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Australians hold lead Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta

'Carolijn Brouwer & Seb Godefroid do not like the light airs
- Tornado Asia Pacific Races'    Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©
Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) continue to lead the Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta being hosted by Somers Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula at Sail Melbourne today.

Although Bundock and Ashby did not win either Races 5 or 6 today, finishing with third and fifth places, they remain in the lead on nine points after dropping their worst place. Today’s racing was conducted in extremely shifty winds of up to 15 knots.

World champions Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz scored their first win of the series in Race 5, with Germany’s Tino and Niko Mittlemeier finished second.

Top Russian pair, Andrey Kirilyuk/Valeriy Ushkov won Race 6 and are now third overall. Oscar Johansson/Kevin Stittle (CAN) were second in this race, with Leigh McMillan/Will Howden third.

Currently Mitch Booth/Pim Nieuwenhuis are second placed in the series overall on 17 points, the Russians one point behind, leaving Bundock and Ashby a clear eight points in the lead with four races remaining.

Carolijn Brouwer -  OC Events ©?nid=40628  
Carolijn Brouwer, the lone female skipper in the fleet, did not have the top three day she was hoping for. Sitting 23rd in the ISAF World Rankings, she is very impressed by the quality of the sailors competing.

'There are a lot of top class sailors here. It’s an awesome regatta with really high level competition. But Bundy and Glenn are in a different league; they are good in any kind of conditions. We are up with the rest of the pack, but we can push harder and do better. We have a lot more in there,' said Brouwer, who with her crew Sebastien Godefroid is looking for a top five finish.

Looking forward to the Beijing Olympics Brouwer/Godefroid find themselves in an enviable position, they have qualified Belgium and themselves for the Games. 'This regatta is good for us.

'We are in a comfortable position at the moment we have the opportunity to play around with our boat and sails and try things out before the Games. This is important for us as we don’t have as much experience as the other guys in the class so it takes us a bit longer,' Brouwer said.

The Championship concludes on Wednesday 9th and results are provisional pending protests. The Sail Melbourne ISAF Grade 1 event continues tomorrow.

Tornado Asia Pacific Championships


Series Results [Elapsed Time] for Tornado up to Race 4 (Drops = 0)
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper Crew From Sers Score Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   AUS8 MARINEPOOL Darren Bundock Glenn Ashby AUS 6.00 1.00 3.00 1.00 1.00
2   NED1 ZWITSERLEVEN Mitch Booth Pim Nieuwenhuis ESP 15.00 2.00 1.00 10.00 2.00
3   GBR436 NA2 Leigh Mc Millan Will Howden GBR 22.00 3.00 2.00 7.00 10.00
4   RUS97 NA3 Andrey Kirilyuk Valeriy Ushkov RUS 23.00 10.00 5.00 4.00 4.00
5 2.0S GER5 NA6 Tino Mittelmeier Niko Mittelmeier GER 25.00 11.00 9.00 2.00 3.00
6   ESP1 MOVISTAR Fernando Echavarri Anton Paz ESP 25.00 5.00 4.00 5.00 11.00
7   GER1 K NIG & CIE T-SYSTE Roland Gaebler Gunnar Struckmann DEN 32.00 13.00 7.00 6.00 6.00
8   GBR430 NA5 Andrew Walsh Edward Barney GBR 36.00 9.00 6.00 12.00 9.00
9   CAN7 CAN 7 Oskar Johansson Kevin Stittle CAN 38.00 4.00 12.00 15.00 7.00
10   DEN1 HEMPEL & DONG ENERGY Allan Norregaard Michael Risoer DEN 47.00 6.00 15.00 8.00 18.00
11   GBR431 MAX AND PADDY John Gimson Stuart Bithell GBR 50.00 14.00 11.00 11.00 14.00
12   PUR1 NA7 Enrique Figueroa Jorge Hernandez PUR 52.00 12.00 10.00 13.00 17.00
13   GBR3 ALY & AJAY Tom Phipps Marcus Lynch GBR 54.00 16.00 14.00 19.00 5.00
14   BEL7 BLOSO Carolijn Brouwer Sebbe Godefroid BEL 55.00 7.00 33.00F 3.00 12.00
15 8.0S GRE7   Iordanis Paschalidis Konstantine Trigkoni GRE 57.00 8.00 8.00 33.00O 8.00
16   RUS007 NA4 Sergey Dzhienbaev Maxim Semenov RUS 57.00 15.00 13.00 9.00 20.00
17   BRA7   Bruno Di Bernardi Mario Tinoco BRA 65.00 20.00 16.00 14.00 15.00
18   AUS13 TEAM TORNADO NT Rohan Langworthy Jack Punch AUS 73.00 17.00 17.00 17.00 22.00
19   AUS300 A.F.R.I.C.A. Damien Ford Mark Edmonds AUS 75.00 23.00 19.00 20.00 13.00
20   AUS322 WINDRUSH Brett Burvill Ryan Duffield AUS 77.00 19.00 21.00 21.00 16.00
21   GBR406 NA1 Robbie Lovig Stuart Offer AUS 83.00 18.00 18.00 22.00 25.00
22   AUS305 AEOLUS Allan Gamble Kim Nicholas AUS 89.00 22.00 23.00 25.00 19.00
23   AUS315 HARTATAK Kevin Kay David Hart AUS 92.00 33.00F 20.00 16.00 23.00
24   AUS289   Michael Vandenberg Ben Carroll AUS 99.00 21.00 33.00F 18.00 27.00
25   AUS285   Paul Peterson Matt Thackray AUS 103.00 33.00F 22.00 24.00 24.00
26   AUS320   Ron Stokes Alexander Bertrand AUS 114.00 33.00C 33.00F 27.00 21.00
27   AUS321 FLYING HIGH Andrew Griffin Chris Tucker AUS 115.00 33.00C 33.00F 23.00 26.00
28   AUS269   Andrew Heaney Lukas Muir AUS 120.00 33.00C 33.00C 26.00 28.00
29   AUS251 ESOTERIC Gwyn Cracknell Peter Togno AUS 123.00 33.00C 33.00C 28.00 29.00
30   AUS295   Ian Simpson Gary Sawyer AUS 125.00 33.00C 33.00C 29.00 30.00
31   AUS193   Martin Dunlop Dana Rathova AUS 132.00 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C
31   AUS967 G2 Paul Raymond Nicholas Raymond AUS 132.00 33.00C 33.00F 33.00C 33.00C


(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RAF S=DNS U=DUT V=AVG X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)

by Di Pearson


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