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2002 ISAF World Sailing Games
Marseille

The home team, France, were victorious, notching up an awesome medal tally of nine of the possible 30 medals, of which 4 were gold.
The third ISAF World Sailing Games finished today, Wednesday 10 July in Marseille, France, after 9 days of highly competitive racing.

In the nine days of racing, competitors experienced every condition from a full Mistral, when only the kite surfers were out to calms. The weather has proved testing for all, with the wind proving shifty with very local patterns over the Bay of Marseille.

The 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games has welcomed competitors from all corners of the globe, and from the world's top Olympic and international sailors to those entering their first international regatta. Everyone has enjoyed a fantastic experience with fair play and a competitive spirit prevailing.

The top performing nation was clearly France. They had demonstrated their superior sailing from an early point in the regatta, and in the four events where France took Gold, the sailors had led from the start. Speaking on behalf of the French team, Henri Bacchini, Vice President of the French Sailing Federation, who is also responsible for the federation's high-performance sailing, said:
"France's sailors have won the King's Trophy with 9 medals; 4 gold, 4 silver and a single bronze medal. It is the proof that our team is getting stronger, with some sailors of great talent. I am really confident for the future and we will keep training hard on the same basis. Fair play, modesty and a good spirit in the team is necessary. We have "winning" addicts and it is a characteristic I particularly appreciate. The Marseillaise, our national Hymn, is also music I love to hear and hearing it four times will be a pleasure !"

Presenting the King's Trophy, HM King Constantine, ISAF President of Honour, applauded the victorious host country's success and presented the Trophy to Henri Bacchini, who was joined by France's medallists, to much applause from the sailors of the world.

Event by Event - How Did They Do?

Single-handed Dinghy Men - Laser
Third time lucky today for double Olympic Medallist Robert Scheidt, as he finally claimed the Gold Medal in an event which has twice previously eluded him. Whilst only taking one bullet in the series, Robert's consistency, where others tended to crumble was his success. After a series of 11 races, with 2 discards, several sailors had medals so close in their sights.

The series started off with some clear domination from past ISAF World Youth Sailing Champion in the Laser Class, Gareth Blanckenberg (RSA), who led all through the qualifying series, but from the start of the finals his luck left him out of touch of a podium place, but he still finished 6th, an extremely commendable position in this fleet of the world's top Laser sailors.

The Silver and Bronze Medallists, Andreas Geritzer (AUT) and Evagelos Chimonas (GRE) were always in sight of the medals, but really showed their form in the final series. A great result for Andreas, who put in his third appearance at this ISAF Worlds, having placed 53rd in 1994 and 53rd in 1998. He is currently ranked 6th in the world on the ISAF World Rankings. 2002 was Evagelos' second hit at the ISAF Worlds and he has certainly improved on his 1998 performance when he placed 61st. Evagelos has slowly been working his way up the world rankings, having jumped a massive 42 places over the past two years, and as the highest ranked Greek Laser sailor, we will likely be seeing more of him come the 2004 Olympic Regatta.

The single-handed dinghy men's event is classified as a Grade 1 event, so these sailors will no doubt move up the World Rankings when they are issued on 31 July.

Speaking after hearing confirmation of his Gold Medal, Robert Scheidt commented: "It is now the seventh time I have competed in a World Championship and I have won them all, including 1 youth title and 5 World Championships, and seventh World Championship title is the first time I have won the ISAF World Sailing Championships. Now, I am only missing the Master's World Champion title. During the last races, I was only 6 points ahead and the wind changed but unfortunately not to my advantage. Evagelos finished 11th and I finished 16th. On the last race, I had no other choice but to sail close to him and I finally finished ahead. A real race in the race which profited the Austrian sailor, and I finished first overall only a couple of points ahead."

A few special mentions to Karl Suneson (SWE) who put in an excellent last minute performance to take the bullet in race 10, which together with a second discard, propelled him from yesterday's 11th position to sit 5th overall. The second top 10 late arrival came from Casey Brendan (USA) who moved up from an overnight 12th to finish 10th.

Top 10 Results After 11 Races (2 discards)
1. SCHEIDT ROBERT (BRA) - 6, 4, 3, 3, 1, 3, 3, 10, 5, 16, 10 - 48.00
2. GERITZER ANDREAS (AUT) - 19, 2, 13, 4, 8, 1, 1, 8, 10, 3, 1 - 51.00
3. CHIMONAS EVAGELOS (GRE) - 1, 6, 4, 4, 8, 9, 7, 3, 1, 11, 31 - 34.00
4. BIRGMARK DANIEL (SWE) - 1, 10, 2, 2, 2, 7, 19, 12, 6, 18, 14 - 74.00
5. SUNESON KARL (SWE) - 21, 5, 6, 2, 5, 2, 8, 28, 20, 1, 6 - 76.00
6. BLANCKENBERG GARETH (RSA) - 4, 2, 5, 1, 2, 13, 15, 21, 8, 25, 8 - 79.00
7. WRIGHT EDWARD (GBR) - 22, 6, 10, 11, 1, 4, 4, 14, 11, 2, 16 - 79.00
8. ARAPOV MATE (CRO) - 7, 3, 14, 7, 4, 10, 2, 13, 3, 21, 8, 24, RAF - 87.00
9. SUOAMALAINEN ROOPE (FIN) - 2, 11, 1, 5, 6, 27, 17, 19, 4, 26, 2 - 93.00
10. CASEY BRENDAN (AUS) - 13, 5, 16, 13, 14, 5, 9, 25, 7, 8, 3 - 93.00

