ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Wild waves as racing commences

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New Zealand’s Laura Lowther takes a splash
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The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao threw out big breeze, strong gusts and wild waves as racing at the opening event of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup began. A wind shift ahead of racing brought a strong northerly breeze that took the world's finest Olympic sailing talent close to the limits.

Wind speeds in between 20-23 knots and gusts up to 30 knots made for exciting racing for the 131 sailors from 24 countries spread across the Laser, Laser Radial, Men's and Women's 470 and Men's and Women's RS:X fleets.

Enjoying a return to Qingdao is Shahar Zubari (ISR). The Israeli relished the strong winds Qingdao had to offer and stayed at the front of the fleet with a 2-1-2 scorecard.

'I guess it was not the typical Qingdao that we knew from the Beijing Olympic Games,' said a buoyant Zubari, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist. 'In the beginning it was light and then it just picked up, moved to the north with big gusts and strong winds. It was fun racing, I had a good time and got some good results.

'I'm happy to be on top and we'll see what happens during the week. I'm just trying to do my best every day and not focus on the overall result. Tomorrow the forecast is again the same as today so I'm going to have a good time.'

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Techno 293 silver medallist Michael Chen (HKG) continues to make a mark on the senior fleets having recently stepped up to the Men's RS:X. The Hong Kong sailor won the third race of the day and is just two points off Zubari.

World number two Ricardo Santos (BRA) is third overall.

China's women's windsurfing pedigree shone through on the opening day as Chinese sailors occupy the podium spots.

Keeping things consistent with three seconds was Peina Chan who leads on six points whilst Jiaman Zheng (CHN) and Jiahui Wu (CHN) sit second and third.

Maayan Davidovich (ISR) took two race wins but a 13th in the opening race means she sits fourth overall, 'Today I had good starts but in the first race I made a terrible mistake. I went to the left and the wind went to the right so I finished nearly last but the other two races were good so I'm happy and waiting for the next races. It was a lot of fun but not easy.'

With the discard coming into play after five races Davidovich will have the opportunity to move to top spot on Tuesday 15 October.

World number one Bryony Shaw (GBR) is sixth overall but like Davidovich a 13th in Race 2 blemishes a steady start.

Leading the way in the Laser Radial is Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
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World number one Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) came out flying in the Laser Radial posting an opening race bullet followed by a second to lead Amelie Riou (FRA) by three points.

In the opening race the Belarusian had Ashley Stoddart (AUS) for close company up the opening leg as both sailors tried to assert themselves. Drozdovskaya took a slender half boat length lead as they rounded the top mark before her years of experience came into play.

A 20 second lead at the bottom mark was duly extended as the race played out and she finished over a minute ahead of Stoddart who had Riou for close company.

As the breeze picked up Drozdovskaya stayed strong and although Dongshuang Zhang (CHN) took the second race win by six seconds she holds the overall lead.

Laser fleet commence racing in Qingdao - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
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London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Pavlos Kontides dominated the Laser fleet posting two bullets.

Strong starts and good speed in both the upwinds and downwinds meant that Kontides blew the chasing pack away in the opening race before a narrow three second victory in the second.

'It was hard for the Race Committee with the shifts and unstable first of all and then it really kicked in,' commented Kontides on the big breeze that came through. 'You should be patient with the shifts and hike hard in the choppy waves and current.

'It was a good day for me and I enjoyed sailing and I hope to keep it up for the rest of the week.

'It's really good to start the regatta with the best places possible but I don't see the wins, I just want to sail my best and minimise my mistakes and then the result will come at the end.'

Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) sits second overall in the Laser - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
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Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) is three points off the Cypriot in second with Kacper Zieminski (POL) a further two in third. Portugal's Gustavo Lima and New Zealand's Thomas Saunders follow and will be in hot pursuit of the podium spots.

Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic were unaffected by the big breeze in the Men's 470 and took the single race win on the opening day.

After racing Fantela commented on what pulls them through the toughest of challenges, 'We have sailed this boat for 12 years so we need to like all the conditions, it's our motto. Just sail what you get and make the best of it. You can't affect the result.

'We made some mistakes but that's sailing, you do your best and today we found the right solution for the course.'

Fourteen boats are racing in the Men's 470 fleet and whilst the Croatians have an early advantage having posted a 25 second victory they know they have strong rivals in the fleet, 'We have the Argentineans, New Zealand guys, the South Africans are going up the ladder and the Chinese finished second and third in today's race.

'You don't really know the Chinese as they don't go to regattas often but we know they are fast and can easily finish at the top of the fleet.'

Hao Lan and Chao Wang (CHN) and Dongwei Wang and Daokun Deng (CHN) posed the unknown threat and came through in second and third ahead of London 2012 bronze medallists Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente (ARG) who finished fourth and world number three duo Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Wilcox (NZL) who came through with a sixth.

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) were head and shoulders above the eight boat Women's 470 fleet and took a convincing opening race victory.

Huimin Feng and Lizhu Huang (CHN) are second and Nan Zhang and Yixiao Lv (CHN) sit third.

Racing is scheduled to start at 13:00 on Tuesday 15 October. The Men's and Women's RS:X will sail three races whilst the Laser, Laser Radial and Men's and Women's 470 will race two.

