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11 September 2007, 12:16 pm
Light Start At IFDS Worlds
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Bruce MILLER, third after day one, pictured at the 2006 IFDS Worlds

IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship 2007
Rochester, New York, USA

Light winds in Rochester, USA meant there was just one race across all three classes on the opening day of the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships.
2004 Paralympic gold medallist Damien SEGUIN (FRA) won the opening race in the 46-strong 2.4 Metre fleet, with Helena LUCAS (GBR) second and Bruce MILLER (CAN) third. In contrast defending champion Heiko KRÖGER (GER) had a disastrous start as he was caught over the start line early and was one of four boats scored OCS.

In the 27-strong Sonar fleet the opening race went to Israel's Shimon BEN YAKOV, Moshe ZEHAVI and Yossi BARDA. 2005 and 2006 World Champions John ROBERTSON, Hannah STODEL and Stephen THOMAS (GBR) made a solid start with a second place, with Jostein STORDAHL, Aleksander WANG-HANSEN and Per EUGEN KRISTIANSEN (NOR), last year's bronze medallists, in third.

No race was held in the two-person keelboat SKUD18.

Forecasters are predicting better weather for the remainder of the week, with three races scheduled per day across all three events through until Friday.

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