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13 August 2005, 01:42 pm
ECHAVARRI And PAZ Lead Going Into Final Day
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Tornado European Championship 2005
Västervik, Sweden

World Champions Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) are on track to add the European crown to their growing list of honours as the ISAF Grade C1 Tornado European Championship enters it's final day in Västervik, Sweden. The Spanish pair, who top the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, hold a five point lead over Darren BUNDOCK and Aaron WORRALL (AUS).
A lack of wind in Västervik resulted in no racing yesterday, meaning at least one race will have to take place today in order to constitute a series under the Notice of Race.

There was some drama off the water however with the International Jury declaring race five abandoned, before reinstating the results after reconsidering their initial verdict. The problems were caused following a request for redress as during the race the wind dropped to a speed of less than three knots for over 15 minutes, which according to Sailing Instruction 10.5 means: 'A race shall be abandoned if the wind reduces to less than three knots for a period of 15 minutes or more before the first boat that sails the course finishes (AC9.1).'

The initial decision was made on Thursday evening following the race, before being reconsidered after the lack of racing yesterday.

ECHAVARRI and PAZ took the lead after race five thanks to their third second place finish of the Championship. Former leaders and last year's winner, BUNDOCK and crew WORRALL came in eighth to drop down into second place. The bullet meanwhile went to Olympic Champions Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT), who move up into third, eight points behind the leaders.

ECHAVARRI and PAZ's position at the top is further strengthened by the fact the discard will be introduced after race six, which currently means they will lose a finish of 29, whilst BUNDOCK and WORRALL and HAGARA and STEINACHER would drop scores of 23 and 19 respectively.

Top Ten After Five Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 ESP Fernando ECHAVARRI Antón PAZ 29 2 3 2 2 38
2 AUS Darren BUNDOCK Aaron WORRALL 23 4 2 6 8 43
3 AUT Roman HAGARA Hans Peter STEINACHER 1 19 9 16 1 46
4 FRA Francois MORVAN Matthieu VANDAME 5 7 29 1 7 49
5 FRA Xavier REVIL Christophe ESPAGNON 18 3 17 8 4 50
6 USA John LOVELL Charlie OGLETREE 10 16 5 15 11 57
7 FRA Francois GABART Romain DAVID 4 29 19 3 10 65
8 GER Roland GAEBLER Gunnar STRUCKMANN 20 1 23 11 12 67
9 ITA Francesco MARCOLINI Edoardo BIANCHI 32 9 13 13 5 72
10 SWE Karl SUNESSON Erik ANDERSSON 14 11 14 7 27 73
ISAF. Image, A bullet in race five for Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER brings the Austrians back into contention:© Mikael Sundheden
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