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7 September 2000 Issue # 246
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Olympic Class Rankings
The final rankings for the Olympic sailing classes were released 30 August. Below find the top 3 countries in each class along with the USA Olympian's rankings.
49er 2 person skiff
470 Men's 2 person dinghy
470 Women's 2 person dinghy
Laser single handed dinghy
Finn single handed dinghy
Europe women's single handed dinghy
Men's Mistral Sailboard
Mistral Women's Sailboard
Soling 3 person match and fleet racing
Star 2 person keelboat
The team with the most sailors in the top 3 of the class rankings is Australia with 5. France has 4. Germany, and Ukraine 3. Spain, USA, Sweden, Canada, and Denmark 2.
Next week's Around the World of Sailing will have a comprehensive preview of the Olympic Sailing regatta.
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Eco Challenge Sailing
This article is a follow up to a story published in the 23 August Around the World of Sailing
The 7th annual Eco Challenge adventure race featured sailing as part of the events this year. From 20 August to 1 September athletes traveled 320 miles in Borneo.
When the course was announced, sailing was the lead event. The teams left the seaport of Semperna on native Perahu canoes.
These canoes were sailed with colorful kite's and spinnakers. Steering was generally by canoe paddle.
The canoes are constructed of wood. A square central hull is supported by 3 beams running to 2 narrow outriggers.
Winning the sailing leg was Team Aussie Sprint.com in a time of 2 hours 8 minutes. This team featured several world class kyakers and ended up 3rd overall. Second was the US team Team Salomon/Eco-Internet in 2:14. Captain of this team Ian Adamson is the world record holder for distance paddled in a kayak, 217 miles. Eventually this team was the Eco Challenge winner. 3rd was Team QXL in 2:16 on their way to a 16th place finish.
Of the teams featured in our Eco Challenge sailing preview Team Sunlight with Jeff Mcinnis who has sailed the Northwest Passage sailed the leg in 2:37 and ended the challenge 24th. Team Erricson Turk with a former Turkish Olympic sailor also finished the canoe sailing leg in 2:37. Team Targus with a Cape Town to Rio Veteran needed 3:18 to finish the leg.