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10 July 2005, 09:17 am
Light Winds on Day One
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International Balaton Sailing Week 2005
Balaton, Hungary

The first day of racing at the ISAF Grade 3 International Balaton Sailing Week started with all fleets kept ashore with a postponent. The wind forecasted yesterday did not come true, the fleet had to wait until 16:00 for the wind to come and the Race Committee duly sent out the 470s, Lasers, Laser Radials, Stars, Finns, Flying Dutchman and Soling fleets.
215 sailors from four nations are registered to compete in nine classes at this ISAF Grade 3 event in Balaton, Hungary.

A slight wind from the north came in after 16:00 and at 16:15 the Race Committee decided to give it a try. Wind was around 2-5 m/s (4-10 knots) depending on which area of the lake the courses were. In the shifting and changing force of the wind one race was organized on Course B, two on Course A but none on Course C.

On course A were the two-person dinghy, 470 fleet and the one person dinghy, Laser and Laser Radial fleets and all three completed two races. The top three places are virtually impossible to split at this stage with the top two - András VIGH and Bálint PERJÉS (HUN) and Andás D'ALBINI and Zsombor SZÉPFY (HUN) both on four points and Gábor SALLAI and Dávid OLOSZ (HUN) third overall on five. The 470 fleet also gave the International Jury some work to do with a protest.

In the Laser Radial fleet Klaudia MATIS (HUN) and Fanni HEGEDŰS (HUN) are also tied at the top with four points each whilst in the men's one person dinghy, Laser fleet a second and a first is enough to place Zsombor BERECZ (HUN) clear at the top.

Over on Course B, the Finn, Star, Flying Dutchman and Soling fleets completed one race each. The 49er and multihull fleets did not race on Course C.

Everyone is hoping for a better sailing weather in the next few days, and according to the forecasts they have all the possibilty for this to come true.

Péter Süle (As Amended by ISAF)
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