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Tuesday, May 24th 2011
Windy start to the Delta Lloyd regatta
The Delta Lloyd regatta, fifth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit is following the trend of the previous European events, with a windy
The strong North-Easterly provided for excellent racing and thrill in all classes.
The Croatian teams have mastered the gruelling conditions taking top spot in the 470 men, the Laser and the Finn.
Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) opened the score in the 470 races with a victory and a third and take the lead in the 470 fleet. “ We are happy,
we had a great day of sailing. With such a strong wind it was important to sail conservatively and not capsize. We did two tactical mistakes on the
second race and placed third. A great way to start the regatta!”
Sven and Calle Coster (NED) are on equal points in second place. Greek teams of Mantis Panagiotis/ Pavlos Kagialis and Kampouridis/Papadopoulos have
collected similar results in their respective group with a fifth and a bullet in the second race to share the third position. World #1 Mat Belcher and
Malcolm Page (AUS) won the first race in their group and place seventh in the second.
The breeze lovers claimed the day in the Laser. Milan Vujasinovic (CRO) took both bullets in his group and the lead over the 120 Lasers : “I know I
have a good speed in the breeze but I have started well both times. It was also a matter to be patient and wait for the right shift. The rest was not
an issue.” 2010 ISAF Sailor of the Year and World Champion, Tom Slingsby (AUS) is in second place, two points from Dutch Roelof Bouwmeester and team
mate Tom Burton (AUS). “There were tough conditions” admitted Bouwmeester (NED), “I had good results but didn't sail as well as I hoped.
Tomorrow I need to focus more and I know I can improve.”