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22 August 2003, 12:27 pm
Light, Fickle Breeze for Day Two
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Athens Regatta 2003

Light, fickle and shifty breezes dominated in Athens on Day Two Of the 2003 Test Event, and there were some dominant performances in a number of the six disciplines that sailed yesterday.
Single-handed Dinghy Men - Finn

"What Ben did Today was special!" was how fellow British teammate Iain PERCY described the dominant performance of Ben AINSLIE (GBR) in the two races yesterday. Giving himself more options to play the fluky conditions by starting at one end or the other, he sailed impressively to assert his position at the top of the rankings after day two. "Some Days it all clicks and other days it doesn't, but today was a good day" was how Ainslie described his performance.

Ainslie won the first race by over a minute from 1996 Olympic Silver medallist Sebastian GODEFROID (BEL), and now sits thirteen points ahead of him in the overall standings. Karlo KURET (CRO) lies third after the four races sailed.

Results after 2 Races -Click Here

Double-handed Dinghy Men - 470

On the 470 courses there was anything between 4 and 13 knots of wind making for a challenging day at the office for most sailors. On the second day of racing it was the Swedish pair of Johan MOLUND and Martin ANDERSON who now lead the proceedings following a seventh and a third in yesterday's conditions.

Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES are six points behind in second place whilst Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL (ISR) currently hold the bronze medal position. Three races have been sailed so far in the class and yesterdays big gains were from the Italian number one Gabrio ZANDONA and Andrea TRANI, who, following a disappointing 20 place finish on day one, scored two second's yesterday.

Results after 3 Races - Click Here

Double-handed Dinghy Women - 470

With two races sailed today to add the two sailed yesterday, the girls have sailed one more race than the men and it was not a day to remember for Sofia BEKATOROU and Emilia TSOULFA (GRE). The most consistant sailors on day one, yesterday proved a little more challenging as they saw their eight point lead whittled down to nothing with an expensive OCS. That alone now sees them drop to second overall behind surprise leaders Susanne and Michaela WARD (DEN), who with a second and a tenth now lead by 4 points over the Greek champions.

Emilia and Sofia's second place in the last race keeps them in the running, but the pair will have to change their approach to the regatta, if they are to score a famous victory leading up to the ISAF World Championships in Cadiz. In third place, a mere four points behind lie Shelley HESSON and Linda DICKSON (NZL).

Results after 4 Races - Click Here

Double-handed Dinghy Open - 49er

Piero and Gianfranco SIBELO (ITA) have pilfered the lead from the American pair Tim WADLOW and Pete Spaulding after scoring an impressive sixth and fourth against a 12-place finish from the American pair.

It still remains close though, only six points separate the top three with Paul BROTHERTON and Mark ASQUITH (GBR) sneaking between the Italian and American sailors, with an impressive display of conservative sailing in difficult conditions. Brotherton said of his day yesterday. "Today was really bouncy and you just had to take everything offered to you to stay in the game." Wise words from the Olympic Veteran.

Results after 4 Races - Click Here

Keelboat Men - Star

Peter BROMBY and Lee WHITE (BER) took advantage of a yellow flag penalty dished out on Star World Champions Iain PERCY and Steve MITCHELL (GBR) to snuffle into the lead of this world class fleet after the second day of racing.

After four races there have now been four separate race winners and this is sure to remain a tight fleet right up to and including the final race. Second placed Marc PICKEL and Anton KOLB (GER) are only a single point ahead of Serge KATS and Jean-Pierre MARTENS (NED).

Results after 4 Races - Click Here

Keelboat Women - Yngling

After four races in this class making it's debut appearance at the Olympic Games in Athens next year, Ruslana TARAN and her crew from the Ukraine are making an impact on the fleet and now lead proceedings. Their score of a fifth in the last race was enough to give them a one-point advantage over previous leaders Hannah SWETT from the USA.

Kristin WAGNER from Germany is currently in third place. Her and her crew have a string of sixth place finishes as well as a bullet under their belt which is enough of a consistent scoreline, to ensure their third place position at present.

Results after 4 Races - Click Here
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