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6 July 2002, 11:26 pm
Perfect Conditions Provide Perfect Racing On Day 5
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Alessandra Sensinni (ITA) In Winning Form

2002 ISAF World Sailing Games
Marseilles

A return to the first day's weather conditions, as 15 to 20 knots wind and hot sun prevailed during today's races at the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games, providing superb conditions for all.
So what happened where? Please note all results are provisional.

Single-handed Dinghy Men - Laser
The giant of the Laser Class, Robert Scheidt (BRA) took his first bullet in today's final race which helped to move him up to third overall, after five races- no doubt relief from Scheidt who before today had been several places lower.

However it is 1998 ISAF Youth World Champion in the single-handed boy's event, Gareth Blanckenberg (RSA) who tops the fleet with a three point margin over 1998 ISAF Worlds bronze medallist in the same event, Daniel Birgmark (SWE).

A good result today for Allan Julie (SEY), who is benefiting from the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme to be in Marseille, as he moves up to 18th overall from 22nd after posting two 5th places today.

A surprise bullet for Edward Wright (GBR) in race 5 today, which rocks him up the standings from 30 to 16th overall.

The end of the day tomorrow will see the completion of the qualifying series with the fleet then split into Gold and Silver for a further 6 races.

Provisional Results After 5 Races
1. Gareth Blanckenberg (RSA) - 4, 2, 5, 1, 2 - 14.00
2. Daniel Birgmark (DEN) - 1, 10, 2, 2, 2 - 17.00
3. Robert Scheidt (BRA) - 6, 4, 3, 3, 1 - 17.00
4. Evagelos Chimonas (GRE) - 1, 6, 4, 4, 8 - 23.00
5. Roope Suoamalainen (FIN) - 2, 11, 1, 5, 6 - 25.00

Single-handed Dinghy Women - Laser Radial
Three races were completed in the fleet today, but no change at the top with Sophie de Turkheim (FRA) scoring three bullets to retain her claim on the top spot. Similarly no change behing her with Katarzyna Szyotynska (POL) and Gea Barbie (CRO) sitting tight in their second and third places respectively. This trio have a clear lead on the rest of the fleet with a 17 point advantage, over the rest of the fleet. Event at this early stage the three leaders' consistency looks solid and the rest of the fleet are going to be hard pushed to break their grasp on the medals. But there are still many races to go, a scheduled 10 more, so who knows?

Provisional Results After 8 Races - with one discard
1. Sophie de Turkheim (FRA) - 1, 1, 1, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1 - 8.00
2. Katarzyna (POL) - 2, 2, 2, 2,5, 2, 5, 4 - 19.00
3. Gea Barbie (CRO) - 3, 3, 3, 9, 14, 4, 2, 3 - 27.00
4. Miranda Powrie (NZL) - 6, 11, 15, 1, 8, 5, 7, 6 - 44.00
5. Alison Casey Hall (AUS) - 5, 4, 12, 16, 4, 9, 6, 5 - 45.00

Boardsailing Male - Bic Techno
The Italians lead the way, with Andrea Cucchi having taken a bullet in each of the six races. However, consistency in the second placed Wilhel Schurmann (BRA) who aside from one OCS has not posted out of the top three. But Schurmann is closely followed by the second Italian entry Alberto Menegatti. The Gold Medal place already looks secure, but behind Cucchi it is all still open.#

Provisional Results After 6 Races - with one discard
1. Andrea Cucchi (ITA) - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 - 5.00
2. Wilhelm (BRA) - OCS, 2, 2, 3, 2, 3 - 12.00
3. Alberto Menegatti (ITA) - 6, 4, 3, 2, 4, 2 - 15.00
4. Benoit Mousilmani (FRA) - 2, 3, 4, DNC, 3, 4 - 16.00
5. Michael Nelson (AUS) - 4, 7, 6, 4, 8, 7 - 28.00

Boardsailing Female - Bic Techno
In the boardsailing event, today's races re-confirmed the superiority of the leaders from Tuesday. This board seems to particularly meet the needs of the Italian racers, who after 4 races dominate both the male and female events, with Andrea Cucchi (ITA) on the male side and Alessandra Sensinni (ITA) on the female, who post four bullets each for the series. Less consistent are the French sailors, Lise Vidal (FRA) and Benoît Moussilmani (FRA), who after today's races each sit in second behind the Italians. However, every thing still remains open, and racing was still underway in the men's event at the time of writing.

