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5 August 2004, 02:24 pm
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Lake Garda

A particular sadistic race officer decided that he needed to catch up with the race lost yesterday and his solution for this was to order an 8am start.
So with the fleet assembled bleary eyed in the dinghy park at 6.30 am and with no wind in prospect the postponement flag went up. However at 11 the wind began to show. The fleet launched into a rapidly strengthening breeze that by the end of the first race had built to 30 knots.

As ever, the majority of the red fleet started cleanly on the starboard tack with most of the front runners choosing to tack early on to port and head for the cliffs. At the windward mark, Tim HOLDEN (GBR) had a small lead over Marcus HAMILTON (AUS) with Soren ANDREASEN (DEN) in third. Hamilton's superior downwind ability allowed him to rapidly gain the lead which he held on to until the finish. The finishing order was Hamilton (AUS) first, Tim HOLDEN (GBR) second, Roberto LORENZI (ITA) third, Matt HOSIE (AUS) fourth and Simon MUSSELL (GBR) fifth.

The yellow fleet was led once again from start to finish by Andrea BONNEZZI to win his third race of the series. Second place was again taken by fellow Italian Virgilio FRAU who seems to have entered into a double act with Bonnezzi mopping up the first two places between them. The battle for third place was more intense with Italian Giovanni BONZIO, Stuart JONES (GBR), Neil WILSON (GBR) and Stephen FRIES (AUS) with Bonzio eventually taking third.

With this race being the last of the qualification series, the fleet was sent in while the results were calculated to decide which boats formed the gold and silver fleets. Unfortunately while this was being done the wind dropped and despite being sent out, all further racing was cancelled for the day.

Top Ten After Four Races

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 ITA BONEZZI ANDREA -2 1 1 1 3
2 GBR HOLDEN TIM 1 1 -8 2 4
3 AUS HAMILTON MARCUS 3 -6 1 1 5
4 ITA FRAU VIRGILIO 1 -2 2 2 5
5 DEN ANDREASEN SOREN 3 2 -6 6 11
6 ITA LORENZI ROBERTO -4 4 4 3 11
7 ITA BONZIO GIOVANNI (ocs) 3 6 3 12
8 AUS HOSIE MATT -7 5 3 4 12
9 GBR JONES STUART 4 -10 4 4 12
10 GER MUNCK SEBASTIAN 8 6 2 -25 16
Paul Walker (As Amended by ISAF)
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