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7 July 2002, 11:09 pm
Sun and Some Wind In Marseille - Report From Day 6
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2002 ISAF World Sailing Games
Marseille

A beautiful day here in Marseille with the sun shining down on some good racing. With a light wind start to the day, again only the keelboats got off on schedule, with the other events staying ashore waiting for a steady breeze to fill in and settle.
All events raced today, apart from the boards, who although sent out were unable to start a race. The boardsailing event needs a steady 8 knots to race in, and this just failed to materialise on the course area.

So after six days of racing, whilst in many classes it is all open, for some the results look pretty indicative of who will be taking the medals home come Wednesday's Prize Giving.

Keelboat Female - J/22
The struggle for podium places had already begun long before the final qualifying races took place today. Today saw the first three boats in the fleet separated by only a 2 point difference, with the French fleet (Christine Briand) on 6 points, the New Zealanders (Karleen Dickson) on 7 and the British team (Cordelia Ellis) on 8. As the fleet are split based on their overall positions from the previous day's racing, today found the French and British crews competing in the same group, whereas the New Zealanders were racing in the blue group this afternoon.,

When the day's racing was over, the French team skippered by Christine Briand had taken a race over their British contenders, despite the British having won the first race, Briand's win in the second race, compared to the British 5th place, gave the French a comfortable advantage over the Brits.

But the New Zealander Karleen Dickson's performance is looking good, and at the time of writing they are still racing, so the overall results may change. However, whatever the outcome, these three teams will find themselves in the gold fleet tomorrow, racing for podium places.

Sarah Allan, the crewmate of Cordelia Ellis commented:
" We had good speed on today's second race, but it was not enought. During the first race, we came out and remained first. Christine did not start well, but she steadily recovered and finished just behind us. We wanted to put some real distance between us today, but too bad ! What bothers me the most is that we hardly had any races against the New Zealanders and they were given an easier group to perform in. There is a very good race level here, as most of the crews are usually match-racing crews …"",,

Top 10 Final Results After 7 Races
1. BRIAND/ BOUR/DENTRAYGUES/ PROUVOT (FRA) - 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1 - 7.00
2. DIXON/ ROBERTS/EGNOT/ LIND MITCHELL (NZL) - 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, RDG - 10.00
3. ELLIS/ ALLAN/LEASK/ WEBB (GBR) - 1, 1 OCS, 2, 3, 1, 5 - 13.00
4. WALTERS/ GOJNICH/BRISBOIS KARY (AUS) - 2, 3, 7, 5, 1, 1, 5 - 17.00
5. CONTI/ BORONI/MARENZI/ MAZZOTT (ITA) - 4, 4, 3, 4, 4, 4, 2 - 21.00
6. HUDSON/ KEYTEL/MC ARTHUR/ SCHABORT (RSA) - 5, 3, 4, 5, 2, 6, RDG - 25.00
7. SPITHILL/ ROBERTS/BULLOUGH/ MATTHEWS (AUS) - 8, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, RDG - 25.00
8. LE HELLEY/LESAFARE/BERTRAND/DUBY (FRA) - DNC, 5, 8, 3, 6, 3, RDG - 26.00
9. ZILLMAN/ MC DOWELL/WULFF/ HAWKINS (USA) - 4, 4, 3, 2, 6, 7, 9 - 26.00
10. PROVOYEUR/ COETZEE/FOORD/ ALISON (RSA) - 3, 6, 5, 6, 5, 5, 3 - 27.00

The top 9 crews now proceed through to the final gold round, with other 9 into the silver.

Full J/22 Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/J2.txt

Keelboat Male - J/80
Similar to the keelboat female event, today was the last qualification day for the male keelboat series. The yellow group started first and completed two races. The best result being made by the Italian Gianni Sommariva who took two seconds, a remarkable performance when only yesterday they had expressed how they had no objectives here and just wanted to see how they compared.

The Lithuanian tame skippered by Raimondeas Siugzdinis and Great Britain's Paul Brotherton each won a race reinforcing their leading position in this "golden"group.

Today's races were more difficult for the defending French World Champion François Brénac who finished 7th and 3rd but still remains in the leading position.

However, there is one sailor may be able to knock the Frenchman off his spot if he can win one of today's two races, that is British sailor Ian Williams, but he must win two of today's races and at the time of writing it is still possible.

François Brenac, defending World Champion commented:
"Today was the worst day for us since the beginning of the ISAF World Sailing Games. As of tomorrow we are sailing the finals, and we have to be cautious as the level is going to be twice as high as it has been so far".

