Bob and Paul's Big AdventureToday the wind was very puffy and shifty here at Kiel Week. It blew six to 13 knots out of the southwest. We had one general recall and the committee got 10 boats on that, including the New Zealanders and the Aussies. That gave them an automatic 6.8 points before they even started the race. We were a little too cautiousour starts really stinkso we had a third-row start near the pin and footed left. It was the correct way to go and our speed was pretty good, but it's hard to sail in bad air for half the beat. Anyway, we rounded in the teens, rolled a couple people on the first reach, but then had an awesome run going low and fast and passing the New Zealanders and a pack of five boats.
On the next beat we did OK, playing the left and passing the Greeks. We had another good run to move up to fifth place and that's where we finished. New Zealand finished 15th, Ukraine ninth, but Australia won.
We decided to stay away from the pin-end crowd in the second race and started near the boat. We played the shifts on the right, but missed the last good, right-hand puff, got stuck in the middle, and passed on both sides to round in the 20s. We had an OK first reach, but we should have gone low so as to pass a lot of boats. A great run moved us up into the teens, then we slowly picked off boats to finish 11th. The Aussies were third, Ukraine 23rd, and New Zealand 17th.
In Race Three, we had a poor start again near the pin. We held our lane though, and went left. We probably rounded in the high teens again and passed one boat on the reach, but got rolled by the Aussies. On the next run we were rolling well again and passed some boats, getting the Aussies right at the leeward mark. On the next beat we played the left and passed a couple more boats. We kind of got out of phase on the next run, but still managed to pass a German boat and held even to finish ninth. Ukraine finished second, the Aussies 12th, and New Zealand sixth.
Going into the final day, we've got 53 points, but the Aussies have 39.8, and the Ukraine team is right behind us with 54. Behind them the Russians have 56 and the Israelis have 59.8. We will have to try for better starts tomorrow.
|Top 10 Men's 470 Scores from Kiel Week|
|1.||Tom King and Mark Turnbull||Australia||8-1-1-5-2-6-2-2-3-1-1-3-12-4-7-2||45|
|2.||Paul Foerster and Robert Merrick, 0- ||USA||3-1-OCS-4-11-4-1-1-4-5-11-9-3-8-1||55|
|3.||Simon Cooke and Peter Nicholas||New Zealand||0-2-3-2-1-4-10-1-2-3-15-17-6-11-9-5||66|
|4.||Eli Zukerman and Elad Ronen||Israel||0-1-7-6-1-7-13-15*-3-5-3-4-3-10-10-3||67|
|5.||Dmitri Berezkine and Mikhail Kroutikov||Russia ||0-9-5-4-7-5-1-9-1-7-2-2-13-1-14-15||71|
|6.||Andreas Kosmatopoulos and Kostas Trigonis||Greece||0 5-6-3-6-4-10-3-4-4-10-13-4-12-1-10||72|
|7.||Tomasz Stanczyk and Tomasz Jakubiak||Poland||8-3-5-8-8-3-7-4-6-2-4-8-17-6-4-13||79|
|8.||Gabrio Zandona and Andrea Trani ||Italy||0-7-10-2-3-1-1-7-14-16-13-9-1-14-2-8||80|
|9.||Eugeny Braslavets and Igor Matvienko||Ukraine||0-2-3-5-3-2-2-2-10-1-9-23-2-DNF-DNF-4 ||93|
|10.||Gustavo Martinez and Tunte Cantero||Spain||8-6-6-4-11-3-8-6-4-3-8-10-14-5-11- DNF ||94|