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20 May 2005, 09:37 am
HUGUET And MANCHON Stretch Their Leads
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Mistral World Championship 2005
Mondello, Sicily, Italy

The ISAF Grade W Mistral Class World Championships reaches a conclusion with the final two races in the men's and women's fleets today. Over the last two day's the leaders since day one, Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) and Blanca MANCHON (ESP), have strengthened their positions at the top of the leaderboards.
In Mondello, Italy yesterday a 15 knot northwest wind blew and in the women's fleet 18 year old MANCHON had a day of consolidation, finishing sixth and seventh in races nine and ten. Following an electric start composed of three bullets, MANCHON went on to score a 3,1,1,2 sequence from races five to eight, meaning she has won half the races of the championship so far and has a 16 point lead over Amelie LUX (GER). LUX has been the most consistent windsurfer in the fleet never finishing below seventh place, but she has been unable to match the number of top three finishes that litter MANCHON's score. MANCHON is also leading the standings at the top of the European Youth Championship.

Bullets yesterday went to 2004 Mistral European Champion, Lise VIDAL (FRA) and significantly, to 2003 ISAF World Champion, Lee-El KORZITS (ISR), moving her into third position on the leaderboard. After a disappointing 17 in race ten Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA) drops down to fourth place just ahead of the Hong Kong duo of CHAN Wai Man and CHAN Wai Kei.

Currently 19th overall but second in the European Youth Championship standings is Laura LINARES (ITA), whilst Eugenie RICARD (FRA) lies in third.

In the men's fleet HUGUET's run of four top five finishes has given him a 15 point lead over Andreas CARIOLOU (CYP). Ricardo SANTOS (BRA) strung together a great set of results from races four to seven, but yesterday finishes of 13 and eleven see him back in third place overall.

Race victories yesterday went to two Frenchmen, Samuel LAUNAY and Nicolas BEUDOU. However the real winner was HO Chi Ho (HKG), whose two second places lifted him to fourth spot overall.

Currently Juan Manuel MORENA VEGA (ESP) leads the European Youth Championship. He is 15 points ahead of Antoine CORDONNIER (FRA) in second, with the Israeli, Shahar TZUBERI in third.

After the eleventh race in both fleets today the second discard will be taken into account, although currently this looks unlikely to have a significant effect on the leaders.

Men's Fleet After Nine Races

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 FRA Nicolas HUGUET 3 2 1 (18) 11 1 4 4 4 30
2 CYP Andreas CARIOLOU 7 8 6 12 1 5 1 (17) 5 45
3 BRA Ricardo SANTOS 12 3 (18) 1 6 3 2 13 11 51
4 HKG HO Chi Ho 11 4 2 17 18 (39) 8 2 2 64
5 GRE Byron KOKALANIS 25 (41) 10 14 2 2 7 7 3 70
6 UKR Maksym OBERENKO 4 7 4 8 (39) 11 3 16 17 70
7 HKG CHAN King Yin 6 5 9 5 15 14 (17) 14 7 75
8 FRA Nicolas BEUDOU 9 (85) 15 7 10 21 12 9 1 84
9 ESP Ivan PASTOR 1 11 5 23 3 20 9 15 (85) 87
10 FRA Quentin HENRY 26 1 3 28 20 6 5 3 (85) 92

Women's Fleet After Ten Races

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 ESP Blanca MANCHON 1 1 1 (14) 3 1 1 2 6 7 23
2 GER Amelie LUX (7) 4 3 3 6 7 4 1 5 6 39
3 ISR Lee-El KORZITS 4 10 8 2 9 5 3 (15) 10 1 52
4 ITA Flavia TARTAGLINI 5 12 5 4 4 4 5 7 11 (17) 57
5 HKG CHAN Wai Man 9 9 11 1 (25) 10 7 8 2 2 59
6 HKG CHAN Wai Kei (18) 11 6 10 14 3 2 6 3 5 60
7 UKR Olga MASLIVETS 2 2 2 6 12 12 9 9 7 (14) 61
8 ESP Marina ALABAU 8 5 4 7 1 2 (18) 16 15 13 71
9 ISR Shiri RON 13 7 (17) 5 5 8 6 5 14 16 79
10 FRA Marine BEHAGHEL 10 17 (18) 9 11 9 10 4 8 4 82
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, MANCHON, the youngest sailor in the 2004 Olympic Sailing competition, leads the women's fleet in Mondello:© MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
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