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02/08/2015
World Championships

  • RS500 World Champs - Prizegving
  • RS500 World Champs 2015, The Netherlands
  • RS500 World Champs 2015, The Netherlands
  • RS500 World Champs 2015, The Netherlands

RS500 World Championships 2015, overview of the week.

The RS500 world championships have been steadily growing, and now in their sixth year they returned to the site of the very first event, at Bruinisse in the Netherlands.  This year 67 boats were competing and the fleet was divided into flights and a qualifying series for the first time.  Two days of qualifying should have seen six races, but the wind hadn't read the script and mostly stayed away on day one.  Only the one race was possible for both flights, with Peter and James Curtis taking the first race and Pete Barton and Heather Chipperfield (both GBR) the second.  Day two saw the wind turn on, and there was some extremely good and tight racing at the front of the fleets in a nice moderate 12 to 15 knots - enough to be heated up nicely downwind, but not too alarming.  Barton and Chipperfield continued their excellent early form to finish top of qualifying, with the Curtis's not far behind.  Some well fancied teams from previous years hadn't shown the form that was expected of them, notably Malin Broberg and Johan Rook from Sweden back in 8th, while the Brits and Italians filled the top six spaces.
So the fleet was split into gold and silver fleets, and the full race series commenced.  One of the two discards had been used in the qualifying series, so there was only one more to play with and eight races to go.  Day three started breezy and by the end was decidedly fruity: a day for those carrying a little extra weight around the race course, and who could turn corners without falling over.  Barton and Chipperfield carried on where they had left off from qualifying, while Jane Olive and Chris Tuckett (GBR) also started the day well.  The Italians unfortunately had a day to forget, with the two high places qualifiers struggling with the windy conditions.  The two Curtis's steadily got better as the wind got stronger, and Broberg and Rook started to make up for their poor qualifying series with a very strong showing in  the strong stuff, scoring 5, 1, 1.  Gerard Marin and Paul Battle (ESP) had a 3 and 2 from the first two races of the day, but retired from the last race.  The series was starting to have a strong wind specialists feel to it, but what would day four bring?
So day four started out quite promising, with a moderate 8-10 knots or so in the early stages, but the wind was easing all the time, and the leaderboard started to look quite different.  The Italian teams who had done so poorly on day three came back strongly, while Pim and Lisa van Vugt (NED) had an excellent day with a 1 and 2.  Of course, three races had been scheduled, but after a couple of hours and three aborted attempts to sail the third race, the race officer gave it up as bad job and sent us all in.  Barton and Chipperfield used up two of their three Get out of Jail Free cards, as races were abandoned when they were well back.  The top of the leaderboard now had a very Nordic look, with Broberg and Rook moving up to second and Peter Bokmark and Martin Person up to fourth, and Martin and Axel Johansson moving into fifth.
And so to the final day of the regatta.  Could Barton and Chipperfield hold off the charging Broberg and Rook?  The day started with no wind and a postponement of an hour; then another hour.  Would we get enough wind to launch, and would it be worth it if we did?  Finally the breeze arrived, and exceeded all expectations.  Another windy one!  The gold fleet were on the outer loop and all hoisted their kites to go across to the wing mark.  Three of the top eight capsized trying, and the rest had to stow kites and two sail the last bit, before an exhilarating ride down the run.  Broberg and Rook led the way, with the Curtis's giving chase up the beat.  Both had mishaps down the final run and Marin and Battle took the win.  Barton and Chipperfield had capsized on the reach to the wing mark so were behind the Swedes at this point.  Race two was dominated by the Swedes, both Bokmark and Person and Broberg and Rook, although the wind wasn't quite as strong.  Broberg and Rook looked to have the championship but they were concerned about their start and it was confirmed by the committee boat after the race that they had been OCS.  The championship had looked to be theirs, but now was snatched away from them with the third of Barton and Chipperfields Get out of Jail cards; but hang on, there was just enough time for the gold fleet to have the final race of the series, that was carried over from day four.  The third race of the day had all the main protagonists at the front, and although Broberg and Rook won the race, Barton and Chipperfield were only just behind and held on for the championship win.
Overall a wonderful week's sailing, with something for everyone, and warm and sunny conditions for those on the beach.  The race organisation was excellent and the parties were as good as we have come to expect from this very friendly fleet.


Daily Reports

The 2015 RS500 Worlds, hosted by Aquavitesse in The Netherlands, is off to a flying start.  With an amazing entry just under 70 boats, with 8 competing nationals, the fleets were split into 4 flights for the first time, and a qualifying series of 4 races was held over the first 2 days.

