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13 August 2005, 01:08 pm
DRAPER And HISCOCKS Go Top
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Schenker 49er European Championship 2005
Vallensbæk, Denmark

Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) proved that consistency is the key as they moved to the top of the leaderboard after the first day of races in the final series at the ISAF Grade C1 Schenker 49er European Championship in Vallensbæk, Denmark. The number one team in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings scored four top three finishes to open up a three point gap at the head of the leaderboard
DRAPER and HISCOCKS are closely followed by fellow Brits Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES, with the top two opening up a twelve point gap to the rest of the fleet lead by Olympic Champions Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ (ESP) in third.

After the eight race qualifying series, the teams were split into gold and silver fleets and carried their final placing through to count as their first result in the final series, a score which cannot be discarded. DRAPER and HISCOCKS finished the qualifying series in third and added finishes of 3,2,2,3 to that yesterday to head the leaderboard on 13 points. A second place and a bullet gave MORRISON and RHODES the early lead before a fifth and sixth place saw them overtaken by their British team mates.

MARTINEZ and FERNANDEZ started the series with an eighth and six place and then ominously scored bullets in the day's two final races to go someway towards making up for a disappointing twelfth place in the qualifying series. A win in the opening race helped Morgan LARSON and Pete SPAULDING (USA) to fourth place overall. Qualifying series winners Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) did not fare as well yesterday and now lie eighth overall.

In the 29er European Championship taking place simultaneously, Britain also holds the two top spots thanks to Ed CHAPMAN and Tom PEEL and Dylan FLETCHER and Nick HOLLIS, whilst Finland's Silja LEHTINEN and Lauri LEHTINEN lie third.

Top Ten After Five Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 GBR Chris DRAPER Simon HISCOCKS 3 3 2 2 3 13
2 GBR Stevie MORRISON Ben RHODES 2 2 1 5 6 16
3 ESP Iker MARTINEZ Xabier FERNANDEZ 12 8 6 1 1 28
4 USA Morgan LARSON Pete SPAULDING 7 1 15 10 2 35
5 POL Marcin CZAJKOWSKI Krzysztof KIERKOWSKI 8 7 3 6 12 36
6 UKR Rodion LUKA George LEONCHUK 4 6 11 8 10 39
7 AUT Nico DELLE KARTH Niko RESCH 6 4 12 11 8 41
8 ITA Pietro SIBELLO Gianfranco SIBELLO 1 23 5 4 11 44
9 DEN Allan NØRREGAARD Jonatan PERSSON 5 24 10 3 4 46
10 NOR Christoffer SUNDBY Frode BOVIM 9 10 13 7 23 62

Qualifying Series Top Ten

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 ITA Pietro SIBELLO Gianfranco SIBELLO (3) 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 10
2 GBR Stevie MORRISON Ben RHODES 2 3 1 1 (4) 1 2 2 12
3 GBR Chris DRAPER Simon HISCOCKS 1 2 2 1 1 (9) 3 2 12
4 UKR Rodion LUKA George LEONCHUK 2 3 1 2 2 (5) 3 1 14
5 DEN Allan NØRREGAARD Jonatan PERSSON 3 1 2 2 3 (5) 1 2 14
6 AUT Nico DELLE KARTH Niko RESCH 3 1 2 2 1 2 (DNS) 3 14
7 USA Morgan LARSON Pete SPAULDING 1 4 3 1 1 (5) 1 4 15
8 POL Marcin CZAJKOWSKI Kierkowski KRZYSZTOF 1 4 3 4 2 1 2 (5) 17
9 NOR Christoffer SUNDBY Frode BOVIM 4 (7) 1 3 4 4 1 2 19
10 DEN Peter HANSEN Søren HANSEN 2 2 5 (5) 2 1 3 4 19
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© vallensbaek-sejlklub.dk
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