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12 June 2005, 12:04 am
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470 European Championship 2005
Gdynia, Poland

The introduction of two gold fleets, placing the most successful sailors of the qualifying series together, sees Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR) and Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA) remain in the pole positions in the ISAF Grade C1 470 European Championship in Gdynia, Poland. However, after two races in the new fleets, their earlier dominance now looks a thing of the past.
Yesterday racing began in the gold fleets, although only after three hours of waiting for the wind to stabilize. The first starting signal for the women's gold fleet went off just before 1400 hours local time, but due to persistent wind shifts the race had to be stopped on the third leg. Eventually the wind did stabilize with a ten knot breeze from the east allowing two races in each of the gold fleets.

2004 Olympic silver medallists, ROGERS and GLANFIELD, are here defending their 2004 European title and had looked all but invincible in their opening six races. However, with the gold fleet pitting all of the Championship's most successful sailors together, the British pair had a less than perfect day with a ninth and a 14th place seeing their lead at the front reduced to a single point. Behind them, Javier CONTE and Juan DE LA FUENTE (ARG) seemed to adapt to the new fleet better and piled the pressure on with a 6,5 record for the day.

Of all the teams, ISAF World Sailing Rankings' leaders, Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL (ISR), seemed to be the most impressive on day four, and a second and a fourth place lifts them two places to third overall, within three points of ROGERS and GLANFIELD.

A bullet in the day's opening race helps Benjamin BONNAUD and Romain BONNAUD (FRA) climb into fourth, just ahead of their teammates, Ronan DREANO and Ronan FLOCH (FRA). The bullet in the day's second race also went to a French team, Nicolas CHARBONNIER and Olivier BAUSSET, although they still lie 16 overall. Álvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR) had a terrible day with a RAF and an OCS knocking them back to tenth, although they look likely to move back towards the top of the leaderboard when the second discard comes into play after race nine today.

In 27th place overnight, winners of the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik, Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS), frustratingly missed out on qualification for the gold fleet by a single place.

In the women's fleet, the number one team in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, PETITJEAN and DOUROUX (FRA), looked a little more comfortable in the top spot than ROGERS and GLANFIELD. Second place followed by sixth means they have a six point gap at the top and are the only women's team with single digit finishes running across the leaderboard.

Nike KORNECKI and Vered BOUSKILA (ISR) move up one place into second, whilst a bullet in race eight sees current Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champions in the 420, Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON (AUS), move into the top three. The Australians leapfrog Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) after the Dutch team ended the day's final race in 13th. Current World Champions, Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE) complete the top five, just ahead of Poland's highest team, Katarzyna TYLINSKA and Zuzanna GLADYS. A third and a ninth place sees 2004 Olympic champion in the Europe, Siren SUNDBY, and crew Karianne MELLEBY (NOR), move up another five places to twelfth, a position they look set to improve upon with the introduction of the second discard today.

Top Ten Men After Eight Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 GBR Nick ROGERS Joe GLANFIELD 1 1 1 2 1 1 9 (14) 16
2 ARG Javier CONTE Juan DE LA FUENTE 1 5 2 2 1 1 (6) 5 17
3 ISR Gideon KLIGER Ehud GAL 6 2 2 1 2 (9) 2 4 19
4 FRA Benjamin BONNAUD Romain BONNAUD 2 3 4 (DSQ) 1 9 1 6 26
5 FRA Ronan DREANO Ronan FLOCH 4 6 5 1 2 4 5 (22) 27
6 NED Sven COSTER Kalle COSTER 3 4 1 1 4 4 18 (23) 35
7 ITA Gabrio ZANBDONA Francesco DELLA TORRE 3 2 (DSQ) 3 7 8 4 8 35
8 GRE Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS Andreas PAPADOPOULOS 8 (12) 3 3 5 7 7 2 35
9 GBR Nic ASHER Eliott WILLS 4 4 5 10 9 6 3 (11) 41
10 POR Alvaro MARINHO Miguel NUNES 1 1 6 2 3 5 (RAF) OCS 45

Top Ten Women After Eight Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 FRA Ingrid PETITJEAN Nadege DOUROUX 1 1 1 2 1 5 2 (6) 13
2 ISR Nike KORNECKI Vered BOUSKILA (15) 2 4 1 3 2 5 2 19
3 AUS Elise RECHICHI Tessa PARKINSON 2 3 (17) 4 6 3 8 1 27
4 NED Marcellien DE KONING Lobke BERKHOUT (14) 1 1 1 1 6 7 13 30
5 SWE Therese TORGERSSON Vendela ZACHRISSON 2 3 3 2 4 10 6 (BFD) 30
6 POL Katarzyna TYLINSKA Zuzanna GLADYSZ 4 2 2 6 3 7 (14) 8 32
7 SLO Vesna DEKLEVA Klara MAUCEC 7 4 2 7 2 7 (13) 3 32
8 GBR Pippa WILSON Sheena CRAIG 3 7 5 7 2 8 1 (10) 33
9 GER Stefanie ROTHWEILER Vivien KUSSATZ 6 5 6 4 4 3 (10) 7 35
10 FRA Camille LECOINTRE Gwendolyn LEMAITRE 8 8 8 3 7 1 (18) 4 39
ISAF. Image, KLIGER and GAL look to be in their element in the gold fleet:© Maciej Kolosinski
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