The final races of the semi-finals series at the 2004 Hobie World Championship concluded yesterday with each team completing six races. The top 56 teams now progress to the finals which start today.
Five races were sailed yesterday in ideal conditions and 10 - 15 knots of breeze. 60 boats from 23 nations took to the water for the first race of the day (race eight) was won by Axel SILVY and Pauline JUPIN (FRA) followed by Tom PHIPPS and Jon COOK (GBR) in second and Andrew KEAG and Naomi ANGWING (AUS) in third.
Keag and Angwing followed up this result with a second in race ten and race eleven and are now lying in first place overall with twelve points, just ahead of defending champion Gavin COLBY and Simone MATFIELD (AUS) who have fourteen. Colby and Mattfield only sailed two races yesterday, posting a seventh in race nine and a third in race ten.
Race nine got underway after the race committee altered the course due to the wind shifting shortly followed by race ten due to the tight schedule. Race ten produced one of the most spectacular finishes of the championship and gave the race committee a tough time deciding who had crossed the line first. Blaine and Roxanne DODDS from South Africa eventually took the bullet from Keag and Anwing.
Races eleven and twelve were completed with victories going to Christophe RENAUD and Alban ROSSOLLIN (FRA) and Aaron WORRALL and Sean SEIBOLD (AUS) respectively. The race committee will announced the 56 teams eligible for the finals after considering protests.
Complete results are available on the event website via the link below.