Jon Emmett (GBR) sailed the last two races of the 2008 Byte CII World Championship even though he did not need to do so - a very nice touch from a classy competitor. He won race 14, 15 was thrown out and he ended up with 12 first place finishes after dropping a first and a third. Hard to beat!
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The racing conditions today were questionable and the second race should probably not have been started at all. The fleet already had 13 races in the bag with two drops but 15 races would give competitors a third drop. It was not to be. Only one race was scored on the day.
There were no interesting photos on the day.
Race 14 was sailed in very light conditions of 3-4 kts often dropping lower. It did not seem to matter to Emmett and he won once again! However, the lightweights made the most of the conditions and Richard Whitehouse, the UK Inland Champion, seized the opportunity and pulled off a second place vaulting him over the other Masters competitors. Maggie Futcher, the UK Class chairman had her best race with a sixth.
Race 15 should perhaps not have been started and even after starting should probably have been called when the wind switched 189 degrees soon after the start. However, it was started and was not blown off and Sacha Roberts (CAN) was first to the weather mark, making the first weather leg time limit by 14 seconds while on a very slow reach. She gybed and reached down to the gybe mark on port where she found the course shortened and got a finishing horn.
Then the fun started. Shortly after she finished, the competitors, many not yet around the weather mark and perhaps not aware that Sacha had 'finished', heard three guns and assumed abandonment of the race, many starting home. The RC was protested and the race was scrubbed leaving the Series at 14 races and Sacha without her first World's win.
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On day three, winds continued to drop and, on Thursday, they were just below planing for all but the very lightest who did manage some spurts. Again, Jon Emmett (GBR) demonstrated his huge talent in all conditions by winning all four races. Unfortunately, our reporter was not on the water and there are no photographs.
In race 10, the course was two triangles and the top of the fleet all came in from the left, led by Emmett. At the top mark, he let off his kicker - completely, unfortunately - and the rope un-reeved. With a jury rig he maintained his lead to the end. Second was Shevaun Sethi (SIN) having her best result so far. Mary Stamp (GBR), the oldest competitor at 68, was out on the water for the first time with a very respectable 18th. Fengyi Lei (SIN) had his worst race to date with an eighth, now dropped - an indication of how consistent he has been. Other than these three, competitor placings were fairly consistent with their results to date. Michael Louzada had another altercation with Hannah Bloor (GBR) and lost his sixth place in a DSQ. Third went to Herman Nurfendi (SIN), fourth Bloor (GBR), fifth Rezel (SIN) and sixth Nicholson (CAN).
In race 11, Emmett won the pin but was over the line early. After returning, he worked the centre of the course as the fleet had gone left. He was third at the weather mark, took one on the reaches and took the last two upwind. Sethi (SIN) took another sescond place, Lei(SIN) another un-characteristic eighth (dropped) and Herman Nurfendi(SIN) his lowest placing so far with a sixth which he has dropped. Third was Eugene Woo (SIN), fourth Michael Louzada, fifth Tom Nicholson (CAN) and sixth Ian Rezel (SIN).
In race 12, Emmett nearly lost. He tacked over onto port too soon near the top and several, including Louzada (BRA), went a bit further. He arrived fourth at the weather mark, got two back on the reaches, one more upwind, but Louzada held him off all the way until just at the finish line. Louzada had sailed high on the last reach home while Emmett sailed a straight line to the finish and that was the difference. Third was Nurfendi(SIN), fourth Lei (SIN) and fifth Nicholson (CAN).
In race 13, Emmett lead from start to finish although very close behind there was very close racing between Singapore and Canada. Herman Nurfendi (SIN) had his best finish with a second, Fengyi Lei (SIN) took third, Tom Nicholson (CAN) fourth and Eugene Woo (SIN) finished pretty well on his average scores with the fifth.
The Race Committe work has been superb and always with the best interests of the sailors in mind. The Class and the sailors want to express their appreciation to Richard Stevens and his gang for their great work.
On day two, although the Championship is now Jon Emmett’s to lose, the Singapore sailors did finally get to him on the last race of the day. However, he is dropping that third and is counting a string of eight firsts. For results, click here.
Races 6 and 7: The wind was well down from the low twenties of yesterday and the first race was run in eight to 10 knots. 'After the last two days it felt like a drifter’' was a comment from one competitor. It did not seem to matter to Jon Emmett (GBR) as he cake-walked the first race and later the second one, sailed in 10 – 12 kts. Brazilian Michael Louzada got closest to him with two second place finishes and while he was as fast, or maybe even faster than Emmett off the wind, he could not match him upwind.
There is no photography for Races 6 and 7.
Race 8: After a lunch break, the competitors went out to find that the wind had increased and was up into the 15kt range. Once again, below, the fleet gets away clean, albeit with a bit of a sag.
Surprise of surprises it was Jon Emmett (GBR) again leading the pack from start to finish and, below, he crosses the line all alone.
There were lots of individual duels in the racing behind him. Below, Nicholson (CAN) leads Tieman (USA) and Tack (GBR) at the finish.
In race 9, the course was triangle/sausage/triangle/windward finish and again the start was clean. Below, the leeward end of the fleet with about 30 seconds to go.
At the moment of the gun. About as close as you can get!
Finally it looked like the Singapore sailors would get to Emmett and, at the first weather mark it was Ian Rezel (SIN) in the lead. However by the end of the triangle Emmett was back in the lead and, below, was still holding it at the end of the next (sausage) leg.
Blore (GBR), Woo (SIN) and Nurfendi (SIN) at the bottom of the sausage
Germaine Teo (SIN), Richard Whitehouse (GBR) and Shevaun Sethi (SIN) at the bottom mark, all about to gybe.
Emmett (GBR) was still leading Fengyi Lei (SIN) and Ian Rezel (SIN) at the weather mark of the second triangle but he felt himself slowing down. It turns out that he had pulled a toe strap screw out of the cockpit floor and was slowly taking on water. He then got flagged on the reach, did his turns right after the gybe, and Lei and Rezel flew past. However, they were still not out of reach and, by the finish, at the top of the beat, only Lei was still clear ahead. Below he crosses, Emmett before tacking for the line and the gun.
Fengyi was very gracious in his summary of the race. "I was a bit lucky with Jon getting a flag the problems he had with his boat - but you take what you're given and I'm very happy with the win!"
At this point, Emmett had caught up to Rezel but Rezel was on starboard, laying the line and, below, Emmett was forced to tack to leeward, just yards from the finish but still able to lay the pin.
Despite a large luff at the pin end, it was not enough and Rezel took second.
Below, Hanna Blore (GBR) comes into the finish with Eugene Woo (SIN) on her hip. She would finish fifth but Michael Louzada BRA would slip in between them for sixth and the come-back of the race. He did a 720 off the start, after an altercation with Blore, arriving at the first weather mark in the high teens. He slowly worked his way back but time finally ran out on him.
Below, Gordon Kevan (GBR) finishes just ahead of Sacha Roberts (CAN) and Chris Tack (GBR).
Bill Tieman (USA), coming in to the finish on starboard, was lee-bowed by Sacha Roberts (CAN 3127) just feet from the finish. He threw the helm down in a last ditch effort to get his bow over but came up just short and went in to boot!
Dr. Amandio Rampinelli, a Brazilian Cardiovascular surgeon, started his sailing when a grown man but sails for the love the sport. One of the most dogged and determined sailors in the fleet, he finishes off the day well out of the money but in great style!
Full results at http://www.wpnsa.org.uk/results/entriessofar/bytes.htm