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15 July 2004, 10:10 pm
LATEST - Five Gold Medals Confirmed
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© Peter Bentley

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2004
Gdynia

After a further two races across each fleet, three Gold Medals have today been confirmed in the penultimate day of racing. All three gold medal winning crews have proved themselves untouchable from the start.
Congratulations go to Zofia KLEPACKA (POL), Kamil LEWANDOWSKI (POL), Elise Rechichi/Tessa PARKINSON (AUS), Nathan OUTTERIDGE/Iain JESEN (AUS), and Sarah STEYAERT (FRA).

In the Mistral Girl's fleet, Zofia has claimed gold with a remarkable scoreline of 10 bullets and 1 second place, for a total of 9 points. A fantastic platform on which to arrive in Athens next month, Zofia has now won the World Championship for four successive years - 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. This performance was emulated by Kamil LEWANDOWSKI (POL) return to form and doiminance to capture gold in the Mistral Boy's fleet.

Equally successful defences from the Australian 420 crews, in what for all these gold medal sailors is their final appearance at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. Whilst their scorelines have been impressive they have not quite matched Zofia's breathtaking row of of number 1's.

Sarah STAEYART (FRA) has also dominated from the start in the Single-handed dinghy girls event, to claim victory, and propel France to the top of the pile for the Nations' Trophy.

With these three gold medals confirmed, points are now adding up for the Nations' Trophy, which will be presented to the top performing nation.

Provisional Position Ranking after 11 Races
420 Girls 420 Boys Hobie 16 Laser Girls Laser Boy Mistral Girls Mistral Boys
1 AUS AUS GBR FRA GBR POL POL
2 GER GBR FRA GBR GER FRA ITA
3 GBR FRA GUA ARG CRO ITA ISR


Nations' Trophy Table
Rank Country Points
1 FRA France 360
2 GBR Great Britain 358
3 AUS Australia 331
4 POL Poland 261
5 GER Germany 245
6 ITA Italy 235
7 NZL New Zealand 197
8 ISR Israel 162
9 USA United States of America 139
10 BRA Brazil 127


420 Girls Top 10 - 11 Races, 1 Discard
Behind the Aussies, the downwards move for the Swiss has brought a smile to the faces of the British paring Pippa WILSON and Hariette TRUMBLE who are now within touching distance of a medal after a 1,2 today - keep that up and they will be manoeuvring up into the silver medal place, although the final medals could go to any of the second, third or fourth placed teams.

Pos Nat Crew 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts
1 AUS Rechichi Elise/Parkinson Tessa 1 1 2 1 11 1 8 1 2 2 1 12
2 GER Koppin Lydia/Kummer Kristina 5 22 6 3 3 3 7 2 5 7 4 38
3 GBR Wilson Pippa/Trumble Hariette 2 20 14 8 2 15 4 4 3 1 2 40
4 SUI Rol Emmanuelle/Thilo Anne-Sophie 4 16 9 2 5 OCS 1 3 4 10 8 46
5 CZE Koutna Martina/Preibischova Michaela 14 2 12 7 1 5 10 9 16 6 18 66
6 POR Colaco Piedade/Neves Diana 12 8 18 19 10 13 5 8 8 4 3 71
7 SIN Liu Dawn/Tam Siobhan 9 3 16 6 13 12 6 18 1 20 7 73
8 ISR Gilboa Adi/Benzion Ruth 3 9 5 20 12 10 3 5 25 12 14 73
9 FRA Lumeau Marie/Bossard Claire 8 10 10 12 16 4 11 12 19 3 6 76
10 USA Kempton Elizabeth Leigh/Storck Kaitlin DNF 18 1 5 4 2 21 15 10 5 17 77


420 Boys Top 10 - 11 Races, 2 Discards
Behind the Aussies, the British pairing of Jonathan MCGOVERN and Stuart BITHELL (GBR) have jumped up into silver medal position from the bronze, after a solid performance today. However, with the British crew on equal points with the bronze placed Thomas and Mathieu RAHIER (FRA), this jump is currently down to a points countback, and whilst a medal looks assured, they will need to place highly tomorrow to retain their silver medal position.

