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10 July 2004, 06:25 am
Windy Friday
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Draper and Hiscocks© Luca Villata

49er European Championship
Torbole, Lake Garda

After no sailing on Thursday, the Gold fleet was sent out for an early start yesterday and what turned out to be a long day.
Following the stormy night, the sailors woke up at 6 in the morning and reached the harbour at 8.30. When they arrived, the wind was still sleeping and the sailors could hardly wake up. Would the wind come? The race committee went out on the course where a light wind of 5 knots had settled. The 49ers came next to the starting line but the wind dropped under the burning sun. The wind increased slowly to reach 18 knots and the sailors and the spectators were treated to 5 spectacular races. Racing was really close and an incredible high standard with lots of action and incidents. As the Games get nearer the tension in the Gold fleet appears to be rising. The 49er fleet is not used to so many protests.

Some confusion at the finish line of the second race meant some of the boats finished incorrectly. However, the jury decided to cancel the race. Alex TOBUTT, who crews for Alistair RICHARDSON, still had a smile on his face even though his win was taken away from him.

Gary BOYD from the Australian team said: "There were a lot of ups and downs today!" For the spectator, it was quite hard to figure out who was leading this fleet…A team could lead and then drop in the shifting winds. At the finish of the third race another exciting incident was watching five boats capsize on top of each other. The silver fleet had also some troubles in the increasing wind with some close action on the starting line. One of the few girls sailing the 49er is the German Kerstin BEUCKE who was excited at the prospect of sailing but apprehensive as she watched the wind increase.

The Norwegian team of Christoffer SUNDBY and Frode BOVIM retain the lead in the Gold fleet and they are followed by the British pair of Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS.

Top 10 Provisional Results After 10 Races
Position Sail No Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Pts
1 NOR 6 SUNDBY CHRISTOFFER 6 3 1 1 1 DSQ 2 3 7 24
BOVIM FRODE
2 GBR 2 DRAPER CHRIS 2 4 1 2 4 7 4 10 5 29
HISLOCKS SIMON
3 AUS 13 NICHOLSON CHRIS 1 1 2 8 4 11 6 8 2 32
BOYD GARY
4 USA 5 WADLOW TIM 2 2 1 5 3 17 DNF 2 1 33
SPAULDING PETE
5 DEN 18 WARRER JONAS 4 5 3 3 1 19 5 11 3 35
ANDERSEN PETER KRUGER
6 AUT 29 DELLE KARTH NICO 3 2 13 3 5 2 11 1 16 40
RESCH NIKO
7 GBR 9 MORRISON STEVIE 3 2 4 5 12 9 1 4 12 40
RHODES BEN
8 FRA 21 MARC AUDINEAU 3 4 4 1 DNF 8 3 14 9 46
STEPHANE CHRISTIDIS
9 DEN 4 HESTBEK MICHAEL 1 1 3 5 2 22 20 7 8 47
ANDERSEN DENGSOE DENNIS
10 FIN 10 JOHANSON THOMAS 1 1 1 8 4 3 14 17 18 49
PIRAINEN JUKKA
Camille Parrain (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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