After the first three races Anna BASALKINA's Russian team lead the Yngling Europeans in Warnemunde, Germany.
, Vladislava UKRAINCEVA
and Ekaterina MAXIMOVA
(RUS) had a consistent opening with a series of 2,4,6 scores. The weather of the first day of racing was light with the wind coming from shore with shifty and puffy conditions as the result.
, Annemieke BES
and Floortje HENDRIKSEN
(NED) also showed good shape in the tricky conditions with a 11,1,2 putting them two points behind the leaders. In the second race of the day HIN and her crew played the shifts close to perfection with a several minute lead over the second boat to finish.
Also showing that they belong in the top battle for this Championship is Siren SUNDBY
, Lise Birgitte FREDRIKSEN
and Alexandra KOEFOED
(NOR) in third place, three points behind the leaders.
Ten races and a Medal Race are scheduled for the championships. The boats not qualified for the concluding Medal Race on Friday will sail an 11th race just before the Medal Race.
The above results are preliminary as the jury has received protests.
A total of 21 boats from 13 nations are participating in this championship. Several countries are using this regatta as part of their national selections for the Olympic Games and much is at stake for many teams. There are still four nation qualification places for the 2008 Games and they are to be decided at next year's World Championship in Miami, USA. It is worth to note that some of the top teams in the Europeans, Norway and Greece, have still not qualified their nation.
Results - http://www.yngling.org/prelres070923.html