sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 470 European Championships day 1 - Hard, wet day in the office + Video
470 European Championships day 1 - Hard, wet day in the office + Video

'470 Class European Championships Largs - Day 1.'    © Marc Turner    Click Here to view large photo

On the opening day of racing for the 470 European Championships, the 470 Men's fleet were up first on Race Course C, the most northern of the three course areas that can be utilised in Largs, with the women scheduled to start second and sail on the inner loop.

After a postponement waiting for the conflicting winds from the north and east to stabilise, and a general recall, 470 Men race 1 got underway in about 10 knots of breeze. The women’s fleet matched the men with a general recall for the first attempt to start race 1, before getting off cleanly, but a bit more drama for them as just two minutes into the start the race was abandoned due to the shifting wind. The women then had to wait for the men’s fleet to finish before the race course was relocated to the west, between the Isle of Bute and Cumbrae, where the wind was more stable.

470 Class European Championships Largs -  © Marc Turner   Click Here to view large photo

A challenge for the Race Management team, as summed up by Course Race Officer Adrian Stoggall, who gave a brief statement, saying, 'It was a hard and wet day in the office!'

No surprise to see Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic take the gun for race 1 of the European Championship. As the top ranked team competing in Largs, the surprise would have been if they weren’t at the front. Switzerland’s Olympic team of Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hauuser finished in second, with Ben Saxton/Richard Mason third.

Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) -  © Marc Turner  
The talent in the 470 Men’s fleet is deep, and so defence of their 2011 470 European Championship crown is by no means an easy mission for the Croatians, as was proven in race 2 with three totally different teams taking the top three places and Fantela/Marenic down in eighth.

Race 2 victory went to Philip Sparks/David Kohler (GBR), with Turkey’s Olympic team Deniz Cinar/Ates Cinar second and Russia’s Olympic pairing of Mikhail Sheremetyev/Maxim Sheremetyev in third.

Mix these results up and the overall lead after day one is in the hands of Philip Sparks/David Kohler (GBR), brothers Denis and Ates Cinar from Turkey in second and Ben Saxton/Richard Mason (GBR) in third, with Fantela/Marenic in fourth.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, it was Scotland’s David Kohler, whose growing years were spent tackling conditions in this same corner of the country, and his English helm Philip Sparks, who were most consistent.

'It was very variable today, starting off with a very light breeze that gradually filled in,' said Kohler with a hint of understatement.

Philip Sparks and David Kohler -  © Marc Turner  
'Then there were some big shifts as the rain came in and there were 45 degree wind shifts. But we managed to get on the right side, more by luck than skill for some of them, and got a fourth and first.'

Igor Marenic accepts the challenge ahead to defend the Championship, saying, 'Of course it is not going to be easy, especially in these conditions. Today we saw that anything can happen and the key will be to keep eyes wide open and sail with the least mistakes possible.'

Turkey’s Ates Cinar was delighted with their performance, 'It was a good day. The first race first start we were not good, we were in the third row, and we just tried to stay in the group. But luckily we caught a right hand shift and caught the group and managed to finish sixth. Race 2 was tricky with so many tacks in the first upwind, and the first downwind saw the arrival of the rain, with most teams gybing but we kept going and rounded first and ended up finishing second. It was a surviving day.'

Bit of a surprise to see Canada’s Olympic team of Luke Ramsay/Mike Leigh end the day in 17th overall, but Leigh was pragmatic that the day gave them space to improve, commenting, 'We thought it would be quite light wind here and very tricky, which is exactly what we saw today. Light wind conditions have been our achilles’ heel since we got into the boat, so we are really working hard to get up to speed in those areas so it is great practice for that. You never know what might happen in Weymouth and if you can sail in the conditions we had today, you can sail in anything. So we will debrief from today, try and figure out how to push forward and keep getting better.'

470 Class European Championships Largs - Day 1. -  © Marc Turner   Click Here to view large photo

When race 1 did eventually get underway around 1420 hours in the new course location, and after a big wind shift to the right forced the postponement flag back up, the 470 Women fleet could certainly be credited with patience!

