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20 February 2003, 10:48 am
Sailing on Home Territory, Greece Leads Two of the Eleven Events
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Iker Martinez andXabier Fernandez (ESP)

Athens Eurolymp Week 2003
Athens

Athens Eurolymp, the first ISAF Graded European event of 2003, opened in Athens on 18 February. With Grade 2 points up for grabs in all events, competition is close.
Europe
The world's number one ranked Europe sailor, Sari Multala (FIN) has opened the series in the way she intends to continue, ahead. With a bullet and two seconds, her consistency is already evident. Some good opening results for world ranked number 22, Manon Borsi (FRA), who is just 3 points adrift of the leader.


Europe Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points Position
MULTALA SARI FIN 7 2 2 1 5 1
BORSI MANON FRA 3 3 1 4 8 2
MIN DEZILLIE BEL 1 1 5 5 11 3
ABRAHAMSEN TRINE JULIE DEN 11 5 4 6 15 4
ROUILLE BLANDIN FRA 8 7 6 3 16 5


Laser
The 78 strong Laser fleet is being led by world ranked number 2, Kalle Suneson (SWE), after 3 races. With an opening 10th place, Kalle pulled himself up to post a 2nd and 4th, giving him a reasonable margin over the chasing Mate Arapov (CRO). However, at this early stage there is of course all to play for. Anders Nyholm (DEN), world ranked 29th, will be pleased with his third overall performance to date.

Laser Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points Position
KARL SUNESON SWE 175302 10 2 4 16 1
MATE ARAPOV CRO 172583 12 10 3 25 2
ANDERS NYHOLM DEN 173367 6 18 2 26 3
NEGRI DIEGO ITA 169102 22 6 1 29 4
BERGMANS PHILIPPE BEL 174401 13 12 9 34 5


Finn
Another Crotian sailor, Viali Nenad, is looking strong in the Finn fleet, no doubt to the consternation of world ranked number 1 Emilios Papathanasio, who is current fifth overall after two races. Nenad is currently ranked 25th in the world.

A relatively small 20-boat, 9 nation fleet, will give some of the lower ranked sailors an opportunity to gain valuable ranking points.

Finn Race 1 Race 2 Points Position
NENAD VIALI CRO 14 1 4 5 1
RAFAEL TRUJILLED ESP 100 3 3 6 2
MISURA MARIN CRO 25 8 1 9 3
GASPER VINCEC SLO 5 7 2 9 4
PAPATHANASIOU EMILIOS GRE 6 2 8 10 5


Tornado
Excellent consistency for Sven Karsenbarg and Mischa Heemskerk (NED) sees them with a clear 6-point margin after three races. World ranking leaders, Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher (AUT) sit in fourth place. A pleasing result in this 22 boat fleet for local sailors Dimitrios Theodorakis and Antonis Bougiouris (GRE) who are ranked 58th in the world, and on equal points with Hagara/Steinacher. This duo are clearly showing some good form, as they first entered the world rankings in July 2002, ranked 100, taking just over 6 months to move up to their current position.

Tornado Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points Position
SVEN KARSENBARC/MISCHA HEEMSKERK NED 111 1 2 1 4 1
OLIVIER BACKES/LAURENT VOIRON FRA 277 2 5 3 10 2
FERNANDO ECHAVARRI/ANTON PAZ ESP 1 4 3 4 11 3
ROMAN HAGARA/HANS-PETER STEINACHER AUT 380 9 1 5 15 4
DIMITRIOS THEODORAKIS/ANTONIS BOUGIOURIS GRE 1 3 6 6 15 5


470 - Men and Women
Not surprisingly, local boys Andreas Kosmatopolous and Konstantinos Trigonis are sailing to form, and despite no wins, their consistency leaves them ahead of the more variable placings of the rest of the fleet. Croatian brothers Tomislav and Petar Cupca, ranked number 23 in the world lie in second, but on equal points with the third placed sailors Panayotis Kambouridis and Angelos Lemanis (GRE).

Over in the 12-boat women's fleet, reigning world champions and 2002 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year winners Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE) surprisingly lie in 4th, behind the third and second placed British crews. Out in the lead are world ranked number 10, Ingrid Petitjean and Nadege Douroux (FRA), who also lie 7th overall (as the men and women are racing together).

