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20 October 2006, 02:36 pm
Racing Underway In Japan
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Enoshima Olympic Week 2006
Enoshima, Japan

The ISAF Grade 2 Enoshima Olympic Week began in Japan today, with light winds greeting the competitors. Ruslana TARAN and Olena PAHOLCHYK (UKR) were one of the star teams of day one, leading round the course to win the only race in the 470 fleet.
Makoto TOMIZAWA (JPN), the leader of the Men's RS:X fleet said that it was pumping conditions right around the course for their second race, as the big autumn high pressure stayed right on the area and the eight knot breeze died away toward the end of the second race.

TARAN and PAHOLCHYK, the only overseas competitors at the regatta, dominated from start to finish in the mixed 470 fleet. The Ukrainian Olympic bronze medallist from Sydney have been in Japan for a week now to train with the Japanese 470 national team. For Ai KONDO and Naoko KAMATA (JPN), silver medallists at this year's ISAF Grade W 470 World Championship, it was their first 470 regatta after Rizhao. They were far back at the first mark, and from there, recovered to sixth at the finish.

Racing is scheduled to continue through until 22 October, with the youth sailors joining those from the Olympic Classes on Saturday.

Aiko SAITO (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Akinori GOSHI in action:© Japan Sailing Federation
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