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18 February 2005, 12:33 pm
British Team Win Race Five
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Star World Championship 2005
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Race 5 began at 15:20 (local time) after the Intelligence flag was lowered. The wind, initially shifting finally settled in at 140° and between 8-10 knots. The sun was shining and after a very pleasant lay day, everyone left the dock ready for another race day on the River Plate.
First around the first mark were the Portuguese team of Afonso DOMINGOS and Bernardo SANTOS followed by Torben GRAEL and Marcelo FERREIRA, Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU and in fourth position the defending champions Freddy LÖÖF and Anders EKSTRÖM.

The second mark saw the first three positions remain the same but the Italians Francesco BRUNI and Guido Anta VIGNA captured fourth position and the 2002 Word Champions Iain PERCY and Steve MITCHELL rounded in fifth place. The wind shifted between 140° and 135° and increased slightly to a steady 10 knots, perfect for these classic boats.

At the third mark Domingos/Santos and Grael/Ferreira held their positions while Percy/Mitchell crept in to round in third position. Rohart/Rambeau rounded in fourth and the French team of Philippe PRESTI and Jean-Phillipe SALIOU improved their position to fifth. Presti/ Saliou that rounded the first mark in 15 position and ended the race at sixth place. The Irish team of Maurice O'CONNELL and Ed PEEL also had a good race, rounding the first mark in 21 and finishing in twelfth.

It was a very exciting finish for this important fifth race, where the strong Portuguese Team lead the entire race in first place, but were passed on the last leg by the experienced Iain PERCY and Steve MITCHELL (GBR) who took line honors.

Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) finished in second, and this position gives them a good chance to become the 2005 World Champions. There is lots of excitement in this championship, the races are well run, sailing conditions are great every day, and the finish cocktail hour is well supplied!

Top Ten After Five Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Points
1 FRA Xavier ROHART Pascal RAMBEAU 6 1 3 2 2 12
2 BRA Torben GRAEL Marcelo FERREIRA 1 6 8 1 4 16
3 SWE Fredrik LÖÖF Anders EKSTRÖM 2 4 6 6 7 18
4 FRA Philippe PRESTI Jean-Phillipe SALIOU 5 9 4 3 6 21
5 BRA Robert SCHEIDT Bruno PRADA 10 8 1 5 13 24
6 POR Afonso DOMINGOS Bernardo SANTOS 14 5 9 9 3 37
7 USA Mark REYNOLDS Phil TRINTER 7 3 11 16 16 37
8 ITA Francesco BRUNI Guido Antar VIGNA 12 10 14 12 5 48
9 AUS Iain MURRAY Andrew PALFREY 8 12 5 8 21 33
10 USA George SZABO Brian FATIH 9 11 13 17 9 50
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF), Image: © Diego Yriarte
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