Please select your home edition
Edition
Auckland On the Water Boat Show

Mark Foy Trophy day 4 tricky conditions

by Mason Woodworth on 11 Jun 2011
Mark Foy Trophy Christophe Favreau http://christophefavreau.photoshelter.com/
Mark Foy Trophy day four started early, the race committee opting for an early start after the previous day was lost due to lack of wind. Four races were scheduled and as the sailors arrived at the beach they were greated with the welcome sight of sunny skies and white horses on the waters off Sonderborg. With the shifty and gusty westerly wind blowing between 16 and 20 knots all but one team opted for the small rigs.

Race 3 got off to a prompt start. With the course set parallel and close to the Sonderborg shoreline, there was a battle between the pressure and windshift of the left side offshore versus the land effects on the wind near the beach on the right. What was clear, however is that the middle of the course was not the place to be and with half of the fleet opting for the left and half for the right, not everyone would be rewarded. Asko, helmed by Marcus Ashley-Jones, showed a clean pair of heels to the fleet leading up the left side of the course and sailing cleanly to take the win. Yandoo helmed by class chairman John 'Woody' Winning chased hard and finished in second just in front of Investec. This was the start of spectacular day for Yandoo, with overnight leaders Pica helmed by Jamie Mears falling victim to the fickle conditions to finish eighth.


Race 4 looked like a carbon copy of race one with early leaders favouring the left side. After action packed run that included capsises and collisions leaders split at the gate mark, mosty opting for the left hand side once more. With Yandoo and Pica both buried in the fleet this looked like the chance for the local heroes and event hosts Flemming and Soren Clausen on Original Chia to turn in a great result in conditions they love. American Howie Hamlin on CST Composites was also looking for his chance to make up places after a tough first day. But the viking weather gods had other ideas. Yandoo and Pica race off to the right and must have plucked some roses from one of the lovely gardens in the picutresque town of Sonderborg because they certainly came out smelling of them! A huge right shift launched them into the lead and they were not challenged. Investec managed to squeeze up the middle to round the top mark just in front of The Black Dog of Jarrod Simpson. A fast run to the finish saw Investec take third on the line. With the huge windshift accompanied by a moderating breeze some boats even found themselves outside the 15 minute time to finish, including previous race winners, Asko. Tricky conditions indeed.


Race 5 started as the breeze began to decrease. Liberty Team from hungary, who would be the only team drinking the big beers that night having selected the larger number 1 rig were clearly excited by the prospect. With the right side now paying, Yandoo took a clean start at the boat and turned it into a huge lead showing the previous race might not have been all luck. With a 2, 1,1 for the day and into the lead for the event the clearly marked a wonderful day in Denmark for the 50-something Australian. Back in the fleet there was a huge tussle for second to fifth with Mounts Bay skippered by Grant Rollerson coming through in to take second just ahead of CST Composites and CT Sailbattens who both pipped Pica on the line. Sadly for Liberty, although showing mastery of controlling the big rig power, they could only, manage eighth, showing clearly that it was the day of the little rigs to show their efficiency.

With the wind fading and three fast paced races counted, the race committee sent the fleet home for the day to enjoy once again the comfort and hospitality of the Sonderborg Yacht Club.







*The Mark Foy Trophy for 18ft skiffs is being hosted by the Sonderborg Yacht Club and sailed on the bay of Sonderborg, Denmark. Racing concludes 11th of June 2011.

NaiadGiacomo Yacht SaleProtector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Laser Radial World Championships – Day 3
In the yellow fleet, Marit Bouwmeester found the stronger conditions to her liking and repositioned herself at the front Off the start of race five, Viktorija Andrulyte (LTU) and Bouwmeester were launched at the pin. By the first mark, Andrulyte maintained her leading position, and Bouwmeester rounded in fourth behind Pia Kuhlmann (GER) and Evi Van Acker (BEL).
Posted today at 4:32 pm
470 Class Japan National Championships –Day 6– Nippon Boys keep podium
Last day, only Medal Race was sailed. Many sailors who did not proceed to the Medal Race went out on the spectator boats Many support to the Nippon Boys who are narrowly in front of Belcher/Ryan, the current world champion. On a hot summer day at Enoshima, gentle seabreeze started as usual, however, it did not increase, and the Medal Race started at 13:45 after some waiting on shore.
Posted today at 1:28 pm
Five athletes added to US Sailing Team Roster
Steph Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) have been added in the women's 49erFX Chris Rast (Holland, Mich.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.) have been named in the men's 49er, and Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas) has joined the team in the women's Laser Radial class.
Posted today at 12:20 pm
470 Class Japan Nationals Day 5 - Close battle continue for Medal Race
Finally, Enoshima Sea breeze arrived with large waves. Everyone enjoyed three races in REAL Enoshima summer condition. Finally, Enoshima Sea breeze has arrived with large waves. At 11:00, there was already 10 kt south wind, and it gradually increased. Everyone enjoyed three races in REAL Enoshima summer condition.
Posted today at 4:48 am
Laser Radial Worlds - Young Australian talent makes big move on Day 2
Yesterday’s racing in difficult, light wind highlighted different sailors in each race, and the same applied today The second day of Laser Radial World Championships brought sun and 6-8 knots of breeze for all three fleets. In the white fleet today, the most notable performance was that of Australia’s Mara Stransky. After a general recall, the white fleet started race three and Mirthe Akkerman (NED) shot out to the front by the first mark, where Stransky was around 10th.
Posted on 22 Aug
Laser Radial Worlds - Slovenia and Brazil lead after Day 1 in Holland
Two races were completed today in all three fleets, kicking off the Laser Radial World Championships in Holland. Two races were completed today in all three fleets, kicking off the Laser Radial World Championships in Holland. The morning brought glassy waters and postponements, but by early afternoon, the wind on the IJsselmeer built to about seven knots.
Posted on 22 Aug
U23 Finn Worlds - 21 nations set to compete at Balatonfüred, Hungary
2017 U23 Finn World Championship for Finn Silver Cup at Balatonfüred was officially declared open tonight in a ceremony The 2017 U23 Finn World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup at Balatonfüred was officially declared open tonight in a ceremony overlooking Lake Balaton. Over the coming week nearly 50 young sailors from 21 countries will be fighting to win the right to lift the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup, a trophy gifted to the International Finn Association 13 years ago by the Brazilian Olympic Committee.
Posted on 22 Aug
Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards nomination period open
There are two categories - male and female - and sailors nominated may represent any discipline of the sport. World Sailing will draw up a shortlist of nominations with the highest and most inspirational achievers going on to become the 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees.
Posted on 21 Aug
470 Class Japan National Championships – Day 4
Final series started by waiting ashore. At 13:10, GF started with 220/6-7kt. It was light, but quite stable direction. R6 was sailed just under 8kt, no Oscar flag was up. Ichino/Hasegawa found a good way to the top mark, and lead to the finish with ease. The Spanish women’s team, Mas/Barcelo was second, and Isozaki/Takayanagi third.
Posted on 21 Aug
World’s youth attracted by the timeless challenge of the Finn
One of the largest Finn Silver Cups on record is about to begin on the largest lake in Central Europe. One of the largest Finn Silver Cups on record is about to begin on the largest lake in Central Europe. Nearly 50 young Finn sailors from 21 countries and four continents are gathering at Balatonfüred, a popular resort town on Lake Balaton’s northern shore.
Posted on 21 Aug