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24 August 2003, 01:03 pm
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Athens Regatta 2003

With the race committee keen to catch up on their program, all classes (except the Star class) managed to get out on the water yesterday. Day four bought sun blazing at 30 degrees, a breeze of 12 to 16 knots, and shifty conditions.
"Long phasing made for interesting and good technical racing," Australian Team Manager Graeme ROBERTS-THOMSON reported from Athens.

Single-handed Men - Finn

After a day off, Ben AINSLIE (GBR) returned to form in the Finn class, scoring a second and a sixth to maintain his overall lead from Guillaume FLORENT of France. Sebastien GODEFROID, the 1996 Olympic silver medallist from Belgium is currently in third place overall.

Ainslie explained how a little luck helped him,"one of our races today was abandoned and I was pretty lucky, I think I was over the line at the start but decided to carry on anyway and chance it, so I was pretty relieved when they abandoned the race."

Clifton WEBB (NZL) had a good day in the Finn, finishing fifth and second in the two races of the day, results that now push him six places up the leaderboard into tenth overall.

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Single-handed Dinghy - Women

Sarah MACKY (NZL) consolidated her lead in the Europe class with two third place finishes in yesterday's racing, and now leads Siren SUNDBY (NOR) by three points at the top of the leaderboard.

Macky finished the day with the same points as her training partner Lenka SMIDOVA (CZE), who in winning the second race of the day, remains in third place overall.

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Multihull Open - Tornado

Darren BUNDOCK and John FORBES (AUS) are still leading the Tornado fleet after racing yesterday. In conditions that ranged from 6 to 20 knots, and the offshore breeze providing tricky, shifty patterns, they scored an eleventh and a race win to by ten points from Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG).

British pair Leigh McMILLAN and Mark BLUKELY had a day to remember, winning race one and finishing second in race two to propel themselves up the leaderboard and into third place overall at the halfway stage of the regatta.

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Windsurfer Men - Mistral

Niko KAKLAMANAKIS (GRE), proved his mettle in the tricky conditions of yesterday to score two firsts and launch himself into the lead of the regatta, from a lowly ninth place on Friday.

Kaklamanakis has benefited from the exclusion of his worst score, a DNF which he can now discard. With a masterful ability to pick himself up, he has scored three firsts since his discard and looks in good shape. Gal FRIDMAN is in second place, a mere point behind Kaklamanakis, Yuanguo ZHOU (CHN) is in third at this stage.

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Windsurfer Women - Mistral

Alessandra SENSINI is doing to the girls fleet, what Nikos has been doing in the Men's for the last few races - winning. Clearly loving the conditions, Alessandra has scored five firsts out of the six races sailed and now discards a second, leading the fleet by a wopping twelve points from Lee Lai SHAN (HKG)

Faustine MERRET (FRA) is in third place, a further five points behind Lee Lai, and is keeping the pressure on the two in front.

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Today sees racing for the 470 men and women, Star, Yngling and Finn, whilst all the other classes enjoy a lay day. Racing concludes on the 28 August.

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