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With the great mosques of Istanbul providing the most dramatic of backdrops, the outcome of the 2010 Open 470 European Championships remained in the balance until the final leg of the men’s Medal Race.

Just five points separated the top six men’s 470 teams going into the Medal Race, and it was going to take an outstanding performance to secure gold. The Greeks were greeted with their favourite conditions – strong and gusty winds – and Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis took up the early running just ahead of Israel, represented by Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela.

Israel seized the advantage a short way into the three-lap windward/leeward course, although with the wind shifting wildly from side to side, no lead was every secure. On the final leg the Greeks pounced on a couple of small tactical errors by Israel and Mantis and Kagialis powered across the finish line just seconds ahead of Kliger and Sela.

Mantis explained his strategy after losing the early lead: “I focused on staying close, we got the lucky gust, and we moved to the front again.” Kliger, twice the runner-up in past European Championships, said he was “happy and disappointed” to have won a third silver in his long 470 career. “Gold was in my hands, so I’m a little bit disappointed, but I missed the layline at the last windward mark and gybed too late compared with the Greeks, we didn’t stay enough between him and the finish.”

Still, Kliger was happy to have come away with silver after a challenging week. “This is the hardest medal I ever won, you were never in control at any point in any race.” Istanbul marks the conclusion of a successful season sailing with his new crew Eran Sela. While for Kliger this was a bitter-sweet moment, for the younger and less experienced Sela it was unbridled joy. “My first senior medal in the 470, so I am very happy.”

The British team – Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell – had gone out with the gold spot on their mainsail, signifying them as the series leaders. They elected to start on port tack behind the fleet to be first into the middle of the race course, as Patience explained: “Before the start we’d been watching the wind, and it was always coming down the middle of the course, never at the edges. But then – sod’s law – the breeze died in the middle and we got wrapped round on either size, and before we knew it we were 9th or 10th, scraping the bottom of the barrel.”

>From sitting in gold medal position suddenly Patience and Bithell were facing the prospect of coming away with nothing. “But we kept our heads cool and just chipped away,” said Patience, whose climb to 5th place gave them the bronze medal. “We would like to have won but we’re still happy to come away with a medal.”

The women’s leaderboard may not have been as tight as the men’s, although there was still plenty of drama and uncertainty on the race course, with capsizes and boats hitting marks keeping the finishing order uncertain until the last. While the Danes had fallen out of medal contention after an unsteady outing the previous day, Henriette Koch and Lene Sommer gave themselves the consolation of winning the Medal Race. They nearly threw it away on an unforced error, hitting the final windward mark, but managed to take their 360 penalty turn in a strong gust and still stay ahead of the British boat sailed by Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth.

Series leaders Emmanuelle Rol and Helene Defrance also struck a windward mark and took a penalty, but apart from that sailed a controlled race ahead of their chief medal rivals. In the end the French won gold by 18 points, a dominant performance for such a tricky week’s sailing. “The conditions were a little bit tough,” said Rol, “but we enjoy racing in these conditions. I don’t know if we understood the wind but we enjoyed it. Istanbul has been great. After Holland and Great Britain it’s nice to sail in a sunny place!”

Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron had been lying in silver medal position at the beginning of the day, but a poor first beat left them way back in last, and they only managed to overtake the Israeli team who retired after a prolonged capsize. This relegated the French team to 4th overall, with last year’s European Champions Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol taking silver and another French duo, Ingrid Petitjean and Nadege Douroux taking bronze.

Conti, who had looked so furious the previous day after letting any serious prospect of gold slip away, was all smiles again today having at least salvaged a silver from Istanbul. “Finally some success again, after a couple of days of blackout,” she said. “It has been a really tough race course, very tricky, but the French seemed to sail perfectly. They deserved this win, they made fewer mistakes than the others, and they have won this event by far. For us the silver medal is a very good result after a very good season. We have finished in the top three in almost every event, and now we go home for the winter to work out what we need to improve on for next year.”

Earlier in the day the remainder of the 92 competing teams who had not qualified for the Medal Races, completed one final fleet race. Reigning Junior World and European Champions Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion of France secured victory in the men’s Silver fleet.

