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2 April 2008, 09:40 am
Americans Ahead At Yngling Europeans
Action from day one in Blanes
The Dutch teams got off to a fast start and occupy two of the podium positions after day one of racing

Yngling Women European Championship 2008
Blanes, Spain

The American team of Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI hold the early lead after three races on day one of the Yngling Europeans in Blanes, Spain.
On the first day of the ISAF Grade C1 Yngling European Championship three races were sailed by the 23 competing team in sunshine and 8-12 knots of southerly winds. Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA) got off to a fast start to end the day with a four-point overall lead following 4,1,4 scores for the American team.

The weather situation in Catalonia in the northeast of Spain was complicated. It was explained to sailors and coaches at the morning weather briefing that a weather system area just to the north had strong winds and 30-40 knots had been measured only 30 km to the north. However the mountains shielded the Blanes Bay from this weather system and after the sun had heated the land enough a nice see breeze-like wind stabilized. The first start was delayed about 2 hours waiting for the breeze to stabilize.

However the swell from the windy north came down to the race area and created two sets of wave patterns. This together with a current going against the wind created some difficulties for the sailors especially at the start. World Champions Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON (GBR) found themselves trapped on port tack in front of the fleet in the second start unable to find a gap to go down in. They were pushed above the line and forced to restart after an individual recall.

As usual in Yngling racing the time difference is small between the first and last boat in the fleet and it was very crowded in some mark roundings. The jury has received protests and displayed results are preliminary.

Following the Americans on the leaderboard are two Dutch teams. Mandy MULDER, Brechtje VAN DER WERF and Floortje HENDRIKSEN (NED) started their series with 5,7,1 scores to lie second overall, four points behind BARKOW and her crew and four points ahead of Renee GROENEVELD, Annemieke BES and Merel WITTEVEEN (NED). AYTON, WEBB and WILSON, who won the opening race of the series, recovered well from their early start in race 2, fighting back through the fleet to finish in eighth. However they retired after finishing race 3, relegating them down to 11th overall.

The weather forecast for Wednesday and the rest of the week is that the breeze will build later in the day and the Race Committee, with IRO Rafael 'Luky' SERRANO (ESP), have decided to change the schedule to a start time at 12:00 for the rest of the opening series.

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