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20 May 2003, 10:11 am
First Day Racing
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Day One Action

Soling World Championship
Lake Ballaton

One race was sailed yesterday on Lake Ballaton for the 2003 Soling World Championship, a variable breeze made for some close racing.
On the starting line, a starboard biased line saw most of the fleet opting for a right hand start. With such a crowded line one or two boats opted for port hand starts. For them it seemed to be a wrong decision, because the others, (at the windward side) jumped to the front.

In the second third of the first beat however, a building breeze came into from the left hand side of the course, so the first four boats to the mark, arrived from there.

The German Heiko WINKLER led the race at this stage of proceedings; the Hungarian boat steered by Balázs GYENESE, sailed in third place.

The Race Committee set a traditional Olympic course for the race. In the meantime the wind weakened on the run, but after the second upwind leg began to strengthen back again. There was no change on the top at all. From the middle field the Wossala team (HUN) started to move up a bit, and the Balázs Gyenese steered boat sailed up to second place.

The last upwind run belonged to the Ukrainian Pitchugin; after a fantastic last beat he eventually finished in second place, behind Heiko WINKLER. Balázs GYENESE finished third, and György WOSSALA (HUN) in eighth position.

The start of the second race was similar to the first race. It was very interesting, because most of the boats were on the starboard side. WINKLER, -who won this race-, the Slovenian Bostjan ANTONCIC, GYENESE, and a couple of boats more, could start in very clear wind at the pin end mark, and followed the left side of the course.

The building breezes came from that side, so we should not pull too much, soon we got turned, and the ones, who followed us on the left side, could cross the others way with such an advantage, like the length of the starting line.

The first six boats separated from the majority and soon developed the leader group -already known, from the first race.

At the second upwind section GYENESE had some problems, we moved up and down between the third and sixth position. The wind stopped there for a while. It was very ugly.

The downwind breeze filled in from the southern shore. WINKLER and GYENESE went extremely close to the shore, so we could catch the Slovenian guy. Then GYENESE got there in third place. As the wind built from the south, so on the third upwind leg GYENESE pulled the left side again but the order didn't change.

Overall Top Ten

POS Nation Helmsman Middleman Bowman Total R1 R2
1 GER Heiko Winkler Stefan Wenzel Jens Niemann 2 1 1
2 UKR Sergey Pichuguin Sergey Timokhov Dimitryi Yarovoy 4 2 2
3 HUN Balazs Gyenese MONUS Gyula VEZER Karoly 6 3 3
4 GER Thomas Maschkiwitz Christoph Saurbier Knut Seelig 9 5 4
5 AUT Carl Auteried Martin Kendler Udo Moser 9 4 5
6 SLO Bostjan Antoncic Zeljko Perovic Gennadij Strakh 12 6 6
7 HUN SZEKELY Antal RACZ Laszlo KRUSS Erno 16 7 9
8 AUT Thomas Jakobowitz Volker Moser Christian Panek 18 11 7
9 HUN Wossala George Wossala Laszlo Kovasci Peter Nemeth 21 8 13
10 HUN MADARASZ Tamas HAINZMANN Akos SABJAN Zoltan 22 12 10
Matias Collins (As Amended by ISAF News Editor)
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