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20 November 2004, 07:38 pm
Jablonski Keeps The Lead
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Match Race Brazil

Although defeated by Torben GRAEL in the very first regatta of the day, the Polish Karol JABLONSKI kept the lead in the third an last leg of Match Race Brasil, boat-against-boat competition sailed until Sunday at the Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro .

Second place in the ISAF Match Race rankings, JABLONSKI has five victories and has secured his spot in the semifinals that will be sailed at Saturday, pending the weather conditions.

"We got some consistent results, but we can improve", said the Polish sailor, who still has to sail a final qualifying regatta against André Bochecha FONSECA. "The tie against GRAEL was a close one, and we lost only at the finish line."

As JABLONSKI, Torben GRAEL wasn't totally happy with his crew's performance. "Even in our victory against the Polish we erred a lot. We only secured the win at the "street fight" in the finish line", joked the Two-time Olympic Star medalist. "The winds were inconstant and we got lucky".

Torben's tactician Marcelo FERREIRA was relieved with the two victories guaranteed this Friday raised the spirits of the crew, defeated twice Thursday. "We improved a hundred percent", said the two-time Star medalist. "The maneuvering was better and we're one more time in the picture", added FERREIRA, already champion of the 2004 Match Race Brasil.

The crews of João Joca SIGNORINI and Maurício SANTA CRUZ share the second standing with three triumphs each.

The crew led by Robert SCHEIDT, however, hadn't won a single regatta in the two first days and is trailing the table with four defeats. The ISAF Rolex World Sailor Of the Year winner in 2004, seven-time world champion and two-time Laser Olympic champion, SCHEIDT regretted the mistakes committed in the regattas. "We're even starting well, but the failures in some maneuvers are costing a lot", explained the skipper. "I'm very tired due to the travels and competitions. Starting Monday, I'm on vacations and will only return in 2005."

The Friday regattas had a 12-knot south wind, with clouded skies and a light drizzle in the most part of the time.

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