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Athens Regatta 2003
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Yesterday's relative calm in the sea area of the Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre caused delays in the competition schedule of the Athens 2003 Regatta.
The races began on time for the 470 (men's and women's) and Star classes, but it was not the same for the Finn and Yngling classes, as Aiolos was …lazy and was barely breathing, let alone blowing strongly to fill the athletes' sails with wind. The craft in the Finn and Yngling classes returned to the hospitable marina of the Olympic Centre, hoping that a fair wind would blow at any moment and the races would finally take place.

Indeed, after quite some time, they sailed out of the marina and headed for the race course. where the starting signal was finally given and, thus, one of the two races scheduled in each class took place.

Nevertheless, in both the 470 and Star classes the relative calm made things difficult for athletes: proof for this is the fact that the two races finished late in the afternoon instead of much earlier, which would have been the case had the wind been more compliant. Both races in the 470 and Star classes, and one each (instead of two) in the Finn and Yngling classes, were run after a great deal of difficulty.

Double-handed Dinghy Women - 470

The first race (the seventh in series) developed into a 'two-women show', as both Petijean and Douroux of France started off very well, took the lead since the start of the race and maintained it to the very end. The Russian craft finished behind the two French women followed by the Canadian craft. Greek Champions Sofia BEKATOROU and Emilia TSOULFA finished in fifth place.

The ones who made the best use of the weak winds in the second race were Sesto and Reinoso from Argentina, who led from the very start and finished first. The Danish craft finished second and the French craft, which had won the first race of the day, finished third. Greeks Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa were greatly hampered by the calm, and had to make do with 11 place, trailing behind Sesto-Reinoso by 5 minutes and 43 seconds.

Double-handed Dinghy Men - 470

In the Men's 470 class, the seventh race was dominated by the Danish crew of , who took took the lead from the start and maintained it all the way to the finish. A battle ensued for second place between three craft from Slovenia, the Ukraine and Sweden, who crossed the finish line in that order and with the slightest differences in their times. The Greek craft with Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS and Costas TRIGONIS started relatively well, and wew 13 at the first mark, trailing behind the lead craft by 2 minutes and 11 seconds behind the lead craft, but then fell behind and finished in 25tplace, trailing behind the Danish crew by 9 minutes and 59 seconds.

The second race proved eventful, as the calm made things difficult for athletes, and it is characteristic that it was finally judged that only four boats finished properly, as seven were penalised for false starts and the remaining 19, among which were the Greek and the Swedish craft, who currently hold the lead in the general standing, finished trailing behind the leader by more than 20 minutes and thus were not considered to have finished and were each penalised with 31 penalty points. For the record, victory in this 'crazy' race went to Argentina, followed by the American and the Slovenian crews. Kosmatopoulos-Trigonis are now 15th in the general standing with 101 penalty points.

Keelboat Men - Star

In the Star class, Brazilians Torben GRAEL and Marcelo FERREIRA, despite the fact that they had not taken the lead in the seventh race and third at the last mark, made an exciting comeback and managed to snatch first place from Spaniards Bermudez-Inglesias, who were in the lead for most of the race. Third place went to the French while the Greek crew of Leonidas PELEKANAKIS and Giorgos KONTOGOURIS finished sixteenth.

In the second race, the Croatian craft came first, followed by the Canadian and British craft in second and third place respectively. It should be noted that first place was the best present possible for Croatia's crew member Nicola AKRAP, as yesterday was his birthday and with his fellow athlete (Lovronic) managed to win their first victory in this Regatta.

Double-handed Dinghy Women - 470

In the Yngling class, where only one race was run, Greeks Katerina GIAKOUMIDOU, Eleni DIMITRAKOPOULOU and Eftichia MANTZARAKI were first to cross the finish line and win their first victory in the Athens 2003 Regatta. The Greek boat was the second to reach the first mark and the third to reach the second mark, but then shot ahead and managed to win first place at the finish, followed by the Kristen WAGNER, Anna HOELL and Veronika LOCHBRUNNER (GER) with a difference of just one second! New Zealand finished third, trailing by 11 seconds behind the Greek athletes, who are now 11 in the general standing with 43 points.

