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14 June 2002, 11:24 am
Double victory for Steve Allen on Day Three
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Ross Williams, photo: Namaxa

Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix

In the beginning the third day of the Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix in Rhodes,Greece it seemed like it would be a perfect day for tourists and not for the windsurfers.
It was hot and sunny but unfortunately not wind. But in the afternoon the promise of the organizer Achilleas Tzimas came true: a nice thermical breeze picked up and provided lightwind racing conditions of about 10 knots. This time the course was even more spectacular then yesterday. At the end of each race the competitors had to pass a slalom course with two gates close to the beach. It was easy follow the races and the spectators on the beach could almost touch the competitors when they passed the gates after the first round and for the finish.

Two races were sailed while the sun slowly moved down. And the spectators on the beach enjoyed the perfect atmosphere of drinking a "sun-downer" while looking at the best windsurfers of the world fighting on the perfect blue water. Today was the day of Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic). He scored two bullets winning both races today. He had a perfect setup for the light wind conditions. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG-3, Starboard, Neilpryde) also proved to be a light wind expert with a second and a fifth place. But Wojtek Brozowski also sailed well with a 5th and a 2nd.

After nine races Antoine Albeau is still leading with 6,2 points in front of Wojtek Brzozowski (15,7 points). But Steve Allen has moved really close with 16,4 points. He is still on the third position but he only has to wait for a mistake of Wojtek to move in the second place. It seems as if only one of this three is able to win the FW Grand Prix in Rhodes as there is a big gap between them and the field which is lead by Ross Williams (GBR-83, AHD, Gaastra, 42 points).

If the wind god will be with the windsurfers again the racers will go for more races tomorrow. The first start is scheduled for 12:30 and it is the intention of the race director to run four races. The maximum number of races is 15 so the results can change in the next days. The Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix Rhodes will continue until Saturday, June 15th.

Results after nine races

1 F-192 Albeau Antoine 6,2 pts 0,7 2,0 0,7 0,7 0,7 0,7 0,7 10,0x 4,0x
2 POL-10 Brzozowski Wojtek 15,7 pts 2,0 0,7 2,0 BFDx 2,0 2,0 BFDx 5,0 2,0
3 AUS-0 Allen Steve 16,4 pts 3,0 3,0 6,0x 2,0 12,0x 5,0 2,0 0,7 0,7
4 GBR-83 Williams Ross 42,0 pts 5,0 6,0 16,0x 3,0 17,0x 11,0 3,0 7,0 7,0
5 POL-86 Grynis Aleksander 43,0 pts 6,0 14,0x 15,0x 9,0 3,0 8,0 10,0 4,0 3,0
6 DEN-173 Rögild Brian 44,0 pts 7,0 4,0 12,0x 7,0 7,0 6,0 7,0 6,0 8,0x
7 ARG-3 Costa Hoevel Gonzalo 46,0 pts DNFx 12,0 BFDx 6,0 4,0 9,0 8,0 2,0 5,0
8 ISR-1 Dagan Arnon 53,0 pts 17,0x DNFx 10,0 4,0 9,0 4,0 4,0 12,0 10,0
9 POL-16 Polanowski Michael 61,0 pts 9,0 15,0 11,0 BFDx 5,0 16,0x 12,0 3,0 6,0
10 KC-1 Ireland Sam 63,0 pts BFDx 8,0 4,0 8,0 DNFx 3,0 5,0 11,0 24,0

Mathias Regber/News Editor
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