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29 August 2001, 10:28 am
Another Day With Perfect Weather
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©Annemiek van Kinderen

J 24 European Championship
Medemblik

Today started with light weather and a bit of sun. The wind was very shifty due to heavy clouds on both sides of the course. The first beat was almost a lottery, the boats were going from left to right because nobody knew where to go.
In the end the wind shifted about 30 degrees to the right and most of the boats were way over the lay-line. At the first mark most of the boats from the top of the result-list were in the middle of the fleet. During the rest of the race the wind stayed quite stable and the positions remained more or less the same.

In the second race of the day the wind force increased to end genoa conditions. For the first start at the second race the boats lined up too close to the line just before the start, so that virtually all the boats were on the wrong side of the start line. The wind was relatively stable with shifts of about 10 to 15 degrees. Although the conditions were both from a tactical and a boat-handling point of view pretty tough, NED 60 kept the lead overall and we will see if the crew can handle the pressure.

Results, Top 10, after 4 races, 0 discard:

1. NED 60 Ivo Kok 19 pts
2. ITA 434 Paolo Cian 21 pts
3. NED 57 Albert Kooijman 28 pts
4. SWE 112 Niklas Stenum 28 pts
5. GER 5266 Leif-Tom Loose 29 pts
6. GBR 4215 Stuart Jardine 30 pts
7 SWE 4801 Ulf Malmborg 51 pts
8 ITA 450 Giuseppe Miglietta 53 pts
9. GER 4719 Tom Cramer 57 pts
10. GBR 4247 B.Turner 58 pts



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