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17 May 2002, 11:12 pm
Day Two
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Formula Windsurfing Europeans
Cascais

On day two of the Formula Europeans the wind filled in, allowing four good races for both the men and women’s fleets.
The start was some what delayed apparently due to one of the marks being punctured by a flying fish, something Ben Van der Steen of the Netherlands also had the misfortune to suffer, but in the side of his ankle and he was promptly whisked off the hospital to have the offending wing removed.

The women started first, the wind was around 8 to 14 knots in Race One. Christine Johnston and Lucy Horwood, both GBR, were first around the top mark and kept that position until the second upwind, when they both went too far to the right, and were over taken by Verena Fauster (ITA) and Dorota Staszewska (POL), with Dorota passing Verena on the final reach to the finish line.

In the men's fleet Patrice Belbeoch (FRA) lead all the way around, but was passed at the last mark by Kevin Pritchard (USA).

By race two the wind had increased to around 12 to 18 knots, and was more consistent than in the first race. Dorota won the race from Verena, with Lucy in third position.

Kevin Pritchard was in fine form in the men to also win Race Two.

There was then a short break and then back out onto the water for races three and four. Again the women were started first. Lucy Horwood lead Christine Johnston, both GBR, at the top mark. A mistake by Christine going again too far to the right on the down wind lost her the lead, and at the bottom of the first down wind it was Dorota, followed by Lucy and Verena, and these were the top three finishing positions for race three.

In the men's fleet race three Kevin Pritchard had a very poor start, but excellent speed and tactics pulled him back through the fleet. At the finish it was Wojtek Brozoski (POL) ahead of Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG) and Pritchard back up to third.

In race four the start line was strongly port biased, and taking the example of Margit Germany (AUT) who had a very good port tack start in Race three most of the women started on port tack and headed in shore. The wind had dropped a little by now. Since the wind had also veered to the right the outside loop for the women was very biased, meaning that an immediate gybe onto port was essential, and for the second upwind a quick tack onto starboard meant you could make the upwind mark pretty easily. This made it something of a procession on the second lap. Dorota Staszewska (POL) sailed consistently and fast and again won this race, Lucy Horwood (POL) was up to second and Verena Fauster (ITA) finished third.

In the race four for the men Steve Allen (AUS) port tacked the fleet to lead at the top mark, and held this lead until the finish.

Overall after four races the current Formula World Champions are both leading; in the women Dorota Staszewska (POL), with an impressive four bullets, and in the men Kevin Pritchard (USA).

Women

1 POL-1 Dorota Stazeweska Poland 1 0.7 0.7 0.7 2.8 0.7 2.1
2 ITA - 31 Verena Fauster Italy 2 2 3 3 10 3 7
3 GBR-95 Lucy Horwood Great Britain 4 3 2 2 11 4 7
4 GBR- 93 Christine Johnston Great Britain 3 5 7 4 19 7 12
5 F-115 Geraldine Jambert France 7 4 5 5 21 7 14

Men

1 US-3 Kevin Pritchard USA 1 0.7 3 3 7.4 3 4.4
2 AUS - 0 Steve Allen Austrália 5 2 9 0.7 16.7 9 7.7
3 POL-10 Wojtek Brzozowski Poland 11 3 0.7 6 20.7 11 9.7
4 F-81 Patrice Belbeoch France 2 4 17 4 27 17 10
5 D-173 Brian Rogild Denmark 4 5 4 8 21 8 13
6 KC1 Sam Ireland Canada 3 6 7 5 21 7 14
7 ARG-3 Gonzalo Costa Hoevel Argentina 16 14 2 2 34 16 18
8 ISR- 1 Arnon Dagan Israel 10 12 5 7 34 12 22
9 BRA-171 Marc Conrad Brasil 6 11 6 14 37 14 23
10 GBR-83 Ross Williams Great Britain 8 9 14 9 40 14 26

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