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Gdynia Sailing Days
Gdynia

Yesterday's second day of racing produced perfect weather for sailing, with a morning blow of 8-10 knots, increasing to up to 20 knots.
Yesterday's second day of racing produced perfect weather for sailing, with a morning blow of 8-10 knots, increasing to up to 20 knots.

"However, the strong wind caused more than a dozen false starts and even some capsizes," commented Andrzej REYMAN, Chairman of the Jury.

There are a total of 290 competitors participating in Gdynia Sailing Days, although not all are racing yet. Tomorrow sees the 730 class on the water, and Saturday will welcome a radio controlled sailing event in the Marblehead Class.

The regatta is keeping to schedule, with another three races completed yesterday, with the first discard coming into play after the fourth race. The second discard will be implemented after the ninth race.

470 - Men and Women

A very interesting competition took place on the SKODA race area between the overnight leaders, Rafał SAWICKI and Paweł NOWAKOWSKI (POL) and the chasing pair from Belarus Sergey BARTAHSEVICH and Igor PETROWICZ. However, with a scoreline of 2,2,1 the Belarus pair have taken the overall lead after 6 races. With an OCS in race 4, followed by a 4 and 2, Rafal and Pawel were left behind. , said an unhappy Rafał. "Unfortunately, we lost the upper hand over Sergey and Igor. Luckily, we are losing to them only two points and tomorrow we'll do our best to get back into first place overall."

Racing within the same fleet, the highest placed women's team is the pairing of Katarzyna TYLIŃSKA
Gabriela BRZÓSKA (POL), who sit in fifth overall. In this 35 boat fleet, there are just nine female crews. TYLINSKA is ranked at number 32 in the world.

Tornado

Piotr CICHOCKI and Roman GŁÓWKA (POL) take the overnight lead in the Tornado fleet, with their DNC in race 2 now discarded. The pairing are equal ranked 108 in the world.

49er

An upset is also going developing in the 49er fleet. Paweł KUŹMICKI and Paweł KACPROWSKI, Poland's highest world ranked 49er team, can still not match the form of team mates Marcin CZAJKOWSKI and Krzysztof KIEKOWSKI and sit in second overall. But with a second in race 4, followed by two bullets they make be back on pace, and it will not take much to eradicate the 2 point deficit.

"We are very satisfied with the races today," said Paweł Kuźmicki. "We've got two more points to catch up our rivals and we will be ready to attack for first place overall tomorrow."

Mistral Men

Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR), who in yesterday's release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, retained his position as the world leader in the Mistral Fleet, was yet again unable to pull of some results to knock Piotr Myszka (POL) into second. Between the two they have taken the first and second positions in all 6 races, and with the one discard now introduced, MYSZKA can lay claim to a counting scoreline of bullets. MYSZKA also retained his position on yesterday's ranking release, sitting at number 9 in the world.

Mistral Women

World ranked number 20, Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) is leading the women's fleet, but only on countback. She sits on an equal total points with Agata BRYGOLA (POL), but places above her on countback of first places. BRYGOLA is ranked number 10 in the world, and will be pleased to be placing above her teammate, and the higher ranked, Anna GRACSYK.

Finn

Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ (POL) won all the races yesterday, and with his fifth place now discarded, also has a counting scoreline of bullets. However, his margin over the second placed Wacław Szukiel (POL) is only two points, so still all to play for.

Laser

A shift in leader overnight, with the previously placed second overall Maciej Grabowski (POL) now sitting at the front of the fleet after 6 races. He has a second reason for being pleased overnight, as at the release of yesterday's ISAF World Rankings, he achieved a best placing since February 2002, by breaking back into the world's top 20, at number 20.

Europe

With her DSQ in race 2 now discarded and with a 1,2,3 placing yesterday, Tatiana DROZDOWSKAJA (BLR) claims the overall lead, over Weronika GLINKIEWICZ (POL) and the third placed Katarzyna SZOTYŃSKA (POL). Tatiana will be delighted with her performance as she is currently not even on the world rankings.
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