Provisional Results After 6 Races - with one discard
1. Alessandra Sensini (ITA) - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 - 5.00
2. Eugenie Raffin (FRA) - 7, 2, 8, 3, 2, 3 - 17.00
3. Lise Vidal (FRA) - 2, 6, 2, 6, 3, 4 - 17.0
4. Allison Shreeve (AUS) - 8, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2 - 18.00
5. Chujun Zhang (CHN) - 3, 3, 3, 9, 6, 7 - 22.00

Double-handed Male - 470
With results still coming in at the time of writing from Race 7, this report only brings you information from Race 6, which saw the home team of Charbonnier/Christidis (FRA) take their first bullet, to move them up to 5th overall after 6 races. The dominant hold of Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page (AUS) has been usurped by the other French entry of Benjamin Bonnaud/Romain Bonnaud (FRA) who sailed more consistently than the Australian crew, to now lead with a mere 2 point margin. Reigning World Champions and world ranking leaders remain lower down in the field at10th, having moved up from 17th overall after today's three races. The Top eight sailors have a good edge on the rest of the fleet.

Provisional Results After Race 6 - with one discard
1. Benjamin Bonnaud/Romain Bonnaud (FRA) - 3, 4, BFD, 11, 12, 2 - 32.00
2. Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page (AUS) - 1, 1, 5, 23, 16, 11 - 34.00
3. Yogev Yosef/Shahaf amir (ISR) - 8, 7, 2, 10, 22, 7 - 34.00
4. Gabrio Zandona/Andrea Trani (ITA) - 9, 13, 7, 9, 6, 3 - 34.00
5. Nicolas Charbonnier/Christidis (FRA) - 7, 2, 17, 12, 23, 1 - 39.00

Double-handed Female - 470
The results of racing in the 470 fleet demonstrate how close the competition is. From the warning signal the fleet were jostling to be first over the line and take the coveted bullet. However, with the black flag flying, which means immediate disqualification, there were several premature starters giving OCS (on course side) results.

Those scoring an OCS, included the reigning World Champions. Greek crew, Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa who despite taking the gun in both races 4 and 5, lost out with their OCS score on Race 4. Today's second race was held in a light breeze weakening from 20 to 15 knots, with the Greek crew redeeming themselves to take the gun, just ahead of the French crew Petitjean/Douroux.

However, with 3 victories in the races so far, the Sydney Gold Medallists, Jenny Armstrong/Belinda Stowell (AUS) intend to remain in 1st place and claim a gold at the end of the series, and currently have a 13 point lead over the chasing Spanish team of Natalia Via Dufresne /Sandra Azon.

Greek crew, Emilia Tsoulfa, commented : "We should have won both races… We are very disappointed as we do not really agree with the disqualification based on the black flag rule. In fact, we felt we had a bad start on this race and as a result could only tack and sail on the right-hand side of the race-area, rather than the left where we would have finished ahead at the leeward mark. There are some good sailors in this event and it is interesting to compete on brand new boats, all of which are identical. This emphasis on the tactical skills, is being developed race on race by the each crew. Unfortunately, we have received two disqualifications for OCS, and we cannot bet on a good final result, however we will keep sailing good races."

Provisional Results After 5 Races
1. Jenny Armstrong/Belinda Stowell (Aus) - 1, 1, 4, 1,11 - 18.00
2. Natalia Via Dufresne/Sandra Azon (ESP) - 2, 5 11, 6, 7, - 31.00
3. Therese Torgerson/V Zackrisson (SWE) - 3, 4, 1, 18, 12 - 38.00,
4. Ingrid Petitjean/Nadeg Douroux (FRA) - 11, 3, 9, 13 - 38.00
5. Vladelina Ilienko/Di Krutskikh (RUS) - 10, 7, 12, 2, 10 - 41.00

Multihull Open - Hobie 16
The Sailors confirmed that Marseille Bay provided excellent racing conditions this afternoon.
The multihull open fleet got to the race area at 12:35 am with only 10 knots of winds, but with the thermals coming into play, the breeze later increased to 18 knots and then established itself for the rest of the racing.

There was a wide range of results in the fleet, although the top 10 crews have a clear margin over the chasing pack in this 36 boat fleet. The Australian crews of Gavin Colby/Simone Matfield and Darren Bundock/Mark Padgett put in good performances today, to maintain their first and third places respectively. Darren Bundock, Silver Medallist at the 2000 Olympics in the Tornado fleet, won 2 of today's 3 races. However, the continued top performance of the Puerto Ricans, Enrique Figueroa/Carla Malatrasi keeps them firmly in sight of a podium place, despite their 16th place in race 5 due to a capsize.

Darren Bundock (AUS), 2000 Olympic Silver Medallist, who finished 8th at the 1994 ISAF World Sailing Games, commented: "I have rediscovered the pleasure of the Hobie 16. It is a funny multihull, less technical than the Tornado, which remains at the forefront of multihulls. It takes a day to adapt to and get used to the Hobie 16 for me as helm, but less for my crew Mark Padgett who usually sails the 470 class. This event is only the second time he has sailed a multihull. We finished ahead today and just a couple more victories will be welcomed."

