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6 October 2005, 09:48 am
AMARAL Moves Into First
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IFDS Single-Person Dinghy World Championship 2005
San Felice Circeo, Italy

Portugal's Bento AMARAL has taken the lead at the IFDS Single-Person Dinghy World Championship taking place in San Felice Circeo, Italy, moving a point ahead of day one leader Colin JOHANSON (AUS). Meanwhile in the Sabaudia's Cup, Zoltan PEGAN (AUS) scored his second consecutive win to retain the overall lead.
A total of 21 competitors are racing in Italy with nine sailors competing using full servo assist winches to control helm and main and jib sheets to contest the IFDS Single-Person Dinghy World Championship.

Sabaudia's Cup overall leader PEGAN commented on yesterday's racing, 'The wind had been blowing all night and was a steady 14 knots from the south east, but it must have been blowing from the north last night because there were big rollers and a lumpy cross sea with little breaking crests. When most of the fleet of 21 Liberty were out on the water a tremendous rain shower came in from offshore. I trimmed the jib to the centre and eased the main while pulling my neck in to keep so much water from running under my collar.'

'The fleet rode the waves beautifully with the nine servo assisted boats handling the extraordinary conditions superbly. When on a crest I could see the keel of nearby boats through the water. In the trough, just the sail was visible. But other than being wet, no-one was in trouble.'

Racing continues today, with a lay day tomorrow before the decisive races on Saturday and Sunday.

Leaderboard After Two Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 Pts
1 POR Bento AMARAL 2 1 3
2 AUS Colin JOHANSON 1 3 4
3 POR Fernando PEREIRA 3 2 5
4 USA Herb MEYER 7 4 11
5 AUS Maria DALMON 4 DNF 14
6 USA Fred HESS 5 DNS 15
7 AUS Lindsay DALMON 6 DNS 16
8 AUS Bill BRADLEY DNS DNF 20
9 GRE Panayotis TSINGANOS DNS DNS 20
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