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Light Wind Start to Trofeo Sofia MAPFRE

Published Date: 02/04/2012

Light wind conditions gave rise to a delayed start on day one of the Trofeo Sofia MAPFRE. With 2 races held on the opening day it is Pierre Leboucher/Vincent Garos and the two “Sophies”, Sophie Weguelin/Sophie Ainsworth who are leading their respective fleets.

470 Men
The Australians had a great start in the 470 Men with World #1 Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page, and Sam Kivell with Will Ryan; both teams winning their group first race. However, it is the French pair of Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos, second last year in Palma who take the lead with a 5th place and a victory.

“We had a bad start in the first race but came back to the front; the second was better and it is a very good day in the championship. For us this event is important to test the material. Of course we would like to win here but first of all we need to sail well.”

The French, selected for the Olympic Games are just a point ahead of reigning World Champions Mat Belcher/Malcolm Page (AUS), who commented, “We had light winds today so considering the conditions we are happy and lucky with our results. It is our first event in Europe so it is good to gauge ourselves with the others, but we need to focus on our sailing.”

Results Overall - After 2 Races

Pos Sail No Team R1 R2 Pts
1 FRA 44 Pierre Leboucher/Vincent Garos 5 1 6
2 AUS 11 Mathew Belcher/Malcolm Page 1 6 7
3 FIN 7 Joonas Lindgren/Niklas Lindgren 4 3 7
4 POR 1 Alvaro Marinho/Miguel Nunes 2 7 9
5 GER 10 Ferdinand Gerz/Patrick Follmann 8 2 10
6 AUS 13 Sam Kivell/Will Ryan 1 10 11
7 FRA 7 Nicolas Charbonnier/Jeremie Mion 3 8 11
8 FRA 27 Sofian Bouvet/Guillarm Vincent 4 11 15
9 JPN 12 Tetsuya Matsunaga/Kimihiko Imamura 16 1 17
10 GRE 165 Panagiotis Kampouridis/Efstathios Papadopoulos 6 11 17

470 Women
Up and coming 470 women’s duo Sophie Weguelin/Sophie Ainsworth took an early lead in their when racing finally got underway.

Weguelin, 23, and 22-year-old Ainsworth, who earned their first World Cup podium place at the Miami stage in January, continued their form on the opening day of this Princess Sofia Trophy, posting a third and a second from their two races in the women’s double-handed event.

“It was a great start to our regatta, and I think our best day’s sailing at a World Cup regatta which is fantastic and shows that the training we’ve been doing over the last few months is paying off,” enthused Ainsworth.

“But it is only day one and there so five more to do and hopefully we can carry on!”

“It was pretty busy on the racecourse today,” explained the 23-year-old helm Weguelin. “We started as the boys rounded the leeward gate which made it a bit manic. It was very congested upwind and we ended up racing some of the boys at some point!”

The duo are training partners to the 2012-selected team of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark – who fell foul of the racecourse congestion to sit in 20th after the first day – which Ainsworth feels is paying dividends.

“It seems like we have quite a good environment with Hannah and Saskia and our coach Joe [Glanfield] and hopefully we’re pushing them on as well as us pushing them on,” the 22-year-old explained.

The light conditions penalised some favourites with World Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos placing 27th and Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) in 28th.

Today also sees the start of the battle between the teams still in contention to be selected to represent their nation at the Olympics. The French team of Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance (FRA) had a great day in second place overall, whilst the Brazilians Fernanda de Oliveira/Ana Luiza Barbachan and Polish team of Skrzypulec/Ogar in third and fourth place respectively are also taking some valuable mileage to their London ambitions!

Results Overall - After 2 Races

Pos Sail No Team R1 R2 Pts
1 GBR 838 Sophie Weguelin/Sophie Ainsworth 3 2 5
2 FRA 12 Emmanuelle Rol/Helene Defrance 2 5 7
3 BRA 177 Fernanda de Oliveira/Ana Luiza Barbachan 7 3 10
4 POL 11 Agnieszka Skrzypulec/Jolanta Ogar 11 1 12
5 UKR 93 Anna Kyselova/Anastasiya Krasko 13 4 17
6 GER 21 Kathrin Kadelbach/Friederike Belcher 8 9 17
7 FRA 9 Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron 9 11 20
8 ITA 23 Giulia Conti/Giovanna Micol 6 15 21
9 AUT 431 Lara Vadlau/Eva-Maria Schimak 16 6 22
10 AUS 1 Elise Rechichi/Belinda Stowell 4 19 23

More Information:
Event Website

Source: Princess Sofia Media and RYA

Image: Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic end day 1 in 24th overall.

 

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Published Date: 02/04/2012

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