This evening the prizegiving took place at Istanbul Sailing Club, before the sailors embarked on the long drive back to whichever corner of Europe they have come from. As for the new men’s 470 European Champion, Panagiotis Mantis predicted a night that would involve too much alcohol and not enough sleep. “And maybe when we get back to Greece we will break some plates!”

The 2010 Open 470 European Championships were organised by The Istanbul Sailing Club in co-operation with the International 470 Class Association and the Turkish Sailing Federation.



470 Men/Mixed – Final Top 10 (after 13 races)
Pos – SailNo – Crew

1. GRE 1 – Panagiotis MANTIS, Pavlos KAGIALIS
2. ISR 7 – Gideon KLIGER, Eran SELA
3. GBR 844 – Luke PATIENCE, Stuart BITHELL
4. GRE 165 – Panagiotis KAMPOURIDIS, Theodoros POLYCHRONIDIS
5. FRA 44 – Pierre LEBOUCHER, Vincent GAROS
6. CRO 83 – Sime FANTELA, Igor MARENIC
8. FRA 7 – Nicolas CHARBONNIER, Baptiste MEYER-DIEU
10. NED 77 – Steven LEFEVRE, Steven KROL

470 Women – Final Top 10 (after 13 races)
Pos – SailNo – Crew

1. FRA 12 – Emmanuelle ROL, Hélène DEFRANCE
2. ITA 23 – Giulia CONTI, Giovanna MICOL
3. FRA 4 – Ingrid PETITJEAN, Nadege DOUROUX
4. FRA 9 – Camille LECOINTRE, Mathilde GERON
5. DEN 143 – Henriette KOCH, Lene SOMMER
6. AUT 431 – Sylvia VOGL, Carolina FLATSCHER
7. EST 20 – Marjaliisa UMB, Elise UMB
8. GBR 840 – Sophie WEGUELIN, Sophie AINSWORTH
9. GBR 847 – Hannah MILLS, Claire CUMMING
10. ISR 311 – Gil COHEN, Dana MAMRIEV


Yale University has won the 2009 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s Championship for the second time in school history, repeating a feat the Elis first accomplished in 2004. Coming into the final day of the championship in San Francisco Yale led the overall standings by just six points over Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.). However, by the second race of the morning, it was apparent that A Division senior skipper Jane Macky (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior crew Marla Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.) were doing their utmost to keep the title within their grasp.



Putting together a 4-1-1-7-2-2-1-1 scoreline today, they moved from third to first in A-Division, helping cover for their teammates, senior Kate Hagemann (Marion, Mass./Naples, Fla.) and junior Sarah Lihan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), with sophomore Liz Brim (New York, N.Y.) and juniors Grace Becton (Deer Isle, Maine) and Rebecca Jackson (Newton, Mass.), who struggled in B-Division and dropped from second to seventh.

“It was down to the last (A Division) race,” said Head Coach Zach Leonard. “Conditions were very windy and challenging and we didn’t have a heavy air crew for A-Division so Jane and Marla sailed every race. They worked so hard. To come through right at the end when they were exhausted and to see them handle the pressure and win is just great.” Conditions on the race course were chilly, to say the least. Air temps of 53 degrees and water temps of 55 degrees and the threat of stronger breeze for the day led many of the teams to go with their heavy air crew as a lighter downwind flood meant more wind across the sails from the start of racing.

Final Standings:
1. Yale University, 148 points (A-1, B-7)
2. Charleston, 157 (A-2, B-8)
3. Boston College, 165 (A-4, B-1)
4. Old Dominion University, 166 (A-3, B-3)
5. Brown University, 197 (A-5, B-4)

More Sailing News

Following on from the European debut of the ISAF Sailing World Cup at the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE in Palma, the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings puts Spain on top of the national standings. The Spanish team put in a strong performance on their home waters, winning four ISAF Sailing World Cup medals including a gold for Blanca MANCHON in the Women’s RS:X. With no changes amongst any of the top-three crews in this Ranking release, Spain maintain their position at the top of the national standings with two crews ranked at #1 and two at #2 across the nine Olympic fleet racing events.



