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14 March 2005, 03:49 pm
ADLER Wins After Last Day Is Cancelled
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Match Race Brasil 2005
Salvador, Brazil

Brazilian skipper Alan ADLER has won the 2005 Match Race Brasil, Salvador leg. Due to the lack of winds on Sunday the decisive races could not be sailed and the qualifying standings were maintained.
ADLER, winner of the Star Pre-Olympic Week in Rio de Janeiro, won six of seven regattas, losing only to Argentinean Torkel BORGSTROM on the first day of the event.

It is ADLER's first title after three years of competing in Match Race Brasil. In the previous six legs of the competition, in 2003 and 2004, Torben GRAEL (BRA) had won five times and Poland's Karol JABLONSKI once.

'I'm happy with the result, although a little frustrated. The ideal would be to win in the water, crossing the finish line', said the champion. 'We did a very good qualifying and showed that we deserve this title'.

ADLER lamented the lack of winds. 'Unfortunately it's part of the sport and a lot of regattas got cancelled around the world. It was good to win in Salvador, in the very first time the city hosts a competition. It has a different feeling'.

Runner up, André FONSECA (BRA), could not hide a little bit of joy at the situation. 'My semifinal would be against GRAEL and it's very hard to beat him. If, on one side, I lost the chance to battle for the title, on the other I secured the second place', said FONSECA. 'Match Race Brasil was in a lucky streak and it's the first time a leg is cancelled due to lack of wind. It's a normal situation in sailing'.

GRAEL, back-to-back champion, was a little disappointed. 'Salvador is usually very windy', said the two-time Star Olympic champion. 'It prejudiced the event a little and it's frustrating, but this is an important competition, a sailing celebration'.

Sunday was the most complicated day for sailing in the All Saints Bay, northeast shore of Brazil. The day dawned very cloudy, with weak winds that delayed the beginning of the events. After the UBS Feminine Sailing Challenge, the situation worsened. The weak and rounded winds prevented the displaying of the buoys that would mark the official lanes.

Following the rules that cancel regattas if they would finish after 1400, the wins of Torben GRAEL and Alexandre 'Spanto' SALDANHA were declared null, since only one of a best-of-three regatta was sailed. This put ADLER and FONSECA in the final, with GRAEL and SALDANHA in the quest for the third place.

The crews stayed in the water until 1600, when the competition was declared officially finished by the Regatta Commission, after a start in the third place flight was cancelled.

The next leg of Match Race Brasil is at Ilhabela, from 19-22 May and then in Rio de Janeiro, from 15-18 September.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Race Between ADLER And GRAEL:© Gonzalo Arselli
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