As forecast there was just little wind during the fourth day of the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games, but most fleets completed races.
In these particular conditions, the lighter the helm the more successful you are likely to be, as found Siri Chandler (THA), who sailed a superb fourth race to take a bullet in the women's single-handed fleet.
However, no such luck for the multihull open and boards men and women, who were not able to sail any races due to lack of wind. They remain hopeful for tomorrow.
Keelboat Women - J22
In the J22 fleet, one of the Race Committee's main concerns was to complete the racing postponed from Tuesday, in order to complete the yellow and blue fleet races, so that all fleets complete the same number of races. New Zealand's Karleen Dixon finished 1st in Race 3, has moved up to place equal with France's Christine Briand, after three races. The J/22 yellow fleet managed to complete a fourth race, which again went to Christine Briand.
Speaking earlier, Karleen Dixon said:
"Our target is to come back as much as possible in the top ranking and maybe bring the title back to New Zealand. I previously attended the 1998 ISAF World Sailing Championship in Dubai as a tactician but we didn't do as well as we expected then. So far here we have done quite well finishing 1st and 2nd on the first two races."
Elodie Bour, who is part of Christine Briand's crew, commented:
"We made a good start similar to most of the boats. However, further on we were a little bit faster than the rest of the fleet, which took us ahead in the middle of the leg. The wind was very "shifty" and particularly hard for the moral and very tricky for our team mate Pascale who is the tactician "
Provisional Results after 3 races
1 FRA 457 BRIAND/ BOUR/DENTRAYGUES/ PROU France 4.00 2 1 1
2 NZL 299 DIXON/ ROBERTS/EGNOT/ LIND MIT New_Zealand 4.00 1 2 1
3 ITA 787 CONTI/ BORONI/MARENZI/ MAZZOTT Italy 11.00 4 4 3
ex USA 446 ZILLMAN/ MC DOWELL/WULFF/ HAWK USA 11.00 4 4 3
5 GBR 526 ELLIS/ ALLAN/LEASK/ WEBB GBritain 12.00 1 1 OCS
Double-handed Men - 470
The competition is getting really tough on the 470-race area! « we are so excited about getting into the race that all of us are struggling hard to get the best start » said French helmsman Nicolas Charbonnier.
In fact, the 1st race start was given under the black flag rule (which means any premature starter is immediately disqualified). Under this rule, several boats were disqualified including Romain and Benjamin Bonnaud (FRA), and Olympic Medallists Eugène Braslavets and Igor Matvienko (UKR).
As a result the winners of Race 3 ended up being the British duo of Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield who crossed the line in 4th position and finally ended up 1st!
The second race of the day was similar to the first one, with much emphasis of tactical skills in a very shifty wind.
Nick Rogers, helsman of the British 470 and winner of today's first race commented: "There was only 6 to 8 knots wind and the changing conditions made the competition very hard among the 5 and even 10 first boats. We are rather pleased with our ranking (1st and 3rd) but we would like to finish among the 5 top boats. It is a very interesting race and is for me as important as the World Championships! Even though the ranking is not taken into consideration for the Olympic qualifications."
Provisional Results After 4 Races
1 ISR 185 YOSEF YOGEV/AMIR SHAHAF Israel 27.00 8 7 2 10
2 AUS 84 WILMOT NATHAN/PAGE MALCOM Australia 30.00 1 1 5 23
3 ITA 767 ZANDONA GABRIO/TRANI ANDREA Italy 38.00 9 13 7 9
4 FRA 817 CHARBONNIER NICOLAS/CHRISTIDIS France 39.00 7 2 18 12
5 ISR 184 GAL UDI/KLIGER GIDEON Israel 40.00 2 3 3 32
Keelboat Men - J 80 yellow fleet
As soon as the races finish in the J/80, the become more and more obvious and certains names are regularly mentioned in the top five ranking. Among them are the Swiss team (Monnin, Monnin, Monnin and Heuss), the Japanese (Kuramichi, Okamoto, Sasaki, Wad) and the French team skipped by the defending champion François Brénac (Ferran , Rohart, Fouchier). Today however, it was the Ukranian team skippered by Denys Khashchvna who won the first race.
The second race was also very tough and saw the Swiss team skippered by Monnin just ahead of the French Brénac.
Denys Khashchyna, speaking after winning race 3 said: "It was very hard as the wind was particularly tricky. Those ones feeling the breeze were in the top ranking. But we will keep going confident and hope to achieve our target of being the overall winner"
I love this race and the fact that the boats are re-allocated after each day's racing, which enables us to sail equally and on the same equipment which we could otherwise
not afford. It is really fantastic!"
The J/80 blue fleet were still racing when writing this report, so no news until later.
