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27 May 2004, 10:41 am
Day Two
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ACI Htmobile Cup
Split

Sailing started rather late in the second day of the ACI Htmobile Cup, because the wind didn't kick in until late afternoon but the sailors did a great job. The first round robin is finished, and crews sailed two races of the second round robin.
A northwesterly wind, known as maestral started blowing after the noon and the race committee gave the sign to start exactly at 1.33 pm. The wind varied from 8 to 14 knots. At the end of the first round robin, the race committee decided to move the regatta field further to the main sea, where two races of the second round robin took place. At the end of this day, the French crew led by Bertrand PACÉ took over the lead with 10 victories, and two defeats.

The second day was a bit worse for the Australian Peter GILMOUR, who is main favorite according to the many. He lost three races and won nine of them. Swedish skipper Magnus HOLMBERG took the chance of Gilmour's bad luck to take the wind out of his sails. At the moment, Holmberg also has nine victories and three losses. Close to the top there is Jes GRAM HANSEN as well. He gained eight victories but lost three times.

The Croatian crews were not that successful. They didn't manage to score any victory. Frano BRATE remains with two victories from yesterday, and Mate ARAPOV with only one. This day will remain marked with the sensational reentry of the Finn Lindberg to the regatta field. After the yesterday's operation Staffan LINDBERG left hospital with special mask on his face to head his team. What is more, he managed to score three victories out of five races.

Skippers' comments at the end of the second day of competition:

Bertrand PACÉ: Today we sailed really great, but the fact that we're temporary in the lead doesn't mean anything. The wind got worse and worse, and we hear that the weather forecast for tomorrow is similar… So, until the end, everything is possible. We'll give our best to maintain the lead.

Peter GILMOUR: We were not that successful today as we had been yesterday. But we're not sad. All the top skippers are here and everyone can beat everyone. We won't resist, we'll to keep on going till the end - until we score the victory.

Magnus HOLMBERG: This was a great day for me and my crew. The weather conditions were not as good as yesterday, but we were fully concentrated, especially in the race against Gilmour and so we managed to make our way up on the ranking. We'll try to keep such a good placement till the end.

Gavin BRADY: I'm pretty pleased with our placement. We derive pleasure from every victory considering the tough competition. We'll try to improve our placement on the ranking list, but I think that won't be easy. The atmosphere is great here and I think this is a good training for the America's Cup.

Frano BRATE: We are extremely honored to even participate at such a big event. We're having a great time, we try to do as much as possible during each race, but in these two days the rhythm was really fatiguing. We already feel tired in comparison with other crews that are in better shape.

Mate ARAPOV: This has been a great experience for me and my crew. We never expected much as far as victories are concerned, but we'll try to score at lest a few more. For me this is a great preparation practice before the Olympics. We enjoy the company of the top world skippers.

Kelvin HARRAP: It was much better today. We sailed a little bit better and we won more races. We got to know each other better as a team. We were close to winning some of the races. We'll see what happens tomorrow. We hope to sail better. We're not so tired today and I must say that we're extremely appreciative of the management of the event.

Jes GRAM HANSEN: We had a good day. The crew worked very well. I think we're doing great, but tomorrow is another day. One day you can be very good, the other day it can be a completely different story.

Mathieu RICHARDS: The second day of competition was not so bad. I'm a bit tired because this was a long day. I think that we're not doing so badly since we have won six races, and lost five of them. We'll try to do better tomorrow.

Staffan LINDBERG: We're pretty satisfied. We won two and lost three races. I'm sure that we were close to winning at least one or two races. I'm extremely pleased with how are things happening when taken in consideration the fact that I have just yesterday been operated on. I feel very well, although I'm a bit tired.
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