Along with the Spanish team, Australia continues to impress and also hold four top-three positions in the World Rankings. After topping the sailing medal table at the 2008 Olympic Games, Skandia Team GBR have continued where they left off in Beijing, winning 16 medals across the three ISAF Sailing World Cup events held to date. The USA have also a very strong start to the ISAF Sailing World Cup season with 15 medals won, although 12 of those came at their home event, US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR.

The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 29 April 2009 following on the Semaine Olympique Francaise, event four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

Chart showing nations with top-three ranked sailors

World Sailing Rankings

World Ranking Leaders 2009

Heavyweight Dinghy – Finn

Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial

Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser

Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED)

Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470

Skiff – 49er

Men’s Keelboat – Star
Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA)

Men’s Windsurfer – RS:X

Women’s Windsurfer – RS:X



A bit of trouble sailing a Swift Solo sailboat. Gives us a chance to see what the underside of the boat looks like.

Roz Savage Rower

Roz Savage Rower

Roz Savage, the first woman ever to row from California to Hawaii solo. Roz Savage rowed across the Pacific, nearly running out of water on her historic journey. Then Roz Savage met up with the junk raft in the middle of the Pacific, when then exchanged a water-maker for food.

About Roz Savage

Roz Savage was born on December 23, 1967 in Cheshire UK and attended school in Durham. She took up rowing at University College, Oxford, and went on to gain two half-blues for representing Oxford against Cambridge, and to win blades with the Univ Women’s 1st VIII in 1988 and 1989.

In 2003 Roz Savage became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and took part in an Anglo-American expedition that discovered Inca ruins in the Andean cloudforests near Machu Picchu. She then spent a further three months in Peru, travelling solo and researching her first book, Three Peaks in Peru.

She ran in the London and New York marathons, finishing in the top 2% for women in each, and has run a personal best of 3 hours 19 minutes.

Roz Savage was previously a management consultant (Accenture and CHP) and investment banker (UBS), before realizing at the age of 34 that there might be more to life than a steady income and a house in the suburbs. Roz estimates that the race cost about £70,000 and that she got approximately £10,000 in cash sponsorship but says, her attempt was mostly funded from her divorce settlement.

Roz Savage in San Francico

Roz Savage in San Francico

On September 1, 2008 at 5:55am local time, Roz Savage crossed the finish line of the first leg of her trans-Pacific row, becoming the first woman to row solo from California to Hawaii. She completed the crossing from San Francisco to Waikiki in a time of 99 days 8 hours and 55 minutes. The total distance covered was 2,598 nautical miles and took approximately one million oar strokes. On September 3, 2008 Roz’s rowboat and the JUNK’s raft were transported to the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu, where they gave a talk about the environment.

Check out the interview with Roz Savage with rowing photos, and a video of Roz Savage pulling into Hawaii: Roz Savage Interview

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Roz Savage

Roz Savage

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Sailing at 2008 Olympics in China

Sailing at 2008 Olympics in China

Olympic Sailing Medals

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 Great Britain 4 1 1 6
2 Australia 2 1 0 3
3 Spain 1 1 0 2
4 USA 1 1 0 2
5 China 1 0 1 2
6 Denmark 1 0 0 1
7 New Zealand 1 0 0 1
8 Netherlands 0 2 0 2
9 France 0 1 2 3
10 Brazil 0 1 1 2
11 Italy 0 1 1 2
12 Lithuania 0 1 0 1
13 Slovenia 0 1 0 1
14 Argentina 0 0 1 1
15 Germany 0 0 1 1
16 Greece 0 0 1 1
17 Israel 0 0 1 1
18 Sweden 0 0 1 1
Olympic Sailing Center for the 2008 Olympic Games

Olympic Sailing Center for the 2008 Olympic Games

The Olympic sailing has finished in Qingdao China, and all the medals have been awarded. Great sailing from all the teams in this years Olympic games. We are looking forward to watching you again in 2012 at the London Olympics.

Read news about all the Olympic sailing medal winners:

Olympic Sailing – The crowds at the Olympics in Qingdao were treated to an incredible sailing race as Anna Tunnicliffe first looked out of the running for the medal in the Laser Radial class, then in a super comeback, fought back and claimed the 2008 Laser Radial class Gold Medal for the USA!

Read more about Anna Tunnicliffe at the Olympics

USA wins Olympic sailing gold medal

USA wins Olympic sailing gold medal

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