Aussie retain 49ers World's lead

Nathan Outteridge & Ben Austin
Qualification races finished at the 49er worlds today and tomorrow the fleets will be divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets; the top 25 sailors going into the gold fleet to race of for the Championship title over the next three days.

Many prayed for heavier winds at this regatta, getting their wish today, although a lot more than they bargained for in gusty and shifty 20-25 knot southerlies. It made the going tough and resulted in lots of upside-down skiffs, protests and minor injuries that kept the medical officers busy most the afternoon.

Australia’s Nathan Outteridge/Ben Austin thrived in the heavy winds and wavy and choppy seas off Sorrento and they retain their lead of the Championship. Fending of challenges from other teams, the Aussies finished the day with 5-1-3 results.

With a total score of 17, Outteridge/Austin are just four points clear of Rodion Luka/George Leonchuck (UKR) who moved into second place today following 2,3,2 results, and six points clear of third placed defending world champs Steve Morrison/Ben Rhodes (GBR).

In Race 8, the Aussies, selected for Beijing, were sitting in fourth place at the first windward mark in a tight bunch with Alexandre Monteau/Damien Guillou (FRA), John Pink/Simon Wheeler (GBR) and Giuseppe Angilella/Pietro Zucchetti (ITA). Former world champions, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP) led the fleet by a good margin.

By the second time around, the Aussies had moved up to second place with the French crew snapping at their heels. At the rounding, the Spanish crew headed out, the four behind them took a course closer to the shore. On reaching the next mark, it was crew Outteridge in front with team Monteau hot on their tails, but the Aussies managed to hold them off to the finish. Earlier leaders Martinez/Fernandez finished seventh.

Morrison/Rhodes had a similar day to the Aussies, with 6-3-1 results keeping them in third place and close on the tails of the leaders. In Race 8, it was all some could do to keep their boats afloat and on track and Morrison talked Rhodes through some manoeuvres, more to reassure himself as the pair watched others capsize around them.

German brothers Jan Peter and Hannes Peckolt are now fourth, with Martinez/Fernandez moving up to fifth place. This Championship is by no means over and continues tomorrow with a further three races.

Of those nations trying to qualify for the Games, Brazil’s Andrea Fonseca/Rodrigo Duarte are the only crew to make it into the gold fleet, currently in a pleasing 19th place. Others seeking selection are in the silver fleet.

Anthony Kotoun, skipper of the US Virgin Island crew, here to try and qualify their nation for the Olympics, described today’s conditions: 'It was so windy and choppy; it made it hard sailing downwind.'

He and crew Cy Thompson have been in Sorrento since December in their attempts to qualify for the Olympics. However, big capsizes in Races 7 and 9 resulted in not finishing those races. They are currently in 35th place on equal points with 36th placed brothers Goran and Ivan Invankovic (CRO) who are also trying to qualify their country.



Results are provisional pending protests. The Sail Melbourne ISAF Grade 1 event continues tomorrow.

    49er
PlNameBoatSail

Number
Club

/Cty
123456789Net

Points
1OUTTERIDGE, Nathan

AUSTIN, Ben
FearlessAUS3AUS21311751317
2LUKA, Rodion

LEONCHUK, George
VoroninUKR14UKR313523123221
3MORRISON, Stevie

RHODES, Ben
GBR1GBR21485163123
4PECKOLT, Jan Peter

PECKOLT, Hannes
11GER14625324425
5MARTINEZ, Iker

FERNANDEZ, Xabier
ESP10ESP44942617129
6SIBELLO, Piero

SIBELLO, Gianfranco
ITA4ITA192731111630
7DELLE KARTH, Nico Luca Marc

RESCH, Nikolaus Leopold
Mary Jane, HOBAS Tiroler Wasserkraft 1A Inst.AUT2AUT63536412630
8HANSEN, Peter

