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30 July 2004, 01:37 pm
Trouble At The Top For Clarke
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Laser Radial Europeans
Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland

Big upset of the day at the Laser Radial Europeans was the exit from the competition of 18-year-old GBR sailor, Keir CLARKE, who fell foul of Rule 42 (illegal propulsion).
Having started the day's racing in third slot, Clarke infringed the rule three times. His demise meant a hike up the score board for those below.

The force 3-4 southerly, although gusty, was the best wind of the event so far, resulting in some exciting sailing on the trapezoidal course just off Bangor on Belfast Lough. With one discard now applied, Stephen COCKERILL (GBR) leads on 20 points, having scored a 5,1 and 3. His first came after a tussle with Wojciech PALUSZKIEWICZ (POL) and Jon EMMETT (GBR). This puts him ahead of the previous days leader, Benoit RAPHALEN (France) who had his worst race to date, coming in at 14 in Race 7, having won race 5. In third place is Mehmet SEVINC from Turkey on 25 points. Two seconds and a fifth put him just 2 points behind Raphalen, and 5 ahead of Jon Emmett, (GBR). Two wins hitched another French sailor, Jean Baptiste Bernaz, up from 19 to fifth.

The seventeen-year-old holds the top youth slot at present. Best Irish position is currently held by George KINGSTON at eighth. He counted 6,9 and 17 yesterday. Top female is last year's women's Radial world champion, Katarzyna SZOTYNSKA from Poland, who also seems to do better in a breeze. She lies 22 whilst next female in line is the Scottish sailor, Charlotte DOBSON (GBR) at 34th.

Principal Race Officer Alan CROSBIE is pleased with how the fleet is handling the racing. Out of 21 starts there have been only two general recalls. The fleet has now been split into Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions and is scheduled to have three races today (Friday).

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Pos Nation Name Total R1 R2 R3 R$ R5 R6 R7
1 GBR COCKERILL Stephen, Male 19,0 2 5 -9 3 5 1 3
2 FRA RAPHALEN Benoit, Male 23,0 1 7 2 4 1 8 -14
3 TUR SEVINC Mehmet, Male 25,0 13 1 (bfd) 2 5 2 2
4 GBR EMMETT Jon, Male 28,0 3 5 6 -10 12 2 2
5 FRA BERNAZ Jean Baptiste, Male, Youth 36,0 12 3 10 -24 9 1 1
6 POL ROSNER Karol, Male 36,0 6 1 16 2 2 -19 9
7 LTU RIMSAS Laurynas, Male 43,0 4 15 -31 17 2 4 1
8 IRL KINGSTON George, Male, Youth 43,0 (bfd) 2 8 1 6 9 17
9 CRO MIHELIC Daniel, Male, Youth 44,0 8 -14 13 3 8 5 7
10 RUS SELIVANOV Alexey, Male, Youth 45,0 -39 30 4 5 1 4 1
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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