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6 January 2004, 12:12 pm
British Lead Both Fleets
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420 World Championship
Melbourne

British competitors lead both the 420 Open Qualifiers and Ladies World Championships on the second eve of the Sail Melbourne event hosted by Mornington Yacht Club.
On the Open course, Nathan BATCHELOR/Joe CRABB'S (GBR) second place in Race 6 and consistent places in their other races, with one race drop in play; have finished in the lead of the six race qualifier series with 22 points.

After today, the open fleet will be split, the top 32 finishers of the 64-boat fleet will sail in Gold Fleet for the World Championship, the lower half will sail in the Silver fleet for minor placings.

Michael ANDERSON-MIT/Graham BIEHL (USA) finished the qualifier in second place one point behind the leaders, with current ISAF Youth Sailing World Champions, Nathan OUTTERIDGE/Ayden MENZIES (AUS) on equal second points, but relegated to third place on count back.

Italian, French, Singaporian, German and New Zealand competitors also made the cut into the Gold fleet, as did the lone entries of Croatia, Matija LONGIN/Pavle KOSTOV and Greece's Georgios VASSILAS/Evangelos MITAKIS, much to thrill of the other competitors and Mornington officials alike.

Other Aussies to make the cut include former World champion, Matt BELCHER and his crew Rike ZIEGELMAYER, brothers Nathan and Jeremy WILMOT, sailing separate entries, Nathan and his crew Malcolm PAGE competing for some extended practice prior to their 470 Olympic Class final selection regatta starting next Monday, and Jeremy, freshly out of the Youth class sailing with his crew David STEVENS.

In the Ladies 46-boat 420 World Championship, Alison MARTIN/Bethan CARDEN (GBR) have a large lead after four races with 17 points from Elise RECHICHI/Tessa PARKINSON (AUS) on equal 29 points with sisters Lucy and Nicola MACGREGOR (GBR), the former in second place on count back.

Rechichi and Parkinson, who come from Perth, are the holders of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship title and outsailed many in the Open section of the Australian Championship to finish sixth overall, beating all the Open Ladies competitors to claim the Ladies title. Their future looks bright.

Camille LECOINTRE/Gwendolyn LEMAITRE (FRA) currently fill fourth place with 34 points, then comes Maria Stella TURIZIO/Maria Carolina RENDA (ITA) on 38 points.

The fleet sailed in light, tricky, shifting winds all day today, underneath grey overcast skies, experience telling in the results. Officials have been warned of 30 knot squally, rainy weather tomorrow, which would certainly keep competitors ashore.

For full results please visit the event website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Men (Qualifying)

Place Nation Helm Crew Total R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 R1
1 GBR Nathan Batchelor Joe Crabb 22 2 5 [11.00] 6 5 4
2 USA Michael Anderson-mit Graham Biehl 23 1 1 [33.00O] 12 2 7
3 AUS Nathan Outteridge Ayden Menzies 23 6 4 1 11 [21.00] 1
4 ITA Giorgio Catta Daniele Catta 23 4 2 [33.00O] 9 2 6
5 GBR Callum MacDonald Stuart Bithell 23 6 6 2 [19.00] 6 3
6 AUS Nathan Wilmot Malcolm Page 24 5 1 16 [20.00] 1 1
7 AUS Mathew Belcher Rike Ziegelmayer 25 [15.00] 8 1 5 6 5
8 CRO Matija Longin Pavle Kostov 26 3 9 [33.00O] 2 4 8
9 FRA Thomas Rahier Matthieu Rahier 28 7 12 [15.00] 6 1 2
10 AUS Lauren Jeffries Will Thomson 31 8 11 [23.00] 1 7 4

Women

Place From Helm Crew Total R4 R3 R2 R1
1 GBR Alison Martin Bethan Carden 17 9 5 1 2
2 AUS Elise Rechichi Tessa Parkinson 29 1 17 3 8
3 GBR Lucy Macgregor Nicola Macgregor 29 7 2 11 9
4 FRA Camille Lecointre Gwendolyn Lemaitre 34 25 1 4 4
5 ITA Maria Stella Turizio Maria Carolina Renda 38 4 19 10 5
6 FRA Marie Lumeau Claire Bossard 41 19 8 13 1
7 GER Silke Hahlbrock Marion Rommel 43 12 13 8 10
8 GBR Joanne Macdonald Laurie Marsden 46 10 16 6 14
9 AUS Jemma Henderson Bettina Neate 52 14 7 24 7
10 GER Dorothea Gebert Natascha Lorenz 52 11 11 18 12
Di Pearson (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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