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7 August 2001, 03:01 pm
Epic Conditions On Day One
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Sensini Leads

Mistral European Championships
Marseille

The conditions were perfect for the start of the Mistral European Championships in Marseille, France, sunny, with a building Mistral wind starting at about 12 knots and reaching 22-25 knots by the last race yesterday.
For the first 3 days the men will race in two fleets to decide the top 50% for the finals on days 4,5 and 6.

There was a very big swell running, making for very skillful sailing and also making it tricky to sight the windward mark. The wind built through the day, so that conditions for the second race were pretty extreme, so much so that 12 of the 38 strong womens fleet were unable to finish the course.

So a day to forgot for some, but an epic days racing for others. One of those days that stick in your memory for a long time to come.

Leading the Mens Group A is Miarczynski (POL) high wind guru, and now also sailing in the Formula windsurfing class with success. He won both his heats, as did Bontemps (FRA) in Mens Group B, with defending European Champion Alexander Guyader (FRA) in second.

Leading the womens fleet is Italian super star and Olympic 2000 Gold Medallist Alessandra Sensini, with French girls in second and third, 2000 Olympic representative Lise Vidal, and Eugenie Raffin.

Results, after 2 races:

Men, Group A

1. Przemyslaw Miarczynski POL 2 pts
2. Piotr Myszka POL 9 pts
3. Joao Rodrigues POR 11 pts
4. Alexander Baronjan GER 11 pts
5. Nicolas Huget FRA 13 pts
6. Nick Dempsey GBR 19 pts
7. Olivier Guyader FRA 19 pts
8. Nicolas Bedou FRA 19 pts
9. Martin Benitez ARG 20 pts
10. Benoit Audran FRA 20 pts

Men, Group B

1. Julien Bontemps FRA 2 pts
2. Alexander Guyader FRA 4 pts
3. Gal Fridman ISR 8 pts
4. Fabrice Hassen FRA 11 pts
5. Ricardo Santos BRA 14 pts
6. Jorge Maciel ESP 14 pts
7. Nicolas Auriol FRA 18 pts
8. Olivier Guide FRA 18 pts
9. Nicolas Guyader FRA 20 pts
10. Alain Bolduc CAN 20 pts

Women

1. Alessandra Sensini ITA 3 pts
2. Lise Vidal FRA 4 pts
3. Eugenie Raffin FRA 7 pts
4. Anna Graczyk POL 15 pts
5. Angeliki Skarlatou GRE 15 pts
6. Lai Shan Lee HKG 15 pts
7. Jeanne Mailhos FRA 15 pts
8. Sigrid Rondelez BEL 15 pts
9. Synthia Gros FRA 20 pts
10. Sandrine Nuvolone FRA 20 pts

Full results available on the event website:
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