 

Day one was light (and amazingly hot & sunny), and only one race could be comleted before the wind switched off completely and we were all towed in.   The Dutch Party was the usual fun and frolics, with a heart-warming opening ceremony, those terrible red, white & blue drinks, and DJ Henk keeping us dancing.

 

Day 2 - sunny and hot agan, but this time with a fine F3, and the 3 scheduled races were held, providing a qualifying series and allowing the fleets to be split into gold and silver for the rest of the Championship.

 

Pete Barton & Heather Chipperfield lead the field counting 3 firsts in the qualifying series, with Peter & James Curtis just behind with 1,1,2.

 

Today the sun is waiting for us to launch to show itslef, and the wind has piped up to F4.   3 good races to come ... then the Brit Party!

 

Day 3

 

Day 3 brought some uproar to the RS 500 Worlds. With finally some serious wind, everybody was woken from their light wind sleeps. Capsizes were all over the place and the windy conditions also had its effects on the leaderboard. The light wind specialized Italians had their troubles and fell down while some Dutch and Swedish boats proofed to be specialists in “strong” (still just about 14 knots) conditions. The Brits Peter and Heather are still in the lead, but they saw competition getting closer with “meagre” results at the end of the day (4 and 8).

 

In the silver fleet the competition is perhaps even tighter. There are lots of contenders for the silver fleet prize although the Dutch Marieke and Richard (our hosts from Aquavitesse) appear to be the strongest bet at this moment.

 

Tomorrow probably will be an entirely different day again with forecasts of relatively light winds. Our only hope against the Italians coming back is probably the British party tonight. They are bringing a 2 manned steeldrum band and lots of drinks, perhaps enough to upset the Italians and hand them a hangover on Wednesday.

 

 

Dag 3

 

Op dag 3 is er weer genoeg gebeurd op het WK RS 500. Een dag die eindelijk wat serieuze wind bracht waardoor iedereen wakker werd geschud uit zijn of haar lichte wind slaap. Veel boten om in de harde wind en ook een klassement dat zichtbaar op zijn kop werd gezet. Waar we eerst nog bijvoorbeeld de Italianen sterk zagen varen, bleken het nu meer de Zweden en de Nederlanders die gespecialiseerd bleken in “hardere” wind (een nog prima te overziene 14 knopen). Op dit moment staan de Britten Peter en Heather nog 1e, maar hun competitie komt dichterbij na een “magere” 4 en 8 aan het eind van de dag.

In de zilveren floot is de competitie wellicht nog spannender, veel boten die meedoen voor plekken in de top 5. Op dit moment lijken onze gastheren Marieke en Richard (van Aquavitesse) nog de beste gok als je dan toch ergens je geld op moet zetten.

 

Morgen wordt het waarschijnlijk weer een hele andere dag met op dit moment een voorspelling van relatief lichte wind. Onze enige hoop tegen de Italianen is dan wellicht de British Party vanavond. Ze hebben beloofd een uit 2 man bestaande steeldrum band te brengen en dat aan te vullen met ruimte voorraden aan drank. Wellicht verliest de Italiaanse coach voor een moment de grip op zijn zeilers en eindigen ze allemaal met katers.

 

Anneke Kikkert

 

Day 5

 

The last day of the World Series started when a loud horn sounded ashore. Due to a lack of wind, the first start, which was scheduled for 10:55, would be postponed for at least an hour. All the flags in the harbour were still hanging still when another hour was added to the delay. However, around 11:30, the flags began waving, indicating that the predicted wind had finally started to blow. At noon, a final decision about the races for the day would be made, but telling all the competitors proved to be unnecassary. A steady wind had come up and all the sailors were ready to get onto the water.

The gold fleet started two hours later than scheduled and sailed three races today. Racing in the gold fleet turned out to be very competitive. Large amounts of boats arrived at the marks at the same time and everyone was close together. The battle between first and second place was also a very serious one, between Malin Broberg and Johan Rook (SWE 112) and Peter Barton and Heather Chipperfield (GBR 1015). Due to an unlucky OCS from the Swedish team, the overall victory was claimed by Heather and Peter. Congratulations!

The silver fleet sailed two races today, which were also quite competitive. In this fleet, more boats had difficulties with the winds, which resulted in some capsized boats. Even though the boats were more spreaded across the field, the racing was taken very seriously and everyone gave it their all.

Back ashore, the event was concluded with the price giving, hosted by Michiel. Prices were given for "fun winners", which included for example the "faithfull dog award" and the "most epic moment caught on camera". I think it is safe to say that it has been a very satisfying week for all the sailors and all the volunteers, to whom I would like to say a big thank you. See you all next year!