Unfortunately the patience did not continue for Diane Kissane/Saskia Tidey and Maelenn Lemaître/Aloise Retornaz (FRA) who were over the line at the start of race 1 and score OCS – not an ideal way to start a European Championship.

Back at the head of the fleet Alisa Kirilyuk/Lyudmila Dmitrieva (RUS) took an lead early with Amy Seabright/Eilidh Mcintyre (GBR) chasing in a building breeze of 14 knots as they went up to the windward mark. But as the race unfolded, these leading two teams couldn’t fend off the pressure from the rest of the pack, with the opening race win going to Annika Bochmann/Elisabeth Panuschka (GER), Sophie Weguelin/Sophie Ainsworth (GBR) in second and Slovenia’s Olympic team of Tina Mrak/Teja Cerne in third.

Before race 1 had finished, the Race Committee made a perfect assessment of the ongoing mixed up racing conditions, abandoned racing for the day and sent the 470 Women fleet back to shore at around 1530 hours.

Bochmann reflected on the day’s waiting game, 'We waited about three hours for racing and we just didn’t know when or where the wind would come from,' with Panuschka adding, 'The wind directions were changing so quickly and it was so hard to make a proper course.'

Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka -  © Marc Turner  
Bochmann continued, 'On the second upwind of the outer loop the rain came and we just tried to look for some ribs to work out where the marks were. We then got a nice shift, which initially we thought was more pressure, but it was also more rain, and we managed to cross the finish with about a 30 metre margin.'

A rather bedraggled Sophie Ainsworth gave her conclusion their day of 'snakes and ladders', commenting, 'We had our ups and downs and we quite enjoyed the torrential rain half way through where you couldn’t see a thing and the boat was just filling up! You could see the ribs just before you lost sight of everything and then you just had to remember how long you had been on each tack .'

Helm Sophie Weguelin added, 'It was a nightmare and you could just about see the boats around you,' before grinning, 'but it was all good fun!'

Tina Mrak/Teja Cerne will be representing Slovenia at the Olympics next month and end the day in third. 'It was a tough race and until the finish you had to concentrate. We had all kinds of winds – the race started with 20 knots and finished with almost no wind. And having strong rain during the race was difficult,' said Cerne.

Reflecting on the weather Croatia’s Romana Zupan said, 'This is kind of something we have done for the first time as we don’t get this kind of weather at home. It is fun in a way, as despite going crazy because you can’t see anything, it is a good experience. It was a tough day and tough sailing, and we did the best we could, so sixth is not bad when you consider what happened on the water.' Zupan will compete with helm Enia Nincevic at the Olympics.

The programme for day two of racing on Friday 29 June will be three races for the 470 Women and two races for the 470 Men on Course Area C, with the first scheduled warning signal for 470 Women race 2 at 1200 hours.



Results here
470 Europeans website


by Luissa Smith

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=99062

7:03 PM Thu 28 Jun 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on



Related News Stories:

28 Jun 2012  ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships - Through to next stage
28 Jun 2012  Olympic Sailing Competition – Sydney 2000
28 Jun 2012  Plymouth OnBoard Festival - Young sailors take to the water
28 Jun 2012  RS700 sailing in Czech Republic
28 Jun 2012  RS Youth Championships at Hill Head SC preview
27 Jun 2012  London 2012 Olympics - Australian sailors meet HRH Prince of Wales
27 Jun 2012  ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship - Off to a good start
27 Jun 2012  US Sailing's Women's 470 duo Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan + Video
27 Jun 2012  London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition venue receives Royal visit
26 Jun 2012  Tornado Speedsailing at Kieler Woche + Video
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

The Chinese entry Dong looks set to create sailing sailing history when she finishes first on Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Sanya in two days time. Includes video Currently Dongfeng is 250 nm to the finish line in Sanya and the chasing pack with ADOR ahead in second place 55+ nm behind the Chinese team. ... [more]  

The first of the iconic Great Capes has been passed in the Barcelona World Race with Cheminées Poujoulat rounding the Cape of Good Hope earlier this morning. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed 20°E around 400 miles south of Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa – at 0935am (UTC) today and have begun the Indian Ocean leg of their race around Antarctica. ... [more]  

