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8 June 2004, 09:09 am
Second Day Of Racing
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© Aline Siepmann

Mistral European Championship

The second day for Mistral sailors in Sopot delivered difficult conditions and a shifty and gusty, 8-13 knot offshore wind. However difficult it was though, it was the usual suspects at the top.
Racing started on time yesterday. Looking at the windurfers in the morning, big stress was easy to notice. Alessandra SENSINI didn't give a smile to anybody. She was absolutely concentrated on preparing the equipment. Generally, the favorites before the Europeans in the women's division have so far delivered the promised result.

Blanka MANCHON from Spain is just 17 and just leaves the others behind her if she has a fresh wind. In the first race she was forced to sail with the group on the downwind leg and couldn't catch the breeze coming from the other side of the course. In the last race of the day though, she showed her high sailing attitude from the best side. Blanka is first in the overall but the best performer of the day was Shiri RON who collected just 6 points. Her playing on the ennoying shifts was as good as Julien BONTEMPS' tactics in Men's Division. Julien was always on the good side and always was taking the best puffs. In the first race Joao RODRIQUES from Portugal took the victory. In the second race Bontemps started from the pin with Piotr MYSZKA from Poland.

Both these sailors cought very good shift after the start. After they tacked on port all the whole fleet were below them. Then, they were just fighting together with German sailor Aleksander BARONJAN. Finally he had to give the precedence to Polish guy but this race gave him second place in overall standing. It was Julien who took everything winning this race with the incredible advantage of 4 minutes.

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