 

Final results below, with fleet divided into Gold & Silver.

Results RS500 - gold

Results RS500 - gold

 
Scores take into account 1  discard
 

No Sailno Name Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 GBR 1015 Peter Barton, Heather Chipperfield 30,0 1 1 8 4 4 (9) 7 1 4
2 SWE 112 Malin Broberg, Johan Rook 32,0 8 5 1 1 7 7 2 (ocs) 1
3 GBR 659 Peter Curtis, James Curtis 45,0 2 8 4 2 12 (14) 4 7 6
4 SWE 111 Peter Bokmark, Martin Person 49,0 7 4 5 6 (25) 11 12 2 2
5 ESP 1089 Gerard Marin, Paul Batttle 59,0 13 3 2 (ret) 15 8 1 3 14
6 NED 819 Pim van Vugt, Lisa van Vugt 59,0 11 6 16 (22) 2 1 6 5 7
7 SWE 51 Martin Johansson, Axel Johansson 62,0 10 7 10 8 5 6 (16) 11 5
8 NED 1066 Michiel Geerling, Hilde Geerling van Susante 65,0 16 11 3 11 14 (19) 3 4 3
9 GBR 727 Jane Olive, Chris Tuckett 81,0 3 2 17 15 13 5 17 (ocs) 9
10 ITA 950 Tommaso Gommellini, Rudolfo Rubina 86,0 4 12 15 (25) 17 4 8 6 20
11 GBR 1054 Graeme Bristow, Izzy Bristow 94,0 5 9 (dnf) 5 22 3 27 13 10
12 NED 1003 Thomas Rot, Marloes Rot 97,0 12 13 7 3 18 (27) 20 12 12
13 NED 777 Marleen Blomsma, Jody de Jager 105,0 22 16 9 9 8 (20) 10 20 11
14 ITA 944 Francesco Bozano, Andrea Dellepiane 110,0 6 25 14 (29) 3 2 25 16 19
15 NED 718 Max Groen, Bjorn Oude Avenhuis 110,0 9 10 11 12 16 (24) 24 10 18
16 NED 67 Johan van Veen, Viktor Haaksman 119,0 25 14 21 7 21 (22) 9 9 13
17 ITA 946 Luca Abergo, Stefano Costini 122,0 14 17 (ocs) 13 1 23 13 ret 8
18 NED 965 Willemijn van Susante, Nick van Alphen 122,0 20 22 6 10 26 18 5 15 (dns)
19 NED 894 Bruno Goris, Edith Kanters 132,0 15 15 18 23 11 10 (26) 14 26
20 NED 1038 Anneke Kikkert, Floris Stapel 136,0 26 (23) 23 14 6 12 21 18 16
21 SWE 821 Stephan Fassberg, Johanna Fassberg 150,0 27 18 (ocs) 16 29 15 11 17 17
22 ITA 1031 Matteo Cara, Leonardo Pizzagalli 152,0 23 29 13 28 20 17 14 8 (dsq)
23 NED 994 Jochem Slikboer, Anna Bertling 162,0 24 20 20 17 (27) 25 18 23 15
24 FRA 940 Olivier Thomas, Paco Thomas 169,0 19 26 26 19 10 21 23 (ocs) 25
25 GBR 1069 Hugo Tucker, Tom Collino 170,0 21 19 19 18 28 28 15 22 (ret)
26 NED 1074 Robin Rijnhout, Maarten Berendschot 171,0 29 24 12 21 24 (26) 19 19 23
27 ITA 1032 Michele Oppizzi, Pietro Frazzica 188,0 18 28 (ocs) 24 9 13 30 dsq ret
28 ITA 892 Giulio Foggi, Adriana Campanella 201,0 32 21 25 20 (30) 29 28 24 22
29 GBR 1005 George Wilson, Laura Wilson 202,0 28 30 22 27 (31) 31 22 21 21
30 ITA 1035 Martina Gommellini, Beatrice Xodo 212,0 17 32 (dns) 31 19 16 31 ret dns
31 FRA 1039 David Jones, Sylvie Jones 216,0 31 31 27 26 23 (32) 29 25 24
32 NED 961 Giel Blokker, Corinne van Dalen 239,0 30 27 24 30 32 30 (ret) dns dns

 
Scoring penalties are as follows:

  NED 819 Pim van Vugt, Lisa van Vugt race 5 2, 2 --> 7 points, sip
  ITA 892 Giulio Foggi, Adriana Campanella race 5 30, 30 --> 33 points, sip

