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27 December 2002, 05:34 pm
Issue Three - June and July
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2002 - A Year in Review
The World

May saw the IOC continue to move forward in its anti-doping campaign, with the approval of the new draft Anti-Doping Code.

ISAF would like to point out that if certain events or significant achievements have been omitted, this is not intentional, but purely that it is impossible to mention everything that has taken place throughout the year.

The new Code is aiming to achieve universal acceptance, with approval in March 2003 and implementation in January 2004, six months prior to the Olympic Games.

Sadly, on 7 June 2002, one of the sport's great contributors, Livius Sherwood (CAN) passed away. A long-term member of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and an ISAF International Judge for 20 years, it was with considerable sadness that the sailing world received the news.

Downunder in Australia, ISAF Vice-President David Kellet was honoured on 10 June by HM The Queen, with the awarding of the Order of Australia, for 'Services to the community and the sport of yachting both in Australia and Internationally and as a competitor' - As a competitor, David has competed in the Sydney-Hobart Race no less than 28 times, and will be again be found on the race course this year, but on the Communications vessel, rather than racing. Fellow Aussie and organiser of the 2001 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, Brian Tyquin, was similarly honoured in recognition of his hosting and organisation of the ISAF Championship.

The battle on the Baltic took place in Kiel amidst World Cup fever and the final races took place whilst the rest of Germany ground to a halt to watch the football. For 2002, the Olympic Classes were joined by the Dragon, J/80, Hobie 16, Laser Radial and J22 to make Keiler Woche one of the biggest gatherings of top class sailors in the world.
No ALT tag specifiedAs the only Grade One Event included in the Ranking release of 3 July, Kieler Woche lead to a change of fortunes in just three classes. A win for Paul Goodison (GBR) in the Laser class after being taken to the final race by Australian Brendan Casey was enough to lift him to the World number One slot in the Laser Rankings, a position he wasn't going to surrender at the next release on 31 July.

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Kalle Suneson (SWE) made a magnificent leap from number 12 to sit at number 2 behind Goodison after winning the Laser European Championships and pushing Robert Scheidt down to number 3 - the lowest the Laser legend has been since May 2001.

Over in the 49er fleet Santiago Lopez Vazquez and Javier de la Plata (ESP) took over the top spot from Luka Rodion and Gregory Leonchuk (UKR) after finishing fourth at the 49er World Championships in Hawaii. The 49er Worlds overlapped with Kieler Wocher so there were some interesting movements lower down the rankings, but Rodion and Leonchuk were strong enough to hang on again at the next release.

Ukrainian fortunes were better over in the men's 470 rankings as 2001 World Champions Eugeniy Braslavets and Igor Matviyenko climbed to the top spot, where they stayed on 31 July, despite finishing a disappointing 8th at the ISAF World Sailing Games. Israeli sailors Josef Yogev and Amir Sharaf made the biggest mark on the 31 July release after taking the Gold at the ISAF World Sailing Games. Climbing to number 20, Yogev and Sharaf became the second Israeli duo in the top 20 having made a quite remarkable charge up the Rankings since entering 18 months ago at 211.

No ALT tag specifiedWith no movement at the top of the Finn class Rankings on 3 July, the class seemed to be holding its breath before the imminent European Championships and Finn Gold Cup. And it was two phenomenal performances that would make class history with an explosion onto the medal -winning scene by 2000 Olympic Gold medallist in the Laser, Ben Ainslie (GBR). Since making the switch to the Finn he has taken the class by storm. Taking the Finn European Championship gold medal in Turkey was just the start as Ainslie went on to the snatch the Finn Gold Cup from under the very noses of the elite of the class and the first Britain to do so since Chris Law in1976. Entering the Rankings at number 78 in April 2002 Ainslie had rocketed to number 24 only 3 months later on 31 July.

With two more Brits entering the top 10 in the Finn Rankings and Ainslie stealing all the medals it was Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE) who rose to the challenge and became Number One in the world for the first time in his sailing career.

With bullets in seven out of ten races, Sari Multala (FIN) again displayed her sheer brilliance at the Europe Class European Championships taking the title fourteen points ahead of Trine Abrahamsen (DEN) in second. Sari retained her World Number One title yet again.

The first non Olympic regatta to finish in this period was theSSoling Europeans, which also proved to be one of the closest. Carl Autierd and fellow countryman, M Schneeberger were tied after the final race on 17 points, with the eventual title going to Autierd once the tie break was broken.

The 32,000 mile marathon that was the very first Volvo Ocean Race finished with the yachts racing around the the world, plus a little bit more. After a bit of trouble with weed and the small problem of "waves with no backs", it was the bright pink Djuice Dragons, who led the fleet into Keil on the last, epic 24 hour leg from the spiritual home of Volvo Cars, Gothenburg.

No ALT tag specifiedAlthough Djuice, the only boat in the race not designed by Bruce Farr, finally upped their game at the last juncture, it was the almost infallible Illbruck, impeccably prepared and blisteringly efficient who won the race, although pushed early on by Amer Sports One, and then in the latter stages by the newly rejuvenated Assa Abloy. Read the interview with jubilant skipper, John Kostecki, who after his achievement, was later nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. Volvo, impressed at the race were subsequently to announce their support for the second running of the race, starting in the Autumn of 2005.

