Kendall makes her comeback

At Mistral Worlds in Thailand

Tuesday December 10th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Australasia
Finally the wind materialised and allowed racing at the 2002 Mistral World Championships to get underway. The 173 sailors representing 29 nations and five continents enjoyed two closely fought races in a steady breeze, which saw different sailors heading up each of the races.

After two years off since Sydney, Barbara Kendall has proved her break has done nothing to dull her competitive instincts. This all time legendary performer from New Zealand put in a first and a third to top the leader board after the first day’s racing of the Mistral World Championship now being staged in Pattaya, Thailand.

Behind Kendall in the 63-board women's fleet, RYA Team GBR sailor Bryony Shaw sailed a faultless opening day, scoring a seventh and a third place to put her in second place overall. Olympic Test Event champion Alessandra Sensini from Italy scored an eighth and a fourth to place her in third position overall. Fellow team GBR sailor Natasha Sturges, who took silver at the Europeans earlier in the year, finished the day in thirteenth position.

In the men's fleet, current world champion and Olympic gold medallist Nikolas Kaklamanakis of Greece sailed a consistent day, posting two fourth place to take the early lead from Mariano Reutemann of Argentina.

RYA Team GBR sailors Nick Dempsey and Dom Tidey improved as the day went on, both scoring inside the top ten in the 109-boat fleet in the second race of the day. Tidey finished the day with 22 points to place him in eighteenth position with team mate Dempsey in 21st place overall.

More wind is forecast for tomorrow and as the racing is behind schedule the race committee announced that three races will be sailed on what was originally meant to be the lay day. The championship concludes on the 15 December.

See pages two and three for full results

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