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Windsurfing Euro-Cup Porto Santo/Madeira (Portugal)

At the end of day 2 Arnon Dagan wins two races and attacks the Leader Kevin PritchardPorto Santo/Madeira (Portugal), 04 April 2003. After the three races on
the first day the wind returned again to the bay of Porto Santo. Today
the wind was stronger and more consistant with 10 to 15 knots.

During the morning three races were sailed. The first race was dominated
by Arnon Dagan (ISR-1, Fanatic, Neil Pryde) who was able to win in
front of his team mate Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic, Neil Pryde). After a
bad start the leader of current event ranking Kevin Pritchard (US-3,
Starboard, Gaastra) managed roll up the field and returned on place#3.
The Portuguese local Joao Rodriguez (POR-75, Starboard, Neil Pryde) was
able to beat Danish Dynamite Brian Roegild (DEN-173, Starboard, Gaastra)
and conquered place 4.

Race#5 was started directly back to back. The wind has accelerated
providing a more powerful breeze for the racers. World Champion Kevin
Pritchard managed to strike back and won this race against the light
wind expert Arnon Dagon from Israel who got second in front of his team
mate Ben van der Steen (NED-57, Fanatic, Neil Pryde). Steve Allen
completed the success for Fanatic and Neil Pryde with his fourth place.
Again Joao Rodriguez managed to achieve a TOP-5 position.

The third race of the day (race#6) was again started back to back
without a break. During the start the wind picked up to over 15 knots
but during the race it started to slow down again. It was again a
success for Kevin Pritchard. The Starboard-Rider dominated this race.
Again he was followed by the Fanatic/Neil Pryde-Armada that made a
strong impression at the kick-off event of the season. Arnon Dagan made
again the best out of the conditions and defended his 2nd place against
the Australian Steve Allen and the Dutch Ben van der Steen. On the 5th
position we found Ramses Landman (NED-72, F2, Neil Pryde) who made a
great impression at this regatta and marked not only his comeback to the
top racers after many injuries but also the comeback for F2 as a
competetive brand with the new courseracer FX100-X that was able to
score already a victory at the first regatta where it took part.

Then the competitors were send ashore for a break to have a chance to
relax, drink, eat and check their equipment. After the break the
competitors were send to the water again at 14:45 for race#7. The wind
remained steady at 10 to 12 knots. The 7th race was dominated by a great
fight between Arnon Dagan and Kevin Pritchard. The Israeli was leading
at the upwind mark but on the downwind he was overtaken by the FW World
Champion. At the bottom mark the fin of Kevin Pritchard broke which
threw him out of the race. So the road was free for Arnon Dagans second
triumph today.On the second place followed Ramses Landmann in front of
Brian Roegild.Steve Allen was able to defend the fourth place aginst
attacks from his team mate Ben van der Steen.

After two days and seven races with two discards Kevin Pritchard (US-3,
Starboard, Gaastra) is leading with 5.8 points in front of Arnon Dagan
(ISR-1, Fanatic, Neil Pryde) with 7.4 points. The third positioon is
occupied by Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic, Neil Pryde) (12,4 points) in
front of Ramses Landman (NED-72, F2, Neil Pryde (16,7 points) and Ben
van der Steen (NED-57, Fanatic, Neil Pryde (22,0 points).

The Windsurfing Euro-Cup Porto Santo/Madeira continues until Sunday, 06
April 2003.

You can find more information and follow the competition online on the
official Website of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup www.euro-cup.org
and on the FW Class Website
www.formulawindsurfing.org .

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