The Classic 18fters were racing again on Saturday on Sydney harbour. Michael Chittenden caught the action from a shore vantage point. ... [more]  

When race leader Dongfeng rounded Singapore 60+ nautical miles ahead of the chasing pack, it looked like the final 1200 miles of Leg three would be a procession but over the last day, the Volvo Ocean race leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya China appears to have tightened incredibly. ... [more]  

US Sailing and Rolex USA announced last week that the 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year is Stephanie Roble. Her accomplishments on the water last year were recognized by the selection panel for her versatility; her accomplishments as a skipper and as a crew; and her competitive successes on a variety of platforms, sailing against both men and women. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - The first of the Great Capes is fast-approaching, with the leading boats in the Barcelona World Race expected to pass the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of South Africa tomorrow. As they pass 20°E, the Atlantic Ocean will deliver its verdict – did Cheminées Poujoulat’s east-bound track or Neutrogena’s southerly gamble pay off? ... [more]  

Mardi Gras may not be for another month but US Sailing’s National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) kicked it off early for Oakcliff Sailing this year. This evening, Oakcliff received The Captain Joe Prosser Award, given to an organization that has made an exemplary contribution toward improving the quality and safety in the training or instruction of sailors. ... [more]  

The 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has already attracted entries from 20 different countries: Antigua, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russia, St.Maarten, Uruguay, USA and the US Virgin Islands. ... [more]  

The world is watching. Can Dongfeng Race Team hold onto their 57 nautical miles lead to China for what will essentially be the ultimate home victory? Or will another team get desperate and make a bold decision that could cost Dongfeng their win? ... [more]  

Most of the marque classes at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 came down to the last day of the regatta, which delivered the toughest conditions of the week. Howling winds and rough seas challenging the competitors on Friday, forcing the top contenders to raise their game in order to claim overall victory. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Sport met science today on the Barcelona World Race when the pairs of skippers took the first opportunity to deploy their data monitoring Argo beacon which was given to them in Bareclona prior to the start. ... [more]  

2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - It really wasn’t our week. Two races were held today in very nice conditions and we finished third in both. Bella Mente won both races to win the class. ... [more]  

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, incorporating three days of coastal racing and the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race concluded last night at a sumptuous, Mount Gay Rum-fuelled prizegiving dinner and party. The final 300-mile Ocean Race to Antigua to tie up with the Superyacht Cup starts on Saturday. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water again today at 2015 Quantum Key West Race Week, and provided this gallery of images from day five ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 - With a solid 17-20 knots from the north east, reducing the possibility of a distance sapping park up, the likehood of the Leg three leader the Chinese boat Dongfeng getting the gun in Sanya just 640 nautical miles ahead continues to strengthen. ... [more]  

The 2015 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship set to be held in Swinoujscie, Poland from 15 – 19 September 2015 Notice of Race has been released. ... [more]  

Currently doing scheduled maintenance. Some elements of site may not be visible at the moment. ... [more]  

On 2nd January 2015, Team Vestas Wind announced that skipper Chris Nicholson had been tasked to review the team during the month of January. The objective is to ensure the right team for the come back to the race, which is now, for this team, of a different nature than the scheduled original route from Alicante to Gothenburg. ... [more]  

Beau Outteridge has compiled a video of highlights and interviews from the 2015 McDougall + McConanghy Moth Worlds completed recently in Sorrento, Melbourne ... [more]  

Former Oracle Team USA team member, Matthew Mitchell has issued a media release stating that he has lodged a complaint with the International Sailing Federation over the actions of a fellow crew member, Simeon Tienpont, and inaction by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, in San Francisco. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water at 2015 Quantum Key West Race Week, and provided this gallery of images from day four. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Along with the rest of the 848 sailors from 63 nations currently training in Florida ahead of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella (January 26-31), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes and coaches have entered a period of intense focus ahead of the first major Olympic and Paralympic event of 2015. ... [more]  

2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - It probably won't be a late night on Duval Street for the sailors competing on Division Two and Three at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015. After doing three races in strong winds on Thursday, there are no doubt a lot of sore muscles, aching bones and tired bodies. ... [more]  

