Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

SAP 5O5 World Championship - Torrential rains bring sailors together

by Kimball Livingston on 30 Apr 2013
2013 SAP 5O5 Worlds Christophe Favreau © http://christophefavreau.photoshelter.com/
2013 SAP 5O5 World Championship - Nobody goes to a regatta hoping to be rained out, but a day of torrential rains and no racing at did at least bring the sailors together for a class meeting at the Barbados Yacht Club, while leaving ample time for replaying (and replaying) the first four races as presented by SAP Analytics. There is always something more to be discovered in speed, tactics, or the interplay of techniques.

How else would the young Americans, Ted Conrads and Brian Haines, identify a speed deficiency of .8 knot on one leg—and only one leg—as the factor that made the difference?

Sailors being sailors, there also was ample speculation based upon what we might call 'anecdotal data.' For example, 2012 winning crewman Martin Gorge of Denmark looked at the leaderboard and considered that the winner of the first two races, Stefan Boehm, was successful at least in part because, 'He came here with no expectations, so he's fearless,' Gorge said. 'This is Stefan's first overseas Worlds. He's just so happy to be here, and he's having a great time.'

Dr. Claas Lehmann, topping the leaderboard after four races, fits the same profile, cheerfully liberated at last from the northern European winter. But, Gorge said, 'Stefan and Claas both will have a hard time staying at the top all the way to the end. We've seen that any of the top fifteen can win, and already Wolfgang Hunger is sneaking up in the standings. He's won the Worlds five times. And Mike Holt, the American, has been second twice at the Worlds. Even without winning races he's showing well here. It could be his time.'

Lehmann, Boehm, Holt and Hunger lead the fleet in that order with five more races to go. Gorge and his skipper, Jan Saugman, are fifth.

There are 69 entries at the SAP 5O5 World Championship, including seven boats delayed in shipment from the West Coast of the USA and due to arrive Wednesday, the next race day. Tuesday is a scheduled lay day.






[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]

PredictWind.comMondo Travel Americas Cup Tour - Catamaran 2855Festival of Sails 2017 660x82

Related Articles

Alinghi win Sydney finale to secure third Extreme Sailing Series title
Swiss team Alinghi were crowned champions today after an epic final-day shoot-out at the season finale in Sydney. In a nail-biting showdown that went right down to the wire, Arnaud Psarofaghis' men saw off a last-ditch attempt from arch rivals Oman Air to complete their ascendancy to the top of the 2016 rankings.
Posted today at 11:35 am
Collinson FX Market Commentary - Dec 10/11 - Trump Rally leads upsurge
The NZD closed the week above 0.7100, while the AUD trades around 0.7450 The 'Trump Rally' continued unfettered by speed bumps from the Italian referendum and the ECB inaction. Rampant confidence is driving the US economy, with the prospect of a booming regime under President Trump, with promised tax and regulatory cuts.
Posted today at 11:21 am
Team Oman Air finish second overall in Extreme Sailing Series
Team Oman Air’s year-long campaign was foiled at the final hurdle in Sydney by flawless performance from rivals Alinghi Team Oman Air’s year-long campaign for the first trophy was foiled at the final hurdle in Sydney by a flawless performance from rivals Alinghi, who dominated the Act and were crowned 2016 champions.
Posted today at 11:14 am
18ft Skiffs Syd. Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy on Sydney Harbour
With a 12-15 knot ENE wind prevailing, only four of the 18-boat fleet elected to go with the bigger number one rig With a 12-15 knot ENE wind prevailing, only four of the 18-boat fleet elected to go with the bigger number one rig and it was decisive in the Thurlow Fisher Lawyers win.
Posted today at 10:46 am
Wild Oats XI in Hobart Workup - Video
With barely two weeks remaining before 'The Big Turn Right' on Boxing Day, a number of the grand prix performers – With barely two weeks remaining before 'The Big Turn Right' on Boxing Day, a number of the grand prix performers – including Black Jack, CQS, Wild Oats XI and Ichi Ban - were to be seen offshore in training and work-up mode today, enjoying perfect sailing conditions. The Bow Caddy team sent their aerial camera out to capture the last yacht to return through the Heads as she heade
Posted today at 10:25 am
Melbourne turns on spectacular Sailing World Cup finish
Melbourne turned on its best day at Sailing World Cup Final, loads of summer sunshine and cool S-SW winds 10-15 knots Melbourne turned on its best day at the Sailing World Cup Final, loads of summer sunshine and cool S-SW winds 10-15 knots for the close of the Olympic and Invited classes competition that drew sailors from around the world aged eight to 79.
Posted today at 7:46 am
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Tale of two shootouts
The Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final saved the best to last with the Laser rounding off the week of competition The Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final presented by Land Rover saved the best to last with the Laser rounding off the week of competition and serving up two tantalising in-race battles that decided the podium places.
Posted today at 7:11 am
Aiming for cold to gold for Tassie skiff crew
Jasmine Galbraith and her 29er skiff crew Chloe Fisher sit in fifth coming into the deciding day of SWC Melbourne Final Training on Hobart’s Derwent River in winter when her hands are so cold she can’t feel them is the less glamourous side of the sport for 17 year-old sailor Jasmine Galbraith and her 29er skiff crew Chloe Fisher, who sit in fifth coming into the deciding day of the Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final presented by Land Rover.
Posted today at 3:47 am
Aon Youth Sailing Worlds - Ups and downs. Winners to underdogs
2016 Aon Youth Sailing Worlds will see the return of inaugural girl's 29er winners who are back to defend their title The 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships will see the return of the inaugural girl's 29er winners who are back to defend their title, but they know it won't be easy.
Posted today at 12:43 am
World Sailing Cup Final - Live video coverage from Melbourne - Day 2
The Medal Races on Sunday 11 December will draw the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final to a close. The Medal Races on Sunday 11 December will draw the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final to a close. The deciding races will be streamed live on World Sailing TV on YouTube. Coverage started at midday local time or 0100UTC
Posted on 10 Dec