The III Carnival Race, which started last Friday and attracted some of the best sailors in the world, ended yesterday on the Bay of Cadiz.
It was the first test that the organisers have had to face in the build up to the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships, which will be held in this bay from the 11 to 23 September.
Even though racing on the first two days was in light winds, the final day was a fine example of the excellent sailing conditions to be enjoyed in this race area in the south of Europe.
The easterly wind (Levante), which shifted to the south, was between 12 and 14 knots in intensity and provided an excellent day's racing for the different fleets and spectators, who enjoyed a truly breathtaking spectacle, filled with moments of great tension.
Racing started at 12:36 hours and kept the different racing committees busy until well after 15:45 hours. This was enough time to start the 4 remaining races in the 49er class and meant that all 12 races programmed in the sailing instructions were completed.
The organisers of the III Carnival Race, Deporte Andaluz and the Mundo Vela Consortium, have once again expressed their satisfaction with all the teams that make up the different committees, as "the work carried out during these last three days clearly sets the stage for the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships to be truly spectacular in September".
The magnificent sea and wind conditions forecast for the coming days have even meant that some crews have decided to stay on and continue training for the Worlds.
Provisional Top Three in Each Class
1st.- (ESP-1788) Natalia Via Dufresne/Sanra Azón (Madrid 2012) - 55 Points
2nd.- (FRA-2594) Ingrid PetitJean/Nadege Pouroux (Magic Marine) - 64 Points
3rd.- (GER-49) Stephanie Rothweiler/Monika Leu - 76 Points
1st.- (ESP-1769)Gustavo Martínez/ Dimas Word - 21 Points
2nd.- (SWE-317) Johan Molund/Martin Andersson (Elof Hansson) - 34 Points
3rd.- (GER-4) Lucas Zellmer/Felix Krabbe - 37 Points
1st.- (GBR-3) Ben Ainslie (Volvo) 9 Points
2nd.- (GBR-6) Andrew Simpson (Mini Circuits) 11 Points
3rd.- (ESP-100) Rafael Trujillo (La Linea) 20 Points
1st.- (ESP-3) Monica Azón/Tutzó/Garcia (Yate) 9 Points
2nd.- (GBR-6) Shirley Robertson/Leask/Sarah (Volvo) 14 Points
3rd.- (GBR-1) Cathy Foster/ Lush/Norris (Harken) 18 Points
1st.- NOR-846 - Siren Sundby - 11 Points
2nd.- IRL- 1 - Maria Coleman (Ford Racing) - 33 Points
3rd.- SWE-3 - Emma Joensson (Oresundskraft) - 46 Points
1st.- ESP-436 Francisco Terrasa - 20 Points
2nd.- ESP 244 Rubén Fernandez - 41 Points
3rd.- ESP-666 Jesus Rogel - 42 Points
1st.- (GBR-4) Hugh Styles/Adam May (UKS Sport) - 15 Points
2nd.- (RUS-97)Andrey Kiriliuk/Valery Ushkov - 22 Points
3rd.- (ESP-1)Fernando Echavarri/Antón Paz (Telefonica Movistar) - 24 Points
1st.- (UKR-5) Luka Rodion (Tackt) 34 Points
2nd.- (GBR-2)Chris Draper/Simon Hiscocks (UK Sports) - 48 Points
3rd.- (NOR-11) Christoffer Sundby/Frope Bovim - 60 Points
1st.- (SWE-174361) Daniel Birgmark - 16 Points
2nd.- (BEL-174401) Philippe Bergmans - 18 Points
3rd.- (SWE-173811) Meter Santen - 22 Points
1st.- (ESP-25) Jorge Maciel - 15 Points
2nd.- (POR-75) Joao Rodrigues - 17 Points
3rd.- (ESP-7) Iván Pastor (Maui Magic) 25 Points
1st.- (POL-20) Agata Brygola - 8 Points
2nd.- (POL-43) Anna Graczyk - (Lotto) 13 Points
3rd.- (FRA-2) Synthia Gros - 14 Points