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Kiel Week 2005
Kiel, Germany

Finally some more races for the Olympic Classes at Kieler Woche. Thunderstorm, rain and northerly gusts (Beaufort 5 - 6) hit Kiel Fjord during midday, but finally the Race Committee set up the eight race courses for all Olympic Classes; intending to complete two or three races for each class to make up for the previous two days of no wind.
Chi Ho HO(HKG) has a safe lead after eight races in the men's Mistral gold fleet having had an exceptional series so far - five bullets, one second place and two thirds is going to be hard to beat if he continues with this form. Second and third are held by the Polish duo of Piotry MYSZKA and Lukas GRODZICKI, both scoring 18 points.

In the women's Mistral fleet there is a similar story of Polish and Hong Kong sailors dominating the field. Agata BRYGOLA (POL) and Wai Kei CHAN (HKG) share the top of the leaderboard with nine points each with Wai Man CHAN (HKG) in third.

The Finn and Star fleets have now completed five races and it is Gasper VINCE (SLO) who leads with eight points. The Slovenian 2004 Olympic representative has had a good year so far adding third place in Medemblik to sixth in Hyères and second place in the ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Winner of the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères and Medemblik runner up, Emilios PAPATHANASIOU(GRE) has slipped down to fourth after a disappointing day whilst Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN swoops up to second overall as he now discards his bad result from race one. Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC (CRO) is hanging in there in third overall just one point ahead of Papathanasiou.

The Star Class is headed by another trio of top sailors. Olympic medallist in the Finn, Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ with crew Dominik ZYCKI (POL) leads overall after five consistent races including two bullets. Two points back are George SZABO and Eric MONROE (USA) with Benny ANDERSEN and Mogens JUST (DEN) in third. America's Cup legend Russell COUTTS (NZL) is in seventh.

The Laser fleet have now completed nine races and it is Great Britain's Paul GOODISON who is having the best of it despite posting his worst result, an eleventh, yesterday. Goodison is now six points clear of Matias DEL SOLAR (CHI) with seven time world champion Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) in third.

The Laser Radial fleet have completed ten races and the top two sailors are looking untouchable at the front of this fleet. Paige RAILEY (USA) maintains her lead despite a BFD in race ten which she discards. A victory here for the young American will be excellent preparation for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship which get underway in less than a month in Busan, Korea. Karin SÖDERSTRÖM (SWE) is in second place and also had a poor race yesterday, finishing 29 in race eight. In third place is Gintarė VOLUNGEVIČIŪTĖ (LTU).

The Russian teams are dominating the Yngling Class with the main challenge to them coming from Britain's Sarah AYTON, Annie LUSH and Lisa MacDONALD. Eight races have been completed and Vlada ILIENKO is in first place three points ahead of Ekaterina SKUDINA who is in turn, three points ahead of Ayton. There is everything to play for in this fleet and only ten points separate the top five teams.

The 49er fleet was back in full action on the water yesterday and have completed ten races. The Italian brothers Pietro and Gianfranco SIBELLO still lead in first place overall with 23 points but are just one point ahead of Olympic bronze medallists Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR). In third position are Nico DELLE KARTH and Niko RESCH (AUT). The 2004 Olympic gold medallists Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ (ESP) have not been having their best event and are currently in eighth overall having posted inconsistent results since day one.

Local experts in the Tornado fleet and ISAF World Sailing Rankings number one team, Ronald GÄEBLER and Gunnar STRUCKMANN keep their lead after six races by two points. Andrey KIRILYUK and Valery USHKOW (RUS) were first in race six and second in race five and lie in second overall.

The men's and women's 470 fleets have both completed eight races and the young Australian team Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON continue to lead the fleet with a comfortable margin. Twelve points behind them are Sabine WALTER and Antje STRUCKAT (GER) and Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) are in third.

In the men's fleet Dimitri BEREZKIN and Alexander ZIBIN (RUS) are first overall with Michael ANDERSON-MITTERLING and David HUGHES hot on their heels in second. The Coster brothers (NED) are in third.

Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) and Heiko KRÖGER (GER) share the lead in the 2.4 Paralympic keelboat class both with 12 points while Helena LUCAS (GBR) dropped back to third position after nine races.

ISAF (Source: Hermann Hell), Image: action from the Yngling fleet © Kieler Woche
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