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Hagara takes NZ Open Tornado Championships

by Sail-World on 6 Feb 2008
Ramon Hagara (AUT-3) leads Xavier Revil (FRA-1) off the start line during racing on Sunday in the NZ Tornado Championships © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz

2004 Olympic Gold medalist Ramon Hagara (Austria) has taken the New Zealand Open Tornado Championship, sailed off Takapuna.

Sailing with crew Hans Peter Steinacher, Hagara improved as the series progressed only once finishing out of the top three, after the first day of racing. They scored three wins and four seconds to pass the overnight leader Xavier Revil and Christophe Espagnon (FRA) and take the title. Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola (ARG) were third.

Hagara's win in the event will be encouraging for Austria, who failed to make the cut in the first round of 2008 Olympic qualification in the 2007 World Championships in Cascais, Portugal.

The series was a wakeup call for the New Zealanders aiming for the World Championships at the same venue starting on 22 February.

With a vital Olympic qualification place on the line, the top New Zealand crew of Aaron McIntosh and Mark Kennedy, were 10th overall in the 17 strong fleet. This crew only just missed making the qualification for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, however they would appear to have some work ahead of them.

The fleet was of a high standard with Carolijn Brouwer and Sebbe Grodefroid (BEL), runners up in the 2007 World Championships, finishing in sixth place overall.

Many of the top competitors were not competing due to the delay by a day or two of the container bringing competitors across the Tasman from the just completed Sail Melbourne Regatta, meaning they will go into the World Championships without a preliminary regatta under their belts.

For full coverage of the 2008 Tornado Worlds see www.takapunaworlds.org

2008 TORNADO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL Results

Results as of 21:26 on February 5, 2008
Overall
Sailed:12, Discards:1, To count:11, Entries:17, Scoring system:My scoring system
Rank Fleet Nat SailNo Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Total Nett
1st Open AUT 3 Roman Hagara Hans Peter Steinacher 4 (10) 3 3 1 2 2 6 1 2 1 2 37 27
2nd Open FRA 1 Xavier Revil Christophe Espagnon 1 2 4 2 4 1 3 1 5 5 (10) 3 41 31
3rd Open ARG 1 Santiago Lange Carlos Espinola 3 5 (6) 4 5 4 1 3 2 3 4 5 45 39
4th Open FRA 5 Billy Besson Arnaud Jarlegan 8 3 1 6 7 3 (9) 4 3 7 2 1 54 45
5th Open FRA 71 Yannon Guichardito Alexandre Guyader 5 7 10 1 8 6 12 (18 DNF) 7 1 3 4 82 64
6th Open BEL 7 Carolijn Brouwer Sebastian Godefroid 6 1 2 5 12 5 7 5 10 6 5 (18 OCS) 82 64
7th Open CAN 7 Oskar Johansson Kevin Stittle 2 8 5 8 3 7 6 8 4 8 6 (18 DNF) 83 65
8th Open USA 808 John Lovell Charlie Ogletree 7 9 7 13 6 8 4 2 12 4 7 (18 OCS) 97 79
9th Open AUT 8 Thomas Zajac Thomas Czajka 9 6 9 7 2 10 10 7 6 (14) 8 7 95 81
10th NZ NZL 121 Aaron McIntosh Mark Kennedy 10 4 8 10 9 12 5 9 8 10 9 (18 OCS) 112 94
11th NZ NZL 8 Bruce Kendall Blair Tuke 11 (13) 12 12 10 9 11 10 13 12 13 9 135 122
12th NZ NZL 73 Dave Shaw Susan Shaw 12 12 11 11 14 14 14 11 (15) 9 12 8 143 128
13th Open CHN 58 You Jia Lao Xiu Ke Chen 15 11 14 15 11 11 8 12 9 (18 OCS) 11 18 DNF 153 135
14th NZ NZL 1 Brett Sellers Peter Fyfe 13 14 (18 DNF) 14 13 13 13 13 14 11 18 DNF 6 160 142
15th NZ NZL 84 Rex Sellers Nigel Williams 14 15 13 9 15 15 15 15 11 (18 DNF) 18 DNS 18 DNS 176 158
16th NZ NZL 70 David Mead Chris Burgess 16 16 15 16 16 (18 DNF) 16 14 16 13 14 10 180 162
17th NZ NZL 83 William Caunce Liam Caunce 17 17 (18 DNS) 17 17 18 DNF 18 DNC 18 DNC 18 DNC 18 DNC 18 DNC 18 DNC 212 194

Scoring codes used
Code Description
DNC Did not come to the starting area
DNF Started but did not finish
DNS Came to the start area but did not start
OCS On course side at start or broke rule 30.1
Zhik Dinghy 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignT Clewring - Generic

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