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9 July 2004, 10:25 am
Chilling In The Rain!
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Peter & Soren Hansen (DEN) © Camille Parrain

49er European Championship
Torbole, Lake Garda

The final day of qualification ended yesterday with a total of five races. The yellow and the white fleets sailed three races and the blue and the red fleets sailed two.
The committee decided to discard the third race so that both groups finished with five races. With the shortened series some of the competitors were lucky. The Spanish team of Alberto PADRON and Javier DE La PLAZA for example, found themselves in the Gold fleet thanks to that decision. On the contrary the Danish team of Peter HANSEN and Soren HANSEN missed it and are now leading the Silver fleet.

Yesterday should have seen the start of the finals but the wind was lazy - the threatening clouds on the mountains didn't let it blow. When a light wind settled the bronze fleet was sent to the course. Just as they were about to start the wind dropped completely and they came ashore with the rain. The sailors spent their day playing football, reading or relaxing at the café.

The Gold fleet will start on Friday morning at 8.30, (local time) the silver fleet at 13.30 and the bronze fleet at 15.30. Christoffer SUNDBY from the Norwegian team leads going into the finals. He said: "If the fleet manages to wake up, it will be a good days racing. There's a nice northerly breeze here in the morning but I hope we won't race at that time…I am not really able to think before 10 in the morning!"

Qualifying Series - Provisional Results After 5 Races, 1 Discard

Pos Nation Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 NOR 6 SUNDBY Christoffer/ BOVIM Frode 6 3 1 1 1 6
2 FIN 10 JOHANSON Thomas / PIRAINEN Jukka 1 1 1 8 4 7
3 DEN 4 HESTBEK Michael / ANDERSEN DENGSOE Dennis 1 1 3 5 2 7
4 AUS 13 NICHOLSON Chris / BOYD Gary 1 1 2 8 4 8
5 USA 5 WADLOW Tim /SPAULDING Pete 2 2 1 5 3 8
6 GBR 15 RICHARDSON Alister /TOBUTT Alex 5 1 2 1 13 9
7 GBR 2 DRAPER Chris / HISLOCKS Simon 2 4 1 2 4 9
8 DEN 18 WARRER Jonas / ANDERSEN Peter Kruger 4 5 3 3 1 11
9 FRA 21 MARC Audineau/ STEPHANE Christidis 3 4 4 1 DNF 12
10 BRA 26 FONSECA Andre/ DUARTE Rodrigo 6 4 7 1 2 13

Camille Parrain (As Amended by ISAF)
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