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24 August 2005, 09:57 am
Heavy Current Mixes Things Up
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470 World Championship 2005
San Francisco, USA

The start of the second day of racing in the 2005 International 470 Class World Championships was truly something to behold. Typical of the season, a light blanket of fog covered the glassy surface of the bay, as 98 boats and 196 sailors launched from Crissy Field heading towards Alcatraz and the starting line
Unfortunately, that serenity was soon broken by a couple of unscheduled freighter arrivals. After already having had a delay due to weather, a second delay was necessary to clear the ship traffic.

Overall, conditions yesterday were similar to Monday, light wind in the morning replaced by 15-20 kts in the afternoon and HEAVY, HEAVY current. Despite the carnage on day one, many competitors continued to underestimate the currents of SF bay and the windward mark again proved a challenge to a surprisingly high percentage of the fleet. The key off the start was finding that right line that kept you in the wind but out of the current. In the early races, the first boats around the first mark held their positions and finished strongly. That said, a number of people were a bit gun-shy after yesterday and ended up so far above the mark you could've fit a freighter between (oh wait, that almost happened).

Well, not a freighter, but in addition to the morning's shipping traffic, a dredge boat did get caught off the start on the leeward mark forcing a few boats to cut behind her and lose significant time and distance. That said, special recognition goes out to the Race Committee who have dealt with heavy ship traffic and difficult weather conditions over the last few days.

Current world champions Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) are in the lead after four races while two French teams Gildas PHILIPPE and Nicolas LEBERRE and Nicolas CHARBONNIER and Olivier BAUSSET sit second and third by only a matter of a few points (preliminary results: protest pending). The first bullet of the day went to 2003 World Champion Gabrio ZANDONA with Francesco DELLE TORRE (ITA) who are in ninth overall with the second going to 2004 Olympic silver medallists Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR). Only eight points separate the top nine sailors and there is everything left to play for in this highly competitive men's fleet.

Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT of the Nertherlands continue their dominance of the women's division adding a first and fourth (discarded) to the two firsts they put up on day one. They now hold a five point lead ahead of Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK (GBR). Just one point behind BASSADONE and CLARK is Olympic silver medallist in the Europe Lenka SMIDOVA (CZE) and Elizabeth KRATZIG who had a better day yesterday finishing second and third. Defending champions Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE) are up to fourth but are still not quite on form. The leaders of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOROUX (FRA) are now up to seventh overall after posting two sixth place finishes yesterday, a dramatic improvement from their first day.

Top Ten After Four Races - Women

Pos Nation Helm Crew Race1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Points
1 NED Marcelien DE KONING Lobke BERKHOUT 1 1 1 (4) 3
2 GBR Christina BASSADONE Saskia CLARK 3 2 3 (5) 8
3 CZE Lenka SMIDOVA Elizabeth KRATZIG 4 (12) 2 3 9
4 SWE Therese TORGERSSON Vendela ZACHRISSON RDS (5.3) 4 4 (8) 13.3
5 AUS Elise RECHICHI Tessa PARKINSON (25) 5 13 2 20
6 ISR Nike KORNECKI Vered BOUSKILA 10 (OCS) 10 1 21
7 FRA Ingrid PETITJEAN Nadege DOUROUX 11 (15) 6 6 23
8 AUS Lauren JEFFRIES Rike ZIEGELMAYER 5 9 (24) 16 30
9 ESP Natalia VIA DUFRESNE Laia TUTZO 8 13 9 (22) 30
10 POL Katarzyna TYLINSKA Marta KASZALOWICZ 18 3 (28) 11 32

Top Ten After Four Races - Men

Pos Nation Helm Crew Race1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Points
1 AUS Nathan WILMOT Malcom PAGE 2 1 (8) 1 4
2 FRA Gildas PHILIPPE Nicolas LEBERRE 1 4 (14) 2 7
3 FRA Nicolas CHARBONNIER Olivier BAUSSET 2 2 (21) 4 8
4 ARG Matias BUHLER Marcos LAMAS 3 5 2 (17) 10
5 GBR Nick ROGERS Joe GLANFIELD 7 3 (11) 1 11
6 GRE Panagiotis KAMBOURIDIS Angelos LEMANOS (21) 7 2 2 11
7 GBR Nic ASHER Elliot WILLIS 4 (14) 3 4 11
8 AUS Matthew BELCHER Nick BEHRENS 8 1 3 (11) 12
9 ITA Gabrio ZANDONA Francesco DELLA TORRE (7) 6 1 5 12
10 CRO Sime FANTELA Igor MARENIC 1 4 8 (10) 13
Scott Marx (As Amended by ISAF), Image: © Event Media
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