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Match Race Brasil 2005
Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil

Two time Olympic champion, Torben GRAEL (BRA) has won the ISAF Grade 3 Ilhabela leg of Match Race Brasil. GRAEL and André FONSECA (BRA) were tied in the final at 1-1 and when the competition was closed on Sunday at the 1600 hours time limit, giving victory to GRAEL as winner of the last race sailed.
With the Ilhabela results, the same criteria were used in the third place decision, with João SIGNORINI (BRA) and Alan ADLER (BRA), the event confirmed the strong balance between the skippers. To illustrate this, two sailors, GRAEL and FONSECA, are tied in the general standings after two legs, both with 16 points.

The cold front forecasted arrived in full on Sunday and the decisive regattas were sailed under a grey sky, with temperatures reaching only 21° C and inconstant winds that delayed the beginning of the competition.

'It was the first time this kind of untie criteria were used, proving the balance of the competition,' said GRAEL, back-to-back winner of Match Race Brasil. 'This Ilhabela leg was one of the most hard-fought and proves the evolution of the match-race sailors in Brazil.'

GRAEL once again pointed out that boat-against-boat competitions are like a chess game. 'You have action and reaction, and are always learning how to play.' GRAEL went on to say he thinks that the third and final leg, to be sailed in Rio de Janeiro from 15-18 September will be an even tighter affair.

GRAEL and FONSECA secured the final berths after defeating SIGNORINI and ADLER in the semi finals. GRAEL won the two first regattas, while FONSECA needed all the three regattas to score a 2-1 win against ADLER, sailing in the weak winds that demanded real technique from the crews.

Before the start of the men's competition, the Nivea Sun Cup were decided on Sunday morning. Caroline BEJAR was the winner, defeating the crew led by Fernanda OLIVEIRA. Adriana KOSTIW and Isabel FICKER tied in the third place.

Match Race Brasil Ilhabela Leg Results

  1. Torben GRAEL (BRA)
  2. André FONSECA (BRA)
  3. João SIGNORINI (BRA)
  4. Alan ADLER (BRA)
  5. Daniel GLOMB (BRA)
  6. Alexandre SALDANHA (BRA)
  7. Tino ELLEGAST (GER)
  8. Cole PARADA (ARG)

Match Race Brasil Standings After Two Legs

  1. Torben GRAEL, 16 points
  2. André FONSECA, 16
  3. Alan ADLER, 15
  4. Alexandre SALDANHA, 8
  5. Daniel GLOMB, 8
  6. João SIGNORINI, 8
  7. Santiago LOPEZ VASQUEZ, 2
  8. Tino ELLESGAST, 2
  9. Torkel BORGSTROM, 1
  10. Cole PARADA, 1
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, GRAEL triumphed in Brazil:© Hector Echebaster
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