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Access Class European Championships - Rain and light winds on day 2    
Sat, 11 May 2013

The second day of racing of the Access Class European Championships 2013 was a rainy one. Today’s weather wasn’t exactly favorable to sailing and the race committee was left with no choice than postpone racing for a few hours.

Around midday, it was time for the boats to hit the water and make their way to the race course. But the conditions were still light and the sailors had to wait under the heavy rain. A tough task for them, especially with the temperature dropping dramatically in comparison to the two previous days.

After about an hour’s wait at the race area, the start was finally given in the access 303 two person class. Ivo Stohler and Willi Lutz from Switzerland, after a great performance in the first upwind managed to round the first mark well ahead of their opponents. The teams of Roger Lieberherr and Christian Hiller and that of Joshua Rothenhausler and Dominique Scheller, also from Switzerland, did not give up the chase until the very end of the race.

In the SKUD 18 category, it was the British crew of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell that took the lead early on, and dominated the race. They were followed by Marko Gualandris and Marta Zanetti from Italy, and Diana Cantalejo and Francisco Villa from Spain. The Spanish crew was making every possible effort to overtake the Italians but without any result.

After a rainy, yet successful day overall, with the races completed, competitors and spectators are looking forward to an even more exciting racing day tomorrow. Be sure to join us!

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by Michael Pateniotis



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