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18 May 2002, 11:12 pm
Pritchard and Staszewska Lead
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Formula Windsurfing Europeans
Cascais

Current World Champions Kevin Pritchard (USA) and Dorota Staszeska (POL) continue to lead the Formula Windsurfing European Championships, after a further three races were completed today.

Mens Racing by Kevin Pritchard (USA)

Very good conditions today in that the wind was much more steady than yesterday. Jamie Lever (GBR) won the first race and Kevin Pritchard (USA) took second. Patrice Belbeoch (FRA) was winning by quite a long way and fell off. Jamie won due to an excellent layline on the second upwind.

In the second race it was a battle between Steve Allen (AUS) and Kevin Pritchard (USA) and it was a good fun race. Jossling the whole race Kevin passed Steve on the upwind, then Steve passed Kevin on the downwind, and then Kevin passed him back just before the finish. They finished with a two second gap ahead of the rest of the fleet.

In the third race it was a battle between Steve, Ross Williams (GBR) and Kevin Pritchard. Ross had excellent speed and had some nice laylines to the top mark. Around the top mark it was Kevin, then Ross then Steve. Kevin managed to pull a pretty good lead and hung on around the course. Steve passed Ross for second, and Ross had a 3rd.

Womens Racing by Christine Johnston (GBR)

In race one Dorota Staszewka (GBR) passed the top mark first followed by Lucy Horwood (GBR) and Christine Johnston (GBR). Christine went to the wrong mark on the first downwind and lost a lot of ground. World Champion Dorota held onto her lead all the way, with Lucy chasing hard.

In race two around the top mark it was Lucy Horwood (GBR) first followed by Christine Johnston (GBR), and Dorota Staszewska (POL). Dorota passed Christine to go into second on the first downwind. Lucy had a very good lead. Despite Lucy hitting a shoal of fish on the final downwind she maintained her lead over Dorota to the finish. Verena Fauster (ITA) just passed Christine on the finish line to take third.

In race three Dorota lead all the way, with Lucy in second, and Verena in third. These are also the overall positions after seven races.

Tommorrow is the final day of racing, with the last possible start at 16:00 hours.

Women

1 POL-1 Dorota Staszewska Poland 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 2 0.7 6.2 2 0.7 3.5
2 GBR-95 Lucy Horwood Great Britain 4 3 2 2 2 0.7 2 15.7 4 3 8.7
3 ITA - 31 Verena Fauster Italy 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 19 3 3 13
4 GBR- 93 Christine Johnston Great Britain 3 5 7 4 7 4 4 34 7 7 20
5 F-115 Geraldine Jambert France 7 4 5 5 6 5 5 37 7 6 24

Men

1 US-3 Kevin Pritchard USA 0.7 0.7 3 3 2 0.7 0.7 10.8 3 2 5.8
2 AUS - 0 Steve Allen Australia 5 2 9 0.7 9 2 2 29.7 9 5 15.7
3 F-81 Patrice Belbeoch France 2 4 17 4 3 8 8 46 17 8 21
4 D-173 Brian Rogild Denmark 4 5 4 8 5 3 47 76 47 8 21
5 ARG-3 Gonzalo Costa Hoevel Argentina 16 14 2 2 10 4 4 52 16 14 22
6 POL-10 Wojtek Brzozowski Poland 11 3 0.7 6 7 11 47 85.7 47 11 27.7
7 KC-1 Sam Ireland Canada 3 6 7 5 19 10 10 60 19 10 31
8 GBR-83 Ross Williams Great Britain 8 9 14 9 11 5 3 59 14 11 34
9 H-280 Pieter Bijl Holland 15 10 13 11 4 6 5 64 15 13 36
10 GBR-5 Jamie Lever Great Britain 12 15 8 13 0.7 9 7 64.7 15 13 36.7

Kevin Pritchard/News Editor
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