Single-handed Men - Finn

In the Finn class, today's only race class developed into a Greek-Polish duel, as both Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Emilios PAPATHANASIOU, who had separated themselves from the pack after the sixth mark and finished well ahead of the others, fought passionately for victory. The race was finally won by the Pole, while Papathanasiou finished second with a difference of 50 seconds. Australia's Nossiter finished third, trailing behind the winner by 4 minutes and 34 seconds.

Today races are scheduled to take place in the Mistral (men and women), Europe, Laser, 49er, Tornado and Star classes, while athletes competing in the 470, Finn and Yngling classes will have the day off. However, after today's postponement of the second races in the Finn and Yngling classes, and in order to recover the lost ground, one a race will be run in each of these categories. Aiolos willing, that is…

In any case, what matters is that more than 6 races - that is to say the minimum number of races required to declare a winner - have taken place in all the Athens 2003 Regatta classes.

Full resultsa are available on the event website at the address below

Current Standings After Sunday Racing

Double-handed Dinghy Women - 470

Name NOC 7 8 Points
1 BEKATOROU-TSOULFA GRE 5 11 33
2 PETITJEAN-DOUROUX FRA 1 3 40
3 WARD S.-WARD M. DEN 14 2 46
4 ILIENKO-GAPONOVICH RUS 2 6 59
5 SESTO-REINOSO ARG 17 1 61
6 McDOWELL-KINSOLVING USA 8 8 66
7 ARMSTRONG-STOWELL AUS 4 18 69
8 BASSADONE-HOPSON GBR 9 15 69

Double-handed Dinghy Men - 470

Name NOC 7 8 Points
1 MOLUND-ANDERSSON SWE 4 31 49
2 FOERSTER-BURNHAM USA 9 2 53
3 ROGERS-GLANFIELD GBR 11 31 55
4 ZELLMER-KRABBE GER 14 31 58
5 KLIGER-GAL ISR 24 31 65
6 ZANDONA-TRANI ITA 10 4 65
7 HMELJAK-NEVENCY SLO 2 3 67
8 MARINHO-NUNES POR 16 31 73

Keelboat Men - Star

Name NOC 7 8 Points
1 GRAEL-FERREIRA BRA 1 10 28
2 BROMBY-WHITE BER 7 8 30
3 PICKEL-KOLB GER 8 6 35
4 CAYARD-TRINTER USA 15 7 37
5 KATS-MARTENS NED 6 19 37
6 LOVROVIC-AKRAP CRO 10 1 50
7 McDONALD-BJORN CAN 4 2 51
8 PERCY-MITCHELL GBR 5 3 55

Keelboat Women - Yngling

Name NOC 7 Points
1 SWETT-TOUCHETTE-PURDY USA 8 19
2 WAGNER-HOELL-LOCHBRUNNER GER 2 26
3 ROBERTSON-AYTON-WEBB GBR 4 26
4 TARAN-MATEVUSHEVA-KALININA UKR 10 34
5 AZON-PISONERO-SANCHEZ ESP 9 34
6 THIES-BES-de JONG NED 6 34
7 JENSEN-JESPERSEN-KIEL DEN 7 38
8 THORPE-VINSEN-LAMPERT NZL 3 40

Single-handed Men - Finn

Pos Name NOC 7 Points
1 AINSLIE GBR 14 18
2 GODEFROID BEL 5 32
3 KUSZNIEREWICZ POL 1 34
4 TRUJILLO ESP 9 36
5 KURET CRO 6 40
6 PAPATHANASIOU GRE 2 43
7 FLORENT FRA 20 44
8 NOSSITER AUS 3 49
Olympic News Service (As Amended By ISAF NEws Editor)
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