No ALT tag specifiedJune saw the final countdown to the ISAF World Sailing Games in Marseille, France, the third holding of this quadrennial championship, open to competitors from every nation and competed in supplied equipment. With several countries participating for the first time, alongside some of the heroes of the sport, the championship provided a diversity of competition for all. Supporting participation from the less developed sailing nations, ISAF ran an " Athlete Participation Programme", - to provide coaching expertise, and financial grants towards travel, accommodation and entry fees, with almost 40 sailors awarded grants.

The final entry list welcomed almost 700 sailors from 60 countries. Not only the individual event medals were up for grabs, but also national pride with the awarding of the King's Trophy, which was ultimately claimed by the hosts France.

For a day by day report from the ISAF World Sailing Games, please go to the ISAF Website:

Report Day One

Report Day Two

Report Day Three

Report Day Four

Report Day Five

Report Day Six

Report Day Seven

Report Day Eight

Final Report

ISAF took advantage of the opportunities presented at the World Sailing Games, with such a diversity of sailors, nationalities and disciplines, by running a Sailors' Forum. With panel members including Robert Scheidt (BRA) and Alessandra Sensini (ITA), debate was sure to be diverse, and it was, ranging from criticism on the selection of the women's keelboat for the Olympic Regatta to Rule 42 Issues.

Slightly further south, an ISAF Race Management seminar was being held in Cadiz, Spain from 21-23 June 2002.

Training programmes also took place in the Cook Islands - with the holding of an Olympic Solidarity funded technical programme - and in Thailand with the hosting of an ISAF Learn-to-Sail Training Programme from 22-27 July.

No ALT tag specifiedIt was the turn of the younger generations at the end of July as Lunenberg in Canada played host to the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships. Over 200 rising stars of the future from 30 countries took to the waters in the 29er, (boys and girls), Laser (boys), Byte (girls) and Mistral (boys and girls).

Zofia Klepacka (POL) put in an outstanding performance in the girls Mistral event. Completely untouchable to the rest of the fleet, Klepacka took the bullet in 6 out of the 8 races of the championships and no other sailor came close to touching her. Klepacka took the gold for the second successive year with a comfortable 13 points margin over silver medallist Blanca Machon (ESP). Thomas Ashley (NZL) helped his country to the overall Volvo Trophy by improving on his 5th place in 2001 to take Gold in the boys Mistral event.

Sailing on home waters worked for Jennifer Spalding who took the gold in the girl's single-handed event sailing a Byte. The boy's single-handed title went to Andrew Campbell (USA) who went to Canada fresh from taking the US Sailing Youth Championship gold for the third successive year and by 31 July had climbed to 62 in the World Laser Rankings.

Pippa Wilson and Jenny Marks (GBR) were delighted to take the gold in the girls 29er and over in the boys fleet the prize went to Nathan Outteridge and Ayden Menzies (AUS).

Yet again there was no change at the top of either the Open World Match Racing Rankings or the Women's World Match Racing Rankings. Peter Holmberg (ISV) was still not to be budged from his Number One slot and Marie Bjorling (SWE) strengthened her position further by winning the Santa Maria Cup in Maryland, defeating Carol Cronin (USA) in the finals.

No ALT tag specifiedGeromino, the Giant Maxi Triamaran owned by Olivier de Kersauson, returned to the record trail after some refinements designed to make her go even faster, hopefully without damaging anything like rudders! Almost everything was refined ready for her future attempts at the Round Britain, and the Jules Verne Trophy. Unfortunately, she succumbed to the poor seamanship of others, when in the apparent safety of Brest. Steve Fossett, (USA), round the World Yachtsman and all round adventurer, once more took to the skies, this time without Richard Branson, in an attempt to be the first person solo around the world in a balloon, meanwhile, Maiden II in her first year of record attempts, got line honours in the Round the Island Race, narrowly missing the race record.

Meanwhile, the Tour Voile in France was due to kick off with the first leg from Dunkerque to Dieppe (FRA) on 1 July and prior to that, the Mumm 30 Europeans was won, in fact dominated by Italians.

As America's Cup fever increased, the reality of the designers pains began to emerge, sounding like it was named by a nine year old, GBR Challenge christened the first of two boats "Wight Lightning", and he first new generation AC Yacht, USA-71 belonging to Oracle Racing, was launched in New Zealand, and named… Oracle Racing.

No ALT tag specifiedThe first Olympic qualification regatta for Athens 2004 took place with the 49er Worlds in the surfers Paradise of Hawaii, I'm not sure what the locals thought of the influx of non surfers but the event was won by the Spanish pair of Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez. Other notable world champions included Filip Matika (CRO) winning the Optimist Worlds, and the 420 World Championship in Tavira, Portugal.

The first five nations to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Regatta in the Yngling were decided at the 2002 Yngling World Championships on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. Ranked number 2 in the World, Monica Azon and her crew, Laia Tutzo and Sandra Azon (ESP) became the 2002 Yngling Women's World Champions and secured a place for Spain at the Olympics in 2004. Spain were to be joined in this first stage by Germany, the USA, Bermuda and Denmark.

The largest ever Ford Cork week took place, the first event using the ISAF Sailor classification system to distinguish professional and amateur sailors, and despite the predominant light winds, was hailed to be the best yet.

Whilst in his series of "The President Speaks" features, Paul had moved onto look at ISAF's role in
sponsorship - feedback continued to be received on the "Disrespect of the Racing Rules of Sailing" controversy - Cook Islands

The next issues of "2002 - A Year In Review" will be published as follows:

Issue 4 - Published 28 December - News from August, September

Issue 5 - Published 31 December - News from October, November, December

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