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A Class Cat World Championship at the WPNSA - Day 3

by Gordon Upton 28 Aug 2019 04:41 PDT 18-21 & 24-30 August 2019

The third day of competition at the Worlds really just continued where the last one left off. David Campbell-James was keen to get the race numbers evened out and back on track for a full series as we'd promised Weymouth could deliver.

Day three saw three open fleet and one Classic fleet races in a light 5-8 knots, getting under way after a 2hr postponement.

The Open class first race went off with little fuss, recalls at this level are not frequent, especially in these winds and with the minimal tide effects in Portland harbour. Again, the left looked favoured in the Westerly wind direction and the fleet largely took off in that direction. Upwind foiling was not possible in that wind speed, so it was in low-rider model that they reached the top mark. There, Manuel Calavia ESP 11, just had the lead over Mischa Heemskerk NED 7 and Tymu Bendyk POL 41 in close persuit. They, and the rest of the fleet all set of on the cavalry charge that is 'A' Class Catamaran downwind foiling. These modern boats, with their Z shaped foils and adjustable rudder rake, have become much more docile to sail than they used to be. Far fewer pitch-pole crashes happen now, especially in these light winds and it is remarkable how little wind these top sailors can get airborne in.

The three laps unwound at a good pace until at the finish, it was a real neck and neck racing with Manuel just pipping Mischa, and the NZL sailor Dave Shaw NZL 230, in third only seconds behind. The next race was a similar exciting finish only with Mischa, who had narrowly missed a jury boat on the final few yards of the run-in, got his first bullet of the championship. But this time with Tymu second and Manuel, who was rather angry with himself, after he'd led Mischa on the last leg, in third.

Their last race of the day was a somewhat tame affair wind-wise, however, the mental workout of a minimum condition race cannot be underestimated in these boats. The leaders are with ones capable of stringing together the bits of breeze. This time, it was the Swiss lake sailor Nils Palmieri who just beat Mischa on the line by a length. And our GBR sailor Tom Phipps is creeping up the field after his first race miss today with a broken downhaul, and is currently in 13th position.

Then the Classics had a go. This was much more their territory as with less drag underneath, they can be faster in the light stuff. The race was won in great tactical style by Scott Anderson AUS 31 with the Aussie Wunderkind Andy Landeberger AUS 300 next, and the ever present Alberto Farnasi SWE 56 on his trusty old Marstrom.

Now, after five races, we have a slim little Aussie cowboy leading the Classics, and a big flying Dutchman leading the Open. They could hardly be more different, showing that this boat is for everyone. Tomorrow however, may be a very different bucket of haddock. Stiff winds are forecast, promising some spectacular, if marginally controlled action. We can't wait to see how this rather fascinating championships in developement will play out.

Results after Day 3:

PosNatSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5Pts
Classic Fleet
1AUS300Andy Landenberger32‑6229
2AUS308Andrew Landenberger4‑1821512
3SWE59Alberto Farnesi5‑613312
4GBR18Hugh Macgregor1‑744413
5AUS31Scott Anderson61‑76114
6SUI56Bruno Biedermann7‑11351126
7ESP5Enrique Cornejo‑1451112634
8AUS9John Dowling‑9989834
9ESP29Francisco Javier Acosta Medina11314‑16735
10ESP7Michael Todd214‑15101036
11SUI310Valente Jacques‑1785111337
12AUS992Mark Capel‑20410141240
13FRA483Antoine Riet81212‑171446
14ITA99Marco Gaeti‑2117971649
15GBR72Owen Cox15(UFD [25])1713954
16AUS27William Michie1219168‑2055
17GBR1963Peter Boxer1015‑19151757
18BEL17Astrid Janssens1313‑18181862
19ESP129Javier Acosta Morales161013(RET [25])DNC [25]64
20ESP42Mariano Martinez(RET [25])1620191570
21GBR2Colin Bannister1820‑22202179
22GBR30Daniel Brzezinski‑232121211982
23GBR77Francis Marshall1923‑24222387
24GBR14Anthony Wykes2222‑23232289
Foiling Fleet
1NED7Mischa Heemskerk‑6121126
2USA311Bruce Mahoney‑38494320
3ESP11Manuel Calavia‑271331421
4POL15Tymoteusz Bendyk17162‑1726
5AUS1035James Wierzbowski4611‑13526
6AUS4Steven Brewin‑131075426
7POL41Jakub Surowiec11827(UFD [65])28
8NZL270Dave Shaw‑2131010730
9FRA207Benoit Marie(SCP [47])5415832
10SUI87Nils Palmieri21424‑36141
11POL1Jacek Noetzel917812‑2546
12ITA3Paolo Penco‑22136201150
13GBR22Tom Phipps1221(DNC [65])14653
14POL17Maciej Zarnowski‑32121292053
15GER6Rainer Bohrer8‑2414161654
16SUI1Sandro Caviezel1618138‑2655
17ESP19Juan Luis Paez3‑3015182359
18NED207Thijs Visser Visser102217‑381362
19FRA2Emmanuel Dodé‑28155262268
20POL111Michal Korneszczuk6‑3627211872
21SUI7Maeder Robin7‑3719311572
22AUT96Michael Mödlhammer18‑2726112176
23NED28Pieterjan Dwarshuis‑351618172980
24NZL555Phil Robertson25(DSQ [65])23251083
25NED95Roeland Wentholt1725396(UFD [65])87
26AUS51Paul Larsen532‑41223190
27ESP93Rafa Gomez4392019‑4791
28GBR57Adam May‑572322242897
29ESP16Marc Verdaguer143321‑343098
30POL101Andrzej Senkus232625‑3527101
31DEN20Peter Boldsen29‑34313312105
32ESP74Abdon Ibanez192929RDGaR1235 [29]‑39106
33ESP75Toni Ballester30203523‑49108
34GBR599Oscar Lindley‑Smith15382829‑42110
35AUS100Simon Nelson‑4611342838111
36POL7Marcin Kaminski3328‑363024115
37GER15Katrin Brunner20‑5549509128
38DEN77Tom Bøjland3631‑442736130
39GER85Guido Schulte313533‑4033132
40ITA72Giuseppe Colombo47193037‑48133
41AUS63Mark Griffith26513232(RET [65])141
42SUI17Dominik Peikert(DNC [65])42484719156
43NED44Wiro Zijlmans40394239‑52160
44GER40Manfred Syrowy4245‑464332162
45POL3Jaroslaw Betkowski44‑48434235164
46SUI33Heiko Maier394140‑4644164
47GBR21Richard Hargreaves‑5346384934167
48NED111David van Aart‑5247374440168
49SUI65Charles Bueche414447‑4843175
50CZE1Vladislav Ptasnik‑5640454151177
51ESP48Oscar Quirante37‑52504550182
52BEL32Gagliani Olivier45‑57515537188
53BEL19Wim Deca4853‑565141193
54GER75Joern Knop504953‑5446198
55SUI61Jean‑Yves DelaiteSCP [37]56‑595254199
56GBR111Mike Bawden49505256‑57207
57ITA7Stefano Sirri5454‑585353214
58DEN19Felix Jacobsen(SCP [65])DNF [65]545845222
59POL197Maciej Trocha515955(DNF [65])59224
60AUS1067Joseph Randall(DNC [65])43DNS [65]57RET [65]230
61SUI60Delaite Francois586057(DNF [65])56231
62SUI88Yves Thelininck595860(DNF [65])55232
63GBR25Sam Heaton60(DNF [65])61DNF [65]58244
64SUI9Daniel Caviezel(DNC [65])DNC [65]DNC [65]DNC [65]DNC [65]260

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