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29 July 2002, 12:01 pm
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470 European Championship
Tallin

The 470 European Championships commenced yesterday in Tallinn, Estonia, attracting 58 boats in the men’s fleet and 37 boats in the women’s fleet. It’s very early stages in the championship and just one race was completed on Day One.

Racing got underway in fairly light breezes and clear skies. The first race got underway, but due to the conditions the race took longer than the time limit and therefore none of the competitors finished. The race committee and competitors had better luck in the second race of the day, and all of the boats finished within the time limit.

Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstadter of Austria came out on top in the men's yellow group winning the race from Olli Posti/Markus Hangisto of Finland. In third finished Sven Coster/Kell Coster from the Netherlands.

In the men's red group 2002 Kieler Woche winners Nathan Wilmot/Malcom Page of Australia came out on top, taking the race win from Nicolas Charbonner/Stephane Christidis of France who were first Europeans. In third position finished Javier Conte/Juan De La Fuente from Argentina.

Vladeline Ilienko/Diana Krutskikh of Russia head up the women's fleet after one race from Linur Kliger/Anatester Fabrikant of Israel in second and Janja Orel/Alena Orel of Slovenia third.

The qualifying stage of the Europeans will take place over three days with six races scheduled for each group. After the qualifying round, race scores will be carried forward to the final phase and the competitors will be regrouped into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets with eight races scheduled over four days. Racing concludes on Saturday 3 August.

Top three results below, full results from the event website.

Men yellow group-29 boats

1, Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstadter, AUT (1) 1 pt
2, Olli Posti/Markus Hangisto, FIN (2) 2 pts
3, Sven Coster/Kell Coster, NED (3) 3 pts

Men red group 29 boats

1, Nathan Wilmot/Malcom Page, AUS (1) 1 pts
2, Nicolas Charbonner/Stephane Christidis, FRA (2) 2 pts
3, Javier Conte/Juan De La Fuente, ARG (3) pts

Women

1, Vladeline Ilienko/Diana Krutskikh, RUS (1) 1 pt
2, Linur Kliger/Anatester Fabrikant, ISR (2) 2 pts
3, Janja Orel/Alena Orel, SLO (3) 3 pts

Sacha Oswald/News Editor
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