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5 August 2003, 12:49 pm
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Cadet World Championship
Nieuwpoort

72 boats from 12 countries are taking part in the 2003 Cadet World Championships currently underway in Nieuwpoort, Belgium. Six Races have been completed after three days of racing and day four (Tuesday) is a lay day.
The first race got underway on Saturday in a shifty force one and after two recalls the black flag got the fleet underway. The race was shortened before the last beat leaving a downwind finish and the next race was delayed while the race committee waited for a sea breeze to kick in. Race One was taken by Ilvan EGOROV and Anatolyi KOMISSAROV of Russia after a gutsy port end flyer off the start line paid off. Guy BREAREY and Christopher PROFFITT (GBR) finished second and Agata PIECHA and Malgorzata GANS (POL) third.

Race Two was sailed in a fresh force 3 and after some tight racing Maria Agustina TORRE & Maria del ROSAR TORRE (ARG) took the bullet. Second place went to their team mates Mercedes TRAVASCIO & Maria Aime CALABRESE with Jan SPEELMAN and Wouter De MUNCK from Belgium taking third.

Day two of the World Championships belonged to James WADE and Katie BARR (GBR). Sailing in a Force 2 with a slight chop to the sea they won both of the races to be placed second overall in the event and looking good for the lead with the discard kicking in after the next race. Behind Wade and Barr in Race 3 was Anne-Sophie BLIJ and Mathieu SMIDT and Maria Agustina TORRE & Maria del ROSAR TORRE (ARG) in second and third respectively and in Race 4 it was a two - three for the Argentina teams of Manuel BOLOGNA and Javier Felipe SANTAOLALLA (ARG) and Franco GREGGI and Maria Eugenia Jasson HARDIE.

Day Three saw the Argentinian and British teams again showing their dominance, taking a bullet each with Franco GREGGI and Maria Eugenia Jasson HARDIE (ARG) in Race 5 and Jodie GREEN and Stevie GREEN (GBR) in Race 6.

Overall the points are tight and there is everything to play for in the next five races scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Maria Agustina TORRE & Maria del ROSAR TORRE (ARG) lead on 24 points equal to Anne-Sophie BLIJ and Mathieu SMIDT of Belgium. Two points behind and the only team to score two bullets so far is James WADE and Katie BARR of Great Britain. Consistency will surely play a crucial hand in who takes home the title.

A Promotional fleet is also competing in Nieuwpoort and have also completed six races.

The British sailors are utterly dominating the Promotional Fleet and now hold the top twenty four places.

Top Ten After 6 Races

Pos Nation Helm, Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Points
1 ARG Maria Agustina TORRE & Maria del ROSAR TORRE -56 1 3 13 4 3 24
2 BEL Anne-Sophie BLIJ & Mathieu SMIDT 8 5 2 4 5 -12 24
3 GBR James WADE & Katie BARR -19 8 1 1 8 8 26
4 ARG Juan Manuel ALTOE & Victoria Realli Etdchart 5 19 9 7 2 -42 42
5 ESP Javier Diaz M.-PICABIA & Laura Diaz M.-PICABIA 20 6 7 -22 3 6 42
6 ARG Manuel BOLOGNA & Javier Felipe Sadntaolalla 14 13 10 2 (73\DNF) 5 44
7 GBR Jodie GREEN & Stevie GREEN 28 7 6 (73\BFD) 6 1 48
8 GBR Adam RICHARDS & Sam MUSKET 7 -35 17 5 14 15 58
9 GBR Andrew MACKAY & JonathanKimdber 9 20 4 9 20 -48 62
10 ARG Franco GREGGI & Maria Eugenia Jasson HARDIE -48 21 31 3 1 7 63

ISAF Secretariat (Source Yachtsandyachting.com)
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