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16 June 2006, 03:24 pm
DEMPSEY And MANCHON Crowned European Champions
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David BELL, Yes, No

Petrol Ofisi RS:X European Championships 2006
Alacati, Turkey

Nick DEMPSEY (GBR) and Blanca MANCHON (ESP) both kept their cool in today's Medal Races to be crowned as the first ever RS:X European Champions.
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The sailors and spectators in Turkey found themselves in a becalmed state this morning. The Race Committee kept the top ten Medal Race competitors from both men's and women's fleets in a holding pattern until about 1330 local time and then the wind steadied and the women were first off the rank.

The conditions were still a bit patchy, but definitely contestable. The outcome hung in the hands of MANCHON, who had a narrow three point lead over Antonia FREY (GRE). These two were on top of each other from before the starting gun went. It was survival of the fittest. Who could out wit who? And physically who was the strongest?

Leading Battle

MANCHON and FREY both started very close to each other and the covering began. The left looked the favoured side, but some gusts through the middle paid off for both Byrony SHAW (GBR) and Wai Kei CHAN (HKG) who rounded first and planed off down wind.

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Nick DEMPSEY claimed the
gold with second in the Medal
Race
© Petrol Ofisi RS:X European
Championships
Close to the leaders was MANCHON, managing to shake off the cover FREY who in turn was caught in a bad shift with less pressure and relegated to around eighth place. The battle for first place continued to the end with CHAN coming in home convincingly. SHAW sailed a great race to seal up the silver medal, whilst MANCHON crossed in third to claim victory and be crowned European Champion 2006.

Third place overall went to FREY, but in the solely European results she is edged out by Pauline PERRIN (FRA) for the bronze medal.

DEMPSEY Dominant

In the men's Medal Race, DEMPSEY could secure the title with a finish of sixth or better and the Brit was in no mood to let all his hard work go to waste. He has been the star performer in the RS:X this year, winning the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères and the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik. Coming to Alacati he set out his stall in simple terms, explaining, 'Basically, I want to win everything!'

A second place in today's Medal Race added the European title to his 2006 bounty and means he will go to Torbole, Italy this September as favourite to fulfil his ambitious aims. With DEMPSEY coming in second the other medal places were already decided and Joeri VAN DIJK (NED) took the silver, whilst the bronze went to Nicolas HUGUET (FRA).

Men's Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 MR Pts
1 GBR Nick DEMPSEY 2 6 1 1 2 (7) 4 1 2 3 4 26
2 NED Joeri VAN DIJIK (11) 9 3 10 3 2 2 2 1 1 8 41
3 FRA Nicolas HUGUET 4 12 1 5 4 1 18 5 (20) 4 16 70
4 UKR Maksym OBEREMKO 13 6 17 6 3 18 1 (33) 6 8 6 84
5 POL Piotr MYSZKA 5 15 4 4 4 1 17 17 (18) 14 14 95
6 FRA Nicolas LE GAL 10 (19) 5 23 8 24 7 6 3 2 18 106
7 POL Przemek MIARCZYNSKI 10 7 19 16 5 2 16 (44) 23 6 2 106
8 NZL Tom ASHLEY 16 8 6 19 15 4 3 4 (37) 26 10 111
9 NZL Jon-Paul TOBIN 2 5 11 (22) 1 17 19 20 9 16 12 112
10 HKG King Yin CHAN 7 (29) 2 23 10 5 20 27 7 12 20 133

Women's Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 MR Pts
1 ESP Blanca MANCHON (17) 8 3 4 10 12 3 1 6 4 6 57
2 GBR Bryony SHAW 3 1 6 7 12 11 7 (24) 10 6 4 67
3 GRE Antonia FREY 6 3 1 6 5 3 4 (19) 18 8 20 74
4 FRA Pauline PERRIN 11 10 2 2 3 17 13 (18) 1 2 14 75
5 HKG Wai Kei CHAN (DNF) 23 7 20 6 1 9 8 2 1 2 79
6 ITA Flavia TARTAGLINI 12 (26) 14 13 1 19 1 9 12 3 12 96
7 UKR Olga MASLIVETS 1 20 4 3 13 10 20 5 3 (21) 18 97
8 ISR Maayan DAVIDOVICH 5 19 10 (22) 2 6 18 10 4 13 10 97
9 POL Zofia KLEPACKA 2 16 9 9 8 20 12 (27) 13 7 8 104
10 FRA Lise VIDAL (22) 18 5 14 4 9 16 12 9 16 16 119

For all the news on the RS:X European Championships CLICK HERE.

David BELL (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Blanca MANCHON celebrates winning the European title:© David BELL
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