Gabriel Browne

With 2 races on the final day of the Fortaleza Grand Prix it was all to play for.

The overnight lead held by Alberto Menegatti (ITA4) all but evaporated with a disastrous first race this morning, when he finished 10th.

It was a race that Gabriel Browne (BRA50) led from start to finish.

It would take a minor miracle in race 15 for Alberto to regain the overall lead - a reversal of the positions in the previous race would do it!

Alberto led at the start - and "Biel" was down the fleet ; however the young Brasilian fought back to take first place on the last leg of the race. What a finish.

Alberto had to be content with second place in the race and second overall in the event.

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In the Laser 2 sailing class, Nikola was a three-time National Youth Sailing Champion, representing Canada at the 1995 Youth Worlds placing fifth and winning the Women's Title at the 1995 Laser 2 Worlds.

In 1999, Nikola went on to pursue her goals in windsurfing. While living on Maui, she trained and competed in some of the Professional Windsurfing Association's World Cup Tour.

The summer of 2001 was Nikola's first season in the 470 class sailboat and after a successful four year Olympic Campaign in the 470, Girke placed 13th at the Athens Olympic Games. In 2005, Nikola made the switch back to windsurfing. The 5 time Canadian Women's Windsurf Champion took on a new challenge, to compete on the Olympic Circuit on the RSX windsurfer.

Nikola Girke, from West Vancouver, Canada, learned to sail at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club and developed her racing career at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. After graduating from West Vancouver Secondary School, Nikola received her Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.

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Wind Brasil Fortaleza Grand Prix

It is all change again at the top of the leader board at the Fortaleza Grand Prix. Three good races from Alberto Menegatti (ITA4) moved him into pole position going into the last day of the Wind Brasil formula grand prix finale.

Gabriel Browne (BRA50) had an even better day - with two first places in races 11 &12, and only the tie break separates him from Alberto.

The other contenders for a podium had an indifferent day - Wojtek Brzozowski (POL10) being pick of the bunch, moving up one place in the overall rankings despite equipment failure in race 11.

Steve Allen (AUS0) had a patchy day and slips into third place overall. Wilhelm Schurmann (BRA999), with a total of 20 points from todays 3 races recorded his worst day so far, but remains in striking distance of the podium.

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