ISCYRA  Regatta Report

Sat May 5th, 2012 through Fri May 11th, 2012

2012 World Champions Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada. Photo by Pierrick Contin/Coych.

2012 World Champions Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada. Photo by Pierrick Contin/Coych.

2012 World Championship

 

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First Race: First race was won by the French team of Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot. With a difficult weather and a shifty wind, Rohart, a former world champion, and Ponsot led the race from the start, and finally won it.

The beginning of this world championship was difficult. The race was first postponed off shore, and then another time on shore. All the competitors were highly motivated on the departure line, and so the race comittee got two general recalls, and at the third start, three individual recalls!

The strategy chosen by a group in the middle of the line was the best: remaining centered, and following the wind. Among them, Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot managed to take the lead just before the upwind mark, and stayed at the first place during all the race. Behind them, Fredrik Loof and Peter O'Leary were fighting for the 2nd place, and finally the Swedish sailor took the advantage.

Xavier Rohart: "It was difficult today, especially for the race comittee. They managed to remain calm, and that's great for us. We kept focused on our original strategy to stay in the middle of the fleet, and to follow the wind. We had a good speed, and that helped a lot to be the first boat upwind."

Second Race: The Swiss sailor Flavio Marazzi won the second race with Robert Scheidt less than a half boat length behind him. The Irish team of Peter O'Leary and David Burrows, with finishes of 3 and 4, leads the Worlds.

The weather was as gusty as yesterday in Hyeres. The race committee chose to delay the race off shore, hoping that the wind stars would blow. The first start was launched around 14.00, and a general recall was announced immediately. The organizations decided to raise the black flag to calm the competitors.

It was Peter O'Leary who was first at the upwind mark, followed by Hamish Pepper and Michael Hestbaeck. Then the Swiss Flavio Marazzi made a really good move, rolling up the downwind mark before O'Leary and Robert Scheidt. The Brazilian managed to catch up and took the lead at the second upwind mark.

A true fight was about to begin between Robert Scheidt and Flavio Marazzi. The Brazilian kept the lead until almost the end of the race, but he left Flavio Marazzi some space, and the Swiss took the opportunity, stealing Robert Scheidt's position. Marazzi finally got across the line with the Brazilian less than a half boat behind him.

The Irish team O'Leary / Burrows, fourth today, took the lead of the Worlds today, just ahead of Scheidt / Prada. Percy / Simpson are in third.

Third race: The British sailor Lain Percy and his crew Andrew Simpson had a great race today, winning the 3rd race and moving into the lead of the Star 2012 World Championship.

The wind in Hyeres is all or nothing. After two days of very shifty weather for the beginning of the championship, the wind finally decided to blow, with 20 knots, and more in the gusts.

The first start at 11.00, was the good one. The competitors directly headed to the upwind mark, with no recalls. The Danes Michael Hestbaeck and Claus Olesen were the first at the mark, Mateusz Kusznierewicz just behind. Iain Percy was the third upwind.. The Polish crew took the lead downwind, trying not to break the mast or anything else. 9 boats didn't finish the race, and 3 masts were broken today ... Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson showed their superiority in this kind of weather. They won with the Poles behind him. The Swede Fredrik Loof was third. The British team takes the lead of the championship.

Fourth race: Percy and Simpson win again! British sailors Percy and Simpson add a new victory in today's race, and keep the lead of the championship.

Weather was nice today in Hyeres. 10 knots of South-East were blowing in the bay, and the competitors went on shore to take the start of the fourth race around 12.00.

No general recall, but some individuals, who repaired. And a collision right after the start between Diego Negri and Fernando Echavarri. The two boats were quite damaged, and so they headed back to the harbor. At the first upwind mark, the German sailor Hubert Merkelbach, disqualified at the weigh in yesterday, is first, followed by Daniel and Beat Stegmeier and the Swedish Tom Lofstedt. Merkelbach kept the lead at the downwind mark, but Flavio Marazzi managed to be in first position at the next mark, followed by Percy and Kusznierewicz.

In the finish, Percy cut the line in the first position, with the Polish sailor Kusznierewicz just behind him, and Melleby in third. In the overall ranking, Percy has 15 points, Scheidt 25 and O'Leary 26.

