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Winds and rain on the Saturday gave way to Champagne sailing conditions yesterday (Sunday 24 March) for the National Yacht Club pair who placed third in Tralee Bay the weekend before, and topped a welcome Irish contingent in Devon.
A second in the last race of today's SB3 World Championships gives Royal Cork's Mel Collins 17th overall and keeps the Crosshaven trio top Irish crew in Torquay. Howth's Ben Duncan – racing for New Zealand – is 11th overall. Full results below. It's been a tough day on the water at Day 2 of the event for competitors and Race Officers alike. Shifting winds combined with general recalls and last minute abandonments meant a long day on the water for everyone involved. Races 4, 5 and 6 of the championship have now been completed and qualifying for the gold and silver fleets is complete.
After lying second overall at the end of the first day of the Championship, Peter Saxton (GBR) and his crew on Rola-Trac had a poor first race today. Clearly undeterred, the Rola-Trac crew got back into the groove for the second and third races, achieving a 1st and 3rd place in the Orange fleet. Saxton now shows a score card of 1, 5, 2, (36), 1, 3 and leads the Championship by 2 points.
Italian entry "Stenghele" helmed by Roberto Caresani (ITA) and crewed by Pietro Negri and Enrico Fonda put in a strong performance on the Yellow course. "We had a good day today," explained bow man Enrico, "We've had 3 good races! We won the first race, we lead the first beat and after a gybe set, we literally flew downwind, extending our lead to 200m on the next boat!" Roberto added, "It's been a lucky day and we are very happy with our results."
Craig Burlton (GBR) lies 5th overall going into the gold fleet and finals races. Catching up with Craig and crew after racing, it was clear that they were disappointed with their performance. "It's been a tough day, the wind has been really shifty and we've found the starts hard. The third race today wasn't good and we got stuck in a hole downwind." There are high expectations onboard and their frustration showed. "We've made some stupid mistakes and not quite executed our attack on this event." But 5th overall at this stage of the event isn't too shabby is it?!
Many entrants are still struggling to find their form and continue to battle the vagaries of Tor Bay's wind conditions. 2010 World Champion Jerry Hill arrived in Torquay with high hopes of defending his title, but this evening returns ashore deflated. "It's not been a great day...we were over the line in the first race, 7th in the second and then really deep in the third race today." Hill has sailed in the Laser SB3 class since the beginning and has been a driving force behind the organisation of the World Championship in Torquay. It's unfortunate to see him struggling to find his form and lying in 29th place going into the gold fleet finals.
With the challenging conditions that Tor Bay is providing, it's certain that the winner of the Zhik SB3 Worlds will be a deserving Champion. The standard of the fleet is extremely high and nobody is yet willing to bet their life savings on who will lift the beautiful Waterford Crystal trophy on Friday 20th May. With six qualifying races now complete, the pressure really heats up as the gold and silver fleet finals begin.
|Series Place||Sail No||Bow No||Boat||Helm||Series Points|
|3||GBR3053||111||Race Team Gill||Geoff Carveth||14|
|5||GBR3042||54||Gill Racing Team||18|
|7||AUS3063||32||One Design Sailing||21|
|9||GBR3082||68||Henri Lloyd/Forelle Estates||Joe Llewellyn||26|
|10||AUS3108||70||Club Marine||Glenn Bourke||27|
|11||NZL3287||36||Sailing West - Sharkbait||Ben Duncan||32|
|13||GBR3475||57||Perky III||Jez Entwistle||37|
|14||RSA3469||49||Musto Race Ahead||Asenaithi Jim||45|
|16||ITA3543||101||Bravi Thytronic||Giovanni Meloni||49|
|18||GBR3047||95||Parkway Pirates||Rob Gullan||51|
|20||GBR3336||8||Uber 3||Adrian Peach||59|
|21||GBR3149||16||Poor Buoy||Mark Gillett||63|
|22||GBR3462||58||Underground Toys||Andrew Oddie||64|
|25||RUS3554||109||Team Russia||Rodion Luka||70|
|27||GBR3292||93||Chill Pill||Tich Summers||72|
|29||GBR3465||26||3 Sad Old Blokes||Jerry Hill||77|
|30||GBR3079||116||Excuse Me Gents||Ann Jackson||79|
|31||AUS3607||104||Wysiwyg VI||Stephen Fries||80|
|32||IRL3298||64||Toucan 3||Ross Vaughan||81|
|34||ITA3606||114||Lunatico XS||Aurelio Bini||85|
|35||GBR3575||56||Sailboat Deliveries||Sarah Allan||86|
|36||GBR3027||63||Darling Associates||Chris Darling||86|
|38||GBR3305||55||Rigging Gurus||Mark Richards||89|
|40||GBR3276||89||Trouble & Strife||Ian Armstrong||92|
|44||BEL3472||35||Los Zaparteros||Alex Schoenmakers||100|
|46||GBR3468||60||Fully Badgered||Paul Lovejoy||105|
|47||GBR3021||51||Here Comes Bod||Charlie Whelan||106|
|48||GBR3084||1||Eau No!||Mark Sotkes||108|
|50||IRL3338||59||Milvus Milvus||Robert Howe||116|
|51||IRL3226||112||Quantitative Easing||Paul McMahon||120|
