Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

IFDS Worlds 2011 - New Skud Champions Rickham and Birrell

by IFDS Worlds on 8 Jul 2011
IFDS Worlds 2011 © Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com http://www.pwpictures.com
IFDS World Championships are being sailed in Weymouth, England. Brits Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell wrapped up their third straight Skud crown on the penultimate day of the IFDS Worlds.

Meanwhile the race for the 2.4mR and Sonar championships are set to go down to the wire on the final day of racing tomorrow.


Britain’s Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell have been crowned SKUD World champions for the third consecutive year on the penultimate day of the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships today (Thursday 7 July).

But the race for the Sonar and 2.4mR titles are still in the balance as the 155 sailors that have done battle on the 2012 Paralympic Waters of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this week prepare for one final race tomorrow.

In the Sonar, Skandia Team GBR’s John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas currently hold a seven-point advantage over the second-placed Norwegian team of Alex Wang-Hansen, Per Eugen Kristiansen and Marie Solberg, who themselves are tied on 44 points with Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary (FRA).

Meanwhile it is double Dutch at the top of the 2.4mR standings with defending champion Thierry Schmitter (NED) holding a 12 point lead over his national teammate and training partner Andre Rademaker. Schmitter, who is carrying a discarded 16th, has to make sure he doesn’t post a letter score tomorrow, with Rademaker finishing in the top three, to wrap up his hat-trick of IFDS World crowns.

However, today was all about Rickham and Birrell as the Brit duo repeated the consistency that has been their forte throughout the week to score a second and fourth and put themselves into an unassailable position in the race for the title.


Having led the RYA-run regatta from start to finish, Rickham could not contain her delight at finishing the job with a day to spare. She said: 'I hoped we could finish it off today; our results so far gave us the confidence that we could. It means everything, Niki will tell you it is business as usual but we’re obviously over the moon to finish off with a day to spare and tomorrow it means we can go out relaxed, although we’re still going to try to win.

'Our strength this week has been our consistency across the range of conditions, we’ve hit a few adverse moments and day two wasn’t exactly a sparkling day for us but we pushed on through the whole time and just made sure we stuck it out. My shoulder’s been niggling all week, so I’ve had a lot of physio, so it’s not just us there are a lot of other people who make your campaign what it is. I’m more than excited to win in a 20-boat fleet on home waters in the Olympic venue, we couldn’t have asked for anything more than that.'

Behind them the race for silver and bronze looks set to go to the wire as a double bullet today for Jennifer French and J-P Creignou (USA), whose scores have improved massively as the week has gone on, helped them leapfrog the Australian duo of Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch into second overall. The Aussies are four points in arrears of their American rivals but with what looks like a comfortable 13 point gap between themselves and the second USA crew of Scott Whitman and Julia Dorsett, silver medallists at the past three IFDS Worlds, in fourth.


French said: 'It was a fun day for us; it’s actually fun racing to have the fleet racing so close together and pushing each other. This event’s really important for us to gauge ourselves against the rest of the international competition. J-P and I only started racing together less than two years ago so we’re still on a big learning curve. We’re not sitting back at all for tomorrow; we have to be on our game as much as today.'

Dutchman Schmitter has been in scintillating form in the 2.4mR, leading the event since race four and he looks odds-on to join Rickham and Birrell in making it three World title in a row. Rademaker, who enjoyed his best day of the event scoring 2, 1 today, insists he will not give up on wrestling the gold from his teammate until the scoreboard shows it is no longer possible.

He said: 'I want to have it (the gold) but I can only do my best tomorrow. If I finish in first place then Thierry has to make some mistakes but everything is possible. I had some operations in December and I did not sail for five months; my first regatta was the Delta Lloyd in May, then Skandia Sail for Gold last month and I had the silver medal there, and I’m improving every race so I am happy. My coach’s son says ‘Attack’ and then ‘Accelerate’ and that is what I’m going to try to do tomorrow again. '

There is set to be a nail-biting climax to who claims the 2.4mR bronze with Britain’s Helena Lucas a solitary point ahead of the USA’s Mark LeBlanc in fourth, three points ahead of LeBlanc’s fellow countryman John Ruf in fifth and four points clear of her own British teammate Megan Pascoe in sixth.


In a week where the race for the Sonar crown has seen the lead change hands four times, the Brits managed to put a bit of clear air between themselves and the chasing pack with a 1,4 today, ahead of tomorrow’s all-to-play for showdown.

As it currently stands Wang-Hansen’s crew is the only boat in the top four not carrying a disqualification or OCS, however the Israeli boat led by skipper Dror Cohen are in dispute regarding the OCS they were handed in race 10, a decision that if adjudicated in their favour would shake up the top of the leaderboard once again.

Thomas said he and his teammates are pleased to be in contention for gold heading into the final race: 'We’ve worked hard all week to generate some good results. Tomorrow we have to just go out, keep our heads down and try to get out and win the race. We’re all carrying big scores at the top end of the fleet and a breakage could rule you out so it is just a matter of making sure the boat’s ok, going through our routines, getting off the start line and managing it from there.'

Racing is set to resume at 10.25am tomorrow with not only individual medals at stake but the last chance for nations to qualify a boat in each class for next year’s Paralympic Games.

