In the end the clock won and at 14.15hrs local , AP over A was raised to signify the end of possible racing for the Championship. For the Australians, Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE it a dream come true, as it is so for the Swedes Therese TORGERSSON & Vendela ZACHRISSON. Nathan and Malcolm follow the lead of 2000 Gold Medallist Tom King who won the corresponding World Championship leading up to the Sydney games.
The women's championship was one of the closest for many years with the top 3 boats finishing within 3 points of one another. The Swedes grabing the overall lead from the Slovenians Dekleva/Maucec courtesy of the last race win.
The Australians sailed a faultless Saturday, consolidating when possible, risking when required and a 2, 1 & 3 for the day took the lead from Johan MOLUND , and Martin ANDERSSON by 7 points
In the Olympic Qualification stakes, there is no prouder sailor today than young turkish sailor Selim KAKIS , who with his crew Ozegoneng KAAK qualified Turkey for Athens. Selim joins his Father who was a Finn sailor in the '64 Games and his Brother who competed in the Windsurfing event in 1988.
Subject to ISAF ratification it is expected that , in the Women: the USA, Argentina, Canada, Brazil and Italy will gain nomination and in the Men : Turkey, Poland, Belarus, Hungary, Austria and Canada.
Teams now take a few days well earned rest before contesting the last of the major Championships before the Olympic regatta, the European Championships in Warnemunder Germany.
Wonderful news has come through that 4 time world Champion and 2002 ISAF Rolex World Sailor Of The Year Sofia BEKATOROU has been released from Hospital after successful surgery this week to correct a suspected disk compression. The Greek champion has been released to bed rest at home before starting intensive Pysiotherapy and doctors has advised that she should be able to resume 'On-Boat' training in less than a months.
Full results from Croatia Are Available on the event website at the address below.
Overall Top Ten
|1||AUS||Wilmot Nathan||Page Malcolm||44|
|2||SWE||Molund Johan||Andersson Martin||51|
|3||GBR||Rogers Nick||Glanfield Joe||54|
|4||FRA||Philippe Gildas||Le Berre Nicolas||56|
|5||ISR||Kliger Gideon||Gal Udi||57|
|6||POR||Marinho Alvaro||Nunes Miguel||67|
|7||UKR||Braslavets Yevgen||Matvienko Igor||70|
|8||CRO||Bašić Tomislav||Cupać Petar||70|
|9||GRE||Kosmatopoulos Andreas||Trigonis Kostas||72|
|10||ARG||Conte Javier||de la Fuente Juan||72|
|1||SWE||Torgersson Therese||Zachrisson Vendela||55|
|2||SLO||Dekleva Vesna||Maucec Klara||56|
|3||ISR||Kornecki Nike||Bouskila Vered||57|
|4||AUS||Armstrong Jenny||Stowell Belinda||64|
|5||FRA||Petitjean Ingrid||Douroux Nadege||65|
|6||ESP||Natalia Via Dufresne||Sandra Azon||72|
|7||RUS||Ilienko Vladelina||Gaponovich Natalia||75|
|8||USA||McDowell Katherine||Kinsolving Isabelle||76|
|9||ARG||Sesto Fernanda||Reinoso Paula||82|
|10||CAN||Jennifer Provan||Girke Nikola||84|