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8 July 2003, 02:28 pm
Day One
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Optimist European Championship
Stari Grad

Two excellent races in 15-18 knots were held on Day one of the championship. The first start was abandoned due to a massive wind-shift but thereafter the wind settled and the racing in the bright sunshine was superb.
178 boys and 105 girls from 40 countries are entered and are sailing in ten divisions - six boys and four girls. In the Optimist Class sailors are not permitted to enter both the Worlds and the Europeans, except for the two reigning European champions.

In the boys event early results are showing that experience counts. The leader-board includes at least five of last year's World Championship participants including silver medallist Stjepan CESIC (CRO) and is headed by Philip WENDER (BRA). Before the event the scorekeeper was reminded that the IOC includes Israel in Europe and with Guy ABADI second overall one can understand why. Reigning European champion Joaquin BLANCO (ESP) started well but faces hot competition.

The same is true among the girls. Reigning champion Alessandra FERLICH (ITA) is lying fourth at this early stage but the lead is held by Marina PEÑATE (ESP) who placed eighth in both the 2001 and 2002 championships.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Boys

Position Name Nation R1 R2 Total
1 Philip Wender BRA 2 1 3
2 Guy Abady ISR 1 5 6
3 Piotr Radowski POL 2 4 6
4 Michal Gryglewski POL 3 3 6
5 Tim Saxton GBR 5 4 9
6 Stjepan Cesic CRO 1 9 10
7 David de Boltz GBR 8 2 10
8 Kevin Huet FRA 7 3 10
9 Shibuki Iitsuka JPN 3 7 10
10 Artur Nowicki POL 6 4 10

Girls

Position Name Nation R1 R2 Total
1 Marina Natalia Penate le Bail ESP 1 1 2
2 Susane Baur GER 3 1 4
3 Bettina Bonelli ITA 2 2 4
4 Alessandra Ferlich ITA 1 6 7
5 Tajana Ganic CRO 6 2 8
6 Deveda Suria Palop ESP 5 3 8
7 Marta Klyszejko POL 4 4 8
8 Delfina Gainza ARG 3 6 9
9 Jena Mai Hansen DEN 5 5 10
10 Lina Stock CRO 2 11 13
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF News Editor)
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