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05/08/2013
World Championships

  • RS500 Worlds, Sweden
  • The Soderstrom Sisters win the RS500 Worlds
  • RS500 Worlds, Sweden
  • RS500 Worlds, Sweden
  • RS500 Worlds, Sweden
  • RS500 Worlds, Sweden

Photo: Lisa Johansson


RS500 World Championship 2013

 

 

DAY 1

 

The RS500World Championship kicked off today on the waters of the beautiful ice carved Kungsbacka fjord. The idyllic Scandinavian summer paradise of Gottskar have already proved excellent hosts in welcoming the 35 boat fleet from 6 nations.

 

Hot out of the blocks were the all girl Swedish campaigners, sisters Karin and Ingrid Soderstrom. Great speed and technique upwind saw them pull out a good lead that they were to extend all of the way to the finish. Peter Barton and Heather Chipperfield, showing off her new-found trapezing skills, held second for most of the race until finaly being overhauled b defending World champions, Tim Wilkins and Heather Martin who were quick to find their speedy modes again after a year reproducing in between championships.

 

Race 2 saw a port bias with the Sodersroms again fast away tacking onto port quickly at the port end. All those onto port early were able to be in the running with good pressure and a shift back to be found on the right hand side. Wilkins/Martin continued to build form taking the lead but a close battle ensued for the next 5 places. Italians Flippa Maccari and Andrea Dellepiane came through for 2nd with the Soderstroms taking 3rd.

 

Champagne, beer and Swedish kebabs followed racing allowing the fleet to enjoy the  Swedish Riviera’s prolonged northern European heat wave, rekindle old friendships and enjoy the camaraderie within the fleet together with the 19 boat RS200 Swedish National fleet..

 

All is to play for tomorrow with a 3 race day and more wind in the forecast.

 

Pete Barton

GBR 1015


DAY 2

Tuesday started with a postponement of 1,5 hour because of a gentle thunder going around the bay which gave us time to surprise Tobias Gustafson at his birthday with a beautiful fluorescing orange head which he was wearing during all races.

The day took off with a nice and medium breeze which was building to a strong 5 before moving to the right. Three races of three laps with lot of fun, swimming, and speed!

There was racing and competition for everybody and big changes in the results.

In race 1 a couple of teams were to eager to start and got their OCS. This was a big impact for current World Champions Tim & Heather but also the Italian team of Luca Albergo.

The first race was won by Johan Rook and Malin Broberg.

In race 2 there was an exciting and very busy start resulting in a general recall. The 2nd start was much better and the fleet took off with a lot of pressure and speed.

Peter Burton/Heather Chipperfield were very fast in the upwind beat until they capsized.  For the whole fleet there were testing conditions during this race especially after the top-mark. Gybing meant swimming for a  bunch of the fleet which took it to a funny scene!

In race 3 there were bigger waves and exciting speeds. Especially the “HongKong-guys” were taking off and flying all the way down which almost made them ‘killing’ a Swedish team.

Tim Wilkins/Heather Martin were leading yesterday, but after their OCS and not racing the 3rd race of the day they dropped down in the overall results and not in the top 10 anymore.

Swedish couple Johan and Malin were the best team of the day with a 1, 5 and 3 which shows how exciting racing it was today!

Everybody will sleep well tonight after this exciting day. But first we go for the “Bring your own food and drinks”-party! at the harbor club!

 

Michiel Geerling

NED 965

 

DAY 3


Today only the 500s were to race, allowing the race-officer to go for race area 5, situated just at the opening of the Kungsbackafjord with open water until you hit Denmark or the UK. The morning was cloudy with a good south-westerly breeze of 12 knots and the waves were quite big out on the race course.

The fleet was hot and eager to get started and despite flag I there was a general recall but with the U flag the race took off with a slight pin-end advantage. The wind was pretty stable, with mostly regular shifts, so managing boat speed and tacking technique in the waves proved to be essential. At the first rounding the Swedes, Rook and Broberg, rounded first tightly followed by the Soderstrom sisters, Wilkins and Martin and Barton and Chipperfield. Downwind was all about finding pressure and playing with surfs in the big waves. The course was extended at the second lap and there was a tight fight between the two Swedish boats on the second beat, a fight won by Karin and Ingrid Soderstrom who then just took off on the downwind and claiming their second bullet in the championship. They were followed by Rook/Broberg, Wilkins/Martin and Barton/Chipperfield.

