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19 October 2006, 02:06 pm
Light Winds For Day One
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Soling World Championship 2006
Annapolis, Maryland, USA

37 teams sailed out of the Severn Sailing Association on Wednesday for the first two races of the 2006 Soling World Championship, held in Annapolis, USA. Light winds and summer temperatures with a shine day just allowed one race with a second one that had to be abandoned.
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Hans FOGH, Roger CHEERS and Goron DEVRIES (CAN) had a great start to the championship, being in the right places for the shifts and finishing first in the six leg windward-leeward course. A small reach after the downwind mark that included a gate caused problems for a few teams leading the race including George WOSSALA, Peter NEMETH and Karoly VEZER (HUN) and Bill ABBOTT, Paul DAVIS and Joanne ABBOTT (CAN), who did not round properly and had to come back.

Alex HOLL, Norbert HELLIGEGEL and Thomas OLBRICH (GER) finished second after sailing a nice race and showing all the experience acquired in the former DDR Soling training camps. Johan OFFERMANS, Peter MOSCH and Bas DUSEE (NED) came in behind the Germans in third.

The best of the home teams was Connecticut's Peter GALLOWEY, Paul STEINBORN and Greg ANTHONY (USA) in fourth, who managed to finish in front of local legends Stuart WALKER, Doug LOUP and Bruce EMPEY (USA).

Three races are scheduled for Thursday, but the weather looks like it will be the same, with light winds, maybe increasing in the afternoon.

Top Ten

Pos Nation Helm Crew Crew R1 Pts
1 CAN Hans FOGH Roger CHEER Gordon DEVRIES 1 1
2 GER Alexander HOLL Norbert HELLRIEGEL Thomas OLBRICH 2 2
3 NED Johan OFFERMANS Bas DUSEE Peter MOSCH 3 3
4 USA Peter GALLOWAY Paul STEINBORN Greg ANTHONY 4 4
5 USA Stuart WALKER Doug LOUP Bruce EMPEY 5 5
6 NOR Preben ASBJØRNRØD Richard FIKSE Christensen BERNT OLE 6 6
7 USA Jim MEDLEY Jamie STEWART Chris ROBERTS 7 7
8 USA Thomas DAVIES Jr Andrew DIZE Kai SKVARLA 8 8
9 GER Roman KOCH Maxl KOCH Gregor BORNEMANN 9 9
10 USA Steve DOLAN Jon BAILEY Jack FREYSINGER 10 10
Matias COLLINS (As Amended By ISAF). Image, George WOSSALA, Peter NEMETH and Karoly VEZER had a difficult first day:© www.solingworlds.com
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