Six up for Title at Yngling Europeans

Renee GROENEVELD, Annenieke BES and Merel WITTEVEE (NED)

Going into the Medal Race on Saturday seven points is the difference between the first six boats. They will all sail for the Gold and the Championship tomorrow. Today Friday the opening series was concluded. All the ten races were sailed as scheduled in conditions from very light winds yesterday and the nice 12-16 knots breeze that met the sailors in the two races of today.

Renee Groeneveld, Annenieke Bes and Merel Witteveen (NED) showed consistency and with a 6-5 today they closed in on Sarah Aytons (GBR) team and they are now on equal points at the first place. Two points behind the leading duo is the team of Anna Basalkina (RUS) closely followed by the teams of Sally Barkow (USA), Many Mulder (NED) and Ekaterina Skudina (RUS). One of these six teams will be the European Champion Saturday.

The fleet is very close together and there are very small margins between first and last boat. In the first race of today Ulrike Schuemann, Julia Bleck and Ute Hoepner (GER) was fighting for the win when penalized close to the finish line. After completing their penalty turn they lost 20 boats. After ten races no team in the 23 boat fleet have all single digit results, in fact only three boats have managed to have eight of their races among the top ten.

Besides the Medal Race scheduled for tomorrow a Final Race will be sailed by the teams places 11-last. The Final Race will have the same format as a Medal Race with short course, double points, on water umpiring and no discard. This concept have been brought forward to give all teams the opportunity to sail in the Medal Race format under Championship conditions.

Positions going into the Medal Race tomorrow Saturday

1 GBR 12 Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb/Pippa Wilson 1 8 RAF 1 7 3 1 13 1 14 49pts
2 NED 11 Renee Groeneveld/Annenieke Bes/Merel Witteveen 13 4 2 4 1 9 17 5 6 5 49
3 RUS 4 Basalkina Anna/Ukraintseva Vladislava/Maximova Ekaterina 16 2 12 12 9 2 5 1 2 6 51
4 USA 337 Sally Barkow/Carrie Howe/Debbie Capozzi 4 1 4 22 5 12 2 9 4 11 52
5 NED 1 Mandy Mulder/Brechtje Van der Werf/Floortje Hendriksen 5 7 1 9 18 5 13 3 3 9 55
6 RUS 8 Ekaterina Skudina/Diana Krutskikh/Natalia Ivanova 15 5 5 2 8 15 4 2 14 1 56
7 GER 261 Schuemann, Ulrike/Bleck, Julia/Hoepfner, Ute 9 6 8 8 4 8 10 6 22 OCS 81
8 ESP 3 Monica Azon/Graciela Pisonero/Sandra Azon 14 3 14 3 6 10 14 8 19 15 87
9 FRA 7 Le Helley Anne/Lepesant Catherine/Gerecht Julie 3 10 18 15 16 13 3 7 15 10 92
10 GRE 7 Sofia Bekatorou/Sofia Papadopoulou/Virginia Kravarioti 11 14 20 10 11 11 7 10 10 8 92
11 AUS 59 Krystal Weir/Karyn Gojnich/Angela Farrell 22 DSQ 9 5 2 14 6 RAF 11 2 95
12 DEN 195 Trine Palludan/Susanne Boidin/Ida Hartvig 8 20 OCS 7 17 1 16 18 13 3 103
13 NED 111 Marjon Kooistra/Marye Faber/Marye Kampen 17 17 11 6 3 6 15 20 16 18 109
14 FRA 9 Le Berre Anne-Claire/Ponsar Alice/Deplanque Marion 19 13 3 17 21 19 9 19 8 4 111
15 NOR 406 Siren Sundby/Lise Birgitte Fredriksen/Alexandra Koefoed 10 DNF OCS 19 10 7 20 4 5 12 111
16 NED 350 Annelies Thies/Lieske Wierenga/Caroline Heerema 2 12 10 13 14 18 11 12 20 20 112
17 CHN 1 Song Xia Qun/Li Xiao Ni/Yu Yan Li 21 11 6 11 15 16 21 15 9 13 117
18 CHN 3 Li Jie/Wang Ru/Gao Yang 6 9 16 23 22 21 19 14 7 7 121
19 RSA 1 Dominique Provoyeur/Penny Alison/Kim Rew 7 19 15 18 23 4 8 21 17 16 125
20 ITA 16 Chiara Calligaris/Francesca Scognamillo/Giulia Pignolo 20 16 7 21 19 17 22 11 12 17 140
21 ESP 8 Silvia Roca/Eva Gonzalez Moujir/Lara Cacabelos Afonso 23 15 19 14 13 22 12 16 18 22 151
22 NED 335 Jildau fer Horst/Amy Righolt/Hilke Harns 12 18 17 20 20 23 18 17 21 19 162
23 NED 336 Lianne Kedde/Margot Eelkman - Rooda/Chantel Hakkel 18 21 13 16 12 20 23 DSQ 23 21 167
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