Between the races the clouds cleared up and with the U flag up already at the first start the fleet was quickly on its way when a westerly shift hit the course making it look as if the starboard side of the fleet was far ahead of the boats on the port side. Eventually the wind shifted back and Barton and Chipperfield who were going very fast on the port side rounded first at the top-mark, chased by the Swedish boats Soderstrom/Soderstrom, Rook/Broberg, Johansson/Johansson and Brits Wilkins/Martin. Once again the second beat turned out be a real fight with a very tight rounding with Soderstrom/Soderstrom, Barton/Chipperfield and Rook/Broberg. And once again the two Swedish sisters were the fastest ones passing the finishing line well ahead of Barton/Chipperfield and Rook/Broberg.

When we reached the harbour after a lovely sailing-day out on open water, the after sail food was ready and then all of a sudden a crazy Viking with seaweed-hair  appeared and silly games took place in the sun outside the clubhouse. Small frogs were spitted by dizzy sailors, a football game with a paper-bag over your head was played, and in a golf-like game chestnuts were shot into the water. Everybody survived and some were even brave enough to try the SUP (Stand-up-paddling). In summery another wonderful sunny day filled with good sailing and great fun 

 

Malin Broberg

SWE 112

 

DAY 4

 

Who is going to beat the Swedish Söderström sisters ??

Karin and Ingrid Söderström won ”winner of the day” with two firsts in Gottskär today, chased in both races by Barton/Chipperfield.

On the 4th day of racing in light north-easterly winds and rain, the committee choose yet another race area in Kungsbackafjorden. This time more inshore and still without any obstacles to windward. With the U-flag already hoisted in the first start the whole fleet was cleared. The race area showed some current and shifty puffs and halfway to the first mark the predicted windshift to the left set in and gave part of the fleet a good advantage. In the very light downwind the leading pack extended their lead.

The second race showed similar conditions except that the rain now set in and made conditions even more unpredictable.

In the third race of the day the start was delayed, then abandoned and finally, after a successful start, the race cancelled as the wind shifted to  west during the first downwind leg. All boats now raced to the shore for the daily aftersail in the clubhouse, with hot dogs and drinks (well deserved in the chilly weather) followed by ”Dutch Party” with orange hats, Dutch flags, drinks and cheese for all sailors and bypassers.

 

Later the Gottskär Hotel hosted the Regatta dinner with dresscode theme ”National Fancy Dress”.    A great time was had by all, and a few sore heads this morning.

 

There are three races planned for the final day with chances still to grab better results, except for first place, already reserved for Sweden; Karin and Ingrid Söderström.

 

Martin Johansson

SWE 51

 

DAY 5 - Last day

 

And amazing it was! Farout the most amazing racing day in the history of the RS500 class! However the swedish girls were already sure about the title there was a lot to win or loose for the top 5.
A big battle between GBR Peter Barton/Heather C., SWE Johan Rook/Malin B., HKG Louis/Campbell and former World Champions Tim/Heather.


The building 4/5bft. western wind gave amazing scenes with capsizes and blow-out all over the fleet. The races were very competitive. The change in positions during the races were amazing.

It was very close, the Hong Kong guys started more to the right and middle during the races to stay safe. But safe is not good enough and the teams that really took risk and choose for the entire left end of the course were gaining. The SWE Johand and Malin, famous about their power and speeds in heavy winds, started of very well and made a good first race with a 2nd place. In race 2 and 3 of the day they struggled with the heavier competition in the front and were not able to get the top 3-results.  Tim and Heather were just enjoying the heavy winds and seemed to just make a fun day of it. At the end the could just hold stable top-5 position this day.

Peter Barton and Heather Chipperfield were very eager to win the races of this day to get the 2nd on the podium. Directly after the start they went to the total end of the left side of the course. And this paid out well. They wouldn't give away this feature and decided to stay with this strategy for the whole day. They ended up with a 1-1-4 for the day and took their 2nd place home.

Tim and Heather ended up 3rd which completed the podium of an amazing event. Top 7 need to be mentioned because the level of sailing was very good in the top and were prize worthy.

 

Johan and Malin (4) showed theirselves being very allround in the 4th position and supported the new World Champions with providing the tuning guide they needed.

 

The 'HongKong'-guys (5)were amazingly fast downwind and overtook lots of boats when they were not in front at the first mark.

 

Peter and James (6), the heros of the heavy winds, showed theirselves being stable in the lighter conditions.

 

Michiel and Hilde(7) surprised theirselves being fast in stronger winds and stable top 10 overall in the event. They could not meet up with the top 6, but were happy in front of all the others.