Full Laser Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/LA.txt

Single-handed Dinghy Women - Laser Radial
She didn't event need to sail the last two races - so she didn't! Superior racing was the name of the game for Sophie de Turkheim (FRA). In the only event to complete the scheduled 18 races, Sophie was clearly outstanding, and taking out her last two races, posted 14 top 3 results including eight 1sts, together with an 11th and 8th in the 16 races she sailed. What a performance and a tremendous improvement on her 1998 result of 16th overall. Sophie's reason for not racing today, aside from not needing to, she is preparing herself for her next event, the Europe Class Europeans. [The Europe is the equipment used at the Olympic Regatta in the women's single-handed event.] Sophie currently lies 44th on the ISAF World Rankings for the Europe Class.

However, also ahead of the pack and clearly outstanding, were the ever-chasing Silver Medallist Katarzyna Szotynska (POL) and Bronze Medallist Gea Barbie (CRO), who will be taking home their country's first ever medals from an ISAF World Sailing Championship. These two sat close behind Sophie from the start of the regatta, and finished the series in the same positions of 2nd and 3rd as when they started. Both these sailors also compete in the Europe Class, like many of the rest of the fleet, with Katarzyna ranked 37th and Gea 200th in the world.

A special mention to Miranda Powrie (NZL), who put in an excellent performance against a very strong field to finish 4th. Miranda benefited from daily coaching, before and during the ISAF World Sailing Games via the "ISAF Athlete Participation Programme", and speaking to Miranda today she said: "I am certain that without the extra coaching I received here, I would never have done so well. I am really grateful to ISAF for giving me this support." Miranda now moves onto the Laser Radial Youth Worlds, and intends to move into the Europe on her return to New Zealand. Another sailor for Athens 2004 - who knows?

Top 10 Results After 18 Races (2 discards)
1. DE TURKHEIM SOPHIE (FRA) - 1, 1, 1, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 3, 1, 11, 1, 2, 8, 2, 1, DNC, DNC - 40.00
2. SZOTYNSKA KATARZYNA (POL) - 2, 2, 2, 2, 5, 2, 5, 4, 2, 6, 25, 9, 8, 1, 1, 4, 1, 6 - 53.00
3. BARBIE GEA (CRO) - 3, 3, 3, 9, 14, 4, 2, 3, 9, 16, 6, 2, 1, 17, 4, 8, 5, 3 - 79.00
4. POWRIE MIRANDA (NZL) - 6, 11, 15, 1, 8, 5, 7, 6, 8, 20, 7, 5, 4, 2, 6, 6, 9, 4 - 95.00
5. DE PLANQUE MARION (FRA) - 14, 6, 20, 5, 11, 12, 3, 8, 5, 10, 24, 8, 3, 11, 3, 3, 7, 5- 114.00
6. NEVIEROV LARISSA (ITA) - 4, 8, 8, 24, 6, 3, 10, 9, 11, 13, 10, 3, 7, 10, 5, 2, 8, 11 - 115.00
7. CASEY HALL ALISON (AUS) - 5, 4, 12, 16, 4, 9, 6, 5, 18, 24, 5, 7, 6, 14, 8, 12, 3, 2 - 118.00
8. MULLER NICKY (GBR) - 11, 9, 14, 14, 13, 8, 9, 12, 12, 5, 13, 4, 9, 16, 24, 7, 4, 1 - 145.00
9. PEELO CIARA (IRL) - 8, 12, 9, 6, 3, 10, 12, 14, 6, 9, 1, 14, 17, 19, 11, 10, 12, 12 - 149.00
10. ARCHER KATIE (GBR) - 12, 10, 23, 12, 26, 17, 4, 2, 17, 19, 14, 6, 5, 5, 13, 9, 2, 10 - 157.00

Full Laser Radial Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/LR.txt


Double-handed Dinghy Men - 470
With 17 of the world's top 20 470 Class sailors here in Marseille, the competition was always going to be tough - and hard fought it was, with position changes at the top throughout the 11 races series.


