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11 June 2005, 10:05 am
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470 European Championship 2005
Gdynia, Poland

Yesterday saw the final race in the qualifying series of the ISAF Grade C1 470 European Championship in Gdynia, Poland. Defending champions Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR) remain in control of the men's fleet, whilst ISAF World Sailing Rankings' leaders, Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA), head the women's leaderboard.
There was just one race yesterday in 5-8 knots of wind from the southwest. Once again racing got underway as scheduled at 1100 hours local time. The single race was the last of the qualifying series and today the most successful sailors of the opening three days will line up in the two gold fleets.

2004 Olympic silver medallists, ROGERS and GLANFIELD, have been the team of the Championship so far and still have a perfect score after they took another bullet yesterday. The British pair have shown they have lost none of their form, in their first ISAF Graded event since the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Javier CONTE and Juan DE LA FUENTE (ARG) were another predictable winner in yesterday's race, whilst the third bullet went to Busalkin ARTEM and Gorev ROMAN (RUS), way down the leaderboard at 38.

Álvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR) moved back into third place after finishing fifth whilst Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) and ISAF World Sailing Rankings' leaders, Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL (ISR) round out the top five. Former number one team in the Rankings, Gabrio ZANDONA and Francesco DELLA TORRE (ITA) move into the top ten and now lie just ten points off a top five place.

A DNF on Wedesnday added to a BFD the following day meant that the winners of the recent ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik, Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS), were in for a tough time to qualify for the gold fleet. They finished second yesterday to lift them seven places to 27. In the qualifying stages the groups were split with 26 crews in each, although so far their has been no notice from Gdynia as to the composition of the gold fleet. The Australians could certainly come back into the running when the second discard comes into play after race nine, although they will still be counting the 14th place they finished in race two.

PETITJEAN and DOUROUX (FRA) have been the form women's team since the Olympics, and recently added victory in Medemblik to their win in the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères. They retake the lead of the women's fleet after Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) could only finish sixth in yesterday's race. Nike KORNECKI and Vered BOUSKILA (ISR) remain third, just ahead of 2004 Olympic bronze medallists and current World Champions, Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE). Completing the top five, Katarzyna TYLINSKA and Zuzanna GLADYS, keep up the Polish challenge after finishing seventh in yesterday's race.

Three points back Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champions in the 420, Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON (AUS) continue their impressive transfer to the senior circuit. Close behind them another Youth Worlds graduate, Pippa WILSON (GBR), is making good use of the experience they gained sailing here last year. WILSON with crew, Sheena CRAIG (GBR), is in tenth place.

After two DNFs on day one, 2004 Olympic champion in the Europe, Siren SUNDBY, and crew Karianne MELLEBY (NOR), were under pressure to produce a good result yesterday. They responded with their second bullet of the championship to move up to 17th place overall. Once the second discard comes into play the Norwegian team look likely to be genuine championship contenders.

Racing in the gold fleets is due to start today at 1100.

Top Ten Men After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 GBR Nick ROGERS Joe GLANFIELD 1 1 1 (2) 1 1 5
2 ARG Javier CONTE Juan DE LA FUENTE 1 (5) 2 2 1 1 7
3 POR Alvaro MARINHO Miguel NUNES 1 1 (6) 2 3 5 12
4 NED Sven COSTER Kalle COSTER 3 (4) 1 1 4 4 13
5 ISR Gideon KLIGER Ehud GAL 6 2 2 1 2 (9) 13
6 FRA Ronan DREANO Ronan FLOCH 4 (6) 5 1 2 4 16
7 FRA Benjamin BONNAUD Romain BONNAUD 2 3 4 (DSQ) 1 9 19
8 GRE Panagiotis KAMBOURIDIS Aggelos LEMANIS 5 2 2 7 3 (BFD) 19
9 FRA Pierre LEBOUCHER Vincent GAROS 6 1 4 5 4 (13) 20
10 ITA Gabrio ZANBDONA Francesco DELLA TORRE 3 2 (DSQ) 3 7 8 23

ISAF. Image, The racing is going to get tighter when the gold fleets start today:© Magdalena Lasocka
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