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9 May 2003, 10:49 am
Tough Day One Conditions
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Mistral European Championship
Palermo, Mondello

After a postponement on day one, the 104 competitors were sent to the course area at 12:30 local time, the women racing on the yellow course just out of the Mondello Bay, men racing on the orange course inside the Mondello Bay.
Racing an double inner loop, the women started at 1:30 in 8-12 knots of wind. Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) gained an early lead on the first windward leg followed by LEI SHAN Lee (HKG) and Flavia Tartaglini (ITA) being third at the top mark.

Alessandra SENSINI won convincingly followed by LEI SHAN Lee, leaving the fleet well behind and proving their ability to perform well in the tricky conditions. Faustine MERRET (FRA).

Meanwhile on the men´s course, the blue group started first at 1:40 going for a double outer loop, followed by the yellow group at 1:50 sailing the double inner loop. The men´s course had similar conditions to the women´s but towards the last leg a failing breeze and shifty north westerly wind made racing rather difficult.

In the blue group Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) won, followed byDominic TIDEY (GBR) and HO CHI Ho (HKG).

The yellow group was won by Maksim OBEREMKO (UKR), second was Stephane JAOUEN (FRA) and third was Peter WELLS (USA), who moved up from forth place as Canadian Kevin STITTLE was called OCS after finishing third.

Afterwards the wind died on the men´s course to under 5 knots which made racing impossible therefore they were sent onshore to wait for more wind. The women on the yellow course faced steady 8 knots breeze and started the second race.

Both of the men fleets were sent out to the yellow course after the women's second race finished, in order to try to get a second race completed, but due to the lack of wind racing was cancelled at 5 PM.

Today´s racing is scheduled for 11:00 so stay tuned for more exciting tales from the 2003 European Championships at the beautiful Bay of Mondello.

Men (After One Race)

Yellow Group:

Pos Nation Name Total
1 UKR - 19 Oberemko, Maksim 1.00 Point
2 FRA - 29 Jaouen, Stephane 2.00 Points
3 USA - 2 Wells, Peter 3.00 Points
4 NZL - 1 Tobin, Jon-Paul 4.00 Points
5 GRE - 1 Kaklamanakis, Nikos 5.00 Points
6 FRA - 91 Le Gal, Nicolas 6.00 Points
7 ISR - 18 Fridman, Gal 7.00 Points
8 POL - 126 Miarczynski, Przemyslaw 8.00 Points
9 FRA - 8 Huguet, Nicolas 9.00 Points
10 NED - 77 Van Dijk 10.00 Points

Blue Group:

Pos Nation Name Total
1 FRA - 6 Bontemps, Julien 1.00 Point
2 GBR - 7 Tidey, Dominic 2.00 Points
3 HKG - 6 Ho, Chi Ho 3.00 Points
4 GRE - 8 Kokalanis, Bryon 4.00 Points
5 ESP - 7 Pastor, Ivan 5.00 Points
6 ISR - 1 Chabner, Alex 6.00 Points
7 FRA - 7 Guyader, Alexander 7.00 Points
8 POR - 75 Rodriguez, Joao 8.00 Points
9 ARG - 6 Benitez, Martin 9.00 Points
10 FRA - 178 Beudou, Nicolas 10.00 Points

Women (After 2 Races)

Pos Nation Name Total
1 FRA - 9 Merret, Faustine 3.00 Points
2 ITA - 25 Sensini, Alessandra 5.00 Points
3 GER - 82 Lux, Amelie 9.00 Points
4 HKG - 1 Lee, Lai Shan 11.00 Points
5 FRA - 35 Mailhos, Jeanne 11.00 Points
6 FRA - 24 Vidal, Lise 20.00 Points
7 GBR - 1 Sturges, Natasha 26.00 Points
8 BUL - 14 Konstantinova, Irina 29.00 Points
9 ITA - 46 Tartaglini, Flavia 30.00 Points
10 GBR - 94 Show, Bryony 31.00 Points
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF News Editor)
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