Robert Scheidt from Brazil has won all three races in the Laser on the first day racing of the SPA Regatta 2003. That makes him the absolute winner of Day One. Great Britain and the Netherlands both have a first position overall in two classes, which makes them the leading nations. Due to great sailing conditions with a south-west wind force four, all scheduled races could be sailed.
The Tornado class completed three races in the afternoon. Team KARSENBERG/HEEMSKERK from the Netherlands sailed a steady series with a first, second and third place. They are leading the fleet, followed by the Australian World Champions BUNDOCK/FORBES and the Spanish team ECHAVARI/BLANEO. The winners of last year's SPA Regatta, BOOTH/DERCKSEN from the Netherlands, are in fourth position, followed by the European Champions BACKES/VOIRON from France. The level of world's best Tornado teams is getting closes and closer.
After three races the Israeli team of KORNECKI is first overall. In the second race they were close to the finish when they dropped their spinnaker, thinking the victory was theirs, but the Dutch team DE KONING/BERKHOUT passed them on the finish line. The Dutch girls are in second position overall, followed by the Spanish team VIA DUFRESNE/AZON.
After winning the America's Cup, Peter VAN NIEKERK from the Netherlands decided to start an Olympic campaign in the Star with Mark NEELEMAN, a sailing legend. The SPA Regatta is their first pre-Olympic regatta together and after a second place in race two, they are in ninth position overall.
Last year's winners, team PERCY/MITCHELL from Great Britain is leading, followed by team BROMBY/WHITE from Bermuda and KATS/MARTENS from the Netherlands.
Top 3 Results for each class
|2||Marcelien de Koning/Lobke Berkhout||NED||13|
|3||Natalia Via Dufresne/Sandra Azon||ESP||17|
|1||Sven Coster/Kalle Coster||NED||5|
|2||Alvaro Darinho/Niguel Nunes||POR||9|
|3||Philippe Gildas/Nicolas le Berre||FRA||10|
|1||Sven Karsenbarg/Mischa Heemskerk||NED||6|
|2||Darren Bundock/John Forbes||AUS||13|
|3||Fernando Echavari/Anton Paz Blaneo||ESP||17|
|1||Chris Draper, Simon Hiscocks GBR||GBR||4|
|2||Alister Richardson/Peter Greenhalgh||GBR||9|
|3||Rodion Luka/George Leonchuk||UKR||12|
|1||Ian Percy/Steve Mitchel||GBR||7|
|2||Peter Bromby/Lee White||BER||8|
|3||Serge Kats/Jean Pierre Martens||NED||9|
|1||Shirly Robertson/Sarah Webb/Sarah Ayton||GBR||3|
|2||Melanie Dennison/Fiona Herbert/Caroline Aders||AUS||7|
|3||Dorte Jensen/Helle Jespersen/Rachel Kiel||DEN||8|