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23 August 2001, 11:49 am
Day 3
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Laser Europeans and Youth Europeans
Puck

The low cloud and mist cleared around midday, which brought a 7 to 8 knot north easterly breeze over the course area in Puck Bay, Poland.

Tim Hulse from Great Britain, who is leading the youth fleet, had his prophecies come true when Thomas Le Breton (FRA) went out and scored his first win of the series in the first race today. 18 year old Hulse had earlier singled out Le Breton as one of his biggest threats. Le Breton was sailing in the same fleet as Hulse who commented that the Frenchman sailed really well to lead comfortably at the end. Hulse missed a shift on the first beat, went too far right and rounded the first mark in 10th. In a tight finish he reckoned he finished 5th and is currently seeking redress from the jury as the race committee scored him 8th.

There was also drama in the second race in which Le Breton and Hulse were also in the same group. In the fresher 10 knot wind Timothy Zhbankov (RUS) had a comfortable lead over Le Breton as they rounded the last mark before the short finishing leg. Mark Powell (GBR) was third with Hulse fourth. Powell got ahead of Le Breton just before the finish and was then pleasantly pleased to find out that the Russian had been disqualified for being in front of the line at the start. Hulse said "It was a shame for Zhbankov as he had sailed a good race. For me it was good fun and a little tricky if you missed a shift. You had to be really careful - eyes out of the boat all the time but normally you could see the shifts coming. Good close racing."
Hulse maintains his overall lead after the discard comes into effect and is hopeful of stretching this if the jury finds in his favour.

In the senior fleet Peer Moberg (NOR) also maintained his lead after scoring a first and second place, which he described as "Perfect." He said the first beat of his first race was really shifty and he rounded the first mark in 10th took 3 boats on the first downwind leg and another 4 boats on the following downwind to get to second. In his second race he went out to the left hand side of the course and picked up a shift with more breeze to round the first mark in the lead. He said "I don't feel really comfortable because Diego Negri is only two points behind me and we both have similar discards."

Last year's runner up Paul Goodison (GBR) had a better day winning his first race by going further out on the favoured left side on the second windward leg to climb from third to first when he overtook Negri. Negri said, "Paul and Andreas Geritzer were further left than me and when the left shift came they left me!" In his second race he had a tight race with Andreas Geritzer (AUT) who said with a smile "I got lucky on the last downwind and passed Paul to get third behind Moberg and Negri." Negri said "I got to second on the first reach and then just had to keep looking at my back for the rest of the race for Andreas and Paul."
Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) and Maciej Grabowski (POL) were the other group winners in the senior fleet.

At the half way stage the leading three of Moberg, Negri and Grabowski are very close and have an 8 to 12 point advantage over the 6 boats any of which are still very much in hunt for the overall title.

Overall results, after 6 races with one discard:

YOUTH

1 GBR 171836 Timothy Hulse 14,0 pts, 1 2 7 1 8 3
2 FRA 171711 Thomas Le Breton 18,0 pts, bfd 4 3 8 1 2
3 CRO 158348 Luka Radelic 24,0 pts, 3 4 1 15 4 12
4 POL 171303 Marcin Rudawski 26,0 pts, 3 16 4 5 3 11
5 SWE 168707 Per Frykholm ; 29,0 pts, 7 1 15 10 1 10
6 GRE 166252 Antonios Manolakis 29,0 pts, 8 3 2 21 11 5
7 GRE 171343 Andreas Rallatos 30,0 pts, 4 7 9 9 dnf 1
8 DEN 172563 Anders Nyholm 34,0 pts, 2 6 17 2 7 25
9 CRO 165674 Marin Misura 37,0 pts, 8 9 2 26 8 10
10 GER 171451 Tobias Schadewaldt 43,0 pts, 1 1 24 14 33 3

SENIOR

1 NOR 168157 Peer Moberg 10,0 pts, 1 1 9 5 2 1
2 ITA 169102 Diego Negri 12,0 pts, 2 2 3 10 3 2
3 POL 169707 Maciej Grabowski 14,0 pts, 1 6 16 2 4 1
4 GBR 171873 Edward Wright 22,0 pts, 2 2 1 35 & nbsp; 7 10
5 GBR 172411 Paul Goodison 22,0 pts, 8 7 2 10 1 4
6 SWE 167622 Fredrik Lassenius 22,0 pts, 7 6 2 1 6 7
7 POR 165842 Gustavo Lima 25,0 pts, 12 8 1 4 10 2
8 ESP 172833 Luis Martinez 26,0 pts, 10 1 4 24 7 4
9 SLO 167991 Vasilij Zbogar &n bsp; 28,0 pts, 6 13 15 2 1 6
10 GER 171442 Sebastian Schmidt-Klugmann 31,0 pts, 10 3 42 7 6 5

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