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11 July 2002, 07:09 am
Michael Fellmann Takes Lead From Luca Devoti
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Finn Senior and Junior Europeans

Yesterday, day 3, after 7 hours on the water and 2 races in Cesme, Turkey, Michael Fellmann took the lead of the Finn European Championship 4 points ahead of Luca Devoti.
The German scored a 5th and a 2nd in two tricky races with medium and shifty wind. Italian Devoti, took a bad start on the second race of the day to finish in 15th position after placing 2nd in the first race of the day. "I had a very conservative start" explained Luca, "the black flag was up and I started in the back of the line. I didn't take the right options later and couldn't recover enough".

The first race of the day was won by Croatian Karlo Kuret after 2 hours on the water waiting for the wind to settle.
Emilios Papathanasiou won the afternoon race. "I had a very good start", commented the current European Champion, "I went to the middle of the course to see which side would be favoured. The right looked better so I went there. I rounded the top mark just ahead of Christoph Burger and Sylvain Chtounder."

Emilios increased his lead on the run to win the race with a good margin. Michael took second in front of Mateusz Kusznierewicz.

Jonas Hoegh Christensen is the first Junior in 16th place after scoring a 18th and a 14th. Marin Misura is second Junior in 18th position.

Young Ukrainian, Sergey Kotov had a very bad day. He broke his sail on the beat of the first race, managed to get back to the Yacht club to change it. Unfortunately he didn't get on time for the start of the second race by 5 minutes.
The jury had a rather quite day. After giving a few warnings to the top sailors, everyone sailed within the rule. Ben Ainslie was the only one to collect a yellow flag for pumping.

The racing committee managed 2 great races in these tricky conditions.

One race is scheduled for today, Thursday.

Corinne McKenzie/ISAF Secretariat
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