Danish brothers Peter and Soren HANSEN have taken the early lead on day one of the 49er World Championship at Sail Melbourne today.
With three races away, the Peter HANSEN
and Soren HANSEN
(DEN) notched up a bullet and two second places to lead home favourites Nathan OUTTERIDGE
and Ben AUSTIN
(AUS). The Aussies scored 2,1,3 results to be two points behind the leaders.
Defending World Champions Stevie MORRISON
and Ben RHODES
(GBR) are on track too, currently third placed, only one point away from the Aussies after finishing 2,1,3 on the first day of qualifying races.
Great Britain entries fill out the next two places too; John PINK
and Simon WHEELER
are fourth and Paul CAMPBELL-JAMES
and Mark ASQUITH
fifth on equal points and just three behind MORRISON and RHODES.
Brazil's campaign to qualify for the Games got off to a good start with Andre FONSECA
and Rodrigo DUARTE
holding down 13th place on equal points with the 11th and 12th placed crews from Portugal and the US Virgin Islands.
Finland crews are also out to qualify their nation, the best placed today of the four crews being Laura LEHTINEN
and Heikki SOININEN
in 19th place.
Sorrento sailors, Will PHILLIPS
and Jon NEWMAN
(AUS) were the next best placed Aussies. Scoring 5,6,13 results, they are 24th overall in this hot international fleet.
Racing got underway on time this morning just after 10:00 in a gusting up to 15 knot northeasterly with a nasty little chop off Sorrento Couta Sailing Club, host venue for the Worlds. It was not surprising to see a number of bingles and subsequent protests after the earlier races.
As the day wore on, breezes slowly diminished to 5-8 knots and with the wind going against the tide, it was a tough day for all and took all eighty crews concentration skills to master the conditions.
Racing continues tomorrow with three further races planned. Forecasts say breezes will be light, giving those headed for the Beijing Games a taste of what is to come.
Results are provisional pending protests.
Saill Melbourne - www.sailmelbourne.com.au
Results - www.yachting.org.au/site/yachting/event/14245/