SYLT, PWA GRAND SLAM - DAY 2

Less challenging conditions than yesterday

Monday September 23, 2002

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The day started with glorious sunshine, and light northeasterly breeze.

Most likely a racing day. Many competitors busied themselves with

essential repairs after yesterday s heavy conditions took their toll on

the Formula equipment. By 11am the wind was reasonably consistent at 14 to

17 knots side to side-offshore and with considerably smoother water

conditions than yesterday racing was the call. The women s fleet was first

away with their 2nd race.

RACE 2 WOMEN

A clean start for the full women s fleet in now breezy, but less

challenging conditions than yesterday.

Dorota Staszewska (Starboard/Neil Pryde) was first to the windward mark

and sailed a faultless race to win cleanly ahead of Great Britain s

Christine Johnston (Starboard/Neil Pryde) and France s Jenny Le Bihan

(Bic/Neil Pryde). Yesterday s victor Lucy Horwood logged a disappointing

4th in the lighter conditions.

RACE 3 WOMEN

Dorota once again played the shifts and cruised to victory ahead of an

improving Lucy Horwood, Christine Johnston and Jenny Le Bihan. By now the

wind had freshened further and the women were all on their smallest rigs,

which for most was still 9.0m2!

RACE 4- WOMEN

Race 4 was almost a complete reflection of race 3 with Dorota, Lucy and

Christine heading the pack followed by Geraldine Jambert (Starboard)

posting her best result since showing early promise in yesterdays survival

conditions.

RACE 5- WOMEN

Once again a flying Dorota Staszewska sailed an immaculate race and led

from start to finish leaving fellow British sailors to fight it out for

second position. This time it was Christine Johnston getting the second

spot ahead of a fading Lucy Horwood. France s Geraldine Jambert repeated

her 4th place from the previous race.

After 5 races the women s standings are: -

1st DOROTA STASZEWSKA (STARBOARD/NEIL PRYDE) 2.8pts

2nd LUCY HORWOOD (AHD/GAASTRA) 7.7pts

3rd CHRISTINE JOHNSTON (STARBOARD/NEIL PRYDE) 9.0pts

DOROTA STASZEWSKA

I am really pleased with my performance today. I could not have sailed

better and my equipment was working great. I really enjoyed the racing as

it was much easier than yesterday!

With four firsts today Dorota has established a strong lead, her only

minor disappointment was disqualification from yesterdays race 1 for a

premature start. The two British girls will have to fight hard to

challenge for the top spot!

RACE 3 MEN

Triumph for the captain! PWA chairman Phil McGain (Gaastra) could not

contain his joy, and was beaming from ear to ear after romping home to

victory in today s first race. Probably the most experienced racer in the

fleet Phil reveled in the shifty tactical conditions and cruised home

ahead of Australian Steve Allen (Fanatic) and Kevin Pritchard (Bic/ Gaastra).

PHIL McGAIN

I was really comfortable on my 11.0m2, it was much easier sea conditions

than yesterday even though the wind was pushing over 20 knots. That was

great, I can t wait to go again!

RACE 4 MEN

This time it was the current PWA racing leader and number 1 seed coming

into this event, Australian Steve Allen (Fanatic) to make the best of the

shifty conditions and take the top spot. Antoine Albeau (AHD/NEIL PRYDE)

pushed hard for second place ahead of countryman Patrice Belbeoc h (NEIL

PRYDE) logging his best result to date. Two other sailors post their best

results to date in 4th and 5th respectively were British Virgin Islander

Devon Boulon (MISTRAL/NORTH) and Polish Michael Polanowski (STARBOARD).

RACE 5 MEN

Probably Antoine Albeau showing complete control when the going gets tough

once again dominated the windiest race of the day. With his worst result

to date being his 5th in race 3 Antoine is starting to build a convincing

lead. Kevin Pritchard started to find form posting 2nd and Argentinean

Costa Hoeval Gonzalo (STARBOARD/NEIL PRYDE) showed great promise and was

first to the windward mark and finished third.

RACE 6 MEN

The last race of the day saw a stylish performance give Wojtek Brzozowski

top spot ahead of Israel s Arnon Dagan (Fanatic) who has show great speed

but lacked consistency. Continuing his strong performance Antoine Albeau

strengthened his overall lead.

WOJTEK BRZOZOWSKI

It has been a hard day but I managed two good races and two bad, I

actually preferred yesterdays strong conditions and I was totally

comfortable on my 11.0m2.

The men s division is now headed by Antoine but with only 13 points

separating the next 5 places there is everything to play for. The forecast

almost guarantees another batch of strong wind races and great promise of

waves later in the week; the large crowds gathered on the beach will be

kept enthralled

Men s Standings (subject to protest)

1st Antoine Albeau (AHD/Neil Pryde) 7.1pts

2nd Phil McGain (Gaastra) 21.7pts

3rd Steve Allen (Fanatic) 21.7pts

4th Kevin Pritchard (Bic/Gaastra) 22pts

5th Wojtek Brzozowski (Starboard/Neil Pryde) 25.7pts