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2 January 2012, 10:09 am
Dutch Take Top Places At Optimist Worlds
Optimist World Championships
Optimist Worlds

Optimist World Championship
Napier, New Zealand

The race committee decided early on to try and get four races completed today in order to catch up with yesterday's delays and abandonment of the second race.
First race started at 10.25 local time with only 6 knots breeze. Later in the day, the wind got up to 20 knots, but was not staying around for long. A few of the flights had to be abandoned, but overall the race committee is pleased to have called four races for each of the three fleets.

Provisional results after five races show Bart Lambriex from the Netherlands placed first, Wade Waddell from the USA is placed second and Philip Meijer also from the Netherlands is placed third. Ryan Lo who was in second place yesterday, holds the fourth position.

It was a long but very good day for sailing. Sailors left the harbour at 09.30 to start the first race at 10.25 and returned around 17:00.

The weather for tomorrow is promising to be fine with southerlies dying out, with wind speed around 12 knots. The lighter winds are usually favourable for the lighter sailors, and this competition isn't over yet. The Optimist World Championship finishes on 9 January.

A full list of provisional placings, images and film footage from the first days racing is available at
www.optiworldsnz.org.nz
Nathalie van Dort/ISAF
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