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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Wild waves as racing commences

by ISAF on 15 Oct 2013
New Zealand’s Laura Lowther takes a splash ISAF ©
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao threw out big breeze, strong gusts and wild waves as racing at the opening event of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup began. A wind shift ahead of racing brought a strong northerly breeze that took the world's finest Olympic sailing talent close to the limits.

Wind speeds in between 20-23 knots and gusts up to 30 knots made for exciting racing for the 131 sailors from 24 countries spread across the Laser, Laser Radial, Men's and Women's 470 and Men's and Women's RS:X fleets.

Enjoying a return to Qingdao is Shahar Zubari (ISR). The Israeli relished the strong winds Qingdao had to offer and stayed at the front of the fleet with a 2-1-2 scorecard.

'I guess it was not the typical Qingdao that we knew from the Beijing Olympic Games,' said a buoyant Zubari, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist. 'In the beginning it was light and then it just picked up, moved to the north with big gusts and strong winds. It was fun racing, I had a good time and got some good results.

'I'm happy to be on top and we'll see what happens during the week. I'm just trying to do my best every day and not focus on the overall result. Tomorrow the forecast is again the same as today so I'm going to have a good time.'

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Techno 293 silver medallist Michael Chen (HKG) continues to make a mark on the senior fleets having recently stepped up to the Men's RS:X. The Hong Kong sailor won the third race of the day and is just two points off Zubari.

World number two Ricardo Santos (BRA) is third overall.

China's women's windsurfing pedigree shone through on the opening day as Chinese sailors occupy the podium spots.

Keeping things consistent with three seconds was Peina Chan who leads on six points whilst Jiaman Zheng (CHN) and Jiahui Wu (CHN) sit second and third.

Maayan Davidovich (ISR) took two race wins but a 13th in the opening race means she sits fourth overall, 'Today I had good starts but in the first race I made a terrible mistake. I went to the left and the wind went to the right so I finished nearly last but the other two races were good so I'm happy and waiting for the next races. It was a lot of fun but not easy.'

With the discard coming into play after five races Davidovich will have the opportunity to move to top spot on Tuesday 15 October.

World number one Bryony Shaw (GBR) is sixth overall but like Davidovich a 13th in Race 2 blemishes a steady start.


World number one Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) came out flying in the Laser Radial posting an opening race bullet followed by a second to lead Amelie Riou (FRA) by three points.

In the opening race the Belarusian had Ashley Stoddart (AUS) for close company up the opening leg as both sailors tried to assert themselves. Drozdovskaya took a slender half boat length lead as they rounded the top mark before her years of experience came into play.

A 20 second lead at the bottom mark was duly extended as the race played out and she finished over a minute ahead of Stoddart who had Riou for close company.

As the breeze picked up Drozdovskaya stayed strong and although Dongshuang Zhang (CHN) took the second race win by six seconds she holds the overall lead.


London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Pavlos Kontides dominated the Laser fleet posting two bullets.

Strong starts and good speed in both the upwinds and downwinds meant that Kontides blew the chasing pack away in the opening race before a narrow three second victory in the second.

'It was hard for the Race Committee with the shifts and unstable first of all and then it really kicked in,' commented Kontides on the big breeze that came through. 'You should be patient with the shifts and hike hard in the choppy waves and current.

'It was a good day for me and I enjoyed sailing and I hope to keep it up for the rest of the week.

'It's really good to start the regatta with the best places possible but I don't see the wins, I just want to sail my best and minimise my mistakes and then the result will come at the end.'


Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) is three points off the Cypriot in second with Kacper Zieminski (POL) a further two in third. Portugal's Gustavo Lima and New Zealand's Thomas Saunders follow and will be in hot pursuit of the podium spots.

Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic were unaffected by the big breeze in the Men's 470 and took the single race win on the opening day.

After racing Fantela commented on what pulls them through the toughest of challenges, 'We have sailed this boat for 12 years so we need to like all the conditions, it's our motto. Just sail what you get and make the best of it. You can't affect the result.

'We made some mistakes but that's sailing, you do your best and today we found the right solution for the course.'

Fourteen boats are racing in the Men's 470 fleet and whilst the Croatians have an early advantage having posted a 25 second victory they know they have strong rivals in the fleet, 'We have the Argentineans, New Zealand guys, the South Africans are going up the ladder and the Chinese finished second and third in today's race.

