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17 April 2004, 05:15 pm
Lange and Espinola Take The Lead
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Tornado World Championship & Olympic Qualification Regatta
Palma, Mallorca

The boat park was very empty yesterday, the lay day for the Tornados. The Levante, easterly winds, blew hard the whole day bringing rain, cold and high seas. The right day to stay dry and warm.
Fortunately the weather changed and day five of the Worlds turned out to be sunny and much warmer.

Race even started with unsteady 8 knot Northwest conditions and it was abandoned half the way when the wind shifted almost 100°.

As soon as the Southwest settled in the race was restarted with two General Recalls and no OCSs. Americans John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE took the gun followed by Greek team Iordanis PASCHADELIS and Christos GAREFIS, who is fighting with fellow countrymen Dimitrio THEODORAKIS and Adonis BOUGIOURIS (37th in this race) for an Olympic nomination. In third place were Argentineans Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA who are having constant top results and are definitely in for the World Title.

The wind was steady in direction and strength - 15 knots - and the sailors had excellent conditions for Race Eight. The bay looked beautiful with all the sails speeding upwind and flying the colourful spinnakers and the hulls downwind. The Tornados produced amazing images for the public watching the races.

Sydney silver medallists, Australians Darren BUNDOCK and John FORBES, took the lead of Race 8 from the beginning and sailed clear all the way to the finishing line.

"We had a bad start and were the fourth boat to tack off. Luckily all the good guys were with us. They tacked earlier and we went further. We rounded in first and just disappeared", said Bundock. The team jumped up two positions and are now third overall.

The Argentineans finished second and are now ten points ahead of American team of John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE, who are second overall. Spanish Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ are also very constant in their results - the worse position so far is a thirteenth - and they have are fourth overall.

The Dutch team of Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN, leaders of the event until day four, had a 28th and a fourth and subsequently fell to fifth overall.

"The results show two things: how challenging the conditions are and how many good boats we have racing", explains coach Robbie DANIELS about the competitors' big scores.

From the countries trying to qualify for the Olympics, Russia, Portugal and Canada are looking good. New Zealand and Slovenia have one point difference between them and Brazil has three points to the latter.

The two races left of the Championship are going to be decisive. Anything could happen and it will be up in the air the final results. Tomorrow is a day to be watched!

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