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28 June 2002, 10:03 am
Stefan Windberg (SWE) Dominates First Day
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11 Metre World Championships

With two first places and a second, Windberg already has a good margin on rivals.
After two days of measurement and "tune up race", yesterday saw the 37 teams from 7 nations do battle on the first day's racing on Oslo fjord, Norway.

The first race day turned out to be an interesting, with exceptionally challenging conditions. However, 3 races were completed.

The first race started with westerly winds around 10-12 knots, with local wind shifts up to 30 degrees. Stefan Winberg (SWE) was first on the mark and held his position throughout the race. Team Balistic (AUS) was second to the first mark, coping with the difficult conditions of the Oslo Fjord.

The westerly winds continued for the second race but the winds dropped to 5 knots or less, with very local wind shifts. Former Olympic sailor Dag Usterud took the gun.
For the third race the sailors experienced thunderstorms and winds varying from 2 to 16 knots with the wind direction shifting throughout the race. Marks were repositioned on the second lap, as a major wind shift occurred. Stefan Winberg took his second bullet, to sit nicely ahead after the first day's racing with a 1,2 and 1.
Winds for today's races are expected to be light with showers. Next race report will be ready tomorrow at the same time.
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