A climatic final race, with neither the Israel or French crews knowing who had won. With both teams finishing on equal points, the Gold Medal was based on countback, with Yogev Yosef/Shahaf Amir (ISR) coming out victorious to take the Gold Medal, the John Merricks Trophy and Israel's first medal from an ISAF World Sailing Champinship. Pretty good sailing for this crew who currently rank 30th in the world. For both the Gold and Silver Medallists, it was not bullets that put them at the top, as neither teams took line honours in any race, but solid and consistent sailing.
With a Silver Medal, Brothers Benjamin and Romain Bonnaud, who are ranked 14th in the world, were delighted with their performance, commenting: "It is really fantastic to be here, although we were a little bit disappointed about the fact we finished on equal points, with the Gold based on countback. However it is our best performance yet. We were struggling until the end, as we were in a race within the race with the Israel team. We have improved our level since this year's SPA Olympic Regatta, and this Silver Medal will give us a new dimension, however our objectives will not change. To be in the top 10 at a European Championship and afterwards at a World Championship is really a good performance for us. We now have to analyse and strengthen some of our weak points."

The series started with the Australian's Nathan Wilmot/Malcom Page (AUS) putting in an inspiring performance, leading after the first three races, and the pundits reckoned the Australian performance in Marseille looked set to replicate the Australian performance at the 2000 Olympics with a "double" in the men's and women's 470. But it was not to go that way, with the men never repeating their opening performance throughout the rest of the regatta.

At the conclusion of yesterday's racing, Gustavo Martinez/Tunte Cantero (ESP) sat in 9th overall, and looked out of contention for a medal, but with the French and Israel teams having their own race, the way was open for the Spanish to fast-track towards the front of the fleet and take two bullets in today's two races. This put them on level pegging with Nicolas Charbonnier, who was sailing with his replacement crew, but on countback it was the Spanish who took the Silver Medal, with Nicolas in 4th.
Mentions to Kazuto Seki/Kenjiro Todoroki (JPN), who are ranked 29th in the world, and finished 10th.

The defending 1998 Gold and Silver medallists were here, ready for a repeat performance, but to no avail. Petri Leskinen/Kristian Heinila (FIN) finished 28th and Yevhen Braslavets/Igor Matviyenko (UKR) finished 8th respectively.

Interestingly, bearing in mind 17 of the world's top 10 sailors were here in Marseille, only 11 of those sailors actually finished in the top 20. In fact only 4 of the world's top 10 sailors (and there were 7 of them) finished in the top 10. This is surely a reflection of putting the sailors in identical boats?

The 470 sailors in both the men's and women's events will be receiving ISAF Grade 1 points from this event towards their World Rankings.

Top 10 Results After 11 Races (2 discards)
1. YOSEF YOGEV/AMIR SHAHAF (ISR) - 8, 7, 2, 10, 22, 7, 2, 2, 9, 21, 26 - 90.00
2. BONNAUD BENJAMIN/BONNAUD ROMAIN (FRA) - 3, 4, BFD, 11, 12, 2, 4, 10, 4, 18, 22 - 90.00
3. MARTINEZ GUSTAVO/CANTERO TUNTE (ESP) - 6, 5, 12, 31, 2, 18, 12, 7, 29, 1, 1 - 93.00
4. CHARBONNIER NICOLAS/CHRISTIDIS (FRA) - 7, 2, 17, 12, 23, 1, 10, 33, 8, 2, 11 - 93.00
5. KOSMATOPOULOS ANDREAS/TRIGONIS (GRE) - 12, 14, 15, 30, 4, 6, 19, 4, 12, 4, 5 - 95.00
6. GAL UDI/KLIGER GIDEON (ISR) - 2, 3, 3, 32, 24, 8, 6, 8, 13, 16, 20 - 103.00
7. WILMOT NATHAN/PAGE MALCOM (AUS) - 1, 1, 5, 23, 16, 11, 8, 32, 17, 8, 14 - 105.00
8. BRASLAVETS EUGEN/MATVIENKO IGO (UKR) - 5, 10, BFD, 6, 5,OCS, 3, 1, 3, 5, 21 - 105.00
9. SEKI KAZUTO/TODOROKI KENJIRO, (JPN) - 10, 26, 9, 21, 9, 17, 13, 5, 19, 3, 13 - 119.00
10. ZANDONA GABRIO/TRANI ANDREA (ITA) - 9, 13, 7, 9, 6, 3, 7, 31, DSQ, 43, 6 - 134.00

Full 470 Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/4M.txt

Double-handed Dinghy Women - 470
Similarly in the women's event, it was going to be tough at the top, with 14 of the world's best 25 470 Class sailors in Marseille.

However, leading from the start were Olympic Gold Medallists Jenny Armstrong/ Belinda Stowell (AUS) who are ranked number 2 in the world. With 4 bullets in the 10 races, they held a clear points lead from an early stage. Whilst they never looked in danger of being pushed off the top slot, their lead was progressively closed throughout the regatta.

Speaking today, Gold Medal crew Belinda Stowell (AUS), commented: "It was very interesting to sail on identical supplied boats. This was an excellent test to prove our level and sail under equal conditions, since we have had all kinds of wind conditions. However, we had a difficult morning today, as we did not know if we would be able to sail or not and we kept waiting either for the wind or for the men's fleet to come back. When we arrived here [in Marseille] we did not make any particular aims, but knew we were in a good shape."

