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Eventful racing on Lake Rotorua for Day 2 of World Blind Sailing Champ

'NZL leads the B2 fleet, Day 2 IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships, Rotorua'    David Staley - copyright    Click Here to view large photo

Despite a forecast of no wind, the second day of racing got underway on Lake Rotorua in the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships with a solid nor-nor-easterly wind that blew between 10 and 17 knots across the day.

New Zealander Paulien Eitjes dominated today's racing in the B2 classification, leading at every mark in every race.

Today's results give Paulien's team a total of eight points (provisional results, and after dropping their worst result) - a good lead of seven points over Canada. Great Britain and Japan’s Flying Fish team are coming third equal in the B2 fleet, followed by USA in fifth place.

The real competition in this fleet now comes for second and third places, with Canada, Japan and Great Britain just one point apart.

The competition in the B1 category is extremely tight. Norway continues to lead the B1 fleet on 11.5 points, followed by Italy on 13 points and New Zealand, led by Dick Lancaster, on 15 points.

In the B3 category, Great Britain is on six points, a significant lead over New Zealand on 14 points and the USA on 17 points.

The fresher winds saw more exciting and eventful racing today, with one member of the USA team falling off the boat during a manoeuvre to avoid a collision, in 17 knots of wind. The rest of the team managed to hang onto the sailor, pulling him back on board and recovering enough to lead the first half of the next race.

'It's been perfect sailing conditions today,' says organising committee chairman, Don McGowan.

'We were a bit worried this morning because a good breeze wasn't forecast, however, we've ended up with consistent wind all day, which has meant we have been able to make up for having to abandon racing yesterday due to no wind.'

The IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships will now have a lay day tomorrow (Wednesday) and Friday, with racing at this stage on Thursday and Saturday, depending on wind conditions.


B1 Fleet                        
Sailed:7, Discards:1, To count:6, Entries:9, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
Rank Fleet Nat VIP Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st B1 NOR Thomas Johannesen 1 1.5 2 2 2 3 -5 16.5 11.5
2nd B1 ITA Luigi Bertanza -9 4 3 1 1 2 2 22 13
3rd B1 NZL Dick Lancaster 2 (10.0 DSQ) 1 4 4 1 3 25 15
4th B1 FIN Jukka Jokiniemi 3 1.5 6 6 5 -7 1 29.5 22.5
5th B1 AUS WA Kylie Forth 5 5 4 5 -6 6 4 35 29
6th B1 FRA Olivier Brisse 4 -8 7 7 3 5 6 40 32
7th B1 USA Matt Chao 6 6 -9 3 7 4 9 44 35
8th B1 JPN Team Toyota Fumihiro Adachi 7 3 8 8 -9 9 8 52 43
9th B1 GBR Vicki Sheen 8 7 5 -9 8 8 7 52 43
B2 Fleet                        
Sailed:7, Discards:1, To count:6, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
Rank Fleet Nat VIP Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st B2 NZL Paulien Eitjes 2 -3 2 1 1 1 1 11 8
2nd B2 CAN David Brown -4 1 4 4 2 2 2 19 15
3rd B2 JPN Team Flying Fish Takao Sugiyama 3 2 1 3 -4 3 4 20 16
3rd B2 GBR Lucy Hodges 1 -4 3 2 3 4 3 20 16
5th B2 USA Walter Raineri -5 5 5 5 5 5 5 35 30
B3 Fleet                        
Sailed:7, Discards:1, To count:6, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
Rank Fleet Nat VIP Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st B3 GBR Gary Kirby 1 -2 1 1 1 1 1 8 6
2nd B3 NZL Dave Allerton 2 1 3 -5 3 3 2 19 14
3rd B3 USA Jason Wallenstein -5 3 2 3 4 2 3 22 17
4th B3 CAN Randy Nelson 3 4 -5 2 2 5 4 25 20
5th B3 JPN Team Yuki Yuki Kawazoe 4 -5 4 4 5 4 5 31 26

by Jacky James


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