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19 April 2004, 09:06 am
Final Day Of Racing
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Tornado World Championship and Olympic Qualification Regatta
Palma de Mallorca

White horses could be seen filling the bay of Mallorca since early yesterday morning, the final day of the World Championship. The Southwesterly breeze was blowing 16-18 knots and increasing.
Competitors entered the last day fighting for a World Title, Olympic Qualification for their nation or an Olympic team place. They knew that the final two races were crucial, and a lot was expected.

The start of Race 9 was given at 12h24 with 20 knots of wind, After one General Recall and a clear start, the bulk of the fleet chose the left hand side and it proved to be the right direction to go. The wind strength increased (22-23 knots) as well as the swells and more than 15 boats did not finish the race due to the rough conditions and broken parts.

British Olympic representatives Leigh MCMILLAN and Mark BULKELEY won the race followed by French team of Olivier BACKES and Laurent VOIRON and Spanish sailors Fernando ECHAVARRI Anton PAZ in third. Echavarri and Paz will sail in Athens whilst the French nomination has not been decided yet.

Race 10 was cancelled before starting: the wind was blowing more than 25 knots.

Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA won the World Title, 11 points ahead of the second, Americans John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE. Australians Darren BUNDOCK and John FORBES finished the event in third, their hopes of adding another World title to their belt having diminished as the wind increased.

"Winning is the result of hard work and much training, dedication, focus. It was our biggest dream: to win a World Championship in an Olympic class. You can not imagine how happy we are!" said Champions Lange and Espinola.

The 2004 Youth World Champions are French sailors, Francois GABART and David ROMAIN that managed excellent results in such a high level Regatta and finished 21 overall.

"Now we are going to sail the rest of the season even more motivated. We are very happy with our results", told Gabart and Romain.

It was not a good day for Slovenians Dusan PUH and Alan BIDERMAN, who capsized and not finishing cost them an Olympic qualification. New Zealanders Aaron MCINTOSH and Mark KENNEDY also missed out on qualification, finishing 6 points behind the Brazilians Mauricio SANTA CRUZ and Kiko PELICANO.

The Portuguese team of Diego CAYOLLA and Nuno BARRETO, 15 overall, won the Portuguese selection and they are going to represent the country in Athens in August, their fellow countrymen Hugo ROCHA and Luis BRITO finished 19.

Russians Andrey KIRILYUK and Valery USHKOV, 10 overall, qualified the country and are probably going to be the country's representative.

Subject to ratification by ISAF, the following nations have qualified at for an entry to the Olympic Sailing Competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens: Russia, Portugal, Canada and Brazil.

Full results are available from the event website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Pos Nat Crew Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9
1 ARG Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola 39 1 8 1 14 4 11 3 2 9
2 USA John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree 50 5 1 8 16 6 16 1 3 10
3 AUS Darren Bundock/John Forbes 50 8 7 30 5 14 2 5 1 8
4 ESP Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz 56 9 6 13 12 5 5 9 7 3
5 GBR Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley 58 12 4 3 3 3 DNF 8 24 1
6 FRA Olivier Backes/Laurent Voiron 61 22 3 11 11 9 13 4 8 2
7 NED Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen 63 20 32 2 1 1 1 28 4 6
8 FRA Xavier Revil/Laurent Guillemette 87 10 9 6 13 20 9 13 23 7
9 AUT Roman Hagara/Hans Peter Steinacher 91 13 5 10 2 29 22 30 5 5
10 RUS Andrey Kirilyuk/Valery Ushkov 93 29 14 7 9 7 6 10 31 11
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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