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11 October 2002, 12:50 pm
Racing Tight Going into the Final Day
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Serge Kats/Jean Pierre Martens (NED)©YCI

Star European Championship
Yacht Club Italia, Genoa

The weather was kind to the 130 competitors on day five of the Star Europeans, allowing the championship to get underway again.
The competitiveness of this two-man Olympic keelboat class is evident; out of four races there has been a different race winner ever time. The honour today went to Serge Kats/Jean Pierre Martens (NED), who took the race win from Hans Spitzauer/Andreas Hanakamp (AUT), to move themselves up to fourth place overall.

Alexander Hagen/Olivier Vitzthum (GER) were third, and 2002 World Champions Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell (GBR) finished just behind. This result sees them move up into sixteenth place overall but counting a DNF from the first race, a medal for the pair looks unlikely.

Adding a sixth place to his impressive score-line, American sailor and triple Olympic medallist Mark Reynolds, sailing with Austin Sperry, have scored nothing worse than a ninth place throughout the championships and look set to take home a medal. Fredrik Loof/Andres Ekstrom (SWE) are just one point behind Reynolds and will be fighting hard on the remaining day to snatch the gold medal from him.

Top 10 Results (After 4 Races)

Position Helm Crew Sail No R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Mark Reynolds Austin Sperry USA 9 2 4 6 21
2 Fredrik Loof Anders Ekstrom SWE 1 3 13 5 22
3 Niklas Holm Martin Leifelt DEN 2 12 8 11 33
4 Marc Pickel Tony Kolb GER 17 9 5 APA10,33 41,33
5 Serge Kats Jean Pierre Martens NED 4 21 19 1 45
6 Roberto Bermudez Manrique Dominus ESP 14 14 11 7 46
7 Max Treacy Anthony Shanks IRL 7 28 1 20 56
8 Xavier Rohart Yannick Adde FRA 15 5 9 27 56
9 Gonzalo Araujo Marcos Iglesias ESP 13 18 15 12 58
10 Alexander Hagen Olivier Vitzthum GER 10 22 24 3 59

Sacha Oswald/ISAF News Editor
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