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Final Report - Double-Handed Dinghy Open - 49er
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Gold Medallists - Draperand Hiscocks (GBR)© Event Media

2003 ISAF World Championship
Bay of Cadiz

The 49er feet had the longest series here in Cadiz in terms of the number of races as the fleet was split into three groups for a nine race selection series, and a seven race final. Two course areas were used with the groups staggered for racing each day.
89 boats equating to 178 sailors from 31 countries competed in ideal conditions over the course of the week. Starting on Thursday 16 September it could have been a number of people who would eventually take the title.

Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR), with a blistering display of consistency in the group stages led the fleet for almost the whole week and eventually took the title with an unprecedented two races to spare, bettering their second place at last year's World Championship in Hawaii.

Never finishing outside the top seven in the fleet, they won by an impressive 28 points from training partners Christoffer SUNDBY and Frode BOVIM (NOR), who had an almost equally consistent week, only dropping a few races and making it two medals for the family, his sister Siren winning the Gold medal in the Europe class earlier in the week.

Rodion LUKA, with his crew George LEONCHUK had a mixed series and ended up with a bronze medal at the end of the championship. It was a double whammy for Rodion who had mixed emotions when he heard his wife had given birth to their first child earlier in the week. "It's weird because on one hand I wanted to be at home with my family, but on the other hand we had a World Championship to finish."

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Carnage on Day One © Annemiek van Kinderen

Rodion finished a mere 0.6 points ahead of Great Britain's Paul BROTHERTON and Mark ASQUITH, ranked third in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, this event was part of the GBR selection trials for the Olympic Games, and with all four squad members in the top seven, the result was always going to be close.

A further eight countries have now qualified for the Olympic Regatta in Athens next year and join Denmark, Spain, Great Britain, Greece, the Netherlands and the Ukraine. Those countries are: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Norway, Poland, Switzerland and USA.

To view the day by day reports for the 49er class follow the links below

Races 1 2 and 3, 18 September 2003
Races 4, 5 and 6, 19 September 2003
Races 7 and 8, 20 September 2003
49er Lay Day, 21 September 2003
Races 9, 10 and 11, 22 September 2003
Races 12, 13 and 14, 23 September 2003
Race 15 and 16 and Medal Ceremony, 24 September

Nations Qualified for the 2004 Olympic Regatta

Final Results
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