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3 September 2003, 01:48 pm
Three Races on Day One
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Soling European Championship
Torbole, Lake Garda

Racing got underway yesterday at the event in difficult conditions for the opening day as competitors waited ashore in calm breeze and rain before 15:00 local time when a 15 knot gradient filled in.
Those on the right end of the line - Carl HAIST (GER), George WOSSALA (HUN), Roman KOCH (GER), Thomas JAKOBOWITZ (AUT), Markus SCHNEEBERGER (AUT) and Peter MOSNY (SVK) - benefited greatly from a progressiv 20° veer and led around the weather mark which was close to the torbole shore.

Haist soon passed Mosny and took over the lead which he succesfully defended from Wossala, Jakobowitz and Schneeberger. Gyenese BALAZS, who had been on the wrong side of the initial shift, gradually worked through the fleet down two runs and three beats, but could not catch Haist.

After a long delay race 2 got under way with 2-3 bft. and it was a race of extremes. Shortly after the start, the fleet split and all those sailing right, tacking on the lay-line, had a big advantage against the others on the middle and left side.

Every beat had to be done with only one tack and this paid at the end! Haist had a good start again, went right and had a comfortable lead with 100 metres in front of the pack. The rest was very close together and fighting hard around the course, so lots of changes and at the end Haist won in front of Antoncic from Slovenia and Balazs coming up from ninth at the first mark. Wossala came in fifth, Koch, one of the left hand side leaders after the start, finished ninth.

The third race was started in same conditions and again the right hand was much better; also no tacking! Brazilian Renato Cunha FARIA lead by 100 meters and the fleet behind was extremely close. On the second beat, the left side became better and so the fleet mixed up a little. Cunha lead, but Bram SOETHOUDT (NED) was second and Antoncic third. Very hard fights again were apparent all around the course and in the end Cunha won in front of Koch, who managed to salvage second from lying twelfth at the first mark. Antoncic was third.

Today's forecast is not so good; rain at night and now the sky is cloudy and the chances for a good Ora are bad. Till now, we had only light winds and this is not normal for Lake Garda! Lets hope for the normal, windy conditions!

Full results are available from the event website at the address below.
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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