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18 April 2003, 09:46 am
Light Winds Test Sailors
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© Nico Martinez

Princess Sofia Trophy
Palma de Mallorca

The sun came out yesterday accompanied by light winds in the Bay of Palma.
The only classes that sailed yesterday were the 49er class (1 race in the Gold group and 2 in the Silver group), Tornado (1 race and a second one abandoned), Yngling and Star (2 races and a third one abandoned), Dragon (2 races), Laser (2 in the Gold group and 1 in the Silver group).

The Europe women and men (gold and silver) sailed one race. A start was given for the Europe men and women gold group but the race also had to be abandoned.

The Race Committee gave a start for the 470 men and women gold group but, unfortunately, it had to be also abandoned.

No racing in the 470 men and women, Finn, Mistral men and women.

Top Slot Changes

Laser - Paul Goodison has taken the overnight lead from Australia's Michael Blackburn. Argentina's Diego Romero, has sprung up into third place, by posting an 11 and 3 in yesterday's two races. An excellent result for Romero who is placed 119 on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.

49er - A surprise win for Pawel Kacprowski/Pawel Kuzmicki (POL) in yesterday's single race has propelled them up the scoreboard to sit 14th, however no change in the top three positions.

Tornado - Back to where they belong for the Aussie duo of Darren Bundock and Glen Ashby who have taken over pole position from Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen (NED), by placing a 3rd compared to Booth's 24th.

Report from Darren Bundock, courtesy of Sail World- "Once again only one race today, not because of to much wind but today not enough wind.

Today's race started in a 6 knot sea breeze. The breeze was very patchy and did not increase.

Robbie Daniel from America got a bad start and was forced to tack out to the right hand side of the course and received more wind pressure and lead the fleet around the first mark.

We had a bad first work and rounded the first mark in 20th position and then made massive gains on the fleet each leg to finish in 3rd position behind Robbie Daniel and 2nd Rob Wilson.

Our main competition for the regatta all had a bad race with Mitch Booth finishing 24th and the top Spanish team in 30th."


Star - the 56 boat Star fleet managed two races, but no change at the top. However, a continued solid performance by Freddie Loof and Anders Ekstrom (SWE) keeps them at the top and with yesterday's scoreline of 3, 2 they have extended their points margin over the chasing Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell (GBR) to a significant 22 points.

Yngling - No change at the top of the Yngling fleet after yesterday's two races with Dorte Jensen, Helle Jespersen and Rachel Kiel (DEN) continuing to dominate. Great Britain's Shirley Robertson placed a 4,5 to move up one position to lie second overall, ousting Betsy Alison, Lee Icyda and Suzy Leech (USA) who have dropped down to sit fifth overall after their placings of 21, 21. Whilst the top place seems secure in Jensen's grasp, all remains open behind.
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