Full-on lottery at World Cup Amsterdam
Published on June 1st, 2022
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (June 1, 2022) – After fickle winds and limited racing yesterday, all fleets had to survive lottery conditions on the second day of the Hempel World Cup Series at the Allianz Regatta.
With racing getting underway for the Mixed 470 fleet, Elena Berta and Jacopo Izzo (ITA) were among the winners as the duo scored 1,9,1 to come out ahead.
“It was very shifty and gusty,” said Berta, “and the key was always to try to read the wind on the water.” The two race wins came from starting strongly and defending position against the fleet while trying to keep an eye on the ever-changing breeze.
Berta and Izzo, along with the rest of the Italian squad, are coached by Gabrio Zandona who won the 2003 470 Worlds. However, the Australian squad are coached by one of Zandona’s former rivals, the multiple 470 World Champion and double Olympic gold medalist Malcolm Page.
“Gabrio and I were watching that racing today and wishing we were out there,” said Page. “It was just perfect, full-on conditions – 40 degree shifts, big pressure changes, always having to be on the lookout for the next threat or opportunity, maybe pushing your opponent into a clump of weed as you tack away.”
The weed has been a talking point among the five fleets based on the Almere course, but today the racing took place further away from Amsterdam in the deeper part of Markermeer to the north, and that seems to have solved the worst of the weed problem.
While it was a good start to the competition for the leading Italians, the 470 looks like it will be tight fight all the way. The other race win went to Keiju Okada and Miho Yoshioka (JPN), who sit in fourth place overall behind two teams from Swizerland and India in second and third, respectively Linda Fahrni/ Cyril Schüpbach and Uma Chouhan/ Ravindra Sharma.
Odile van Aanholt and Annette Duetz (NED) started as they were expected to in the 49erFX, winning three of the four races in the 23-boat fleet. However, they were later judged to have not sailed the proper course in the opening race, giving the Dutch team an NSC score, effectively a disqualification.
The course error dropped the Dutch to second overall, moving the top Australian crew of Olivia Price and Evie Haseldine into the top spot. It was a good day all round for the Australian squad, with Aussie crews holding 1st, 3rd, and 4th overall.
Having just formally announced their partnership through to the Paris 2024 Games, van Aanholt and Duetz are identifying areas for improvement.
“There’s lots of things we could be doing better,” said van Aanholt. “We felt a bit all over the place and there was a bit of confusion.”
Considering the wind was gusting from between 8 to 16 knots and shifting up to 40 degrees, it’s understandable that the reigning World Champion (van Aanholt) and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medalist (Duetz) were struggling with their teamwork.
“There was lots happening all the time and the chop really built up when the breeze was up,” said Duetz, herself a double World Champion. “It definitely kept us on our toes.”
It’s almost exactly 10 years ago since a 19-year-old Olivia Price won Olympic silver as skipper of Australia’s women’s match racing crew at London 2012. The youngest ever female medalist in sailing, she narrowly missed out on gold to the Spanish team skippered by Tamara Echegoyen who since went on to win two 49erFX World Championships.
After six years away from FX campaigning, Price is back in the boat with 19-year-old Haseldine who is on her first European tour of the Olympic circuit.
“It’s been a long time away from competition,” admitted Price, “but today was really good and makes all the effort back home worthwhile. We’ve got a good squad back home in Australia, getting seven or eight boats on the start line and all working together. The training has helped us kind of replicate some of the tighter situations that you get when you come back to Europe.
“This week our focus is on better starts and we did plenty of those today, a couple of general recalls and the races themselves. Racing in a 30-boat fleet, it was intense, and it doesn’t get much better than that.”
On the first day out for the foiling classes, it was a stellar outing for Annelous Lammerts (NED) who won all four races in In Formula Kite Women, with Israel’s Maya Ashkenazi and Gal Zukerman in second and third.
In the Formula Kite Men, Benoit Gomez (FRA) won all four heats of Blue Group. In Yellow Group, it was two wins each to Dor Zarka (ISR) and Riccardo Pianosi (ITA), with Israel holding second overall ahead of the 16-year-old Italian.
• ILCA 6 – Ecem Guzel (TUR) and Louise Cervera (FRA) are tied at the top on 6 points each
• Nacra 17 – Laila van der Meer & Bjarne Bouwer (NED) lead by 1 points ahead of Lukas Haberl & Tanja Frank (AUT)
• iQFOiL Men – Max Castelein (NED) came out ahead of the first four races against Louis Giard (FRA), the Dutchman winning three heats and the Frenchman the other.
• iQFOiL Women – Lilian de Geus (NED) won three of the four races
• 49er Men – Bart Lambriex and Floris van der Werken (NED) hold a 2-point lead
Canadian Sarah Douglas had a forgettable day, posting a 29-34 to drop to 20th in the ILCA 6. For the US squad, 49er team Andrew Mollerus/ Ian MacDiarmid with scores today of 6-4-7-2 are in 8th with teammates Ian Barrows/ Hans Henken winning one of the four races to set in 10th. In the Men’s iQFOiL, Noah Lyons’ 9-4-4-8 has him in 6th, two points out of fourth.
The forecast is looking light for tomorrow but the plan is for more qualifying races in all nine Olympic fleets.
May 31-June 4: ILCA 6, 470 Mixed, Nacra 17, 49er, 49erFX
June 1–5: Formula Kite Women, Formula Kite Men, iQFOIL Women, iQFOIL Men
2022 Hempel World Cup Series:
April 4-9 – Hempel World Cup Series Palma (Princess Sofía Regatta), Spain
May 31-June 5 – Hempel World Cup Series Amsterdam (Allianz Regatta), The Netherlands
TBC – Hempel World Cup Marseille, France
The Hempel World Cup Series is the definitive annual circuit for the world’s leading sailors and Olympic hopefuls. Mirroring the Olympic style of sailing in format, duration and fleet sizes, the World Cup Series visits prestige venues across the globe at all stages of the four-year Olympic cycle, supporting athletes in their quest to qualify for the Games and connecting fans with the very best sailors in the sport.
Source: Andy Rice