Norregaard and Thomsen have raised eyebrows with a unconventional form of crewing - One stands on the others shoulders - which landed them in the jury room last night. It looks more like a circus act as Norregaard climbs atop Thomsen’s shoulders and both trapeze while Thomsen steers from the hull.
Found to be legal, Norregaard further commented after today’s racing: “We had a really good, fun day today. We had a new technique that we’ve been practicing on before and today we got to use it. We stand on top of each other so we get the weight really far out and it seems to be working here on Lake Garda in these stable conditions.”
The first day of the Fleet series at the 49er European Championship, the sailors began with a clean slate. Tomasz Januszweski and Jacek Nowak (POL) reveled in the conditions and stayed consistent with a 2-4-3 to hold the lead in the Gold fleet. 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist Allan Norregaard with new crew Anders Thomsen (DEN) sit in second overall after a 4-7-4.
Third overall are Jan Hauke Erichsen and Max Lutz (GER) with a 14-2-4, also the top Youth team. Leading the Silver fleet are Belgians Yannick Lefebvre and Matthieu Janssens.
Racing continues Thursday. The final series will be held in Theatre style with a 4-round knock-out style racing and a Grand Final series to be held on the last day with the final 4 boats.
49er - European Championship After 3 Gold races
1 POL 052 Tomasz Januszewski 2 4 3
2 DEN 3 Allan Norregaard 4 7 7
3 GER 216 Jan Hauke Erichsen 14 2 4
4 FRA 8 Julien d'Ortoli 1 1 20
5 FRA 114 Mathieu Frei 18 3 5
6 ESP 1283 Carlos Paz 13 6 8
7 POL 042 Lukasz Przybytek 9 19 1
8 GER 1155 Philipp Kramer 7 20 6
9 SWE 1270 Charlie Ekberg Enlund 8 10 15
10 IRL 300 Ryan Seaton 25 9 2
13 GBR 1295 James Peters 10.00 5.00 OCS
12 September 2012 20:36