For Wednesday, a day off.

Fifth Race: It was a day of ups and downs with Scheidt scoring a 5th while Percy came 17th. This 5 points gap does not guarantee the gold to the British duo; they will have to be very careful tomorrow!

At the same time, the Kiwis gave it all and scored a bullet securing their ticket to London. Same for the Danes who are now 5th and will see themselves in the Olympics!

But, as for the other 2 tickets, it is still pending who is going to make it.

Today's results give the last 2 tickets to Croatia and Spain with Greece on equal points with the Spanish duo. At the same time, the duo from Austria is still too close..

Sixth and final race: Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) made it two Star World Championships in a row after a light wind final day in Hyeres, France.

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson led by five points going into the Medal Race but after some strategic racing by the Brazilians the Brits finished one place ahead of them in 38th and 39th. And with both teams discarding these scores it handed the title to the Brazilians.

Bronze went to Denmark's Michael Hestbaek and Claus Olesen who also qualified in one of the four spots for London 2012. The three remaining places went to New Zealand, Greece and Croatia.

Final results:


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1 BRA 8456   Robert Scheidt   Bruno Prada   8456   GuB   7.0 2.0 6.0 10.0 5.0 39.0 30
2 GBR 8471   Iain Percy   Andrew Simpson   8471   SO   6.0 7.0 1.0 1.0 17.0 38.0 32
3 DEN 8433   Michael Hestbaek   Claus Olesen   8433   DF   25.0 3.0 7.0 13.0 7.0 3.0 33
4 IRL 8473   Peter O'Leary   David Burrows   8418   ISOL   3.0 4.0 12.0 7.0 18.0 14.0 40
5 SWE 8446   Fredrik Loof   Max Salminen   8450   Bk   2.0 32.0 3.0 27.0 4.0 7.0 43
6 SUI 8472   Flavio Marazzi   Enrico De Maria   8364   TB   14.0 1.0 14.0 4.0 36.0 11.0 44
7 NZL 8464   Hamish Pepper   Jim Turner   8464   ISOL   18.0 5.0 8.0 17.0 1.0 19.0 49
8 GRE 8434   Emilios Papathanasiou   Antonios Tsotras   8434   GRE   39.0 6.0 9.0 8.0 25.0 2.0 50
9 FRA 8455   Xavier Rohart   Pierre Alexis Ponsot   8237   NI   1.0 19.0 5.0 19.0 63.0 9.0 53
10 POL 8447   Mateusz Kusznierewicz   Dominik Zycki   8417   ISOL   5.0 20.0 2.0 2.0 59.0 27.0 56
11 GER 8427   Robert Stanjek   Frithjof Kleen   8340   BF   8.0 8.0 16.0 14.0 12.0 17.0 58
12 CRO 8339   Marin Lovrovic Jr   Dan Lovrovic   8339   Kv   11.0 33.0 18.0 12.0 6.0 22.0 69
13 CRO 7287   Mate Arapov   Sinisa Mikulicic   7287   Dal   16.0 12.0 19.0 9.0 73.0 [DNF] 13.0 69.0001
14 ESP 8423   Fernando Echavarri Erason   Fernando Rodriguez Rivero   8209   Lar   4.0 11.0 21.0 12.0 [12.0, RDG] 22.0 45.0 70
15 AUT 8436   Hans Spitzauer   Gerd Habermueller   8436   Att   10.0 22.0 15.0 11.0 15.0 20.0 71
