Only two classes managed to race yesterday at the Pre-Olympic Test Event due to light and shifty winds

Only two classes managed to race yesterday at the Pre-Olympic Test Event due to light and shifty winds.

Team GBR Tornado sailors Leigh McMillan and Mark Bulkeley managed to get their heads around the tricky conditions to score a sixth place which, although just drops them out of the medals into fourth place, was a great result considering it was a day that anything could have happened and many sailors came off the water a lot worse off.

McMillan explained the day: “There is no doubt that it has been a difficult day today, the wind has been coming from all directions and it has just been a case of trying to stick in there. We are pleased with a sixth as many of the other top sailors finished behind us and we made some good gains in the overall scores and are only one point off third place.”

The only other class to race was the Star that sailed one race, in again what were difficult conditions. The fleet turned inside out on many occasions and Olympic gold medallist Iain Percy and crew Steve Mitchell went from sixth to fourth to eventually cross the line in 10th place, leaving them in ninth position overall. Double Olympic medallist Torben Grael, sailing with Marcelo Ferreira of Brazil, still managed to hold on to a four-point lead.

In many other classes races were attempted and then abandoned. This was the case in the Finn class who managed to get a race started before the wind changed direction completely and the race officer was forced to abandon. Unfortunately for Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie, before the race was out he managed to pick up a yellow flag for infringing ‘rule 42’, which prevents a sailor from moving their body to propel the boat. If Ainslie gets penalised with a second yellow flag during the rest of the regatta he will be disqualified from that race and should he get a third one he will be disqualified from the whole event.

Today sees racing in all of the Olympic classes with the exception of the Star class and the event concludes on the 28 August, with the Star, Yngling, Finn and 470 classes due to complete the regatta on the 27 August.

Results (after day 6)


1, Ben Ainslie, GBR (2,6,1,1,2,6,(14)) 18 pts

2, Sebastien Godefroid, BEL (11,7,2,3,4,(16),5) 32 pts

3, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, POL (10,3,5,(DNF),3,12,1) 34 pts


1, Piero Sibelo/Gianfranco Sibelo, ITA (2,6,6,4,4,(15),1,8,11) 42 pts

2, Iker Martinez/Xabier Fernandez, ESP (8,1,9,(21),10,2,5,1,9) 45 pts

3, Chris Nicholson/Gary Boyd, AUS (3,4,18,1,11,1,(OCS),3,7) 48 pts


4, Paul Brotherton/Mark Asquith, GBR (10,2,7,2,(15),5,8,13,8) 55 pts


1, Torben Grael/Marcelo Ferreira, BRA ((12),2,1,7,1,6,1,9,8) 35 pts

2, Peter Bromby/Lee White, BER (6,1,3,4,10,1,7,7,(15)) 39 pts

3, Marc Pickel/Anton Kolb, GER (2,(9),4,5,5,5,8,5,5) 39 pts GBR

9, Iain Percy/Steve Mitchell (1,4,17,6,(DNF),DNS,5,3,10) 65 pts


1, Hannah Swett/Joan Touchette/Melissa Purdy, USA (3,1,2,(10),4,1,8) 19


2, Kristin Wagner/Anna Hoell/Veronika Lochbrunner, GER (6,6,1,6,(9),5,2) 26 pts

3, Shirley Robertson/Sarah Webb/Sarah Ayton, GBR ((10),4,9,3,2,4,4) 26 pts

470 Women

1, Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa, GRE (1,3,(OCS),2,7,4,5,11) 33 pts

2, Ingrid Petitjean/N Douroux, FRA ((OCS),12,6,6,2,10,1,3) 40 pts

3, Susanne Ward/Michaela Ward, DEN (3,11,2,10,5,13,(14),2) 46 pts


8, Christina Bassadone/Katherine Hopson ((OCS),4,16,3,14,8,9,15) 69 pts

470 Men

1, J Molund/M Andersson, SWE (4,7,3,10,11,10,4,(DNF)) 49 pts

2, P Foerster/Kevin Burnham, USA ((OCS),17,10,5,3,7,9,2) 52 pts

3, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield, GBR (7,12,6,6,12,1,10,(DNF)) 54 pts


1, Robert Scheidt, BRA ((15),4,2,1,3,1) 11 pts

2, Mate Arapov, CRO (8,6,3,6,2,(OCS)) 25 pts

3, Andrea Geritzer, AUT (3,(18),9,8,6,4) 30 pts


16, Paul Goodison (6,9,13,(DSQ),11,OCS) 74 pts

Mistral Men

1, Nikolas Kaklamanakis, GRE (8,5,(DNF),1,1,1) 16 pts

2, Gal Fridman, ISR (11,3,2,4,2,6) 17 pts

3, Yuanguo Zhou, CHN (6,7,1,9,(14),2) 25 pts


13, Nick Dempsey ((17),9,14,12,7,11) 53 pts

Mistral Women

1, Alessandra Sensini, ITA (1,(2),1,1,1,1) 5 pts

2, Lee Lai Shan, HKG (2,3,6,2,4,(14)) 17 pts

3, Faustine Merret, FRA (4,4,2,(8),7,5) 22 pts


9, Natasha Sturges (9,12,(OCS),5,3,8) 37 pts


1, Sarah Macky, NZL (1,(13),1,6,3,3) 14 pts

2, Siren Sundby, NOR (2,6,(DNF),1,2,6) 17 pts

3, Lenka Smidova, CZE (4,(7),7,3,5,1) 21 pts


22, Andrea Brewster (13,19,10,(24),18,23) 83 pts


1, Darren Bundock/John Forbes, AUS (1,1,3,5,(11),1,1) 12 pts

2, Santiago Raul Lange/Carlos Mauricio Espinola, ARG (2,2,1,(OCS),5,10,3) 23 pts

3, Roman Hagara/Hans-Peter Steinacher, AUT (3,3,2,11,7,(12),5) 31 pts


4, Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley, GBR (6,(14),10,6,1,2) 32 pts