Top 10 Final Results After 5 Races
1. BRENAC/ FERRAN/ROHART/ FOUCHIER (FRA) - 1, 1, 3, 2, 1 -8.00
2. WILLIAMS/ LLEWELLYN/NICHOLLS/WILLIAMS (GBR) - 1, 1, 15, 3, 1 - 21.00
3. SOMMARIVA/ BROCCANELLO/MUNGO/ZAMPORI (ITA) - 4, 4, 10, 1, 4 - 23.00
4. MONNIN/ MONNIN/MONNIN/ HEUSS (SUI) - 6, 2, 6, 1, 12 - 27.00
5. BROTHERTON/ LEASK/RUSSEL/ NEARN (GBR) - 3, 8, 2, 6, 10 - 29.00
6. BARKELIUS/ RODEBACK/FYLKING/ JOHANSSON (SWE) - 9, 7, 7, 5, 3 - 31.00
7. SEVESTRE/ LE HELLEY/CAUJOLLE/WARGNIER (FRA) - 5, 5, 1 DSQ, 2 - 33.00
8. SIUGZDINIS/ PAJARSKAS/RYMONIS/ABRATTIS (LTU) - 7, 2, 9, 12, 4 - 34.00
9. SEGER/ WITTICH/GOOD/ TRACHSEL (SUI) - 3, 13, 4, 5, 12 - 37.00
10. MILLEN/ REESE/MC GLAUGHLIN/ BROWN (CAN) - 7, 7, 13, 4, 6 - 37.00

In the J/80 fleet of 39 boats, it is the top 20 boats which go through to the Gold fleet and fight for podium places.

Full J/80 Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/J8.txt

Double handed dinghy male - 470
There there was only one race held today for the men in a very light and shifty breeze.

A bad day for most of the leaders who crossed the line prematurely to score OCS. However this was to the benefit of the Israeli crew skippered by Yosef Yogef, who moved up to take second place in today's race and is now ranked first overall after 8 races, to take over from the French bothers Benjamin and Romain Bonnaud. The gap is now increasing in the men's fleet with the top four having a clear points lead.

Frenchman Romain Bonnaud commented:"We made a bad decision on the first leg as most of the competitors did. However we made a good move on the windward leg and then again on the second leeward leg. After the Spa Regatta (where they ranked 5th), we felt we had nothing to be concerned about the other teams 'results. Our target here was to be placed in the top 10, but we have now revised our objectives and are aiming for the podium. But the Championships are not yet finished - so who knows"..

Top 10 Final Results After 8 Races
1. YOSEF YOGEV/AMIR SHAHAF (ISR) - 8, 7, 2, 10, 22, 7, 2, 2 - 38.00
2. BONNAUD BENJAMIN/BONNAUD ROMAIN (FRA) - 3, 4 BFD, 11, 12, 2, 4, 10 - 46.00
3. GAL UDI/KLIGER GIDEON (ISR) - 2, 3, 3, 32, 24, 8, 6, 8 - 54.00
4. ZANDONA GABRIO/TRANI ANDREA (ITA) - 9, 13, 7, 9, 6, 3, 7, 31 - 54.00
5. MARTINEZ GUSTAVO/CANTERO TUNTE (ESP) - 6, 5, 12, 31, 2, 18, 12, 7 - 62.00
6. WILMOT NATHAN/PAGE MALCOM (AUS) - 1, 1, 5, 23, 16, 11, 8, 32 - 65.00
7. CHARBONNIER NICOLAS/CHRISTIDIS STEPHANE (FRA) 7, 2, 17, 12, 23, 1, 10, 33 - 72.00
8. KOSMATOPOULOS ANDREAS/TRIGONIS KOSTAS (GRE) - 12, 14, 15, 30, 4, 6, 19, 4 - 74.00
9. BRASLAVETS EUGEN/MATVIENKO IGO (UKR) - 5, 10 BFD, 6, 5 OCS, 3, 1 - 76.00
10. SEKI KAZUTO/TODOROKI KENJIRO (JPN) - 10, 26, 9, 21, 9, 17, 13, 5 - 84.00

Full 470 Male Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/4M.txt

Multihull Female - Hobie 16.
Very light winds again for the 15 crews who were involved in a very close race, contested in about 5 knots of wind with a very flat sea.

There are fice teams who are close at the top, the French crews Florence Delory/Lauriane Le Gac and Marie Duvignac/Claire Japhet, the American duo Stéphanie O'Connor/Sue Korzeniewski, as well as the Italian crew Alessia Berini/Sara Poli and the British Ellen Forshaw/Jenny Deyes who all regularly swapped places.

