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20 August 2003, 11:11 am
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J24 World Championship
Medemblick

On the second day there were perfect racing conditions. A northwesterly wind of 15 knots greeted the competitors. During the races the wind shifted back and fourth for 30 degrees and the strength was between 12 and 21 knots.
The first race saw the boat of Bob TURNER (GBR) getting of to a perfect start and a perfect first leg. With several boatlengths ahead he was the first to round the upwind mark. A lead that he never gave away and steadily grew bigger.

Behind Turner there was a bunch of Italian boats together with the Brazilian team of Maurizio Santa Cruz who were fighting for second. This battle was eventually won by the brazilians.

With 4 boats in the top 20 the Dutch boats were feeling better on their home waters. Albert KOOIJMAN took a ninth place in the first race.

In the second race Principal race officer Erik VLIEGENTHART had a hard time to get the boats started. One start was aborted because a big windshift, a second start was recalled. The third start was a good one. It was the left side of the course that was the best. At the first weather mark the dutch sailors were way way back in the field, with the Italian boats again leading the field.
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Lorenzo BRESSANI (ITA), the European champion, was sailing very well in these conditions. Almost all the top-boats were sailing with their jibs. Exceptions were the American team of Wolfs/Horton and Leif LOOSE (GER). Both were sailing with their bigger genoas. After the first beat the wind lightened so almost everybody changed to their genoas.At the finish it was Lorenzo BRESSANI who had taken a huge lead over Gabriele BENUSSI and Andrea CASALE.

Race three looked to be a copy of race two. At the start the wind was blowing with 20 knots so the jibs were on. Albert KOOIJMAN (NED) was getting better and better. At the first mark they were sixth but after a perfect downwind leg they were up to third place. Meanwhile the wind was becoming lighter again so some of the bowman had to change the headsail (again).

At the last windwark mark it was Bressani, Benussi and Kooijman who were in front. They were getting ready for the final battle for the win in race 4.Eventually it was Kooijman who took the gun outsailing Bressani and Benussi.

So after four races with four different winners we see the top three are all Italian crews. Lorenzo BRESSANI and Gabriele BENUSSI both have 6 point followed by Andrea CASALE with thirteen.

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

Top Ten (After Four Races)

Pos Sail Boat Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 ITA Kaster Lorenzo Bressani 5,00 3,00 1,00 2,00 6,00
2 ITA Sailing Planet Gabriele Benussi 1,00 15,00 2,00 3,00 6,00
3 ITA Fiamma Gialla Andrea Casale 16,00 6,00 3,00 4,00 13,00
4 BRA Spectaculus III Mauricio Santa Cruz 67,00 2,00 5,00 7,00 14,00
5 USA ING Direct Horton/Wolfs 3,00 8,00 4,00 16,00 15,00
6 JPN Santa Black Yutaka Takagi 7,00 5,00 14,00 10,00 22,00
7 JPN Gekko Tomomi Hatakeyama 9,00 7,00 23,00 8,00 24,00
8 ITA Gingerinup Fabio Nocera 2,00 24,00 6,00 18,00 26,00
9 NED Just4fun Albert Kooijman 18,00 9,00 21,00 1,00 28,00
10 GER MAN Roland - Rotoman Leif Tom Loose 4,00 23,00 10,00 17,00 31,00
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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