World Championship 1996
82 competitors, 80 who qualified through national qualifications plus last years champion Björn Førslund and 1996 olympic gold medalist Mateusz Kusznierewicz, from 11 countries, came to Varberg on the west coast of Sweden to find the new World Champion.
The weather was good during the whole week, but the promised stronger breeze, which blew before the worlds, never came except after the last race. The racing conditions have were very tricky with some current. To catch or to loose about 30 boats on a single beat was not uncommon.
After two days of measurement the practice race was started on monday in a very light breeze. It was won by Karsten Hitz, GER 672.
About 6-7 m/s (12-14 knts) from SE.
The first race was won by Boguslaw Moczordynski (POL 6), but he lost a protest about a prestart incident. So Anders Persson (SWE 2742) was first in the list.
The second race was started in the same conditions, but the teach-book clouds over the coast promised seabreeze. It came with a 120 degree shift to the west and very light shifty conditions during the second reach. Dirk Gericke (GER 695), who lead the fleet until the shift, felt back to 7. Danish Anders Andersen (DEN 1246), 2nd in the '92 Worlds, finished in the time limit with only a few minutes to spare, to win the race. Only 65 of the fleet got to the finish in time.
One race scheduled in SE winds, about 5 m/s.
"Old man" Jorgen Lindhartsen, olympic competitor in 1976, won the race and was one of the few who had no really bad race until that.
Mateusz (POL 17) saw the yellow flag of the jury the second time in this race, so he had to retire and everyone understood that he started holiday after that race, as he sailed for 12 month before nearly every day.
After a long Postponement on the water in no wind (the whole fleet went about 1.5 miles away from the committee boat due to the current), the first of two scheduled races was started in a building SE wind.
Both races were to be won on the left. Roger Blasse (AUS 678) and Christian Carlsson (SWE 2701) showed that best with 2-1 and 1-3.
In the evening it was clear to everyone, that Christian Carlsson, a 20 year old sailor who just came from the Europe class, was well on his way to win the event.
Light SE winds.
Again Christian Carlsson won the race.
Only Mats Caap (SWE 2731), world champion 1987 and olympic competitor 1988, was still able to get in front of him, but only with a result in the top five and a bad race of Christian.
After the racing on Friday morning there was a match race event in the habour of Varberg, with live comments by Pelle Petterson, and with a lot of spectators around the old Fort of Varberg.
The Match race was won by Bart Bomans (BEL 44) who showed very good boat handling against Mateusz Kusznierewicz in the semi-final and Roger Blasse in the best-of-three final.
Building breeze from SE, shifting slowly to S.
Until the middle of the second beat it looked like Christian would win the event, as he was around the top ten. But then he got problems with his boom vang during a tack and capsized. When he was ready to sail again he was nearly last and retired.
So it was on Mats Caap now to finish fifth or better to win the Worlds. Mats was near that goal on the last leeward mark, but also worried about the guys behind him and followed the first boats to the left, wich was always the better choice in the races before... .
Not in this race. Hedley Fletcher (GBR 2073), who had overtaken about 30 boats on the second beat by going right, tried it again on the final beat to win the race. The top ten of the leeward mark went left to finish between 33rd and 50th.
The saturday night dinner and prize giving took place in a restaurant in the city. After closing the restaurant, the race officer and his wife invited us to their home (they said garden-we understand house) and they also got some crates of beer. It was a very friendly event in a very nice town. As it was very hard to sail a constant series and the competitors were of a high standard, it was a really though competition.
Point System: "Olympic": 1st=0; 2nd=3; 3rd=5,7; 4th=8; 5th=10; 6th=11,7; place+6
|1||SWE 2701||Christian Carlsson||3||3||42||1||3||1||DNF||65,1|
|2||GBR 2073||Hedley Fletcher||13||13||30||6||7||4||1||70,7|
|3||GER 693||Martin V.Zimmermann||2||11||16||51||16||5||6||85,7|
|4||DEN 1280||Jørgen Lindhartsen||5||17||1||7||15||16||30||89|
|5||NZL 476||Duncan Gourley||42||19||15||9||6||9||3||93,4|
|6||NZL 498||Nigel Mannering||4||50||2||20||9||10||26||100|
|7||SWE 2731||Mats Caap||8||48||14||3||2||6||44||104,4|
|8||NZL 499||Adrian Mannering||6||37||8||4||22||29||4||104,7|
|9||NZL 474||Tony Clifford||31||5||20||19||4||2||27||105|
