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26 October 2001, 12:06 pm
Day Four
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Wojtek Brzozowski

Formula Windsurfing World Championships

Eleven races completed in the men's competition and ten in the women's. Brzozowski (POL) continues to lead the men, and Staszewka (POL) the women.
The Race Committee Formula Windsurfing Worlds decided to do only two races for the men's fleet today to save more competition for the final on Saturday. So the competitions began today at 12:00 instead of at 10:00 as announced witch will allow the public to watch 2 races of each fleet on the big final, and not only one as the World Championships are set out for a total of 15 races for both fleets.

The sun came up bringing in an easy sea and wind from 18 to 22 knots with gusts of 25 knots and the ladies into the water first of course. This first race was won by Polish Dorota Staszewska, with second and third positions taken by Lucy Horwood (UK) and Karin Jaggi (Switzerland) respectively and Brazilian Valeria Matuck arriving fourth. The second and third race of the day ended again with Dorota being the first to reach the end line, but with some switching in the following places. There were no big changes in general ranking though.

The first race in men fleet had Australian Phil McGain (AUS-7) and Brazilian Marc Conrad (BRA-171) starting OCS. Both of them were out of the first race, but with the good result of previous races and in the second race of the day they are still with good ranking in the men overall, occupying 6th and 12th places. Dutch Adri Keet (H-34) and French Patrice Belbeoch (F-81) also started OCS clearing the path for Antoine Albeau (F-192) with Jamie Lever (GBR-5) and Ben van der Steen (NED-57) on his heals. TOP overall Wojtek Brozowski (POL-10) finished only 9th. But in the second race, he jumped right in first on the start, having a free way to winning the run. He states that it's a very tough and close competition.
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