The defending champs from the USA continue to lead the way after the second day of racing at the 2009 ISAF Team Racing World Championship in Perth, Australia.
The USA 1 team from the New York Yacht Club again swept all before them on Swan River, maintaining their perfect record with a further 13 wins today. Clay BISCHOFF
, Lisa KEITH
, Colin MERRICK
, Amanda CALLAHAN
, Pete LEVESQUE
and Liz HALL
came to Perth as hot favourites having won the 2007 ISAF Team Racing World Championship together with a string of other major titles, including multiple Hinman and Wilson Trophies, and have lived up to their billing so far.
Day two of racing in Perth again dawned with fantastic conditions, with the breeze up to 14 knots, plenty of sun and temperatures around 32°C. The Race Committee concluded round robin one and then started round robin two. As racing ended for the day, 55 of the 91 races of the second round robin had been completed.
With a perfect 13-0 record, USA 1 finished round robin one top of the leaderboard. The NZL 1 team of Reuben CORBETT
, Jesse TUKE, Bradley FARRAND
, Natasha SHELDON, Peter BURLING
and Nick GUNN made a late charge to take second place on a 9-4 record. Local favourites, the AUS 2 team from the Royal Perth Yacht Club, featuring Luc TASKER
, Brett SHARPE
, Blair SPAULDING
, Kirsty PACKER
, Steven THOMAS
and Greta CARROLL
, also ended on a 9-4 record, but lost out to their Kiwis in their match and consequently ended the round robin in third place.
Of the Under 21 teams, NZL 3 fared best in eighth place with a 7-6 record. AUS 1, coached by four-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion Peter GILMOUR
(AUS), were ninth, NZL 2 tenth and GBR 3 came in 12th. In addition to the battle for the World title, the Under 21 teams have a separate knock out stage on Wednesday to decide the Ciudad de Gandia Trophy.
After 55 races completed in round robin two, there was no change at the top of the leaderboard with USA 1 leading the way on an 8-0 record. The second US team, USA 2 of Tannery Loungers, also hit their top gear, winning seven of their eight matches. AUS 2 were again strong performers as well, although the Kiwi NZL 1 team could not match their round robin one performance and slumped to a 4-4 scoreline.
So after a total of 146 races sailed across round robins one and two, USA 1 have a perfect 100% record, followed by AUS 2 on 71% wins and then GBR 1 and USA 2 on 67%.
Of the Under 21 teams, AUS 1 started round robin two strongly to move ahead of the Kiwis on a 62% win record. NZL 2 lie second on 50% wins, with NZL 3 on 45%.
Racing continues tomorrow, starting 09:00 local time with round robin two scheduled for completion. From 14:00 onwards, the younger sailors take centre stage with the U21 semi-finals and final. The U21 World Championship medals and the Ciudad de Gandia Trophy will be awarded in the evening and the event will move to the Royal Freshwater Bay YC on the lay day.
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2009 ISAF Team Racing World Championship website
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