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13 October 2002, 07:33 am
Teiki Hacheche Wins Optimist Oceanians
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Optimist Oceanian Championship
Apia

Teiki Hacheche (TAH), twelfth at the Optimist World Championship in July, had two further wins in the final races of the championship to secure overall victory.

He finally won the event over Corentin Guegan and Gael Blanquart of New Caledonia. The victory confirms him as a new member of a select group of Tahitian sailors who may go on to higher things. A previous winner Billy Besson went on to win the inaugural multihull event at the ISAF World Youth Sailing Championship.

The Cook Islands will be pleased with their results, getting a sailor in the top ten for the first time through Jan Sijp and taking the girls bronze. Papua New Guinea, present for the first time with a very young team, were far from disgraced.

The event continues for a further day with some light-hearted team racing, but the event can already be seen as a huge success due to a lot of hard and imaginative effort by the Samoan hosts.

Overall Top Ten

Position Group Nation Sailor Total
1 Sami TAH Teiki Hacheche 13
2 Sami NCL Corentin Guegan 17
3 Motu NCL Gael Blanquart 18
4 Motu TAH Ewen Morin 22
5 Lagi NCL Lescadieu Sebastian 22
6 Lagi NCL Malo Lesaigneur 25
7 Lagi TAH Vaimiti Rigal 27
8 Vaka NZL Michael Langley 37
9 Motu NZL Scott Davies 33
10 Vaka COK Jan Sijp 35
Robert Wilkes/ISAF News Editor
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