'You don't really know the Chinese as they don't go to regattas often but we know they are fast and can easily finish at the top of the fleet.'

Hao Lan and Chao Wang (CHN) and Dongwei Wang and Daokun Deng (CHN) posed the unknown threat and came through in second and third ahead of London 2012 bronze medallists Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente (ARG) who finished fourth and world number three duo Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Wilcox (NZL) who came through with a sixth.

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) were head and shoulders above the eight boat Women's 470 fleet and took a convincing opening race victory.

Huimin Feng and Lizhu Huang (CHN) are second and Nan Zhang and Yixiao Lv (CHN) sit third.

Racing is scheduled to start at 13:00 on Tuesday 15 October. The Men's and Women's RS:X will sail three races whilst the Laser, Laser Radial and Men's and Women's 470 will race two.







470 - Men - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

Total

Net

1

CRO

Sime Fantela

Igor Marenic

1

1.00

1.00

2

CHN

hao lan

chao wang

2

2.00

2.00

3

CHN

weidong wang

daokun deng

3

3.00

3.00

4

ARG

Lucas Calabrese

Juan de la Fuente

4

4.00

4.00

5

CHN

Mingcheng Ding

Xiaojing Li

5

5.00

5.00

6

NZL

Paul Snow-Hansen

BRAD WALKER

6

6.00

6.00

7

CHN

yong chen

youjian wen

7

7.00

7.00

8

CHN

liangdao weng

qiaowen lin

8

8.00

8.00

9

PHI

ridgely balladares

rommel chavez

9

9.00

9.00

10

CHN

yuhao liu

zixuan shao

15
DNC

15.00

15.00

10

CHN

a kang li

xingzheng wang

15
DNC

15.00

15.00

10

MAS

KU ANAS ANAS

MOHAMMAD HAFIZZUDIN MAZELAN

15
DNF

15.00

15.00

10

NZL

Sue Coombe

Carl Evans

15
DNC

15.00

15.00

10

RSA

Asenathi Jim

Roger Hudson

15
DNC

15.00

15.00

 

470 - Women - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

Total

Net

1

NZL

Jo Aleh

olivia powrie

1

1.00

1.00

2

CHN

HUI FENG

LIZHU HUANG

2

2.00

2.00

3

CHN

Nan Shanghai

Xue Li

3

3.00

3.00

4

CHN

mingyue liu

Huali Zhu

4

4.00

4.00

5

CHN

shengnan ni

changmei li

5

5.00

5.00

6

SIN

Dawn Xiaodan LIU

Joan Poh Xue Hua

6

6.00

6.00

7

MAS

Khairunnisa Mohd Afendy

Norashikin Mohd Sayed

7

7.00

7.00

8

CHN

qian fu

liyun liu

8

8.00

8.00

 

Laser - Men - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

Total

Net

1

CYP

Pavlos Kontides

1

1

2.00

2.00

2

CRO

Tonci Stipanovic

2

3

5.00

5.00

3

POL

Kacper Zieminski

3

4

7.00

7.00

4

POR

Gustavo Lima

6

2

8.00

8.00

5

NZL

Thomas Saunders

4

6

10.00

10.00

6

CHN

Huichao Chen

5

7

12.00

12.00

7

AUS

Jeremy O'Connell

10

5

15.00

15.00

8

CHN

NING ZHAO

7

8

15.00

15.00

9

MAS

Khairunnisa Mohd Afendy

9

9

18.00

18.00

10

TRI

Andrew Lewis

8

11

19.00

19.00

11

IND

Jasveer Singh

13
DPI

11
DPI

24.00

24.00

12

CHN

yulong qiu

14

12

26.00

26.00

13

IND

gajender singh

12
DPI

14
DPI

26.00

26.00

14

CHN

huaxiang lai

13

19
DNC

32.00

32.00

15

CHN

hongjun wang

15

19
DNF

34.00

34.00

16

CHN

yi zheng

19
DNF

19
DNC

38.00

38.00

16

CHN

junzhe zou

19
DNF

19
DNC

38.00

38.00

16

CHN

jiaxin li

19
DNF

19
DNC

38.00

38.00

 

