Finally wind at Kiel

All classes get out on the water for racing

Sunday June 26th 2005, Author: Hermann Hell, Location: United Kingdom
Thunderstorms, rain and northerly gusts of up to force six hit Kiel Fjord today at midday, but finally the Race Committee set up the eight race courses for all Olympic Classes. They intend to have each class scoring overall results for at least eight to nine races, that is two to three races today, trying to make up for the last two becalmed days.

Chi Ho Ho, HKG has a safe lead after eight races in the Mistral Men's board Gold fleet, with second placed Piotry Myszka and third placed Lukas Grodzicki, both scoring 18 points. In the Mistral Women's fleet the top ladies also come from Hong Kong and Poland. Wai Kei Chan, HGK did not compete in today’s first race and finished second in the second one, and continues to lead with nine points overall. Close at her heels in second position overall is Agata Brygola, POL and in third position the Hong Kong girl Wai Man Chan.

The Finn and Star Class still have to finish their fourth race of the Kieler Woche series. The Finn classes' top competitors Gasper Vince, SLO Emilios Papathanasiou, GRE and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, CRO challenge each other with “match race” competition at the top of the fleet. The Star Class is headed by another trio of top sailors, at present Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki, POL is first after three races, followed by George Szabo and Eric Monroe, USA in second and the Danes Christian Monberg and Martin Leifelt in third position.

Paul Goodison, GBR scored best after seven races in the Laser Class. Andreas Geritzer, AUT moved up to second, Matias Del Solar, CHI follows in third, while multiple World Champion and Olympic Medal winner Robert Scheidt, BRA dropped back to fourth overall. The Laser Radial fleet has so far sailed nine races with Paige Railey, USA still in the lead. Her strongest competition, Karin Soederstroem, SWE had a poor eigth race and dropped back to third overall. Gintare Volungeviciute, LIT moved up successfully into second position overall.

The Russian teams were dominating in the Yngling Class after six races, the top three crews were Vlada Ilienko in first, Ekaterina Skudina in second and Anna Basalkina in third. Fourth overall was Sarah Ayton, Annie Lush and Lisa McDonald, UK after six races. After the seventh race, however, the British Team successfully broke the dominance of the Russian ladies and moved up to second overall.

The 49er fleet is back in full action on the water. The Italian brothers Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello still lead in first place overall with the British team Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks in second place overall close at their heels. In third position after ten races sailed are Nico Delle Karth and Niko Resch, AUT, while the local German team of Marcus Baur and Max Groy dropped back to tenth overall after ten races.

Finally, Ronald Gaebler and Gunnar Struckmann, local experts on Kiel Fjord, keep their lead in the Tornado Class after six races. Andrey Kirilyuk and Valery Ushkow, RUS, were first in today’s sixth race and second in the fithth race and ended the day second overall. In third position are the German team of Tino and Niko Mittelmeier.

Despite tonight’s soccer game Germany vs.Brazil the 470 Men and Women fleets still raced their eigth race during the late afternoon. The Australian women team of Rechichi and Parkinson lead the fleet with 12 points overall, followed by Sabine Walter and Antje Struckat, GER in second, and Marcelien de Koning and Lobke Berkhout, NED in third.
Dimitri Berezkin and Alexander Zibin, RUS are first overall in the 470 M fleet, second are Michael Anderson-Mitterling and David Hughes, and third the brothers Sven and Kalle Coster, NED.

Thierry Schmitter, NED and Heiko Kroeger, GER share the lead in the 2.4 Paralympic keelboat class with 12 points each while Helena Lucas, GBR dropped back to third position after nine races.

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