'The first race was good,' said KRÖGER, but confessed, 'The second race was very difficult and I lost many boats because of big wind shifts, I didn't expect that. All the competition is very close at the moment.'

KROKER thoroughly enjoyed his day, 'I think it was a magnificent day,' he said through his smile, 'Couldn't have been better. I think we can be very satisfied with the day, it went very well.'

It was a gutsy day on the water for the competitors in both fleets, with the breeze gusting to over 30 knots, when the Fremantle Doctor was given a helping hand by the fringe effect of a cyclone gathering off north Western Australia.

Frustration For LUCAS

LUCAS finished just four seconds behind KRÖGER in the first race, but commenting on the second race she said, 'I was up near the front, but I ended up doing two turns, which was a bit stupid.'

It was another Brit who took the gun in the second 2.4 Metre race of the day, with Megan PASCOE (GBR) surprised at her success. 'I was a bit surprised to be up there,' she admitted, 'Because I just seemed to tack, and tack, and tack, and there I was at the front.'

Australia's 2000 Paralympic gold medallist Jamie DUNROSS, with crew Colin HARRISON and Graeme MARTIN, was the other winner of the day, leading the Sonar fleet home in the first race, to keep himself in contention for a medal.

This win was a landmark in the team's career, 'A good first race, we're really happy with it, that's actually our first win in a world title event, which we're really happy about.'

After four races of the eleven heat series, the points at the top of both fleets are incredibly close, and with Saturday a lay day, the teams will have time to consider what they have to do to win.

Top Tens

2.4 Metre

Pos Nation Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 GER Heiko KRÖGER 4 2 1 7 14
2 GBR Helena LUCAS 1 1 2 11 15
3 USA Roger CLEWORTH 5 7 3 8 23
4 CAN Paul TINGLEY 3 6 6 9 24
5 NOR Bjornar ERIKSTAD 2 3 19 DNF 2 26
6 GBR Megan PASCOE 13 8 5 1 27
7 NZL Andrew MAY 12 5 11 3 31
8 CAN Bruce MILLAR 6 17 DNF 4 5 32
9 GBR Michael COGSWELL 7 11 12 4 34
10 CAN Danny MCCOY 8 14 10 6 38

Sonar

Pos Nation Skipper Crew Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 GER Jens KROKER Holger SCHOENBERG Tobias SCHUETZ 6 1 2 1 10
2 GBR John ROBERTSON Hannah STODEL Stephen THOMAS 1 2 5 2 10
3 AUS Jamie DUNROSS Colin HARRISON Graeme MARTIN 3 5 1 9 18
4 ISR Dror COHEN Arnon EFRATI Beni Vexler 8 3 3 4 18
5 NOR Jostein STORDAHL Aleksander WANG-HANSEN Per EUGEN KRISTIANSEN 5 4 9 3 21
6 ISR Shimon BEN YAKOV Moshe ZEHAVI Yossi Barda 10 6 7 5 28
7 AUS Peter THOMSON Keith CONDER Barry Astwood 2 12 10 7 31
8 IRL Paul MCCARTHY Paul RYAN Chris THOMAS 4 9 8 10 31
9 IRL John TWOMEY Brian O'MAHONY Anthony HEGARTY 12 8 4 11 35
10 CAN Ken KELLY Brian MACKIE Don TERLSON 7 11 14 8 40

For all the news from the Alcoa IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships CLICK HERE.

John ROBERSON (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Heiko KRÖGER had a great day in the 2.4 Metre:© ISAF
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