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14 March 2005, 04:58 pm
Croatians Dominate On Home Waters
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Split Olympic Sailing Week 2005
Split, Croatia

The end of the ISAF Grade 3 Split Olympic Sailing Week saw victory going to Croatians in all but one fleet. Even Slovenia's Olympic bronze medallist Vasilij ZBOGAR could not break the dominance of the home sailors.
Milan VUJASINOVIC (CRO) was a commanding winner in the Laser fleet. After taking bullets in the opening three races VUJASINOVIC took three second places to finish at the top of the leaderboard. Sailing to this standard gave him tenth place in the 2004 Laser World Championship VUJASINOVIC's win will help to lift up towards the top twenty of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.

In second place was another Croatian, Mate ARAPOV, ranked twelve in the world but unable to haul in the rampant VUJASINOVIC. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week was that Olympic bronze medallist and ISAF World Sailing Rankings number five, Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO), could not find the form to take him any higher than fifth overall. Only with a win in race six did ZBOGAR get into his top gear.

In the Laser Radial fleet Mateja PETRONIJEVIC (CRO) was even more rampant. She won five of the six races to take victory over Merel WITTEVEEN (NED). Both competitors were top fifty-ranked in the Europe and have recently made the change to the new Olympic equipment and look like they have adapted well to the strict one-design regulations imposed on the Laser Radial fleet.

Marin MISURA (CRO) turned on the style in the second half of the Finn competition sweeping to victory in races six, seven and eight to top the leaderboard. The victory will be even sweeter for MISURA with Stefan DE VRIES (NED), just one place behind him in 21st in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, down in fifth position.

The 470 Men competition went down to the wire. Second-placed Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC (CRO) needed to beat leaders Ante CESIC and Ante KUJUNDZIC (CRO) by more than four places if they were to take victory. FANTELA and MARENIC put the pressure on with a second place in race eight but CESIC and KUJUNDZIC came through in fifth to take the title by a point. In a small women's fleet Alja CERNE and Teja CERNE (SLO) took the honours.

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