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21 August 2002, 06:38 pm
Day 6
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2002 Olympic Test Event

If one word could describe the day for both the competitors and race organisers at the pre-Olympic test event it would be 'challenging'.
A short postponement greeted the sailors first thing in the morning due to light airs and a shifting breeze. Shortly after lunch all classes were sent out with the exception of the Yngling class who were kept ashore and the 470 men and women who had a lay day.

Just when things were starting to look up, the Mistral class was sent back to shore as there was not enough breeze to get them going and unfortunately this is where they stayed for the remainder of the day.

The Tornado fleet was also unlucky with racing. They were sent out and a race was attempted but the breeze was not stable enough so they were sent back to shore and then later abandoned for the day.

3-6 knots on the 49er course was just enough for a race to get underway, although it did not make the racing easy.

It was a long days racing on the Laser course. Race one got off to a good start for team GBR sailor Paul Goodison, who started well and sailed the shifts to his advantage to take the race win from Karl Suneson of Sweden.

One race was sailed on the Finn course. Joao Signorini (BRA) took the race win from overall event leader after six races Ben Ainslie (GBR).

A second race was attempted but was abandoned in the fickle breeze.

The postponement finally came down for the Yngling class and they were sent out in a breeze that was still light and shifting. They managed to sail one race after waiting for the breeze for over three hours. The race win went to Melanie Dennison/Caroline Aders/Fiona Herbert (AUS)

With two more race days to go, many of the classes are behind schedule so the race committee has made a change to the sailing instructions, so that all the classes that were expecting a lay day tomorrow, the Yngling and Mistrals, will have to race.


470 Women
1, Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa, GRE (3,(15),1,5,1,1,1) 12 pts
2, Marcelien De Koning/Lobke Berkhout, NED (1,(21),9,4,7,3,2) 26 pts
3, Anne-Claire Le Berre/Marie Riou, FRA (16,7,3,6,9,6,(19)) 47 pts

470 Men
1, Johan Molund/Martin Andersson, SWE (5,5,(12),7,4,2,2,8) 33 pts
2, Alvaro Marinho/Miguel Nunes, POR (6,12,3,2,(14),4,14,7) 48 pts
3, Andrea Kosmatopoulos/Konstantinos Trigonis, GRE (17,9,1,15,2,10,4,(OCS)
58 pts

1, Christoffer Sundby/Adam Lowry, NOR (8,3,(10),9,1,1,2,6) 30 pts
2, Peter Hansen/Soren Hansen, DEN (11,(OCS),2,4,9,2,10,3) 41 pts
3, Iker Martinez/Xabier Fernandez, ESP (2,(19),4,5,11,16,4,1) 43 pts
team GBR

1, Solenne Brain, FRA (2,(3),2,1,1,2,3) 11 pts
2, Virginia Kravarioti, GRE (3,2,1,2,(5),3,2) 13 pts
3, Ermio Oikonomopoulou, GRE (4,1,(5),4,4,1,1) 15 pts

1, Ben Ainslie, GBR (2,1,2,(5),1,2) 8 pts
2, Andrew Simpson, GBR (3,(15),1,3,7,11) 25 pts
3, Guillaume Florent, FRA (1,13,3,8,3,(DNF)) 28 pts

1, Karl Suneson, SWE (3,9,1,3,(23),2,6) 24 pts
2, Paul Goodison, GBR (1,2,11,2,18,1,(40)) 35 pts
3, Gareth Blanckenberg, RSA (2,5,5,6,(DNF),5,15) 38 pts

Mistral Women
1, Alessandra Sensini, ITA (6,1,2,5,1,1,5,(7)) 21 pts
2, Lai Shan Lee, HKG (1,9,1,1,16,(OCS),4,1) 33 pts
3, Yin Jian, CHN (2,2,4,(DSQ),14,2,14,12) 50 pts

Mistral Men
1, Nikolaos Kaklamanakis, GRE (3,5,1,1,2,2,(9),8) 22 pts
2, Jon-Paul Tobin, NZL (1,7,(19),2,4,13,5,1) 33 pts
3, James Wells, NZL (13,1,2,3,(17),1,6,10) 35 pts

1, Roman Hagara/Hans-Peter Steinacher, AUT (3,(6),6,1,2,1) 13 pts
2, Olivier Backes/Laurent Voiron, FRA (1,5,2,(21),4,2) 14 pts
3, Darren Bundock/John Forbes, AUS (2,(16),5,4,1,9) 21 pts
other team GBR

1, Melanie Dennison/Caroline Aders/Fiona Herbert, AUS (8,1,5,3,12,(18),3,1)
33 pts
2, Hannah Swett/Joan Touchette/Melissa Purdy, USA (1,9,3,7,2,(21),5,12) 39
3, Shirley Robertson/Sarah Ayton/Inga Leask, GBR (6,(21),9,9,3,5,6,9) 47 pts
Sacha Oswald/News Editor
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