Last year’s Worlds in the Netherlands provided the first opportunity for countries to qualify their ‘slot’, which meant seven countries in the 2.4mR and Sonar classes and six in the SKUD, plus Britain, which is automatically allocated a slot per class as the host nation, came into this event with the pressure off.

However for everyone else qualifying their country for London 2012 has been objective number one this week, with a further six slots set to be decided in the 2.4mR and Sonar classes, and five in the SKUD, by the end of tomorrow.

The IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships 2011 are being organised, and run, by the RYA, supported by UK Sport. All published results are provisional pending any protest decisions.




IFDS Worlds website

Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82InSunSport - NZBarz Optics - Kids range

Related Articles

AWT - PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Post Classic clean up
Aloha Classic 2014 - Organised by +H20, beach clean up will take part at Ho'okipa Beach Park from 9am tomorrow morning. AWT - PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Organised by +H20, the beach clean up will take part at Ho'okipa Beach Park from 9am tomorrow morning. Come and join locals, competitors and more as we make sure Ho'okipa is ready for more and more people to enjoy it.
Posted on 12 Nov 2014
Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Closing the Classic in style
Aloha Classic closing: Night started early for a few of the Tour ladies, who decided to make the most of the occasion. AWT-PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 closing - The night started early for a few of the Tour ladies, who decided to make the most of the occasion...The evening was filled with glamour as the top AWT and PWA riders from this event and the 2014 Tour were crowned. Cheers echoed through the grand venue as champion after champion took to the podium.
Posted on 11 Nov 2014
2014 American Windsurfing Tour - Crowning the champions
We prepare to crown the AWT and PWA champions tonight at the closing ceremony at the King Kamehameha Golf Club 2014 American Windsurfing Tour - As we prepare to crown the AWT and PWA champions tonight at the closing ceremony at the King Kamehameha Golf Club we catch up with some of our Champions and more riders.
Posted on 10 Nov 2014
Severne Starboard 2014 Aloha Classic closing ceremony - Get ready...
From 7pm onwards AWT and PWA riders will be joined by many more for official closing ceremony of 2014 Aloha Classic. From 7pm onwards the AWT and PWA riders will be joined by many more for the official closing ceremony of the Severne Starboard 2014 Aloha Classic. Held at the spectacular King Kamehameha Golf Club and with appetizers, cash bar, music, prizes, trophies, a raffle, plus the premier of the Red Bull Storm Chase movie this promises to one of the best closing ceremonies in a long time!
Posted on 9 Nov 2014
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Loffreda becomes champion
Loffreda's fourth place here in Maui, along with consistently high results throughout the tour has given him the title AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Loffreda's fourth place here in Maui, along with consistently high results throughout the tour has given him the title ahead of the 2014 Amateur title winner Dan Thomson! Congratulations Ferdinando!
Posted on 8 Nov 2014
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic – Unstoppable Nagoshi and Aiken
AWT Aloha Classic kicked off this morning; 17 incredible women took on big swell and offshore winds of Ho’okipa. AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic kicked off this morning with the Women’s fleet; 17 incredible women took on the big swell and offshore winds of Ho’okipa. The fleet contained AWT and world champions, but it was some of the familiar local faces that made it into the final. Junko Nagoshi had won the Aloha Classic title three times before and she wasn’t likely to let this one slip away.
Posted on 7 Nov 2014
PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Noireax is king of Ho'okipa
PWA Aloha Classic - It was straight into final stages of PWA double elimination in fluctuating winds and tricky swell. Morgan Noireaux won the PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic, as did Iballa Moreno in the women’s fleet, and Tom Garcia in the Grand Masters. Plus, Thomas Traversa was crowned PWA World Champion! It was straight into the final stages of the PWA double elimination in the fluctuating winds and tricky westerly swell.
Posted on 6 Nov 2014
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Thomson takes AWT Amateur Title
AWT Amateur Aloha Classic - An incredible 63 Amateur riders were greeted with lightish winds, but over head high swell. AWT Amateur Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - An incredible 63 Amateur riders were greeted with lightish winds, but over head high swell, which meant it was straight into competition as soon as the wind picked up a little more and the surfers left the water. With this amount of competitors we knew the action would kick straight into action, and we weren't wrong!
Posted on 5 Nov 2014
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Race is on for Amateur Title...
After days of watching action it was finally time for Amateurs to take to water and do battle for Aloha Classic title. After days of watching the action it was finally time for the 63 Amateurs to take to the water and do battle for the coveted Aloha Classic title. And, as this is the last event of the season, we also have riders including Ruben Lemmens and Dan Thomson going for glory and the AWT 2014 title!
Posted on 4 Nov 2014
Aloha Classic - Iballa Moreno crowned PWA World Champion
Another incredible day at Ho’okipa brings us even closer to crowning the men's PWA Champions for the Aloha Classic. nother incredible day at Ho’okipa brings us even closer to crowning the men's PWA Champions for the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic and the PWA 2014 tour. The call was made early to cancel AWT competition for the day and continue with the PWA. It was double elimination time, which meant a second chance for all the riders that missed out on advancing in the single elimination.
Posted on 4 Nov 2014