Spain. Zwitserleven Sailing Team Booth/Dercksen in the Tornado class at the Princess Sofia Trophy Print E-mail
Friday, 14 April 2006
Diana Bogaards:


On Thursday April 13th 2006, Zwitserleven Sailing Team Booth/Dercksen (NED) finished fourteenth in the Tornado class at the Princess Sofia Trophy. After the wind decreased halfway the event, the Dutchmen dropped from fifth position overall. The Australians Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby have a first position on the leader board so far, followed by Iordanis/Kostas (GRE) and Gaebler/Struckmann (GER). Tomorrow, the top ten teams will continue the battle for victory in the final medal race off the coast of Palma de Mallorca.

Both on Wednesday and Thursday the conditions were light. As opposed to yesterday, Booth and Dercksen started today’s races well. They rounded the upwind mark in front of the fleet, but from there they could not keep their position. Dercksen: “We have sailed into so many wind holes, that the results could impossibly be good.” The Dutchmen finished in 25th, 15th and 24th position. Dercksen: “There is a lot of work to do. As long as we can double trapeze, there is no problem. As soon as the wind drops, the lack of training becomes obvious. We have to put more time and energy into sailing in light airs.” Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen are the initiators of the new Volvo Extreme 40-class, with which Grand Prix series are sailed during five stopovers of the Volvo Ocean Race. That is why they could not invest as much time in their olympic Tornado campaign as usual over the winter. Dercksen about missing the final of the Princess Sofia Trophy: “It shows how professional this sport is. The teams that continued their training sessions, perform well here. This year, we will focus on the Tornado Europeans and Worlds.”

Busy sailing calendar

In the upcoming months, Booth and Dercksen will compete frequently on the VX 40, Hobie Tiger and the Tornado. By the end of April, they will be in Baltimore/USA for the third VX 40 Grand Prix. They will participate with Team Holmatro. The ISAF Worlds on the Hobie Tiger, the fourth Grand Prix in Portsmouth (UK) and the Holland Regatta are scheduled for May. At the beginning of June, they will return to Rotterdam for the last Grand Prix, followed by the Zwitserleven Round Texel Race. After the Tornado Europeans in July, Zwitserleven Sailing Team will focus completely on the olympic multihull class. The season ends in December with the Tornado Worlds in Argentina.

For information about the team, please surf to www.teamzwitserleven.nl. If you like to know more about the event, please have a look at www.trofeoprincesasofia.org
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