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10 June 2005, 09:13 am
First Day Leaders Remain On Top
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470 European Championship 2005
Gdynia, Poland

The leaders from day one continued their fine form yesterday in the ISAF Grade C1 470 European Championship in Gdynia, Poland. With one race of the group stage remaining there are still three crews counting perfect scores.
2004 Olympic silver medallists and defending European Champions, Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR), continue to look like the team to beat here in Poland. They followed a second place in race four with a bullet to end the day on a perfect four points after the first discard came into consideration after the fourth race.

Javier CONTE and Juan DE LA FUENTE (ARG) mirrored the British pair's results to move clear in second place. Runners up in the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, the French team of Benjamin BONNAUD and Romain BONNAUD, produced the best performance of the day with two bullets lifting them into third. ISAF World Sailing Rankings' leaders, Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL (ISR) also had a good day with a 2,1 record leaving them tied on points with the BONNAUD brothers. Lying in second place after the first day, Álvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR), scored two thirds and drop to fifth.

Several of the crews are lying low down on the leaderboard after fourteen teams were black flagged in yesterday's first race. Combined with Wednesday's DNF, the BFD on the leaderboard next to the names of the winners of the recent ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik, Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS), means they drop to 34 overall.

Two crews in the women's fleet are counting the optimum score of four points. The number one team in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, Hyères and Medemblik winners, Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA), added a second place and a bullet to their opening day salvo of three first places. Sneaking ahead of them on countback is Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED). They scored two bullets yesterday to make it four in a row and lift them into pole position on the leaderboard. The Israeli team of Nike KORNECKI and Vered BOUSKILA rise to third place overall after a 1,3 record for the day.

2004 Olympic bronze medallists and current World Champions, Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE) are still well in touch, just six points off the leaders after finishing second and fourth in yesterday's two races. Katarzyna TYLINSKA and Zuzanna GLADYS remain the principle Polish team of the competition, taking advantage of the familiar surroundings to finish sixth and third yesterday, to round out the top five.

Winners here in Gdynia last year in the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in the 420, the Australian team of Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON recovered from capsizing in the final race on Wednesday, with a 4,6 record yesterday to move them up to seventh overall. They now lie one place ahead of another Youth Worlds' graduate, Pippa WILSON (GBR), sailing with crew Sheena CRAIG (GBR).

After two DNFs yesterday, Siren SUNDBY and Karianne MELLEBY (NOR) recovered to 24 overall with a twelve and sixth place.

Today sees the sixth and final group race scheduled for 1100 hours local time with the weather forecast predicting winds of around 20 knots. The final series of the Championship then gets underway tomorrow with the top placing sailors pitted against each other in the gold fleet.

Top Ten Men After Five Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 GBR Nick ROGERS Joe GLANFIELD 1 1 1 (2) 1 4
2 ARG Javier CONTE Juan DE LA FUENTE 1 (5) 2 2 1 6
3 FRA Benjamin BONNAUD Romain BONNAUD 2 3 (4) 1 1 7
4 ISR Gideon KLIGER Ehud GAL (6) 2 2 1 2 7
5 POR Alvaro MARINHO Miguel NUNES 1 1 (6) 3 3 8
6 NED Sven COSTER Kalle COSTER 3 (4) 1 1 4 9
7 GRE Panagiotis KAMBOURIDIS Aggelos LEMANIS 6 2 2 (7) 3 13
8 FRA Ronan DREANO Ronan FLOCH 4 (6) 5 2 2 13
9 FRA Pallu DE LA BARRIERE Aymeric CHAPPELIER 4 3 4 (BFD) 3 14
10 FRA Pierre LEBOUCHER Vincent GAROS (6) 1 4 6 4 15

Top Ten Women After Five Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 NED Marcellien DE KONING Lobke BERKHOUT (14) 1 1 1 1 4
2 FRA Ingrid PETITJEAN Nadege DOUROUX 1 1 1 (2) 1 4
3 ISR Nike KORNECKI Vered BOUSKILA (15) 2 4 1 3 10
4 SWE Therese TORGERSSON Vendela ZACHRISSON 2 3 3 2 (4) 10
5 POL Katarzyna TYLINSKA Zuzanna GLADYSZ 4 2 2 (6) 3 11
6 SLO Vesna DEKLEVA Klara MAUCEC (7) 4 2 7 2 15
7 AUS Elise RECHICHI Tessa PARKINSON 2 3 (17) 4 6 15
8 GBR Pippa WILSON Sheena CRAIG 3 (7) 5 7 2 17
9 GER Stefanie ROTHWEILER Vivien KUSSATZ (6) 5 6 4 4 19
10 GER Kathrin KADELBACH Saskia SCHRODER 4 6 3 (10) 8 21
ISAF. Image, Action from the women's fleet:© Tomek Ignatowicz/www.euro470.pl/www.sails.pl
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