Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

NZL Sailing Team- Roller-coaster Day 4 at 470 Worlds for Kiwis

by Jodie Bakewell-White on 9 Aug 2013
Start Womens 470 Day 4, Championnat du Monde 2013 de 470 à La Rochelle 470 Internationale © http://www.470.org

The tables have turned after Day 4 at the 2013 470 World Championships on now in La Rochelle, France with NZL Sailing Team’s Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie regaining the lead in the Women’s fleet, while Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox didn’t fare so well and have dropped to 11th in the Men’s Championship.

All fleets sailed three races in 10-15 knot winds in La Rochelle today.

After starting the day lying sixth the reigning Olympic Champs came out fighting on day four managing to deliver the best performance of any female crew for the day with a win and two second places which sees them pop to the top of the leader-board.

With mixed results coming from the other top placed crews Aleh and Powrie have not only regained the lead, they now have an eight point buffer on rivals Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron (FRA) who have held the top spot since Tuesday. The kiwi crew are pleased;

'We started out well with a decent start in the first race, rounding the top mark in the first pack, then chipped away at the leaders to take the lead just before the last mark to the finish and win the race,' says Jo Aleh.'The next one was a little trickier, we didn't have the greatest start, but we got a bit of space and got the boat going nice and quick.'

'The last race of the day was definitely the most difficult; we had a great start, but got a bit out of phase on the first leg of the race, to round the top mark in the middle of the fleet... We then worked our asses off to move up into the top five by the last top mark and one more good downwind leg and a great final reach put us into second place at the finish once again.'

'So overall a 1,2,2 and no extra silly points for doing something stupid, so a bit of an improvement on yesterday!'

Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol, of Slovenia round out the top three of the Women’s fleet, six points adrift of the French pair.

Tomorrow is the penultimate day of the regatta and the last day of the finals rounds ahead of Saturday’s medal race. By the end of the tomorrow only the top eight placed boats are still in the hunt getting the opportunity to sail the double-points grand finale.


The fortunes of Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox fell the other way and after today’s three races they find themselves in 11th overall with a battle on their hands to climb back into the top eight for a medal race start.

After a 17th, a 26th and an OCS on the course today the young kiwi combination have slipped from second overall with two races left to close up the points gap.

2013 Men’s and Women’s World Championships New Zealand’s current standings…

Women’s 470 World Championship (52 boats)
1stJo Aleh and Polly Powrie (4, 6, 18, 1, 2, 2)

Men’s 470 World Championship (114 boats)
11thPaul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox (3, 15, 1, 17, 26, OCS)
53rd Francisco Lardies and Luke Stevenson (18, 11, 16, 20, 16, 15)
98th Richard Power and John Power (16, 19, 18, 19, 27, 25)

Coaches: Nathan Handley and Hamish Willcox

The schedule
5, 6, August: Qualifying Series
7, 8, 9 August: Final Series
10 August: Medal Race and Prize-giving

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignSouthern Spars - 100T Clewring One Design

Related Articles

Gladwell's Line - Oh, and by the way we won a million dollars
Sailing history has been made by a New Zealand crew in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing July 11, 2016 - Sailing history has been made by the New Zealand crew of Phil Robertson, Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing - $US1million (NZD $1.37m), with their nail-biting win in the World Match Racing Championships in Sweden.
Posted on 14 Jul
Rio 2016 - Yachting New Zealand defends Olympic selection practices
Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices and criticism by the Chairman of the NZ Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson of the way it treated two Olympic sailors after they had qualified New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in santander in September 2014.
Posted on 9 Jun
Gladwell's Line - Olympic Appeal over in NZ but hotting up in Oz
The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland with the announcement at the end of a Mediation Hearing by the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson, that he would not overturn the two non-selection decisions by Yachting New Zealand.
Posted on 2 Jun
Rio 2016 - Murdoch confirms that he won't Appeal tight selection call
Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors who gave the nod for Rio 2016 to Josh Junior, who will be on his first Olympic regatta. 'I don't think I would get a result in my favour out of the back end of it,' Murdoch told Radio Sport. ït would also hinder Josh's preparation as well.'
Posted on 12 May
Olympic board sailor lashes out as Spanish hope for Olympic windfall
2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio 2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio that has left the boardsailing classes vacant for August's Games, according to a story published on the stuff.co.nz website. The online news arm of Fairfax media has picked up comments from Tobin's Facebook page.
Posted on 12 May
Rio 2016 - Yachting NZ fails to nominate in three Qualified Classes
Yachting NZ have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Yachting New Zealand have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Two singlehanded sailors have been added to the Kiwi Olympic team in the two Mens singlehanded classes - the Finn and Laser. Appeals are being lodged today by two sailors in the Womens events.
Posted on 10 May
Will NZ's most successful Olympic Sailing event cop the Selection axe?
New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain in September 2014. In two of those the RS:X Windsurfing event, New Zealand is unlikely to be represented in the Men's event, and in the Women's event, Natalia Kosinska would appear to be a borderline selection.
Posted on 2 May
Sailing World Cup Hyeres - First leg lottery dictates RSX leaderboard
2016 Olympic aspirant Natalia Kosinska had another trying day at the Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2016 Olympic aspirant Natalia Kosinska (NZL) had another character-testing day at the Sailing World Cup Hyeres in the Women's RSX Windsurfer. However, she moved up the leader board to lie 28th overall in the 40 strong fleet and placed ninth in the first race of Day 2.
Posted on 29 Apr
Gladwell's Line - Strong team but is Yachting's policy too extreme?
On Monday morning the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced a team of ten sailors to compete in five double-handers On Monday morning the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced a team of ten sailors to compete in five events at the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. However despite qualifying in all ten Olympic classes, will only seven be sent?
Posted on 14 Mar
NZL Sailing Team - Three World Champions named in five events for Rio
The NZ Olympic Committee have announced a team of ten sailors to contest five events The NZ Olympic Committee have announced a team of ten sailors to contest five events, this morning at Wakatere Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore. Three of the crews named have won world championships in the current Olympic cycle in their respective classes.
Posted on 13 Mar