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4 August 2004, 09:39 am
Italians Lead On Day Two
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Contender World Championship
Riva, Lake Garda

The Contender fleet was met with a slight increase in the wind strength for the first fleet starts on day two. Yesterday saw the two qualification fleets seeded from the first day's results with the gold and silver fleets being decided after racing.
Both red and yellow fleets got away to clean starts with some starting from the favoured pin end and the rest deciding to head for the cliffs on the right hand side of the course, straight from the committee boat end.

The yellow fleet was led round the first mark by Italian Andrea BONNEZZI, who was never challenged, finishing with a 300 yard lead at the finish. After much place changing behind him second placed finisher Virgilio FRAU (ITA) was followed by Tim HILL (GBR) and Stuart JONES (GBR).

The red fleet was led by German Sebastian MUNCK after a capsize under the cliffs by regatta leader Tim HOLDEN let him through. The chasing pack included Brits Matt ASTON, Simon MUSSELL, Gary LANGDOWN, Paul ROSS and the slightly damp Holden. Munck held on to his lead until the second triangle when he was overtaken by Australian Marcus HAMILTON who seemed to have found another gear.

Race 2

With the wind ominously decreasing the yellow fleet started, with Italian Bonnezzi once again demonstrating his superior boat speed, he was closely followed by fellow Italian Giovanni BONZIO and Brit Stuart JONES. These places remained unchanged until the run when, with the wind now dying the race committee decided to abandon racing.

This decision was met with relief by the beleagured red fleet, who had only managed to reach the leeward mark and had no prospect of going any further.

So with the qualification series only having three results, it was decided to continue it into the following day before splitting the fleet in to Gold and Silver. Full results are on the event website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Pos Nation Name Total R1 R2 R3
1 ITA BONEZZI ANDREA 4,0 2 1 1
2 ITA FRAU VIRGILIO 5,0 1 2 2
3 GBR HOLDEN TIM 10,0 1 1 8
4 AUS HAMILTON MARCUS 10,0 3 6 1
5 DEN ANDREASEN SOREN 11,0 3 2 6
6 ITA LORENZI ROBERTO 12,0 4 4 4
7 AUS HOSIE MATT 15,0 7 5 3
8 GER MUNCK SEBASTIAN 16,0 8 6 2
9 GBR BROWETT JOHN 17,0 2 7 8
10 GBR JONES STUART 18,0 4 10 4
Paul Walker (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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