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9 January 2004, 09:24 am
Aussies Take Over Ladies Lead
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420 World Championship
Mornington YC, Melbourne

A disqualification from Race 5 of the 420 Ladies World Championship last night shifted the talented Alison MARTIN/Bethan CARDEN (GBR) from the lead into second place going into today's racing out of Mornington Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay.
420 Youth World champions, Elise RECHICHI/Tessa PARKINSON (AUS) moved into the overall lead of the Sail Melbourne event, the Perth girls consolidating their lead with two wins from three races to end the day with 26 points.

Their nearest rivals are Charlotte SAVAGE/Harriette TRUMBLE (GBR) who overtook their English counterparts with third in Race 6 and a fourth in Race 7 for an overall score to-date of 31, from Bethan/Carden on 34 points.

Silke HAHLBROCK/Marion ROMMEL (GER) are next with 42 points from Camille LECOINTRE/Gwendolyn LEMAITRE (FRA) on 45.

Out on the 420 Open World Championship course, ranked first in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings in the 470 class, Nathan WILMOT/Malcolm PAGE (AUS), have taken the lead with a 1-2-1 score today, carrying their sixth place from the qualifier into the series for an aggregate score of 10.

Their nearest rivals are Michael ANDERSON-Mit/Graham BIEHL, who came into the Gold Fleet final second best placed. With a best result of a win in the second race of the day, they sit on 24 points, with 420 Youth World champions, Nathan OUTTERIDGE/Ayden MENZIES (AUS) third overall on 27 points.

Mat BELCHER/Rike ZIEGELMAYER (AUS) are the next best placed on 32 points from Alex BISHOP/Pierre BOMBRAY (FRA) with 38.

Race Officials at Mornington said winds were gusty in the 25 knot range this morning, but calmed down somewhat making for pleasant sailing conditions this afternoon.

Racing continues off Mornington on Port Phillip Bay tomorrow. Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
Di Pearson (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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