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49er European Championships

Richardson And Greenhalgh Lead Fleet Into Gold Series
From Nigel Cherrie at the RYA.

At the conclusion of the two day qualification round, four Team GBR crews have made the 25 boat Gold fleet will contest the 49er European Championship over the next three days at Brest in France.

Alistair Richardson and Peter Greenhalgh won the qualification stage and carry a psychological lead into the next three days of finals. "We had a good morning with a first and second, but not such a good afternoon (scoring fourth and sixteenth) as we had a few problems, such as the spinnaker kept falling down," explained Peter Greenhalgh.

Their first place overall will count as their opening race score for the final series and is not discardable. "It's a bit annoying in someways as we have a good set of results (in the seven races to date) which would put us someway ahead but unfortunately it is almost back to square one," added Peter.

Conditions were a lot more obliging today, with a steady 15 knots this morning, which gradually dropped to an 8 knot breeze late this afternoon.

Joining Richardson and Greenhalgh in the Gold fleet will be Paul Brotherton & Simon Hisocoks, Ian Barker & Harvey Hillary and Chris Draper & Mark Asquith. Alex Tobutt & Henry Clarke are currently one place off the top 25, but may join the Gold fleet subject to protests this evening.

Full results are now available.
News Editor / Nigel Cherrie
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