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23 August 2001, 12:09 pm
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Lake Silvaplana

After two days of waiting for wind and two cancelled races the expected Maloya Wind established at 14.00 hrs today. Three races in good conditions with wind up to force 4 have been sailed . Group A and B sailed the first race.
The Olympic Gold Medallists R. Hagara and H.P. Steinacher from Austria were in the lead for the whole race and were just caught on the last downwind by the Olympic Silver Medallists D.Bundock and John Forbes form Australia. A.Landenberger with M.Rusterholz got in third after catching up from the middle of the fleet.
Race two was sailed by group B and C. After one general recall the race started with the black flag. H. Styles / A.May and R. Daniel / E. Jacobson came in first and second but were disqualified after crossing the starting line too early. So there was a French double strike with J. Guichard / Ch. Espagnon in first place followed by B.Besson / A.Jarlegan. Third was the British team R.Wilson / W. Howden.

Race three was sailed by group A and C in increasing shifty conditions and decreasing wind. R. Hagara and H.P.Steinacher showed their big potential and won. The Spanish team F. Echavarri / A.Paz finished second after being over early in race one. This brings them back into the series. The same is valid for H.Styles / A.May who finished third.

Race 4 was abandoned after the first upwind due to a lack of wind and will be resailed tomorrow. Because there are only three races sailed, the qualification series will be extended until the 23rd. The sailing instructions say that every group has to sail at least four races to have one discard before the final series can be started.

Due to the weather forecast the northernly gradient wind will be weaker wich helps the thermal Maloya Wind to establish earlier. This should make it possible to sail five races tomorrow and start with the finals on the 24th.

For results race by race, or overall from the qualifying series go to the event website.
Tornado Europeans Press/News Editor
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