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13 July 2002, 12:17 pm
Semi Finals
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Trofeo Challenge Roberto Trombini

Denmark's Jesper Radich, One World Challenge's James Spithill, Dane Jes Gram-Hansen and his Team Victory Lane and MK Café's Karol Jablonski of Poland advance to semi finals.
"This is only the second time we've sailed these boats (TOM 28) and they are very unique, they handle quite a bit like dinghies, so I'm quite happy with our result," said Radich.

In explaining his 3-0, victory over American Ed Baird of Team Musto, Radich explained, "We are much more aggressive than he is in the starts and that may have been the difference. We were a bit protective in the first race, and stayed with him, but in the last two we sailed our own races and looked for the puffs."

Spithill advanced to the semis by a similar 3-0 score, defeating Denmark's Jes Gram-Hansen and his Team Victory Lane.

Gram-Hansen, and Baird then had a second chance to advance through the quarterfinals repechage format which pits the top two seeded losers against the winners from the bottom half of the quarterfinal qualifiers.

In the repechage round Gram-Hansen faced Prada Challenge's Gavin Brady who dispatched his quarterfinals opponent Lars Nordjberg of Denmark 3-0, while Baird went head-to-head with Jablonski who swept past local sailor Matteo Simoncelli. Gram-Hansen took the first two matches with Brady taking the third before the Danes sealed the deal in the fourth match.

Jablonski advanced after beating Baird in the first match, with Baird answering in the second and the Polish skipper taking the last two.

The conditions of the day were the lightest of the week, with winds peaking at 6 knots under a cloudless sky. Racing resumes at noon on Saturday.


Quarter Finals

Jesper Radich (DEN) defeated Ed Baird (USA) 3-0
James Spithill (USA) defeated Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) 3-0 Gavin Brady (ITA) defeated Lars Nordbjaerg (DEN) 3-0
Karol Jablonski (POL) defeated Matteo Simoncelli (ITA) 3-0

Quarter Final Repechage

Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) defeated Gavin Brady (ITA) 3-1
Karol Jablonski (POL) defeated Ed Baird (USA) 3-1

Semi Finals Heats Today

Jesper Radich (DEN) V James Spithill (USA)
Karol Jablonski (POL) V Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN)

Shawn McBride/News Editor
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