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Junior, Youth and Master Europeans, Puck, Poland
Posted On:  07/08/2003

MISTRAL Youth Europeans - Day 3
Tom Ashley (NZL 181) moves on to the top of the leader board this was not because of a sparkling two races today... steady... but not sparkling. More because Byron Kokkalanis (GRE 8) may be a little tired after a tough ISAF Youth Worlds and a constant pressure of expectation from home. This is reflected in his two results today (16th & 15th). The other guy to benefit "big time" is Victor Moreau (FRA 89) who has jumped to 2nd place overall having scored two 3rds today. With 4 races to go and a further discard to take, Tom looks safe. However it all depends on whether Byron can find renewed strength to make one last effort.

Zofia Klepacka (POL 8) on the otehr hand seems to have slipped into 'cruise' mode. Doing enough to stay in touch with the leader by finishing 2nd and 3rd in each race today but not pushing as much as usual. This has allowed Chan Wai Man (HKG 26) to win one today as well Charlene Picon (FRA2). Charlene had a nightmare first day to this regatta but has come back fighting and may still make the top 5 if she can finish this regatta well.

Laura Linares (ITA268) dominates the girl's division Lying 6th overall no other girl can come close enough to Laura to threaten her domination. She is guarranteed to be on the step of ther podium, natural disasters excepted of course.

Meanwhile Colin Pouderoux (FRA100) scored a 1st and a 2nd today to maintain his position on the top of the leader board. Whatever Kevin Festocq (FRA 15) does and he did well too scoring a 1st and a 2nd too, does not seem to be quite enough to catch and pass his countryman.

Lukasz Grodzicki (POL738) will certainly win ... A bold statement but true! Kamil Lewandowski (POL 184), overnight tied for ther top spot, finished 4th and 3rd today... Good but not good enough to match Lukasz who won both races. Just behind him Karol Krzyszkowski (POL87) had his best day so far scoring two seconds which moves him up to 4th overall.

Nikki Van Riel (NED 43) is back on top tonight having scored a 2nd and a 1st. Mayaan Davidovich (ISR 10) sailed consistently to score two 3rds but it was Wiebke Sradnick (GER 777) who had her best day of the week scoring a 1st and a 2nd to really establish a platform to lauch a bid for the second step on the podium. 4 races to go; one more discard to take; and all to play for!

Well the top two places are certain... I know that may sound like tempting the gods to act but as a humble human, it appears to me that Paco Wirz (ITA1) is unbeatable now and what is more, no-one seems to be able to get on terms with Paul Leone (GBR 1111), 2nd overall and winner of one race today!

So let's take a look further back in the pack. Dave Gilchrist (GBR519) sits smack in the middle of the overall standings... 12th position! BUT 2nd Veteran fighting his own private battle with Rod Davis (GBR 537), 1st 'Vet' and 5 points in front. A committed Raceboarder and windsurfer who is prepared to put something back into the sport by sitting on various committees over a number of years. He is a good example for everyone to follow. The sport needs more volunteers who are prepared to put the hours in not just on the water but also in the continuing effort to develop a sold structure...

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