Sitting 11 points behind the Australians, were world ranked number 10 sailors, and now Silver Medallists, Ingrid Petitjean/Nadege Douroux (FRA), who commented: "It was a difficult race and each point was important. One main point was to keep confident and we achieved this quite easily as we actually did not compete that much due to the wind conditions. Each time we were on the sea, we had to adapt again to the allocated boats. For this reason nobody really took any risk, and being regular was the winning point."

Matching their team mates' performance in the men's double-handed event, Natalia via Dufresne/Sandra Azon (ESP) took the Bronze.

With neither the 1998 Gold or Silver medallists here to defend their titles, it was the 1998 Bronze medallists Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE) who had much to live up to. However, it was a disappointing series for the current World and European Champions and world ranking leaders. They opened their performance being a bit too keen on the gun, to take two OCS's in races 2 and 4, which was later followed by a DNF and DNC after damaging their equipment in races 7 and 8. Overall they finished 16th.
A strong performance by the Canadian duo of Jen Provan/Nikola Girke, who are ranked 22nd in the world, and finished 8th overall.

Top 10 Results After 10 Races (1 discard)
1. ARMSTRONG JENNY/STOWELL BELINDA (AUS) - 1, 1, 4, 1, 11, 18, 1, 3, 6, 8 - 36.00
2. PETITJEAN INGRID/DOUROUX NADEG (FRA) - 11, 3, 9, 13, 2, 2, 4, 2, 4, 10 - 47.00
3. VIA DUFRESNE NATALIA/AZON SANDRA (ESP) - 2, 5, 11, 6, 7, 16, 5, 1, 13, 1 - 51.00
4. LE BERRE ANNE CLAIRE/RIOU MARI (FRA) - 13, 6, 3, 15, 13, 6, 2, 5, 11, 13 - 72.00
5. KLIGER LINUR/FABRIKANT ANAT (ISR) - 14, 10, 2, 7, 14, 28, 10, 6, 16, 3 - 82.00
6. SAARIKALLIO MARIA/DIESEN MARIA (FIN) - 29, 18, 14, 3, 5, 14, 3, 10, 14, 5 - 86.00
7. KORNICKI NIKE/BUSKILA VERED (ISR) - 8, 2, 28, 4, 3, 30, 15, 4, 9, 16 - 89.00
8. PROVAN JEN/GIRKE NIKOLA (CAN) - 4, 15, 6, 14, 4, 12, 18, 13, 25, 9 - 95.00
9. TORGERSON THERESE/ZACKRISSON VENDELA (SWE) - 3, 4, 1, 18, 12, 13, DNF, DNC, 5, 11 - 99.00
10. ILIENKO VLADELINA/KRUTSKIKH DIANA (RUS) - 10, 7, 12, 2, 10, 20, 26, DNC, 7, 7 - 101.00

Full 470 Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/4W.txt

Multihull Open - Hobie 16
Having taken the lead on Monday, Sydney Olympic Silver medallist Darren Bundock with crew Mark Padgett went into today's racing assured of the Gold. So their disappointing 20th place, their worst result of the regatta, did not give them much cause for concern.

2002 mutihull open World Champion, Darren Bundock (AUS), commented:"We have just ended a very bad round, conditions were very difficult. Thankfully, it hasn't changed our result. We didn't have to race today to win the championship. We have been on the water to enjoy ourselves. It's the third time I have won a Worlds - twice before in the Tornado (the Olympic catamaran) in 1998 and 2000. Winning here is very important for me, but my strongest feeling remains my silver medal at the last Olympic Games."

His crew, Mark Padgett:"I am happy and surprised to win my first regatta in a catamaran. I usually race the 470. I don't think I' ll race a catamaran again for a while, but will be back in 4 years with Darren."

But behind them the heat was on with the Silver and Bronze up for grabs. However, the 8th place result today from reigning Hobie 16 World Champions, Gavin Colby/Simone Matfield (AUS) kept them secure to take the Silver.

So that left the battle between three crews for the bronze, with the 1994 Gold Medallists, Enrique Figueroa/Carla Malatrasi (PUR), and 1998 Gold Medallists and defending champions, Shaun Ferry/Alison Ball (RSA), in contention against Christophe Renaud/Al Rossollin (FRA). With the French posting a disappointing 15th, the Puerto Rican's bullet in today's race was just what they needed to take the Bronze, leaving Shaun and Alison, who posted a 5th, 12 points behind them to finish in 4th overall.

