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Sailing Heats Up For Europe Class in Spain
Another perfect day for sailing in Palma, Spain in the battle for the Europe Class European Championship title.
AIS team member and current World Champion Sarah Blanck (AIS/VIS) is holding equal first place overall, in what is a very close contest with Siren Sundby from Norway.
Blanck continued to sail well in the light 10 knot, choppy waters to finish with a 6th and 2nd on day two racing.
The Championship is establishing itself as a tough regatta, with one mistake proving extremely costly, as Australia’s Jo Dikkenberg (NSWIS) found out.
A lack of acceleration at the start of race three, made it difficult for Dikkenberg to then find a lane to pass, finishing in 22nd place.
In race four Dikkenberg finished 33rd, having suffered from a collision at the start, which resulted in a protest. The protest was won by the Aussie and the offending Croatian boat was disqualified.
Clare Hozack (NSW) had a better day on the course and showed good form early in each race. Europe class coach Craig Ferris continues to praise Hozack’s performance,
“She is now learning how to stay in and hold her position”.
Riana Haldane (SA) who has been suffering from illness, still managed to get around the course, but to no avail Haldane broke before the start and was handed an OCS in race four.
Results after day two:
1. Siren Sunby (NOR) 4pts
2. Sarah Blanck (AUS) 4pts
3. Sari Multala (AUS) 5pts
27. Jo Dikkenberg (AUS) 37pts
73. Claire Hozack (AUS) 98pts
103. Riana Haldane (AUS) 137pts
For full results visit the regatta website - http://nauticconsulting.com/club_resultados_CHAMPIONS.htm
For more information please contact:
Australian Yachting Federation
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