SAP 505 Worlds – Day 3, races 4 & 5

pic by Christophe Favreau/ SAP

pic by Christophe Favreau/ SAP

pics by Christophe Favreau/ SAP

pics by Christophe Favreau/ SAP

Pinnell Wins A Race But Holt Still on Top

Day 3 of the SAP 505 World Championships saw the return of stronger breezes to Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Mike Holt and Carl Smit were the pathfinder boat for the first race of the day, but the reigning World Champions found no benefit in having to sail to the right-hand side of the course, while early-out-of-the-gate Ian Pinnell was pleased that his hunch about the left proved correct.

Crewed by Johannes Tellen from Germany, Great Britain’s Pinnell led the fleet around the first mark and after the first lap was never seriously challenged by Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh, with the Australians finishing 2nd behind the 2008 World Champion. Meanwhile, Holt had made a great recovery to cross the line in 3rd place.

In race 2, former World Champions Howie Hamlin and Jeff Nelson opened the gate, but it was those other Californians – Holt and Smit – who just couldn’t be stopped in the building breeze. Malcolm Higgins and Nick Johnston were incredibly fast on the upwind legs, but struggled to hold back the reigning World Champions and the Australians eventually came in 4th place. Ted Conrads and Brian Haines are turning in a consistent set of scores, and the Californians came 3rd across the line behind 2nd placed Pinnell, who was the most consistent performer of the day.

Both Holt and Pinnell have been racing the 505 for more than 25 years, but both veterans reckoned today’s sailing conditions – blue skies, warm water, 18 knots breeze and big waves – were among the very best they have ever experienced. “It was really hard work, but great fun,” said Holt. “It really doesn’t get any better, and the team that didn’t show up for these Worlds will be kicking themselves for not coming.”

Tuesday is a day off from competition, and while Holt will spend a relaxed day in Port Elizabeth just doing a few boat checks, others are off on safari or going on road trips along the beautiful South African coastline. Then it’s back to the action on Wednesday, when the live TV coverage also kicks in for the final three days of competition.

Catch up on all the news, interviews photos and videos at:  SAP505Worlds.com

Results below

Regatta Rank

Competitor

Name

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Σ

1

 USA 9072 Holt / Smit

1

1

3

1

6

2

 GBR 9136 Pinnell / Tellen

3

3

1

2

9

3

 AUS 9134 Quirk / Payne

3

4

1

4

12

4

 AUS 8946 Higgins  / Marsh

2

4

2

5

13

5

 USA 9091 Conrads / Haines

5

2

5

3

15

6

 GER 9135 Bohm / Roos

8

2

7

6

23

7

 RSA 9094 Funke / Funke

5

8

10

8

31

8

 GBR 9124 Scutcher / Diebitsch

6

8

7

10

31

9

 AUS 8890 Higgins / Johnston

7

13

8

4

32

10

 USA 9153 Hamlin  / Nelson

10

9

6

7

32

11

 DEN 9118 Saugmann / Karbo

4

11

9

9

33

12

 RSA 9063 Largier / Hutton-Squire

11

10

11

11

43

13

 RSA 8486 Robinson / Robinson

9

14

6

15

44

14

 RSA 8719 Ham / Ham

12

14

13

12

51

15

 RSA 9026 Plattner / Shelton

16

13

14

14

57

16

 GER 9043 Stenger / Birkner

15

17

10

18

60

17

 USA 8084 Ross / Waterman

17

16

16

15

64

18

 RSA 8520 D’Engle  / Nel

18

18

12

20

68

19

 RSA 8675 Hurter / May

19

17

17

17

70

20

 GBR 9125 Deane / Deane

20

19

28

13

80

21

 AUS 8637 Cronin / Whitbread

23

24

19

18

84

22

 RSA 8445 Klaas / Von Gruenewaldt

22

19

21

22

84

23

 GER 8988 Mittermayer / Barteldt

24

21

24

20

89

24

 RSA 7822 Klaas  / Tellen

24

22

23

21

90

25

 RSA 8537 Foreman / Van Der Ploeg

26

23

20

28

97

26

 RSA 8948 Parker / Holm

21

25

27

27

100

27

 RSA 8584 Rogotzki / Roos

29

26

22

23

100

28

 GER 9000 Menge / Wilts

27

27

26

24

104

29

 RSA 8707 Holm / Fourie

28

25

26

28

107

30

 RSA 8091 Snyman / Ballantyne

29

23

25

DNS

114

31

 RSA 8789 Ham / Robinson

30

21

32

RET

120

32

 RSA 8121 Holtshauzen  / Kirchner

32

32

31

26

121

33

 AUS 9018 Bowden / Bath

27

28

33

DNC

125

34

 RSA 7608 Bailes / Isaac

31

30

34

DNC

132

35

 RSA 6266 Arthur / Anderson

31

RET

DNS

DNS

142

36

 RSA 4437 Ballantyne / Groenewald

DNC

35

33

RET

142

© 2015 SAP Sailing Analytics