It wasn't until the last windward leg that there was a clear leader, when Delory/Le Gac's took the gun. Both of the French crews are on 19 points, 11 points ahead of the Americans and the English. The American duo as well as the British one will have to share the 3rd rank. A good challenge for the forthcoming races.

The british crew of Ellen Forshaw/Jenny Deyes, British commented: "We first of all want to congratulate the French teams placed 1st equal on the provisional overall results. However, for those athletes, one point must be underlined, which is the greater experience of sailing the Hobie 16 in France. They have a good advantage over the other competitors as it is almost the first time for us to be sailing the Hobie 16 at such a high level. We have only been training for a couple of months. I usually sail with a South African crew, but it was possible to mix nationalities here. For the rest of the races we remain confident and hope to finish in the top 3."

Top 10 Final Results After 8 Races
1. DUVIGNAC MARIE/JAPHET CLAIRE (FRA) - 4, 1, 1, 2, 4, 1, 7, 6 - 19.00
2. DELORY FLORENCE/LE GAC LAURIAN (FRA) - 3, 3, 7, 4, 1, 6, 1, 1 - 19.00
3. KORZENIEWSKI SUSAN/O' CONNOR S (USA) - 9, 4, 4, 1, 8, 4, 6, 3 - 30.00
4. FORSHAW ELLEN/DEYES JENNY (GBR) - 2, DNF, 5, 3, 5, 8, 2, 5 - 30.00
5. BERTINI ALESSIA/POLI SARA (ITA) - 6, DNC, 3, 10, 3, 9, 4, 2 - 37.00
6. MARSHALL KAMI/SCOTT HELEN (GBR) - 5, 2, 8, 12, 2, 7, 3, 11 - 38.00
7. ZANESCO BELINDA/ANGWIN NAOMI (AUS) - 1, DNC, 2, 9 OCS, 2, 5, 7 - 42.00
8. ANGIONI CECILIA/GESSA VALENTIN (ITA) - 10, DNC, 9, 5, 6, 11, 8, 4 - 53.00
9. BUHRMANN JANA/MC LAREN PHILIPP (NAM) - 7, DNC, 6, 11, 7, 5, 10 - 54.00
10. MARTINEZ ROSARITO/OLIVEIRO NAT (PUR) - 13, DNC, OCS, 6, OCS, 3, 9, 12 - 75.00

Full Results Hobie 16 Female
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/HW.txt

Single-handed Dinghy Male - Laser
After the first start was cancelled, the yellow group were only able to sail one race this afternoon in very shifty conditions. With a particularly weak wind, very shifty in direction, it was easy to have a bad race on the wrong side of the course. However, Andreas Geritzer (AUT) was considered favourite and confirmed this as he led the race from start to finish. At the time of writing the Race Committee is still hoping for an other race today.

Andreas Geritzer, commented: "The race was shifty today; Just before the start I decided to choose the right hand side of the race area and anticipated getting clear air. The 1st downwind leg I was ahead and maintained my advantage untill the end. Overall, I would like to finish in the top 5. This competition looks a little bit like the Olympics but a little bit more complicated as the 2 best sailors of each nation are represented here. Just one regret however … the lack of wind. I prefer sailing in wind conditions over 15 or 20 knots."

38 boats now proceed to the gold fleet for podium places.

Top 10 Final Results After 5 Races
1. BLANCKENBERG GARETH (RSA) - 4, 2, 5, 1, 2 - 14.00
2. BIRGMARK DANIEL (SWE) - 1, 10, 2, 2, 2 - 17.00
3. SCHEIDT ROBERT (BRA) - 6, 4, 3, 3, 1 - 17.00
4. CHIMONAS EVAGELOS (GRE) - 1, 6, 4, 4, 8 - 23.00
5. SUOAMALAINEN ROOPE (FIN) - 2, 11, 1, 5, 6 - 25.00
6. ZBOGAR VASILIJ (SLO) - 2, 8, 2, 9, 7 - 28.00
7. ARAPOV MATE (CRO) - 7, 3, 14, 7, 4 - 35.00
8. MARTINEZ DORESTE LUIS (ESP) - 12, 3, 11, 6, 4 - 36.00
9. SUNESON KARL (SWE) - 21, 5, 6, 2, 5 - 39.00
10. NEGRI DIEGO (ITA) - 3, 7, 8, 10, 12 - 40.00

Full Laser Male Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/LA.txt

Single-handed dinghy female - Laser Radial
Sophie de Turkheim extended her lead over the rest of the pack after today's two races.

