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Holland Regatta 2008

Sunshine and light and shifty winds greeted the competitors for the first day of the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik. The conditions resulted in surprise results, as the underdogs took their opportunity to grab the headlines.
The difficult conditions created resulted in course changes and postponement for some classes, although the schedule was completed for the majority of the classes.

In the 49er three races were sailed. The #3 on the ISAF World Sailing Ranking, Petro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) started with a sixth place and came back with two bullets. They are now leading with just one point ahead of European Champions Stevie MORISSON and Ben RHODES (GBR).

The Laser Radials also managed to sail three races today. Belgium Evi VAN ACKER (BEL), the world #1 and last year's winner is three points ahead of Lisa ROSS (CAN).

The Star class sailed two close races were, with the top four overall separate by just one point. With a first and an eighth, the Portuguese team of Alfonso DOMINGOS and Bernardo SANTOS share their first place with the German team Marc PICKEL and Ingo BORKOWSKI (GER). Favourites Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA), second on the ISAF World Ranking, sailed a to sixth and a 22nd place today, putting him in 13th overall.

In the Yngling the Dutch team with the young Renee GROENEVELD, Marije FABER and Floortje HENDRIKSEN had a successful day. With a fifth, a first and a seventh place they are leading after three races. World #1 crew Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Ute HOEPFNER and Julia BLECK (GER) are third overall with 17 points. Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley ROBERTSON (GBR) and her crew really did not have their day. With a 24th, a Black Flag disqualification and a 20th, she is now third to last.

The two RS:X fleets competed two races apiece. Their first race was in really light and shifty winds of just 3 knots. There was more wind in the second race, up to 8 knots. In the women's fleet Jannicke STALSTROM (NOR) sailed two excellent races and leads with two bullets. In the men's fleet Hong Kong was strong and ended up with two teams in the top three. King Yin CHAN (HKG) leads, with World Champion Casper BOUMAN (NED) showing some form in the light winds to lie in fourth place overall.

In the Finns Christopher COOK (CAN) sailed to two bullets to hold an eight point lead over Ed WRIGHT (GBR).

In the Men's 470 team Italy with Gabrio ZANDONA and Andrea TRANI were by far and away the strongest team today. With three straight bullets they dominated the fleet. They hold a comfortable overall lead, ten points ahead of Anton DAHLBERG and Sebastian OSTLING (SWE).

For a complete list of all the news from the Holland Regatta 2007 CLICK HERE.

The Holland Regatta will be included in the first running of the ISAF World Cup© series for the Olympic Classes. For more on the ISAF World Cup© CLICK HERE.

Lindsey Bell (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Iain PERCY and Andrew SIMPSON at Miami:© Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR
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