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9 March 2003, 02:41 pm
Perfect Breeze Greets Sailors on Day Two
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Day Two Tornado's

III Carnival Race
Bay of Cadiz

With westerly winds between 5 and 8 knots, racing today took place during the second day of the III International Carnival Race, which has attracted some of the best sailors in the world from the different Olympic classes.


The sailors yet again woke to wind and sea conditions that were more similar to summer and more suitable for spending a day on the beach rather than racing. However, the Poniente (our westerly wind) kicked in as usual at around 13.00 hours, and once the wind had increased to over five knots, racing began in the different areas.

The starting signals were progressively given for 504 crews in the different fleets, with the 49er, Europe, Laser, 420 and 470 M & W and Mistral classes having the largest entries.
In the 49ers there is a surprise leader in the Ukrainian team. Loca hero and World Champions Iker Martínez/Xabi Fernández are in 11th, while yesterday's leaders Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks had a disappointing day dropping to third, while fellow Brits Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith put in two second places and have got up to 5th, after a slow start.

In the Europe Women, a disappointing third race saw Kirsty Bonar lose her lead. She is now third overall behind Norwegian Siren Sundby and Ireland's Maria Coleman.

In the thin Finn fleet, World Champion Ben Ainslie has taken over the lead - thank you very much - from Andrew Simpson, the first day's leader.

There is a still an impressive gathering of Swedes at the top of the Laser ranking. They hold positions 2-4 while Belgium Philippe Bergmans has slipped in pole with Britain's Paul Goodison 7th. Following his OCS yesterday Goodison had a good day today putting in a first and second.

Spanish and Portugese sailboarders Joao Rodrigues, Jorge Maciel Andres and Ivan Pastor would seem to have the Mistral Men's class sown up with Nick Dempsey a lowly 30th having scored two DNCs. Poland in the form of Agata Brygola is similarly dominating the Women's class.

In the Tornado. and still with their win in the US Nationals in mind, British Tornado sailors Hugh Styles and Adam May have rocketed into the lead of the catamaran class, scoring two wins yesterday.

Spanish Yngling champion Mónica Azón is leading her class. It has been a slow start from Shirley Robertson's team, who won the fourth race yesterday, but are still trailing Cathy Foster.

Racing concludes today. For the full set of results, please see the event website below
Modesto Sanchez/ISAF News Editor
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