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29 August 2002, 10:24 am
Storms Affect Sailing
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photo: Erich Hussmann

Laser Radial European Championship
Brietenbrunn

Exactly at 11 o'clock the wind disappeared and sailors were once more forced to stay ashore. Although nobody expected that races could be started today (even the locals), the wind increased after lunchtime to 3-4 bft.
Without recalls one race was finished in regular conditions. Unfortunately several thunderstorms lead to an extreme windshift on the last upwind to the finish. As always the jury was active on the water, even though sailors were more disciplined than the day before. Nevertheless long-term-leader Matthias Stepanek from Austria was judged three legs before the finish, and therefore left room for several other boats.The winners of this race were Eduardo Van Vianen (NED) and Timofei Zbankov (RUS).

After a short wait the race committee decided that another start would be too risky as lightning struck in the surrounding area. The sailors were sent to the land and after 30 minutes the bad weather moved on, but the wind was gone, so all other races were cancelled for the day.

Sailors and authors were then satisfied with free beer and a "Pannonian-Night buffet" and party at the clubhouse.

Position Sail No. Name Total Points 1 2 3
1 CRO 165702 Kliba Dario 11,0 6 1 4
2 NED 171692 Van Vianen Eduardo 14,0 12 1 1
3 CRO 158348 Stipanovic Tonci 15,0 1 2 12
4 POL 173542 Andrysiak Bartosz 19,0 3 11 5
5 CRO 167973 Kuzmanic Tonko 19,0 9 3 7
6 AUT 174201 Fischer Bertram 20,0 7 8 5
7 FRA 175430 Aussel Morgan 21,0 2 4 15
8 RUS 161801 Zbankov Timofei 22,0 19 2 1
9 POL 171259 Kuczys - Lutomski Patryk 23,0 14 3 6
10 IRL 170456 Minihane Revlin 25,0 10 13 2

Bertram Fischer/News Editor
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