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Photo gallery  - day 4

                       - prize giving ceremony

                       - video 19/03/2011

thumb_20032011_SOSW-prvaciAll seven scheduled races were sailed for almost all classes, so we can say that Split Olympic Sailing Week is once again a complete success! Except for Friday all the other days were quite windy, especially today with Bura peeking 27 knots! No changes at the top positions. Winner in Laser Radial is Tina Mihelić (CRO), in Laser (Tonči Stipanović), in Finn Ivan Kljaković Gašpić (CRO), in RS:X Luka Mratović (CR) and in 470 Varadi/Serke (HUN).

Four hard and challenging days, but also beautiful with some spectacular sailing are behind is. The club is already empty, prize giving ceremony is over, we are sorry that the event is over. We kind of like having you here. All the fuss, all the haste, but that is something one forgets very soon. We are ready to welcome you once again, in one year time! A lot will happen from today till next year’s March, some of you will most probably already be Olympians. We wish you luck at the Worlds in Perth!

thumb_a23Northeasterly wind called Bura is certainly the least favorable for sailing. Unpredictable, very unstable, often changing direction and strength, one moment you’re the first, and the next the last, without changing your position. But, sailors came to terms with that, happy that there was wind today. Three races were sailed today for Laser, Laser Radial and 470, and two for the Finn and RS: X, in 15 to 20 knots of bura. It was very exciting at the race course, especially in the last race of the day with bura picking up.

Tina Mihelić (CRO) is simply unbeatable, she won all five races in the Laser Radial. The names at the top of this class did not change. The second is still Italy's Francesca Clapchich, and third Dino Sindik (CRO)
- It was quite windy, the wind strengthened during the day, so it was interesting. Basically I sailed against Francesca, she gave me quite a hard time upwind, but I managed to gain a lot downwind. - said Mihelic

With two wins today Tonći Stipanović (CRO) took the lead in Laser, ahead of Russian Sergey Komissarov and Aron Lolić (CRO). Tonći scored two bullets and a 17th place in the last race.

- After a slight delay at the start of the first race I managed to get away quite quickly and I turned the first mark around seventh place. I sailed well and eventually finished first, despite the bad start. In the second race I had a great start, took the leading position from the very beginning, I just had to control the others, although that was not that simple due to the unstable bura. In the last race I caught the anchor rope at the pin, and it was impossible to do anything better than 17th place – retells Stipanović.

The Finns and RS: Xs had the longest day today. Unlike course A the course B had no wind in the morning. They waited for two hours and then the RC decided to try their luck in a new spot. Ivan Kljaković Gašpić (CRO) retained the top spot, second is Slovenian Vasilij Žbogar and third Marin Mišura (CRO).
- I capsized in the second race. Otherwise, all good, the season is beginning , I think I'm ready, I'm healthy, that’s most important. - highlights Mišura.

Luka Mratović is very convincing in the RS:X, two more wins for him today. The second is the Italian Andrea Ferina, a third Slovenian Aljaz Maslo. In the 470 class with three wins Hungarians Varadi / Serke took the lead, ahead of the Turkish crew Cinar / Cinar, who have one point advantage over third place Enia Ninčević and Roman Župan.

Tomorrow is the last day of the regatta. Very strong bura is expected.

Photo gallery

Unfortunately, the second day of racing at Split Olympic Sailing Week wasn't that blessed with wind as the fist day. The Race committee called the fleet to the race course before 10 in the morning, but no luck. Very soon it was quite obvious that the wind is completely fading away, so Alen Kustić, PRO, decided to spare the sailors of the unbearable floating and gave the signal to go back ashore.

Once again sailors had the chance to train their patience, waiting for the wind, and for the Labud Press Team it was a chance to stroll a bit through the boat park.

The one that takes care that everything goes smoothly at the race course is PRO Alen Kustić. You can not miss him at the venue – he is the one always busy running around, taking care of every small detail, making sure that all is done the best way possible. Listen what he has to say about today and the plan for tomorrow.
Alen Kustić interview

Photo gallery 18/03/2011

thumb_18032011SOSW-002Still no wind, the fleet is waiting on the land. In the meantime the international jury had a hearing for the request for redress lodged by Andreas Geritzer. The jury accepted his arguments and granted him a redress for the second race, so he is now ranked fourth overall. You can check the new results in the results section.