Pos Nation Crew 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts
1 AUS Outteridge Nathan/ 1 2 1 4 1 2 1 5 15 3 1 16
2 GBR Jensen Iain 9 5 8 5 13 15 4 4 1 6 2 44
3 FRA Mcgovern JONATHAN/ 3 3 2 8 7 5 19 6 2 8 14 44
4 GRE BITHELL STUART 2 11 5 3 3 10 11 12 7 13 28 64
5 CRO Rahier Thomas/ DNF 13 11 7 11 7 2 7 9 2 9 65
6 ISR Rahier Mathieu DNF 4 9 9 12 6 23 8 12 5 7 72
7 BRA Vasilas George/ 4 18 4 11 5 1 8 11 26 20 11 73
8 KOR Mitakis Evaggelos 5 16 DSQ 2 4 DNF 26 2 5 10 4 74
9 SIN Longin Matija/ 17 8 10 1 8 3 24 3 4 DNC 21 75
10 ITA Kostov Paule 13 DNC 18 6 9 8 10 14 8 7 3 78


Multihull Open Top 10 - 11 Races, 2 Discards
Whilst the British pairing of Tom PHILIPS and Jonathan COOK continue to post top 5 finishes and have extended their points lead, it has not been such a good day for the French or Guatemalans. Whilst it had seemed that all three crews were assured of a medal, the Guatemalan pairing of Juan MAEGLI and Jason HESS have given themselves a difficult task after today's performance. Not managing to match the French crew of Julien VILLION and Marting BARTAILLE, Juan and Jason have now had their third successive result outside the top three, a distinct contrast to their position earlier in the week, and will need to put in that extra fight tomorrow to stay on the podium.

Pos Nation Crew 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts
1 GBR Philips Tom/Cook Jonathan 2 1 DSQ 1 2 1 3 1 1 2 7 14
2 FRA Villion Julien/Bataille Martin DNF 3 2 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 17
3 GUA Maegli Juan I/Hess Jason 1 2 1 3 DSQ 3 2 2 5 6 9 25
4 GER Bockelmann Hauke/Bockelmann Lauritz 3 4 4 11 6 6 4 5 7 7 5 44
5 BRA Frey Felipe/Frey Bruno 4 5 6 5 4 8 6 10 10 4 6 48
6 ITA Lepscky Giovanni/Pavanini Nina DNF 8 8 7 5 5 8 8 6 1 2 50
7 NZL Thorpe Michael/Sargisson Rosie DNF 6 5 6 7 10 10 7 3 8 3 55
8 RSA Hobson Oliver/Hobson Evan 5 9 3 4 9 4 11 9 4 9 8 55
9 AUS Pfeffer Michael/Houlahan Kiralee 6 7 7 8 3 9 7 6 8 5 10 57
10 POL Stefañczyk Maciej/Socharski Maciej DNF 10 10 9 8 7 5 3 9 10 4 65


Single-Handed Dinghy Girls Top 10 - 11 Races, 2 Discards
All change at the top! Out goes the USA and in comes ISAF Athlete Participation Programme funded Cecilia ANZA SAROLI (ARG) into the bronze medal position. An OCS and a DNF have dashed all hope Paige RILEY (USA) had of being on the medal podium - but that's sailing. Chasing hard behind the Argentinean for the bronze is Jo ALEH (NZL).

Returning to shore after her victory, Sarah STEYAERT (FRA) commented, "I feel great. I want to go to the Beijing Olympics in the Europe Class."

However, it is now down to Great Britain's Charlotte DOBSON to stay at the top and keep her hands on the silver, although Cecilia no doubt has other plans, "I knew that going into today's racing I needed to have a very positive attitude. I did what I needed to but it was difficult as the winds were
very shifty."
commented Cecilia after today's racing.

Pos Nation Helm 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts
1 FRA Steyaert Sarah 1 1 8 2 9 4 1 1 5 2 4 21
2 GBR Dobson Charlotte 17 3 2 1 8 3 4 OCS 7 4 2 34
3 ARG Anza Saroli Cecilia 18 4 3 3 1 5 16 OCS 2 1 1 36
4 NZL Aleh Jo 2 5 1 8 10 9 13 2 6 7 3 43
5 DEN Windberg Alberte 6 7 10 5 7 15 7 11 8 5 5 60
6 SUI Rosse Stephanie 3 8 9 6 3 7 8 10 14 14 9 63
7 TUR Unver Ayda 4 6 5 11 21 16 12 4 1 12 12 67
8 USA Railey Paige 16 2 OCS 4 2 1 2 9 3 DNF OCS 72
9 NED Bouwmeester Marit 8 15 12 15 12 13 3 5 9 6 8 76
10 CAN Bastet Nicole 5 9 11 16 5 10 21 3 13 8 23 80


Single-Handed Dinghy Boys Top 10 - 11 Races, 2 Discards
In at the top at the end - is where Croatia's Towci STIPANOVIC has found himself after today's double whammy - or two bullets. A slow build up, but he has certainly shown his worth towards the end of the Championship.