Children’s heart health continues to benefit from Team Alvimedica’s online auction now underway for two unique experiences during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover here. The Chinese Agape Foundation Inc. will be the recipient of funds raised for these unique team experiences in Sanya, the next stopover port of the global ocean race. ... [more]  

Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta overall by John Payne, Fort Lauderdale
The Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta was held January 17-19 in the Atlantic Ocean off of Dania Beach in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Open to Finns (it’s their Midwinter Championship), Lasers and Laser Radials, competitors came from twenty countries and Puerto Rico. They range in age from 14 to 79. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg 3 update from Dongfeng Race Team: All hands on deck as Chinese crew suffer damage to their boat as the tack line of an important sail (J1) broke suddenly sending the 132 m² sail shooting up the forestay in a matter of seconds. The team have managed to set up a temporary replacement but the reality is, this is a rude awakening of how far away the finish line is. ... [more]  

The city of Cagliari , Sardinia - Italy, will inaugurate the 2015 – 2016 America's Cup World Series, the regattas preliminary to the 35th America's Cup. The event will take place in the Gulf surrounding the island's capital from June 4 to 7, 2015. ... [more]  

Based off early morning forecasts, it appeared a lay day might be in the cards for competitors at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015. Some sailors might have already been making plays to play tennis or go fishing during an hour-long dockside delay. ... [more]  

Bay of Islands photographer, Steve Western was on hand to catch the action on the on the first Day (and with a couple from Day 2) of racing at the Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week. The two events are being conducted in the picturesque Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ. Five superyachts are competing along with round the world race winner Steinlager 2. ... [more]  

Despite generally light airs with winds reaching no more that 15kts, three teams have won their skipper’s weight in rum for breaking records in the 79th Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race. ... [more]  

2015 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - There is no straightforward regatta 'formula' and many events around the world strive to improve the experience that participants have year after year. For the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta it is no different, and this year they are listening to the regatta sailors when it comes to on shore venues and locations. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water at 2015 Quantum Key West Race Week, and provided this gallery of images from day three. ... [more]  

Sailing in light winds of under 10kts, five superyachts enjoyed the first day's racing at the Millennium Cup sailed in the Bay of Islands, in Northland, New Zealand. Five superyachts are competing Silencio, Silvertip, Bliss, Janice of Wyoming and Sassafras. Three of these designed by Ed duBois, who is attending the regatta. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Up up and away
Barcelona World Race - 'Haves' and 'Have Nots'
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 update from Jack Bouttell onboard Dongfeng
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Game time!
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 – Ninth year ready to rock!
Foiling GC32s Key West Race Week images by Ingrid Abery
Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race - Crews prepare for big race
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 2
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - A challenging day
America's Cup: Spithill leads Oracle reconnaissance team in Bermuda
Extreme Sailing Series announces new teams and venues for 2015
Barcelona World Race - Leaders enter the fastest section of the course
Martinique Surf Pro - Must attend event in the world surfing circuit
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup preview
RORC Caribbean 600 proving irresistible
18ft Skiffs: Images from NSW Championships - Race 2
Volvo Ocean Race – Malacca Nightmare – now it’s a boat race again!!
2015 Annapolis to Newport Race - Battle for Surflant Prize
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Off to a great start
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica - Enter the Dragon + Video
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series - Day 3   
World Match Racing Tour's title sponsor goes into administration   
Kieler Woche 2015 promotes Olympic sailing competitions   
Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía – Kiteboarding and Dragons return   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami preview   
Audi Melges 20 Class - Miami Winter Series   
Barcelona World Race - The South is looming.   
Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week announce new one design class   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg 3 position report for 19th January   
Pape Chevrolet North American Championships - Register today!   
Volvo Ocean Race: Sally Barkow - from the Olympics to the Volvo   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - The big casino *Feature   
C&C 30 Javelin makes West Coast Debut   
Quantum Key West Race Week - Flurry of activity   
2015 Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series - Day 2   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Entering the Malacca Strait   
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: More Alex McKinnon images   
Quantum Key West Race Week - GC32 class joins the action   
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race - Racing underway in classic conditions   
Barcelona World Race - Matched up for a Duel in the South   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT