Saturday, 29 May 2010

Delta Lloyd Regatta: Light winds cause interuptions to racing for the New Zealand Team

Men's RS:X fleet start. Image copyright Thom Touw.

Racing at 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, the Netherlands ran through until late evening after interruptions during the day when the light breeze collapsed

by Jodie Bakewell-White

“Today the shifting wind conditions didn't make life easy for the sailors. We're hoping for better sailing conditions tomorrow,” reports Corimnne McKenzie.

In the Men’s RS:X fleet just one race was possible. Jon-Paul Tobin, sailing for New Zealand, recorded a ninth and sits in eighth place overall at the end of day two. He is the best placed of the four New Zealand entries competing.

First on the schedule for day two of the five day series the 49er fleet managed two races in the challenging conditions. Kiwis Peter Burling and Blair Tuke started with a solid seventh, and then placed 17th in the second race of the day.

They now drop their worst race score and shuffle two places up the leader board to hold 14th place in the standings.

Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Samantha Osborne sailed three races today to complete the Group C round robin in the Women’s Match Racing event. They took a win from the Croatian team helmed by Tadinac, but lost to Team GBR’s Rook and to Echegoyen of Spain. The kiwis finished in sixth position in their group.

In the Women’s RS:X Natalia Kosinska is lying 27th in the fleet of 60.

Racing resumes tomorrow. Sailors and organisers are hoping for more consistent breeze for day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta.

New Zealand’s Current Standings after day two
For full results see the regatta website

49er (Total fleet 72)
14th Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – 41 points (5, 27, 5, 7, 7, 17)

Women’s Match Racing (Total fleet 24)
Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Sam Osborne – Group C Round Robin 2 wins/5 losses

Men’s RS:X (Total fleet 100)
8th Jon-Paul Tobin – 27 points (7, 5, 6, 9)

Women’s RS:X (Total fleet 60)
27th Natalia Kosinska - 108 points (27, 22, 34, 25)

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