Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 is the fifth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit and is following in the trend of previous European events, with quite a windy opening day.
The strong North-Easterly provided for excellent racing and thrill in all classes. The Croatian teams have mastered the grueling conditions taking top spot in the 470men, the Laser and the Finn.
Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) opened the score in the 470 races with a victory and a third and take the lead in the 470 fleet. ' We are happy, we had a great day of sailing. With such a strong wind it was important to sail conservatively and not capsize. We did two tactical mistakes on the second race and placed third. A great way to start the regatta!'
Sven and Calle Coster (NED) are on equal points in second place. Greek teams of Mantis Panagiotis/ Pavlos Kagialis and Kampouridis/Papadopoulos have collected similar results in their respective group with a fifth and a bullet in the second race to share the third position. World number one Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) won the first race in their group and place seventh in the second.
The breeze lovers claimed the day in the Laser. Milan Vujasinovic (CRO) took both bullets in his group and the lead over the 120 Lasers : 'I know I have a good speed in the breeze but I have started well both times. It was also a matter to be patient and wait for the right shift. The rest was not an issue.' 2010 ISAF Sailor of the Year and World Champion, Tom Slingsby (AUS) is in second place, two points from Dutch Roelof Bouwmeester and team mate Tom Burton (AUS).
'There were tough conditions' admitted Bouwmeester (NED), 'I had good results but didn't sail as well as I hoped. Tomorrow I need to focus more and I know I can improve.'
World number one, Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and World Champion Ed Wright (GBR) are sharing top places in the Finn fleet. They are on equal points at the front of the rankings, with third place going to 20 years old from Canada, Greg Douglas.
The competition is fierce in the Laser Radial, with most of the top ten racing in the Delta Lloyd Regatta. Defending champion Marit Bouwmeester (NED) is taking the lead after a first and a second places, in front of Annalise Murphy(IRL) and Evi van Acker (BEL), second in Palma. In fourth and fifth places are Beijing Silver and Bronze medallists Gintare Scheidt (LTU) and Xu Lijia(CHN). 'With both start under black flag, it was tricky but I am fast in the breeze and have chosen to take it easy on the start and sailed safe.' explained Bouwmeester (NED).
In the absence of most class favourites, 36 women are participating in the RS:X. From the nine Chinese windsurfers on the starting line, five entered the top ten after the first two races, claimed by Li Ling. Yuki Sunaga (JAP) is in second position overall and Mayaan Davidovich (ISR) third.
The men division is also missing most of the top actors, training in Weymouth before Sail For Gold, however, there are 14 different countries in the top 15. JP Tobin (NZL) and Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) shared the victories in first and second position overall.
In the women 470, Beijing Bronze medallists from Brazil are dueling at the top of the rankings. Isabel Swan now crewing with Martine Grael and the new pair of Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan, are first and second in the 27 boats fleet. Class favourites, Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata, or Spanish duo of Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos, winner in Hyères, have been penalised for a premature start in the second race and start the event in 13th and 19th position.
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) are making a great comeback to the competition after winning two out of three races sailed in the 49er. The defending champions are starting the event with a 13 points lead over compatriots Will and Sam Phillips (AUS). 2007 World champions, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes are placing third overall.
The Women match racing has completed half of the qualification stages. In Group A, team Echegoyen (ESP) is undefeated with four wins. In the group B, team Skudina (RUS) wins their four matches.
Thierry Schmitter (NED) has enjoyed the challenging conditions in the breeze with two bullets. Megan Pascoe (GBR) second in Hyères continues with top two placing, while Australian Matt Bugg settles for top three.
With over 30 knots registered on their racing area, the Star were postponed until 5PM to allow for the wind to settle. It was still around 20 knots when the Star fleet started their first race after 6PM.
Top 3 results
24MR Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman R1 R2 Points 1 NED 12 1 Thierry Schmitter 1 1 2 2 GBR 92 2 Megan Pascoe 2 2 4 3 AUS 1 11 Matt Bugg 3 3 6
470 men Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman Crew1 R1 R2 Points 1 CRO 83 2 Sime Fantela Igor, Marenic 1 3 4 2 NED 1 9 Sven Coster kalle, Coster 2 2 4 3 GRE 1 4 Panagiotis Mantis Pavlos, Kagialis 5 1 6
470 women Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman Crew1 R1 R2 Points 1 BRA 187 33 Martine Grael Isabel, Swan 4 1 5 2 BRA 177 38 Fernanda Oliveira Ana Luiza, Barbachan 5 2 7 3 JPN 4321 29 Yuka Yoshisako Noriko, Okuma 8 3 11
49ER Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman Crew1 R1 R2 R3 Points 1 NZL 111 13 Peter Burling Blair, Tuke 2 13 2 17 2 CAN 49 21 Gordon Cook Hunter, Lowden 6 8 3 17 3 GBR 7 5 Stevie Morrison Ben, Rhodes 1 2 15 18
FINN Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman R1 R2 Points 1 GBR 11 5 Edward Wright 2 1 3 2 CRO 524 1 Ivan Kljakovic Ga 1 2 3 3 AUS 1 20 Brendan Casey 6 4 10
Laser Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman R1 R2 Points Crew1 1 CRO 194836 43 Milan Vujasinovic 1 1 2 2 AUS 197541 1 Tom Slingsby 3 1 4 3 NED 197520 17 Roelof Bouwmeester 1 5 6
Laser Radial Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman R1 R2 Points 1 NED 200444 1 Marit Bouwmeester 1 2 3 2 IRL 199417 10 Annalise Murphy 3 1 4 3 BEL 197514 2 Evi Van Acker 2 7 9
RS-X Men Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman R1 R2 Points 1 NZL 151 0 JP Tobin 1 2 3 2 NED 8 0 Dorian van Rijsselberge 3 1 4 3 KOR 71 0 Taehoon Lee 2 5 7
RS-X Women Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman R1 R2 Points 1 CHN 7 0 Li Ling 1 1 2 2 JPN 470 0 Yuki Sunaga 5 2 7 3 ISR 10 0 Mayaan Davidovich 2 6 8
STAR Rank Country Sail Nr Start Nr Helmsman Crew1 R1 R2 Points 1 BRA 8255 1 Robert Scheidt Bruno, Prada 3 1 4 2 GBR 8371 31 Iain Percy Andrew, Simpson 1 4 5 3 CAN 8361 23 Richard Clarke Tyler, Bjorn 5 2 7