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21 September 2002, 10:13 am
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2.4mR Racing Yesterday© Annemiek van Kinderen

Open Dutch Championship

With partly clouded skies, some sun and winds of 10-15 knots, the morning group classes, 470, Finn and 2.4 Metre left the harbour to engage a great day of sailing at the second day of the Open Dutch Sailing Championship.
During the first morning race, the wind increased a little while deep dark grey skies built up at the other side of the Ijsselmeer, giving promising predictions for more wind for following races.

With still sunny skies over Medemblik and increasing winds, the second race was completed in some strong gusting breezes that created the Championship`s first spectacular views of sailing.

Classes competing in the afternoon races: Europe, Laser, 49er, Star, Yngling and Sonar, were able to take advantage of the increasing winds to complete the day schedule with exciting races, totally different from yesterday's light winds competition.

After two days racing, the results start to create a picture of the event, although everything is to play for in the coming days.

At the Open 470 Class, Men's team Sven & Kalle Coster (NED) lead the fleet in 1st place, having 5 points, which is the same amount as Ladies team Marcelien de Koning / Lobke Berkhout (NED) who take the 2nd overall position.

Carolijn Brouwer (NED), who had some uncomfortable results in yesterday's races, reigned today with two first places, which puts her in the lead of the Europe Class, followed by Merel Witteveen (NED).

At the 49ers, Belgian 49er team Quinten Blondiau / Lionel Blondiau gives the Dutch 49er team Pieter Lantermans/ Pim Nieuwenhuis a hard time by leading the Dutch Championship after 6 races with 1 point difference.

Also at the Finn Class, currently Belgium rules with Sebastien Godefroid in 1st position with 7 pts. which already is quite a big step ahead of Jaap Zielhuis.(NED) who takes 2nd position with 14 pts. after 4 races.

The Laser Class shows some close racing in the top three where Erwin Veldman (NED) (15 pts.) leads the Laser Class over Eduardo van Vianen (NED) (16 pts.), followed by Wannes Van Laer (BEL) with 17pts.

As in some classes Belgium may be favourite for the Dutch Title, Germany's Marc Pickel / Tony Kolb have taken a convincing lead in the Star Class with a serie of 2-1-2-1 in front of the Dutch Sailing Teams' Serge Kats / Jean Pierre Martens. Peter van Veen / Paul Goelst (NED) who made a very promising opening yesterday with a 1st and 4th place, were very unfortunate and broke their mast in yesterday's first race.

At the Paralympic Classes the international battle has begun, turning the Open Dutch into a Pre IFDS World Disabled Championship event. Australia's Peter Thompson is leading the 2.4 Metre fleet after four races. The Irish team of John C Twomey leads in the Sonar Class.

If the weather forecast turns out to be right, today's races will see even stronger winds which would be a great addition to the diversity of weather conditions of the event.

Racing starts again today at 10am for the morning group races and 2pm for the afternoon group.

Rick van Wijngaarden/ISAF News Editor
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