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12 May 2004, 05:52 pm
Awkward Conditions For Day Three
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Yngling Women's World Championship And Olympic Qualification Regatta

Santander kicked up some awkward seas and 10-knot North-westerlies for Races 5 and 6. A northerly swell combined with the waves created by the NW wind made for some tricky upwind conditions and some downwind surfing prospects for the boats racing today.
The first start of the day saw the 37-boat fleet get underway first time. Up the first beat it was the Spanish boat of Eva RIOS, Helga GARCES and Julie GARCIA (ESP) and the Ukrainian boat of Ruslana TARAN, Svitlana MATEVUSHEVA and Ganna KALININA (UKR) who led the fleet to the top mark. These two were chased by the Russian boat of Anna BALSAKINA Galina LUKASHOVA and Vladislava UKRAINTSEVA (RUS), and current leader of the ISAF Wold Sailing Rankings, Dorte JENSEN (DEN).

Again the first run saw many place changes and it was Annalies THIES Annemieke BES and Petronella De JONG (NED) who managed to sail around some of the leading pack to round in fourth place, just behind the leading trio of TARAN, BALSAKINA and RIOS. On the second windward leg, the fleet were divided in tactics with a 50/50 split in sides of the course. However it was again TARAN who lead around the top mark with BALSAKINA still chasing hard. By this time, these two boats had opened up a 20-boat length lead on the third placed boat of THIES.

Shirley ROBERTSON, Sarah AYTON and Sarah WEBB (GBR) rounded in fourth place, having picked up two places on the beat, and she was followed by RIOS (ESP) who had not been able to maintain her lead from the first beat.

It was only at the finish that TARAN found out that she had been judged OCS at the start and therefore handed the race win to BALSAKINA. THIES and ROBERTSON rounded out the top three with RIOS coming in fourth.

For the second race of the day, the fleet were a little too anxious to start with two general recalls being ordered before finally being able to start at the third attempt. This time it was race 5 winner Anna BALSAKINA (RUS), judged to be OCS. Straight from the start it was TARAN (UKR), CRONIN (USA) and FERRIS (NZL) who tacked immediately on to port and headed for the right hand side of the course, the rest of the fleet choosing to head inshore. It was these three boats that had the best first beat and it was CRONIN who rounded first followed by TARAN and then Giulia CONTI, Alessandra MARENZI and Angela BARONI (ITA), who made the best of the left hand side of the course. FERRIS rounded in fourth place.

The leading three would stay the same for the run but it was Dorte JENSEN who was moving up the fleet quickly and by the second top mark she was in fourth place behind CRONIN, TARAN and CONTI. As the boats surfed towards the finish line, JENSEN managed to sneak past both TARAN and CONTI into second place with CRONIN taking the race win.

Overall it is still the Dutch who lead the scoreboard but Annalies THIES has taken over the top position from Janneke HIN, who with a 29 and 18, has dropped down into third.

With six races sailed the discard comes into effect and this allows Dorte JENSEN to drop her OCS from yesterday and move onto equal points with THIES to sit in second place overall. PALLUDAN (DEN) drops down into fourth from her second overall place of yesterday. Russia also had a good day today with both BALSAKINA (RUS) moving up into seventh place and Ekaterina SKUDINA (RUS) moving into fifth. The New Zealand boat of FERRIS separates the two in sixth position.

However, whilst having two teams in the top ten is good for the Netherlands, Russia and Denmark, the championships are also part of their national selection process. For some selection panels, this event is going to cause some large headaches in choosing which crew to send to Athens!

For the nations looking to qualify it is still the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada and Norway who are the top four unqualified nations.

Tomorrow is a lay day with racing continuing on Friday and Saturday. Tonight the crews will be treated to a Gala Dinner at the Palacio de la Magdalena, a past home to the King of Spain.

Top ten results after six races (one discard)

Pos Nat Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 NED Annalies THIES/Annemieke BES/Petronella De JONG -28 3 9 2 2 10 26
2 DEN Dorte O. JENSEN/Helle JESPERSEN/Rachel KIEL HEMPEL 4 4 10 (OCS) 6 2 26
3 NED Janneke HIN/Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN/Hanne BUIS HAARLEM 7 6 1 1 -29 18 33
4 DEN Trine PALLUDAN/Christina OTZEN/Ida HARTVIG 2 12 4 14 8 -29 40
5 RUS Ekaterina SKUDINA/Tatiana LARTSEVA/Diana KRUTSKIKH 15 8 -22 4 5 13 45
6 NZL Sharon FERRIS/Joanna WHITE/Kylie JAMESON 1 11 -26 10 20 7 49
7 RUS Anna BALSAKINA/Galina LUKASHOVA/Vladislava UKRAINTSEVA 17 10 6 17 1 (OCS) 51
8 BER Paula LEWIN/Christine PATTON/Melissa PURDY 19 (BFD) 7 8 10 12 56
9 GER Kristin WAGNER/Anna HOLL/Veronika LOCHBRUNNER 11 2 14 -18 17 14 58
10 USA Sally BARKOW/Carrie HAWE/Debbie CAPOZZI 14 (BFD) 2 15 21 8 60
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