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27 January 2005, 03:13 pm
UAE'S Jasim EHAB Marks Day Two With First Win
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Dubai International Junior Regatta
Dubai, UAE

South Africa's Justin ONVLEE overcame an early disqualification to keep control of the Laser 4.7 battle at the Dubai Junior Regatta today (Thursday) as Sweden's youngsters continued to dominate the Optimist class and the UAE's Jasim EHAB celebrated his first big race win.

Onvlee finished day two in the Emirates Airline-sponsored event still on course for his second successive Laser title in Dubai while Adam JOHANSSON held the lead in the Optimists, with five other Swedes also featuring in the top eight.

On a day highlighted by shifting winds, reigning world junior champion Onvlee showed that he is capable of mistakes, but also that he has the ability to shrug them off.

After the first of the day's three Victory Team-sponsored races had been delayed for 75 minutes, Onvlee was disqualified for a false start, leaving Holland's Rolph OUDSHOORN to win from two other South Africans, Rudy MCNEILL and Sean HEYDENRYCH.

But Onvlee bounced back to take second place in the next two races behind Oudshoorn again, then Italy's junior ladies' champion Anita Di LASIO, and said: 'I was too keen in the first race and jumped the start by about two seconds. I'm being a little more cautious now because I can't afford another bad race but I'm happy to have recovered.'

His closest challenger at the end of the day was Heydenrych, followed by Holland's Giljs PELT, while the UAE's Adel KHALID remained in the hunt in seventh position after three top-ten finishes. With three more days and eight more races remaining, Raymondo TONELLI, Italian coach of the UAE Laser squad said: 'Adel is being very consistent and not taking too many risks which is good tactics. We are pushing but we are also playing it smart and overall we're looking for consistency.'

Proving again that she can be more than a match for the boys, Di Lasio won the final race of the day in the Laser class and said: 'I had a really good start when I got free from the rest, but then touched a mark and dropped to fourth before catching up again to take first.

While Johansson took control in the Optimists with first, second and sixth place finishes on the day, the UAE's Jaseb EHAB had his moment of glory in race two. 'This was my best result yet, he said. 'I had a great start and I learnt a lot today, especially about the start, and I hope to use this experience and do better tomorrow.'

Taking place under the patronage of H.H.Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates, the Dubai Junior Regatta is organised by Dubai International Marine Club in conjunction with the UAE Marine Sports Federation and the ISAF, the world governing body of sailing.

The event is co-sponsored by Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, the official hotel, Trek, Rudy Project, Al Boom Marine, Dubai's Victory Team Duboats, Speedboat Dubai LLC and El Mundo.

The next two days, sponsored in turn by Trek & Rudy Project and Al Boom Marine, feature three races each, with the final two races taking place on Sunday.

Enthusiasts can follow the Dubai Junior Regatta by visiting the website below.

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