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31 July 2002, 12:54 pm
Strong Winds For First Race
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Vaurien World Championship
Povoa

Contrary to yesterday and as expected the wind started blowing in the early morning. The boats went on the water at 10h30, hoping they could do the three races scheduled, with the first scheduled for 11h30.

Just after the start of the first race, the wind blew very strong, and the European Champion, E. Belzunce passed the first buoy in first place, followed by two more Spanish boats.

In upwind and downwind E. Belzunce & W. Alvarez, increase the distance between the second positioned and finished in first place. Yesterday, Belzunce already have commented:" I like to sail with strong wind".

The first positions in the podium were for the three Spanish boats, 1º E. Belzunce & W. Alvarez, 2º A. Martinez & A . Rodriduez e 3º J. Porto & A . Martin.

In the women fleet, in first position were also the Spanish, 1º T. Echegoyem & C. Giraldo, followed, 2ª O. Munoz & J. Ayastuy also from Spain, and in 3º the Dutch M. Faber & J. Faber.

In juniors, the Dutch team have the best position over the Spanish teams leaving the results of the day: 1º H. Haven & M. Haven, 2º J. Amaliach & M. Amaliach e 3º T. Echegoyem & C. Giraldo.

The remaining fleet did not have a good day because of the increasing heavy conditions, wind and sea, and the last half hour of the first race was very tough.

Results Race One Men
1 ESP E. BELZUNCE & W. ALVAREZ
2 ESP A. MARTINEZ & A. RODRIGUEZ
3 ESP J. PORTO & A. MARTIN
4 POR P. BOLINA & A. GONÇALVES
5 ESP P. CABELLO & I. GONZALEZ
6 ESP M. VAZQUEZ & J. DIEZ
7 ITA G. GALASSINI & A. LAMI
8 ITA L. NERI & C. FIORI
9 NED H. VAN DER ZWAAG & B. WERF
10 ITA G. RUBERTÍ & A. VAN HOLLEREKE

Results Race One Women
1 ESP T. ECHEGOYEM & C. GIRALDO 17
2 ESP O. MUNÕZ & J. AYASTUY 21
3 NED M. FABER & J. FABER 26
4 ITA C. CANTINI & D. BOTTI 34
5 ESP T. AMORENA & P. IZAGUIRRE 42
6 ITA M. RAFFAELLI & S. TALENTI 44
7 GER N. RIMMELE & K. BRENK 49
8 GER K. HEUSER & C. GROLL 52
9 NED M. VAN DYK & B. VAN DYK 53
10 ITA F. CAROTI & C. DEL VINCIO 56

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