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19 July 2005, 09:39 am
PALLUDAN Makes Successful Start To Title Defence
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Yngling World Championship 2005
Lake Mondsee, Austria

The ISAF Grade W Yngling World Championship is underway on Lake Mondsee, Austria with a highly competitive fleet leaving the leaderboard looking wide open. After two races, defending champions Trine PALLUDAN, Ida HARTVIG and Christina OTZEN (DEN) have a slim lead at the top.
A fourth and a fifth place in the 34 strong women's fleet gives PALLUDAN, HARTVIG and OTZEN (DEN) a two point lead over the winners of the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA). The Dutch team of Janneke HIN, Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN and Petronella DE JONG complete the medal positions a further five points back. Number six team in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, Sharon FERRIS, Raynor SMEAL and Ashley HOLTUM (NZL) lie a point back in fourth, with another two points separating them from number two team in the Rankings and winners of the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany, Ekaterina SKOUDINA, Diana KRUTSKIKH and Tatian LARSTEVA (RUS).

The bullet in yesterday's first race went to Karianne EIKELAND, Lise BIRGITTE FREDRIKSEN and Alexandra KOEFOED (NOR), who went on to finish 19 in race two and therefore drop to sixth overall. Yesterday's second race was won by European Championship runners up, Dominica LYNDSEY, Diana SHANKS and Fleur OSWALD (GBR), who are competing in only their fourth ISAF Graded regatta in the Yngling. However after finishing 22 in the day's first race they only climb to tenth overall.

Of the other favourites, number three in the Rankings and 2004 Olympic silver medallists, Ruslana TARAN, Anna KALININA and Svetlana MATEVUSHEVA (UKR) are in seventh place. Winners of the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik Sarah AYTON, Annie LUSH and Lisa MACDONALD (GBR) are 13 and leaders of the Rankings, Kristin WAGNER, Anna HOLL and Christina HOLL (GER) are way down at 17, after only being able manage finishes of 16 in both races.

In the open fleet the home fans have plenty to cheer about with Austria occupying two of the podium places. 2000 World Champion, Rudi MAYR with crew Wolfgang DAURER and Sarah ZADRAZIL (AUT) are on top, ahead of Maarten JAMIN, Gert Henk BAKKER and Jansje HOFSTRA (NED) in second and Andreas, Reingard and Stefan KNITTEL (AUT) in third.

ISAF. Image, Rudi MAYR leads the open fleet after day one:© Event Media
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