A good result for Ako Nakura (JPN) yesterday who took line honours in Race 9 to move up to 13th overall.

The women will continue to race a full series, with no Gold and Silver fleet split, through to the completion of the regatta.

Top 10 Final Results After 10 Races
1. DE TURKHEIM SOPHIE (FRA) - 1, 1, 1, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 3, 1 -12.00
2. SZOTYNSKA KATARZYNA (POL) - 2, 2, 2, 2, 5, 2, 5, 4, 2, 6 - 26.00
3. BARBIE GEA (CRO) - 3, 3, 3, 9, 14, 4, 2, 3, 9, 16 - 50.00
4. POWRIE MIRANDA (NZL) - 6, 11, 15, 1, 8, 5, 7, 6, 8, 20 - 67.00
5. NEVIEROV LARISSA (ITA) - 4, 8, 8, 24, 6, 3, 10, 9, 11, 13 - 72.00
6. DE PLANQUE MARION (FRA) - 14, 6, 20, 5, 11, 12, 3, 8, 5, 10 - 74.00
7. PEELO CIARA (IRL) - 8, 12, 9, 6, 3, 10, 12, 14, 6, 9 - 75.00
8. CASEY HALL ALISON (AUS) - 5, 4, 12, 16, 4, 9, 6, 5,18, 24 - 79.00
9. RASA KEAMIA (CAN) - 15, 5, 10, 10, 12, 7, 15, 7, 19, 2 - 83.00
10. MULLER NICKY (GBR) - 11, 9, 14, 14, 13, 8, 9, 12 12, 5 - 93.00

Full Laser Radial Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/LR.txt

Boardsailing Male and Female - Bic Techno
There was no racing for the boards today, and full results are available at:

Boardsailing Female
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/BW.txt

Boardsailing Male
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/BM.txt

King's Trophy for the Top Overall Nation
France retain their place as overall leading nation, but with a mere 4 points lead over the defending champions Italy.

1- France - 40 pts
2- Italy - 36 pts
3- Australia - 35 pts
4- Great Britain - 32 pts
5- South Africa - 28 pts
6- Sweden - 23 pts
7- USA - 20 pts
8- Spain - 20 pts
9- Brazil - 17 pts
10- New Zealand - 16 pts…
(64 nations classées)


Lalou Roucayrol -Skipper of Banque Populaire
Today's visitor in Marseille was Lalou Roucayrol, skipper of the multihull Banque Populaire.

Before racing for Banques Populaire on three hulls, Lalou Roucayrol. started sailing on much smaller boats. Similar to most sailors, he started sailing in an Optimist.

When he was six, he competed in his first major regatta, The French Championship. Then he raced with his sister Valerie, but that didn't last long as it is often the case when you race with your siblings.

A decade later, as a student at the Marseille Merchant Navy school he gave up sailing his new Europe dinghy (single-handed dinghy) preferrding to sail half and quarter tonners.

After he had started sailing offshore, the skipper of the Banque Populaire's trimaran still remembers what he learnt when racing in light airs : "Light touch, sensations and reflexes are things you learn when practicing light sailing . Training for the Olympic Games enables the competitors to improve these crucial qualities that open sea racers do not necessarily possess." Today when talking about races such as multihull transoceanic championship, Route du Rhum or Grand Prix 9 Telecom, we work on an exchange basis. Many teams try to get new talents from sailors who have campaigned for the Olympic Games.

He uses this same approach when it comes to his own team on board the Banque Populaire Trimaran. Members of the team are Daniel Souben who is a catamaran specialist and the coach of the best young French Olympic multihull sailors, as well as Philippe Neiras, ex-training coach of the Tornado team (Olympic catamaran), Mr Arnaud Derringer, who is the grinder (wincher) on board, and who is the coach of the French Hobie Cat 16 team at the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games.

Lalou is not alone in his opinion. The Bayer trimaran was entrusted with Frederic Le Peutrec (French representative at the 1996 Olympic Games where he finished 6th) , who brought his Olympic Partner Franck Citeau with him. Other high level athletes such as Yann Guichard, Pierre Pennec, Loïc Fouchier can be found competing in this circuit of multihull racers.

This tendency which began a few years ago with Loïc Peyron and his crew on Fujicolor is still clearly affirmed clearly. There is currently a fleet of about fifteen maxi multihulls competing.


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