The women's fleet got underway in excellent conditions, giving a 20 knot easterly, with gusts up to 30 knots. The best conditions the sailors had experienced over the past 10 years of World Championships.
Despite a poor start, the eventual World Champion Lee KORSITZ (ISR), despite a bad start fought her way through to the fleet to take the gun by half a leg. A relative newcomer to the circuit, Lee was ranked 29 in the World going into the Championship.
However, the first day was for multi-World Champion and Olympic medallist, Barbara KENDALL (NZL) who after a second in the first race, set a blistering pace in the second to take the gun and an early overall lead.
Not far behind the two frontrunners was another young prodigy Zofia KLEPACKA (POL) who, fresh from her successful defence of the 2003 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, placed 7, 2 to sit in third overall.
Race day two for the Mistrals, who were sailing as one fleet with no qualification, saw the youngsters continue to dominate over some of the most experienced and best in the world.
But, it was day three, when the discard came into play after race 5 that really saw some shuffling along with the ongoing 20 knot wind. With their worst result discarded and some good placings in race 5, up moved Allison SHREEVE (AUS) and Faustine MERRET (FRA) to sit behind the eighteen year old Lee.
A shocker for Lee in race 6, saw here place 32, but a result that was really meaningless against her scoreline and of course discard-able.
After a lay day on Thursday 18, it was back onto the race course to greet the Levante, which was blowing a steady 20-25 knots. Lee, Alison and Barbara, all heavy wind specialists, dominated to sit in the same order respectively.
Going into the penultimate day of racing, Lee continued to lead the pack, although with a significant catch up coming from Barbara, and a move into third from Lai MINGSHUANG (CHN), to the demise of Alison SHREEVE (AUS).
Going into the final day, a top six finish for Lee would automatically put the Gold Medal in her hands. Any lower than that and it would then be dependent on her having a considerable points difference between herself and Barbara. Neither had a good start, and both headed up the windward leg midfleet, with Lee in 23 and Barbara 35. By the mark, Barbara was up to 31 and had the race finished at that point, the Gold was Barbara's. With both sailors pushing hard and making up places, Lee crossed the line in 17 and Barbara 27, to take the Gold and Silver respectively.
Ahead of these two in the race, but behind in the standings was Faustine MERRET (FRA) who put in an excellent fourth place to take the Gold Medal from Jessica CRISP (AUS).
Lee KORSITZ made sporting history for her country by winning the first World Championship in any sport by a woman.
The 2003 ISAF World Championship offered twelve Olympic Qualification slots, which go to Israel, Australia, Belgium, Norway, Ukraine, USA, Japan, Bulgaria, Canada, Latvia, Brazil, Argentina.
To view the day by day reports for the Mistral Women class:
Races 1 and 2, 15 September 2003
Races 3 and 4, 16 September 2003
Races 5 and 6, 17 September 2003
Mistral Lay Day, 18 September 2003
Races 7 and 8, 19 September 2003
Races 9 and 10, 20 September 2003
Race 11 and Medal Ceremony, 21 September
Nations Qualified for the 2004 Olympic Regatta