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18 March 2013, 10:38 am
Favourites Come To Forefront In Split
Tina Mihelic takes control at the front of the fleet
Tina Mihelic takes control at the front of the fleet

Split Olympic Sailing Week
Split, Croatia

The ninth edition of Split Olympic Sailing Week came to an end over the weekend with strong fields across the Laser, Laser Radial, 470 and Finn.
After the bitter cold and the north easterly wind which the competitors had to deal with the last few days, Split offered plenty of sunshine on the final day along with a pleasant south easterly wind in 12-14 knots and much better sailing conditions.

The medal favourites took to the idyllic sailing conditions and used them to their advantage, starting with Tina Miheli? from the host club of this event which welcomed 70 sailors from 12 countries (France, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovenia, Montenegro, Estonia, Cyprus, Poland, Italy and Croatia). She was simply unbeatable with six wins from six events and 0 penalty points while Toma Stipanovic and Stjepan Vuleti, both from SK Mornar came in second and third

Another favourite who met expectations was Croatia's London 2012 Finn representative Ivan Kljakovic-Gašpic, who recorded three first places and two second places which annulled his penalty points from the only event he didn't finish due to rudder problems. Another young representative from Labud, Josip Oluji came in second while Milan Vujasinovic from SK Split came in third having only been sailing in the class for a month.

Italy's Simon Kosuta Sivitz and Jas Farnetti proved to be too strong in the 470 fleet and took the win by nine points. Slovenia's Andraz Gulic and Mitja Nevecny came through in second, tied on 15 points with the women's winners Enia Nincevic and Romana Zupan.

In the 22-boat Laser fleet Tonci Stipanovic came through with four race wins from six races to take the title. Daniel Mihelic (CRO) held off Poland's Kacper Zieminski to take silver whilst London 2012 Olympic Silver medallist Pavlos Kontides (CYP) finished in fourth.


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