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16 April 2004, 10:10 am
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Tornado World Championship & Olympic Qualification Regatta
Palma, Mallorca

A shifty NE wind, 15-18 knots with gusts reaching 20 knots, provided the competitors with good conditions on the water for the first race of day three of the 2004 World Championship.
Race 5 had 12 boats early over the line including Dutch team Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN who won the race. A good race for the Greeks Dimitrio THEODORAKIS and Adonis BOUGIOURIS who took the bullet and are now leading their country's Olympic nomination. The Portuguese team of Hugo ROCHA and Luis BRITO and Martin STRANDBERG and Kristian MATTSSON from Sweden, whose Olympic status depends on their results as well, were also OCSs.

However, a protest was delivered with video evidences and four boats got their original positions back. Booth and Dercksen (NED) were re-instated first, Strandberg and Mattson eighteenth, Toni RIVAS and Fabian ESCUDE (ESP) at 23 and Enrique GARCIA De SOTO and Fernando SALES also from Spain thirteenth.

"The sailors were early over the line but if the Race Committee got twelve and I reckon there were even more why not call out a General Recall?" asked Swiss Martin RUSTERHOLZ, also OCS.

"You could clearly see that all the boats in the top end were over. Denmark was the only one to come back. The shifty conditions today didn't make it any easier but we are happy to be back in the game", said four times World Chamipon and Olympic silver medallist Darren BUNDOCK (AUS) who now lies in fifth overall.

The northeasterly picked up and race six was sailed with steady 21 knots but very shifty conditions again. No OCSs.

Great Britain's Olympic hopefuls Leigh MCMILLAN and Mark BULKELEY came in early; "The main sail split in half after a jibe. Fortunately we had a second in race five", explained Leigh. The overnight leaders going into day three are now lying third overall after six races.

German skipper Roland GAEBLER thought that "Today it felt like a good Tornado sailing day, strong winds, speed and good tactics". Gaebler and crew Gunnar STRUCKMANN finished twelfth in race five and fourth in race six and currently are lying in sixteenth overall.

After six races Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN (NED) are leading followed by Argentina's Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA and Britatin's Leigh MCMILLAN and Mark BULKELEY. These three are however on equal points so the remaining racing days should be very exciting.

The Championship is validated with six races completed. The competitors will have a break today (Friday) and will be back racing on Saturday before the final day on Sunday.

Top Ten After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 NED Mitch BOOTH/Herbert DERCKSEN 20 32 2 1 1 1 25
2 ARG Santiago LANGE/Carlos ESPINOLA 1 8 1 14 4 11 25
3 GBR Leigh MCMILLAN/Mark BULKELEY 12 4 3 3 3 DNF 25
4 USA John LOVELL/Charlie OGLETREE 5 1 8 16 6 16 36
5 AUS Darren BUNDOCK/John FORBES 8 7 30 5 14 2 36
6 ESP Fernando ECHAVARRI/Anton PAZ 9 6 13 12 5 5 37
7 RUS Andrey KIRILYUK/Valery USHKOV 29 14 7 9 7 6 43
8 FRA Yann GUICHARD/Christophe ESPAGNON 4 11 9 19 DNF 3 46
9 FRA Olivier BACKES/Laurent VOIRON 22 3 11 11 9 13 47
10 FRA Xavier REVIL/Laurent GUILLEMETTE 10 9 6 13 20 9 47

Event Media (As Amended by ISAF)
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