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29 April 2002, 11:00 am
First Day of Racing
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Lucy Horwood (GBR)

Formula Windsurfing Euro Cup
Malcesine

The wind kicked in around 14:00 hours for the first day of racing at Malcesine on Lake Garda for the first Formula Windsurfing Euro Cup event of the new season.
There are 97 men and 15 women participating in this first event. It is the first in the new 'Women Cup' series of events that will give an overall Women's Formula ranking at the end of the year.

Patrice Belbeoch (FRA) had a consistent days racing, when many others had mixed results and he finds himself with a nine point lead over Michah Buzianis (USA), and Steve Allen (AUS). Interestingly Przemek Miarczynski (POL) who normally competes in the Mistral Olympic Class, and was vice European and World Champion in 2001 in the Mistral Olympic class has also decided to compete in selected Formula windsurfing events. He excels in strong wind conditions in the Mistral class, and lying in fourth position at this event looks like he is a highly competitive Formula windsurfer as well.

Three races were sailed for women fleet in the 10-15 knots of wind. Italian Verena Fauster set the pace winning two races and coming second. Verena was racing with incredible upwind speed and took smart decisions finding perfect shifts of gusty breeze. After today's races Dorota Staszewska (POL), current World Champion, finds herself second position, having won the first race and finishing in second and third in the other races. Margit Germany (AUT) pushed it hard and beat reigning World Champ Staszewska in the second race. There was some outstanding results performed by Geraldine Jambert (FRA) who was leading third race till the second upwind when she committed major tactical mistake and lost down to fourth position. "I am still very happy" said Geraldine" last year I had problems with my foot and had to retire from racing in World Championships in Brazil. This year I am back in shape and ready to go for it!"

The starting line was set very far from the shore and it was barely possible to change the sails during three hours of racing. It cost Vice World Champ Lucy Horwood (GBR) who tried to switch to a smaller sail, came back ashore and then was too late to make it out again for the last race.

Women

1 ITA-31 FAUSTER VERENA 2 1 1 4,00
2 POL-1 STASZEWSKA DOROTA 1 3 2 6,00
3 AUT-88 GERMANY MARGIT 3 2 3 8,00
4 FRA-115 JAMBERT GERALDINE 6 4 4 14,00
5 FRA-308 TERTIAN MARIANNE 5 5 5 15,00
6 POL-227 MAJECHEREK EWELINA 7 10 7 24,00
7 GBR-95 HORWOOD LUCY 4 6 DNF 26,00
8 POL-214 MAJKOWSKA ANITA DNF 7 8 31,00
9 NOR-84 HOLLSTEDT LILL BENTE 11 DNF 6 33,00
10 ITA-559 FERRARI SIMONA 9 8 DNF 33,00

Men

1 FRA-81 BELBEOC'H PATRICE 6 1 6 13,00
2 USA-34 BUZIANIS MICAH 1 19 2 22,00
3 AUS-0 ALLEN STEVE 4 6 12 22,00
4 POL-126 MIARCZYNSKI PRZEMEK 3 5 15 23,00
5 POL-10 BRZOZOWSKI WOJTEK 2 7 17 26,00
6 DEN-173 ROGILD BRIAN 9 12 5 26,00
7 FIN-24 RAUHANSUU JANNE 10 10 7 27,00
8 GBR-5 LEVER JAMIE 5 18 13 36,00
9 POL-127 MIARCZYNSKI JAREK 12 15 10 37,00
10 CAN-1 IRELAND SAM 8 27 9 44,00

Dorota Staszeska/News Editor
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