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23 September 2005, 01:13 pm
NEUGODNIKOV On Top After Day One
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Open De España De Match Race 2005
Calpe, Spain

After a two hour delay due to the absence of wind, the Race Committee decided to start the opening day's races at the ISAF Grade 2 Open de España De Match Race in Calpe, Spain. Fresh from the ISAF Match Racing World Championship held in Calpe last week, Eugeny NEVGODNIKOV (RUS) got off to a flying start, winning all four of his matches to top the leaderboard.
Seven of the 15 scheduled round robin flights were sailed yesterday with NEVGODNIKOV dominating in his matches against Jesper RADICH (DEN), Jordi CALAFAT (ESP), Manuel WEILLER (ESP) and Gustavo BENAVENT (ESP). However RADICH came back strongly in his four other matches, winning them all to move up to second place. Simon MINOPRIO (NZL) and Rasmus VILTOFT (DEN) lie third and fourth respectively, both on 3-1 records.

Of the Spanish teams, both Jordi CALAFAT and Juan Luis PÁEZ managed two wins from their four matches, with the pair set to meet each other in the remaining eight round robin flights today.

The top two classified skippers will pass directly to the semi finals, whilst the third to sixth place sailors will sail a repechage in order to fill the remaining two semi final slots.

Open De España De Match Race Standings

1. Eugeny NEVGODNIKOV (RUS), 4-0
2. Jesper RADICH (DEN), 4-1
3. Simon MINOPRIO (NZL), 3-1
4. Rasmus VILTOFT (DEN), 3-1
5. Jordi CALAFAT (ESP), 2-2
5. Juan Luis PÁEZ (ESP), 2-2
7. Nelson ILHA (BRA), 2-3
8. Manuel WEILLER (ESP), 1-3
9. Gustavo BENAVENT (ESP), 0-4
9. Bosco FERNÁNDEZ (ESP), 0-4

Open De España De Match Race Entrants
(- ISAF World Match Race Ranking)

  • Eugeny NEVGODNIKOV (RUS) - 9
  • Simon MINOPRIO (NZL) - 24
  • Rasmus VILTOFT (DEN) - 52
  • Jordi CALAFAT (ESP) - 100
  • Jesper RADICH (DEN) - 114
  • Nelson ILHA (BRA) - 251
  • Juan Luis PÁEZ (ESP) - 1098
  • Gustavo BENAVENT (ESP) - Not Ranked
  • Bosco FERNÁNDEZ (ESP) - Not Ranked
  • Manuel WEILLER (ESP) - Not Ranked
Antonio Lamadrid (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© rcnc.es
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