Laser Radial - Women - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

Total

Net

1

BLR

Tatiana Drozdovskaya

1

2

3.00

3.00

2

FRA

Amélie Riou

3

3

6.00

6.00

3

AUS

Ashley Stoddart

2

5

7.00

7.00

4

CHN

Dong Zheng

7

1

8.00

8.00

5

RUS

Svetlana Shnitko

5

6

11.00

11.00

6

FRA

Mathilde de Kerangat

8

4

12.00

12.00

7

CHN

Lijia Xu

4

10

14.00

14.00

8

FRA

Marie BOLOU

6

8

14.00

14.00

9

POL

Paulina Czubachowska

9

7

16.00

16.00

10

NZL

Susannah Pyatt

10

9

19.00

19.00

11

LTU

Milda Eidukeviciute

12

11

23.00

23.00

12

BRA

Fernanda Decnop

11

12

23.00

23.00

13

NZL

Laura Lowther

13

13

26.00

26.00

14

LTU

Viktorija Andrulyte

14

14

28.00

28.00

15

AUS

Caitlin Davies

15

15

30.00

30.00

16

THA

Kamolwan Chanyim

16

16

32.00

32.00

17

CHN

wanting liu

21
DNF

21
DNS

42.00

42.00

17

MAS

Nurul Elia Anuar

21
DNF

21
DNS

42.00

42.00

17

MAS

Robin Tan Chek Hong

21
DNC

21
DNF

42.00

42.00

17

MAS

khairunneeta Mohd Afendy

21
DNF

21
DNS

42.00

42.00

 

RS:X - Men - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

Total

Net

1

ISR

Shahar Zubari

2

1

2

5.00

5.00

2

HKG

Cheng Chun Leung Michael

4

2

1

7.00

7.00

3

BRA

Ricardo Santos

1

3

4

8.00

8.00

4

HKG

Ho Tsun Leung

3

4

3

10.00

10.00

5

HKG

Gabriel Angelo Brettell

5

6

5

16.00

16.00

6

MEX

David Mier y Teran

7

7

6

20.00

20.00

7

CHN

mengfan gao

6

8

9

23.00

23.00

8

CHN

Bing Ye

9

10

8

27.00

27.00

9

CHN

chaoli zeng

14

5

11

30.00

30.00

10

CHN

Chunzhuang Liu

10

9

12

31.00

31.00

11

CHN

xueling jin

8

11

13

32.00

32.00

12

CHN

yikai huang

15

12

7

34.00

34.00

13

CHN

guoxing chen

13

13

10

36.00

36.00

14

CHN

jie yang

12

14

14

40.00

40.00

15

CHN

feng fu

11

19
DNF

19
DNC

49.00

49.00

16

CHN

zhi chao zhang

16

19
DNC

19
DNF

54.00

54.00

17

CHN

wei li

17

19
DNF

19
DNC

55.00

55.00

18

CHN

jiamao wu

18

19
DNF

19
DNC

56.00

56.00

 

RS:X - Women - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

Total

Net

1

CHN

pei na chen

2

2

2

6.00

6.00

2

CHN

man jia zheng

5

4

3

12.00

12.00

3

CHN

JIAHUI WU

1

6.5

5

12.50

12.50

4

ISR

Maayan Davidovich

13

1

1

15.00

15.00

5

HKG

Hei Man Hayley Victoria Chan

6

3

6

15.00

15.00

6

GBR

Bryony Shaw

3

13

4

20.00

20.00

7

CHN

Qiaoshan Weng

4

8

9

21.00

21.00

8

BRA

Patricia Freitas

9

5

7

21.00

21.00

9

CHN

pei ling chen

8

11

8

27.00

27.00

10

CHN

YUNXIU LU

12

6.5

11

29.50

29.50

11

CHN

JIAO MA

14

9

10

33.00

33.00

12

CHN

Xueling Jin

11

10

12

33.00

33.00

13

CHN

yan jia lin

7

17
DNC

13

37.00

37.00

14

CHN

haili dai

15

12

14

41.00

41.00

15

CHN

hongmei shi

10

17
DNF

15

42.00

42.00

16

CHN

xiumin zhang

17
DNF

17
DNC

17
DNC

51.00

51.00


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