470 Overall Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points Position
ANDREAS KOSMATOPOULOS/KOSMATOPOULOS KONSTANTINOS GRE 131 4 2 2 8 1
TOMISLAV BASIC/BASIC PETAR CRO 81 3 10 1 14 2
PANAYOTIS KAMBOURIDIS/KAMBOURIDIS ANGELOS GRE 165 2 7 5 14 3
SVEN COSTER/COSTER KALLE NED 1 6 9 4 19 4
TOMAZ COPI/COPI DAVO SLO 441 1 12 10 23 5


Mistral
Nikos Kaklamanakis, currently ranked 9th in the world, has opened the series with a bullet, which is clearly how he would like to continue, especially when sailing on home waters. However, world ranked number 4, Nick Dempsey (GBR) is close behind him.

Alessandra Sensini (ITA), who is currently ranked 12th in the world, leads the women's fleet after one race.

Mistral Overall Race 1 Points Position
N. KAKLAMANAKIS (M) GRE 1 1 1 1
NICK DEMPSEY (M) GBR 21 2 2 2
BYRON KOKALANIS (M) GRE 8 3 3 3
ANDREAS KARIOLOU (M) CYP 601 4 4 4
GEORGE FRAGOS (M) GRE 22 5 5 5


49er
Having hot-footed it over from Puerto Sherry, Cadiz, where last week they were training for the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships, reigning World Champions and world ranking leaders, Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez (ESP) have posted a commanding 1, 2 and 3 placing to lead the 49er fleet.

A superb result for Kevin Orlandi and Nicolas Cau, who sit in second overall. Not bad for this duo who are ranked 96th in the world.

49er Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points Position
IKER MARTINEZ/XAVIER FERNANDEZ ESP 1 1 2 3 6 1
KEVIN ORLANDI/NICOLAS CAU FRA 777 4 3 4 11 2
JONATAN PERSSON/THOMAS IVERJEN DEN 21 5 1 8 14 3
SANTIAGO LOPEZ-VAZQUEZ/JAVIER DE LA PLAZA ESP 4 2 5 11 18 4
PIETRO SIBELLO/GIANFRANCO SIBELLO ITA 6 6 12 1 19 5


Star
A small nine boat, three nation fleet for the Stars, which sees Francesco Bruni and Antar Vigna (ITA) leading after 2 races. The duo are not currently ranked, so if their results keep pace they will make their first entry on the next world ranking release on 6 May. Francesco Bruni, has proved his skill across the classes as he is also currently ranked 48th in the 49er and previously has sailed a Laser at elite level.

Star Race 1 Race 2 Check Penalty Points Position
FR. BRUNI/ANTAR VIGNA ITA 11 2 1 0 3 1
L. PELEKANAKIS/G. KONTOGOURIS GRE 7089 5 2 0 7 2
K. MANTHOS/K. EXARCHOS GRE 7915 3 4 0 7 3
PAOLO SEMERATO/ANDREA MICHELI ITA 7961 1 3 5 9 4
TH. TSOUFLAS/IAK. LOUDAROS GRE 7873 7 5 0 12 5


Yngling
With 2nd places in the first two races of the series, Ekaterina Skudina, Tatiana Lartseva and Ekaterina Kovalenko (RUS), sit just 1 point ahead of the chasing ex-Europe sailor Shirley Robertson, with crew Sarah Ayton and Inga Leask (GBR). World ranking leasders Monica Azon, Laia Tutzo and Julia Garcia (ESP) despite an opening bullet then placed 7th, to leave them third overall.

Yngling Race 1 Race 2 Points Position
SKUDINA EKATERINA/LARTSEVA TATIANA/KOVALENKO EKATERINA RUS 7 2 2 4 1
S.ROBERTSON/S.AYTON/I.LEASK GBR 6 4 1 5 2
MONICA AZON CANALDA/JULIE GARCIA/LAIA TUZJO ESP 3 1 7 8 3
CALLIGARIS CHIARA/SIFANNO SABRINA/CARCASOLE YLENA ITA 13 6 3 9 4
CONTI GIULIA/BARONI ANGELA/MARENZI ALESSANDRA ITA 14 3 6 9 5
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