|53||FRA3078||115||Tad Minus||Vincent Biarnes||127|
|55||GBR3060||73||Finitor 7||Stewart Reed||129|
|56||IRL3484||33||Seriously Bonkers x 3||Martin Cuppage||130|
|58||GBR3515||108||The Young Pretender||Callum Calder||134|
|61||GBR3545||71||Savage Sailing Team||Chris Savage||138|
|62||GER3600||13||Isabella III||Reinhard Schroeder||138|
|63||GBR3198||80||Magic Marine||Hugh Styles||140|
|64||GBR3104||74||Retail Therapy||Charles Sheppard||140|
|66||FRA3609||2||Marcon Yachting||Louis Marcon||143|
|68||GBR3267||77||Neilson Heart of Gold||Tom Hayhoe||143|
|69||GBR3319||12||Devils Advocate||Tony Jaffa||145|
|70||GBR3014||61||Sponge Bob||Steve McLean||148|
|72||NED3511||29||Marco van Driel||153|
|73||GBR3215||79||Sail Navy||Darren Roach||153|
|74||GBR3362||47||Polar Bear||Tim Newton||159|
|77||GBR3096||72||Red Kite||Roger Harford||163|
|82||GBR3069||66||Not just a number||Paul Hine||173|
|83||IRL3033||34||Blue Bird||Cathy MacAleavey||178|
|86||AUS3224||28||Jester 3||Dave Bull||183|
|90||ITA3598||96||Alghero Giorico Hotels||Alessandro Balzani||192|
|91||GBR3335||24||Royal Signals||Stu Southan||192|
|94||GBR3081||9||Prostate Cancer Charity||Ross Lang||201|
|95||GBR3123||4||Mini Mayhem||Paul Craft||204|
|96||GBR3519||107||May contain nuts||John Greenaway||204|
|97||ITA3437||53||Lupi D'irlanda||Marco Sorgassi||204|
|99||IRL3297||90||Sunday Brunch||Richard Tate||218|
|100||IRL3315||42||Sirius Black||Ken Hudson||219|
|102||GBR3540||46||Water Music viii||Jonny Foot||229|
But top ranked Irish performer Ben Duncan, who races from Howth Yacht Club is entered under his native New Zealand flag.
Seriously Bonkers (Martin Cuppage), Bad Kilcullen (Jerry Dowling) and Cathy MacAleavey's Bluebird are among Dun Laoghaire boats to enter so far. The full entry list is here.
The event will be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, UK from 16 – 20 May 2011.
Representatives from fourteen nations will compete in the World Championships. The host nation field an entry of over seventy boats. Entries come from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and Russia will all be represented in Torquay in May.
The three Laser SB3 World Champions, Geoff Carveth (2008 Champion, Dun Laoghaire), Craig Burlton (2009 Champion, Cascais) and Jerry Hill (2010 Champion, Torbole) will all compete for the 2011 Championship title.
Carveth, Burlton and Hill are all British and so far the Laser SB3 World Championship has not been won by another nation. Will 2011 see the trophy slip from the Brits grip?
Australian sailing man of the moment, Nathan Outteridge, will compete with Laser SB3 Class President, Dave Cheyne in Torquay in May. Outteridge is twice 49er World Champion, current Moth World Champion and recent winner of the Audi King of Docklands and Audi Victoria Week in the Laser SB3. Fellow Australian Glenn Bourke returns to the class for the Championship.
South Africa’s Roger Hudson will compete in his fourth Laser SB3 World Championship and will no doubt be determined to better his current hatric of second places. Hudson has sailed each of the previous World Championships with a different helm; 2008 David Hudson (father), 2009 Taariq Jacobs and 2010 Iain Ainslie. It is yet to be announced which members of the Race Ahead Foundation will sail with Hudson in 2011.
In preparation for the World Championships, the Royal Torbay Yacht Club will host the Torbay Open, 30 April – 2 May and the Pre World Championship 12 – 13 May. These two events will provide a great opportunity for a number of keen teams from across Europe to travel to the UK and sail on the waters of Tor Bay prior to the World Championships.
“We’re really looking forward to hosting the event at the Club, I sail in the fleet so it’s great to be involved in delivering this event. We’re delighted with the size and quality of the entry list and look forward to extending the entry if necessary,” explained Event Organiser Adrian Peach.
The Laser SB3 Class is proud to be one of the most tightly restricted one design keelboat classes in the world with little variation from the builder’s final product permitted. With minimal maintenance, easy to trail and low campaign costs, the class thrives on its philosophy of providing inclusive, high intensity, great fun and easily attainable, quality racing for its members.
Further news and developments can be followed HERE.
The Herald Express in Devon reports that the Norman Voyager, which left Cherbourg on Wednesday night, was due to arrive in Rosslare by Thursday afternoon.
But stronger than usual winds from the Atlantic storm system persuaded the captain to forgo the usual refuge of Falmouth and take shelter in Torbay, rather than risk the 186-metre vessel in the turbulent waters of the Irish Sea.
Local Coastwatch member Brian Knowles spotted the ferry seven miles of Berry Head.
"It's very unusual to have a passenger ferry here," he said, remarking that 12 ships were anchored in Torbay and nearby Babbacombe Bay to shelter from Force 12 winds.