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6 July 2011, 06:07 pm
Tricky Conditions Continue in Helsinki At Open Europeans
Lijia Xu (CHN)
Lijia Xu (CHN) in second place with one more day before the Medal Race

Open European Championship
Helsinki, Finland

Weather continued to cause problems at the Open Europeans on Wednesday. The sailors had to wait for the first start of the day almost an hour in very calm wind conditions.
The gold and silver fleets in the Laser Radials didn't have as much waiting to do as the others. The class is lead by Belgium's Evi Van Acker, although she didn't have her best day. She finished 37th in the first start and 12th in the second. "I can't afford another day like this in the remaining fleets. I just have to find my previous form and keep myself calm", she said.

Second in the Laser Radials is China's 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Lijia Xu. Tina Mihelic of Croatia is currently third, with just one day of sailing to go before the medal race.

In Laser Standards it was even more difficult. The sailors started their second race twice, but both of them had to be stopped because the wind died completely. In the end they could only finish the first fleets.

After seven races, Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic is in the lead before Poland's Jonasz Stelmaszyk and Austria's Andreas Geritzer.

"I had a good start today and was lucky to have chosen the right side. So it went well for me, as have gone the whole Championships so far", told Geritzer, who finished third in the day's race.

"The waiting is familiar to all of us. And at least we had the opportunity to soak up the sun", grinned Finland's Pierre Angelo Collura. He is currently 26th overall.

In Star class the excitement builds up before the final day. Fernando EchÁvarri and Fernando Rodriguez rivero of Spain squeezed their way past Emilios Papathanasiou and Emilios Papathanasiou and alexandros Dragoutsis of Greece. Only one point separates the two.

Japan's Kunio Suzuki and Daichi Wada are third, 11 points behind the Greek team. The medal race will be held on Thursday starting at 12:00 local time.

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