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27 May 2005, 12:22 pm
AINSLIE Stays Top, SCHEIDT Suffers
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Holland Regatta 2005
Medemblik, Netherlands

A sunny second day at the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta saw Ben AINSLIE (GBR) continue his fine return to racing in the Finn. Also back on the circuit is two time winner here, Sari MULTALA (FIN), who is prospering in her first ISAF Graded event in the Laser Radial. Meanwhile, in the Laser, things are not going quite as smoothly for another returnee, Robert SCHEIDT (BRA).
A sunny day with weak and shifty afternoon winds was enough to have all scheduled races sailed yesterday.

Performance of the day went to the French team, Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA) who won all three races in the 470 women fleet to cement their number one spot on the leaderboard. Lying ten points behind in second are Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED). Three strong performances from 2004 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champions, Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON (AUS) puts them third overall.

In the 470 men fleet, Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) also held on to their lead from day one. Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL (ISR) are still behind them in second place, just one point ahead of the Australians Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS.

Olympic bronze medallist, Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO), won in the Laser here last year and two bullets yesterday lift him to the top of the leaderboard, a point above another Australian, Tom SLINGSBY. Luka RADELIÆ (CRO) lies third, heading a group of three sailors eight points off the lead. SCHEIDT had an unspectacular day with a 4,8,9 in the three races dropping him to seven in a very competitive fleet where just six points separate positions three to eleven. ISAF World Sailing Rankings' leader, Paul GOODISON (GBR) is one of the sailors in that group, two points and two places behind SCHEIDT in ninth.

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Paige RAILEY had a good day in the
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MULTALA had a great day in the Laser Radial in her first ISAF Graded event in the equipment. She showed the form that put her at number two in the old ISAF World Sailing Rankings for the Europe, with a second followed by two bullets seeing her jump above Charlotte DOBSON (GBR) and Merel WITTEVEEN (NED). Winner of the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA), is not far back in fourth, whilst 2003 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion, Paige RAILEY (USA) scored her first bullet to lift her up to sixth.

The first of two British fleet leaders is Olympic champion, AINSLIE in the Finn. Another first and second place keeps him comfortably in front of Gasper VINCEC (SLO) and Ed WRIGHT (GBR). Hyères winner, Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE), slipped to fourth after finishes of 7 and 8.

Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR) in the 49er are the second British pair to hold the lead at the end of day two. A 2,6,2 record gives them a four point lead over Alberto PADRON and Javier DE LA PLAZA (ESP). Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) lie third ahead of ISAF World Sailing Rankings' number one and Olympic bronze medallists, Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR), back in competitive 49er racing for the first time since Athens.

The Netherlands joins Britain with two fleet leaders thanks to the Yngling team helmed by Janneke HIN (NED). A bullet in race four moved them above the Russian team of Ekatarina SKUDINA and the Brits, helmed by Sarah AYTON.

CHAN Wai Kei (HKG) keeps the lead of the Mistral women fleet ahead of her team mate CHAN Wai Man (HKG), whilst in the Mistral men the results are currently unavailable.

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Fredrik LÖÖF leads in the Star
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Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) have assumed the lead of the Tornado fleet, overtaking Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN (NED) and Darren BUNDOCK and Edoardo BIANCHI (AUS).

Another bullet for Fredrik LÖÖF and Anders EKSTRÖM (SWE) keeps them clear at the top of the Star leaderboard. Andy BEADSWORTH and David CARR (GBR) are five points behind in second, a point ahead of Finn winner here last year, Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and his new crew Dominik ZYCKI (POL).

Today race starts were postponed until noon.

ISAF. Image, MULTALA seems to have smoothly transferred to the Radial:© OSCAR PIPKIN/AFP/Getty Images
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