Russia On Top after Day 1 of Euromed 2007

Alexander Shelting from Russia

Offwind after the wing mark

After the first day of racing, the Russian and British teams are leading the fleet of young Optimist sailors. Following the results obtained in the practice and today’s racing there is already a clear picture of who the consistent racers are. With a first in yesterday’s practice race and two firsts on day 1 the Russian lad, Alexander Shelting, is the hot favourite at present with a total of 8 pts without any discards. Following him in second place is another consistent sailor, Tomas Pain from Great Britain, with a total of 26 points. German Matthias van Holt lies in third place with 29 points . Euromed title defender, Thomas Zammit Tabone, is in 9th place with a total of 41 points.

Malta’s Small Nations Games Silver medallist, Ella Fleri Soler, is leading the girls fleet. She is followed by Russia’s Alexandra Bezmenova in 2nd place and Great Britain’s Melissa Hamilton in 3rd.

Malta’s Laser sailors are doing well with Benji Borg and Jan Rossi in 1st and 2nd place followed by Christoph Podesta in 3rd.

Once again it was a fine sailing day although, after speaking to some of the young sailors, the wind was shifting a lot between south west and west. Shifty winds can be very frustrating for the sailors, but at the same time this is where their sailing tactics are put to the test.
The forecast for the coming days is showing light winds which will make some of the lighter sailors happy, but not such a good forecast for those who favour stronger wind conditions.

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RESULTS: (After 3 races, no discards)

Optimist Class:

1st Alexander Shelting (Rus)

2nd Tomas Pain (GBR)

3rd Matthias van Holt (Ger)

Optimist Junior Class:

1st Alex Esposito(Mlt)

2nd Matthew Westwood(Mlt)

3rd Ugo Pace (Ita)

Optimist Girls:

1st Ella Fleri Soler (Mlt)

2nd Alexandra Bezmenova (Rus)

3rd Melissa Hamilton (Gbr)

Laser Radial:

1st Benji Borg

2nd Jan Rossi

3rd Christoph Podesta