Contender Worlds 1997 Sydney/Australia



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Report from 5. Jan. 98 (by Bob Ross)

Defending champion Ian Renilson of Scotland had his boat holed by an out-of control competitor and crossed the finishing line fourth, in a sinking condition in the opening race of the world championship on Sydney Harbour.

He was tussling with Australian Stephen Grimes for second place on the beat to the finish when Grimes, in trying to take Renilson's stern, lost control and tee-boned him.

Renilson managed to finish, with a foot-wide hole amidships, before his boat swamped and missed the second race. He has applied to the jury for average points and the Australian Contender builder Mark Phillips, who is competing, believes the boat could be repaired overnight.

Italian Andra Bonezzi won both races, in a 15-18 knot southerly that gusted to 20-25 during the second race.

The first world championship for the international trapeze-powered singlehander to be conducted in Sydney, home of its designer the late Ben Lexcen, has attracted 65 entries, from Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and the USA as well as Australia.

World Champion Andrea Bonnezzi from Mantova, Italy.

Report from 6. Jan. 98 (by Bob Ross)

Italian Andrea Bonezzi, with two more heat winds in shifting light to moderate southerly breezes on Sydney Harbour today [jan 6] has now won all four heats of the 10-heat world championshp for the Contender class.

The international jury has awarded defending world champion Ian Renilson of Scotland points equal to a win for race one, when he was holed by an out-of-control competitor while vying with Bonezzi for the lead and average points, based on his placings for the remainder of the series for heat two, which he missed.

Sydney Contender builder Mark Phillips, who is competing in the series, and Renilson, worked until midnight Monday to repair Renilson's boat. Today Renilson placed tenth and sixth.

Provisional placings (unofficial, subject to protest: 1, I.Bonezzi (Italy), 4 points; 2, N.Walbank (Great Britain), 22; 3, I.Renilson (Great Britain), 23; 4, C.Burns (Australia), 30; 5, A.Webster (Australia), 32; 6, J.Beebe (Australia), 34. Contender World Championship

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Report from 7. Jan. 98 (by Bob Ross)

Defending world champion Ian Renilson of Scotland won both races of the Contender world championship today [jan 7] to stay in contention with for races remaining.

But Andrea Bonezzi of Italy finished second in both to retain a 15 point lead.

Renilson bounced back from the collision with an out-of-control competitor in race one which left his boat sinking as it crossed the finishing line in fourth place.

The boat was fixed overnight, but it took Renilson another day to regain the winning form he showed today in an 8-12 knot nor'easter.

Top ten overall (provisional): 1, A.Bonezzi (Italy), 8 points; 2, I.Renilson (GBR), 23; 3, N.Walbank (GBR) 31; 4, A.Webster (Australia), 41; 5, J.Beebe (Australia), 41; 6, C.Burns (Australia), 54; 7, S.Andreasson (Denmark), 54; 8, M.Phillips (Australia), 82; 9, J.Lindholme (Australia), 84; 10, T.Holden (GBR), 92.

Report from 8. Jan. 98 (by Bob Ross)

Andrea Bonezzi of Italy has today [jan 8] won the world championship for the international Contender class on the home waters of class designer, the late Ben Lexcen (named Bob Miller when he designed the boat).

Bonezzi scored a sixth and an eighth in a light and very shifty southeasterly. He concentrated on beating his nearest points score rival, Ian Renilson of Scotland and succeeded with Renilson placing 12th in both races. Bonezzi's 6-8 placings for the day has given him an unbeatable points lead and he may spend tomorrow on Bondi beach.

Progressive, two races to sail: 1, Andrea Bonezzi (Italy), 14 points; 2, Ian Renilson (Great Britain), 36; 3, Jason Beebe (Australia), 38; 4, Nigel Walbank (Great Britain), 38; 5, Andre Webster (Australia), 39; 6, Andrew Keag (Australia), 71; 7, Callum Burns (Australia), 76; 8, Soren Andreasson (Sweden), 87; 9, Stephen Grimes (Australia), 89; 10, Joachim Harrprecht (Germany), 89.

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Well done Andrea!!


Results Contender World Championship 31.12.97 - 9.1.98 Sydney / Australia

Pl.  Sail     Name                 R1   R2   R3   R4   R6   R6   R7   R8   R9   R10      Total            

  1. ITA 11   Andrea Bonezzi       1    1    1    1    2    2    6    8    64   64       22
  2. GBR 651  Ian Renilson         1    4.71 10   6    1    1    12   12   2    64       37.71
  3. GBR 528  Nigel Walbank        10   5    5    3    3    6    10   6    4    6        38
  4. AUS 263  Jason Beebe          9    9    2    15   4    3    9    2    15   64       53
  5. AUS 253  Andre Webster        7    21   3    2    5    4    14   4    17   64       56

  6. AUS 231  Andrew Keag          2    64   8    22   6    9    17   7    13   1        63
  7. GER 419  Joachim Harpprecht   17   27   24   30   8    8    2    3    1    4        67
  8. AUS 260  Callum Burns         5    10   11   5    19   5    27   21   8    9        72
  9. AUS 247  Stephen Grimes       64   4    4    12   16   10   5    38   6    26       83
 10. DEN  41  Soren Andreasen      23   15   7    4    7    15   16   33   12   18       94

