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Junior, Youth and Master Europeans, Puck, Poland
Posted On:  10/08/2003

Mistral Youth
Tom Ashley (NZL181) strolls on to win!

With a very comfortable 23 point cushion, Tom could afford a mistake or two In the first race today, in an 18 knot breeze, Tom Ashley finished 4th. In fact he had mis-read the course flags at the start so finished after only one outside loop. Byron Kokkalanais (GRE8), lying 2nd at the time continued up the next beat. Tom realsining his mistake launched into catch up mode from about 200 metres downwind. By the end of the lap. he was only a couple of seconds off the leading group! He went on to take a second in the last race of the series.

"This was a great regatta" he said " it was just what I needed to get back into racer mode after a four month lay-off due to a broken ankle" He was generous in his praise for the local organisers and their race committees. Most of all he was impressed by the great breezes in which the regatta was held.

Tom, the 2003 Mistral Youth European Champion, now returns to Cadiz, Spain to continue training for the Mistral Worlds in September.

Mistral Junior
Lukasz Grodzicki (POL 738) is THE boy!

Lukasz dominated this regatta too such an extent that today was just a formality Despite taking both races today with ease Kamil Lewandowski (POL184) could do nothing to put off the inevitable. Lukasz is the European Junior Champion and no mistake ! Kamil is the vice champion and there were two other Poles in the top 5 (Karol Krzyszkowski (POL 87) - 4th and Michal Przybytek (POL 29) - 5th) Only Nimrod Mashich (ISR 21) managed to get in on the act. Taking third overall !

Colin Pouderoux (FRA 100) is the champion

Only Kevin Festocq (FRA 15) offered a serious challenge to Colin's dominance of the Aloha European Championship. In a great 18 knot breeze and bright sunshine this excellent championship certainly ended on a high note. "One of the best" said Colin of the championship when coming ashore " I hope that this will encourage more countries to compete in the Aloha class in future".

For the girls, Laura Linares (ITA 268) is the Aloha Class Champion in Europe. Finishing 6th overall, she was never headed by Charlotte Le Guiban (FRA 31) who in turn dominated Nina Szymczyk (POL 18)

The Aloha Worlds are set to take place in Merida, Mexico from November 29th > Dec 5th with the added bonus that food an\d accommodation is free to all participants... See you there!

Raceboard Masters
Paco crowned European Champion

Paco Wirz (ITA1) cruised to victory in a wonderful 18 knot breeze today Beaten only once during the whole event and that by Paul Leone (GBR 1111) who closed his event by DNFing for the first time in his life. A crucial DNF it was too. It dropped him to 3rd overall. The beneficiary of his misfortune is Ryszard Pikul (POL 40) who scored a 2nd and 3rd in the stronger breezes today.

Jean Asia (FRA 1711), 1st grand master, finished a creditable 5th overall scoring a 3rd and a 5th today.

One could not have hoped for better conditions; better winds; better race committees or for that matter a happier atmosphere in which to compete. This event will go down as a classic in the history of raceboarding and will encourage more to compete in Bulgaria next year (July 31st > Aug 6th)

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