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25 May 2011, 10:25 pm
Brazilians, Croatians And British Share Second Day Spoils In Medemblik
Oliveira and Barbachan
Fernanda Oliveira with her new crew Ana Luiza Barbachan

Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011
Medemblik, Netherlands

The second day of the fifth ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Medemblik, the Netherlands belonged to Brazilians, Croatians and British as they lead two fleets each.
The Stars were last off the water last night, with their fourth race ending at 21:30 local time. Beijing Silver medallists, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) took the early lead with a third and a win, followed by another win in today's last race. They are continuing their good form after winning the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères with a day to spare. After a victory in their last event in Palma, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) are in second position and in contention for the event title. Canadians Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn, and last year SWC winners Eivind Melleby and Petter Moerland Pedersen (NOR) are only one point from second.

Olympic medallist Fernanda Oliveira with her new crew Ana Luiza Barbachan (BRA) have taken the lead in the Women's 470 after top three results in today's tricky conditions. Yuka Yoshisako and Noriko Okuma (JAP), fifth at the 470 Spring Cup, are second overall. After mixed results today, early leaders Martine Grael and Isabel Swan (BRA) are in third in front of Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) who have collected near perfect results with one bullet and a second place finish.

In the Men's 470, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) conserved their three point lead over World # 1 Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS). But the day went to the Japanese teams with Tetsuya Matsunagaand Kimihiko Imamura and Ichino Ichino Naoki and Ryouhei Froyliche enjoying the conditions with a second and a first each. "We like the light conditions so today was a day for us," explains Tetsuya. "We were in the lead at the top mark but got passed by Ichino and Ryouhei. We beat them again downwind." The Japanese 470 has a strong team in Medemblik. "We are five boats training together and progressing together as well." After finishing 18th in Medemblik in previous years, Tetsuya and Kimihiko have an objective of top three in this event.

Milan Vujasinovic (CRO) conserves the lead in the Laser and is on equal points with Bruno Fontes from Brazil. He said, "I am happy with today's results and to keep the lead. Light winds are not my favoured conditions, and I found it really hard. I just had to be patient and wait to benefit from the situations that came my way."

Finn World Champion Ed Wright (GBR) increased his lead in the Finn fleet after winning a second race today. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) is second, ten points ahead of Laser Olympic Medallist, Slovenian Vasilij Zbogar. In the fourth race of the Finn class eight boats were penalised for being over the line. Among them was Dan Slater (NZL) who collected his second penalty.

In the 49er, day one leaders, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) and the Philips brothers, got disqualified by the jury for rounding the wrong mark. Stephen Morrison and Ben Rhodes (GBR) are in the lead with Peter Kruger Andersen and Nicolai Thorsell (DEN) in second and the Australians Outteridge and Jensen third.

In the Women's Match Racing competition Spain's Tamara Echegoyen moved into the Gold Group unscathed after successfully negotiating Group A with eight wins out of eight. Joining her from Group A will be Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) and Silvia Roca (ESP).There are still some matches to be raced in Group B, Renee Groeneveld(NED) and Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) have both collected six victories. Racing will resume in the morning to decide the three teams who will qualify for the Gold Group.

"The matches have been really hard and a real contest so we are happy with our results. We are in the Gold group thanks to real team work. Yesterday, in the breeze every small mistake could cost a lot and we needed to be careful. Today the wind was hard to read and my crew did a great work with the strategies. We needed to be very attentive to the wind shifts." explained Echegoyen.

Beijing Silver medallist Gintare Scheidt (LTU) climbed to first place in the Laser Radial after mastering the day's tricky conditions. Tina Mihelic (CRO) who is still carrying a disqualification from the first day won the first race and placed fourth in the second. She is in tenth overall. "It was a difficult day with big shifts but I sailed well. I look forward more races to discard my OCS and come up in the rankings." Early leader Marit Bouwmeester (NED) lost seven places after a difficult day. She commented on her 39th place finish, "On the first race I got carried away, too eager, I went too far left and ended up with less wind."

In the Men's RS:X, Palma winner Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) has taken the lead from Jon-Paul Tobin (NZL) after consistent sailing. "I have not seen conditions so unstable, the wind went right and left and up and down. In the second race I ended up in a hole in the middle and rounded the top mark in 30th position. These conditions also gave me opportunities to catch up and finally finish fifth," explained the Dutchman.

In the Women's RS:X, Maayan Davidovich (ISR) who placed ninth in the Delta lloyd Regatta last year leads this year's edition. Jessica Crisp (AUS) is following closely after winning the first race of the day. The Chinese sailors are once again proving their strong abilities in windsurfing claiming, third, fourth and fifth places.

Thierry Schmitter (NED) and Megan Pascoe (GBR) have increased their lead over the rest of the fleet in the 2.4mR

Thursday will be the last chances for classes racing in groups to qualify for the Gold fleet.

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Corinne McKenzie (As Amended by ISAF)
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