Lead Changes As Winds Increase At 49er Europeans
Wind increases and places change
2010 49er European Championship
A clearing breeze after yesterday's rain raised the game for many teams. The conditions on both courses had the wind in the mid-teens with gusts in the 20's, causing many exciting reaches and gybes among the fleets.
and Gianfranco Sibello
of Italy won both races today to propel them to the top but with only a one point lead over British sailors Stephen Morrison
and Ben Rhodes
with fellow Brittish team Chris Draper
and Peter Greenhalgh
closing the gap, just one point behind Morrison & Rhodes.
Yesterday's leaders Nico Delle - Karth
and Nikolaus Resch
of Austria sailed a an eigth and DNF when they broke their forestay in the last race of the day.
Today's qualification determines the fleets for gold silver & bronze, which will begin tomorrow and sail through July 10. The forecast calls for lighter winds.
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All photos for this event can be viewed at: http://photos.friedbits.com/201049ereuropeanchampionship