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17 March 2005, 09:18 am
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Flying Fifteen World Championships 2005
Auckland, New Zealand

After races five and six just two points separate leaders Nick and Janet JERWOOD (AUS) from second place Charles APTHORP and Alan GREEN (GBR) in the Flying Fifteen World Championships in Auckland. One race is left to decide who will walk away with the title.
Race five started on schedule at 1205 (local New Zealand time). After a general recall on the first start attempt and an individual recall on the second start, the fleet began the first beat of the windward, leeward, triangle, windward finish course. There were several course changes during the race as the wind oscillated, which included a change to the top mark on the second windward leg and a wing mark course change. Steve GOACHER and Phil EVANS (GBR) took their first win of the regatta. They were followed by overall leaders, the very consistent Nick and Janet JERWOOD in second place, and New Zealanders Murray GILBERT and Jonathon BURGESS in third. Yesterday's winners and second placed overall APTHORP and GREEN came in fourth to keep the pressure up on the leaders.

The race committee set a longer course for race six in an increased wind of 13-15 knots from 205 degrees. The fleet all got away cleanly on the first start attempt of the windward, leeward, triangle, windward, leeward finish course. At the wing mark rounding Kiwi's Aaron GOODMANSON and Alister ROWLANDS had a lead over Grant ALDERSON and Dean McAULLAY (AUS) by 50 seconds. At the last rounding of the bottom mark GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS had extended their lead over the Australian pair to 60 seconds. The Kiwis went on to take their first win of the regatta and move up to third position overall on the leaderboard with just one race left to complete the seven race series. Second place went to ALDERSON and McAULLAY, while Ronald PACKER and Peter MUDFORD (AUS) took third. The leaders had a more difficult time. APTHORP and GREEN squeaked into the top ten finishing in ninth whilst Nick and Janet JERWOOD fared even worse dropping to eleventh.

With the introduction of the discard Nick and Janet JERWOOD retain their overall points lead going into the last day of racing. However, APTHORP and GREEN are just two points behind and the final race tomorrow is sure to be a keenly fought affair between the Australians and the Brits. On the strength of today's results Kiwi's GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS have moved into third place on the leaderboard to give the home fans something to cheer about.

The final race is scheduled for Friday 17 March to start at 1100 (local New Zealand time) in weather forecast to be southwest easing to 15 knots with rain.

Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 AUS Nick JERWOOD Janet JERWOOD 3 7 1 5 2 (11) 18
2 GBR Charles APTHORP Alan GREEN 1 5 (13) 1 4 9 20
3 NZL Aaron GOODMANSON Auster ROWLANDS (17) 9 6 10 9 1 35
4 GBR David McKEE Chris HEWKIN 7 4 (20) 11 7 7 36
5 GBR Steve GOACHER Phil EVANS 8 (23) 2 21 1 5 37
6 GBR Alan BAX Paul BUSBY 6 2 9 (43) 16 8 41
7 AUS Graeme LILLINGSTON Edmond REPSEVICIUS 10 1 (19) 9 18 4 42
8 AUS Grant ALDERSON Dean McAULLAY 9 25 4 (34) 10 RDG 2 50
9 IRL Darren MARTIN Simon MURRAY 2 15 3 3 (31) 29 52
10 GBR Greg WELLS David TULLOCH 13 3 24 12 6 (26) 58
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Day Two Of The Championship:© Lauren Bartlett
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