Percy and Mitchell strike again

Star Worlds back in action after two days of no racing in Gaeta, Italy

Friday April 30th 2004, Author: Sasha Oswald, Location: Italy
After two days of no racing, the Audi Star Class World Championship was underway again today, and Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell scored their second race win of the event.

After a postponement waiting for the wind to fill in, racing took place in 5-15 knots of breeze. The fleet got underway under an individual recall and with no one turning back, some body was bound to be disappointed when they hit the shore later in the day.

Olympic gold medallist Iain Percy and crew Steve Mitchell got off to a good start and rounded the first mark in fifth place just behind Dutch sailors Mark Neeleman and Peter Van Nieherk and Colin Beashel and David Giles of Australia.

Percy and Mitchell had good pace downwind and by the bottom mark had moved up to second place just behind the Dutch team, whilst a great battle of many of the Star class sailing greats was going on behind.

In the end it was Neeleman/Van Nieherk who crossed the line first, followed by Percy/Mitchell, then Beashel/Giles and in fourth place Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira of Brazil.

Knowing that someone was over the line at the start meant there was an anxious wait ashore. The results went up and it was Neeleman/Van Nieherk that were scored as OCS (on course side), dropping them to 32nd place overall, whilst moving Percy and Mitchell up to take their second win of the championship.

A sixth place was enough for Fredrik Loof and Anders Ekstrom of Sweden to maintain their lead over Grael and Ferreira. After scoring a fourth place in the race today Peter Bromby and Lee White of Bermuda have moved up to third place overall and Percy and Mitchell have jumped from tenth to fourth place.

Racing is scheduled to start at the earlier time of 11 00 in the hope to get a further two races sailed.


Pos Sail no Crew R1 R2 R3 Tot
1 SWE8141 Frederik Lööf & Anders Ekström 3 2 6 11
2 BRA8109 Torben Grael & Marcel Bastos Ferreira 7 4 3 14
3 BER7988 Peter Bromby & Lee White 16 3 4 23
4 GBR8025 Iain Percy & Steve Mitchell 1 22 1 24
5 ESP7581 Roberto Bermudez de Castro & Pablo Arrarte Elorza 6 15 5 26
6 DEN8179 Stig Westergaard & Dann Neergaard 9 12 16 37
7 NED8170 Roy Heiner & Alex Breuseker 20 11 12 43
8 NZL8169 Rohan Lord & Andrew Taylor 11 9 24 44
9 GRE8079 Leonidas Pelekanakis & George Kodogouris 15 10 20 45
10 ITA8029 Giampiero Poggi & Giovanni Stilo 22 14 15 51

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