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18 May 2005, 04:40 pm
KUSZNIEREWICZ Comes To The Fore
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Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship 2005
Lake Thoune, Switzerland

Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) displayed the talents that brought him an Olympic gold and bronze medal in the Finn, controlling the whole of race three to take his first bullet of the ISAF Grade C1 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship.
The weather forecast was right once again with drizzle and the temperature at a nippy 10°C on Lake Thoune, Switzerland. However, importantly, there was a nice 8-15 knot northwest wind. Today there was no problem starting the race at the scheduled 1100 hours local time.

Having lost their protest against the race committe to correct a DNE in race two, KUSZNIEREWICZ and crew Dominik ZICKY (POL) demonstrated their strength on the water today. Right from the start, they took the lead and had a clean win. With this sort of form it looks like another name will shortly be added to the successful ex-Finn gang of Fredrik LÖÖF (SWE), Iain PERCY (GBR), Xavier ROHART (FRA) and Philippe PRESTI (FRA).

Behind KUSZNIEREWICZ, another blackflagger from yesterday, Matthias MILLER and Fritiof KLEEN (GER), together with Paulo SEVESTRE and Vincent BERENGIER (FRA) and Flavio MARAZZI and Magnus LILLJEDAHL (SUI), had a close fight through the whole race. The German's finished on top followed by SEVESTRE and BERENGIER, with 2004 World Championship runners up MARAZZI and LILLJEDAHL in fourth. Looking towards the title race MILLER and MARAZZI have the handicap of a BFD and a DNS respectively on their score card, whilst SEVESTRE and BERENGIER confirmed their third position overall.

Marin LOVROVIC junior and Marin LOVROCIV senior (CRO) in seventh and Maurice O'CONNELL and Ed PEEL (IRL) in ninth put in another couple of solid performances today to consolidate their second and fourth places on the leaderboard. Overnight leaders, Robert STANJEK and Markus KOY (GER), finished in a solid eighth position, keeping them two points clear at the top of the leaderboard.

There were only minor changes for the remaining top twelve teams with the exception of local club member Henrik DANNESBOE and Ramis FAYZULLIN (SUI), who failed to arrive on the starting line on time and scored a DNS, dropping them from seven to 24 overall. They are now another of the competitors badly waiting for race five when the discard comes into play.

Race four is scheduled for 1100 tomorrow. The weather is due to improve for the rest of the week, and hopefully, the remaining three races will be under normal Lake Thoune conditions.

Beat Stegmeier (As Amended By ISAF). The breathtaking scenery Lake Thoune is making up for the lacklustre weather:© Event Media
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