16 GER 8442   Johannes Polgar   Markus Koy   8414   Ess   26.0 9.0 10.0 18.0 30.0 18.0 81
17 NOR 8459   Eivind Melleby   Petter Morland Pedersen   8317   NOR   15.0 28.0 13.0 3.0 23.0 37.0 82
18 CAN 8461   Richard Clarke   Tyler Bjorn   8461   VI   12.0 37.0 4.0 41.0 19.0 10.0 82.0001
19 POR 8309   Afonso Domingos   Frederico Melo   8309   CP   20.0 18.0 34.0 30.0 11.0 12.0 91
20 ARG 8383   Gustavo Warburg   Lucas Carissimi   8136   OL   17.0 29.0 26.0 15.0 37.0 5.0 92
21 USA 8481   Mark Mendelblatt   Brian Fatih   8267   TaB   13.0 34.0 11.0 33.0 73.0 [DNC] 6.0 97
22 SUI 8376   Michel Niklaus   Mark Strube   7829   G   33.0 14.0 23.5 [23.5, RDG] 21.0 13.0 73.0 [DNF] 104.5
23 USA 8455   George Szabo   Vincent Hagin   8129   SDB   24.0 25.0 27.0 35.0 3.0 28.0 107
24 DEN 8380   Benny Andersen   Mogens Just   8380   DF   9.0 41.0 23.0 61.0 20.0 23.0 116
25 SUI 7990   Daniel Stegmeier   Beat Stegmeier   7990   FdM   21.0 23.0 39.0 6.0 33.0 34.0 117
26 UKR 8310   Arthur Anosov   Vitalii Kushnir   8240   SL   49.0 62.0 17.0 26.0 2.0 26.0 120
27 UKR 8439   Vasyl Gureyev   Volodymyr Korotkov   8247   Ukr   31.0 50.0 22.0 24.0 14.0 43.0 134
28 SWE 8475   Tom Lofstedt   Haken Lundgren   8351   RS   29.0 15.0 31.0 28.0 31.0 47.0 134
29 CRO 8360   Marin Misura   Tonko Barac   8360   Dal   55.0 39.0 24.0 40.0 10.0 25.0 138
30 BRA 8477   Alessandro Pascolato   Henry Raul Boening   8390   GUB   22.0 56.0 33.0 52.0 8.0 24.0 139
31 ITA 8402   Davide Bortoletto   Alessandro Vongher   8402   Viar   35.0 17.0 30.0 22.0 39.0 35.0 139
32 ITA 8452   Diego Negri   Enrico Voltolini   8452   VE   19.0 35.0 73.0 [DSQ] 73.0 [DNF] 9.0 4.0 140
33 GBR 8371   John Gimson   Anthony Shanks   8371   SO   23.0 38.0 29.0 20.0 62.0 30.0 140
34 DEN 8441   Johnny Jensen   Jakob Groth   8066   DF   44.0 13.0 37.0 45.0 32.0 15.0 141
35 GER 8331   Hubert Merkelbach   Nils Hollweg   8331   UB   32.0 46.0 73.0 [DSQ] 5.0 60.0 1.0 144
36 AUS 8107   Paul McKenzie   Philip Totth   8107   ISOL   38.0 61.0 25.0 16.0 29.0 40.0 148
37 SWE 7855   Ingvar J-Son Krook   Benjamin Peterson   7978   AR   53.0 27.0 49.0 31.0 21.0 31.0 159
38 JPN 8144   Kunio Suzuki   Daichi Wada   8144   ISOL   36.0 10.0 20.0 34.0 64.0 73.0 [DNS] 164
39 ARG 8400   Julio Labandeira   Federico Calegari   8239   OL   27.0 26.0 32.0 42.0 44.0 73.0 [DNF] 171
40 SUI 8470   Jean-Pascal Chatagny   Patrick Ducommun   7252   G   73.0 [OCS] 21.0 35.0 60.0 16.0 51.0 183
41 SUI 8274   Christoph Burger   Renato Marazzi   8274   TB   30.0 57.0 28.0 29.0 73.0 [DNC] 41.0 185
42 SUI 8257   Juerg Wittich   Christian Trachsel   8257   Bod   45.0 47.0 46.0 51.0 27.0 21.0 186
43 ITA 8202   Paolo Nazzaro   Edouardo Natucci   8202   LdB   37.0 16.0 41.0 54.0 41.0 57.0 189
44 AUT 7846   GERHARD WEINREICH   Alexander Kagl   7846   H   43.0 48.0 51.0 25.0 24.0 49.0 189
45 GRE 8192   George Vogiatzis   Stylianos Kyriakidis   8192   GRE   34.0 68.0 47.0 37.0 73.0 [BFD] 8.0 194
