Wednesday March 27th 2002, Author: Sacha Oswald/Peter Bentley, Location: none selectedDespite breaking his tiller on the start of the first race of the day, Paul Goodison (pictured) continued his good form in the Laser class. Coming back from a poor start in the first race to finish in tenth place, he had a good second race and finished second, to stay at the top of the leader board for a second day running, seven points in front of Maxim Semerkhanov of Russia. Team mate and up and coming young Laser sailor, Dan Holman, carried on his good string of results, taking his second win in the regatta and following it up with a seventeenth to place him in ninth position overall.
"I broke my tiller at the start of the first race so started late, but I managed to get back into the race and pulled up in to 10th place. I had a good second race, sailing well and making only a few mistakes," commented Goodison.
Atlanta Olympic Silver Medallist and 2001 Finn World Champion, Sebastien Godefroid of Belgium, knocked Ben Ainslie off of pole position today in the Finn class. Godefroid scored a ninth and a first place to take the lead from Ainslie. But for a premature start, denied by Ainslie, the Laser Gold medallist would still be leading what is only his first regatta in the Finn. Team mate Andrew Simpson dropped his form a little today, scoring a sixteenth and a nineteenth in the fluky conditions to put him in seventh place, but with only half the regatta sailed there is still a long way to go.
A change of leader in the 470 men's class saw Argentineans Javier Conte/Juan De La Fuente take the lead by four points from Alvaro Marinho/Miguel Nunes of Portugal. An improved day for Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield, who scored a fourth, twelfth and a third, which saw them move up into ninth position overall. Graham Vials and Dan Newman sailed well to score three results inside the top ten which moved them up into thirteenth position overall.
On the Women's 470 course, there was no change at the top with Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa of Greece holding on to their lead from Linor Kliger/Anat Fabrikant of Israel. It was however a great day for Helena Lucus and Jenny Heeley, a relatively new pairing, who sailed well to score a sixth and a thirteenth. They move them up into seventh place overall. Josie Gibson and Saskia Clarke improved in the last race of the day and showed their true potential, finishing in fourth place to move them into eighteenth overall.
"We have now finished the qualifying rounds and the fleets will split into Gold and Silver over the next two days. There is still a long way to go in this regatta and the conditions have not been that easy, so we would be really pleased if we finish with two boats inside the top ten. The women are pleased with their results, it shows that the hard work has paid off, they are sailing well and hopefully there is more to come from them." Commented Coach, Adam Bowers.
Paul Brotherton, sailing with Olympic silver medallist Simon Hiscocks, continued his good form in the 49er class. They pair sailed consistently and stayed out of trouble to maintain their overall position of eighth overall. Alistair Richardson and Peter Greenhalgh had an improved day and showed that they were capable of winning races in this highly competitive class.
No change at the top in the Tornado fleet, with the Spanish pairing of Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz maintaining their lead for a second day. Two results inside the top five saw Steven Lovegrove and crew Martin Sellars move up into sixth place in the overall positions, with Rob Wilson and Will Howden in ninth and Sydney Olympians Hugh Styles and Adam May in eighteenth. "For many of the Tornado sailors, this is their first event since last August so they are just getting back into it. They are sailing well in the tricky conditions, we are only half way though the regatta, so there is still along way to go." Said RYA Tornado Class Coach Tim Hancock.
In the Mistral Men's Class, there is no change at the top with Alexandre Guyader of France leading the fleet. Dom Tidey, is lying fifth overall after scoring only one result outside the top ten. Nick Dempsey raced the first race of the day, but he has been feeling progressively unwell since the start of the regatta and did not sail any of the other races today.
In the Women's Europe Class, Signe Livbjerg of Denmark took over the lead from 2001 Europe World Champion, Sari Multala of Finland. Despite scoring a black flag disqualification for being over the line at the start, Debbie Winstanley maintained her position of seventh overall with Kirsty Bonar in fourteenth and Bryony Percy in sixteenth.
After a disappointing first day for the British Yngling sailors, Lizzie Edwards/Nicola Muller/Vicky Symmers went all out to win the first race of the day, they carried on this good form, scoring a fourteenth and a fourth to move them up into sixteenth position overall.
Racing at the Princess Sofia Regatta concludes on Friday 29th March, with the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia being presented that evening to the winner of each class.
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