Ten different countries started the fight for the European crown on a choppy first day with winds from 8 to 12 knots hosted by the Toensberg Yacht Club. Two races were sailed in a typical windward leeward format of approximate 8 to 9 miles.
The 23 teams include Olympic gold medallist Magnus LIEDHJAL (USA) in the Star class sailing the only North American team skippered by Peter ALLEN from Canada and crewed also by Karl ANDERSON, started in good shape at the first race with a fourth.
Difficult sailing conditions then favoured those with more time in sailing the class, like Markus SCHEEBERGER, Volker MOSER and Christian PANEK from Austria who had the best finishes in the day with a first and a second in each race and lead the overall results with three points. The Hungarian team with Balazs GYENESE, Gyula MONUS and Karoly VEZER who were fifth at the 2004 Soling Worlds held in Brazil last January had a second and a fourth, standing in good condition at the overall results with six points.
The surprises were the local teams from Norway. Asbjorn KRISTIANSEN, Petter HOGLUND and Lars RONY who had a fifth and a third and follow the leaders with eight points and Pal CHRISTOFFERSEN, Karl BOOK and Espen Kamperhaug who had a eighth and first and have nine points.
The team from Slovenia, Bostjan ANTONCIC, Gennadi STRAKH and Zeijko PEROVIC are also tied with nine points in the overall results with a third and sixth in each race.
In sixth place in the overall results another country appears, the Dutch team of Johan OFFERMANS, Hans ZIJISTRA and Bas DUSEE have eleven points after a six and a fifth.
The event, sponsored by Color Line, Elvstrom Sobstad, Nottero Sparebank, Fritios Kompaniet, O. Sandviki promises a week of social events in Tonsberg the oldest town in Norway besides the tight racing and superb sailing condition in the fjord.
Top Five After Two Races