Italian challenge for Kendall

Report, results and photos from the Mistral Worlds in Thailand

Thursday December 12th 2002, Author: Sasha Oswald, Location: Australasia
After a short postponement, the breeze filled in at the Mistral world championships, allowing a further two races to be sailed on the men's course and one on the women's, in ideal conditions of 10-15 knots.

Alessandra Sensini from Italy (left) showed her Olympic medal winning form, winning the race from Barbara Kendall of New Zealand. This saw her nudge up onto the leaderboard in third place behind Faustine Merret of France. Kendall continues to lead the class at the halfway mark, and has established a healthy twelve-point lead over the rest of the fleet.

A consistent day for RYA Team GBR sailor Natasha Sturges has seen her move up into sixth place overall, just behind Olympic silver medallist Amelie Lux of Germany. Team mate Bryony Shaw is currently lying in seventeenth place.

Olympic and current world champion Nikolas Kaklamanakis of Greece and Gal Fridman of Israel fought it out for the top spot in the men's fleet. At the end of the day the tables had turned and Kaklamanakis jumped ahead of the previous days leader, with a narrow one-point lead. Ricardo Santos of Brazil also moved up the leader board from seventh place to third overall.

RYA Team GBR sailor Nick Dempsey continued to post consistent results, scoring an eighth and a sixteenth puts him in twelfth place overall, with team mate Dom Tidey just behind in eighteenth place.

RYA Team GBR Mistral coach Barrie Edgington commented, "It has been a frustrating day for the women's fleet as they only managed one race in near perfect conditions, however, it has been a steady day for the British squad and with six more races in the men's and seven in the women's fleet still to go, there is all to play for."

Racing continues for a further three days, through to the 15th December, with a minimum of two races planned for each day.

See full results and photos on the following pages...

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