The event was filled with many different conditions; light wind to heavy winds and choppy waves, flat water and long swells from the east sea. This is what makes the sisters Soderstrom the real World Champions! In every condition they showed the fleet what consistent in the top means! Fast and smart! The real deserved title is for them.

The event was amazing! The organization was just perfect. The race officer did a very professional and good job. Every racecourse was perfectly right and a decision to stop the race when not fair racing was possible was the good decision to make. A lot of thanks to the rce committee for that. Especially thanks to all the volunteers helping us out!

And off course the socials! Brilliant food! great Swedish games! Stunning orange hats at the dutch party day! And what a welcoming bunch of people in the Swedish fleet!
The Swedish fleet, lead by the entire Johansson-family was a pleasure to enjoy this week with. Special thanks to them!

Michiel Geerling

NED 964

Sailwave results for RS500 Word Championship 5-9 Aug 2013 at 2013

RS500 Word Championship 5-9 Aug 2013

Final results

Overall

Sailed: 12, Discards: 3, To count: 9, Entries: 36, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Class Nat SailNo HelmName CrewName Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Total Nett
1 RS 500 SWE 12 Karin Söderström Ingrid Söderström   1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 (5.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 (5.0) (BFD) 64.0 17.0
2 RS 500 GBR 1015 Peter Barton Heather Chipperfield   3.0 (5.0) (5.0) (7.0) 1.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 37.0 20.0
3 RS 500 GBR 625 Tim Wilkins Heather Martin   2.0 1.0 (OCS) 1.0 (DNF) 3.0 4.0 3.0 (7.0) 6.0 4.0 5.0 110.0 29.0
4 RS 500 SWE 112 Johan Röök Malin Broberg   (6.0) (9.0) 1.0 5.0 3.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 2.0 (7.0) 6.0 52.0 30.0
5 RS 500 HKG 1028 Campbell Manzoni Louis Bond-Smith   (13.0) 4.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 (7.0) (8.0) 7.0 6.0 1.0 67.0 39.0
6 RS 500 GBR 659 Peter Curtis James Curtis   (10.0) 6.0 2.0 6.0 2.0 (8.0) (BFD) 8.0 6.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 94.0 39.0
7 RS 500 NED 964 Michiel Geerling Hilde van Susante   9.0 10.0 9.0 4.0 6.0 9.0 (11.0) (19.0) (11.0) 5.0 10.0 7.0 110.0 69.0
8 RS 500 ITA 944 Filippo Maria Maccari Andrea Dellepiane   8.0 2.0 (OCS) (30.0) (17.0) 6.0 8.0 5.0 5.0 14.0 14.0 9.0 155.0 71.0
9 RS 500 SWE 51 Martin Johansson Axel Johansson   (15.0) 15.0 8.0 10.0 12.0 13.0 5.0 (25.0) 9.0 (17.0) 3.0 2.0 134.0 77.0
10 RS 500 ITA 946 Luca Abergo Stefano Costini   4.0 13.0 7.0 8.0 7.0 10.0 (14.0) (15.0) 10.0 11.0 (18.0) 11.0 128.0 81.0
11 RS 500 NED 777 Marleen Blomsma Jody de Jager   (18.0) (16.0) 11.0 9.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 10.0 (15.0) 10.0 11.0 8.0 130.0 81.0
12 RS 500 SWE 821 Stephan Fässberg Jonathan Fässberg   (14.0) (19.0) 6.0 12.0 9.0 11.0 9.0 (18.0) 13.0 12.0 8.0 10.0 141.0 90.0
