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26 March 2008, 04:23 pm
Spain Dominates Day Two At 49er Europeans
The 49er fleet at the start of racing
Wednesday was another action-packed day for the 49ers in Palma

49er European Championship 2008
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Olympic Champions Iker MARTINEZ and Xabi FERNANDEZ extended their lead whilst fellow Spaniards Federico and Arturo ALONSO moved into second place after day two of racing at the 49er Europeans in Palma.
The Spanish teams dominated the second day of racing at the ISAF Grade C1 49er European Championship - Madrid 2016, hosted by the Club Nàutic S'Arenal in Palma, Spain. Iker MARTINEZ and Xabi FERNANDEZ (ESP) maintained their lead, whilst second place is now occupied by the crew from Asturias, Federico ALONSO and Arturo ALONSO (ESP). Whilst the ALONSO brothers are tied on points with third and fourth overall, MARTINEZ and FERNANDEZ extended their overnight lead to eight points over their immediate rivals.

Strong, gusty and changeable SW winds with an average speed of 18 knots blew again in the bay of Palma. The Race Committee of Club Nàutic S'Arenal got off three starts today in the two racing areas in which each group competes. These were the last races of the qualifying series and tomorrow the 54 competing boats - representing 22 nations - will sail the final series, divided into gold and silver fleets.

MARTINEZ and FERNANDEZ look well placed to defend the European Championship title they won last year in Sicily. The Spanish sailors had an excellent day, in contrast to the inconsistency which plagued most the remaining fleet. Following a fifth, first and tenth (now their excluded score), the Olympic Champions lead the 49er European Championship - Madrid 2016 on 19 points.

Three teams follow them, all tied on 27 points. The ALONSO brothers jump up from sixth to second overall following a third, fifth and first place in today's racing. The consistent Swedish team of Jonas WARRER and Kalle TORLEN maintain the third place overall they held yesterday, whilst the young Austrian team of Nico DELLE - KARTH and Nikolaus RESCH dropped down from second to fourth.

Italian sailors Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO, the current leaders of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, also dropped one place and are now fifth after two sixth places finishes and a third. Just behind them are the Ukrainians Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK and the Danish team of Jonas WARRER and Martin Kirketerp IBSEN, who showed their strength with two bullets and a third place to climb up 11 places to seventh overall.

Further down the leaderboard some of the big names continued to struggle today. The German PECKOLT brothers, Jan-Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKOLT are 15th, Australia's reigning World Champions Nathan OUTTERIDGE and Ben AUSTIN are a further four places back, whilst the 2007 World Champions Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR) are 24th overall.

Three races are scheduled tomorrow from 12:00 hours at Club Nàutic S'Arenal. These will be the first races of the final series, with the fleet divided into groups with the top 27 teams in the gold fleet battling for the European title. Racing in the final series continues until Saturday to decide the top ten crews that will sail the Medal Race. The double-points, non-discardable Medal Race which will decide the 2008 49er European Champions in scheduled for Sunday.

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49er European Championship - http://49er.cnarenal.com/49er
Neus Jordi
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