Top 10 Results After 12 Races (2 discards)
1. BUNDOCK DARREN/PADGETT MARK (AUS) - 7, 8, 1, 1, 8, 1, 13, 3, 3, 1, 2, 20 - 35.00
2. COLBY GAVIN/MATFIELD SIMONE (AUS) - 2, 9, 5, 3, 3, 17, 12, 6, 1, 2, 9, 8 - 48.00
3. FIGUEROA ENRIQUE/MALATRASI CARLA (PUR) - 6, 1, 2, OCS, 16, 4, 1, 5, 14, 16, 1, 1 - 51.00
4. FERRY SHAUN/BALL ALISON (RSA) - 9, 2, 10, 6, 2, 20, 5, 8, 4, 12, 15, 5 - 63.00
5. DODDS BLAINE/ARNOLD STEVE (RSA) - 12, 15, 3, 2, 5, 2, 3, 15, OCS, 17, 4, 3 - 64.00
6. RENAUD CHRISTOPHE/ROSSOLLIN AL (FRA) - 4, 7, 8, 9, 4, 5, 2, 16, 7, 13, 5, 15 - 64.00
7. SUCHANEK FRANCK/STEINHAGEN BRI (GER) - 5, 10, 7, 5, 9, 29, 4, 1, 13, 5, 11, 17 - 70.00
8. SONINO ALBERTO/GUARNIERI ADRIA (ITA) - 1, 3, 13, 10, 7, DSQ, 11, 7, 6, 10, 28, 10 - 78.00
9. COYON GUILLAUME/MILLIERET LUCA (FRA) - 3, 14, 24, 11, 12, 3, 24, 2, 5, 14, 12, 6 - 82.00
10. FARROW MARK/WARD STEVE (GBR) - 18, 5, 12, 4, 1, 21, 10, 9, 21, 7, 6, 16 - 88.00

Full Hobie 16 Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/HM.txt

Multihull Women - Hobie 16
A single race for the women's fleet as well today.
The overnight leaders, Marie Duvignac/Claire Japhet (FRA), went into today's race feeling safe over their rivals Florence Delory/Laurianne Le Gac (FRA), as last night's jury hearings had concluded DSQ's in yesterday's races 11 and 12, putting them further away on points. However, the leaders still wanted a good result, and what could be better than a bullet to affirm their superiority and claim Gold.

Speaking after today's race Marie Duvignac commented:" We did not want a race between the two French teams, but we had no choice. Now it's total happiness. We have won the last race and remain at the top. Being on the podium is even better."

Silver Medallists, Florence Delory/Laurianne Le Gac, commented: "It's been a lot of stress towards the end of the competition, because of the many protests coming from British competitors. We have made the difference on the water, ending just behind the other French girls".

All top three crews managed to maintain their overnight places, and therefore it was the American pairing of Susan Korzeniewski/Stephanie O'Connor (USA) who claimed the Bronze. Well done to this duo, who claimed the US Team's sole medal.

Top 10 Results After 13 Races (2 discards)
1. DUVIGNAC MARIE/JAPHET CLAIRE (FRA) - 4, 1, 1, 2, 4, 1, 7, 6, 2, 3, 2, 9, 1 - 27.00
2. DELORY FLORENCE/LE GAC LAURIAN (FRA) - 3, 3, 7, 4, 1, 6, 1, 1, 4, 4, DSQ, DSQ, 2 - 36.00
3. KORZENIEWSKI SUSAN/O' CONNOR STEPHANIE (USA) - 9, 4, 4, 1, 8, 4, 6, 3, 6, 1, 3, 3, 4 - 39.00
4. ZANESCO BELINDA/ANGWIN NAOMI (AUS) - 1, DNC, 2, 9, OCS, 2, 5, 7, 1, 5, 4, 7, 3 - 46.00
5. BERTINI ALESSIA/POLI SARA (ITA) - 6, DNC, 3, 10, 3, 9, 4, 2, 5, 2, 8, 5, 7 - 54.00
6. FORSHAW ELLEN/DEYES JENNY (GBR) - 2, DNF, 5, 3, 5, 8, 2, 5, 7, 7, 5, 12, 9 - 58.00
7. ANGIONI CECILIA/GESSA VALENTIN (ITA) - 10, DNC, 9, 5, 6, 11, 8, 4, 10, 8, 1, 1, 6 - 68.00
8. MARSHALL KAMI/SCOTT HELEN (GBR) - 5, 2, 8, 12, 2, 7, 3, 11, 8, 13, 7, 8, 10 - 71.00
9. BUHRMANN JANA/MC LAREN PHILIPP (NAM) - 7, DNC, 6, 11, 7, 5, 10, 8, 12, 12, 6, 2, 11 - 85.00
10. MARTINEZ ROSARITO/OLIVEIRO NAT (PUR) - 13, DNC, OCS, 6, OCS, 3, 9, 12, 11, 6, 10, 4, 5 - 95.00

Full Hobie 16 Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/HW.txt

Keelboat Men - J/80
They came, they saw, they conquered - from start to finish! With the fleet split into two, and a qualifying series then sailed to determine the gold and silver fleet, there was never any question of the dominance of Francois Brenac and crew of Erik Ferran, Xavier Rohart and Thierry Fouchier (FRA). Well the team had to perform, as Francois Brenac was the defending champion from 1998. He now ranks alongside Kristine Roug (DEN) as the only helms to successfully defend their championship titles. Kristine won the women's single-handed dinghy event in 1994 and 1998.

