Sailors awoke to promising weather conditions on the second day of competition in Sail The Gulf 2001, allaying fears that once again races might have to be rescheduled in Qatar's 10th International Sailing Regatta.
The 470s were the first to take to the water, with winds gusting up to 20 knots on shore in the morning, less offshore, and dying down to around 10 knots by mid-day. With all eight boats competing, the first of the two races was won by Austrians Christian Rinder and Arthur Thuringer. They were followed home by Marina Foufaeva and Marina Baranova of Russia , with Inge and Kristin Runge of Germany in third place. The Russian girls went on to take the second race, with the Austrians second, and the German girls once again in 3rd place. Rinder and Thuringer had started the day in overall first place after the one and only race to have been sailed on Sunday, and maintained their position at the end of Monday's races.
Foufaeva and Baranova are currently in second place overall, followed by Lempertz and Hettich (3rd ); the Runge sisters (4th) on 12 points along with Shweiger and Schmederer in 5th place, Yousri and Maher (6th); Abu Shaikha and Khantshane (7th) and Al Romaithi and Al Mazrouei 8th.
Forty four Lasers set sail from the DSA soon after midday for their two scheduled races, only Axel Runge of Germany forced to stay ashore suffering from a niggly migraine attack. World Number 6, Paul Goodison of the UK confirmed all expectations, winning both races by a clear margin.
There was plenty of jostling on the start line by the Lasers, and a number of capsizes on the runs, with Sherif Tartoussieh disqualified in the first of the afternoon's races. Second place in that event went to Mati Seppi of Estonia, and 3rd place to Khalil Omer of Egypt.
One 470 race and two Laser races have been scheduled for Tuesday (March 6th), originally a rest day. They are 'make-up' races for those which could not be held on Sunday due to lack of wind. The 470 race will begin at 10 am, and the first Laser race will start as soon as possible after that.
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