470 Europeans kick off

Reasonable start for Team GBR at Estonian regatta

Monday July 29th 2002, Author: Sasha Oswald, Location: United Kingdom
The 470 European Championships commenced yesterday in Tallinn, Estonia, attracting 58 boats in the men's fleet and 37 boats in the women's fleet.

Racing got underway in fairly light breezes and clear skies. The first race got underway, but due to the conditions the race took longer than the time limit and therefore none of the competitors finished. The race committee and competitors had better luck in the second race of the day, and all of the boats finished within the time limit.

Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstadter of Austria came out on top in the men's yellow group winning the race from Olli Posti/Markus Hangisto of Finland. Team GBR sailors and Sydney Olympians Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield made a good start to the regatta finishing in fifth place, with fellow British sailors Clive Goodwin and Douglas Powell in sixteenth.

In the men's red group 2002 Kiele Woche winners Nathan Wilmot/Malcom Page of Australia came out on top, taking the race win from Nicolas Charbonner/Stephane Christidis of France who were first Europeans. Team GBR sailors Graham Vials/Dan Newman finished in tenth place with fellow British sailors Mark Plummer/Oliver Hawkley in fifteenth place and John Pink/John Gimson in seventeenth position.

Vladeline Ilienko/Diana Krutskikh of Russia head up the women's fleet after one race from Linur Kliger/Anatester Fabrikant of Israel in second and Janja Orel/Alena Orel of Slovenia third. Christina Bassadone/Katherine Hopson are the top placed British women in eighteenth place, with Helena Lucas/Jenny Heeley one place behind. Josie Gibson/Saskia Clark are in 29th position with the new pairing of Elizabeth Greenhalgh/Rozaline Bulmer in 32nd place.

The qualifying stage of the Europeans will take place over three days with six races scheduled for each group. After the qualifying round, race scores will be carried forward to the final phase and the competitors will be regrouped into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets with eight races scheduled over four days. Racing concludes on Saturday 3 August.

Men yellow group-29 boats
1, Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstadter, AUT (1) 1 pt
2, Olli Posti/Markus Hangisto, FIN (2) 2 pts
3, Sven Coster/Kell Coster, NED (3) 3 pts
Team GBR
5, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield (5) 5 pts
16, Clive Goodwin/Douglas Powell (16) 16 pts

Men red group 29 boats
1, Nathan Wilmot/Malcom Page, AUS (1) 1 pts
2, Nicolas Charbonner/Stephane Christidis, FRA (2) 2 pts
3, Javier Conte/Juan De La Fuente, ARG (3) pts
10, Graham Vials/Dan Newman (10) 10 pts
15, Mark Plummer/Oliver Hawkley (15) 15 pts
17, John Pink/John Gimson (17) 17 pts

1, Vladeline Ilienko/Diana Krutskikh, RUS (1) 1 pt
2, Linur Kliger/Anatester Fabrikant, ISR (2) 2 pts
3, Janja Orel/Alena Orel, SLO (3) 3 pts
18, Christina Bassadone/Katherine Hopson (18) 18 pts
19, Helena Lucas/Jenny Heeley (19) 19 pts
29, Josie Gibson/Saskia Clark (29) 29 pts
32, Elizabeth Greenhalgh/Rozaline Bulmer (32) 32 pts

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