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26 August 2003, 09:47 am
Weather Plays Havoc With Racing
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Athens Regatta 2003
Athens

At a time when the Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre was in the doldrums, with hardly any wind blowing and the competitors praying in vain for a little wind, there were flashes of lightning and bolts of thunder tearing the sky, with a storm approaching.
But the summer downpour passed further to the North, however, the muggy heat and relative calm at Agios Kosmas was enough to put everything and everyone into disarray, especially the sailors.

The organisers eventually managed to run one race for each of the Star and Tornado classes, but in the Men's and Women's Europe, Laser, Mistral and 49er classes the races had to be cancelled.

Multihull Open - Tornado

Australians Darren BUNDOCK and John FORBES, who won the silver medal in the Sydney Olympic Games, finished first with ease in yesterday's race and are the uncontested contenders for the Gold medal. The Australian crew was in the lead from the start of the race and finished first, four minutes and one second ahead of the American crew of Robbie DANIEL and Eric JACOBSEN who finished second, while Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG) finished third.

The Australian champions, who are No 2 in the current ISAF World Sailing Rankings, have shown unparalleled constancy and have finished first in four of the races sailed so far, have a total of only 12 points.

The Argentinian sailors (Santiago LANGE-Carlos ESPINOLA) is second in the general ranking with 23 points, while Austria's Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER, Sydney Gold medallists and No1 in the ISAF World Sailing Ranking, finished fifth yesterday and have 31 points.

Keelboat Men - Star

The German crew of Marc Aurel PICKEL and Anton KOLB managed a good start in yesterday's ninth race in the class, and stayed in the lead for most of the race, but fell behind to sixth place just before the penultimate mark rounding.

At this point Colin BEASHEL and David GILES (AUS) caught up and led the race, finishing first, 24 seconds ahead of French sailors Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU, who crossed the finish 25 seconds ahead of the Canadian's Ross McDONALD and Kai BJORN, who finished third

The Germans ended up in fifth place Torben GRAEL and Marcelo FERREIRA (BRA), Bronze Medal winners in the Sydney Olympic Games, are first in this class with 35 points. Second with 39 points is the craft from Bermuda with Peter BROMBY and Lee WHITE, who were fourth in Sydney and at the moment are No 5 in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.

The Athens 2003 Regatta will continue today for the seventh day with races scheduled in the Europe, Laser, Mistral (Men and Women), Tornado, 470 (Men and Women), Finn and Yngling classes. It was also decided to run races in the 49er class, instead of having the day off as originally planned.

Full results for all classes are available on the event website at the address below.

Overall After 7 Races - Multihull Open

Pos Name NOC R7 Total
1 BUNDOCK-FORBES AUS 1 12
2 LANGE-ESPINOLA ARG 3 23
3 HAGARA-STEINACHER AUT 5 31
4 MCMILLAN-BULKELEY GBR 6 32
5 ECHAVARRI-PAZ ESP 10 36
6 BOOTH-DERCKSEN NED 17 40
7 LANDENBERGER-POLGAR GER 7 41
8 KIRILYUK-USHKOV RUS 4 47

Overall After 9 Races - Keelboat Men - Star

Pos Name NOC R9 Points
1 GRAEL-FERREIRA BRA 8 35
2 BROMBY-WHITE BER 15 39
3 PICKEL-KOLB GER 5 39
4 CAYARD-TRINTER USA 4 40
5 KATS-MARTENS NED 12 49
6 McDONALD-BJORN CAN 3 54
7 BEASHEL-GILES AUS 1 58
8 ROHART-RAMBEAU FRA 2 58
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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