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24 August 2007, 07:19 am
Waiting For Wind In Moscow
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Action from day two in Moscow

Finn Junior World Championship 2007
Moscow, Russia

The young sailors in Moscow got to enjoy their lay day on Thursday, after a very light wind start to the Finn Junior World Championship for the Silver Cup.
Racing on day three in Moscow had to be abandoned as the wind deserted Klyazminskoe Lake. After one race on Tuesday there are two Russians are in the top three: Nickolay CHERNIKOV in first, and Sergey KOMISSAROV is third, whilst Jan KURFELD (GER) is placed seventh.

Tuesday's Race

There was almost no wind early in the day on Tuesday. The race committee tried to make a start twice but they failed. Then after a couple of hours of waiting while the Finn sailors went swimming and lazed around in the hot sun, some stable wind arrived, and the race committee managed to get a start away. Some competitors had given up all chance of the wind arriving and were too far from the start with their sails dropped to make the line in time.

After good start and a tactical first beat, Ilya STRAKH (BLR), Bjorn ALLANSSON (SWE) and CHERNICOV rounded the first mark with a good lead on the rest of fleet. During the first downwind they increased this advantage and sailed away from the chasing pack. The second upwind did not bring any major surprises - most of the top competitors kept their position.

During the second downwind STRAKH was penalized for rule 42. After doing turns, ALLANSSON and CHERNICOV caught him up and ALLANSSON took the lead round the mark. STRAKH was second and CHERNICOV third. After the next upwind STRAKH had retaken the lead with a nice gap to second. CHERNICOV was in third, but he passed ALLANSSON just before the mark. At the end of final downwind there was a nail-biting finish in store. CHERNICOV inched closer to STRAKH and managed to pass him just before the finish and won by less than a boatlength. ALLANSSON finished third while another Russian Aleksey SELIVANOV came very close to him to finish fourth.

Andrey BALASHOV (RUS) who was the Finn silver medallist at Olympic Games in 1976, was a guest of the Silver Cup on Tuesday. His impression was, 'This championship is one of most difficult regattas. Such conditions are very good school for the competitors.'

IFA Clinic

Prior to the regatta IFA coach Gus MILLER (USA) ran a Finn clinic for the young sailors. He said, 'There was a core of ten sailors and three other coaches at the clinic with the group swelling to 20 at times.' MILLER used the stern mounted cameras on the boats on some of those taking part in order to educate them on how to sail the boat.

Racing continues in Moscow on Friday.

Robert Deaves (As Amended By ISAF)
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