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30th of August 2013
Final Race Day

Three new Paralympic World Champions have been crowned today in Kinsale at the Cork County Council IFDS World Sailing Championships. In the three-man Sonar class it was Frenchman Bruno Jourdren and his crew Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary who emerged victorious. In the two-man Skud 18 fleet Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell from the British Sailing Team who deservedly took the honours while Heiko Kroger from Germany scooped gold in the largest of the fleets; the 2.4mR class.

Racing began this morning at 11am in 12 knots but with poor visibility. Luckily the mist soon lifted, the clouds parted and the Sonar class sailed three races while the Skud and 2.4mRs completed two successful races each.

Bruno Jourdren and his crew proved unstoppable in the Sonar fleet. They led the regatta from the first day’s racing and never relinquished pole position. Today was yet another successful day for the trio who finished second and fourth in the first two races and then won the final race and the overall championship with an impressive 13 point lead. Udo Hessels from the Netherlands sailed consistently for the nine race regatta notching up six top three finishes including two bullets. He and his crew created a substantial 11 point gap between themselves and their Australian rivals to take the silver. Also sailing well and securing all top 10 results for the duration, Colin Harrison from Australia claims the bronze. Providence Team IRL Paralympic sailor John Twomey and his crew Ian Costello and Anthony Hegarty were the best of the Irish finishing in 9th place.

In the Skud 18 fleet Alexandra Rickham from the UK and her crew Niki Birrell were the runaway winners. They won both of their two races today bringing their total race wins to six out of seven. This left Italy’s Marco Gualandris and Canadian John McRoberts to battle it out for the silver and bronze medals. Throughout the week these opposing sailors have been jostling back and forth, both never finishing a race outside of the top three. But in Race 6 it was Marco Gualandris who finished ahead of John McRoberts giving him a healthy four point cushion. Although John McRoberts went on to beat Marco Gualandris in the final race, it wasn’t enough and so he returns to Canada with the bronze medal while Italy claimed the silver.

The seventh and final race for the 2.4mR class this afternoon was thrilling. Heiko Kroger from Germany and Guus Bijlard from the Netherlands were tied on equal points at the top of the 45 boat fleet and only four points behind them was Damien Seguin from France. The prestigious world Paralympic title came down to this final race. The three sailors were neck and neck, chasing each other ferociously around the course. But ultimately it was Guus Bijlard who just pipped Heiko Kroger to the finish line and to the title. Damien Seguin sailed in behind for a third in the race and also in the championship.

Sonar Class

Place

Sail No.

Helm

Country

Series Points

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

1

FRA840

Bruno Jourden

France

14

1

(5)

2

1

1

2

2

4

1

2

NED1

Udo Hessels

The Netherlands

27

3

(19)

3

3

8

1

1

6

2

3

AUS1

Colin Harrison

Australia

38

2

6

1

9

2

(10)

10

2

6

 

Skud 18 Class

 

Place

Sail No.

Helm

Country

Series Points

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

1

GBR057

Alexandra Rickham

UK

6

1

(3)

1

1

1

1

1

2

ITA054

Marco Gualandris

Italy

12

2

1

2

(3)

2

2

3

3

CAN058

John McRoberts

Canada

15

(3)

2

3

2

3

3

2

 

2.4mR Class

Place

Sail No.

Helm

Country

Series Points

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

1

NED111

Bijlard Guus

The Netherlands

18

2

1

2

6

6

(46)

1

2

GER1

Heiko Kroger

Germany

19

(9)

5

1

1

7

3

2

3

AUS36

Matt Bugg

Australia

24

11

4

3

(46)

2

1

3

For full results see www.ifdsworlds2013.com.

*** *** ***
29th of August 2013
Race Day 4

Perfect Irish sailing conditions greeted the 120 sailors today in Kinsale, Co. Cork for the penultimate day of the Cork County Council IFDS World Sailing Championships. Disappointingly, this is only the second day on the water for the three classes since Monday due to the unusual lack of wind but the 10 – 12 knots south-westerly lifted spirits this morning when race management announced that were trying for three races per class today.

The 18 boat Sonar fleet were the first to get going with their Race 4 of the regatta. The course was set on 240 degrees with the breeze building to 15 knots for the beginning of the starting sequence at 12 noon. 10-time Irish Paralympian John Twomey and his crew Ian Costello and Anthony Hegarty got off to a good start and were third around the first windward mark. The wind picked up to between 16 and 18 knots but as the fleet approached the leeward gate Jens Koker from Germany had a collision with the Norwegian team helmed by Aleksander Wang-Hansen. The Germans did a 720 penalty turn but unfortunately both their boat and the Norwegian boat had been damaged and they both had to retire from the race. Bruno Jourdren from France was first through the gate followed by Rick Doerr (USA), Udo Hessels (The Netherlands), John Twomey (Ireland), John Robertson (UK), David Barnes (New Zealand). The leaders stayed in the same positions until the end of the race which saw Bruno Jourdren taking his second win of the regatta, maintaining his place at the top of the leader board. Best of the Irish was John Twomey who had now broken in to the top 10 overall in 9th and fellow Corkonian Paul McCarthy lay 10th overall.

