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9 August 2005, 09:24 am
GERITZER Closes The Gap At The Top
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Laser European Championship 2005
Cartagena, Spain

The second day of the ISAF Grade C1 Laser European Championship on the waters of Cartagena, Spain, was marked by the wind. Olympic Champion Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) still holds the lead but the field are closing up behind him led by Athens' silver medallist Andreas GERITZER (AUT).
Yesterday began well with some breeze, but the wind dropped in intensity throughout the day, falling to three to four knots at the start of the second race.

In the youth competition there were several changes at the top after the scheduled two races were completed. Overnight leader Daniel MIHELIC (CRO) could not repeat his double bullet performance of Sunday and drops to fifth overall after finishes of 7 and 20 in division B. Jean-BAPTISTE BERMAR (FRA) took advantage of the Croatian's slip up, scoring in a bullet in race three and then a third place to move seven points clear at the top of the leaderboard.

Simon GROTELUSCHEN (GER) took the bullet in division A in race three, and went on to repeat the feat. The two wins place him second overall, a point ahead of France's Corentin PRUVOT, who scored finishes of 11 and 2 yesterday. Mickael BORDE (FRA) took the win in race four in division B, his second victory of the Championship, which lifts him to sixth overall.

The senior sailors began their race at 1502 hours local time in division A and 1511 in division B. Wind speed at the time of starting was nine to eleven knots at 110º southeast. Both divisions got away first time with the races lasting 80 minutes.

In division B, Olympic Champion and overnight leader SCHEIDT came in fourth behind the leading battle, which eventually saw Bernard LUTTMER (CAN) claim the bullet ahead of winner of both the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française and ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) and number two in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, Paul GOODISON (GBR).

In division A the bullet went to Italy's Diego NEGRI with Milan VUJASINOVIC (CRO) second and Olympic silver medallist Andreas GERITZER (AUT) third.

With the wind dying the senior fleets were unable to complete the second scheduled race leaving SCHEIDT in the lead, although GERITZER's third place has cut the gap at the top to just four points. Aron LOLIC (CRO) maintained his fantastic performance with a fifth yesterday to stay in third, whilst SLINGSBY moves up to fourth with another Croatian, Mate ARAPOV (CRO), fifth.

Top Ten After Three Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 Pts
1 BRA Robert SCHEIDT 4 1 4 9
2 AUT Andreas GERITZER 8 2 3 13
3 CRO Aron LOLIC 3 6 5 14
4 AUS Tom SLINGSBY 8 7 2 17
5 CRO Mate ARAPOV 12 3 4 19
6 ITA Diego NEGRI 10 11 1 22
7 POL Maciej GRABOWSKI 15 5 6 26
8 POR Gustavo LIMA 16 4 7 27
9 NZL Andrew MURDOCH 6 10 12 28
10 CRO Luka RADELIC 7 10 11 28
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Racing is tight in Cartagena:©
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