With a clear 13 point margin over the Silver Medallists, the French helm, Francois Brenac, was pretty happy today, despite his "unlucky" 13th place in the final race of the series: "I am very pleased with my crew as this event was a real challenge. We knew nothing about the J/80, and we discovered the boat just one week before the event began. However, as we are used to the match racing competition where the boats are allocated and the turnover very quick, we kept concentrated, whereas the British team reached breaking point on yesterday's race. Therefore one can say the match race is an excellent training school."

Francois Brenac is ranked 9th on the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.

With a comfortable overnight margin over the British in third place, the Italian team helmed by Sommariva just needed a half-decent result today, but in fact had their worst posting of the series, a 20th. Not too bad though, as with the second discard coming into play after 11 races, they could wipe this off their score to sit comfortably in second place and claim the Silver Medal.

Behind them, it was the two British teams fighting it out, but with the boat helmed by Ian Williams being given an overnight DSQ in yesterday's Race 10, the focus was on Paul Brotherton and team, and a 10th was sufficient to give them the Bronze medal.

A good result today for the Lithuanian team helmed by Raimondas Siugzdinis, who took their second bullet of the event, to move up from their overnight 12th place to 8th overall.

Top 10 Results After 11 Races (2 discards)
1. BRENAC/ FERRAN/ROHART/ FOUCHIER (FRA) - 1, 1, 3, 2, 1, 6, 1, 18, 6, 4, 13 - 38.00
2. SOMMARIVA/ BROCCANELLO/MUNGO (ITA) - 4, 4, 10, 1, 4, 1, 7, 10, 8, 2,20 - 41.00
3. BROTHERTON/ LEASK/RUSSEL/ NEARN (GBR) - 3, 8, 2, 6, 10, 10, 18, 4, 3, 8, 10 - 64.00
4. KOSMINA/GLAVINA/FAFANGERL/BELTRAN (SLO) - 5, 9, 5, 4, DSQ, 19, 5, 12, 1, 3, 2 - 65.00
5. WILLIAMS/ LLEWELLYN/NICHOLLS/WILLIAMS (GBR) - 1, 1, 15, 3, 1, 2, 2, 16, BFD, DSQ, 7 - 69.00
6. BREWER/WILLIAMS/MCCUAIG/CROTHERS (AUS) - 10, 10, 10, 7, 8, 4, 4, 6, 2, 11, 9 - 70.00
7. HATAKEYAMA/AIZAWA/NAKAZAWAKUME (JPN) - 12, 16, 11, 2, 3, 3, 11, 3, 5, 18, 6 - 72.00
8. SIUGZDINIS/PAJARSKAS/RYMONIS/ABRATIS (LTU) - 7, 2, 9, 12, 4, 12, 13, 1, 13, 15, 1 - 74.00
9. SEVESTRE/LE HELLEY/CAJOULLE/WARGNIER (FRA) - 5, 5, 1, DSQ, 2, 5, DSQ, 13, 11, 1, 14 - 77.00
10. MILLEN/REESE/MC GLAUGHLIN/BROWN (CAN) - 7, 7, 13, 4, 6, 7, 10, 9, 9, 5, 17 - 77.00

Full J/80 Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/J8.txt

Keelboat Women - J/22
France's fourth Gold! Similar to Francois Brenac in the J/80, Christine Briand and crew of Eloid Bour, Pascale Dentraygues and Claire Pruvot led their event from start to finish. With two discards taken into account, Briand posted ten top 3 results, and one 4th - and it seemed no-one could catch her, which was indeed what the team themselves thought last night as they celebrated Gold Medal victory. However, when they checked the points again this morning, they realised that the New Zealand team helmed by Karleen Dixon could still catch them. But it was not to be, with France's 3rd place today keeping them safe.

Christine also won the women's keelboat event in 1994 in La Rochelle.

Speaking after today's Gold Medal victory, Christine Briand (FRA) said: "We actually did already celebrate our victory after yesterday's race. We made some mistakes in the calculation of our points and we thought we were out of danger…so during this morning's race we kept sticking to the New Zealander crew as we usually do in match race competitions. I must admit the race level was a bit higher than at the previous ISAF Games in La Rochelle, but probably a little bit less than during the Dubai Championship. In Dubai, we had some trouble with crews like Betsy Alison (USA), who was ranking among the top ten in matchracing at that time. Anyway, it is always a great satisfaction to reach the team's target as we have been sailing for quite a long time already."

Following a similar performance, were the Silver Medallists who sat safe in number 2 spot for most of the regatta. It was behind them that things were tight.

Whilst in the early part of the regatta, Cordelia Ellis (GBR) looked as though she was in with a chance, it was the Australians helmed by Susan Walters and Italians helmed by Giulia Conti who continually exchanged the Bronze Medal place throughout the event. They went into today's final race on equal points and all to play for. However, it was the Australians who were on the pace and placed 5th to claim the bronze.