Provisional Results After 5 Races
1. Gavin Colby/Simone Matfield (AUS) - 2, 9, 5, 4, 3 - 23.00
2. Enrique Figueroa/Car Malatrasi (PUR) - 6, 1, 2, 1, 16 - 26.00
3. Darren Bundock/Mark Padgett (AUS) - 7, 8, 1, 2, 8 - 26.00
4. Shaun Ferry/Alison Ball (RSA) - 9, 2, 10, 7, 2 - 30.00
5. Christophe Renaud/Al Rossollin (FRA) - 4, 7, 8, 11, 4 - 34.00

Multihull Female - Hobie 16
At the time of writing there were no results available from the multihull open event.

Keelboat Male - J/80
The J 80 fleet got off according to schedule today. However, after three general recalls, the Race Committee decided to stop the enthusiasm of the competitors by implementing the "Z" flag rule (which gives a 20% penalty to those who cross the line prematurely).

This was enough to calm down the crews to have a clean start, with the Italians skippered by Gianni Sommariva, Italian Champion in the Beneteau 25 Class, taking the bullet. Today's surprise result came from the Japanese team, helmed by Hatakeyhama, who took their highest score to date and finished 2nd !

Gianni Sommariva - winner of the day's first race in the J 80 said:"We had a fantastic start and then chose the best option on the right hand side of the course area; which was just perfect. Although we are a very strange team, mainly being former 420 Class sailors, we have discovered the pleasure of this boat. Racing here, we had no objective to live up to, unlike certain crews such as the Frenchman, François Brénac or the British.

Provisional Results After 5 Races
1. Brenac/Ferran/Rohart/Fouchie (FRA) - 1, 1, 3, 2 - 7.00
2. Monnin/Monnin/Monnin/Heuss (Sui) - 6, 2, 6, 1 - 15.00
3. Sommariva/Broccanello/Mungo/ (ITA) - 4, 4, 10, 1 - 19.00
4. Brotherton/Leask/Russel/Near (GBR) - 3, 8, 2, 6 - 19.00
5. Willcox/ Langhout/Willcox/Par (RSA) - 4, 3, 5, 8 - 20.00

Keelboat Female - J/22
With four bullets and two 2nd places, 1994 ISAF World Champion Christine Briand (FRA) has a commanding lead on this Championship. However, only one point behind her are the New Zealand crew led by Karleen Dixon, and only one point behind them the British team skippered by match racing sailor Cordelia Ellis. The racing is still all open, but so far Briand (FRA) has not let go of the top slot, so this could be an indicator of things to come?

Provisional Results After 6 Races - with one discard
1. Briand (FRA) - 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 - 6.00
2. Dixon (NZL) - 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3 - 7.00
3. Ellis (GBR) - 1, 1, OCS, 2, 3, 1 - 8.00
4. Walters (AUS) - 2, 3, 7, 5, 1, 1 - 12.00
5. Zillman (USA) - 4, 4, 3, 2, 6, 7 - 19.00

Overall Nation Competing for the King's Trophy
Today, after 5 days of the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games, the Organising Committee published the nations ranking, indicating the top performing nation, based on each nation's top four regatta scores. After 4 to 5 races for each series, it is the French delegation who is leading, only 2 points ahead of the defending Italian team. France was the third overall nation in 1994 and 12th in 1998. The Australian team sits 3rd. The Australians have previously ranked 8th and 6th respectively in 1994 and 1998.

Provisional Nations Ranking
1. France 40 pts
2. Italy - 38 pts
3. Australia - 32 pts
4. Great Britain - 25 points
5. Israeil - 23 pts
6. Croatia - 21 pts
7. South Africa - 21 pts
8. Poland - 20 pts
9. Ukraine - 20 pts
10. United States - 19 pts

64 nations took part in this ranking.


Meeting with Claire Marty

This Saturday morning on july 6th, a sailing boat left the sailing game venue on his way to Tunisia. Six children (Tunisian and French) were on board.

This is Claire Marty's idea. She's both a nurse and a sailor. She managed to mix up these profession to create an association called Thalasanté. Thalasanté means "sea" and "health" mixed up an original concept since healthy children are on board. The word health is associated to illness and treatment. We are trying to change this negative trend thanks to the sea.

The association was created about 10 years ago. It aims to teach children about the sea. This year, seven high school classes were involved , "we have asked teachers to concentrate on the sea world" and more than 200 pupils went on a two days-sea journey . "Some children don't feel concerned, but for some others it is an exciting discovery". Since 1988 this daily work has taken the form of a nice trip, "La Route de la Santé".
This first was a return trip to Barcelona and then, 4 years later, it went to Tunisia "we also wanted to create a cultural exchanges" the association arganiser said.
Three Franco-Tunisian teams will get on board a rented sailing boat. The association is moving forward with a 60 feet sailing-boat being built. Another, more personal project for C. Marty is to come back to racing and join the Vendée Globe 2003 - 2004.

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