HANSEN, Soren
Hempel/Dong EnergyDEN12DEN1215142134432
9MORGAN, Lagraviere

STÉPHANE, Christidis
Rougail RiverFRA 7FRA5617611012839
10WADLOW, Tim

RAST, Chris
SecoraUSA13USA68823355739
11CAMPBELL-JAMES, Paul

ASQUITH, Mark`
EITSGBR21GBR35211492428

DNF
40
12FEDERICO, Alonso

ARTURO, Alonso
ESP6ESP1025181251941
13LIMA, Jorge

ANDRADE, Francisco
LusodietePOR18POR351285278341
14ANGILELLA, Giuseppe

ZUCCHETTI, Pietro
ITA30ITA422286585745
15WARRER, Jonas

KIRKETERP, Martin
Hempel Dong EnergyDEN 8DEN9141134449650
16PINK, John

WHEELER, Simon
Skandia Team GBRGBR28GBR532528

BFD
18113552
17EVANS, Dave

HOPSON, Alex
MyfanwyGBR22GBR75101210237852
18FONSECA, Andre

DUARTE, Rodrigo
Vaca VoadoraBRA29BRA7761841228

DNF
853
19KRÃœGER ANDERSEN, Peter

DENGSØ ANDERSEN, Dennis
DEN15DEN631410283728

DSQ
53
20PHILLIPS, William

NEWMAN, Jon
AUS27AUS561334111151156
21GUNDERSEN, Christopher

BOVIM, Frode
NOR20NOR118867599456
22EMMANUEL, Dyen

YANN, Rochierieux
FRA16FRA29161771146257
23COOK, Gordon

REMOCKER, Ben
SamsonCAN19CAN928

OCS
74214108357
24BAUR, Marcus

BAUMANN, Hannes
FritzIIGER26GER81864183861770
25LINDBERG, Jonas

TORLÉN, Kalle
AplicatorSWE42SWE106991014491370
26CZAJKOWSKI, Marcin

KIERKOWSKI, Krzysztof
POL17POL810145131276970
27UUSI-AUTTI, Janne

BASK, Kalle
FIN44FIN187913117681071
28SIEBER, Christoph

KRUSE, Clemens
T-SystemsAUT38AUT81111998810972
29MCGOVERN, Russell

MCGOVERN, Matthew
IRL40IRL9914101281914177
30MONTEAU, Alexandre

GUILLOU, Damien
FRA23FRA122541428

BFD
2032282
31ISHIBASHI, Akira

MAKINO, Yukio
JPN985JPN1813191169713582
32O'CONNOR, David

JENSEN, Iain
The CapeAUS46AUS191516101161211586
33KOSTOV, Pavle

CUPAC, Petar
CRO41CRO1112314911.60

RDG
9161687.60
34KOTOUN, Anthony

THOMPSON, Cy
www.verticalyachts.comISV817ISV71031318628

DNF
1228

DNF
97
35IVANKOVIC, Goran

IVANKOVIC, Ivan
CRO959CRO157171316616121297
36KUUSI, Ilmari

GRANQVIST, Jacob
GantFIN48FIN10121015913141528

DNF
98
37SCHUTTE, Daan

STAVENUITER, Wilco
CLB - TUDELFTNED39NED13131628

BFD
23151912102
38PANAGIOTIDIS, George

PANAGIOTIDIS, Alfonso
GRE994GRE28

DSQ
181121128

OCS
61215103
39STANCZY, Tomasz

KUZMICKI, Pawel
Delphia YachtsPOL1069POL1114211512528

DSQ
1510103
40D'ORTOLI, Julien

DELPECH, Noé
French ConnectionFRA32FRA12171714161910107103
41TODOROKI, Kenjiro

TAKAHASHI, Kenji
KANTO AUTO WORKSJPN 35JPN12107728

BFD
19121128

DNF
106
42PACHOUMAS, Athanasios

SIOUZIOUS, Athanasios
GRE37GRE144111528

DSQ
1328

DNF
1113109
43LEHTINEN, Lauri

SOININEN, Heikki
FIN1060FIN411101110928

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
111
44FLETCHER, Dylan

SIGN, Alain
Great BearGBR33GBR2015491316928

DNF
28

DNF
114
45SILVEIRA, Santiago

STEFANI, Diego
URU146URU28

BFD
1518161317101312114
46FRICKE, Leopold

HUBER, Lorenz
GER34GER141612714111528

DNF
28

DNF
117
47DIMOU, Dionisis

PATENIOTIS, Michalis
GRE47GRE28

DNF
1720177728

OCS
1410120
48WADE-LEHMAN, Clynton

DE KOCK, Joe
Seiko VelaturaRSA010RSA162018211515131611124
49KNIGHT, Richard

HALKES (HO WAI HO), Mike
Little DragonHKG1064HKG131681617151528

DNF
28

DNF
128
50NOBLE, Matt

HEINEKEN, John
USA50USA28

DNF
1131916131428

DNF
28

DNF
132
51HAAVEL, Tõnis

KIVISTIK, Lenart
EST894EST15828