 11. GBR 626  Tim Holden           12   7    26   8    20   19   24   10   21   2        99
 12. AUS 262  Timothy Hill         11   64   9    20   36   18   19   16   7    3        103
 13. AUS 264  Stephen Fries        29   29   27   14   9    64   4    1    14   8        106
 14. AUS 250  Mark Phillips        3    12   16   18   18   14   11   64   22   20       112
 15. GBR 617  David Adams          28   26   30   16   10   13   1    22   24   5        117

 16. GER 316  Michael Starck       19   11   15   28   14   7    20   24   23   13       122
 17. GBR 635  Mike Denham          16   6    18   11   29   34   3    18   27   27       126
 18. GER 456  Karsten Jarke        64   16   21   25   13   16   31   13   9    14       127
 19. ITA 231  Federico Cussotto    34   20   20   27   15   12   45   17   5    15       131
 20. AUS 229  Ritchie Robertson    8    28   6    9    26   44   29   41   26   7        139
 
 21. AUS 251  John Lindholm        6    3    23   7    64   22   37   28   30   23       142
 22. AUS 256  Chris Williams       14   8    14   23   24   28   23   9    32   30       143
 23. GBR 653  Chris Mitchell       24   17   22   21   11   11   13   39   28   25       144
 24. GER 470  Tobias Abarbanell    22   31   13   31   12   25   7    26   64   28       164
 25. GER 363  Manfred Kieckbusch   33   19   17   46   17   21   8    19   33   34       167

 26. GBR 652  Sandy Clapham        35   41   35   17   30   17   35   11   20   10       175
 27. AUS 246  John Cassidy         21   23   37   32   22   32   21   23   16   19       177
 28. GBR 577  Richard Vincent      27   13   41   19   34   31   38   35   3    17       179
 29. AUS 265  Rob Dunbar           37   39   28   13   27   26   26   32   19   16       187
 30. GER 425  Joachim Rosler       18   18   40   40   23   35   33   20   36   46       223

 31. GER 415  Frank Lammerskitten  25   64   32   38   21   20   25   5    64   64       230
 32. GBR 599  Stewart Walker       20   38   43   24   25   24   28   34   64   64       236
 33. AUS 130  Edward Cox           54   64   31   34   64   38   15   14   18   32       236
 34. NED 207  Rik Thorborg         40   36   29   29   28   23   30   50   64   29       244
 35. GBR 656  Andrew Mason         26   37   42   10   38   27   53   46   64   22       248

 36. GER 469  Carsten Ivo          42   34   38   36   35   64   22   29   64   12       248
 37. GBR 608  Peter Noble          64   64   45   43   64   29   32   15   10   11       249
 38. AUS 240  Matthew Mulder       13   2    25   37   64   64   41   54   37   43       252
 39. GBR 640  Alan Mollatt         44   47   36   33   31   49   18   27   40   24       253
 40. AUS 257  Robert Roel          30   24   47   45   39   36   50   30   31   21       256

 41. AUS 255  Derek Milligan       41   33   34   35   33   30   40   37   25   64       267
 42. DEN  40  Ole Hiort            39   32   46   64   64   42   39   25   29   41       293
 43. AUS 243  Sam Reid             15   14   39   42   42   64   58   49   38   64       297
 44. NED 192  Mark Thorborg        49   42   64   44   46   48   46   40   11   33       310
 45. AUS 202  David Jagger         38   43   19   50   40   45   54   48   41   44       318

 46. DEN  39  Lars Rasmussen       50   64   54   49   32   33   44   36   39   35       318
 47. AUS 205  Stuart Omond         45   40   50   51   43   47   52   31   34   37       327
 48. AUS 222  Andrew Chisholm      31   25   48   54   47   50   43   58   44   64       342
 49. AUS 216  Andrew Wells         47   45   44   39   45   43   51   55   42   39       344
 50. AUS  69  David Taylor         51   48   55   56   48   37   34   42   64   31       346

 51. GBR 337  Tom Seppings         48   46   52   52   37   41   47   47   43   38       347
 52. AUS 191  Mark Lainson         64   51   51   53   44   46   55   44   35   36       360
 53. AUS 241  Brenton Main         53   44   56   41   51   39   36   53   45   64       362
 54. AUS 213  Joe Roos             43   64   53   48   41   40   49   43   47   64       364
 55. AUS 195  John Teasdale        32   30   61   47   49   64   42   45   64   64       370

 56. AUS 185  Daryl Roos           36   22   33   26   64   64   64   64   64   64       373
 57. AUS 235  Peter Murphy         46   35   49   55   50   51   57   57   48   47       381
 58. USA 156  Gil Woolley          52   49   59   59   55   54   48   56   50   42       406
 59. AUS 226  Ian Hendey Poole     55   50   58   58   54   52   56   60   46   40       411
 60. AUS 193  Nigel Huggett        57   52   57   57   53   53   59   59   49   45       423

 61. AUS 219  Jan Mulder           56   64   12   64   52   64   64   52   64   64       428
 62. AUS 143  Amanda Aylward       64   64   64   64   64   64   60   61   51   48       476
 63. AUS   4  Ken Crone            58   64   60   60   64   64   64   51   64   64       485

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