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21 May 2005, 10:42 pm
Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) And Blanca MANCHON (ESP) On Top Of The World
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Mistral World Championship 2005
Mondello, Italy

The XXVII Mistral Class World Championships finished today in Mondello, Italy and crowned Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) and Blanca MANCHON (ESP) the new World Champions of 2005.
After the results in the past few days it was fairly obvious that they would win, they had excellent results day after day that took them to the World title. There were gusty winds throughout the series, with the wind today coming from a north west direction.

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

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 FRA Nicolas HUGUET 3 2 1 18 11 1 4 4 4 (85) 48
2 BRA Ricardo SANTOS 12 3 (18) 1 6 3 2 13 11 1 52
3 CYP Andreas CARIOLOU 7 8 6 12 1 5 1 17 5 (22) 62
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
6 ESP Ivan PASTOR 1 11 5 23 3 20 9 15 (85) 2 89
7 FRA Quentin HENRY 26 1 3 28 20 6 5 3 (85) 6 98
8 GRE Byron KOKALANIS 25 (41) 10 14 2 2 7 7 3 31 101
9 UKR Maksym OBERENKO 4 7 4 8 (39) 11 3 16 17 33 103
10 ESP Francisco MANCHON 23 15 8 6 16 (46) 19 6 6 5 104

Women's Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Pts
1 ESP Blanca MANCHON 1 1 1 (14) 3 1 1 2 6 7 (13) 23
2 GER Amelie LUX (7) 4 3 3 6 (7) 4 1 5 6 4 36
3 ITA Flavia TARTAGLINI 5 (12) 5 4 4 4 5 7 11 (17) 1 46
4 ISR Lee-El KORZITS 4 (10) 8 2 9 5 3 (15) 10 1 7 49
5 HKG CHAN Wai Kei (18) 11 6 10 (14) 3 2 6 3 5 9 55
6 UKR Olga MASLIVETS 2 2 2 6 (12) 12 9 9 7 (14) 8 57
7 ESP Marina ALABAU 8 5 4 7 1 2 (18) (16) 15 13 3 58
8 HKG CHAN Wai Man 9 9 11 1 (25) 10 7 8 2 2 (18) 59
9 ISR Shiri RON 13 7 (17) 5 5 8 6 5 (14) 9.7 2 60.7
10 FRA Marine BEHAGHEL 10 (17) (18) 9 11 9 10 4 8 4 6 71
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF). Image:© Marcello Paternostro
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