|10||DEN 1246||Anders Andersen||46||1||3||12||8||20||53||115,7|
|11||SWE 99||Hans Elkjær||12||14||12||23||30||3||19||115,7|
|12||AUS 678||Roger Blasse||26||21||39||2||1||37||9||120|
|13||DEN 1275||Steen Christensen||22||16||4||29||14||8||38||127|
|14||SWE 66||Jan-Eric Nystedt||11||27||37||25||17||12||5||132|
|15||GER 672||Karsten Hitz||28||DNF||5||8||10||17||33||136|
|16||NZL 491||Peter Waymouth||33||10||11||5||11||36||50||141|
|17||DEN 1273||Ulf Brandt||19||4||49||27||5||19||46||153|
|18||GER 634||Rüdiger Prinz||20||15||33||39||50||11||18||172|
|19||SWE 2686||Stefan Jaenson||7||40||24||24||21||24||36||172|
|20||BEL 44||Bart Bomans||10||6||DNF||22||25||22||56||176,7|
|21||POL 113||Piotr Soltan||18||DNF||31||44||19||18||12||178|
|22||GER 699||Jörn Wille||21||12||22||38||58||14||42||185|
|23||GER 618||Peter Scheuerl||24||29||27||28||20||38||25||189|
|24||SWE 2742||Anders Persson||1||51||7||14||31||57||60||190|
|25||SWE 2733||Anders Thornell-Pers||41||38||40||30||13||45||2||195|
|26||SWE 2738||Olle Albrektsson||47||35||26||33||12||65||7||196|
|27||POL 31||Antoni Pawlowski||25||41||41||37||PMS||7||10||197|
|28||SWE 2732||Björn Førslund||39||28||6||11||37||43||47||199,7|
|29||SWE 2740||Jonas Persson||29||62||13||18||23||26||57||202|
|30||GBR 2010||Alistair Deaves||45||20||25||46||42||25||17||210|
|31||GER 707||Thorsten Schmidt||61||22||9||17||27||40||59||210|
|32||GBR 2080||Gavin Waldron||27||46||18||55||41||31||15||214|
|33||GBR 2054||Kenneth Carroll||40||58||DNF||26||32||13||13||218|
|34||GER 606||Harald Kölsch||35||45||17||57||24||50||11||218|
|35||DEN 1261||Tom Pedersen||38||2||35||36||47||34||63||223|
|36||GER 690||Jan Dissel||63||32||57||42||26||27||8||228|
|37||NZL 481||Joe Porebski||30||34||44||31||PMS||30||23||228|
|38||GER 679||Jörg Sylvester||52||44||34||32||34||21||29||230|
|39||DEN 1304||Christian Mittgaard||49||DNF||28||10||35||58||21||237|
|40||NZL 497||Paul Rhodes||32||24||54||13||33||64||45||237|
|41||GBR 2056||Giles Hudson||55||56||23||35||36||28||32||245|
|42||GBR 2060||Greg Casey||37||60||50||34||29||46||16||248|
|43||NZL 484||David Munro||23||61||29||49||39||32||41||249|
|44||GER 607||Ingo Ballerstein||14||9||47||59||51||DNS||35||251|
|45||NED 661||Erik Vliegenthart||15||53||19||58||56||52||22||253|
|46||GER 698||Jan-Dietmar Dellas||36,4||36||64||16||52||69||14||254,7|
|47||SWE 2739||Peder Thunander||16||DNF||32||15||28||66||62||255|
|48||SWE 2728||Thomas Hansson-Mild||54||43||46||54||18||15||52||264|
|49||GER 622||Christian Hartmann||50||23||36||60||49||48||31||273|
|50||DEN 1294||Mogens Johansen||48||30||60||45||38||33||48||278|
|51||GER 695||Dirk Gericke||53||7||63||47||40||51||51||285|
|52||GER 662||Gerd Breitbart||51||8||38||65||61||39||55||288|
|53||GER 449||Sönke Behrens||44||57||43||50||44||53||20||290|
|54||GER 670||Hinnerk Ries||57||54||48||64||48||35||24||302|
|55||GBR 1985||David Carroll||65||65||21||66||DNS||23||28||304|
|56||SWE 2741||Kjell Nystrøm||17||DNF||69||48||54||54||39||317|
|57||DEN 1303||Henrik Søgren||56||55||53||53||57||41||40||334|
|58||GBR 2007||Dan Ager||43||59||58||63||DNS||44||37||340|
|59||AUS 668||Andre Blasse||34,7||DNF||61||21||66||62||61||341|
|60||GER 638||Uwe Feedrich||64||DNF||45||71||43||56||27||342|
|61||GER 680||Marina Dellas||60||DNF||65||52||55||42||34||344|
|62||NZL 4||Rob Hengst||66||26||56||61||53||55||69||353|
|63||POL 624||Maichal Kotewicz||67||49||52||43||62||47||DNF||356|
|64||POL 116||Adam Sztormowski||58||42||71||73||59||59||49||374|
|65||GBR 2071||Alan Atkin||59||52||72||68||45||61||54||375|
|66||POL 58||Maciej Nowaczyk||68||DNF||62||40||46||67||65||384|
|67||BEL 177||Franz Hawer||76||33||55||74||60||60||67||385|
|68||POL 17||Mateusz Kusznierewicz||9||18||RET||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||391|
|69||DEN 1302||Karl-Erik Svare Nielsen||69||25||68||41||DNS||72||DNF||393|
|70||POL 141||Marian Jankowski||75||63||59||62||68||63||43||394|
|71||DEN 1305||Anders Steenfeldt Jensen||36||DNF||51||56||DNS||68||DNF||411|
|72||POL 6||Boguslaw Moczordynski||DSQ||39||10||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||413|
|73||GBR 2058||Mary Reddyhoff||62||47||75||70||64||74||68||421|
|74||GER 637||Kirstin Brand||78||31||77||DNF||DNS||49||72||425|
|75||POL 35||Maciej Roman||71||64||66||67||65||75||71||440|
|76||FRA 1336||Raymond Dodard||77||DNF||67||75||69||70||58||452|
|77||GBR 1984||Michael Edwards||73||DNF||73||69||67||71||66||455|
|78||NOR 458||Reidar Sårheim||72||DNF||76||76||63||76||70||469|
|79||FRA 1798||Arnaud Vanhoute||74||DNF||74||72||DNS||73||64||475|
|80||NOR 449||Håvard Hervik||70||DNF||70||DNF||DNS||DNS||DNS||504|
|81||BEL 1||Kris Lauwers||DNS||DNS||DNF||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||528|