Results in the J 80 yellow group after Race 3
1 UKR 411 KHASHCHYNA/ BABKIN/SHCHERBAKOV Ukraine 1.00
2 IRL 585 SIMMS/ COFFEY/MORRISON/ WALSH/ Ireland 2.00
3 GBR 550 BROTHERTON/ LEASK/RUSSEL/ NEAR Great Britain 3.00
4 FRA 465 BRENAC/ FERRAN/ROHART/ FOUCHIE France 4.00
5 JPN 226 KURAMICHI/ OKAMOTO/SASAKI/ WAD Japan 5.00
Results of the J 80 yellow fleet after Race 4
1 SUI 389 MONNIN/ MONNIN/MONNIN/ HEUSS/ Switzerland 1.00
2 FRA 465 BRENAC/ FERRAN/ROHART/ FOUCHIE France 2.00
3 JPN 226 KURAMICHI/ OKAMOTO/SASAKI/ WAD Japan 3.00
4 SLO 497 KOSMINA/ GLAVINA/FAFANGEL/ BEL Slovenia 4.00
5 SWE 735 BARKELIUS/ RODEBACK/FYLKING/ J Sweden 5.00
Multihull Women - Hobie 16
The light wind in the Bay of Marseille was a great advantage to the lighter sailors, even though the Hobie 16's are obliged to meet the minimum weight limit of 130 kilos (as imposed by the Hobie 16 Class).
The light breeze remaining from yesterday's Mistral (strong local wind) added to the 6 to 8 knots wind blowing on the race course, which area made the race particularly tactical.
Marie Duvignac, helm of the French Hobie 16, currently lying first overall in the provisional results, commented:
"We were under stress at the beginning, but won the 1st race and finished 2nd in Race 4, but we are of course still under pressure!
This morning the wind conditions were very difficult, as we could have easily made the wrong decision and easily lost our lead.
Now that we are first overall, it is even worse and the pressure will be important as all the competitors will want to control us for the next races.
But we are very pleased about our performance and we plan to keep going this way! Neither of us had imagined a ranking better than 5 before the Championship. And now, we are hoping to go home with a World Championship medal."
Provisional Results After 4 races
1 FRA 811 DUVIGNAC MARIE/JAPHET CLAIRE France 8.00 4 1 1 2
2 FRA 809 DELORY FLORENCE/LE GAC LAURIAN France 17.00 3 3 7 4
3 USA 859 KORZENIEWSKI SUSAN/O' CONNOR S United_States_of_Ame 18.00 9 4 4 1
4 GBR 548 FORSHAW ELLEN/DEYES JENNY Great_Britain 26.00 2 DNF 5 3
5 GBR 554 MARSHALL KAMI/SCOTT HELEN Great_Britain 27.00 5 2 8 12
Single-handed Men - Laser - yellow fleet
Likel the rest of Marseille areas, the wind conditions on the Laser course were extremely tricky, even for the most experienced sailors.
Waves were still very high due to yesterday's Mistral wind, which combined with today's wind made racing even more complicated. The fleet raced a very tight race and at certain marks more than 5 sailors came out at the same time with any error being crucial.
Félix Pruvot (FRA) commented:: "After 4 races, and particularly after my 3rd place during today's racing, I am confident and sailing without too many worries..My strength remains the upwind legs and the time I have spent with the French National team has proved the efficiency of our training. I must still improve my race starts, but I remain confident as I continue to improve myself".
Results after Race 3
1 CRO 17 RADELIC LUKA Croatia 1.00
2 SWE 926 BIRGMARK DANIEL Sweden 2.00
3 FRA 813 PRUVOT FELIX Poland 3.00
4 GRE 139 CHIMONAS EVAGELOS Greece 4.00
5 CHN 511 ZHANG XIONGHUI China 5.00
Results after Race 4
1 SUI 379 BOTTONI CHRISTOPH Switzerland 1.00
2 SWE 926 BIRGMARK DANIEL Sweden 2.00
3 GRE 140 MANOLAKIS ADONIS Greece 3.00
4 GRE 139 CHIMONAS EVAGELOS Greece 4.00
5 SEY 557 JULIE ALLAN Seychelles 5.00
Single-handed Women - Laser Radial
The girls in the single-handed women fleet completed the greatest number of races today, beginning with little wind this morning until it then slowly vanished. The light competitors had a great advantage today, including Siri Chandler (THA) who won the the last race this afternoon.
A real performance for this Asian girl who doesn't usually have an opportunity to compete against the international level of sailors here, including World and Continental Champions.
Sophie de Turckheim (FRA) who is leading overall after five races said: "Even if I am ahead I do not feel totally confident On the one hand the Polish girl Katarzyna Szotynska is not far behind me and on the other hand I did not make any good starts today. However, despite this problem I remain confident as my performance was in the light wind."
Overall Results 5 Races
1 428 DE TURCKHEIM SOPHIE France 8.00 1 1 1 3 2
2 400 SZOTYNSKA KATARZYNA A D P A BELFORT 13.00 2 2 2 2 5
3 403 BARBIC GEA Croatia 32.00 3 3 3 9 14
4 427 PEELO CIARA Ireland 38.00 8 12 9 6 3
5 406 POWRIE MIRANDA New_Zealand 41.00 6 11 15 1 8
Programme on July 6th
Banque Populaire special day.
Special guest : Lalou Roucayrol, skipper of the « Banque Populaire » trimaran
1100 hours - First Races Commence