Another good day for Percy

Racing resumes at the Star Europeans

Thursday October 10th 2002, Author: Sasha Oswald, Location: Italy
The weather was kind to the 130 competitors on day five of the Star Europeans, allowing the championship to get underway again.

The competitiveness of this two-man Olympic keelboat class is evident; out of four races there has been a different race winner ever time. The honour today went to Serge Kats/Jean Pierre Martens of the Netherlands, who took the race win from Hans Spitzauer/Andreas Hanakamp of Austria, to movethemselves up to fourth place overall.

RYA team GBR sailors Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell, put in another good performance out on the water, scoring a fourth place to finish just behind Alexander Hagen/Olivier Vitzthum of Germany. This result sees them move up into sixteenth place overall, but unless they get enough races in on the final day, in order to allow a discard, the medals look out of reach for the current world champions.

Adding a sixth place to his impressive score-line, American sailor and triple Olympic medallist Mark Reynolds, sailing with Austin Sperry, have scored nothing worse than a ninth place throughout the championships and look set to take home a medal. Fredrik Loof/Andres Ekstrom of Sweden are just one point behind Reynolds and will be fighting hard on the remainingday to snatch the gold medal from Reynolds.

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