ZW Sail Regatta Scoring program, 4.024.003
Copyright 1986 - 2015, Leo G Eggink, Zoetermeer
For info about ZW: http://www.zw-scoring.nl

Results RS500 - silver

Results RS500 - silver

 
Scores take into account 1  discard
 

No Sailno Name Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 NED 1088 Richard Rot, Marieke Gijzel 48,0 33 1 2 2 4 (8) 4 2
2 SWE 22 Henrik Sillen, Ralf Lobel 53,0 34 (10) 5 4 1 2 6 1
3 NED 607 Martijn Jessurun, Folkert-Jan Oosterkamp 62,0 36 6 3 8 (9) 4 2 3
4 NED 708 Freek Rutten, Rep Boonstra 70,0 38 5 1 1 18 (21) 3 4
5 NED 540 Jan van den Brink, David van Veen 78,0 47 2 4 3 12 9 1 (dsq)
6 NED 1076 Lukas van de Broek, Florine de Haan 89,0 35 15 6 (16) 6 5 8 14
7 NED 638 Erik van der Linden, Anna Biesheuvel 93,0 41 7 11 7 3 (19) 11 13
8 NED 1028 Sander de Jong, Ralf Broer 109,0 46 8 15 10 11 7 12 (23)
9 NED 629 Thymen Ottenhof, Baruch Kiestra 115,0 45 (19) 10 19 14 11 7 9
10 NED 864 Jasper Mellema, Robert Mellema 117,0 54 3 8 5 (31) 24 15 8
11 NED 837 Wampie Driessen, Niek van der Kooy 122,0 56 9 12 6 (24) 16 17 6
12 NED 1087 Marije Willemsen, Lonneke van Es 124,0 42 11 17 (dnf) 5 6 19 24
13 FRA 748 Anna Zmura, Keith Sykes 129,0 37 22 22 13 20 10 (25) 5
14 NED 1058 Martin Wolters, Niels Dieleman 132,0 48 14 13 12 13 15 (20) 17
15 GBR 1073 Henry Russell, Matthew Russell 133,0 39 12 (dns) dns 17 17 5 10
16 FRA 980 Alexandre Emanuel, Guilhem Magnoud 136,0 44 23 7 (dns) 19 12 10 16
17 NED 18 Mark den Heijer, Marco Haas 138,0 49 4 (dns) 11 10 18 13 ret
18 FRA 915 Fabrice Colaert, Laurent Malghem 145,0 51 13 14 9 (27) 23 16 19
19 NED 719 Marnix Tissing, Okke Tissing 152,0 55 21 9 14 28 (30) 14 11
20 FRA 928 Mathilde Boudrique, Compain 158,0 43 20 19 (dns) 23 13 22 18
21 NED 763 Anne Johan Buis, Femke Jaarsma 168,0 40 (dns) dns dns 2 1 dns 26
22 BEL 935 Olivier Beyls, Steve Jolley 169,0 58 18 16 20 21 (29) 24 12
23 NED 670 Fleur Leijs, Marieke Reitsma 171,0 59 (25) 21 15 15 25 21 15
24 ESP 1019 Toni Roldan, Laia Roldan 174,0 57 17 (dnf) dns 29 22 9 7
25 NED 890 Sascha van den Wall Bake, Lisette Hemelaar 174,0 50 26 (dnf) dns 7 14 23 21
26 GBR 565 Will Pook, Alex Cole 182,0 61 16 20 (dns) 16 31 18 20
27 CZE 17 Anna Milerova, Klara Houskova 184,0 52 (dnf) dnf dns 8 3 28 27
28 FRA 563 Eric Gdalia, Perrine Gdalia 193,0 53 24 23 18 22 20 (ocs) ocs
29 NED 733 Frank Ottenhof, Rob Jessurun 209,0 60 28 18 17 25 28 (dns) ret
30 NED 1075 Enno de Haan, Iris Prummel 224,0 62 27 (dnf) dnc 26 27 27 22
31 NED 654 Julius de Koning, Thijmen Michiels 236,0 63 (dnf) dnf dns 30 26 26 25
32 ITA 580 Robert Mazgaj, Petr JenAek 261,0 64 (dnf) dns dns 32 32 dns dns

 
Scoring penalties are as follows:

  FRA 980 Alexandre Emanuel, Guilhem Magnoud race 8 16, 16 --> 21 points, sip
  ITA 580 Robert Mazgaj, Petr JenAek race 6 32, 32 --> 33 points, sip

ZW Sail Regatta Scoring program, 4.024.003
Copyright 1986 - 2015, Leo G Eggink, Zoetermeer
For info about ZW: http://www.zw-scoring.nl