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26 July 2005, 11:10 am
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Velka Cena Slovenska 2005
Lake Sĺňava, Piešťany, Slovak Republic

91 boats met on Lake Sĺňava, Piešťany, Slovak Republic at the 49th Grand Prix Slovakia to compete in the Velka Cena Slovenska (The Open Slovak Championship).
The event was held at the same time as the International Slovak Championship for the 420, Laser Radial and Optimist, races counting towards the Slovak Cup for the Europe, Laser Radial and 470, and the Olympic Hopes Regatta for the Slovak Republic, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland in the Optimist, Laser, Laser Radial and Europe.

Wind conditions prevented any races from starting on the first day of the event, Friday 15 July, leaving the fleets impatiently waiting for day two. They finally got on the water by the afternoon of day two, whilst condition on day three meant only one race could be completed.

In total six races were completed across the fleets with the exception of the 420s and Optimists who both completed five. Hungarian sailors won in four of the seven fleets with Péter and Gábor OROSZLÁN taking four bullets on their way to victory in the 470, Gazston PÁL and Zsombor BERECZ finishing with a perfect five points in the Finn and the Laser respectively and Botond MARGITICS claiming the title in the Optimist.

Zdeněk CHLUP (CZE) won a closely fought battle in the Laser Radial, whilst Katka ŠMÍDOVÁ (CZE) dominated in the Europe. The Slovak Republic's single fleet win came in the 420 courtesy of Milan PUCHOŇ and Lukáš PUCHOŇ.

The Czech Republic took victory as the best team in the Olympic Hopes Regatta ahead of the Slovak Republic and Hungary.

Marian Babjak (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© Marian Babjak
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