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13 January 2012, 08:55 am
Leaderboard Upended On Day Three Of IFDS Worlds
Thierry Schmitter (NED)
Thierry Schmitter (NED)

IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship
Florida, USA

Shifty winds that grew throughout the day shuffled and tightened the leaderboard on Day Three of the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships. By the end of racing, the leaders in all three classes changed, setting up a highly competitive homestretch on Charlotte Harbor.
On a hectic day, it was a steady pair of third places by France's Damien Sequin that prevailed, lifting him past Day Two leader Theirry Schmitter of The Netherlands, who won the second race of the day to hang on to second. Canada's Paul Tingley took the first race to stay in third place and sits a point behind Schmitter.

Great Britain's John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas overtook Ireland's John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello and Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen of Norway in the Sonar class on the strength of a pair of second place finishes. France's Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary leapt from fifth to third despite finishing no higher than third in three races, benefiting from a throwout seventh place on Day One.

On a day when neither of the Day Two leaders won a race in the SKUD class, Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou of the United States and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell of Great Britain swapped the top two spots after three more races Thursday. Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch of Australia and Hagar Zehavi and Shimon Ben Yakov of Israel inched closer to the leaders with wins, and the top four are now within six points of each other.

Heiko Kroger of Germany moved up to fourth in the 2.4mR fleet and John Ruf of the United States stood in fifth. John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit of Canada slipped into fifth in the SKUD class, 10 points out of first

The Dutch team of Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen moved up to fourth ahead of the Twomey team, which fell from the top spot to fifth overall.

Eleven races are scheduled in total for each class. Racing is set to resume Wednesday, with the first warning sounded at 10:25 a.m. Overall results are provisional pending protest results, but the top three racers were not involved. Results are available on the event website at www.IFDSWorlds2012.com.

Brian Gleason
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