Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2019 - Leaderboard

Tornado Worlds: Two wins all but secure World title

by Richard Gladwell 9 Jan 02:40 PST 9 January 2019

A late arriving seabreeze was a surprise visitor on the penultimate day of the 2019 Int Tornado Worlds presented by Candida.

It arrived just before 4.00pm - the race start time set by 2021 America's Cup organisers. Today's conditions vindicated that decision.

The Australian crew of Brett Burvill and Max Puttman made short work of the 23 boat fleet on Day 4, scoring two wins from the two races sailed.

After a delay of two and a half hours waiting for a sea breeze that strangely would not fill in, racing got underway in a 5-6kt Northerly breeze, which swung and freshened as the day wore out. Racing was shortened to just two rounds of the windward leeward course in order to get Race 8 away - which happened just before 5.00pm in a freshening breeze of 12-15kts with plenty of sheep in the paddock (whitecaps).

Two competitors received alphabet scores from the second start of Race 7 after the "U" flag was flown by the race committee, aware that time was of the essence if two races were to be held. While ebbing tide could be partially blamed for the sailors starting enthusiasm, it was in its dying stage of outflow. The record for starting attempts off Takapuna in conditions that prevailed today - outgoing tide and a seabreeze - is 15, set in an OK Dinghy Worlds in 1977, before the race officials gave up and headed home.

With two wins from the racing today, Burvill and Puttman (AUS) have five wins from eight races sailed, and have an 11pt lead over second placed Jorg Steiner and Michael Gloor (SUI).

Normally that would have been sufficient for the Australian crew to have the series all but sewn up, needing to only sail one of the two races scheduled for the final day on Thursday. However being DSQ'd as a result of a port and starboard incident in Race 4 means they have to sail both races in the series and mathematically at least have a chance they will not secure their first world championship title in the former Olympic catamaran.

The defending champions Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigkonis (GRE) who have won the last seven world titles in the class are not sailing in Auckland. Burvill and Puttman placed second overall in the 2018 World Championships sailed in La Grande Motte, France, and have so dominated the 2019 Worlds that, barring mishaps, they should be crowned new world champions on Thursday afternoon.

The second placed crew of Jorg Steiner and Michael Gloor (SUI) are a comfortable 11pts behind the series leaders and 13pts ahead of the Mixed Youth crew of Estela Jentsch and Daniel Brown (GER). They started the day with a second place in the general recalled Race 7 but returned a 15th place in the fresh breeze that prevailed for Race 8. That chopped their lead to just 6pts over the menacing double Olympic medalist Rex Sellers sailing with son Brett. After recovering from two alphabet scores on Day 2 of the worlds, the now top Kiwi crew finished a very countable sixth and third in today's racing.

With the forecast for the Final day picked to be a 10-15kts NE seabreeze, the Kiwi father and son team must be a good chance, barring mishaps, of being on the medal podium on Thursday.

The previously leading New Zealand crew of Julian Tankard and Simon Cooke had the misfortune to attempt to sail astern of a classic yacht under motor, towing a second classic yacht - a 26ft long traditional mullet boat - which was on a long submerged tow line, that was invisible to those on the water. Neither vessel was displaying signals that the second vessel was in fact under tow, and not as appeared, to be motoring in convoy behind the larger.

Tankard and Cooke could not race as a result of the mishap and received two alphabet scores for the day. A later redress claim to the International Jury was unsuccessful.

For the provisional results and points click here

Related Articles

New World Champions in Tornado
The final day of racing for the World Championships ended on a high note The final day of racing for the 2019 Tornado World Championships Powered by Candida Stationery ended on a high with Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Rex Sellars, sailing with his son Brett, took the win for race 10, a great way to end the regatta. Posted on 12 Jan
Australian crew win Tornado Worlds
Brett Burvill and Max Puttman (AUS) are the new Int Tornado class world champions Brett Burvill and Max Puttman (AUS) are the new Int Tornado class world champions, bringing to an end the string of seven consecutive titles won by Greek crew Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigkonis (GRE) who but did not defend in Auckland. Posted on 10 Jan
Tornado Worlds: Images from a significant Day 3
Significant wins in both races on Day 3 of the 2019 Int Tornado Worlds Images from a beautiful day for sailing in Races 5 and 6 of the World Championship for the Int Tornado Class presented by Candida. Race 5 was won by the Mixed Youth crew of Estela Jentsch and Daniel Brown (GER). They finished third overall in the Open Posted on 8 Jan
Tornado Worlds: Olympic form to the fore - Day 3
Day 3 of the Tornado Worlds was remarkable for the Race 6 win by Rex and Brett Sellers Day 3 of the 2019 Int Tornado Worlds was notable for the Race 6 win by Rex and Brett Sellers reminiscent of events 34 years prior. Posted on 7 Jan
Tornado Worlds: Front runners stumble - Day 2
The top two crews after Day 1 both falter on Day 2. Swiss are the new series leader When the fleet returned to Takapuna Beach after Day 2 of the 2019 Int Tornado World Championships, the Australian crew of Brett Burvill and Max Puttman looked to have consolidated their lead after two days of racing in the series presented by Candida. Posted on 6 Jan
Tornado Worlds: Australia leads after Day 1
The first two races were sailed in the 2019 Tornado Worlds off Takapuna. In contrast to Friday when strong winds caused the cancellation of practice racing, the first two races were sailed in the 2019 Tornado Worlds presented by Candida, in light winds before a new offshore breeze arrived. Posted on 5 Jan
Olympic Gold medalist wins NZ Tornado Nationals
Rex and Brett Sellers team up to win NZ Tornado Nationals. Worlds start on Saturday Rex and Brett Sellers win NZ Nationals from a fleet of 16 boats and 9 races over three days with very shifty and gusty winds coming off the beach between 12 and 24knots. Posted on 4 Jan
Kindly Leave the Stage
What happens to ex-Olympic classes? The Carnival is over...but the Show must go on! These comparisons with a circus have never been stronger, all the more now that the Finn has been told to "kindly leave the stage", with the Olympic Regatta at Enoshima bringing an end to 72 years service. Posted on 3 Dec 2018
Documentary: Tornado World Championship 2018
Held at the Yacht Club de La Grande Motte in July Iordanis Paschalidis and Petros Konstantinidis, GRE 1, are the Open Tornado Champions for the second consecutive year! Another impressive performance from Iordanis Paschalidis who, alongside Konstantinos Trigonis, was winning this title since 2011. Posted on 18 Aug 2018
Tornado World Championship overall
Another impressive performance from Iordanis Paschalidis AP went down and the Tornado fleets started perfectly aligned with 10-12 knots of winds for the 8th race of the day. AUT 3 started at full speed close to the Race Committee boat and rounded the first mark ahead of GRE 1. Posted on 16 Jul 2018
Vaikobi 2019 - Footer 3WindBot-COACH-660x82Marine Resources 2019 - Footer