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12 May 2006, 11:21 am
Day 2: Second Day In The RS:X
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ISAF World Sailing Games 2006
Lake Neusiedl, Austria

Day two at the ISAF World Sailing Games on Lake Neusiedl, Austria and everything is under control down at the windsurfing venue in Breitenbrunn. Qiubin CHEN (CHN) is clearly at home in the breezy conditions and again impressed yesterday, whilst Israel's Shahar ZUBARI leads the men's fleet.
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The sail numbers were issued for the men's fleet early so competitors were able to rig up and head out to the start as scheduled.

A number of the sailors in the yellow fleet were a little slow leaving the beach and by the time they reached the start line the first race of the day was already underway. One competitor, Mariano REUTEMANN (ARG), requested redress by the protest committee, which was granted as they found that he arrived late to the start line through no fault of his own.

The Race Committee kept the women's fleet on the beach until the yellow fleet's second race was underway to ensure that the women did not share the race area with the men making mark roundings difficult.

For the first start of the women's race, the majority of the competitors chose to start on port tack, the wind was between eight to ten knots making it marginal planing conditions. Both American sailors Farrah HALL and Karen MARRIOTT were spotted over the line early and therefore received OCS to put an end to their first race.

Men's RS:X
Women's RS:X
Laser Radial
Men's 470
Women's 470
Hobie Tiger
Hobie 16
Team Racing

First to the top mark was French sailor Charline PICON with current leader CHEN from China in mid fleet. The second top mark rounding saw Japanese sailor Yuki SUNAGA in front with a larger lead over CHEN, fellow team member Yasuko KOSUGE, PICON and China's Weiming LIU.

Race two for the women's again saw the competitors starting on port with the breeze dying to ensure a pumping race with no planing conditions.

Men's Action

The men's blue fleet were sent out to start in seven knots, with gusting up to ten knots. Half the fleet took starboard while the other half took port. The port tackers started with speed, while the starboard takers were holding on the line. The competitors who took the left hand side of the course find a little more pressure than the right and had a large lead at the top mark. Unfortunately leading Russian sailor Kirill ZAICHENKO had read the wrong course and lead the rest of the fleet to the course meaning that all the fleet scoured DSQ after the protest hearing, this will give a big advantage to the sailors of the yellow fleet.

The second race did not fair any better with the leading sailor, Thomas KARGL of Austria, failing to make the first mark within the ten minutes time limit therefore the race being abandoned. The competitors sailed back to the start mark to start again in breeze which had died to four to five knots. Polish sailor and 2005 ISAF Youth Worlds Champion Lukasz GRODZICKI had an amazing start to lead the rest of the fleet around the course. The light winds were the perfect conditions for the young teenager who will definitely be one to watch in future races.

For a full report on all the action from day two on Lake Neusiedl CLICK HERE.

For all the news on the 2006 ISAF World Sailing Games CLICK HERE.

Ailsa ANGUS. Image, The RS:X fleet on action on Lake Neusiedl:© David BELL
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