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29 July 2011, 09:32 am
Lightning Strikes Twice For Chileans On Penultimate Day
Tito Gonzalez Mas, Diego Gonzalez Parro and Cristian Herman Sanhueza
Tito Gonzalez Mas, Diego Gonzalez Parro and Cristian Herman Sanhueza

International Lightning Class World Championship
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Chilean Team of Tito Gonzalez sailing with his son, Diego and Cristian Herman mathematically clinched the 2011 International Lightning Class Association World Championship with two bullets on the penultimate day.
Racing concludes tomorrow with one final race to conclude the nine race series. The Gonzalez team won the first race by at least 45 seconds over the Brazilian Teams of Claus Biekarck, Gunner Ficker and Marcelo Batista da Silva in second and Thomas Sumner, Felipe Brito and Fillipe Gil in third. By having breathing room, the Chilean Team reported that they were able to take it easy up the last beat and conserved energy for the next race.

Winds were from the East at 14-16 knots. The Chilean team credit their success to great starts. With their consistent scores they said they were able to risk a bit more today and really push the line.

The second race brought winds of 16-18 knots with gusts to 20 knots. Gonzalez and crew battled the entire race with Team Stark. Starck didn't give Gonzalez any breathing room. They were neck and neck the entire race. Gonzalez rounded the windward mark in first, Starck gybed inside to take the advantage and pass them downwind. Team Gonzalez would then take the lead on the upwind legs and eventually on the line at the finish.

With Team Gonzalez in first, the race tomorrow is for runner-up. Team Biekarck currently sits in second place overall with 22 points, Team Starck is in third with 24 points and Team Sumner is in fourth with 25 points.

In fifth and sixth place overall are the Chilean Teams of Cristobal Perez, Philipp Goyeneche and Ignacio Perez with 34 points and Felipe Robles, Pablo Lorca and Andres Guevara with 35 points. Another close battle that will continue tomorrow.

Racing concludes tomorrow with an 11:00 local time warning, with one race scheduled. Follow live text coverage of racing at www.lightningclass.org
Laura Jeffers
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