sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Rolex Miami OCR - Heading into the final phase

Rolex Miami OCR - Heading into the final phase

'Germany’s Silke Hahlbrock, Maren Hahlbrock ahead of France’s Julie Bossard, Caroline Devaux, Pauline Chalaux in a flight of Thursday’s Women’s Match Racing - Rolex Miami OCR'    © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Sailors in three Paralympic classes have only one day of racing left at US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR while those in 10 Olympic classes still have tomorrow to make critical moves for securing spots in the final medal races on Saturday.

The racing formats used for this event, which began Monday and counts as the second of seven stops on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup circuit, replicate those that will be used in the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events of 2012, and 716 sailors from 53 nations have come to test them on Biscayne Bay, where the regatta has returned annually since 1990.

The one-on-one pairing today of the world’s top-ranked Elliott 6m teams demonstrated all of the beauty and intrigue of match racing, which will make its Olympic debut in 2012: a delicate dance in the dial-up before the start, aggressive challenges for position and expert boat and sail handling on short legs to the marks, with protests decided instantly by on-water judges. Though winds were painstakingly light, Gold and Repechage Groups completed their semifinal round-robin matches, determining who will meet whom in tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Topping the Gold group for a #1 seed going into tomorrow was Lucy Macgregor/Mary Rook/ Kate Macgregor (GBR) with a 4-1 win-loss score, with Ekaterina Skudina/Elena Syuzeva/Irina Lotsmanova (RUS) posting the next-best score of 3-2.

'We’ve got a few areas we need to improve on,' said Macgregor. 'Starting...we could be much stronger, but other than that, we’re feeling really confident. We’re sailing better than anyone else around the course – if I could just get the starts right then we’ll be really good!'

Macgregor explained that Annie Lush, their usual middle crew, had a serious accident—on land, falling off the boat—five days before the event started, so Mary Rook was flown out to replace her. 'We’ve been trying to learn quite quickly with having her join us – getting the boat handling all sorted, getting the communication right between the three of us and it’s slowly coming together,' said Macgregor.

Macgregor’s team will face off tomorrow with New Zealand’s Stephanie Hazard/ Susannah Pyatt/ Jenna Hansen, who finished second in Repechage behind USA’s Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.)/ Alana O’Reilly (Charleston S.C.)/ Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham (Miami Beach Fla.). Hazard and Barkow got their repechage—French for 'second chance'—by beating out four other teams in their group to become the two teams advanced to the semifinals.

'This has been one of the most competitive of the World Cup women’s match racing events,' said Liz Baylis (San Rafael, Calif.), Executive Director of the Women’s International Match Racing Association, who has been serving as Assistant PRO (Principal Race Officer) for the match racing. 'We have 14 of the top 15 ranked teams competing, and there are plenty of names you’d expect to be moving on (in the rounds) who are not moving on. Baylis explained that in each of last year’s ISAF Sailing World Cup Series match racing events there was a different champion from a different country, and the eventual winner--Claire Leroy of France, who is sailing here with Elodie Bertrand/Marie Riou and is seeded sixth going into tomorrow’s eight-team semis—never won a single event.

Other teams advancing to the semifinals are defending champions Anna Tunnicliffe/Molly Vandemoer/Debbie Capozzi (Plantation, Fla./Redwood City, Calif./Bayport, N.Y., USA); Ekaterina Skudina/Elena Syuzeva/Irina Lotsmanova (RUS); Silja Lehtinen/Silja Kanerva/Mikaela Wulff (FIN); and Nicky Souter/Jessica Eastwell/Olivia Price (AUS).
Elsewhere on Biscayne Bay, light air challenged competitors as well as race officials, especially on the RS:X (windsurfing) course, where colorful sails layed flat in the water during a wait on the wind. The women’s fleet got through half a race, but in the end, the wind 'couldn’t get its act together,' and sailors returned to shore shortly after 2 p.m. Results stand from yesterday with The Netherlands’ Dorian van Rijsselberge and Spain’s Marina Alabau leading the men’s and women’s fleets, respectively.

The 470 women’s class also did not complete a race, but Men’s 470 managed one. There, Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell (GBR) still lead with Nic Asher/Elliot Willis (GBR) in second. Both used today’s race (an eighth and a tenth, respectively) as throw-outs.

In Stars, Brazil’s Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada turned in an 11-12 today in breezes that were as low as four knots. 'Not great scores, but a lot of top guys did even worse,' said Scheidt. 'I should say we survived the day...we sailed too conservatively today; you had to be confident and take one side or the other, and we missed those decisions.'

Fredrik Loof/Max Salminen (SWE) took a tumble today, dropping down to seventh from second yesterday. The team finished 47th in race one, and used it as a throw-out, then added a 36th to their score line in the second race. With only one throw-out allowed, the second double-digit finish was a devastating blow.

Xavier Rohart (FRA) has been enduring a slow recovery from a biking accident, but at this regatta, he has hit his stride and is in second place now after today’s two races. He is an Olympic medalist and two-time Star champion. His crew is Pierre Alexis Ponsot, a Finn sailor.

With only one top-ten finish Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira will be eager to place higher on day five of racing in the Star fleet. BRA 8397, BRA - Rolex Miami OCR -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster?nid=79739  

Medalists in the Paralympic classes will be determined tomorrow after five days of fleet racing. For fleet racing in the Olympic classes, the regatta consists of a five-day opening series (Monday–Friday) and a double-point medal race (Saturday). The top 10 finishers in the opening series of each class will advance to the medal race. For match racing (Elliott 6m), the regatta consists of an opening series, a knockout series, and a sail-off for boats not advancing to the knockout series.

Full results click here




by Dana Paxton

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=79739

4:13 AM Fri 28 Jan 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011 Rolex Miami OCR

Related News Stories:

05 Feb 2011  Ben Ainslie - Important time on the water
05 Feb 2011  Rolex Miami OCR - Perfect practice for paralympic hopeful
01 Feb 2011  ISAF Sailing World Cup - Standings take shape after Rolex Miami OCR
30 Jan 2011  Rolex Miami OCR 2011 - Finn medal haul for British on day six
30 Jan 2011  US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics collects Gold, Silver and Bronze
30 Jan 2011  First ISAF World Cup medal to Clarke and Bjorn
30 Jan 2011  Rolex Miami OCR - Medals decided
30 Jan 2011  Miami OCR 2011 - Australian 470 crew win Silver medal
30 Jan 2011  Miami OCR - GBR sailors win 14 medals
29 Jan 2011  Rolex Miami OCR 2011 - Wet sailing and spray for the wrong reasons
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part III) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT