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28 April 2004, 01:07 pm
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Semaine Olympic Française - Olympic Qualification Regatta

Blue sky, sunshine and good wind started the third day of racing in Hyères. Starting at 8 knots the South Easterly breeze increased to 14 knots providing perfect sailing conditions for all classes.
Everyone was finally able to catch up with the programme and race the last qualification races in the Lasers, 470 and Europe classes.

Sarah MACKY has excelled today by winning the three races programmed for the Europes. These outstanding results propelled the New Zealander to second place in the overall results. She is now only three points behind Siren Siren SUNDBY (NOR) who won two races after scoring a 21 place finish. SHEN Xiaoying from China is placed third, in front of Sari MULTALA (FIN).

In the Tornado class, Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN (NED) claimed back their top position after sailing consistently to a third and second place. Race winners were the American John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE (USA) and the French Olivier BACKES and Laurent VOIRON (FRA), placed in second and third position overall.

Up and down results for the SIBELLO brothers from Italy in the 49er. The Italians have been alternating outstanding results in the top three with mid-fleet placings. They won two races yesterday and placed 13 in the third to grab second position in the overall results. The Portuguese Jorge LIMA and Francisco ANDRADE are placed third after winning a race. New regatta leaders are the Spanish crew of Albert PADRON and Javier de la Plaza. World Champions Iker MARTINEZ and Xavier FERNANDEZ haven't race since yesterday as the skipper had to go back to Spain to have his injured knee checked. They might resume racing in the next days.

Two races were sailed in the 470 fleets. In the women division, early leaders, Shelley HESSON and Linda DICKSON. fell to position after a bad day (22; 25). Slovenian sailors Vesna DEKLEVA and Klara MAUCEC are now in the lead with a three points margin over French crew of Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX. Mixed results for Greek champions, Sofia BEKATOROU and Emilia TSOULFA who won their first race of the championship before placing 22. They are now down in 15 place. The Ward sisters won the last race to climb from 12 to fifth overall.

The Bonnaud brothers are increasing their lead to 15 points after winning a third race and scoring a fifth. Only seven points are separating the next eight teams from the leaders. Yesterday's race winners include Simon COOKE and Alistair GAIR (NZL), Kazuto SEKI and Kenjiro TODOROKI (JPN) and Enrico FONDA and Pietro ZUCCHETI from Italy.

Class favourites are claiming back the top of the overall results in the Finn after three races sailed yesterday on Alpha (in front of the YC). Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE) seems to have adjusted his downwind technique to take control of the regatta with a solid 15 point lead over multi-World Champion and 1996 Gold medallist, Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ, winner of yesterday's last race. Young Croatian Marin MISURA is placed in third position.

In the 2.4, Thierry SCHMITTER can finally discard his "ocs" to take the lead. He continued on his good form to win a race and place 4th in the second. French Damien SEGUIN is in second position only 1 point behind his Dutch rival. Allan SMITH is now leading the British selection 3 points ahead of Helena LUCAS.

Shirley ROBERTSON , Sarah AYTON and Sarah WEBB are comforting their lead in the Yngling class with two bullets on the 3 races sailed today. The American team helmed by Sally BARKOW scored some of their best results with a first, second and sixth place to take the second place on the scoreboard. They are just one point ahead of Wagner/Hoell/Lochbrunner from Germany.

With the fourth race cancelled in the Mistral women, the only race sailed today was won by Amelie LUX from Germany who takes tonight the head of the classifications. Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) and Charline PICON (FRA) are on equal points in second and third place.

The Men are back on schedule after 3 races completed and won by the leaders, Tom ASHLEY (NZL), Fabrice HASSEN (FRA) and Joao RODRIGUES (POR).

Full results from all classes are available on the event website at the address below.
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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