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12 June 2014, 09:13 am
With A Storm Into The Finals
Tonci Stipanovic (CRO)
Tonci Stipanovic (CRO)

Laser European Championship
Split, Croatia

The third day of the Laser Europeans in Split, Croatia brought a stronger breeze as the qualification series concluded with two good races.
A proper summer storm forced the Race Committee to call it a day after two races as they sent the fleet home.

It is very tight at the top in the fleets. Day in and day out Robert Scheidt (BRA) has made progress and after five races he sits on top of the leaderboard. Only one point separates Scheidt and Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) in second place. The Croatian is leading the fight for the European title.

Stipanovic, three times European Champion in the last four years, had a bad race the day prior that saw him finish in 20th place. The Croatian knew he could not afford any more mistakes and hit back with a bullet and a fifth place.

The Scheidt, Stipanovic battle was played out at the 2013 edition in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland but there are more faces to watch out for with three points splitting the top five sailors and 13 separating the top ten.

Rutger van Schaardenburg (NED) is in the third place, one point behind Stipanovic, and one point ahead of Pavlos Kontides (CYP) in fourth and Nick Thompson (GBR) in fifth.

In the Women's Laser Radial there is a new leader in the form of youngster Svenja Wenger (GER), who was quite surprised to see that she was leading the fleet after racing, "I didn't expect to do so well and of course I am very happy," said Svenja with a bright smile. After five races Weger has scored two bullets, a second and two fourth places.

Marit Bouwmeester (NED) has the same points in the second place with Tuula Tenkanen (FIN) in third place. Bouwmeester is yet to win a race, but has a consistent scoreline in the shifty breeze with four second places and one third.

Marcin Rudawski (POL) is on the top in Radial men.

Three days of final series start on 12 June with six more races scheduled. A second discard comes into play after ten races.

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