SEMAINE OLYMPIQUE FRANÇAISE KICKS OFF

95 men from 28 countries and 46 women from 20 countries are racing in the

Mistral One Design Fleets at the 34th edition of the Semaine Olympique

Française in Hyeres, South of France. In each case, this is the 2nd largest

number of participants out of the 10 Olympic classes racing. Wind strengths

have generally been light to medium with shifts up to 20-25°. These unsteady

weather conditions have forced the race committee to postpone starts.

Alessandra Sensini (ITA, the Sydney Gold medallist, is currently heading the

women's fleet with Jian Yin (CHN),the 2002 Mistral Asian Champion, on equal

points followed by a strong group of 3 French contenders who are ready to

pounce on any mistakes.

In the men's fleet which has been split into two groups, Alexandre Guyader,

France's represntative in Sydney 2000, heads fleet one point in front of

Yuan Guo Zhou (CHN), the 2002 Mistral Asian Champion. However Nicolas Beudou

is the only other French man keeping close company in the top 5. 7 countries

are represented in the top 10. This is what racing the Mistral One Design is

all about. It does not matter whether you come from a rich country or not;

whether you were a trust fund baby or not; or whether you have a coach or

not; what matters is whether you have the talent and the tenacity to hang in

there when all around you are failing to pick the shifts. This a class for

talent not technology !

GENERAL RANKING BEFORE JURY DECISIONS

WOMEN

M nø voile Equipage Club points

1 2 3 4

1 ITA 25 SENSINI Alessandra 4.00

1 2 1 7

2 CHN 8 JIAN Yin 4.00

12 1 2 1

3 FRA 18 NUVOLONE Sandrine La Pelle 14.00

5 28 3 6

4 FRA 35 MAILHOS Jeanne AVPA 17.00

3 9 5 19

5 FRA 42 BEHAGUEL Marine 21.00

17 3 10 8

6 JPN 9 KOSUGE Yasuko 25.00

2 19 23 4

7 CHN 6 LIFANG Wang 25.00

8 4 13 DNC

8 POL 17 OKONSKA Marzena AZS AWF Gdansk 26.00

14 5 7 23

9 CHN 9 MING SHUANG Lai 26.00

28 8 9 9

10 POL 43 GRACZYK Anna SKZ Sopot 27.00

26 6 4 17

MEN

nø voile Equipage Club Groupe

points 1 2 3 4

1 FRA 7 GUYADER Alexandre Blue

3.00 4 1 1 1

2 CHN 1 YUAN GUO Zhou Yellow

4.00 22 2 1 1

3 FRA 178 BEUDOU Nicolas LACANAU Yellow

6.00 1 2 3 5

4 GBR 7 TIDEY Dominic Blue

7.00 1 10 4 2

5 UKR 19 OBEREMKO Maxym DINAMO Yellow

11.00 3 7 2 6

6 ISR 18 FRIDMAN Gal Yellow

12.00 6 7 4 2

7 BRA 1 SANTOS Ricardo Blue

12.00 2 10 6 4

8 GRE 1 KAKLAMANAKIS Nikolaos Blue

12.00 5 4 5 3

9 FRA 29 JAOUEN St‚phane Blue

13.00 5 11 3 5

10 FRA 6 BONTEMPS Julien ASPTT NANTES Yellow

14.00 3 8 11 3

ENDS