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29 August 2002, 12:17 pm
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Europe Class World Championship

Yesterday marked the start of the Europe class world championships in Canada, sailing from the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club on the western edge of Lake Ontario in Hamilton Harbour.

109 boats have congregated in the women's Europe class, which has been an Olympic class for single handed female crews since the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.

Racing got underway on day one in perfect conditions of 10-15 knots of wind. Racing took place in two groups and after two races it was Siren Sundby of Norway and Sari Multala of Finland that came out on top, both scoring two race wins in their respective groups.

Racing continues through until Tuesday 3 September. Twelve races are scheduled with racing taking place in groups (that are reallocated at the end of each day) until the 1 September, the groups will then be split into gold, silver and bronze and competitors will sail in a final series of racing from the 2-3 September. The winner of the gold group will be crowned the 2002 Europe class world champion.

Results after two races
Position Sail No. Helm R1Y R1B R2Y R2B Total Points
1 NOR846 Siren SUNDBY 1 1 2
2 FIN790 Sari MULTALA 1 1 2
3 AUS57 Sarah BLANCK 2 3 5
4 DEN3 Signe LIVBJERG 4 2 6
5 DEN11 Trine Julie ABRAHAMSEN 7 3 10
6 IRL1 Maria COLEMAN 3 8 11
7 CAN39 Magalie BONNEAU-MARCIL 5 6 11
8 CHN107 Shen XIAOYING 4 8 12
9 NZL115 Sarah MACKY 9 4 13
10 GER14 Christiane PETZKE 11 4 15
Sacha Oswald/News Editor
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