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2001 World Championships

McKee brothers take 49er World Championships

(From Yachts and Yachting)

Securing the regatta on the final day with a 1st and a 2nd place, Jonathan and Charlie McKee from the United States won the 49er World Championships from Irer Martinez and Xabier Fernandez of Spain. Racing has been very close with the top 25 49er sailors in the World fighting it out over the last three days.

Two races were sailed this morning in the light, shifty breeze that Lake Garda has been known for this week. Racing was then postponed to wait for the wind to fill in and when it looked like it would not materialize racing was cancelled for the day, concluding the World Championships and announcing the McKee brothers as the World Champions.

Paul Brotherton and Simon Hiscocks were the highest placed British sailors, sailing consistently in the challenging fleet and finishing up in 7th place overall. A slightly disappointing result for fellow RYA Team GBR sailors Alister Richardson and Peter Greenhalgh, who started off the regatta so promising and qualified in second place, then went on to finish 16th overall. Olympic Silver Medallist Ian Barker sailing with Harvey Hilary finished in 19th position after scoring a number of results in the late teens.

“This Gold fleet has been more competitive than ever before, with any of the 25 sailors capable of winning the Championships. It has been a difficult regatta and the RYA Team GBR sailors have not performed as well as they would have liked. On the positive side the sailors have learnt a lot, it has been a regatta where there has been a huge tactical element and also a little bit of luck has been needed in the light, shifty conditions” commented Olympic Development SquadManager Stephen Park.

One interesting area for discussion that has come out of the Championships is that of sails. From the results the old sails which are made by North, will be out of date by 2002, have proved to be quicker in the lighter conditions, but after this date they will be replaced by Neil Pryde sails. Paul Brotherton and Simon Hiscocks were the top boat with this new generation of sail and it will be interesting to see in the future how the developments proceed.

Gold Series Final Results: (9 races, 2 discards)

 

Pos Helm Crew Nat Q r1 r2 r3 r4 r5 r6 r7 r8 r9 Pts
1 JONATHAN MC KEE CHARLIE MC KEE USA (9) 3 1 14 12 4 4 4 1 2 28
2 IRER MARTINEZ XABIER FERNANDEZ ESP (4) 5 5 8 1 13 19 2 2 4 31
3 LUKA RODION GEORGE LEONCHUK UKR (5) 12 2 4 2 5 OCS 14 3 8 41
 

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RANK HELM Nation   RANK HELM Nation
1 Jonathan McKEE USA   68 Gordon COOK CAN
2 Iker MARTINEZ ESP   69 ATHANASIOS GRE
3 Rodion LUKA UKR   70 Gwenael GBICK FRA
4 Santiago LOPEZ VAZQUEZ ESP   71 Urs ROTHACHER SUI
5 Jonathan PERSSON DEN   72 Magnus GRAVARE SWE
6 Pietro SIBELLO ITA   73 Glenn RAPHAEL AUS
7 Paul BROTHERTON GBR   74 Ralph KAEMMERLE GER
8 Thomas JOHANSON FIN   75 Peder ARVEFORS SWE
9 Michael HESTBAEK DEN   76 Axel NETTERLID SWE
10 Pawel KACPROWSKI POL   77 Pierre-Yves PFIRTER SUI
11 Markus STEEG GER   78 Mark TURNBULL AUS
12 Daniel SLATER NZL   79 Marcell GOSZLETH HUN
13 Andy MACK USA   80 Hans-Peter MANNES GER
14 Peter HANSEN DEN   81 Patrick NEUHAUS FIN
15 Pedro REBELO DE ANDRADE POR   82 Maxim VAN PELT BEL
16 Alistair RICHARDSON GBR   83 Thomas JAKOBOWITZ AUT
17 Pieter LANTERMANS NED   84 Kirwan ROBB AUS
18 Marcus BAUR GER   85 Gabriel CROWDER CAN
19 Ian BARKER GBR   86 Jonas WARRER DEN
20 Chris DRAPER GBR   87 Marcel WALSER SUI
21 Christopher RAST SUI   88 Martin KIRKETERP DEN
22 Francesco BRUNI ITA   89 Daan SCHUTTE NED
23 Kenji NAKAMURA JPN   90 Nico DELLE-KARTH AUT
24 Janne UUSI-AUTTI FIN   91 Sami JOKINEN FIN
25 Vegard ARNHOFF NOR   92 David HALL GBR
26 Christoffer SUNDBY NOR   93 Ginacarlo SIMEOLI ITA
27 Marcus HAAS SWE   94 Marcin CZAJKOWSKI POL
28 David FAGEN USA   95 Barry MCCONNELL IRL
29 Petri KARTO FIN   96 Roger OSWALD SUI
30 Erik HECHT GER   97 Stephane GRESSENT FRA
31 Claus HASTRUP KNUDSEN DEN   98 Carl SILVER GBR
32 Tim WADLOW USA   99 Lucas SEEBERG GER
33 Jussi FORSMAN FIN   100 Jan-Peter PECKOLT GER
34 David MANN AUS   101 Felix OEHME GER
35 Dalton BERGAN USA   102 Guillaume CHIELLINO FRA
36 Quentin BLONDIAU BEL   103 Cyril WASMER SUI
37 Patrick WHITMARSH USA   104 Manuela ROTH-DAGLIO SUI
38 ANDRE BRA   105 Andrew JONES GBR
39 Alex TOBUTT GBR   106 Peter HAUBJERG DEN
40 Mattias BENGTSSON SWE   107 Jordi GARRIGA TURON ESP
41 Andy RICE GBR   108 David EDWARDS GBR
42 Mike KESER GER   109 Michel PROOT BEL
43 Vincent JOYEUX FRA   110 Rob PADLEY GBR
44 Peter BACKE SWE   111 Alan DIER GBR
45 Tom FITZPATRICK IRL   112 Antonio GOETERS JR MEX
46 Allan NORREGAARD NZL   113 Ivan NEMETH HUN
47 Neil FITZGERALD GBR   114 Jean Pierre OUDOT SUI
48 Georges PANAGIOTIDIS GRE   115 Alexander OSWALD GER
49 Andreas GILLWALD GER   116 Ilmari KUUSI FIN
50 Mark DICKER GBR   117 Salvatore D’AMICO ITA
51 Andreas KYPREOS GRE   118 Mark DELL GBR
52 Sylvia VOGL AUT   119 John EVANS GBR
53 Luca MODENA ITA   120 Bill DOWBER GBR
54 Emmanuel DYEN FRA   121 Charles STOBART-HOOK GBR
55 Alistair CLARKE GBR   122 Peter HAMRAK HUN
56 Juan Luis PAEZ ESP   123 Andy LE GRICE GBR
57 Florian KRUSE AUT   124 Zbigniew GUTKOWSKI POL
58 Oyvind Peder JAHRE NOR   125 Aldo RINALDI ITA
59 Piers REID GBR   126 Ryan MCMILLAN AUS
60 Toni RIVAS MAS ESP   127 Christoph SPRENGER SUI
61 Simon MARKS GBR   128 Julien GAYRAUD FRA
62 Mats WANG-HANSEN NOR   129 Mark LAWRENCE GBR
63 Fernando GARCIA LAGO ESP   130 Manabu TAKANO JPN
64 Tim PAULL GBR   131 Martin CONRAD GER
65 Jan THORSTROM FIN   132 Paolo LANDRIANI ITA
66 Mark RICHMOND GBR   133 Brian WILSON GBR
67 Eric D’HOOGHE FRA