Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

RS500 World Championship day 5

by Heather Chipperfield on 13 Aug 2013
2013 RS500 World Championships RS Class Association http://www.rs-association.com
Day five of the RS500 World Championship and and amazing it was! By far the most amazing racing day in the history of the RS500 class! However the Swedish girls were already sure about the title there was a lot to win or loose for the top five.

A big battle between GBR Peter Barton and Heather C., SWE Johan Rook and Malin B., HKG Louis and Campbell and former World Champions Tim and Heather.

The building 4-5bft. western wind gave amazing scenes with capsizes and blow-out all over the fleet. The races were very competitive. The change in positions during the races were amazing.

It was very close, the Hong Kong guys started more to the right and middle during the races to stay safe. But safe is not good enough and the teams that really took risk and choose for the entire left end of the course were gaining. The SWE Johand and Malin, famous about their power and speeds in heavy winds, started of very well and made a good first race with a second place. In race two and three of the day they struggled with the heavier competition in the front and were not able to get the top three-results. Tim and Heather were just enjoying the heavy winds and seemed to just make a fun day of it. At the end the could just hold stable top-five position this day.

Peter Barton and Heather Chipperfield were very eager to win the races of this day to get the second on the podium. Directly after the start they went to the total end of the left side of the course. And this paid out well. They wouldn't give away this feature and decided to stay with this strategy for the whole day. They ended up with a one-one-four for the day and took their second place home.

Tim and Heather ended up third which completed the podium of an amazing event. Top seven need to be mentioned because the level of sailing was very good in the top and were prize worthy.

Johan and Malin (four) showed themselves being very all round in the fourth position and supported the new World Champions with providing the tuning guide they needed.

The 'HongKong'-guys (five)were amazingly fast downwind and overtook lots of boats when they were not in front at the first mark.

Peter and James (six), the heros of the heavy winds, showed themselves being stable in the lighter conditions.

Michiel and Hilde(seven) surprised themselves being fast in stronger winds and stable top 10 overall in the event. They could not meet up with the top six, but were happy in front of all the others.

The event was filled with many different conditions; light wind to heavy winds and choppy waves, flat water and long swells from the east sea. This is what makes the sisters Soderstrom the real World Champions! In every condition they showed the fleet what consistent in the top means! Fast and smart! The real deserved title is for them.

The event was amazing! The organization was just perfect. The race officer did a very professional and good job. Every racecourse was perfectly right and a decision to stop the race when not fair racing was possible was the good decision to make. A lot of thanks to the rce committee for that. Especially thanks to all the volunteers helping us out!

And off course the socials! Brilliant food! great Swedish games! Stunning orange hats at the dutch party day! And what a welcoming bunch of people in the Swedish fleet!

The Swedish fleet, lead by the entire Johansson-family was a pleasure to enjoy this week with. Special thanks to them!
Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82Mackay Boats

Related Articles

Iain Jensen wins MS Amlin 'Dash for Cash'
Some crashes were spectacular, with the skipper being launched from the boat in a cloud of spray. Jensen is the longtime crew for Nathan Outteridge, the helmsman for Artemis Racing. As a team they won the Olympic Gold medal in the 49er Class at the 2012 London Olympics.
Posted on 3 Dec
Hotting up at the Star Sailors League Finals
Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds in Montagu Bay Nassau. Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds in Montagu Bay Nassau. Getting a good start and having the boat speed to hold a lane was paramount today.
Posted on 2 Dec
MS Amlin International Moth Regatta attracts podium finishers
A fleet of 52 sailors, including two of the top three from last regatta, is set to contest the second annual regatta. Last year Rob Greenhalgh and Paul Goodison made British sailing proud when they finished first and third. Greenhalgh trailed by one point heading into the final day and then went out and won all three races in dominant fashion to stamp an eight-point victory. Goodison, a member of Artemis Racing for the America’s Cup, placed third.
Posted on 1 Dec
RS Aero UK Winter Series to start at Yorkshire Dales’ Brass Monkeyand
Sailors will count three best event scores allowing most to compete in a couple of close by events and then travel once. The ten venues will provide balanced geographical spread and support to new fleets. Sailors will count their three best event scores allowing most the ability to compete in a couple of close by events and then travel once.
Posted on 1 Dec
Sailing World Cup Final brings the best to St Kilda
Thirty-six nations have registered sailors across a combined 22 Olympic and Invited classes for next week’s World Cup Competitor numbers are predicted to reach 800 across the two competitions - the final stage of the international body World Sailing’s six-part Olympic class international circuit that will come to a head at St Kilda for the 11 classes, and the 11 Invited classes.
Posted on 1 Dec
Bid process reopened for new venue for the 2017 Youth Worlds
The Bid process has been reopened after the Israel Sailing Assoc withdrew from hosting the 2017 Youth Sailing World The Bid process has been reopened after the Israel Sailing Association (ISA) withdrew from hosting the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships which were due to take place in Akko, Israel in July 2017. World Sailing will accept bids from MNAs interested in hosting the event in July or December of 2017.
Posted on 30 Nov
Battle commences at Star Sailors League Finals
The early exchanges confirmed the amazing quality and depth in fleet, which contains no less than 16 Olympic medallist The early exchanges confirmed the amazing quality and depth in the fleet, which contains no less than 16 Olympic medallist among the skippers alone.
Posted on 30 Nov
World Sailing lead the conversation at the Yacht Racing Forum
Sailing - sport, technology and nature in perfect harmony was the message delivered by World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt Sailing - sport, technology and nature in perfect harmony. This was the message delivered by World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt at the opening session of the Yacht Racing Forum in Valletta, Malta that provided the backbone to much of the day's conversations and presentations.
Posted on 29 Nov
Star Sailors League Finals – Opening ceremony at Bahamas
The curtains are about to be unveiled, with the grand Opening Ceremony at Government House of the Bahamas in Nassau The curtains are about to be unveiled, with the grand Opening Ceremony at Government House of the Bahamas in Nassau at the presence of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Matilda Pindling
Posted on 28 Nov
Around the Island Race – Calum Gregor wins for third year in a row
With an ominous grey sky at the start, the sailors were relieved to have the sun come out at around noon. With an ominous grey sky at the start, the sailors were relieved to have the sun come out at around noon.
Posted on 27 Nov