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13 May 2004, 02:35 pm
Light Airs on Day Two
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Devon BOULON (ISV)© Event Media

Formula Windsurfing European Championship
Torbole, Lake Garda

Allison SHREEVE continues her lead at the 2004 Formula Windsurfing European Championship on Lake Garda in Italy overnight and three men are tied for first place after day two.
Shreeve, the 22 year old from Sydney, who just missed Olympic selection in the Mistral class for Athens, leads the 21 competitor fleet after four races from Dorota STASZEWSKA (POL) and Karin JAGGIE (SUI).

Conditions have been the same as they have been all over Europe of late - some days so light that race organisers had to abandon racing, some days rainy, whilst others have been sunny and breezy.

Devon BOULON (ISV), the leader going into Day Two and now on equal points for first with Brzozowski WOJTEK and Antoine ALBEAU reports on his day.

I was feeling pretty confident with my racing and also a bit nervous leading the competition. but i was hoping for some great racing.

The wind filled in around 12.30 and we headed out to the course with some new split fleets off of yesterdays results. Today I had Antoine, Gonzalo, Arnon, Jesper, Micah and fellow WindWing teamate Jamie so it was going to be some exciting racing. We started second and just like the day before I went for a port tack start with all of the top guys. I started at the pin end and when I got through the fleet I could see Antoine and Jesper well out in front after starting on port at the boat. They both had really good speed and pretty much sailed their own race out in front. I was coming up to the top mark in fifth behind Jamie and Dijkstra WILKO who was sailing quite fast but then we got headed really bad and I had to double tack and dropped to seventh. On the downwind I made it to fourth passing Jamie right before the mark. I held fourth to windward with Micah chasing right behind me. Then I made the mistake of jibing off on the downwind. Micah passed me in the jibe and Jamie came from the other side to pass both of us right before the finish. Dijkstra WILKO didn't make the leeward mark so Antoine first, Jesper second, Jamie third, Micah fourth and me in fifth.

Then we started race five with the wind getting a little lighter around 12knots. I went for port again but in the middle of the line which turned out to be really good because I just got on the lift and rode it all the way up to lead comfortably at the top mark. Gonzalo had an excellent port at the boat end but didn't get the lift like me and dropped down a bit. I had a comfortable lead for the rest of the race as the wind started to die but I was still going very well on my 11.7 which is working in a very large range. Unfortunately for me the wind died before I could make it to the finish and they had to abandon the race because of no wind at all.

So I was very unhappy to not get my third first but I'm still tied with equal points for first with Antoine and Woijtek who had been in the other fleet from me for both days. So I hope for some better wind tomorrow so we can get some good races.

Di Pearson/ Sail-World (As Amended by ISAF)
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