The Mistral European Championships concluded yesterday in Marseilles, France. Bontemps won the men, Sensini the women and Kokalanis the youth fleets.
A full series of 12 races was completed for the Men's Gold and Women's fleets. There was a good mixture of wind conditions during the course of the event producing worthy new European Champions in the men, women and youth events.
Julien Bontemps from Marseilles, France won the men's event. He won four from the eleven races, and only had three results outside of the top three all week. Bontemps is especially fast in planing conditions, being tall with good leverage, but sailed outstandingly well across all the wind conditions to take the title. Second was Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL), and third 1996 Olympic bronze medallist Gal Fridman (ISR). Last years European Champion Alexander Guyader (FRA) finished a respectable fourth overall.
In the women's Alessandra Sensini (ITA) continued from her success winning the Gold medal in Sydney. She dominated the event with 7 wins from 12 races, and no need to sail the final race. The only girl any where near her was Lise Vidal (FRA) who took the silver, and these two were some 40 points clear of third position Jeanne Malihos (FRA) who takes her first major championship medal. Malihos has been a long time campaigner in the Mistral class, as part of an ever strong squad of French girls (6 out of the top 10 were French here). Going into the final day any one of eight girls could have taken the bronze medal, it was that close in points.
In the Youth European Champioship Byron Kokalanis (GRE) was the winner. Second was Alex Chabner (ISR) and third Milosz Wojcik (POL). Current ISAF Youth World Champion Joeri Van Dijk (NED) opted to sail in the men's fleet, and finished very well in 11th position overall.
Most competitors will now be travelling to the Mistral World Championships, taking place in Athens, Greece, from 17-27 August. Also up coming are the prestigious Mediterranean Games, which will take place in Tunisia, North Africa at the beginning of September.
Men, Top 10, 12 races, 2 discards:
1. Julien Bontemps (FRA) 20 pts
2. Przemyslaw Miarczynski 25 pts
3. Gal Fridman (ISR) 34 pts
4. Alexander Guyader(FRA) 42 pts
5. Nicolas Huget (FRA) 48 pts
6. Joao Rodrigues (POR) 54 pts
7. Fabrice Hassen (FRA) 63 pts
8. Nick Dempsey (GBR) 69 pts
9. Alexander Baronjan (GER) 78 pts
10. Dominic Tidey (GBR) 88 pts
Women, Top 10, 12 races, 2 discards:
1. Alessandra Sensini (ITA) 13 pts
2. Lise Vidal (FRA) 22 pts
3. Jeanne Malihos (FRA) 61 pts
4. Synthia Gros (FRA) 64 pts
5. Faustine Merret (FRA) 65 pts
6. Anna Graczyk (POL) 66 pts
7. Amelie Lux (GER) 67 pts
8. Eugenie Raffin (FRA) 67 pts
9. Natasha Sturges (GBR) 71 pts
10. Sandrine Nuvolone (FRA) 71 pts
Youth, Top 10, 10 races, 2 discards:
1. Byron Kokalanis (GRE) 32 pts
2. Alex Chabner (ISR) 41 pts
3. Milosz Wojcik (POL) 43 pts
4. Moritz Martin (GER) 43 pts
5. Frediric Chapron (FRA) 48 pts
6. Henry Quentin (FRA) 53 pts
7. Marc Ribo (ESP) 73 pts
8. Kevin Mevissen (NED) 79 pts
9. Georgios Karagiorgos (GRE) 96 pts
10. Andreas Cariolou (CYP) 103 pts
Full results available from the event website.