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18 May 2011, 06:24 pm
Snakes and Ladders at the 2011 Zhik SB3 Worlds
Rob Greenhalgh
Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) on Red returns to the top spot at the Zhik SB3 Worlds

2011 Zhik SB3 World Championships
Torquay, Great Britain

The Zhik SB3 Worlds fleet split into gold and silver fleets for the third day of racing and completed three more races. The effect on the leaderboard was dramatic with Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) returning to the top.
Lighter, but more stable conditions made for a smoother day on the water on Day 3 of the Zhik SB3 World Championships in Torquay, UK. For the Gold Fleet today, the competition got a lot harder and after a further three races, it was a day of snakes and ladders for many.

Overnight leader Peter Saxton (GBR) didn't enjoy the best of days. After racking up a 18, 20 and 43 Saxton drops to thirteenth overall. This is a disappointing set of results after such a strong start to his Championship. 2009 Laser SB3 World Champion, Craig Burlton, had a down, up, down day adding a 21, 2 and 29 to his score card. Burlton drops three places to eight overall; he won't be happy with that.

Jez Entwistle entering the Gold Fleet in thirteenth position and found himself leading at the first windward mark in the first race, and went on to finish fourth. Building on their first race performance, Entwistle lead again at the first windward mark of race two. This time he managed to protect his lead and extend on the downwind leg and went on to win the race. "We've not sailed together as a crew before, but everything is coming together nicely, Ali [Hall] is a great tactician and doing a great job of picking our lanes out of the starts. We are all really enjoying ourselves."

Another boat that has shot up the leader board today is "Team Russia", Oleg Zherebtsov's Laser SB3 helmed by Rodion Luka. "We've had a very good day today and we are very happy on the boat. We have a good attitude after one black flag and one disqualification, we have everything to gain. I have a good feeling for the shifts now and in this boat, there is time to think about what you will do, so it is very tactical racing!" explained Rodion Luka (UKR) after racing this evening. At the end of Day 3, Team Russia have climbed fourteen places and are now eleventh overall. I'd call that a good day at the office.

After leading Fleet A on day one of the Zhik SB3 World Championships, Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) slid to sixth place after day two. For day three, the crew onboard Red were back in race winning form. Adding a 1, 3, 1 to their results, Robert now leads the fleet by nine points. "It's been a really hard week so far, but it came together again today." For the next two days of sailing Robert's aim is, "To make the bad bits better and the good bits better too." As we recognised at the beginning of this championship, consistency is king in the Laser SB3 fleet and it looks like Greenhalgh has this under control.

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Katie Ashworth
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