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24 February 2011, 10:37 am
Transfusion Leads The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
Day Two At The Rolex Farr 40 Worlds

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
Sydney, Australia

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion (AUS) leads the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship after recording a 1-7-4 scoreline on the second day at Sydner Harbour, Australia.
Transfusion finished second to Nerone at last year's Worlds staged in the Dominican Republic. And this year the new duo of Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (AUS) and American tactician John Kostecki (USA) are combining well.

"There is some big competition out there," said Belgiorno-Nettis. "There's still a long way to go." Belgiorno-Nettis knows all too well the perils of relaxing prematurely having lost last year's Worlds in the deciding race.

Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori's Nerone (ITA) has moved into second, putting on the afterburners following a shoddy start to the day, and recording a 10-1-1 scorecard.

Lisa Hill and Martin Hill's Estate Master (USA) has slipped back into third, following a less than satisfactory 7-9-10 compared to yesterday's stunning performance which gave them the lead.

Estate Master heads a chasing pack that struggled to keep pace with the leader pair and the gap has widened. Not insurmountably with four races remaining, but what margin for error that might have existed has disappeared completely.

Consistency and minimising damage have always been watchwords at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds. No less so this year, as the 14th championships moves beyond the halfway point.

With the winds from the northeast initially struggling to stabilize around 8-10 knots, and a strong current heading north, the race area moved north from yesterday's location to just off Manly Beach, affording crews and spectators an exceptional backdrop.

By the last race the winds were up to a sprightly 12-15 knots. It was a long day and a late finish with the 20 crews arriving back at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron after 19:00 local time.

Top three results after six races:

1 - Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. 4-4-2-1-7-4, 22points
2 - Nerone, Antonio Sodo Migliori and Massimo Mezzaroma, 2-1-10-10-1-1, 25 points
3 - Estate Master, Lisa and Martin Hill, 1-8-1-7-9-10, 36 points
Lisa Ratcliff
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