Australians hold lead Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta

Carolijn Brouwer & Seb Godefroid do not like the light airs - Tornado Asia Pacific Races
Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) continue to lead the Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta being hosted by Somers Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula at Sail Melbourne today.

Although Bundock and Ashby did not win either Races 5 or 6 today, finishing with third and fifth places, they remain in the lead on nine points after dropping their worst place. Today’s racing was conducted in extremely shifty winds of up to 15 knots.

World champions Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz scored their first win of the series in Race 5, with Germany’s Tino and Niko Mittlemeier finished second.

Top Russian pair, Andrey Kirilyuk/Valeriy Ushkov won Race 6 and are now third overall. Oscar Johansson/Kevin Stittle (CAN) were second in this race, with Leigh McMillan/Will Howden third.

Currently Mitch Booth/Pim Nieuwenhuis are second placed in the series overall on 17 points, the Russians one point behind, leaving Bundock and Ashby a clear eight points in the lead with four races remaining.

Carolijn Brouwer
Carolijn Brouwer, the lone female skipper in the fleet, did not have the top three day she was hoping for. Sitting 23rd in the ISAF World Rankings, she is very impressed by the quality of the sailors competing.

'There are a lot of top class sailors here. It’s an awesome regatta with really high level competition. But Bundy and Glenn are in a different league; they are good in any kind of conditions. We are up with the rest of the pack, but we can push harder and do better. We have a lot more in there,' said Brouwer, who with her crew Sebastien Godefroid is looking for a top five finish.

Looking forward to the Beijing Olympics Brouwer/Godefroid find themselves in an enviable position, they have qualified Belgium and themselves for the Games. 'This regatta is good for us.

'We are in a comfortable position at the moment we have the opportunity to play around with our boat and sails and try things out before the Games. This is important for us as we don’t have as much experience as the other guys in the class so it takes us a bit longer,' Brouwer said.

The Championship concludes on Wednesday 9th and results are provisional pending protests. The Sail Melbourne ISAF Grade 1 event continues tomorrow.

Tornado Asia Pacific Championships  
Series Results [Elapsed Time] for Tornado up to Race 4 (Drops = 0)
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperCrewFromSers ScoreRace 4Race 3Race 2Race 1
1 AUS8MARINEPOOLDarren BundockGlenn AshbyAUS6.001.00 3.00 1.00 1.00
2 NED1ZWITSERLEVENMitch BoothPim NieuwenhuisESP15.002.00 1.00 10.00 2.00
3 GBR436NA2Leigh Mc MillanWill HowdenGBR22.003.00 2.00 7.00 10.00
4 RUS97NA3Andrey KirilyukValeriy UshkovRUS23.0010.00 5.00 4.00 4.00
52.0SGER5NA6Tino MittelmeierNiko MittelmeierGER25.0011.00 9.00 2.00 3.00
6 ESP1MOVISTARFernando EchavarriAnton PazESP25.005.00 4.00 5.00 11.00
7 GER1K NIG & CIE T-SYSTERoland GaeblerGunnar StruckmannDEN32.0013.00 7.00 6.00 6.00
8 GBR430NA5Andrew WalshEdward BarneyGBR36.009.00 6.00 12.00 9.00
9 CAN7CAN 7Oskar JohanssonKevin StittleCAN38.004.00 12.00 15.00 7.00
10 DEN1HEMPEL & DONG ENERGYAllan NorregaardMichael RisoerDEN47.006.00 15.00 8.00 18.00
11 GBR431MAX AND PADDYJohn GimsonStuart BithellGBR50.0014.00 11.00 11.00 14.00
12 PUR1NA7Enrique FigueroaJorge HernandezPUR52.0012.00 10.00 13.00 17.00
13 GBR3ALY & AJAYTom PhippsMarcus LynchGBR54.0016.00 14.00 19.00 5.00
14 BEL7BLOSOCarolijn BrouwerSebbe GodefroidBEL55.007.00 33.00F 3.00 12.00
158.0SGRE7 Iordanis PaschalidisKonstantine TrigkoniGRE57.008.00 8.00 33.00O 8.00
16 RUS007NA4Sergey DzhienbaevMaxim SemenovRUS57.0015.00 13.00 9.00 20.00
17 BRA7 Bruno Di BernardiMario TinocoBRA65.0020.00 16.00 14.00 15.00
18 AUS13TEAM TORNADO NTRohan LangworthyJack PunchAUS73.0017.00 17.00 17.00 22.00
19 AUS300A.F.R.I.C.A.Damien FordMark EdmondsAUS75.0023.00 19.00 20.00 13.00
20 AUS322WINDRUSHBrett BurvillRyan DuffieldAUS77.0019.00 21.00 21.00 16.00
21 GBR406NA1Robbie LovigStuart OfferAUS83.0018.00 18.00 22.00 25.00
22 AUS305AEOLUSAllan GambleKim NicholasAUS89.0022.00 23.00 25.00 19.00
23 AUS315HARTATAKKevin KayDavid HartAUS92.0033.00F 20.00 16.00 23.00
24 AUS289 Michael VandenbergBen CarrollAUS99.0021.00 33.00F 18.00 27.00
25 AUS285 Paul PetersonMatt ThackrayAUS103.0033.00F 22.00 24.00 24.00
26 AUS320 Ron StokesAlexander BertrandAUS114.0033.00C 33.00F 27.00 21.00
27 AUS321FLYING HIGHAndrew GriffinChris TuckerAUS115.0033.00C 33.00F 23.00 26.00
28 AUS269 Andrew HeaneyLukas MuirAUS120.0033.00C 33.00C 26.00 28.00
29 AUS251ESOTERICGwyn CracknellPeter TognoAUS123.0033.00C 33.00C 28.00 29.00
30 AUS295 Ian SimpsonGary SawyerAUS125.0033.00C 33.00C 29.00 30.00
31 AUS193 Martin DunlopDana RathovaAUS132.0033.00C 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C
31 AUS967G2Paul RaymondNicholas RaymondAUS132.0033.00C 33.00F 33.00C 33.00C
SERIES RESULTS(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RAF S=DNS U=DUT V=AVG X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)