Mark NEELEMAN (NED), the winner of the first race, started very well and in the first round mark was third, while Michael KOCH (GER) was first, followed by Torben GRAEL (BRA). The first downwind leg showed decisively the progress of the boats: the dutch crew was the first to round the mark and afterwards kept the leadership, having increased the distance over their opponents. Koch/ Koy fell to the second position and in third was an italian crew - Roberto BENAMATI AND Filippo DOMENICALLI - after a remarkable recovery, as in the first leg they didn't appear in the top ten. The brazilians couldn't find their rhythm in the first downwind leg, getting far from the top places, finishing seventh. Till the end, there were no changes in the first three positions: Neeleman was first, with almost two minutes advantage over Koch, the second, and Benamati (third).
Mark NEELEMAN, 44 years old, revealed the tactics that allowed them to finish first: "a good start and the selection of the best side of the course (leeward), with few boats." Yesterday the Dutch showed that they have a superior pacing when comparing to their opponents. However, when questioned about his goals, he said he doesn't think about the European title: "finishing in the best ten European" is the target.
Today the race will start an hour earlier than what was initially scheduled, at 13h00, because the Race Committee intends to sail two races.
Overall Top Ten
|1||NED||Mark Neeleman||Peter Van Niekerk||1||1|
|2||GER||Michael Koch||Markus Koy||2||2|
|3||ITA||Roberto Benamati||Filippo Domenicali||3||3|
|4||BER||Peter Bromby||Martin Siese||4||4|
|5||DEN||Nicklas Holm||Llaus Olesen||5||5|
|6||AUS||Colin Beashel||David Giles||6||6|
|7||BRA||Torben Grael||Marcelo Ferreira||7||7|
|8||AUS||Ian Walker||Nick Willians||8||8|
|9||GRE||Leonidas Pelecanalus||George Kontogouris||9||9|
|10||GBR||Iain Percy||Steve Mitchell||10||10|