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17 November 2005, 01:18 pm
STREPPELL Scores Impressive Victory
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Laser South Brazilian Championship 2005
Florianópolis, Brazil

André STREPPELL (BRA) scored an impressive win at the ISAF Grade 3 Laser South Brazilian Championship sponsored by Audi of Brazil, in Florianópolis last weekend. The Brazilian came out top of a strong fleet after a near faultless display ahead of second place Bruno FONTES (BRA) and Portugal's 2003 ISAF World Champion Gustavo LIMA in third.
The conditions were perfect during the whole event, with the sun appearing in Florianópolis after 40 day's of rain and strong winds during all three racing days.

STREPPEL sailed superbly, winning six of the seven races to really stake his claim as eight-time World Champion Robert SCHEIDT's (BRA) successor in the class.

FONTES was a gallant loser, commenting, 'André was superior and it deserved to win the championship.'

In the Laser Radial competition, Fabio DUTRA (BRA) came out on top ahead of Eduardo PACHECO (BRA) and Geison MENDES (BRA), whilst Adriana KOSTIW (BRA) in sixth place overall finished as the top women. Brazilians Henrique DE VASCONCELOS, Allan DE OLIVEIRA and Caio AUGUSTO took first, second and third respectively in the Laser 4.7.

The winds experienced in the event are expected to be similar to those predicted for the ISAF Grade W Laser Radial World Championship taking place in Fortaleza, Brazil from 2-17 December.

José Carlos Reis (As Amended By ISAF)
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