It was bright and breezy on day two of the ISAF Sailing World Championships, with the Laser fleets joining the Tornados and Stars out on the water in Cascais, Portugal. .
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Finn - Tornado - Yngling - Star - 49er - 470s - Lasers - RS:Xs
The Laser Radials sailed in near the shore in moderate winds and shifty condtions. XU demonstrated she will not easily give up the World title she won in Los Angeles last year by winning the opening two races in her fleet. Amongst the Lasers Mate ARAPOV (CRO) leads after two second places. Meanwhile many of the pre-regatta favourites put themselves under early pressure with an opening score in the 20s. Tom SLINGSBY (AUS), Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) and home star Gustavo LIMA (POR) are came a cropper in the shifty conditions.
The Tornados, on their second day of racing in Cascais, did what they do best with a show of speed, excitement and manoeuvrings. The Belgium team of Carolijn BROUWER and Sebastien GODEFROID were the stars of the day, again sailing very consistently. They are leading the Worlds after scoring two thirds today. After ten years of sailing the single-handed Europe dinghy, including two World Championship titles, BROUWER teamed up with GODEFROID, himself a former World Champion and Olympic silver medallist in the Finn, to launch a Tornado campaign for Beijing. Coming to Cascais the majority of their results had been in the low 20s, but here they appear to have stepped up to a new level and are excelling in the breezy but shifty conditions.
Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) won comfortably today's first race, finishing more than 1 minute ahead of second place Mitch BOOTH and Pim NIEUWENHUIS (NED). The Spanish are second and the Dutch third overall.
'We have been sailing in light winds throughout the season and we have been joking they were girlish winds. Carolijn proved us wrong sailing very well in windy conditions,' said BOOTH. 'Hopefully the windy conditions will stay throughout the event,' he added.
Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS), the defending World Champions, obviously relished the extra breeze and posted 6,4 scores to move into the top ten.
In the Star France's Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU sailed a stellar 1,2 today during the third and fourth races of the Star fleet. Sunny skies, a four to five foot short swell, chop and a shifty race course didn't stop the pair from continuing to rack up impressive results.
Close on the heels of the 2003 and 2005 Star World Champions are Brazilians Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA. SCHEIDT and PRADA have not had a finish out of the top three since the 2006 Rolex Miami OCR, over a year and a half ago. At last year's Star Worlds in San Francisco, they finished second and ROHART and RAMBEAU finished third behind New Zealanders Hamish PEPPER and Carl WILLIAMS.
Two more races will be sailed before the gold and silver fleets are determined. There are 18 teams with between 50 and 70 points. A total of five races must be sailed before a race can be discarded. Some will be jubilant and others will be crestfallen when they return to the dock at the end of the third day of racing.
Over 1,300 sailors from 76 nations are competing at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships, from 28 June-13 July in Cascais, Portugal. 'The Wind Is Calling' is the official motto for the 2007 Worlds. The Championships are the principal qualification regatta for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, with 75% of all national places to be decided.
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