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8 April 2004, 10:17 am
Weather Conditions Force Postponements
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© Nico Martinez

Princess Sofia Trophy
Palma, Mallorca

The weather forecast was correct in Palma yesterday and it was not possible to complete the schedule of races. Only one race was sailed in the Laser, Finn, 470 women and Tornado fleets but the Europe, Dragon, Yngling and Men's 470 fleets completed two.
The weather forecast was correct and the day started with sunshine and NW wind, 8 knots changing to SW 10-12 knots around 14:00 hrs.

The change in wind direction brought postponements and abandonment of races in all racing areas. The clouds increased in the afternoon and around 16:00hrs, and considering the important windshifts the Race Committees decided to abandon the day's races and sent all boats ashore.

Javier CONTE and Juan de la FUENTE maintain their lead in the men's 470 but posted their worst two results - a thirteenth and a fourteenth, which has reduced their lead to just two points ahead of Kimitoshi NAKAMURA and Kan YAMADA from Japan who finished third and eighth. Great Britain's Graham VIALS and Bevis FIELD are just one point further back in third. Forester (USA) and Bonnaud (FRA) who were second and third respectively going into yesterday's racing have both dropped down the overall rankings following a black flag in race seven.

The Women's 470 fleet completed just one race yesterday. The top spot has been taken over by the ISAF World Ranked number two team of Vladlena ILIENKO and Natalia GAPONOVICH from Russia. Susanne and Michaela WARD move up into second despite finishing thirtieth but are on equal points with world champions Sofia BEAKATOROU and Emilia TSOULFA (GRE) whose black flag in race 6 means they have to count the seventeenth place they scored yesterday.

Siren SUNDBY (NOR) added another twentieth and a third to her scoreline yesterday pushing her down into second place behind Meg GAILLARD (USA) who finished third and fourth.

Ben AINSLIE (GBR) continued to dominate the Finn fleet maintaining his perfect scoreline. Marin MISURA (CRO) remains in second place seventeen points behind Ainslie whilst Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) and Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) are tied on 25 points in third and fourth respectively.

It's a Sweden one two in the Laser fleet with Karl SUNESON leading Daniel BIRGMARK by two points. It's all about these two sailors at this stage and the overall victory could go either way. Mathias REIK (GER) is in third place after seven races but a whopping 29 points behind second placed Birgmark.

John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE (USA) continue to lead the Tornado fleet after finishing third in yesterday's only race. Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG) have moved up to second after taking the bullet ahead of Fernando ECHIVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) who are in third. ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominees, Olympic medallists and multiple Tornado World Champions Darren BUNDOCK and John FORBES (AUS) are currently in ninth place with a scoreline not to their usual standard - an OCS in yesterday's race and a black flag in race nine. The Tornado fleet are of course looking ahead to their World Championship and Olympic Qualifier which gets underway next week.

The Yngling fleet is still very much an open affair but overnight leaders Kristine WAGNER, Anna HOELL and Veronika LOCHBRUNNER (GER) are again showing the importance of consistency and have maintained their top spot. Winners of race one, Annelies THIES, Annemieke BES and Petronella de JONG (NED) move up into second place with a third and a fifth yesterday. Alesha THORPE, Karen LAMBERT and Michelle VINSEN from New Zealand are in third.

The day's overall results are available on the event website via the link below.


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