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15 April 2004, 09:43 am
Shifty Conditions For Tornados On Day 2
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Tornado World Championship & Olympic Qualification Regatta
Palma, Mallorca

The boat park and the Jury Room at El Arenal, Palma de Mallorca were busy last night. While the competitors were repairing their boats, the Jury had 7 protests to hear. Out of the 7 four were dismissed and one was considered invalid.
"The sailors do not seem to understand the requirement to fly the red flag when protesting and that's why some protests were not heard", explained International Jury Chairman Pat HEALY (CAN).

Day 2 of the Tornado Worlds started with shifty conditions on the water. The 2 races were very difficult and the boats had to wait for more than1 hour before the wind direction was stable enough to start racing. Southeast to east - 14 knots and gusty.

The Dutch team of Mitch BOOTH/Herbert DERCKSEN, who are the current leaders of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, had a very good day with a second and a first to pull them up into 11. But the best day was for the British pairing of Leigh MCMILLAN /Mark BULKELEY who placed 3,3 to take the lead going into today's racing.

"The races today weren't easy. Really shifty and we tacked and jibed at least 10 to 12 times on each leg", said Mitch.

"In such conditions one little mistake cost us 20 positions in 200 meters and it was difficult to recover them. The first race was easier than the second"/images/content/images/04_tornado_worlds_day2.jpg>
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French Youth team Francois GABART
/David ROMAIN had another excellent result, finishing fifth in race 3.

"We feel very motivated to be sailing amongst the best sailors in the world. I'd rather be the last Youth but 15 overall in such a high level fleet," said Francois GABART. "But it would be excellent if we could win the Youth Title and finish top 15." added David ROMAIN.

For those countries seeking the final chance for Olympic Qualification and chasing the four qualification slots on offer at the Tornado Worlds, it is looking particularly good for Portugal, with Diego CAYOLLA/Nuno BARRETTO placed 9 overall, and Russia's Andrey KIRILYUK/Valery USHKOV who are currently 12 overall, both of which are currently the highest placed unqualified nations.

Top 20 After 4 Races
Overall Crew Nation 1 2 3 4 Points
1 Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley GBR 12 4 3 3 22
2 Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola ARG 1 8 1 14 24
3 John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree USA 5 1 8 16 30
4 Roman Hagara/Hans Peter Steinacher AUT 13 5 10 2 30
5 Xavier Revil/Laurent Guillemette FRA 10 9 6 13 38
6 Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz ESP 9 6 13 12 40
7 Yann Guichard/Christophe Espagnon FRA 4 11 9 19 43
8 Olivier Backes/Laurent Voiron FRA 22 3 11 11 47
9 Diego Cayolla/Nuno Barretto POR RDG RDG 16 8 48
10 Darren Bundock/John Forbes AUS 8 7 30 5 50
11 Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen NED 20 32 2 1 55
12 Andrey Kirilyuk/Valery Ushkov RUS 29 14 7 9 59
13 François Gabart/David Romain FRA 2 25 5 28 60
14 Johannes Polgar/Carsten Happel GER 23 12 18 7 60
15 Hugo Rocha/Luis Beito POR 14 13 34 6 67
16 Oskar Johansson/John Curtis CAN 3 19 29 18 69
17 Martin Strandberg/Kristian Mattsson SWE 32 16 14 10 72
18 Hans Wallen/Christoffer Rappe SWE 18 21 17 20 76
19 Dusan Puh/Alan Biderman SLO 31 2 12 35 80
20 Dimitris Theodorakis/Andonis Bougiouris GRE 19 18 41 4 82

The weather forecast for the 2 races scheduled today is easterly wind - 15 knots.
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