46 NED 8263   Marc De Haas   Erik Veldhuizen   8263   LO   28.0 36.0 36.0 73.0 [DNC] 73.0 [DNC] 32.0 205
47 UKR 8205   Denis Khashina   Dmitry Mechetin   8205   EUkr   40.0 60.0 43.0 38.0 52.0 33.0 206
48 SUI 8411   Marc Friderich   Benno Degen   7578   TB   46.0 59.0 45.0 39.0 34.0 50.0 214
49 EST 8426   Alar Volmer   Mihkel Kosk   8426   ISOL   42.0 64.0 40.0 46.0 26.0 73.0 [DNF] 218
50 SUI 7969   Kurt Scheidegger   Markus Scheidegger   7969   TB   57.0 55.0 42.0 32.0 40.0 53.0 222
51 RUS 8359   Andrey Berezhnoy   Sergey Masalov   8359   VO   73.0 [OCS] 53.0 38.0 47.0 28.0 58.0 224
52 SUI 8329   Daniel Wyss   Urs Joss   8329   ZU   50.0 30.0 58.0 43.0 53.0 48.0 224
53 SUI 8482   Lorenz Zimmermann   Ronald Roeseler   8482   LUV   48.0 24.0 73.0 [DNF] 67.0 47.0 42.0 228
54 HUN 8386   Tibor Tenke   Miklos Bezereti   8386   Ore   58.0 51.0 73.0 [DNF] 50.0 38.0 36.0 233
55 SUI 7854   Roman Juchli   Philipp Juchli   7854   Bod   73.0 [OCS] 40.0 73.0 [DNF] 23.0 35.0 64.0 235
56 SLO 7888   Bostjan Antoncic   Gennadi Strakh   7888   ISOL   61.0 31.0 53.0 59.0 56.0 44.0 243
57 GER 8407   Walter Soellner   Xaver Soeller   8407   DBM   65.0 58.0 57.0 58.0 55.0 16.0 244
58 NED 7380   Sander Jorissen   Hessel Van Bennekom   7380   Med   56.0 66.0 73.0 [DNF] 36.0 57.0 29.0 244
59 FRA 8196   Raoul Dabry   Tristan Cotte   8196   FdM   51.0 43.0 44.0 49.0 58.0 63.0 245
60 SUI 8457   Hans Stoeckli   Urs Spahr   8457   Rap   47.0 44.0 73.0 [DNF] 53.0 54.0 55.0 253
61 SWE 8352   Lars Edwall   Dan Anders Carlsson   8352   Katt   52.0 63.0 48.0 44.0 50.0 73.0 [DNS] 257
62 CAN 8078   Bruce Long   Brett Wilson   8017   EB   63.0 45.0 56.0 66.0 42.0 56.0 262
63 FRA 7877   Martin Tenconi   Yves Tenconi   7877   FdeSa   59.0 54.0 50.0 57.0 51.0 52.0 264
64 FRA 7714   Regis Berenguier   Vincent Berenguier   7714   FdM   41.0 52.0 73.0 [DNF] 56.0 73.0 [BFD] 54.0 276
65 GER 8321   Arnd Glunde   Richard LeMare   8321   New   54.0 73.0 [BFD] 54.0 62.0 45.0 65.0 280
66 RUS 8047   Lev Shnyr   Alexey Zhivotovskiy   8047   VO   73.0 [DNS] 42.0 59.0 65.0 61.0 60.0 287
67 FRA 8116   Francis Richard Mercier   Antoine Bernault   8116   FdeSa   64.0 65.0 73.0 [DNF] 48.0 48.0 62.0 287
68 UKR 8096   Sergii Shevchenko   Andrii Kopach   8096   Eukr   66.0 67.0 55.0 63.0 46.0 59.0 289
69 SUI 7717   Peter Erzberger   Hans Juerg Saner   7717   TB   67.0 49.0 73.0 [DNF] 64.0 43.0 73.0 [DNF] 296
70 FIN 8121   Jesper Sundman   Tom Sundman   8121   Fin   62.0 69.0 73.0 [DNF] 55.0 49.0 61.0 296
71 USA 8431   Benjamin Sternberg   Donald Massey   7741   CLIS   73.0 [DNS] 70.0 52.0 68.0 73.0 [BFD] 46.0 309
72 SUI 8476   Juerg Ryffel   Alexander Gouda   8476   Rap   60.0 73.0 [DNC] 73.0 [DNC] 73.0 [DNC] 73.0 [DNC] 73.0 [DNC] 352

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