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16 May 2004, 01:24 pm
Day Three
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Laser World Championship And Olympic Qualification Regatta

Racing started on time yesterday as a 15 knot north westerly wind greeted the sailors as they arrived on the course area.
As with previous days the breeze was again very shifty and it was the fourth start before yellow fleet successfully got away after two general recalls and one postponement.

At the first mark Andre STREPPLE (BRA) led from Alexander SCHLONSKI (GER) with eventual race winner Karl SUNESON(SWE) rounding in fourth. By the time their second windward leg began the breeze had increased to 20 knots. Suneson found more speed in the stronger wind and gradually picked off the boats ahead of him to take the winners gun.

In the second race Suneson scored a second after Mark MENDELBLATT(USA) had a victory to go with his third in the first race. Seven time former world champion Robert SCHEIDT, (BRA) put his competitors on notice by winning both heats of Blue fleet. Robert said of the first race. "I started in the middle of the line and tacked onto port and then held that tack for a fair while. I finally got a shift back to the right so I tacked and was able to cross the whole fleet." In both races he led Paul GOODISONfrom Great Britain.

The two victories for Scheidt has put him to the lead in the overall standings, two points ahead of Michael BLACKBURN(AUS) with Suneson in third, a further ten points behind.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.

Overall results without discard

1. Robert Scheidt BRA 13pts
2. Michael Blackburn AUS 15pts
3. Karl Suneson SWE 25pts
4. Andreas Geritzer AUT 26pts
5. Gareth Blanckenberg RSA 26pts
6. Mark Mendelblatt USA 33pts
7. Milan Vujasinovic CRO 39pts
8. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic CRO 41pts
9. Hamish Pepper NZL 45pts
10. Thomas Le Breton FRA 48pts

Jeff Martin (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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