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13 May 2004, 10:53 am
Tricky Conditions on Day Three
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470 World Championship and Olympic Qualification Regatta

Three of five groups had starts and finishes yesterday but in a controversial move, the race officer on the Men's course abandoned the finish of two men's groups after a 35 degree windshift.
The breeze died for about minutes, this would normally be applauded but happened just 30 metres before the finish line and with two minutes to go in the time limit.

The Women's course was blessed with consistent 6-8 knot of breeze throughout their races. The two Men's groups, still requiring a final race to complete the qualification stage of the Championships, stayed on the water for a further two hours and attempted a start only to be abandoned at the top mark.

As usual, half of the fleet will be very happy to 'live to fight another day' but the other half of the fleet will be very unhappy with the Race Officers move. This will mean that two groups will sail Thursday to complete the Qualification stage delaying the start of the final series.

Vesna DEKLAVA and Klara MAUCEC of Slovenia recovered yesterday from a disappointing 21 in Tuesday's last heat to finish third and take the lead overall from Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON of Sweden. Deklava and Maucec have steadily improved their standing since a podium finish at last years 470 European Championships.

Japanese sailors Yuka YOSHISAKO and Mitsuko SATAKE have taken a commanding lead in their Olympic selection regatta to be third overall and some 23 points ahead of their nearest Japanese rival.

The Women's fleet will begin their Gold fleet races today (Thursday) while the Men will complete their Qualifying series. Conditions are expected to improve overnight for an on time start of 11.00 hrs local time.

Full results are available on the event website.
Darren Dunkley Smith (As Amended by ISAF)
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