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Martin Passion Continues To Lead European Championship After Day 3
Today’s third day of racing was the best so far with warm sunshine, a moderate wind of around 7-10 knots and two more races (four and five in the series). The discard now comes into play much to the relief of the 18 competitors all black flagged on the first day and there have been some significant place changes on the leaderboard.
Overall Sweden’s Martin Paisson continues to lead both the overall and the Corinthian regatta counting 26 points after another very consistent day. Tommy Mueller of Germany remains in second place but has closed the points gap a little and now trails Paisson by six points. Markus Wieser sailing for Germany but as part of the Ukrainian Bunker Team is one of those who benefitted from the introduction of the discard and he now lies in third place on 36 points, the same points counted by Denmark’s Jens Christensen who lies fourth on countback. The top five is rounded out by Olga White sailing for Russia who won race five by a handsome margin.
The other race winner today was Denmark’s Lars Hendriksen who this week is sailing for the Ukrain. This was Lars’ second consecutive race win but sadly a black flag and the opening race followed by a 55th in race two means that he is now out of the running for the overall title.
Second place in the Corinthian competition is held by Belgium’s Ben Van Cauwenberg who is also 8th overall and third Corinthian is Kerstin Beucke of Germany who is also 12th overall.
This evening the teams are invited to join the Russian Teams for a Russian party so no doubt the Vodka will be flowing.
There are two more races scheduled, one tomorrow and a final race on Friday.
Stav’s video interview, full results and photos to come shortly.