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14 July 2005, 11:31 am
First Three Races Sailed
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Nivea Optimist European Championship 2005
Gdynia, Poland

After loss of the first day due to lack of wind, the Nivea Optimist European Championship got under way yesterday in Gdynia, Poland with three races sailed in winds rising to twelve knots.
The 139 boys and 93 girls are sailing separately in four divisions each. This fulfils International Optimist Dinghy Association's (IODA) policy of limiting start lines to a maximum of 80 sailors, but with four successive starts, does not make life easy for Race Officer Andrzej REYMAN and Course Consultant Luis ORMAECHEA.

Sweden will be delighted with the day. Jacob LUNDQVIST (SWE) tops the boys' leaderboard, one point ahead of Jess Lyhne BONDE (DEN), with Croatia's Ante BOTICA in third. In the girls' competition Emma OLJELUND (SWE) is the top placed European, two points behind overall leader, Eleanor GARDNER (BER). Germany's Karoline PEPIA rounds out the top three. Unsurprisingly in an event where 41 nations are represented, there are sailors from nine different nations in the top ten of each fleet.

Robert Wilkes (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Gdynia:© M. Malicki
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