All 18 boats got off to a clear start shortly after 1pm for Race 2 in the Sonar class. Both the Germans and Norwegians were able to make the necessary repairs to their boats for them to sail. The wind had dropped slightly to between 11 and 12 knots and began shifting to the left. Most of the fleet chose the left side as they headed to the weather mark. Bruno Jourdren was first again around the weather mark followed by Paul Tingley (Canada) and Andrew Fisher (USA). By this time the wind had swung 20 degrees to 220 and Race Officer Peter Crowley decided to move the mark for the second leg. As the fleet came through the leeward gate Crowley signalled the course change. Bruno Jourdren was still maintaining his lead position, as was Paul Tingley in second place but Andrew Fisher had dropped back to sixth. Australian Colin Harrison had climbed up the fleet to third followed by John Robertson and Jens Koker. As they approached the line Colin Harrison had moved up and was really putting the pressure on Bruno Jourdren but the French team didn’t succumb and crossed the line in pole position for the second time today. The Australians had to settle for second place while Paul Tingley and his team took third. John Twomey from Ireland finished 7th.

Race 6, the third and final race of the day for the Sonar class got off to a tricky start. The recall flag was raised and both the American and German boats returned however the committee boat did not drop the flag and no other boats came back so someone was going to be disappointed later. At the leeward gate it was Udo Hessels who rounded first. He was followed closely by local Providence Team IRL sailor John Twomey who in turn was being followed by John Robertson, Bruno Jourdren, Andrew Fisher and Paul Tingley. As the fleet rounded the weather mark for the last time and headed towards the finished it was neck and neck between the top three. Bruno Jourdren made a comeback and was engulfed in a luffing match with Udo Hessels while John Twomey tried desperately to break through. As they closed in on the line Udo Hessels gybed to starboard and just nipped in ahead of Bruno Jourdren to win with John Twomey finishing in third.

Even with a discard coming in to play after Race 5, the French team helmed by Bruno Jourdren have stormed in to the lead creating an 11 point gap between themselves and Udo Hessels who lies in the silver medal position. In third overall is Australian Colin Harrison. Best of the Irish is local Kinsale man and Providence Team IRL sailor John Twomey along with his crew Ian Costello and Anthony Hegarty who jump five places in one day to 7th overall.

There was a shift in the leader board following Race 3, the first race of the day for the Skud 18 class. Alexandra Rickham and her crew Niki Birrell from the UK had been lying in second place after sailing on Tuesday but a win in Race 3 meant they knocked Italian Marco Gualandris off the top spot while simultaneously claiming their second race win of the championship. Marco and his crew finished second and slip to second overall. No change in the bronze medal position as Canadian John McRoberts finished third holding on to his spot.

Alexandra Rickham strengthened her lead even further in Race 4 as she and her crew once again were first over the line giving herself a two point cushion over the Italian duo who came third. John McRoberts then had closed the gap between by one point as he and his crew finished second but still ultimately leaving the gold, silver and bronze positions without change.    

The third race of the day for the Skud 18 class made it even more apparent that this will be a battle solely between Alexandra Rickham, Marco Gualandris and John McRoberts. The three pairings finished in first, second and third respectively and still lie in gold, silver and bronze positions respectively. Alexandra currently has a three point lead over the Italians but it will be all to play for tomorrow.

From the beginning of Race 3 for the 2.4mR class it was clear that Heiko Kroger was going to be the one to beat. He got off to a great start tailed by Barend Kol (The Netherlands) and Tuesday’s overall leader Bijlard Guus, also from The Netherlands. Try as they might, nobody could catch him and he crossed the line and winning his first race of the regatta and moving up numerous places to second overall. Bijlard Guus finished in second place and still remains at the top of the leader board with a 10 point lead. Having overtaken Barend Kol, Damien Seguin (France) went on to take third place in the race. Julio Reguero from Puerto Rico finished 9th but still holds on to a medal position in third overall.

Yet again in Race 4 it was Heiko Kroger who proved he was a force to be reckoned with in the largest of the fleets, the 45 boat 2.4mR class. The German improved considerably from Tuesday’s performance to take his second consecutive win of the day. The UK’s London 2012 Paralympic Gold medallist Helena Lucas came second but following a string of mixed results only moves up to 8th overall. Finishing third and now lying third overall is Australian Matt Bugg.

