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15 March 2005, 09:55 am
Many Surprises On The Third Day
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Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week 2005
Barcelona, Spain

The third day of racing at the ISAF Grade 2 PHÂRO regatta-Semana Olimpica de Barcelona reconfirmed the leadership of Spanish crews in five of the classes. Racing was delayed in the morning due to light winds.
In Laser class, the favourite, Diego NEGRI (ITA) continued to dominate proceedings and after nine races leads by five points from Allan JULIE from the Seychelles. Negri has finished first in five of the nine races and his worst position is third - an impressive performance. It was a good day yesterday Javier HERNÁNDEZ (ESP) who moves up the overall rankings to third overall.

In the Laser Radial there is no change to the top three and Larissa NEVIEROV continues to lead after seven races but only by one point as she had her worst two races yesterday, finishing fourth and third. Alicia CEBRÍAN (ESP) holds on to second overall ahead of Lucia REYES (ESP).

In the Finn class, Olympic medallist Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP) has lost his leader after finishing in second place in races seven and eight. Taking over the lead is Guillaume FLORENT from France who is three points ahead of Trujillo. Trujillo and Florent have similar scoresheets and it should be an exciting final day. Third place in this class is Pablo ARRATE (ESP).

There are Spanish teams leading both the men's and women's 470 fleets and it is perhaps no surprise that Natalia VIA DUFRESNE is leading the women. Via Dufresne went to her first Olympic Regatta in 1992 sailing a Europe and went home with a silver medal, in Athens last year she won another silver medal but this time sailing the 470. Now, teamed up with Laia TUTZÓ she has putted her stamp on this regatta with a near perfect scoreline. After nine races Via Dufresne and Tutzó (image: right) have scored eight bullets and one third to lead from second placed Sylvia VOGL and Carolina FLATSCHER (AUT) by seven points. No ALT tag specified

There has been a change at the top of the men's leaderboard where Marc PATIÑO and Juan OMAR have shot up the rankings to take over the top spot from Gabrio ZANDONA and Francesco DELLA TORRE (ITA). The Coster brothers remain in third.

In the Tornado, Fernando ECHAVARRI and Antón PAZ (ESP) continue to lead from Andrey KIRILYUK and Valery USHOV (RUS) and after nine races have not finished a race lower than second. Third in the class are the Italians Vicenio SORRENTINO and Giorgo COLOMBO.

In the 49er class, Alberto PADRÓN and Javier de la PLAZA are still on top of the leaderboard and have increased their lead to six points after twelve races. Pietro and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) remain in second but the French team of Meilhat and Bourdais have surrendered third to Alejandro DOMINGUEZ and Carlos DE BRICIO (ESP). There is a 24 point gap between second and third but still everything to play for.

In the Europe Class, the Catalan Marc PARIS keeps the post excellent results and has finished first in six of the seven races. He now leads by seven points from Tomas VIKA (CZE). In third place is Elisabeth LLARGUES (ESP).

Today (Tuesday 15 March) is the last day of the PHARO regatta -BOSW. Complete results are available on the event website via the link below.

ISAF (Source: Event Media), Images: © Diego Yriarte/SVM
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