2001 Mistral World Championships

Despite neither making it to the medals in the last Olympics, the two gold
medal winners from the 1986 games showed that they are still very much major
players in the Olympic windsurfing class at this year’s World Championships…

Nikolas Kaklamanakis was, today announced as the Men’s 2001 Mistral World Champion,
with a second in the first race today, he had done enough, to not even have
to sail the second race and win the championship by 9 points. In second place
is Przemek Miarczynski of Poland who was three points in front of Fabrice Hassen
of France.

RYA Team GBR sailor, Nick Dempsey, scored a 5th and a 4th in today races to
secure him inside the top 10 and put him in 8th place overall, despite have
to retire yesterday with a broken mast. Dempsey commented, "my aim was
to finish in the top 10 and I am pleased that I have done that, I was disappointed
yesterday when my mast broke, but there was nothing that I could have done,
if that hadn’t happened I would have finished in 5th place overall, and I can
go away happy knowing that"
. Team mate Dom Tidey, finished in 14th
place overall, which, although was a little off his aim of the top 10, is a
huge improvement on his 28th placing at this event last year.

In the Women’s fleet, Lee Lai Shan of Hong Kong won the by 16 points over Merret
Faustine of France, to be crowned the Women’s 2001 Mistral World champion. An
impressive performance from Britain’s Natasha Sturges, who despite being out
of competition for over a year and suffering from severe cramps in her fore-arms,
finished 4th overall, and was a strong contender to take the Bronze position.
"It has been a tough couple of weeks with the Europeans and then straight
into the World’s, I was a little overtired at the beginning of the event, at
one stage this morning I was fighting for the Bronze position, but it didn’t
happen, my aim was to finish in the top 5 and I am very pleased that I managed
this.
" Commented Sturges.

Britain’s Bryony Shaw ended up a commendable 17th position in her 3rd Olympic
event, and Volvo RYA Youth Squad sailor, Catherine Potter ended up 28th Impressively
winning 2 of the races (one was unfortunately discounted) in her first World
Championships and only her second senior International event.

Overall results (men’s division, Gold Fleet)
1st Nikolaos Kaklamanakis GRE 37 points
2nd Przemek Miarczynski POL 46 ponits
3rd Fabrice Hassen FRA 49 points
4th Gal Fridman ISR 55 points
5th Nicolas Huguet FRA 75 points
6th Aaron Mcintosh NZL 76 points
7th Maxym Oberemko UKR 78 points
8th Nick Dempsey GBR 84 points
9th Alexandor Baronjan GER 88 points
10th Nicolas Beudou FRA 93 points

14th Dominic Tidey 118 points

Overall results (women’s division)
1st Lee Lai Shan HKG 33 points
2nd Merret Faustine FRA 49 points
3rd Jeanne Mailhos FRA 59 points
4th Natasha Sturges GBR 66 points
5th Synthia Gros FRA 98 points
6th Agata Brygola POL 99 points
7th Wang Lifang CHN 100 points
8th Sigrid Rondelez BEL 103 points
9th Amelie Lux GER 110 points
10th Marzena Okonska POL 110 points

17th Bryony Shaw 149 points
28th Catherine Potter 245 points

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