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23 August 2003, 01:10 pm
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Athens Regatta 2003

Six classes took to the water on day three and the day was not without drama. Olympic gold medallist Iain PERCY and crew Steve MITCHELL were forced to retire from the first race and miss the second race due to breaking their mast.
Keelboat Men - Star

Percy explained, "we were sailing the last downwind leg into the finish and we were working the boat to try and make up those extra places, unfortunately we were a bit too heavy handed and managed to snap the top section of the mast as we tried to work the boat. It was a simple operator error on our behalf but we are hoping to get it fixed during our lay day tomorrow and be back on the water on Sunday."

Peter BROMBY and Lee WHITE (BER) still lead the keelboat charge with a tenth place and a bullet, keeping them fifteen points ahead of Brazilians Torben GRAEL and Marcelo FERREIRA.

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High Performance Dinghy Open - 49er

Difficult conditions were again experienced on the 49er course, with winds ranging from 6-16 knots, but the British pairing of Paul BROTHERTON and Mark ASQUITH managed to hold on to their top three overall result. At the end of the third days racing they are lying in third place overall after scoring a fifteenth and a fifth place. Chris NICHOLSON and Gary BOYD of Australia lead the class from the Italian pairing of Piero SIBELO and Gianfranco SIBELO.

Only six points separate the top three 49er sailors and racing will no doubt continue to be characteristically tight as the heatwave continues in Athens.

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Single-handed Dinghy - Men

In the 34 boat Laser class, which has the biggest entry list in Athens this week, it is the old face of six times World Champion and former Olympic Gold medallist Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) who is dominating the event, with a second and a first in yesterdays racing, Scheidt holds the lead from Daniel BERGMARK (SWE) and the Croatian sailor Mate ARAPOV, who managed to retain his third place overall by finishing third and seventh in the difficult conditions.

Paul GOODISON (GBR) managed to continue to climb up the scoreboard. With a thirteenth and a second he now moves up into fourth place overall.

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Single-handed Dinghy Women - Europe

Sarah MACKY'S victory in race three was the highlight of the day for Team New Zealand. Macky had an excellent start, was third for the first two legs then brilliantly mastered the shifty conditons to gain the lead on the second beat and led for the remaining five legs eventually winning by 24 seconds.

She went on to place sixth in race four, despite having to do two 720 degree penalty turns including one on the startline. Macky is currently tied for first place with Lenka SMIDOVA (CZE), who scored a third and a seventh in yesterday's racing. Carolijn BROUWER (NED) is third, eleven points behind the two leaders.

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Multihull Open - Tornado

Darren BUNDOCK and John FORBES (AUS) continue to dominate the multihull fleet and now lead by a margin of nine points over second placed Roman HAGARA and Peter STEINACHER. Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP)are in third place

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Today sees ten of the eleven Olympic disciplines competing with only the Star class having a lay day. The event concludes on the 28 August.

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