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8 April 2006, 05:17 pm
Hungarians Extend Lead
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Flying Dutchman World Championship 2006
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Szabolcs MAJTHÉNYI and András DOMOKOS (HUN) made all the running in day two of the Flying Dutchman World Championship in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, with the Hungarian pair scoring two more bullets to give then a seven point cushion at the top.
Behind them, the Australia bronze medallists from the 2005 Worlds, Norman RYDGE and Richard SCARR also had a good day, scoring second place in both of the day's races to move up to second overall. A fourth and a third for Hans-Peter SCHWARZ and Roland KIRST (GER) puts them third, ahead of US National Champions Lin ROBSON and Eric BOOTHE.

Looking Back On Day One

On Thursday, the first race of the Flying Dutchman Worlds quickly showed that, although small for a Worlds, this was a very high quality fleet with the top players competing. The race took place in lighter conditions with an occasional full trapeze needed with a powered up rig.

US Champions Lin ROBSON and Eric BOOTHE (USA) of the hosts St. Petersburg Yacht Club went to the right side of the first leg, caught a right shift and led with the International Flying Dutchman Class Organization President Alberto BARENGHI and Dave ELLIS (ITA) second. Local knowledge failed on the second windward leg, as the left got a local puff that put other boats near ROBSON and BOOTHE by the finish, shortened at the final leeward mark due to dying wind. ROBSON and BOOTHE crossed first to take the opening bullet followed by MAJTHÉNYI and DOMOKOS.

After a few hour's wait, a classic Tampa Bay sea breeze filled in at 230 degrees at about twelve knots with some holes and puffs for race two. 2004 World Champions MAJTHÉNYI and DOMOKOS established a lead and were never threatened.

Yesterday's Action

Friday's races were held in a south breeze filling an approaching front. At times there were gusts to 15 or a little more and there were periods of eight knots. Nobody could touch the Hungarian duo as they won both races.

Within the fleet there were many changes of position both upwind, reaching and running. Subtle changes in the mast bend, rake, centreboard position up and down as well as fore and aft, the jib fairlead car up and down, all made a boat faster until the wind changed speed and it all had to be changed again.

Top Ten

Pos Nation Skipper Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 HUN Szabolcs MAJTHÉNYI András DOMOKOS 2 1 1 1 5
2 AUS Norman RYDGE Richard SCARR 4 4 2 2 12
3 GER Hans-Peter SCHWARZ Roland KIRST 6 2 4 3 15
4 USA Lin ROBSON Eric BOOTHE 1 8 3 8 20
5 NED Bas VAN DER POL Marc VAN DER POL 3 9 6 6 24
6 AUS Ian MCCROSSIN Adrian SCHMAL 7 7 5 5 24
7 NZL Paul SCOFFIN Simon GARLAND 5 5 9 9 28
8 ITA Roberto CIPRIANI Stefano MORELLI 20 3 8 4 35
9 NED Frank HAVIK Pieter ZANDSTRA 14 6 7 10 37
10 NED Fred SCHAAF Paul VAN DER POL 8 11 16 7 42
Dave ELLIS (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Szabolcs MAJTHÉNYI and András DOMOKOS were in fine form yesterday:© Char DOYLE
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