The young Spanish sailor Blanca MANCHON had no cause for concern on the competition, having sailed exceptionally throughout the series, to take 5 bullets in the 11 race series, and finish a clear 13 points ahead of the second placed Amelie LUX (GER).
Taking the bronze was Flavia TARTAGLINI from Italy, who won today's final race. Lee KORZITS (ISR) came in fourth, and will be pleased with this result which equals her result at the 2003 Worlds, but is still some way off her career best, winning the Mistral World Championship in 2003 during the ISAF Worlds in Cadiz, Spain.
For many of the competitors, the World Championship marked their first appearance on the Mistral since the Olympic Games, and interesting to see how the lapse in competition possibly had an impact on performance. However, none of the 2004 Olympic medalists were racing
In the men's event Nicolas HUGUET took the World Championship despite a disqualification in today's final race. The Brazilian Riccardo SANTOS 'Bimba' claimed first in today's race, to take second overall, only 4 points away from the gold medal. A nice comeback for Ricardo after his disappointment in Athens. Andreas CARIOLOU (CYP), who holds an ISAF World Ranking of 10, claimed third overall.
Along with the world title the under 20s were also going for the European Championship title which was taken by Antoine CORDINNIER from France in the men's event, followed by Juan Manuel MORENA VEGA from Spain in second place, and Shahar TZUBERI from Israel.
Blanca MANCHON took not only the World Championship title but also the European Championship, a strong career move for the young Spanish sailor.
Paco WIRZ (ITA) placed 36th overall, but with it claimed the IMCO Masters Championship.
In the women's Master, Anna GALECKA took the series, with Paula NEWLANDS (BRA) and Valeria ZULLO (ITA) behind her.
The best junior male in Mistral World Championship was Richard HAMILTON (GBR), who beat two Greek sailors Alexander GIAKAS and Dimitris VLAHAKIS. In the women's event, Laura LINARES (ITA) closed coming in before Martina FISCO (ITA) and Patricia FREITAS (BRA).
Men's Top Ten Results
|4||HKG||CHAN King Yin||6||5||9||5||15||14||(17)||14||7||3||78|
|5||HKG||HO Chi Ho||11||4||2||17||18||(39)||8||2||2||25||89|
Women's Top Ten Results
|5||HKG||CHAN Wai Kei||(18)||11||6||10||(14)||3||2||6||3||5||9||55|
|8||HKG||CHAN Wai Man||9||9||11||1||(25)||10||7||8||2||2||(18)||59|