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16 May 2005, 10:52 am
The Wind Commands Mondello
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Mistral World Championship 2005
Mondello, Sicily, Italy

There was no racing for the men in the ISAF Grade W Mistral World Championship 2005 in Mondello, Sicily, Italy yesterday whilst the women managed one round.
The strong northwest wind that blew over Mondello on Saturday and reached more than 30 knots at one point, made the organization difficult and made it difficult for the athletes, forcing the judges to re-examine the race results until late on Saturday night and make some changes to the overall results.

Yesterday the breeze was unstable and not very strong, with the men's fleet coming back to the beach without finishing one race. The women were a little luckier with one race completed.

At the end of the day, ISAF World Sailing Rankings' number two, Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) had emerged as the biggest challenger to Saturday's leader, Blanca MANCHON (ESP). MASLIVETS was one of the athletes who benefited from some of the changes to the results on Saturday night. By the start of racing yesterday, she was lying in second overall, after her race results on Saturday had been changed to three second places. Yesterday she took sixth place in the one and only race held, whilst MANCHON, came in at number 14. With the provisional results now including one discard, MANCHON still leads thanks to her three bullets on the opening day but MASLIVETS is right behind her in second. With Olympic champion and ISAF World Sailing Rankings' number one, Faustine MERRET (FRA), not registering to compete in Mondello, MASLIVETS will be looking, not only for the World Championship title, but for a result that will take her above MERRET at the top of the Rankings.

Recent runner up in the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française, Amelie LUX (GER) put in another good performance, finishing third to end the day third overall. Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA) had a good race coming fourth meaning she lies fourth overall, whilst a seventh place for Marina ALABAU (ESP) puts her in fifth on the leaderboard. A bullet yesterday moves CHAN Wai Man (HKG) up to seventh, one behind yesterday's runner up, Lee KORZITS (ISR).

Without a race the men's results remain the same today with the exception of the changes made by judges. The top three are unaltered with Frenchman Nicolas HUGUET leading, followed by Piotr MYSZKA (POL) and ISAF World Sailing Rankings' number one, Maksym OBEREMKO (UKR) tied on points.

There have been a few changes to the athletes behind them, where in fourth position Hyères winner, Ivan PASTOR (ESP) is just two points away from the top three. Behind him in fifth and sixth are two athletes from Hong Kong, HO Chi Ho and CHAN King Yin. Riccardo GIORDANO (ITA) remains the highest placed Italian in twelfth position.

The men's fleet is also missing the 2004 Olympic gold medallist, with Gal FRIDMAN not taking part. However, Ricardo SANTOS (BRA), so close to the medals in Athens, is in Mondello and has made a reasonable start. He lies ninth overall after finishing 12, 3 and 18 in races one, two and three.

Top Ten Men After Three Races

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 Pts
1 FRA Nicolas HUGUET 3 2 1 6
2 POL Piotr MYSZKA 2 6 7 15
3 UKR Maksym OBERENKO 4 7 4 15
4 ESP Ivan PASTOR 1 11 5 17
5 HKG HO Chi Ho 11 4 2 17
6 HKG CHAN King Yin 6 5 9 20
7 CYP Andreas CARIOLOU 7 8 6 21
8 FRA Quentin HENRY 26 1 3 30
9 BRA Ricardo SANTOS 12 3 18 33
10 POL Maksymilian WOJCIK 16 13 13 42

Top Ten Women After Four Races

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 ESP Blanca MANCHON 1 1 1 (14) 3
2 UKR Olga MASLIVETS 2 2 2 (6) 6
3 GER Amelie LUX (8) 4 3 3 10
4 ITA Flavia TARTAGLINI 5 (12) 5 4 14
5 ESP Marina ALABAU (9) 5 4 7 16
6 ISR Lee-El KORZITS 4 (10) 10 2 16
7 HKG CHAN Wai Man 10 9 (13) 1 20
8 FRA Lise VIDAL 3 3 15 (19) 21
9 ISR Shiri RON 13 7 (18) 5 25
10 GRE Antonia FREY 12 6 7 (20) 25
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from day one:© Marcello Paternostro
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