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24 July 2007, 09:12 am
Defending Champions Shine on Day One
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470 Junior World Championship 2007
Bourgas, Bulgaria

The majority of competitors were down at the event site readying themselves and their boats for the first day's qualifying races. A final count of competitors is officially at 82 boats, so the competitors were split into two fleets, gold and silver.
Racing was held off for around 30 minutes until 12:30 hours. Then all competitors were sent to the water. A further hold whilst on the water saw the first start at around 13:35. where the wind steadied at 12 to 14 knots. As in most fleets, the first race jitters just happened. In both fleets there were general recalls.

In the gold fleet, a push over the line at about 15 seconds before the gun brought everybody back a second time. Included in this bunch were defending Junior World Champions Sime FANTELA and Igor Marenic (CRO) who were very relieved with the general recall decision, having a strong clear start in the second attempt. Sime and Igor went on to make it all look too easy, having a great first race clearing out around 10 boat lengths by the first mark then continuing to post a second bullet in race two.

Their two main rivals in this fleet were Georgios VASILAS and Evangelos MITAKIS (GRE) who scored a third and a second. Georgios 'I feel happy with our result today we have come here to do better than our third place last year. We are on our way to doing this' Georgios had a small injury in race two smacking his head on the boom but was still in high spirits, back in the boat park. The Greek team were followed by Guy ABADI and Yuval BOTZER (ISR) who scored a second to the Croatian's in the first race and backed up with a fifth place in race two.

The top women in the gold group were Emmannuelle ROL and Anne-Sophie THILO (SUI) who are in 14th position scoring a ninth in race one.

Israel Fast in Silver Group

In the sliver group, both races had a very strong showing from the Israeli team. Levine EYAL and Amir Yam (ISR) had a first and a second. But were to be equalled by Patriyk PIASECKI and Kacper ZIEMINSKI (POL) who scored a second and a first, narrowly beating EYAL and YAM on the last reach to overtake them and get into the top place position in race two. Patriyk commented 'I can't believe how fast the Israeli's are, we had to work for every bit of speed we could find. I was so happy that we had a general recall in the second race, because two minutes before the start our Vang broke and we had to tie it up with a spare piece of rope'.

Mathieu HIGGINS and Timothy LYNCH (AUS) fresh from their Cascais worlds experience had a solid day scoring a fifth in race one and bettered their score with a third in race two. Mathieu: 'Tim and I felt super fast up wind today. I think this gave us a great advantage right from the starting gun, all we had to do was hold our position down wind and cover our closest rivals.'

Lydia KOPPIN and Sindy SALOW (GER) are the top women in the blue group, scored an 11th after battling with a 23rd in the first race

David BELL (As Amended By ISAF),
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