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22 June 2001, 11:30 am
Flukey and shifting winds delay racing in Kiel
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Bekatorou&Tsoulfa(GRE)dominate womens 470 at Kiel. photo:Nick Wilson/Allsport

Kieler Woche

The weather forecast promised strong winds and perfect sailing conditions on Kiel fjord yesterday, however racing was delayed for several hours, with racing starting around 3pm and two races completed for most classes.
British sailors lead three of the Olympic classes at Kieler Woche, continuing the success of 'Team GBR' at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Paul Goodison in the Laser class, Rob Wilson/Will Howden in the Tornado class, and Paul Brotherton/Simon Hiscocks in the 49er.

A superb lead was held by Tatiana Drozdovskaya(BLR) in the Europe W class with 5 victories and a 7th place in 6 races sailed until today. The German Christiane Petzke scores even points (14) overall in place 2 together with the Greek Maria Vlachou who sailed in 3rd position. Yesterday's new hopeful Antje Schneidewind(GER) dropped back to 6th position because of a premature start.

The ladies of the Olympic Yngling kealboat class sailed 2 races, and their fleet was led by Annelies Thies/P.de Jong/C. van der Does,yesterday's leading Dutch team, who sailed to victory in the 4th race and score 19 points overall. They share their overall score with the Spanish crew Monica Azon/D. Marques/B. Cordobes in 2nd place. Even points overall also share the 3rd team Janneke Hin/M. Kooistra/K. Zuiderbaan(NED) with the 4th placed crew Ulrike Schümann/W. Bülle/W. Lippert from Germany.

Super ladies still in front even in the 470 W class are the Greek Olympic aspirants for Athen 2004, Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Toulfa, who maintained their lead after 5 races and score 4 points overall. The French girls Ingrid Petitjean/ Nadege Douroux placed 2nd, followed by the Dutch team Marcelien de Koning/Lobke Berkhout in 3rd position.

On the 470 M course the Italians Gabrio Zandona/Andrea Trani moved up to 1st position overall after 5 races, while their competition, Igor Ivashintsow/Yvri Kudriavtsev, BLR, in 2nd position shared even points with the 3rd placed team Nicolas Charbonnnier/Stephane Christides from France.

The Laser competitors also patiently waited for a proper breeze and sailed 2 races. Still leading is Paul Goodison(GBR), followed by the Swede Daniel Birgmark in place 2, and Maciej Grabowski(POL) in 3rd position.

The Finn sailors finished just 1 race although they spent most of the time waiting for any breeze at all. Michael Fellmann(GER) leads the fleet after 3 races, followed by the two country-men of Czechia and Slovakia, Michael Maier in position 2 and Jiri Hyza in 3rd place.

Similarly dull were the conditions on the Star course. Competitors only finished one race, and the yet here unbeaten Mark Reynolds/Magnus Liljedahl(USA) score 5 points overall and consequently lead the fleet by a long way. Their opponents, Nicola Celon/Eduardo Natucci(ITA) sailed in 2nd place, followed by Fredrik Lööf/Christian Finnsgard(SWE) as 3rd overall.

Paul Brotherton/Simon Hiscocks(GBR) still lead the fleet of the 49ers, followed by the British team Ian Barker/Harvey Hilary in 2nd place and Marcus Baur/Andreas John(GER) in 3rd position. Their overall score did not change from yesterday till today, these 3 teams are very close and will face excellent competition in 3 more races of Kiel Week 2001, which ends on Sunday, June 24th, 2001.

The Mistral Men and Women boardsailors were lucky in being sent ashore again while the breeze died down completely around midday. Nevertheless, they finished 2 races, and Lai Shan Lee(HKG) dominates the fleet of the Mistral W sailboard. She is peaking in form in time for the Asian Games later in the year. She defended her lead successfully from the Italian Gold Medallist Alessandra Sensini, who historically hasn't faired so well at Kiel, and Natasha Sturges(GBR) in 3rd position. Youngsters, all born 1980 or later, form the top three of the Mistral M fleet. Leading still is Ricardo Santos(BRA) with 12 points overall, followed by Nick Dempsey(GBR) (2nd, 15 points overall) and Tal Matchoro from Israel (3rd, 16 points), who won today's 4th race.

In the Tornado Class the British team Robert Wilson/Will Howden sailed for victory in the 3rd race and lead convincingly with 16 points overall score. The German brothers Helge and Christian Sach won the 4th race and successfully kept their 2nd position overall (23 points). With even points overall the Argentinians Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola (Silver medallist in the Mistral Men at Sydney 2000 Olympics) are close on their heals in 3rd position.

Tomorrow is another day, .... hopefully with better sailing conditions on all courses!
Kieler Woche Press&News Editor
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