Kristian Nergaard of Norway not only won the Symonette Trophy during Wednesday’s 5.5m IC World Championship races but also moved to lead overall after the discard.
Swiss Flavio Marazzi (SUI 224) drops to second overall and Germany's Jochen Schumann (GER 55) is not budging from third place.
Olympic gold medalist Schümann evaluates his chances at another world championship title in the 5.5 Metre class: “I can only win if the two guys ahead of me get into a duel and fall far behind while I stay right at the front.”
For Nergaard that situation would be detrimental to his title aspirations as they would have to count the 13th place from race two. The Swiss team which is only three points behind them on the other hand can afford to discard one of the last races as their worst result so far is only worth four points.
But Schümann also has to sail conservatively if he would like to keep his twelfth place in race four as his discard. Just before the start of the race his Genoa block had fallen off and had to be replaced at the last minute. “Once the damage was fixed everyone else had already taken off", explains the skipper. Given those conditions being able to catch up with the fleet and managing to finish among the upper third is a remarkable result.
Criollo (GER 30) of Andreas Christiansen is slowly climbing in the results. With two 14th places they move up into 14th place overall, with a 33 point lead on the next boat of the Evolution division. Lutz von Meyerinck’s Blueprint (GER 33) drops one place to 21st but remains at the top of the Classic division.
5.5m - World Championship Results:
1. Artemis XIV, Krstian Nergaard: 1, (13), 3, 1, 1, 3
2. Ali-Baba, Flavio Marazzi: 2, (4), 1, 3, 2, 4
3. Oro Nero, Jochen Schümann: 6, 3, 2, (12), 3, 1
Best Evolution result:
14. Criollo, Andreas Christiansen: 13, (29), 10, 14, 14, 14
Best Classic result:
21. Blueprint, Lutz von Meyerinck: 16, 18, 22, 22, (25), 18
13 September 2012 8:01