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2004/5 Sail Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Day three at the various Hobie championships at Sail Melbourne was in complete contrast to yesterday and Day one, which was abandoned due to high winds and seas.
The sun came out on Port Phillip Bay, the breeze was light, there was little swell, just the short sharp chop that is often in evidence on the Bay. The mood was good amongst the competitors at the host venue, Port Melbourne Yacht Club and off came the winter woollies.

Mark LARUFFA and Dave SILVESTER (AUS) continued their assault of the Hobie Tiger Championships after today's four races. The pair scored two third places; a win and a second for a marginal lead of four points over Olympian Darren BUNDOCK and Alexandra GOLTZ (AUS). The latter pair went 2-1-2-1 today.

'Yes, Bundy is the one to beat, we have to shake him, the others that were at the top had mixed results today,' Laruffa said.

A talented sailor who has lived all over Australia and in Papua New Guinea, 44 year-old Laruffa started his career late; at age 21. He owns at least three National Hobie 16 titles and had scored numerous second and third placings at World Championship events. 'Yes, too many seconds - I'm after that elusive win,' the 44 year old commented after sailing today.

Back on track for a tilt at the title, Laruffa says, 'I've sailed with lots of different people, but Dave is the best to sail with and we're going to the Tiger Worlds next year. It would be great to win one.'

Recent good results that bode well for his and Silvester's worlds campaign include a third at the F18 Worlds in Italy, followed by a win at the F18 German national championships.

Of today, Laruffa said it was tactically challenging. 'We got around 12 knots in the morning, but this afternoon it had died and got a maximum of 8-10. The wind oscillated and there were a lot of pressure changes. You really had to concentrate,' he explained on coming ashore.

Neville THOMPSON/Shamus STEVENS are third placed in the Tigers with 24 points.

In the Hobie 17 Worlds, Aaron WORRALL (AUS) is the outstanding player and his results today, which included winning the two afternoon races, put him on 13 points, eight points clear of second placed Dan KULKOSKI (USA), whom Worrall knew would be a threat from Day One.

Backing Kulkoski up, fellow American, Greg RAYBON, also fancied for the title, is third overall, just five points behind Raybon, with defending National champion, Ron MCDONALD (Vic) just two points away in fourth. This will be a fight to the finish.

Brad SUMNER/Belinda WALKOM (AUS) remain unbeaten and have a huge lead in the Hobie 18 Worlds. They are 23 points clear of their nearest rivals, Josh NEWMAN/Jackie GIBSON (NZL), whose best result today was a second place. Brothers Richard and Michael QUINN (AUS) are third, just two points behind second place.

In the Hobie 16 Australian and Asia Pacific Championships, world champion, Pamela NORIEGA/Andrea MIER Y Tedran (MEX) firmed their chances in the Womens event, winning three out of four races to take an eight point lead over Belinda ZANESCO/Karen TODD (AUS). They managed three seconds and a third place, but have been unable so far to beat Noriega. Naomi ANGWIN/Fiona DOUGLAS (AUS) are third, but eight points away from second place.

In the Youth non-spinnaker division, current world champion Jerome LEGAL and Clement MERZEAU (FRA) has been outstanding, winning all four races today. Second place also goes to the French, with Brice PELEN/Elliot CARPIN second placed, but are seven points behind and will find it difficult to play catch up. Chris HANCOCK/Haylee WILLIAMS are waving the banner for Australia in third place.

In the Youth spinnaker division, Taylor BOOTH, son of Olympic champion Mitch BOOTH, has taken the lead away from Evan WALKER/Kyle LANGFORD in a tie break situation. Sailing with Bridget WATERHOUSE, who comes from a sailing family and is a seasoned sailor in her own right, Booth managed to do today what he wanted to do yesterday; he won all four races to be on equal 10 points with Walker/Langford, showing the sailing pedigree is in the blood.

This will be a good tussle as the series wears on and third placed Jake LURATI//Richard KIRTON (AUS) will have their work cut out to get back into contact with the top two, trailing them by 13 points.

In the Masters, Kerli and Ali CORLETT (NSW) have outsailed their fleet so far and three further wins today puts them eight points ahead of second placed Bruce TARDREW/Sarah TURNBULL (Qld), with Grahame SOUTHWICK/Claire FENDER third, just five points behind team Tardrew.

Provisional Results

Pos Helm Crew Nation Pts
1 Mark LARUFFA Dave SILVESTER AUS 11
2 Darren BUNDOCK Alexandra GOLTZ AUS 15
3 Neville THOMPSON Shamus STEVENS AUS 24
4 Andrew KEAG Sam REID AUS 26
5 Mal GRAY Adrian FAWCETT AUS 39

Hobie 17

Pos firstname lastname Nation Pts
1 Aaron WORRALL AUS 13
2 Dan KULKOSKI USA 21
3 Greg RAYBON USA 26
4 Ron MCDONALD AUS 28
5 Matthew BURGESS AUS 34

Hobie 18

Pos Helm Crew Nation Pts
1 Brad SUMNER Belinda WALKOM AUS 7
2 Josh NEWMAN Jackie GIBSON NZL 30
3 Richard QUINN Micheal QUINN AUS 32
4 Geoff FISKE Sarah HOLLANDS AUS 44
5 Gordon BARRETT Jenni DUTHIE AUS 49

Hobie 16 Youth Non-Spinnaker

Pos Helm Crew Nation Pts
1 Jerome LEGAL Clement MERZEAU FRA 8
2 Brice PELEN Elliot CARPIN FRA 14
3 Chris HANCOCK Haylee WILLIAMS AUS 20
4 Seb EYSSARTIER Maxime CARDARELLY FRA 25
5 Michael PETERSON Barney Johdnson AUS 33

Hobie 16 Youth Spinnaker

Pos Helm Crew Nation Pts
1 Taylor BOOTH Bridget WATERHOUSE AUS 10
2 Evan WALKER Kyle LANGFORD AUS 10
3 Jake LURATI Richard KIRTON AUS 23
4 Jonathon ENGLISH Kurt GRIFFITHS AUS 29
5 Tobi GIBSON John BANGE AUS 36

Hobie 16 - Women

Pos Helm Crew Nation Pts
1 Pamela NORIEGA Andrea MIER Y TERAN MEX 7
2 Belinda ZANESCO Karen TODD AUS 15
3 Naomi ANGWIN Fiona DOUGLAS AUS 23
4 Kathy KULKOSKI Judy RAYBON USA 28
5 Jesse DOBIE Danielle PASCOE AUS 38

Hobie 16 - Masters

Pos Helm Crew Nation Pts
1 Kerli CORLETT Ali CORLETT AUS 7
2 Bruce TARDREW Sarah TURNBULL AUS 15
3 Grahame SOUTHWICK Claire FENDER FIJ 20
4 Murray PETERSON Katie PETERSON AUS 26
5 Allan PITTS Chase LURATI AUS 34
Di Pearson (As Amended by ISAF)
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