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12 August 2005, 12:28 pm
Sibello Brothers Lead At End Of Qualification
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Schenker 49er European Championship 2005
Vallensbæk, Denmark

The remaining four qualification races were sailed yesterday in Vallensbæk, Denmark and the Sibello brothers continued their consistent sailing to lead the series.
A stable westerly wind of 5-8 m/s yesterday resulted in a relatively easy day for the race committee and there were hardly any changes of the course. Pietro and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) took home two firsts and two seconds to put them at the top of the leaderboard on 10 points. Two points behind them are Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR) who also finished second twice yesterday bur add this to a fourth and a first.

Leaders after the first day of racing, ISAF World Ranked number one team and defending champions, Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) have slipped to third after finishing the days races first, second, third and ninth.

The top ten is incredibly close with only ten points separating the first 12 sailors. The twelfth placed team is 2004 Olympic gold medallists Iker MARTINEZ and Xavier FERNANDEZ (ESP) and there is still much to play for.

The top 25 teams have now been allocated to the gold fleet with the rest divided between a silver (34 boats) and a bronze (33 boats) fleet.

In the 29er fleets Ed CHAPMAN and Tom PEEL (GBR) closed the gap up to Silja and Lauri LEHTINEN (FIN) so they now both have seven points with one discard. They are closely followed by Dylan FLETCHER and Nick HOLLIS (GBR), and Helle Ørum NIELSEN and Simon JENSEN (DEN) - both boats having ten points. Further down the list Mikko HENTINEN and Mikko KOTAMIES (FIN) just managed to squeeze into the Gold fleet, with only one point separating them Gregg HALL and Dick MACLEAN (GBR) in 26.

The 29ers have been split into a gold (25 boats) and silver fleet (35 boats).

Top Ten After Eight Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 ITA Pietro SIBELLO Gianfranco SIBELLO (3) 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 10
2 GBR Stevie MORRISON Ben RHODES 2 3 1 1 (4) 1 2 2 12
3 GBR Chris DRAPER Simon HISCOCKS 1 2 2 1 1 (9) 3 2 12
4 UKR Rodion LUKA George LEONCHUK 2 3 1 2 2 (5) 3 1 14
5 DEN Allan NØRREGAARD Jonatan PERSSON 3 1 2 2 3 (5) 1 2 14
6 AUT Nico DELLE KARTH Niko RESCH 3 1 2 2 1 2 (DNS) 3 14
7 USA Morgan LARSON Pete SPAULDING 1 4 3 1 1 (5) 1 4 15
8 POL Marcin CZAJKOWSKI Kierkowski KRZYSZTOF 1 4 3 4 2 1 2 (5) 17
9 NOR Christoffer SUNDBY Frode BOVIM 4 (7) 1 3 4 4 1 2 19
10 DEN Peter HANSEN Søren HANSEN 2 2 5 (5) 2 1 3 4 19
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