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7 April 2004, 01:43 pm
Schedule Catches Up On Day Two
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Bekatorou and Tsoulfa© Nico Martinez

Princess Sofia Trophy
Palma, Mallorca

The weather on day two of the ISAF Graded event in Mallorca, Spain enabled the organisers to catch up on the racing schedule, and the full complement of races have been completed in each class.
Showing utter dominance of the high calibre Finn class, Ben AINSLIE (GBR) has won every single of the five races sailed so far, adding a mere three points to his first day score yesterday in the three races sailed. He now commands a 13-point lead over Marin MISURA (CRO) in second place, whilst Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) is in third on 18 points.

In the 470 fleet, World Champions Sofia BEKATOROU and Emilia TSOULFA (GRE), good medal hopes for the Olympic Games in their own country, added nine points to their inconsistent first day score with a fourth and a fifth in the first two races yesterday, but a black flag in the final start of the day has upped the pressure on the girls, who hold a slim three point lead over Natalia VIA-DUFRESNE and Sandra AZON (ESP), themselves with an OCS on day one and on equal points with Vladlena ILIENKO and Natalia GAPONOVICH (RUS).

The men's fleet is being led by Javier CONTE and Juan de la FUENTE (ARG), although a 12 place finish in the final race yesterday closed the gap between them and US Olympic representatives Paul FOERSTER and Kevin BURNHAM, who won the final race. Benjamin and Roman BONNAUD (FRA) are in third place.

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003 winner, and 2003 Europe World Champion Siren SUNDBY (NOR) is proving her mettle in the 126-boat fleet, only one slight mishap, a 20 place in race two, currently mars her consistent top two scoreline. She leads Min DEZILLE (BEL) by nine points whilst her traditional adversary Sari MULTALA (FIN) is back in 12 place at this stage of the regatta.

The Tornado fleet that, as soon as this regatta ends start their final Olympic Qualification regatta and World Championship in Palma, are using the event as good practice with the slightly lower level of pressure on competitors. Although clearly pushing starts judging by the number of BFD disqualifications from the fleet, they are all enjoying this warm up to the Worlds. John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE currently lead from Fernando ECHIVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP), with Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA in third place.

The Yngling fleet of 30 boats is an open affair and the current leaders, Kristin WAGNER, Anna HOELL and Veronika LOCHBRUNNER (GER) have yet to win a race, proving that consistency is the key in this fleet. Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Wiebke BUELLE and Winnie LIPERT (GER) are in second place.

Full results from all classes and more photos are available on the event website at the address below.
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