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5 February 2011, 11:13 am
Interesting Final Day In Store At Sail Auckland 2011
Sail Auckland 2011
Finn Action At Sail Auckland 2011

Sail Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand

Just one day of racing remains at Sail Auckland 2011 off Takapuna Boating Club with the podium places set to be decided tomorrow.
After a grey morning the day turned into a sunny scorcher with light and at times patchy westerly breezes ranging between 6-15 knots on the Hauraki Gulf for racing in the Olympic, Paralympic and invited classes.

Consistency was the key on day three in the RS:X with shifty winds. Tom Ashley (NZL) blew off the chasing pack with two race wins from two races sailed.

After day two the points spread between first and fourth was just three points but at the end of the penultimate day Ashley has a six point lead over Antonio Cozzolino (NZL).

Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) is in third place with Jon-Paul Tobin (NZL) in fourth.

It was a similar story in the women's fleet where Kate Ellingham (NZL) dominated on day three with two wins to consolidate her lead heading into the final day. Natalia Kosinska (POL) holds onto second place, five points behind.

New Zealand's Michael Bullot and Andrew Murdoch are involved in a two horse race in the laser with Murdoch starting day three points ahead.

But Bullot managed to come ahead of Murdoch in all of today's three races and has turned the tables to lead by two points.

Michael Cate (NZL) has had a strangle-hold on the Radial course over the first half of the regatta, but Olympic campaigner Sara Winther (NZL), sailing at her home Club, has pulled ahead and now tops the leader board in the 40-strong fleet.

In the Finn, Dan Slater (NZL) continues to extend his lead with three wins on the water today and is now six points clear of Rafa Trujillo Villar (ESP).

Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) moved from fifth to second place overall today behind Nick Rogers and Chris Grube (GBR). With a 2-1-2 today the Kiwi women had a better day than the British team who finished 1-2-5.

But having been on top form throughout the regatta Rogers and Grube have a 14 point margin. Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL) are in third place going into the final day.

On the SKUD course near Westhaven Tim Dempsey and Jan Freda Apel (NZL) are leading after two days of racing while Paul Francis has the top spot in the 2.4 metre.

Racing resumes tomorrow at 11am with the medals to be determined by the end of the day.

See for full results.

Jodie Bakewell-White (As Amended by ISAF)
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