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8 March 2001, 12:11 pm
Great Racing In Perfect Conditions
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Sail The Gulf 2001

With winds of up to 18 knots, three races were held on Tuesday in excellent conditions as the 10th Qatar International Regatta moved into its third day of racing.
Although originally a rest day for competitors, they were the 'make ups' from Sunday when poor winds forced the cancellation of one 470 and two Laser races.

All 8 crews competed in the 470 Class, while 43 Laser sailors set out, ranging in age from 15 years (Mubarak Al-Humaidi of Qatar and Naser Al-Marzouqi of the UAE), to 70 (Kurt Zueger of Switzerland).

Two of the 470s had to return after premature starts: overall leaders Rinder and Thuringen of Austria, and the Russian women's team, Foufaeva and Baranova. Notwithstanding their third place at the first mark, the Austrian team quickly made up ground and took the lead. The Russians sailed a tactical race to out-manoeuvre all their competitors and eventually came in first ahead of the German team of Lempertz and Hettich, with another German team (sisters Inge and Kristin Runge) in third place. Rinder and Thuringen maintain first place overall with Foufaeva and Baranova second, and four out of nine races now completed.

Conditions remained excellent during the Laser races, with a good and generally stable wind at up to 18 knots. The first race, won with ease by Paul Goodison of Great Britain, was followed by a more closely-fought contest between some five sailors. At one stage, Goodison, subject to a penalty, was passed by Estonian Mati Sepp but recovered to win back the lead in an exciting chase in which Germans Dieter Vogelsang and Uwe Claasen, and Egyptian Sherif Tartoussieh, kept up the pressure.

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