13 RS 500 ITA 950 Tommaso Gommellini Rodolfo Rubino   7.0 12.0 (19.0) 13.0 10.0 (14.0) 13.0 (20.0) 12.0 9.0 9.0 12.0 150.0 97.0
14 RS 500 GBR 652 Derek Ness Ellie Ness   5.0 7.0 (DNC) 25.0 14.0 (BFD) (BFD) 9.0 3.0 30.0 13.0 14.0 231.0 120.0
15 RS 500 SWE 11 David Axén Casper Österlind   (23.0) (28.0) 14.0 18.0 (DNF) 19.0 10.0 13.0 21.0 13.0 12.0 20.0 228.0 140.0
16 RS 500 NED 1003 Thomas Rot Marloes Rot   19.0 18.0 16.0 16.0 13.0 18.0 16.0 (21.0) (25.0) 15.0 (25.0) 15.0 217.0 146.0
17 RS 500 SWE 89 Tobias Gustafsson Max Freiman   (32.0) 26.0 24.0 11.0 11.0 15.0 18.0 (27.0) 18.0 8.0 17.0 (BFD) 244.0 148.0
18 RS 500 SWE 772 Kevin Olsson Laurence Gibbons   17.0 14.0 22.0 (28.0) (26.0) 12.0 12.0 23.0 (27.0) 18.0 16.0 16.0 231.0 150.0
19 RS 500 NED 965 Willemyn van Susante Bart-Jan Merkx   20.0 (27.0) 15.0 19.0 15.0 (BFD) (24.0) 12.0 20.0 16.0 22.0 13.0 240.0 152.0
20 RS 500 NED 737 Stephanie Grootscholten Chantalle Grootscholten   (26.0) 22.0 17.0 14.0 16.0 16.0 25.0 26.0 (31.0) 19.0 15.0 (BFD) 264.0 170.0
21 RS 500 NED 935 Barend Kol Chris Tuckett   21.0 21.0 13.0 21.0 20.0 23.0 22.0 16.0 14.0 (29.0) (DNC) (DNC) 274.0 171.0
22 RS 500 SWE 732 Titus Ovik Martin Ovik   22.0 (31.0) 25.0 15.0 18.0 (BFD) 17.0 29.0 22.0 (DNF) 20.0 17.0 290.0 185.0
23 RS 500 SWE 871 Ingemar Bohlin Timm Rehse   25.0 25.0 (28.0) 22.0 27.0 17.0 (29.0) 6.0 17.0 23.0 (30.0) 24.0 273.0 186.0
24 RS 500 ITA 999 Luca Carlini Martina Gommelli   11.0 11.0 12.0 (DNC) (DNF) (BFD) BFD 11.0 19.0 27.0 21.0 BFD 297.0 186.0
25 RS 500 CZE 865 Petra Schniedova Martin Schmied   (31.0) (30.0) 26.0 24.0 22.0 24.0 19.0 14.0 16.0 (28.0) 23.0 18.0 275.0 186.0
26 RS 500 NED 894 Jochem Slikboer Anna Bertling   16.0 24.0 18.0 20.0 21.0 22.0 (26.0) 22.0 (26.0) 24.0 24.0 (DNC) 280.0 191.0
27 RS 500 NED 837 Patrick Von Morgen Anna Hoelestra   (29.0) 29.0 20.0 23.0 19.0 21.0 21.0 (31.0) (30.0) 21.0 19.0 21.0 284.0 194.0
28 RS 500 GBR 1035 Robin McKenning Hannah Burywood   24.0 17.0 21.0 (32.0) 23.0 20.0 15.0 24.0 28.0 26.0 (29.0) (DNC) 296.0 198.0
29 RS 500 SWE 31 Karin Storm Frederick Somerville   (28.0) 20.0 27.0 (31.0) 24.0 26.0 23.0 (28.0) 23.0 22.0 28.0 19.0 299.0 212.0
30 RS 500 SWE 111 Peter Bökmark Gunilla Bökmark   12.0 8.0 10.0 26.0 (DNF) (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC 20.0 DNC DNC 335.0 224.0
31 RS 500 GBR 899 Fred Battison Archie Battison   30.0 (33.0) 23.0 (DNC) (DNF) 25.0 20.0 30.0 29.0 25.0 27.0 23.0 339.0 232.0
32 RS 500 SWE 749 Philip Beck Ylva Beck   (34.0) (32.0) 30.0 17.0 25.0 28.0 27.0 (32.0) 32.0 31.0 26.0 22.0 336.0 238.0
33 RS 500 SWE 22 Henrik Sillén Lukas Sillén   27.0 23.0 (DNC) (DNC) (DNF) 29.0 BFD 17.0 24.0 DNC DNC DNC 379.0 268.0
34 RS 500 SWE 752 Christer Jodin Lars-Göran Lindström   33.0 (34.0) 29.0 29.0 29.0 (BFD) 28.0 33.0 33.0 32.0 31.0 (DNC) 385.0 277.0
35 RS 500 NED 719 Marnix Tissing Okke Tissing   35.0 35.0 (DNC) 27.0 28.0 27.0 30.0 34.0 34.0 (DNF) (DNC) DNC 398.0 287.0
36 RS 500 NED 961 Giel Blokker Corinne van Dalen   (DNC) (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 444.0 333.0



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