RDG
18111228

DNF
1828

DNF
138
52MASON, Richard

PEEL, Tom
MurkaGBR806GBR1614152228

BFD
10171728

DNF
139
53BORROWS, Kevin

FENWICK, Andrew
Pocket Rocket1063NZL142320201714202014139
54MANN, David

MIRSKY, Torvar
Polyester GirlsAUS929AUS1717161715151628

DNF
28

DNF
141
55GOODERHAM, Billy

HOGAN, Ian
CAN1058CAN1312241219211728

DNF
28

DNF
146
56MARSHALL, Clint

MARSHALL, Ty
SpinelessAUS932AUS1721192228

OCS
1928

DNF
1011147
57PASQUALI, Joey

GIFFEN, Rory
USA 792USA 792USA16201316121628

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
149
58LINTON, Aaron

CORDINGLEY, Robert
OshinAUS411AUS1921132721211328

DNF
14149
59GAINZA EURNEKIAN, Matias

VILLAMBROSA, Federico
QuicksilverARG1066ARG1819719151828

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
152
60GRAHAM, Peter

GODMAN, Rory
MourphesNZL811NZL28

OCS
2415211720141328

DNF
152
61LI, Fei

HU, Xianqiang
NauticaCHN923CHN202315222217181928

DNF
156
62WEN, Zijin

ZHUANG, Xuehai
NauticaCHN1009CHN15121820191828

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
158
63GOLDSBERRY, Jonathan

SMYTHE, Charlie
Skiffsailing.orgUSA877USA172428

DNF
1981028

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
162
64PHILLIPS, Samuel

CHURCHER, Andrew
Jemma the Bushpig762AUS211921212422181728

DNF
163
65PARKINSON, Luke

KELLY, Paul
FluidAUS767AUS19211918201728

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
170
66LIN, Wuzhi

ZHOU , Boxiong
NauticaCHN1008CHN28

DNF
18221814241928

DNF
28

DNF
171
67BELLOTTI, Marcelo

BLOCH, Sidney
BRA926BRA21191228

BFD
212328

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
180
68MCDIARMID, David

ARCHIBALD, Andrew
NZL433NZL22162523222228

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
186
69WALL, Kynan

BROWNIE, Nicholas
Wild WilburAUS435AUS23232424232428

DNF
1828

DNF
187
70GAGLIOTTI, Rafael

GOMES, Henrique
Porto Seguro149BRA28

DNF
222120202028

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
187
71GORDON, Murray

ROUGHLEY, Hamish
PPCCAUS674AUS22222325202628

DNF
2128

DNF
187
72GAHMBERG, Jan

DONNER, Kristoffer
AktiaFIN204FIN2020222328

BFD
2128

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
190
73GRANT, Jamie

KINGSLEY-WILLIAMS, Topher
Pine Time230AUS26242324232328

DNF
2028

DNF
191
74GILMORE, John

DRESSLER, Cooper
500USA24272426182228

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
197
75SPILLANE, Marcus

NOLAN, Ross
Seiko VelaturaIRL691IRL24222023262628

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
197
76PETERS, Paul

BROOMAN, Matthew
Kemeny'sAUS164AUS23262524192528

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
198
77GRIFFITHS, Andrew

BUCKINGHAM, Mitchell
SiroccoAUS423AUS212728

DNF
26252428

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
207
78SPIERS, Emma

RANDOLPH, Nick
Chickn'WingsAUS768AUS222628

DNF
25252728

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
209
79SPENCER, Jonathan

SPENCER, Tim
FKP Property Group766AUS28

DNF
252625242528

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
209
80PEARMAN, Lachlan

GAVIN, Aron
AUS678AUS25252628

BFD
272528

DNF
28

DNF
28

DNF
212
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