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Sailing - 14. December 2011.

Spanish speed through fleet on 470 Women's Racing on Day 2

The reigning 470 European Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos from
Spain sailed a stunner of a day to win both races 3 and 4 today out on
Success Course area, and with it leap to the top of the overall
leaderboard. The same teams from yesterday's racing remain in the top 5
of the leaderboard, but in a different order.
Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos (ESP) © Richard Langdon


Perfect sailing conditions of 18-20 knots delivered exciting and very
fast racing around the windward/leeward course. The 470 Women's fleet
are sailing as one fleet, through until the Medal Race on Sunday which
will see only the top 10 boats competing.

Their win in race 3 put the Spanish up into third overall, just behind
Penny Clark/Katrina Hughes who at that point were at the top of the
leader board, with Japan's Ai Kondo/Wakaka Tabata in third. A second
race win to the Spanish and the front of the leader board was in their
hands.

Days don't get much better, "No for sure," affirmed Betanzos. "It was
hard as in the first race we were fighting with the British, Italians
and Germans, but in the end we could take it. The British passed us in
the downwind, but finally we passed them on the inside. We were too
fast," Betanzos continued. "We were pleased with our speed and sailed
the boat really well." Betanzos would not compare their gold medal
winning form at the 2011 470 European Championships a few months ago
with their performance so far in Perth, commenting , "Yeh, but this is
long and it is the beginning and you never know. "

Race 3 wasn't an easy success for the Spanish as they battled with
Giulia Conti/Giovanna Micol (ITA) and Penny Clark/Katrina Hughes (GBR)
for the overall lead, finishing second and third respectively.

Jostling with the top boats overr the first four legs of race 3 were
Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke (GER) as the front four places rotated amongst
the teams. Lutz/Beucke ended race 3 in fourth and followed it up with a
15th in race 4 to move up the leader board to twelfth.

Lutz/Beucke team broke into the world's top 10 ranked teams in June 2011
and are here in Perth hoping to secure Germany's nation qualification
and Olympic selection over their team mates Kathrin Kadelbach/Friederike
Belcher. If the name sounds familiar, it is, as Friederike is married to
Mat Belcher who just three days ago claimed the Men's 470 World
Championship. Mat has stayed on in Perth to support his wife.

Meanwhile supporting the Lutz/Beucke is Zebra who can be found onboard
Tina and Susann's 470, as team figurehead. The Zebra theme flows
throughout their boat - from Zebra deck decals to black and white lines!
In with a hit at taking the race 3 win, Beucke said, "We rounded the top
mark second, but the other teams caught us on the downwind." In race 4
they converted a 29th place at the first mark to a 16th by the finish,
which Beucke put down to, "We have quite good boat speed upwind and we
just tried to sail the shifts and had some luck. We will just sail our
own race and see how it comes together at the end with our points."

Only six years ago Lutz could be found at the helm of her Optimist
dinghy winning the 2005 Optimist World Championships, and now the
Olympics beckon.

Race 4 again belonged to the Spanish, who secured supremacy from mark 1.
It was another really close battle at the front, but this time with Gil
Cohen/Vered Buskila (ISR) and defending World Champions Lisa
Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout (NED), with the race finishing in that order.

Overnight leaders Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata (JPN) posted an 13,4 to end the
day in third overall.

The only team in the 470 Women's boat park who is already guaranteed to
go to the 2012 Olympics are Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark, who will be
representing host nation Great Britain. Four top ten scores places them
in sixth overall at the end of day 2, but gear failure unseated them a
bit today, as Clark explained, "We lost our port trapeze wire at the top
of the first beat so we had to spend the whole race swinging it round.
And then on the final run we lost our starboard run as well, so we had
to the reach without a spinnaker and hike it down. The culprit was a
slipped knot that came undone and so I went for a swim and it was a bit
confusing to start with as we couldn't work out what had happened.
Really stupid gear failure."

Australians eyes are following Elise Rechichi/Belinda Stowell around the
trace track. Individually they have achieved Olympic and World
Championship glory and together they have the potential for further
greatness. As a new pairing they are yet to show the pace which has
secured medals in their past and for them the 2011 470 World
Championships is primarily about 2012 Olympic nation qualification and
selection, as Rechichi explained, "Guaranteed Olympic selection for us
is a top 6 finish. If we make the top ten we make the Australian Sailing
Team and it is discretionary from there. Outside of the top 10 and I
think the chances are pretty slim to go to the Games."

Rechichi who is participating in her seventh 470 World Championships
used just four words to sum up yesterday's 23,28 scorecard, "What a
disaster." But today was an improvement, "I was disappointed yesterday
because the results were bad and we raced so far below our ability. I
felt bad for our coach even having to watch. The results today were not
amazing but certainly much, much better than yesterday and we were
actually in the game today and pushing and racing in our normal style.
We still gave a few places away, but we were under no illusion at the
start of this regatta that there were going to be plenty of mistakes
made by us and we would have to minimise the damage and take our
opportunities when we had them."

Sailing pedigrees in the fleet don't get much better than the
Rechichi/Stowell partnership, who combine multiple Olympic and World
Championship successes. Responding to how they have combined their vast
talent and experience to kick start their campaign, Stowell said,
"Having the knowledge and the experience of how to perform in different
situations is definitely a benefit and understanding that we are both
off the same page, so we have very similar mind sets in a lot of
situations and our approach to the whole campaign is very similar."

Top 10 Overall (Provisional)
1. PACHECO Tara/BETANZOS Berta (ESP) - 17 pts
2. WESTERHOF Lisa/BERKHOUT Lobke (NED) - 20 pts
3. KONDO Ai/TABATA Wakako (JPN) - 21 pts
4. CLARK Penny/HUGHES Katrina (GBR) - 23 pts
5. CONTI Giulia/MICOL Giovanna (ITA) - 28 pts
6. MILLS Hannah/CLARK Saskia - 31 pts
7. CLARK Amanda/LIHAN Sarah - 46 pts
8. LECOINTRE Camille/GERON Mathilde - 46 pts
9. COHEN Gil/BUSKILA Vered - 48 pts
10. ALEH Jo/POWRIE Olivia - 50 pts

Racing continues on Wednesday 14 December 2011 with races 5 and 6 out on
Success Course area starting from 1430 hours.

 

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