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13 July 2001, 11:26 am
Fifth Trofeo Eixo Atlantico Begins
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Trofeo Eixo Atlantico

Gonzalo Araújo, the pre regatta favourite, won the first days racing in Povoa, Portugal.

All participants of this event arrived very early to Povoa de Varzim this morning to put together and refine their boats. The wind was low. Everything indicated that it was going to be a perfect sailing day.

In this first regatta the boats race from Povoa de Varzim to Porto in an approximately 15 mile race. Later the wind started to go up and up and so there were two boats that had to retire before the race started. At 12:00 (local time) the boats started the race...

Papafigos, a boat that participates in class B, had a problem with the mast and had to retire. They are now trying to fix everything so that they can join tomorrow's race.

Gonzalo Araujo, spanish Olympic sailor, at the helm of "Telefonica Movistar" has confirmed his status as pre race favourite, by winning easilly the race in the water and in correct time.

The interest of the race was in the other three positions. BreakaLeg, X-pto and Massimo Dutti did a spectacular race right from the beginning until the end. X-pto (imx40) de Jose Jordão/Vasco Talone finished in second position in the water but Breakaleg(40.7) was one who, in compensated time, finished in the second position.

Tonight there will be a dinner at the Alfandega, in Oporto, and after that a big party at the Praia da Luz bar, sponsered by VOLVO

Tomorrows's race start at 9.30 local time.

Results:

Group A

1. ESP5001. TELEFONICA MOVISTAR. GOMZALO ARAUJO. FIRST 40.7. A 1. 2.00 points

2. POR4000. BREALALEG. RUI RAMADA. FIRST 40.7. A 1. 4.00 points

3. ESP5015. MASSIMO DUTTI. FELIPE REGOJO. FIRST 40.7. A 1. 6.00 points

4. POR4040. X-PTO. JOSE JORDA0. IMX 40. A 0. 8.00 points

5. ESP5755. STARFISHER II. JULIO RODRIGUEZ. FIRST 40.7. A 1. 10.00 points

Group B

1. ESP2876. ALAXE. JULIO MARTINEZ. FIRST 35S5. B 3. 2.00 points

2. POR1160. BAB SEA. GERARDO ALONSO. RONDO 33. B 3. 4.00 points

3. ESP4134. CORSARIO VI. MANUEL CASTELO. FIRST 45F5. B 1. 6.00 points

4. ESP5615. SIN NOMBRE. MIGUEL LIS SANTOS. FIRST 33.7. B 3. 8.00 points

5. ESP4751. CHASQUEIRO. JULIO FERNANDEZ PERNAS. BORNA 105. B 4. 10.00 points





Miguel Talone/News Editor
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