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1 September 2005, 10:20 am
SEGUIN Makes Perfect Start
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IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship 2005
Sønderborg, Denmark

Paralympic gold medallist Damien SEGUIN (FRA) got off to a flying start in the single-person keelboat at the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship in Sønderborg, Denmark yesterday with bullets in all three opening races. In the three-person keelboat John ROBERTSON, Hannah STODEL and Stephen THOMAS (GBR) and Jostein STORDAHL, Aleksander WANG-HANSEN and Per EUGEN KRISTIANSEN (NOR) are tied at the top on six points.
In the single-person keelboat in the 2.4 Metre, SEGUIN is closely followed by Kieler Woche winner Heiko KRÖGER (GER), who followed SEGUIN in second in all three races, whilst Semaine Olympique Française winner Helena LUCAS (GBR) lies third on ten points after a fourth place and two thirds. Just a point behind her and ten points ahead of fifth place Michael COGSWELL (GBR), 2004 Paralympic bronze medallist, Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) completes a top four which is beginning to edge away from the rest of the fleet.

In the three-person keelboat Sonar, the British and Norwegian teams both scored a victory, a second and a third place yesterday, but a bullet for ROBERTSON, STODEL and THOMAS in the final race breaks the tie in their favour. Israel's Paralympic Champions Dror COHEN, Efrati ARNON and Benny VEXLER started the Championship with a bullet and a second place before an eighth in race three. That slip sees them fall five points behind the leading pair. The German teams of Olaf JAKOBS, Hans-Peter REICHL and Peter MUNTER and Jens KROKER, Holger SCHONENBERG and Tobias SCHUETZ round out the top five on 16 and 17 points respectively.

Three more races in each fleet are scheduled for today, with a reserve day tomorrow before the final two races of the Championship on Saturday.

In a tragic accident the night before the Championship's opening day, 66 year old Solvej FAURBY from Skive, Denmark drowned in the harbour. She was in Sønderborg to attend the Worlds with her husband, who is the Danish Sailing Association's official representative at the regatta. As a mark of respect the opening races were postponed until 1300 hours local time and flags were lowered to half mast. ISAF extends our sincere sympathy and condolences to Solvej's family and friends.

Sonar Top Ten After Three Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew Crew R1 R2 R3 Pts
1 GBR John ROBERTSON Hannah STODEL Stephen THOMAS 2 3 1 6
3 ISR Dror COHEN Efrati ARNON Benny VEXLER 1 2 8 11
4 GER Olaf JAKOBS Hans-Peter REICHL Peter MUNTER 6 4 6 16
5 GER Jens KROKER Holger SCHONENBERG Tobias SCHUETZ 5 9 3 17
6 ISR Tzur AVI Peretzman BARUCH Dahan SHIOMO 4 5 10 19
7 IRL John C TWOMEY Brian O'MAHONY Anthony HEGARTY 11 6 4 21
8 CAN Ken KELLY Brian MACKIE Don TERLSON 10 7 5 22
9 ESP Enrique VIVES Jose Maria LASTRA Francisco PEREZ 8 8 7 23
10 IRL Paul MCCARTHY Paul RYAN Chris THOMAS 7 10 9 26

2.4 Metre Top Ten After Three Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 Pts
1 FRA Damien SEGUIN 1 1 1 3
2 GER Heiko KRÖGER 2 2 2 6
3 GBR Helena LUCAS 4 3 3 10
4 NED Thierry SCHMITTER 3 4 4 11
5 GBR Michael COGSWELL 6 9 6 21
6 DEN Jens Als ANDERSEN 7 6 9 22
7 USA Nick SCANDONE 12 8 8 28
8 GBR Megan PASCOE 11 13 5 29
9 CAN Bruce MILLAR 9 14 12 35
10 NED Ruud VAN HOLSTEIJN 15 10 10 35
ISAF. Image, Damien SEGUIN secured three bullets yesterday:©
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