China's Lijia Xu works hard in the breeze - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
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Australia's Ashley Stoddart working hard - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
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Pavlos Kontides (CYP) leads the way with double opening day bullets in the Laser - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
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Gustavo Lima (POR) in the hunt once again - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
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Lithuania's Milda Eidukeviciute - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
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New Zealand's Thomas Saunders is in contention in the Laser after day one - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
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15.00 15.00 470 - Men - Overall Results
PosNOCCrewRacePoints
1TotalNet
1CROSime FantelaIgor Marenic11.001.00
2CHNhao lanchao wang22.002.00
3CHNweidong wangdaokun deng33.003.00
4ARGLucas CalabreseJuan de la Fuente44.004.00
5CHNMingcheng DingXiaojing Li55.005.00
6NZLPaul Snow-HansenBRAD WALKER66.006.00
7CHNyong chenyoujian wen77.007.00
8CHNliangdao wengqiaowen lin88.008.00
9PHIridgely balladaresrommel chavez99.009.00
10CHNyuhao liuzixuan shao15DNC15.0015.00
10CHNa kang lixingzheng wang15DNC15.0015.00
10MASKU ANAS ANASMOHAMMAD HAFIZZUDIN MAZELAN15DNF15.0015.00
10NZLSue CoombeCarl Evans15DNC15.0015.00
10RSAAsenathi JimRoger Hudson15DNC15.0015.00
 470 - Women - Overall Results
PosNOCCrewRacePoints
1TotalNet
1NZLJo Aleholivia powrie11.001.00
2CHNHUI FENGLIZHU HUANG22.002.00
3CHNNan ShanghaiXue Li33.003.00
4CHNmingyue liuHuali Zhu44.004.00
5CHNshengnan nichangmei li55.005.00
6SINDawn Xiaodan LIUJoan Poh Xue Hua66.006.00
7MASKhairunnisa Mohd AfendyNorashikin Mohd Sayed77.007.00
8CHNqian fuliyun liu88.008.00
 Laser - Men - Overall Results
PosNOCCrewRacePoints
12TotalNet
1CYPPavlos Kontides112.002.00
2CROTonci Stipanovic235.005.00
3POLKacper Zieminski347.007.00
4PORGustavo Lima628.008.00
5NZLThomas Saunders4610.0010.00
6CHNHuichao Chen5712.0012.00
7AUSJeremy O'Connell10515.0015.00
8CHNNING ZHAO7815.0015.00
9MASKhairunnisa Mohd Afendy9918.0018.00
10TRIAndrew Lewis81119.0019.00
11INDJasveer Singh13DPI11DPI24.0024.00
12CHNyulong qiu141226.0026.00
13INDgajender singh12DPI14DPI26.0026.00
14CHNhuaxiang lai1319DNC32.0032.00
15CHNhongjun wang1519DNF34.0034.00
16CHNyi zheng19DNF19DNC38.0038.00
16CHNjunzhe zou19DNF19DNC38.0038.00
16CHNjiaxin li19DNF19DNC38.0038.00
 Laser Radial - Women - Overall Results
PosNOCCrewRacePoints
12TotalNet
1BLRTatiana Drozdovskaya123.003.00
2FRAAmélie Riou336.006.00
3AUSAshley Stoddart257.007.00
4CHNDong Zheng718.008.00
5RUSSvetlana Shnitko5611.0011.00
6FRAMathilde de Kerangat8412.0012.00
7CHNLijia Xu41014.0014.00
8FRAMarie BOLOU6814.0014.00
9POLPaulina Czubachowska9716.0016.00
10NZLSusannah Pyatt10919.0019.00
11LTUMilda Eidukeviciute121123.0023.00
12BRAFernanda Decnop111223.0023.00
13NZLLaura Lowther131326.0026.00
14LTUViktorija Andrulyte141428.0028.00
15AUSCaitlin Davies151530.0030.00
16THAKamolwan Chanyim161632.0032.00
17CHNwanting liu21DNF21DNS42.0042.00
17MASNurul Elia Anuar21DNF21DNS42.0042.00
17MASRobin Tan Chek Hong21DNC21DNF42.0042.00
17MASkhairunneeta Mohd Afendy21DNF21DNS42.0042.00
 RS:X - Men - Overall Results
PosNOCCrewRacePoints
123TotalNet
1ISRShahar Zubari2125.005.00
2HKGCheng Chun Leung Michael4217.007.00
3BRARicardo Santos1348.008.00
4HKGHo Tsun Leung34310.0010.00
5HKGGabriel Angelo Brettell56516.0016.00
6MEXDavid Mier y Teran77620.0020.00
7CHNmengfan gao68923.0023.00
8CHNBing Ye910827.0027.00
9CHNchaoli zeng1451130.0030.00
10CHNChunzhuang Liu1091231.0031.00
11CHNxueling jin8111332.0032.00
12CHNyikai huang1512734.0034.00
13CHNguoxing chen13131036.0036.00
14CHNjie yang12141440.0040.00
15CHNfeng fu1119DNF19DNC49.0049.00
16CHNzhi chao zhang1619DNC19DNF54.0054.00
17CHNwei li1719DNF19DNC55.0055.00
18CHNjiamao wu1819DNF19DNC56.0056.00
 RS:X - Women - Overall Results
PosNOCCrewRacePoints
123TotalNet
1CHNpei na chen2226.006.00
2CHNman jia zheng54312.0012.00
3CHNJIAHUI WU16.5512.5012.50
4ISRMaayan Davidovich131115.0015.00
5HKGHei Man Hayley Victoria Chan63615.0015.00
6GBRBryony Shaw313420.0020.00
7CHNQiaoshan Weng48921.0021.00
8BRAPatricia Freitas95721.0021.00
9CHNpei ling chen811827.0027.00
10CHNYUNXIU LU126.51129.5029.50
11CHNJIAO MA1491033.0033.00
12CHNXueling Jin11101233.0033.00
13CHNyan jia lin717DNC1337.0037.00
14CHNhaili dai15121441.0041.00
15CHNhongmei shi1017DNF1542.0042.00
16CHNxiumin zhang17DNF17DNC17DNC51.0051.00
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