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RS500 World Championships at SS Kaparen, Sweden - Overall

by Michiel Geerling 13 Aug 2013 13:37 BST 5-9 August 2013

Day five was amazing! By far the most amazing racing day in the history of the RS500 class! However, with the Swedish girls already sure about the title, there was a lot to win or lose for the top 5.

A big battle between GBR's Peter Barton/Heather Chipperfield, SWE's Johan Rook/Malin B., HKG's Louis/Campbell and former World Champions Tim & Heather.

The building force 4-5 westerly wind gave amazing scenes with capsizes and blow-outs all over the fleet. The races were very competitive. The changes in positions during the races were amazing.

It was very close, the Hong Kong guys started more to the right and middle during the races to stay safe. But safe is not good enough and the teams that really took risk and choose for the entire left end of the course were gaining. The Swedes, Johand and Malin, famous for their power and speed in heavy winds, started off very well and had a good first race with a 2nd place. In race 2 and 3 of the day they struggled with the heavier competition at the front and were not able to get top 3 results. Tim and Heather were just enjoying the heavy winds and seemed to just make a fun day of it. At the end they just held stable top 5 position.

Peter Barton and Heather Chipperfield were very eager to win the races on the final day to cement second on the podium. Directly after the start they went to the far left hand side of the course and this paid off well. They stuck with this and repeated the strategy for the whole day. They ended up with a 1-1-4 for the day and took second place overall.

Tim and Heather ended up 3rd which completed the podium of an amazing event. The top 7 need to be mentioned because the level of sailing was very good and were prize worthy:

Johan and Malin (4) showed themselves to be very good all-rounders and supported the new World Champions providing the tuning guide they needed.

The 'Hong Kong' guys (5) were amazingly fast downwind and overtook lots of boats when they were not in front at the first mark.

Peter and James (6), the heroes of the heavy winds, showed themselves to be stable in the lighter conditions.

Michiel and Hilde(7) surprised themselves being fast in stronger winds and stable top 10 overall in the event. They could not meet up with the top 6, but were happy in front of all the others.

The event was filled with many different conditions; light wind to heavy winds and choppy waves, flat water and long swells from the easterly sea. This is what makes the sisters Soderstrom the real World Champions! In every condition they showed the fleet what consistency means! Fast and smart! They truly deserved the title.

The event was amazing! The organization was just perfect. The race officer did a very professional and good job. Every race course was perfect and a decision to stop the race when not fair racing was possible was the right decision to make. A lot of thanks to the race committee for that. Especially thanks to all the volunteers helping us out!

And off course the socials! Brilliant food, great Swedish games, stunning orange hats at the Dutch party day! And what a welcoming bunch of people in the Swedish fleet!

The Swedish fleet, led by the entire Johansson family, were a pleasure to enjoy this week with. Special thanks to them!

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1SWE12Karin SöderströmIngrid Söderström1333‑511113‑5(BFD)17
2GBR1015Peter BartonHeather Chipperfield3‑5‑5‑71422211420
3GBR625Tim WilkinsHeather Martin21(OCS)1(DNF)343‑764529
4SWE112Johan RöökMalin Broberg‑6‑915323442‑7630
5HKG1028Campbell ManzoniLouis Bond‑Smith‑13442456‑7‑876139
6GBR659Peter CurtisJames Curtis‑106262‑8(BFD)8642339
7NED964Michiel GeerlingHilde van Susante9109469‑11‑19‑11510769
8ITA944Filippo Maria MaccariAndrea Dellepiane82(OCS)‑30‑1768551414971
9SWE51Martin JohanssonAxel Johansson‑151581012135‑259‑173277
10ITA946Luca AbergoStefano Costini41378710‑14‑151011‑181181
11NED777Marleen BlomsmaJody de Jager‑18‑1611987710‑151011881
12SWE821Stephan FässbergJonathan Fässberg‑14‑196129119‑18131281090
13ITA950Tommaso GommelliniRodolfo Rubino712‑191310‑1413‑2012991297
14GBR652Derek NessEllie Ness57(DNC)2514(BFD)(BFD)93301314120
15SWE11David AxénCasper Österlind‑23‑281418(DNF)19101321131220140
16NED1003Thomas RotMarloes Rot19181616131816‑21‑2515‑2515146
17SWE89Tobias GustafssonMax Freiman‑32262411111518‑2718817(BFD)148
18SWE772Kevin OlssonLaurence Gibbons171422‑28‑26121223‑27181616150
19NED965Willemyn van SusanteBart‑Jan Merkx20‑27151915(BFD)‑241220162213152
20NED737Stephanie GrootscholtenChantalle Grootscholten‑2622171416162526‑311915(BFD)170
21NED935Barend KolChris Tuckett212113212023221614‑29(DNC)(DNC)171
22SWE732Titus OvikMartin Ovik22‑31251518(BFD)172922(DNF)2017185
23SWE871Ingemar BohlinTimm Rehse2525‑28222717‑2961723‑3024186
24ITA999Luca CarliniMartina Gommelli111112(DNC)(DNF)(BFD)BFD11192721BFD186
25CZE865Petra SchniedovaMartin Schmied‑31‑3026242224191416‑282318186
26NED894Jochem SlikboerAnna Bertling162418202122‑2622‑262424(DNC)191
27NED837Patrick Von MorgenAnna Hoelestra‑29292023192121‑31‑30211921194
28GBR1035Robin McKenningHannah Burywood241721‑32232015242826‑29(DNC)198
29SWE31Karin StormFrederick Somerville‑282027‑31242623‑2823222819212
30SWE111Peter BökmarkGunilla Bökmark1281026(DNF)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC20DNCDNC224
31GBR899Fred BattisonArchie Battison30‑3323(DNC)(DNF)25203029252723232
32SWE749Philip BeckYlva Beck‑34‑323017252827‑3232312622238
33SWE22Henrik SillénLukas Sillén2723(DNC)(DNC)(DNF)29BFD1724DNCDNCDNC268
34SWE752Christer JodinLars‑Göran Lindström33‑34292929(BFD)2833333231(DNC)277
35NED719Marnix TissingOkke Tissing3535(DNC)272827303434(DNF)(DNC)DNC287

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