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8 June 2010, 12:17 pm
Fog Delays Racing At Europeans in Tallinn
2010 Laser European Championship
Tina Mihelic of Croatia takes an early lead

2010 Laser European Championship
Tallinn, Estonia

The second day of racing in Tallinn at the European Laser Championships & Trophy 2010 was delayed, as thick fog wrapped up the Tallinn Bay.
At 1430 hrs, racing could finally begin and two races were held as planned in both the Laser Standard and Laser Radial classes.

In the Laser Standard, Rutger Schaardenburg was once again the flying Dutchman in the first race of the day, securing his third victory at the Europeans. In the fourth race, however, wind and luck both turned their back on him and he finished 26th.
"The first day went really well for me - I won both races and everything went just like I wanted it to go. Today was more difficult for me. The first race I won, but the second race didn't go as planned. I had a good start in the last race, and a good idea of what the wind was going to do but I missed every shift, meters kept adding and I couldn't fight it back," Schaardenburg shared.

Despite the last race, he remains the overall leader with three points.

"I like the sailing conditions in Tallinn, the wind is very shifty from the shore and you have to monitor it all the time - I like this kind of sailing. I have prepared hard, have also been in Tallinn earlier for a training week and I am just going into racing with all the confidence. There are six more races coming up and I am going to try to win them all," he said.

The current leaders in Laser Standard after four races are as follows:
1 Schaardenburg Rutger (NED) 3 (1, 1, 1, 26)
2 Slingsby Tom (AUS) 6 (4, 1, 9, 1)
3 Geritzer Andreas (AUT) 8 (16, 4, 2, 2)

In the Laser Radial, Croatian Tina Mihelic again overpowered her competition, finishing in first and second place. Overall, she is now leading Maiken Schütt from Denmark by five points.

"Racing in Pirita is good - we have various conditions here. I have done well so far but we'll see how it goes," Mihelic said modestly.

The current leaders in Laser Radial after four races are as follows:
1 Mihelic Tina (CRO) 4 (3, 1, 1, 2)
2 Schütt Maiken (DEN) 9 (2, 18, 2, 5)
3 Dobson Charlotte (GBR) 10 (2, 6, 2, 7)

For results, photo galleries and videos visit: www.laser2010tallinn.eu
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