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24 August 2005, 09:14 am
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505 World Championship 2005
Warnemunde, Germany

Four races have been sailed in the CSC 505 Worlds at Warnemünde in Northerly thermal winds. After light wind on the weekend, the sea breeze increased to 20-25 knots on Monday afternoon.
With a record-breaking fleet size of 175 boats, the length of the gate start line causes an enormous leverage. Starting on the favored side of the line has never been more important. In every race, a couple of world class sailors found themselves at the weather mark with more than 100 boats in front of them after picking the wrong side of the first beat.

In the large and strong fleet, sailors are getting used to come out in radically different positions, depending on a good or bad first beat. Germans BÖHM/ROOS have made the most exciting jump from place 106 in the first race to third in the second.

Two time world champions Wolfgang HUNGER and Holger JESS (GER) also experienced a bad first race with a 24th place, but recovered during the next two days with an immaculate 4, 3, 1 series. The two best teams from the Preworlds, Mark IVEY and Shane ILLIDGE (USA) and Christian KELLNER and Klaus STAMMERJOHANN follow on the scoreboard in second and third respectively.

Race one winners, Michael RÖSSLER and Holger NEUHAUS (GER) are languishing down in 18 place overall having been unable to maintain their form of the first day.

HUNGER's nine-point lead over IVEY looks quite comfortable, but since mistakes tend to be disastrous in this regatta, the first ten boats still have a shot on the title.

Top Ten After Four Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Points
1 GER Hunger WOLFGANG Jess HOLGER (24) 4 3 1 8
2 USA Mark IVEY Shane ILLIDGE 7 (13) 1 9 17
3 GER Christian KELLNER Klaus STAMMERJOHANN (39) 2 13 4 19
4 GER Dietrich SCHEDER-BIESCHIN Reiner GÖRGE 2 9 9 (15) 20
5 USA Mike MARTIN Jesse FALSONE 17 (42) 5 2 24
6 DEN Jan SAUGMANN Morten RAMSBAEK (20) 12 10 3 25
7 GBR Terry SCUTSCHER Christian DIEBITSCH 14 (20) 6 5 25
8 USA Andy BEECKMANN Jeff NELSON (15) 5 11 11 27
9 DEN Bo PETERSEN Henrik BUHL (26) 6 8 13 27
10 GER Claas LEHMANN Martin SCHÖLER (10) 10 7 10 27
Gerrit Haaland (As Amended by ISAF)
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