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24 January 2006, 10:19 am
Cancelled Racing Changes The Tactics
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Alcoa IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships 2006
Perth, Australia

An impending storm in Perth, Australia forced the cancellation of racing at the 2006 Alcoa IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships, and has changed the tactical situation for a number of competitors at the top of the leaderboard.
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Probably the most dramatically effected is Britain's Helena LUCAS, in the 2.4 Metre, who as a consequence of being disqualified from race six - Monday's first race - has slipped from first to third place on the leaderboard.

On the other hand, Norwegian skipper Bjornar ERIKSTAD now has a five point margin at the top of the 2.4 Metre leaderboard, so his tactics can be more conservative on Wednesday, the final day.

Instead of the scheduled two races tomorrow - Wednesday - the Royal Perth Yacht Club, who are hosting the regatta, will try and run three races, to bring the event close to the eleven scheduled races.

Weather Set To Play Crucial Role

The difference between running two races or three on the final day will be critical to a number of placings, because if a third races is sailed, which would be the tenth in the series, then each competitor can discard their two worst results, whereas if only two are sailed, then only one result can be discarded from the scoreline.

The tactical battle in the three-person keelboat Sonar looks as if it will be intense, with the nuances for the two or three race scenario critical to the outcome.

Britain's team of John ROBERTSON, Hannah STODEL and Stephen THOMAS are level on points with Germany's Jens KROKER, Holger SCHOENBERG and Tobias SCHUETZ, but hold the lead on a countback.

Behind these two, Australia's Jamie DUNROSS and crew, and the Norwegian team led by Jostein STORDAHL, are just four and five points respectively off the lead.

Guessing Game

The problem when the two fleets go afloat for the final day's racing, is that no one can assume there will be three races, as the weather is very unsettled, so their tactics must reflect the possibility of only being able to discard one result.

The final day's racing will be as much a brain game, as a sailing game, with mental calculations of points needing to be assessed at every mark of the course.

Top Tens

2.4 Metre

Pos Nation Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
1 NOR Bjornar ERIKSTAD 2 3 (19) DNF 2 2 3 2 14
2 GER Heiko KRÖGER 4 2 1 (7) 5 6 1 19
3 GBR Helena LUCAS 1 1 2 11 1 (20) DSQ 4 20
4 CAN Bruce MILLAR 6 (17) DNF 5 5 4 2 13 35
5 CAN Paul TINGLEY 3 6 6 9 9 (9) 5 38
6 GBR Megan PASCOE (13) 8 4 1 10 8 9 40
7 CAN Danny MCCOY 8 (14) 10 6 3 4 10 41
8 NZL Andrew MAY (12) 5 11 3 8 11 6 44
9 USA Nick SCANDONE 9 9 8 (18) DNF 6 1 15 48
10 USA Roger CLEWORTH 5 7 3 8 13 12 (14) 48

Sonar

Pos Nation Skipper Crew Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
1 GBR John ROBERTSON Hannah STODEL Stephen THOMAS 1 2 5 2 1 (9) 6 17
2 GER Jens KROKER Holger SCHOENBERG Tobias SCHUETZ 6 1 2 1 3 4 (9) 17
3 AUS Jamie DUNROSS Colin HARRISON Graeme MARTIN 3 5 1 (9) 7 3 2 21
4 NOR Jostein STORDAHL Aleksander WANG-HANSEN Per EUGEN KRISTIANSEN 5 4 (9) 3 8 1 1 22
5 ISR Dror COHEN Arnon EFRATI Beni Vexler 8 3 3 4 5 7 (8) 30
6 IRL Paul MCCARTHY Paul RYAN Chris THOMAS 4 9 8 (10) 4 5 3 33
7 ISR Shimon BEN YAKOV Moshe ZEHAVI Yossi Barda 10 6 7 5 2 10 (17) DSQ 40
8 AUS Peter THOMSON Keith CONDER Barry Astwood 2 (12) 10 7 11 8 7 45
9 IS Avi TZUR Baruch PERETZMAN Shlomo DAHAN 9 10 12 12 (13) 2 4 49
10 CAN Ken KELLY Brian MACKIE Don TERLSON 7 11 14 8 6 (17) DSQ 5 51

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

John ROBERSON (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Perth:© John ROBERSON
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