Italy and NZ lead in B1 at IFDS World Blind Sailing Champs

Day three produced four more straight wins to make it eight straight for Paulien Eitjes B2 Team on Lake Rotorua. - 2009 IFDS World Blind Sailing Championship.
peter graney

Norway has lost the overall lead in the B1 fleet of the World Blind Sailing Championships for the first time since racing started in Rotorua on Sunday.

Four races were sailed on Lake Rotorua today pushing Italy into the lead in the B1 fleet on 20 points, followed by the New Zealand team on 25 points. Norway follows closely, rounding off the top three with 26.5 points. The team with the lowest points will win the competition.

Paulien Eitjes, skippering the New Zealand team in the B2 fleet, continues to dominate with four wins from four races today. This makes it eight wins in a row for Paulien.

New Zealand now has 12 points in the B2 category, followed by Great Britain on 24 points, and Canada on 29 points. Japan follows the top three closely on 30 points, while the United States is someway behind on 48.

Matthew Chao B1( totally blind) faces into the wind to judge the breeze on day three of the 2009 IFDS World Blind Sailing Championship on Lake Rotorua, 19th Marc, 2009 - 2009 IFDS World Blind Sailing Championship.
peter graney

Great Britain continues its domination of the B3 fleet, winning a further two races today, along with two seconds. This puts them in a significant lead on 12 points, followed by New Zealand on 21 points and the United States on 29 points. Canada is in fourth position on 39 points, and Japan in fifth position on 42 points.

New Zealand is in the top three is each fleet category.

Good breezes prevailed on Lake Rotorua today, with wind predominately coming from the west-south-west at a speed of between 6 and 18 knots.

There were no major incidents on the water today, but a number of boats took penalties.

Tomorrow <>, was due to be a lay day, however, it is likely racing will be held to take advantage of the wind.

kylie Forth and Ryan Honscooten (B1) discuss race tactics with sighted crew on the Australian boat. - 2009 IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships
peter graney


Not wanting to jump the start in the B1 race on the third day made a few hearts jump as the other boats made for the line also. Lake Rotorua 19th March. - 2009 IFDS World Blind Sailing Championship.
peter graney


 
B1 Fleet                
                 
Sailed:11, Discards:1, To count:10, Entries:9, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
RankFleetNatVIP HelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11TotalNett
1stB1ITALuigi Bertanza-943112222212920
2ndB1NZLDick Lancaster2(10.0 DSQ)1441311443525
3rdB1NORThomas Johannesen11.522235-641532.527
4thB1FINJukka Jokiniemi31.56656133-9346.538
5thB1FRAOlivier Brisse4-87735656525850
6thB1AUS WAKylie Forth55456(10.0 DSQ)495386454
7thB1USAMatt Chao66-9374978867364
8thB1JPN Team ToyotaFumihiro Adachi7388-98847677566
9thB1GBRVicki Sheen875-987789798475
                 
                 
B2 Fleet                
                 
Sailed:11, Discards:1, To count:10, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
RankFleetNatVIP HelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11TotalNett
1stB2NZLPaulien Eitjes2-32111111111512
2ndB2GBRLucy Hodges1-43234322222824
3rdB2CANDavid Brown4144222-54333429
4thB2JPN Team Flying FishTakao Sugiyama321343433-543530
5thB2USAWalter Raineri-555555545455348
                 
                 
                 
B3 Fleet                
                 
Sailed:11, Discards:1, To count:10, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
RankFleetNatVIP HelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11TotalNett
1stB3GBRGary Kirby1-21111122111412
2ndB3NZLDave Allerton213-533211322621
3rdB3USAJason Wallenstein-532342334233429
4thB3CANRandy Nelson34-5225455544439
5thB3JPN Team YukiYuki Kawazoe4-54454543454742