British board sailor Nick Dempsey moves up to fourth place in windy conditions at Mistral worlds

A windy day met the competitors on the third day of the Mistral world championship at Cesme, Turkey yesterday. The women’s fleet were sent out but later returned to shore after their racing was abandoned as the wind had exceeded 30kts. The men however, managed two races and Team GBR sailor Nick Dempsey moved up into fourth place overall.

Dempsey excelled in the first race of the day scoring a second place but an incident when he broke part of his board, saw him drop from second to eighth in the second race of the day. Despite this set back, he still moved up four places to fourth overall, just two points off third place.

Despite a black flag disqualification for starting prematurely, championship leader Nicolas Huguet of France managed to maintain his lead over the fleet from team mate Julien Bontemps. The reigning world champion Przemek Miarczynski of Poland is currently lying in third place.

Today will see the men’s fleet enjoy a lay day whilst the women’s fleet will compete to make up for the lost races from yesterday.

The event continues through until the 17 April. A total of twelve races are scheduled.

Results (day 3)

Women

1, Alessandra Sensini, ITA (1,1,(8),1) 3 pts

2, Lai Shan Lee, HKG (7,2,3,(DSQ)) 12 pts

3, Barbara Kendall, NZL (4,(8),2,7) 13 pts

GBR

8, Natasha Sturges (2,10,16,(23)) 28 pts

26, Bryony Shaw ((30),29,17,14) 60 pts

Men

1, Nicolas Huguet, FRA (1,1,2,1,3,(BFD)) 8 pts

2, Julien Bontemps, FRA (4,1,6,(14),1,2) 14 pts

3, Przemek Miarczynski, POL (3,2,(18),12,4,1) 22 pts

GBR

4, Nick Dempsey (7,4,5,4,2,(8)) 24 pts (inc. 2 penalty points for not signing off)

64, Adam Pepelasis ((43),34,35,25,25,26) 145 pts

79, Leo McCallin ((39),31,31,(OCS),18,BFD) 170 pts