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6 June 2003, 01:41 pm
Into the Final Day
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Paul Henderson visits the Venue© Mario Grech

Games of the Small States of Europe
St Pauls Bay

The fourth day of racing at the Games of the Small States of Europe began with a light north-easterly wind, calm seas and no swell. The Maltese sailors are expected to bring in a good haul of medals after more good results.
Two of them are leading the standings after six races have been completed, while two others are in second and third place in their respective classes.

In the Laser Radial Class, Peter VALENTINO finished fourth in race five and dropped to third place, behind the leader, Andrea ORLANDO of Monaco and Angelos COOSGROVE of Cyprus. But at the end of the sixth race, VALENTINO was back in second place, jointly with COOSGROVE on 12 penalty points each, after finishing second. ORLANDO still leads the class with 8 penalty points. Both yesterday's races were won by another Monaco sailor, Alexia PALMER, a female sailor.

In the Optimist Class, the tit for tat between Benji BORG (MLT) and Monaco's Matthieu MARIANI continued unabated as both registered a win and a second place each to maintain joint first place in the standings. Both have seven penalty points. Matthew FLERI SOLER also retained the third place on 17 penalty points, though finishing fourth on both occasions.

In the laser standard class, Mario AQUILINA (MLT) won both races to take a good lead ahead of the final day. He has a total of eight penalty points. Damien Desprat LERALE, (MON) who until Wednesday was sharing the lead, finished in second and third places yesterday with an accumulate 12 penalty points, while his Monaco compatriot Emmanuel SANCHEZ is in third place with 15 penalty points.
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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