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26 July 2003, 08:08 am
A Trying Four Days Of Racing Produced Three Races
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Scandinavian 5.5 Metre Gold Cup
Thurnersee

With three bullets to the Norwegian crew on "Artemis" victory was theirs at the 5.5 Metre Gold Cup in Switzerland yesterday.
With three bullets to the Norwegian crew on "Artemis" victory was theirs at the 5.5 Metre Gold Cup in Switzerland yesterday.

With racing on only two of the scheduled four race days due to light winds, the crews were relieved to find excellent conditions greeting them yesterday morning to allow two races to be sailed and thus enable a series.

Day 1
Race 1 was sailed in light conditions, 1-2 Bft. in the waters of Thun. Half way up the first beat, the Norwegians benefited from a windshift that put them in the front just before the first mark. After the first downwind leg, the Norwegians established a nice and secure lead of little more than 20 seconds, which they did held until the finish line.

Day 2
After heavy thunderstorms during the night, the fleet left the harbour at lunch time for the second race. The British team with their brand new boat started well, as did the Dutch and the Swiss, but lost their lead by failing to hoist the spinnaker after the mark. The Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland and the Norwegians, who had to make up ground after an early start, where fighting for the lead. On the second beat, the wind died down to 1-2 Bft, with the Swiss in front of Holland, Finland and Norway. On the last downwind leg, the Norwegians attacked by choosing the left side of the lake, and by the next mark, the Norwegians were in the lead again. Unfortunately during the third beat, the wind died completely and the race committee had to call off race number 2.

Day 3
Rain and Fog made racing at Thun impossible. Despite the fact, that all sailors where present at 06:00 in the morning, rain and foul weather made racing on Day 3 impossible.

Day 4
Yesterday's first race was started at 07:00 in sunshine and 2 Bft. breeze. The Swiss led the fleet until the Norwegians attacked on the second downwind to move up from fourth place to take the lead. In race 3, it was again the Marazzi family from Switzerland leading half way through in front of Finland and Norway. When the Swiss decided to cover Gullichsen from Finland, the Norwegians saw an opportunity to move ahead, take their third bullet and the overall win of the Scandinavian Gold Cup 2003!

Top 5 Results
Rank-Boat-Nation-Race 1-Race 2-Race 3

1. Artemis-NOR-1-1-1
2. Alibaba-SUI-2-5-2
3. Addam 3-FIN-5-2-3
4. RANA-DEN-3-4-5
5. John B Once Again-BAH-7-3-4


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