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23 July 2004, 12:03 pm
Individual Racing Starts Again
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© Tim Wilkeswww.timwilkes.com

Optimist World Championship
Salinas

Individual racing started again on Thursday after the rest day. Three races were sailed in rather lighter winds and, with eleven races sailed the second discard was taken.
There was little change on the leaderboard with Wei Ni of China (discarding a tenth!) maintaining a precarious lead over Paul SNOW-HANSEN of New Zealand. Erik BROCKMANN (MEX) slipped back to leave Baepi LACATIVA (BRA) and reigning champion Filip MATIKA (CRO) tied on points in third place.

The surprise of the championship remains Matthew SCOTT from Trinidad currently in eighth place. He has been sailing less than a year and, from a non-sailing family, took up the sport at the relatively late age of 12. He is thus a direct product of the IODA development programme in the Southern Caribbean, which has subsidised both instructor training and equipment. Added to the solid top-50 place of his compatriot Andrew LEWIS and third place in the unofficial but fiercely contested Coastal Race for Jason TINDALE of Barbados, signs are that Caribbean sailing may be acquiring a new dimension.

Among the girls a battle is developing between Tina LUTZ (GER) and Nathalie ZIMMERMANN (PER), seperated by just four points.

A further four races are scheduled, three on Friday and one on Saturday. Full results are available on the event website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Pos Nation Name Divsn. Tot
1 CHN WEI NI Yellow 39
2 NZL PAUL SNOW-HANSEN Pink 47
3 CRO FILIP MATIKA Yellow 56
4 BRA BAEPI LACATIVA PINNA Blue 57
5 BRA GABRIEL MELCHERT Pink 58
6 NZL DANIEL WILLCOX White 64
7 TRI MATTHEW SCOTT Green 64
8 POL LUKASZ PRZYBYTEK Green 64
9 MEX ERIK BROCKMANN Green 75
10 POL KACPER ZIEMINSKI Red 81
Robert Wilkes (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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