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20 July 2001, 10:53 am
Ukranians Snatch The Title
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470 European Championships
Dun Laoghaire

Following a week of intense competitive racing, Dublin Bay was the stage where two current World Champions became the newly crowned Bord Gais 470 European Champions. Eugeniy and Igor (UKR) sailed a brilliant last day to take the title in the men's.
Bekatorou and Tsoulfa (GRE) clinched the title in the womens. After two days of gales, the 99 strong fleet set sail from the Royal St George Yacht Club at 10am to be greeted by perfect sailing conditions with a maximum breeze of 18 knots.

The final day's sailing proved tough going for the overnight leaders in the men's fleet, Kiger and Gal (ISR), who had scored four consecutive wins going into the last day of racing.

The stronger wind did not seem to suit the Israelis, whilst the Ukranians were revelling in the conditions, scoring a fourth and a third. Still the Israelis went into the final race with a seemingly comfortable nine-point cushion over the second placed Ukranians. But the pressure was on.

In a nail biting climax the Ukranians finished the last race in 14th place, whilst the Israelis crossed the line in back in 25th position. The Ukranians had put enough boats between them to take the title, by a slim two points.

In the ladies fleet, Greeks Sofia Bekatorou and Amelia Tsoulfa continued their dominance with another exemplary run of top results on the final days racing, giving them five wins in the ten race series. Superlative boatspeed and intelligent tactical decisions by the Greeks assured them of the title. However, they had strong competition all week from the current Olympic Champions, Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell (AUS), who took silver.

The Championship ended on a disappointing note for the Irish teams. Gerbil Owens, with substitute crew Nick Smyth finished the day, dogged by gear failure and boat problems in 20th position in the Silver Fleet. Ciara Peelo and Karena Knaggs finished 35th out of 36th in the Ladies Fleet.

Results, Top 20:

Men

1 UKR 7 Eugeniy, Igor 51.0
2 ISR 7 Kiger, Gal 53.0
3 ITA 2 Zandona, Trani 56.0
4 POR 22 Marinho, Nunes 57.0
5 SWE 314 Molund, Martin 67.0
6 ESP 1769 Martinez, Cantero 72.0
7 AUS 328 Willmot, Page 82.0
8 GRE 131 Kosmatopoulos, Trigonis 87.0
9 GER 4896 Zellmer, Krabbe 88.0
10 POL 5 Stanczyk, Jakubiak 93.0
11 FIN 133 Posti, Houfisto 94.0
12 GBR 802 Vials, Newman 94.0
13 ISR 12 Shahaf, Yoger 99.0
14 GBR 791 Rogers, Glanfield 100.0
15 CRO 69 Bulaja, Bulaja 101.0
16 FRA 2598 Charbonnier, Christidis 105.0
17 NED 1 Coster, Coster 114.0
18 USA 1697 Hunt, Miller 116.0
19 FRA 2595 Novara, Lebesson 118.0
20 FRA 2582 Pallu, Chappellier 126.0

Women

1 GRE 64 Bekatorou, Tsoulfa 13.0
2 AUS 314 Armstrong, Stowell 23.0
3 ESP 1788 Vía-Dufresne, Azon 30.0
4 ISR 10 Vered, Kornitzki 37.0
5 GER 4908 Rothweile, Leu 39.0
6 FRA 2594 PetitJean, Douroux 48.0
7 NED 1070 Koning, Berkhout 61.0
8 GER 4876 Grobe, Schroeder 73.0
9 FIN 131 Saarikallio, Diesen 81.0
10 GBR 793 Gibson, Clarke 85.0
11 FRA 2607 Le Berre, Riou 86.0
12 GER 4894 Birkner, Goltz 99.0
13 FRA 2587 Vuylliez, Pallares 108.0
14 SLO 19 Orel, Orel 109.0
15 ISR 4 Linur, Lee 111.0
16 GRE 163 Milona, Kourkoulou 114.0
17 GER 4878 Leu, Kussatz 124.0
18 HUN 49 Weores, Payr 127.0
19 EST 9 Veessaar, Saaruil 128.0
20 NED 6 Mathijsse, Bes 133.0



Sarah-Beth Musgrave/News Editor
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