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29 July 2005, 09:22 am
Idyllic Day One
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Optimist World Championship 2005
Lake Silvaplana, Engadin, Switzerland

The beautiful Lake Silvaplana, Engadin, Switzerland was bathed in bright sunshine yesterday for day one of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) World Championship. 14-18 knots of wind greeted the 260 young sailors and first class race management ensured three races were sailed in the perfect conditions with no general recalls, no black flags and only a handful of protests.
The promised Majola wind blew straight down the lake. Winds at 1,800 metres have less weight than elsewhere so race one was sailed in the equivalent of 12 knots and races two and three in around 14.

The fleet, divided into six divisions to give three successive starts, had to come to terms with thermal effects and subtle shifts but ocean sailors seemed to have had no difficulty in adapting. Elijah SIMMONS (BER), Anthony ALKINS (TRI) and Affizie Muhammed AZRUL (MAS) took bullets in the race one, but then struggled in the later races to fall out of the top ten overall.

China's Jianan WU leads at the end of the day one with finishes of 2,8,1 putting him two points clear at the top of the leaderboard. Tina LUTZ (GER) follows in second place after scoring a second place and a bullet in races two and three. Nicklas DACKHAMMER (SWE) is a further three points back in third place.

Top Ten After Three Races

Pos Nation Helm Group R1 R2 R3 Pts
1 CHN Jianan WU Yellow 2 8 1 11
2 GER Tina LUTZ Green 10 2 1 13
3 SWE Nicklas DACKHAMMER Blue 3 5 8 16
4 GRE Alexis KATSIOS Pink 15 1 3 19
5 TRI Matthew SCHOENER S. Blue 4 12 3 19
6 ITA Federica WETZEL Yellow 5 9 8 22
7 ITA Paolo CATTANEO Green 15 3 5 23
8 PER Daniela ZIMMERMANN White 11 4 8 23
9 ITA Federico Maria MACCARI Red 16 5 5 26
10 GER Julian AUTENRIETH Pink 7 9 11 27
Robert Wilkes (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© Event Media
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