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21 August 2001, 01:10 pm
Day One
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Laser Europeans and Youth Europeans

Peer Moberg from Norway and Tobias Schadewalt from Germany had a perfect start to their respective European Championship series each scoring two first places to take the overall lead at the end of the first day's racing.

In the European Youth Championship the previous age limit of 19 years has been extended to 21 years for the first time resulting in an increased entry of 110 competitors. However Schadewalt is only 16 years old. He said "In the first race I was leading at the first mark having gone on the left side where I took some good shifts off the land. I did the same thing in the second race. It was quite easy. I feel very good. I had good upwind speed. I expected to do well, maybe top ten, but not like this." Both the Youth and Senior fleets are split into two groups for each race which gives two sets of equal places for each race.

Britain's Tim Hulse won his first heat and finsished second to Per Fryholm SWE in his second heat having worked his way through the fleet from 7th place in both races. In the Senior Fleet Moberg also had an easy time. "The first race I won by 1½ minutes so it was a very good race. The second I won by just over 2 minutes. In these conditions, light to medium winds (8 to 10 knots and small waves), I think I am the fastest in the world because we have the same conditions in Norway. In the first race I passed a British guy on the first reach to take the lead and in the second race I was leading at the first mark. I am really, really happy. I arrived in Poland only late yesterday because I was sailing the in the Melges 24 national championship in Norway to earn some money."

Close behind Moberg Diego Negri ITA and Ed Wright from Great Britain both scored two seconds each to tie for second overall. Negri was beaten in his first race by Maciej Grabowski POL and in the second race narrowly missed catching Luis Martinez after closing to within half a boat length at the finish. Wright had to work his way though to
second in both his heats when he was up against Moberg. He described the race as "Pretty shifty. I wouldn't say it was a one way track but left was quite nice. It was harddownwind and a lot of people were taken for pumping which was good. Nice and warm."

Youth Overall

1 GER 171451 Tobias Schadewaldt 2,0 pts 1 1
2 GBR 171836 Timothy Hulse 3,0 pts 1 2
3 CRO 158348 Luka Radelic 7,0 pts 3 4
4 SWE 168707 Per Frykholm 8,0 pts 7 1
5 DEN 166599 Oscar Jung 8,0 pts 6 2
6 DEN 172563 Anders Nyholm 8,0 pts 2 6
7 GER 171443 Robert Stanjek 9,0 pts 6 3
8 GRE 166252 Antonios Manolakis 11,0 pts 8 3
9 GRE 171343 Andreas Rallatos 11,0 pts 4 7
10 NED 167567 Hylke Sietzema 11,0 pts 5 6

Senior Overall

1 NOR 168157 Peer Moberg 2,0 pts 1 1
2 ITA 169102 Diego Negri 4,0 pts 2 2
2 GBR 171873 Edward Wright 4,0 pts 2 2
4 POL 169707 Maciej Grabowski 7,0 pts 1 6
5 FRA 171556 Guillaume Florent 10,0 pts 3 7
6 NED 167058 Marc De Haas 10,0 pts 5 5
7 ESP 172833 Luis Martinez 11,0 pts 10 1
8 GER 171442 Sebastian Schmidt-Klugmann 13,0 pts 10 3
9 DEN 170526 Einar Persson 13,0 pts 5 8
10 SWE 167622 Fredrik Lassenius 13,0 pts 7 6

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