Top 9 Results (Gold Fleet) After 13 Races (2 discards)
1. BRIAND/ BOUR/DENTRAYGUES/ PROUVOT (FRA) - 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 4, 4, RDG, 4, 3 -20.50
2. DIXON/ ROBERTS/EGNOT/ LIND MITCHELL (NZL) - 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, RDG, 6, 9, 2, 2, 2, 6 - 26.00
3. WALTERS/ GOJNICH/BRISBOIS/GORDON (AUS) - 2, 3, 7, 5, 1, 1, RDG, 5, 2, 5, 4, 1, 5 - 27.00
4. CONTI/ BORONI/MARENZI/ MAZZOTT (ITA) - 4, 4, 3, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2, 1, DSQ, 1, 8, DNF - 37.00
5. ELLIS/ ALLAN/LEASK/ WEBB (GBR) - 1, 1, OCS, 2, 3, 1, 5, 7, 8, 8, DSQ, 5, 1 - 42.00
6. HUDSON/KEYTEL/MC ARTHUR/SCHABORT (RSA) - 5, 3, 4, 5, 2, 6, RDG, 3, 6, 7, 3, 6, 2 - 42.00
7. SPITHILL/ROBERTS/BULLOUGH/MATTHEWS (AUS) - 8, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, RDG, 9, 7, 1, 6, 3, 7 - 48.00
8. PROVOYEUR/COETZEE/FOORD/ALISON (RSA) - 3, 6, 5, 6, 5, 5, 3, 8, 3, 3, DSQ, 7, 4 - 50.00
9. ZILLIMAN/MCDOWELL/WULFF/HAWKINS(USA) - 4, 4, 3, 2, 6, 7, 9, 4, 5, 6, 5, 9, 8 - 54.00

Full J/22 Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/J2.txt

Boards Men - Bic Techno
2002 saw the boardsailing event introduced for the first time in the ISAF World Sailing Games.

Unfortunately, the boards had most probably the most frustrating regatta of the series, as they require a minimum 8 knots of steady wind to race, and many times this failed to materialise.

But the wind was on form today, although only one race was sailed to complete a total of 9 races in the series. The Gold Medallist Andrea Cucchi (ITA) led from the start of the regatta, posting 6 bullets in the first 6 races, before he eventually let his guard down to post a 5th and 4th in Races 7 and 8 respectively. However, he was back on form for today's final race taking line honours and the Gold Medal.

Speaking after today's racing, Andrea commented:"I am very happy as I did not anticipate winning the gold medal or even being on the podium! I was very lucky to train on this board 4 times before the event, as I am a professional sailor on funboards, having learnt to windsurf when I was 6. Here in Marseille except, for my countryman Benoit Moussilmani and Brazilian Wilhelm Schurmann (Silver Medallist) and maybe two or three other funboarders, the competitors are all using the Mistral sailboard. Anyway if the Formula Windsurfing becomes the Olympic board I will be very pleased!"

Only seven points behind was Wilhelm Schurmann (BRA), and then a more increased ten point gap to fellow Italian Alberto Menegatti who took the Bronze Medal.

There was a clear margin between the three race leaders and the rest of the fleet, who really failed to ever come into medal contention.

Top 10 Results After 9 Races (1 discard)
1. CUCCHI ANDREA (ITA) - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 5, 4, 1 - 11.00
2. SCHURMANN WILHELM (BRA) - OCS, 2, 2, 3, 2, 3, 1, 1, 4 - 18.00
3. MENEGATTI ALBERTO (ITA) - 6, 4, 3, 2, 4, 2, 7, 5, 2 - 28.00
4. BONTEMPS JULIEN (FRA) - 5, 9, 7, 10, 6, 6, 3, 3, 3 - 42.00
5. MOUSSILMANI BENOIT (FRA) - 2, 3, 4, DNC, 3, 4, DNC, 2, 5 - 46.00
6. MC GRATH CHRIS (PUR) - 12, 5, 8, 5, 5, 12, 2, 7, 11 - 55.00
7. NELSON MICHAEL (AUS) - 4, 7, 6, 4, 8, 7, DNC, 9, 10 - 55.00
8. JACKSON ALAN (GBR) - 8, 10, 5, 6, 11, 10, 6, 8, 6 - 59.00
9. OBEREMKO MAKSYM (UKR) - 3, 6, 12, DNC, 7, 5, DNC, 6, 9 - 71.00
10. SOLVEN GUY (GBR) - OCS, 8, 10, 8, 10, 9, DNC, 10, 12 - 90.00

Full Bic Techno Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/BM.txt

Boards Women - Bic Techno
Repeating the performance in the men's event was the 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist Alessandra Sensini (ITA), who was not letting anyone into her Gold Medal territory, and put in an outstanding performance. She can certainly be classified as the most consistent competitor, scoring a perfect scoreline of nine 1st places in the nine races.