During Race 5 Helena Lucas continued to perform and won her first race of the regatta. That bullet saw her move up a further three places to 5th overall. It was Damien Seguin from France who came in second, his best result so far and Canadian Bruce Millar took third. None of the top three sailors managed a top five result in this race but with only nine points separating gold from bronze and two races scheduled for tomorrow the championships is still up for grabs.

Provisional results after one discard as of 6pm:

Sonar Class:

Sail No.

Helm

Country

Series Points

Place

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

FRA840

Bruno Jourden

France

7

1

1

(5)

2

1

1

2

NED1

Udo Hessels

The Netherlands

18

2

3

(19)

3

3

8

1

AUS1

Colin Harrison

Australia

20

3

2

6

1

9

2

(10)

 

Skud18 Class

Sail No.

Helm

Country

Series Points

Place

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

GBR057

Alexandra Rickham

UK

4

1

1

(3)

1

1

1

ITA054

Marco Gualandris

Italy

7

2

2

1

2

(3)

2

CAN058

John McRoberts

Canada

10

3

(3)

2

3

2

3

 

2.4mR Class

Sail No.

Helm

Country

Series Points

Place

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

NED111

Bijlard Guus

The Netherlands

18

1

2

1

2

6

7

GER1

Heiko Kroger

Germany

25

2

9

5

1

1

9

AUS36

Matt Bugg

Australia

27

3

3

8

7

3

6

 

For full results see www.ifdsworlds2013.com.

*** *** ***
28th of August 2013
Race Day 3

Paralympic sailors at the Cork County Council IFDS World Championships were kept ashore this morning as race management waited on the sea breeze to fill in however by lunchtime a decision was made to cancel racing for the day. 

This is the second day this week that sailing had to be postponed but the good news is that there are stronger winds forecast for the remainder of the week. Westerlies of 11 knots are expected for Thursday with winds up to 16 knots on Friday.

The regatta only needs four races to make a championship. Yesterday the Sonar class completed three races and the 2.4mR and Skud 18 classes completed two each. All three will definitely be racing tomorrow and Friday to complete the series and decide the 2013 world champions.

Although the lack of wind meant no racing, it did allow time to hear some of the athlete’s remarkable stories. Once such story is that of USA Sonar sailor Bradley Johnson.

Bradley Johnson (USA) is a Sonar sailor who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but who now lives in Pampano Beach in Florida where he works as a lawyer. Bradley has represented the USA at three Paralympic Games; Sydney 2000 on the volleyball team, Athens 2004 where he won bronze for sailing and London 2012 where he finished 6th. 

As a student in 1993, Bradley was driving back to Tampa where he was at university when his car aquaplaned and hit the guardrail which severed both his legs off. “I was conscious and remember seeing my legs cut off and thankfully a good Samaritan came along and applied tourniquets to both my legs while they called emergency services. I had just completed my law school entrance exam and had not taken time out from my studies to get new tyres for my car. In some ways I think it was meant to be as I do not think I would have had such a fulfilled life if the accident had not happened” says Bradley.  

It was almost a year to the day when Bradley eventually started law school after a number of operations and waiting on his wounds to heel before prosthetics could be fitted. “The doctors told me I only survived the accident because I was fit and loved running and also because I remained so calm” continued Johnson.

And in fact it was his wish to run again that led him to Paralympic sport. Over the years Bradley has upgraded his prosthesis and one of his legs is fitted with an intuitive microchip which remembers his movements and predicts his gait and corrects it. 

While in a waiting room at the prosthetics clinic, Bradley was leafing through a magazine when he came across a feature on a Paralympic athletics event in Virginia. He drove 12 hours to the camp where he successfully learned to run with his new prosthetic legs. It was also at the camp that he was invited to attend another Paralympic training camp in New York specifically for volleyball, which he had played recreationally before his accident. After the camp he was selected to represent the USA and travelled to Sydney to compete in the 2000 Paralympics.

At the end of the Sydney Games Bradley was introduced to the USA sailing coach who asked him if he would try sailing. He started sailing in Miami, Florida while also continuing with his volleyball but when both teams were selected for Athens 2004 a decision had to be made.  “I then had to make a choice – sailing or volleyball? Sailing on the med instead of being stuck in a hall? It was no brainer” stated Bradley.

Bradley went on to win bronze in Athens and also represented the USA at London 2012 where he and his two teammates finished 6th. He is now here in Kinsale with a new crew as they begin their three year road to hopeful Rio 2016 qualification.

Bradley is currently lying in 14th position in Kinsale.

*** *** ***
27th of August 2013
Race Day 2

Racing got underway today in Kinsale for the Cork County Council IFDS World Sailing Championships in glorious sunshine after yesterday’s sailing was postponed due to light winds. Conditions were initially looking poor this morning and the competitors were held ashore. However after an hour of waiting the Race Committee lowered the postponement flag and the sailors headed out to the race course.

