With three races of the scheduled 11 race series held, it is Damien SEGUIN (FRA) who holds the lead after yesterday's opening races.
The 86 boat fleet consists of a mix of able-bodied and disabled sailors, but the specification of the 2.4mR means that all can compete on a virtually equal basis.
SEGUIN is himself disabled and last year took the Bronze Medal at the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship, and in so doing qualified France for the 2004 Paralympic Regatta in the single-person keelboat event sailed in the 2.4mR.
Defending Paralympic Gold Medallist, Heiko KROEGER (GER), had a disappointing opening race, posting a DNF, and with a 20 and 16 in the following two races, he will be hoping his form improves.
Chasing behind SEGUIN is Lachlan GILBERT (AUS), but with a 14 point deficit to SEGUIN, he will need to keep his results more consistent. Taking a bullet in the opening race, GILBERT then proceeded to place 6 and 15, whilst SEGUIN remained constant with a 2, 2, 2 scoreline.
Similar to KROEGER, the defending World Champion Stellan BERLIN (SWE), did not open the series very well scoring a DNF. However, Race 2 saw him up to his usual standards, taking a bullet, followed by an 8. With the discard coming into play after 5 races have been contested, and a second discard after 8 races, there will be much moving in positions.
A further three races are scheduled today, with three tomorrow and two on Saturday.
Many of the disabled sailors will be using this Championship as a warm-up to the IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds taking place in Athens, Greece from 4-12 September 2003.
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