On equal points behind Alessandra today were fellow French competitors Lise Vidal and Eugenie Raffin, but the Silver went to Lise on countback.

Speaking on her Gold, Alessandra said:"I was very pleased to be at the ISAF World Sailing Games, as they represent for me a sort of come back, as I used to sail the Funboard before racing the Olympic Mistral One design model. I have been sailing for several years on the professional tour, and therefore had a particular enthusiasm for this type of board. I will soon be back on my training programme for the Olympics and maybe after that will then stop racing sailboards to concentrate in the keelboat event".

Top 10 Results After 8 Races
1. SENSINI ALESSANDRA (ITA) - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 - 8.00
2. VIDAL LISE (FRA) - 2, 6, 2, 6, 3, 4, DNC, 2, 2 - 27.00
3. RAFFIN EUGENIE (FRA) - 7, 2, 8, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 5 - 27.00
4. JOHNSTON CHRISTINE (GBR) - 6, 5, 7, 2, 5, 5, DNC, 5, 3 - 38.00
5. SHREEVE ALLISON (AUS) - 8, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2, DNC, 7, 6 - 39.00
6. ZHANG CHUJUN (CHN) - 3, 3, 3, 9, 6, 7, DNC, 4, 4 - 39.00
7. CARTWRIGHT HELEN (GBR) - 4, 7, 6, 5, 8, 6, DNC, 9, 7 - 52.00
8. MASLYVETS OLGA (UKR) - 9, 8, 5, 7, 9, 9, DNC, 6, 9 - 62.00
9. LIU WEIMING (CHN) - 5 DSQ OCS, 8, 7, 8, DNC, 8, 8 - 76.00
10. MARIOTT KAREN (USA) - RAF, 9, 10, 10, 11, 10, DNC, 10, 11 - 87.00

Full Bic Techno Results
http://212.30.115.34/ffv/public/evenement/2002/ISAF/results/BW.txt

King's Trophy For Top Overall Nation
The King's Trophy was awarded on the basis of a nation's top four regatta scores from the entire series.
1. France - 40 pts
2. Australia - 36 pts
3. Italy - 36 pts
4. Great Britain - 28 pts
5. South Africa - 22 pts
6. Puerto Rico - 20 pts
7. USA - 19 pts
8. Spain - 19 pts
9. Brazil - 19 pts
10. Israel - 17 pts
11. New Zealand - 16 pts
12. Greece - 15 pts
13. Ukraine - 14 pts
14. Japan - 12 pts
15. Sweden - 12 pts
16. Croatia - 12 pts
17. Poland - 11 pts
18. Canada - 10 pts
19. Slovenia - 10 pts
20. Austria - 10 pts
21. Finland - 9 pts
22. Ireland - 8 pts
23. China - 6 pts
24. Germany - 6 pts
25. The Netherlands - 5 pts
26. Namibia - 5 pts
27. Russia - 4 pts
28. Lithuania - 4 pts
29. Cayman Island - 3 pts
30. Switzerland - 2 pts

Ranking by Continent
Whilst no official recognition is given to the rankings by continent, it follows for readers' interest:

Africa and Middle East
1. South Africa - 22 pts
2. Namibia - 5 pts

America
1. Puerto Rico - 20 pts
2. USA - 19 pts
3. Brazil - 19 pts
4. Canada - 10 pts
5. Cayman Islands - 3 pts

Asia
1. Japan - 12 pts
2. China - 6 pts

Europe
1. France - 40 pts
2. Italy - 36 pts
3. Great Britain - 28 pts
4. Spain - 19 pts
5. Israel - 17 pts
6. Greece - 15 pts
7. Ukraine - 14 pts
8. Sweden - 12 pts
9. Croatia - 12 pts
10. Poland - 11 pts
11. Slovenia - 10 pts
12. Austria - 10 pts
13. Finland - 9 pts
14. Ireland - 8 pts
15. Germany - 6 pts
16. The Netherlands - 5 pts
17. Russia - 4 pts
18. Lithuania - 4 pts
19. Switzerland - 2 pts

Oceania
1. Australia - 36 pts
2. New Zealand - 16 pts

Thanks and Goodbye
In bringing the Awards Ceremony to an end, ISAF Vice-President Fernando Bolin thanked the Organizing Committee, led by Denis Rebufat, the French Sailing Federation and President Jean-Pierre Champion, the event sponsors and Michel Barbier for their tremendous support in organising this third holding of the ISAF World Sailing Championship.

The 500 volunteers were applauded for their enthusiasm and support, without which the event would not have been possible.

The Race Committees and International Jury (who head 130 protests, spending 110 hours in jury rooms with each protest lasting an average 25 minutes) were thanked for their expertise to ensure fair play prevailed.

ISAF Vice-President George Andreadis officially declared the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games closed and the ISAF flag was lowered, with a final thank you to the sailors of the world and the city of Marseille.
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