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6 April 2012, 10:57 am
Flying Dutchman Europeans Reach Midway Point
Fleet In Altea
Fleet In Altea

Flying Dutchman European Championship 2012
Altea, Spain

The Flying Dutchman European Championship 2012 hosted by Club Nautico Altea has now reached its mid-point with 6 races sailed. The regatta inspection of the 42 boats was quickly and efficiently completed by the FD measurement team.
There was an exciting video presentation at the Opening Ceremony followed by well chosen words from a representative of each of the competing nations paying tribute to the start of the 60th Anniversary of the FD Class.

Two races were completed in light winds on the first day with Nicola Vespasiani and Francesco Vespasiani leading the overall results after winning the first race and finishing fifth in the second race.

The second day saw a change in fortunes. Jacob Bojsen-Moller and Jorgen Bojsen-Moller Hellerup easily won the third race after a convincingly winning race 2 on day 1 but a BFD in the fourth race allowed Szabolcs Majthinyi and András Domokos which won the fourth race to top the overnight leader board with a comfortable 8 point lead Over Shmuel Markhoff and Michael Matcscheoth which had shown consistency with a top six position in each race.

Enno Kramer and Ard Geelkerken had a better day with two thirds after two 8ths on the first day and thereby being placed third overall after four races.

Day 3 dawned with little wind but during racing it increased to 10 knots. Nicola Vespasiani and Francesco Vespasiani won race five and with a fourth in race six now discards a 16th in race 4 to pull up to second overall three points ahead of Markhoff and Matcsheoth which discards a 12th in race 6 having come second in Race 5. Kramer and Geelkerken recovered from a 13th (discarded) in race 5 to finish 3rd in race 6.

Richard Phillips
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