However, it looks as though it is too little too late for Towci to be in on the top medal places, and will need to be satisfied with the silver or bronze if he can keep his form.

Out at the front Nick THOMPSON (GBR) looks assured of the shiniest medal around his neck tomorrow night.

Pos Nation Helm 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts
1 GBR Thompson Nick 86 4 2 4 1 10 5 1 14 1 DNF 6
2 GER Groteluschen Simon 86 2 9 3 6 15 4 4 20 4 2 7
3 CRO Stipanovic Towci 86 3 BFD 5 4 11 1 DSQ 8 8 1 1
4 AUS Morgan Simon 86 8 1 1 12 8 8 3 23 2 10 3
5 FRA Pruvot Corentin 86 5 BFD 11 2 17 2 6 17 9 8 2
6 EST Karpak Deniss 86 6 BFD 6 7 2 3 28 7 6 4 24
7 ESP Padron Javier 84 11 5 7 11 12 18 9 12 3 3 18
8 POL Wilandt Norbert 1 4 2 3 20 9 20 9 DNF 6 22
9 NZL Mclay BLAIR 87 14 6 8 20 25 6 11 3 13 11 20
10 DEN Bonde Mikkel 87 9 3 17 OCS 5 12 23 DNF 17 5 4


Windsurfer Girls Top 10 - 11 Races, 2 Discards
Behind Zofia's stunning performance, going into tomorrow's final race it is all open, although it has to be noted that France's Sophie Anne LE PAGE, currently in silver is looking good, with the bronze realistically open to any of three sailors.

Pos Nation Helm Birth 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts
1 POL Klepacka Zofia 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 FRA Le Page Anne Sophie 87 2 4 3 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 OCS 19
3 ITA Linares Laura 90 3 2 5 4 5 3 3 7 5 3 2 30
4 GER Sradnick Wiebke 88 DNF 3 6 5 3 4 6 3 3 4 4 35
5 NED Van Riel Nikki 87 5 7 4 2 6 8 5 4 4 7 6 43
6 ISR Davidovich Mayan 88 6 5 9 8 4 5 OCS 5 6 6 3 48
7 NZL Thom Hayley 86 7 6 2 9 7 6 8 6 7 5 5 51
8 AUS Kawalla Alisha 89 4 10 7 6 10 9 10 9 9 9 8 71
9 GBR Bromley Jilly 88 DNF 9 10 DNF 8 7 4 8 8 11 7 72
10 ESP Huertas Gabriela 88 DNF 8 8 7 9 10 7 10 11 8 9 76


Windsurfer Boys Top 10 - 11 Races, 2 Discards
Poland's Kamil LEWANDOWSKI is certainly aimed to match Zofia's performance, and with a 1, 3 today assured himself the gold with a race to spare. Lewandowski commented, "The top five in this fleet are really strong. It takes physical and mental strength. I only live 15km away but I have only raced here twice in the past. We came to this event well prepared as we had sailed in a couple of other competitions beforehand."

Behind him, Italy retains the second place, with Israel upsetting Britain's hopes - for the moment.

Pos Nation Helm 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts
1 POL LEWANDOWSKI KAMIL 2 1 4 15 OCS 1 1 1 1 1 3 15
2 ITA ESPOSITO FEDERICO 6 2 6 1 2 2 9 10 6 5 7 37
3 ISR MASHIAH NIMROD 9 7 5 2 OCS 4 3 8 3 3 4 39
4 GBR POTTER RICHARD 1 4 8 5 1 5 2 13 16 7 11 44
5 AUS PLANT COREY 4 14 1 3 6 13 7 7 8 2 6 44
6 FRA MOURIER ANTHONY 8 3 7 6 4 9 4 6 5 4 5 44
7 CYP SOFRONOU ANDREAS 10 DNF 2 7 11 18 6 4 9 8 1 58
8 HKG MA KWOK PO 12 16 10 4 8 6 12 15 2 6 2 62
9 BUL NANEV VESSELIN 7 15 11 8 5 3 10 3 OCS 12 12 71
10 BLR ZHUKAVETS MIKALAY 3 9 16 14 7 8 11 12 7 9 9 75


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