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22 August 2001, 10:01 am
Day Two
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Laser Europeans and Youth Europeans
Puck

"Today was a lot more tactical compared to yesterday," said Gustavo Lima from Portugal after he finished first and fourth in his two group races in the Laser European Championships taking place in Puck, Poland.

Lima, who two weeks ago finished runner up in the World Championship in Ireland, said, "yesterday the shifts had no pattern and were difficult to read. Today was lighter winds (5 to 8 knots) but the shifts had a pattern." Lima's results were bettered only by Frederick Lassenius (SWE) who scored a first and second place in his group races.

Overnight leader, Peer Moberg, had a poor start in his first race and rounded the first mark 9th from last. He was pleased to recover 34 places to finish ninth. In his second race he was better placed at the first mark in fifth position, which he maintained to the finish. Moberg said, "It was ok and there is a long way to go". He still keeps the overall lead on a tie break from Lassenius with Diego Negri (ITA) only a point behind.

Britain's Ed Wright was looking good after his first race of the day, which he won. In his second race the wheels fell off when in the words of his coach "He started gambling to catch up, instead of using his speed to pick up a few places at a time."

Tim Hulse from Great Britain opened up a comfortable overall lead in the youth fleet after all the top sailors had a mixed set of results. His 7th and 1st places were the best of the day when the other 3 race winners scored double figure results in their other group race. More significantly overnight leader Tobias Schadewalt (GER) could only manage a 24th and 14th.

Hulse had a bad start in the first race but pulled up to fourth at the first mark. He dropped 3 places on the next windward, which he could not recover downwind. In his second race he was leading at the first mark and then had an exciting dual with Sergei Diasykevitch from Belarus. Diasykevitch, who won the Laser event at the European Youth Olympics in Spain, took Hulse on the last downwind leg and led him round the last mark. Hulse then engaged the Belarussian in an exciting tacking match.

Hulse said "I am not sure how I got caught him as it all happened so quickly. Just before the finish I was on starboard tack as we were crossing each other. He ducked me when he probably should have lee-bowed me and I was able to tack on top of him and just foot over him as we crossed the line. Overall a good result as it was quite shifty. I am happy to keep consistent in the top ten. It was hard upwind but good fun especially when you get it right"

Overall results - SENIORS

1 NOR 168157 Peer Moberg 16,0 pts, 1 1 9 5
2 SWE 167622 Fredrik Lassenius 16,0 pts, 7 6 2 1
3 ITA 169102 Diego Negri 17,0 pts, 2 2 3 10
4 POL 169707 Maciej Grabowski 25,0 pts, 1 6 16 2
5 POR 165842 Gustavo Lima 25,0 pts, 12 8 1 4
6 GBR 172411 Paul Goodison 27,0 pts, 8 7 2 10
7 FRA 172118 Felix Pruvot 32,0 pts, 3 11 5 13
8 NED 168939 Pieter Jan Postma 35,0 pts, 16 10 6 3
9 SLO 167991 Vasilij Zbogar 36,0 pts, 6 13 15 2
10 ESP 172833 Luis Martinez 39,0 pts, 10 1 4 24

Overall results - YOUTH

1 GBR 171836 Timothy Hulse 11,0 pts, 1 2 7 1
2 CRO 158348 Luka Radelic 23,0 pts, 3 4 1 15
3 DEN 172563 Anders Nyholm 27,0 pts, 2 6 17 2
4 POL 171303 Marcin Rudawski 28,0 pts, 3 16 4 5
5 GRE 171343 Andreas Rallatos 29,0 pts, 4 7 9 9
6 SWE 168707 Per Frykholm 33,0 pts, 7 1 15 10
7 NED 167567 Hylke Sietzema 33,0 pts, 5 6 16 6
8 GRE 166252 Antonios Manolakis 34,0 pts, 8 3 2 21
9 GER 168014 Hannes Baumann 39,0 pts, 17 10 1 11
10 GER 171451 Tobias Schadewaldt 40,0 pts, 1 1 24 14
Jeff Martin/News Editor
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