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26 July 2001, 09:55 am
Ladies Day At The Races
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Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Light winds averaging 5 knots and never going above 6.5 knots gave the lightweight sailors another good day at the Laser Radial Youth World Championship in Vilanova, Spain.
In the first of two races sailed today it was definitely Ladies Day with 4 of the 24 females taking part scoring top 3 placings in the 260 strong fleet. Charlotte Dobson from Great Britain won her group with Debbie Hanna IRL and Krystal Weir AUS each taking a second and Monica Masip Clara from Spain taking a third. Anouchka Filc from Monaco almost joined this elite group in the second race. She led her group for over half the race before dropping to fourth on the last downwind.

The International Jury were kept busy throughout the day giving yellow flag penalties for illegal body movement and sail pumping. One judge said: "We gave a lot of flags but with such a large fleet in light winds it was not unusual. 4 fleets each with 65 boats sailing 2 races a day is the equivalent of a complete championship for most classes. We are sailing a full championship each day!"

Overall leader, Michael Bullot, from New Zealand was one of those who fell foul of the International Jury, receiving a 720 degree turn penalty in the first race on the first reach whilst he was third. His turns only lost him a place, which he recovered on the following downwind. In the second race a different judge boat gave him another yellow flag just after the start and he had to retire from that race.

With a discard now in operation he drops his retirement and still is tied at the top of the fleet with Javier Padron from Spain and Morgan Aussel from France. Aussel, like Bullot, cannot afford another bad race whereas Padron can carry his discarded twelfth if necessary. However it is still only half way through the series!

Overall results with one discard:

1 ESP 168868 Javier Padron 8,0pts 1 2 4 1 12
2 NZL 171101 Michael Bullot 8,0pts 1 1 3 3 dnf
3 FRA 168830 Morgan Aussel 8,0pts 2 38 3 1 2
4 POL 171348 Adam Olechnowicz 13,0pts 5 4 4 1 4
5 BRA 160830 Philipe Nottingham 14,0pts 2 4 dsq 7 1
6 GRE 167996 Iason Georgaris 14,0pts 3 6 6 4 1
7 GRE 163401 Alexandros Rizos 14,0pts 3 4 7 6 1
8 FRA 170152 Alexandre Monteau 17,0pts 1 9 2 dnf 5
9 CRO 165674 Karlo Krpeljevic 17,0pts 7 2 1 11 7
10 GBR 169986 Stephen Broom 20,0pts 5 3 16 6 6

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