On the Sonar course, the 18 boat fleet got a good start shortly after 12 noon in a northerly breeze coming off the land. However the race had to be abandoned half way up the first leg as the breeze died. The competitors went back to the starting area and waited until the wind filled in from the south/south west although the forecast was to be from the north. There was only one general recall and the class finished the day with three good races. Bruno Jourden & his crew (France) got the first gun and a fifth and second to end up overnight leaders. Colin Harrison (Australia) finished in second followed by London 2012 Bronze medallist Aleksander Wang-Hansen (Norway) in third.

Commenting on today’s racing Peter Crowley Principal Race Officer for the Sonar stated “It was great to get three races sailed today as we are now only one race down after yesterday’s postponement. It was very competitive out there today but it is early days and it is all to play for”.

The three Irish boats finished in 11th Paul McCarthy (Kinsale), 12th John Twomey Providence Team IRL and 18th Jacqui Browne (Tralee).

Meanwhile on the 2.4mR and Skud 18 class courses, two races were completed when the wind eventually filled in.  In the nine boat Skud 18 fleet it was a second and a first for Italian Marco Gualandris who is now the overnight leader followed by London 2012 bronze medallist Alexandra Rickham (UK) and John McRoberts from Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Canada. 

On the 2.4mR course it was not a good day for London 2012 Gold medallist Helena Lucas (UK) who finished down the fleet in 13th overall with 6th and 20th.  Heiko Kroger from Germany was the silver medallist in Kinsale while the overnight leader in the 2.4mR is Bijlard (The Netherlands).

Provisional results:

Sonar Class:

Sail No.

Helm

Country

Series Points

Place

R1

R2

R3

FRA840

Bruno Jourden

France

8

1

1

5

2

AUS1

Colin Harrison

Australia

9

2

2

6

1

NOR1

Aleksander Wang-Hansen

Norway

11

3

4

1

6

 

Skud18 Class

Sail No.

Helm

Country

Series Points

Place

R1

R2

ITA054

Marco Gualandris

Italy

3

1

2

1

GBR057

Alexandra Rickham

UK

4

2

1

3

CAN058

John McRoberts

Canada

5

3

3

2

 

2.4mR Class

Sail No.

Helm

Country

Series Points

Place

R1

R2

NED111

Bijlard Guus

Holland

3

1

2

1

PUR1

Julio Reguero

Puerto Rico

7

2

5

2

AUS36

Matt Bugg

Australia

11

3

3

8


For more information and full results see
www.ifdsworlds2013.com.

*** *** ***
26th of August 2013
Race Day 1

Unfortunately racing was postponed today due to the lack of wind. Light winds are forecast again for tomorrow with first gun scheduled for 12 noon. Racing continues until Friday 30th August.

*** *** ***
25th of August 2013
Practice Race Report

Glorious sunshine and 10-12 knot winds welcomed the 120 sailors from 19 nations to Kinsale for the practice race in advance of the start of the Cork County IFDS World Championships.

In the Sonar class, London 2012 Bronze medallist Norway’s Aleksander Wang-Hansen did not compete in the practice race however the London 2012 Gold medallist Udo Hessels started and finished mid-fleet. Corkman Paul McCarthy on IRL697 had a good race finishing in second place but the race was won by USA’s Rick Doerr and his crew. Irish Paralympian John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello on Providence Team IRL finished in 7th place.

On Course B, in the singlehanded 2.4mR class, 39 of the 46 competitors took part in today’s practice race with Germany’s Heiko Kroeger, who won silver at London 2012, getting the bullet. He was followed by Damien Seguin from France and Italian Antonio Squizzato in third. Helena Lucas from the UK who won Gold in Weymouth did not participate in today’s race.

Also on Course B the nine Skud 18 sailors completed their race with John McRoberts from Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Canada taking line honours. The Netherlands’ Vera Voorbach was second and Italy’s Marco Gualandris third.

At 6pm this evening the World Championships will be officially opened in the James O’Neill Memorial building by Cork MEP Brian Crowley and the Mayors of Kinsale and County Cork before a parade from Market Square down Pier Road to Kinsale Yacht Club where each nation will present their flags to the Regatta Director John Stallard. The parade will be led by Kinsale Red Cross, Civil Defense, RNLI, Coast Guard, local GAA clubs, Foroige Riverstick and Kinsale, soccer clubs, rugby club, Kiley Walsh school of Irish dance, athletics clubs, Kinsale Vintage Car Club, Kinsale Golf Course and Kinsale Equestrian Club. The Access Dinghy class which teaches children with disabilities to sail will have a dinghy on display as part of the parade.

The championships will get underway tomorrow at 12 noon with two races planned daily until Friday. As predicted the wind died off this afternoon to around 4 knots with just 2-3 knots expected for tomorrow’s racing.

For more information and full results see www.ifdsworlds2013.com.

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