ISCYRA  Regatta Report

Wed Aug 20th, 2003 through Thu Aug 28th, 2003

Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira

Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira

Athens 2003 Regatta

 

Exactly one year prior to the Olympic Games, sailors are participating in the Athens 2003 Regatta. Held at the Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre in the Saronic Gulf, this Regatta allows athletes to familiarise themselves with the weather and conditions of the actual Olympic competition. It is conducted for the eleven Olympic events.

Quote from Julio Alberto LABANDEIRA (Argentina) – Star class competitor:
“It is an honour to be the oldest competitor in the Sport Event. I have been sailing for about 40 years and as far as the venue is concerned it is huge and, generally speaking, very good. Every country has brought many Managers, team leaders and coaches, craft and the like. It’s as if these were the Olympic Games. The course is different every day. On the first day there was a lot of wind from the south and big waves. The day before yesterday the wind was completely different as it was coming from a northern direction and there were no waves. This is great because you have the opportunity to sail in different weather conditions.”.

Conditions for the first day: The robust meltemi wind experienced earlier in the week was replaced by a weaker cousin: it was a tricky day - hot with puffy, shifty offshore breeze fluctuating between 8 and 15 knots with 40 degree plus windshifts and pressure differentials across the courses.

On the 2nd day, light, fickle and shifty breezes dominated.

Percy/Mitchell (GBR) received a yellow flag penalty under the illegal propulsion rule. Then they were forced to retire from race 5 and miss the race 6 due to breaking their mast on the last leg of the morning’s race. They had been OCS and were trying to catch up. They worked their way back up into the top ten and then due to an “operator error” broke the top section of the rig.

Percy explained, “we were sailing the last downwind leg into the finish and we were working the boat to try and make up those extra places, unfortunately we were a bit too heavy handed and managed to snap the top section of the mast as we tried to work the boat.

Conditions on the 4th day were a relative calm with two races finished late in the afternoon, run after a great deal of difficulty.

On the 5th day, with hardly any wind blowing, there were flashes of lightning and bolts of thunder tearing the sky. But the summer downpour passed further to the North, and the muggy heat and calm at Agios Kosmas kept most fleets from racing, with the Stars able to finish only one race.

Results (11 races - Aug. 27): Grael/Ferreira win.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total
1 BRA   Grael Torben   Ferreira Marcelo   BRA     12.0 2.0 1.0 7.0 1.0 6.0 1.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 5.0 48
2 USA   Cayard Paul   Trinter Philip   USA     10.0 3.0 10.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 15.0 6.0 4.0 2.0 7.0 49
3 GER   Pickel Marc   Kolb Anton   GER     2.0 9.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 8.0 5.0 5.0 19.0 [OCS] 6.0 54
4 BER   Bromby Peter   White Lee   BER     6.0 1.0 3.0 4.0 10.0 1.0 7.0 7.0 15.0 5.0 11.0 55
5 NED   Kats Serge   Martens Jean Pierre   NED     4.0 6.0 2.0 9.0 6.0 4.0 6.0 19.0 [OCS] 12.0 4.0 2.0 55.0001
6 CAN   Macdonald Ross   Bjorn Kai   CAN     19.0 [OCS] 12.0 6.0 13.0 12.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 60
7 GBR   Percy Iain   Mitchell Steve   GBR     1.0 4.0 17.0 6.0 19.0 [DNF] 19.0 [DNS] 5.0 3.0 10.0 1.0 1.0 67
8 FRA   Rohart Xaviar   Rambeau Pascal   FRA     3.0 10.0 15.0 8.0 9.0 11.0 3.0 12.0 2.0 9.0 4.0 71
9 SUI   Marazzi Flavio   De Maria Enrico   SUI     7.0 13.0 5.0 2.0 11.0 19.0 [OCS] 17.0 8.0 6.0 10.0 10.0 89
10 CRO   Lovrovic Marin   Akrap Nicola   CRO     5.0 15.0 7.0 12.0 7.0 8.0 10.0 1.0 17.0 13.0 12.0 90
11 DEN   Holm Nicklas   Olesen Claus   DEN     14.0 5.0 11.0 14.0 8.0 7.0 9.0 19.0 [OCS] 11.0 7.0 8.0 94
12 AUS   Beashel Colin   Giles David   AUS     9.0 7.0 12.0 11.0 2.0 19.0 [OCS] 12.0 4.0 1.0 19.0 [DNC] 19.0 [DNC] 96
13 ESP   Bermudes Castro De   Inglesias Marcos   ESP     15.0 19.0 [OCS] 8.0 15.0 13.0 10.0 2.0 19.0 [OCS] 7.0 6.0 13.0 108
14 GRE   Pelekanakis Leonidas   Kontogouris George   GRE     13.0 11.0 16.0 3.0 14.0 19.0 [DSQ] 16.0 19.0 [OCS] 13.0 11.0 9.0 125
15 ARG   Labandeira Juan Alberto   Thompson Valentin Guillermo   ARG     11.0 14.0 13.0 10.0 15.0 19.0 [OCS] 11.0 19.0 [OCS] 9.0 12.0 14.0 128
16 IRL   Mansfield Mark   Collins Killian   IRL     8.0 8.0 14.0 19.0 [OCS] 4.0 19.0 [OCS] 14.0 10.0 14.0 19.0 [DNC] 19.0 [DNC] 129
17 IND   Ramachandran Mahesh   Mongia Nitin   IND     17.0 19.0 [OCS] 9.0 16.0 16.0 9.0 13.0 19.0 [OCS] 16.0 14.0 15.0 144
18 FIN   Leeve Joni   Lamberg Timo   FIN     16.0 16.0 18.0 17.0 17.0 12.0 18.0 11.0 18.0 19.0 [DNC] 19.0 [DNC] 162

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