Day one of Gold and Silver fleet racing

Paul Brotherton reports from the 470 Europeans in Poland

Saturday June 11th 2005, Author: Paul Brotherton, Location: United Kingdom
A weak low positioned itself directly over the 470 Europeans in Gydnia
yesterday. As the breeze completed a full lap and a half of the compass
racing looked unlikely.

After one abandoned race for the womens fleet the wind eventally settled out
of the North. Almost as soon as racing began, the wind shifted first 15
degrees and then a further 10 compressing the race course and attacking
options.

Now racing in the Gold Fleet final groups, both the men and the womens
teams struggled for consistency. Only the Isreali mens team of Gideon Kliger
and Ehud Gal coached by the local ex 470 and now 49er skipper Tomasz
Stanczyk could claim a truly good day, scoring 2 and 4 in the two races.
Nick Rogers and Jo Glanfield scored a 9 and a 14, holding onto the overall
lead by the narrowest of margins Nick commented "We just didn't get out of
the start cleanly and with no lane to get back it was really difficult to
make up places."

Nick Asher and Elliott Willis had a better day a 3 and an 11 moving them
quickly up the board to 9th overall and with 6 more races to go are still in
with a shout of good result. Having sailed so well in the early season
anything outside the top 6 would probably be seen by them as a
disappointment.

In the womens fleet, Pippa Wilson and Sheena craig got their first major win
of their formative Olympic campaign. Apart from one mad moment of sailing
wildly off course to the wrong mark the duo sailed an excellent race and have
started to create some presence in the fleet.

Racing continues until Tuesday with two races planned each day. The shifty
nature of the westerlies forecast on Sunday should hopefully provide some
excellent and exciting racing.

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